Family Planning Specialist

Nerissa S. Guballa, MD -  - Obstetrics & Gynecology

Nerissa S. Guballa, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Family planning decisions are very individual. OB/GYN Nerissa Guballa, MD, knows the type of contraception you choose hinges on effectiveness, your health history, potential side effects, and convenience. At her practice, Nerissa Guballa MD PC on the Upper East Side of New York, you receive education and recommendations for family planning methods. The team can place LARCs (long-acting reversible contraceptives) at any time. Call today or book online to take care of your family planning needs.

Family Planning Q & A

What types of family planning methods are available?

There are several major categories of family planning, including:

  • Sterilization, which are permanent procedures, such as fallopian tube removal and male vasectomy
  • Barrier methods, which are devices that block the egg from meeting the sperm, such as condoms or the diaphragm
  • Short-acting hormonal methods, which are prescribed shots or pills that alter your hormones so you can’t get pregnant
  • Long-acting reversible contraceptives, which are IUDs or implants that are placed into your body and use hormones or copper to prevent pregnancy

Each type of family planning method is effective when used correctly, but some are more convenient than others and have less room for user error. 

For example, IUDs are implanted into your uterus and provide immediate 99% effective protection against pregnancy without any action on your part. The pill is also very effective but you have to remember to take it every day.

How do I know which method of contraception is best for me?

Dr. Guballa works with you to determine which type of contraception is right for your needs, health, and family goals. She’ll have you consider questions such as:

  • Do you have any existing health problems?
  • Is there a family history of clotting or disorders that can increase your risk of clotting?
  • How important is convenience?
  • How often do you have sex?
  • Are you in a mutually monogamous relationship?
  • Do you want to have a family one day and how soon?
  • What are the side effects of each method?

She’ll also ask you to think about how comfortable each method is for your partner, and whether or not you need protection against STDs.

Can contraception prevent sexually transmitted diseases?

The use of male or female condoms can reduce your risk of contracting or spreading STDs. For optimal protection against STDs and pregnancy, use a dual method of family planning. This means using a condom during intercourse as well as having another, more reliable, plan of protection against unwanted pregnancy, such as the pill or an IUD.

Dr. Guballa helps you find a birth control method that aligns with your existing health, your lifestyle, and your plans for a future family. Book an appointment by calling the office or scheduling online to learn more.