Birth Control: Understanding Your Options and Making an Informed Choice

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When it comes to birth control, there are many options available. The right method for you will depend on a variety of factors, including your health, lifestyle, and personal preferences. At Nao Medical, we offer a range of birth control methods to help you make the best choice for your needs.

Hormonal Birth Control Methods

Hormonal birth control methods work by regulating your body’s natural hormones to prevent pregnancy. These methods include:

  • Birth control pills
  • Birth control patch
  • Birth control ring
  • Birth control shot
  • Birth control implant

Each of these methods has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. For example, birth control pills are taken orally every day and can be up to 99% effective when used correctly, but they require you to remember to take a pill at the same time every day. The birth control implant, on the other hand, is a small, flexible rod that is inserted under the skin and can provide up to 99% effectiveness for up to three years.

Non-Hormonal Birth Control Methods

Non-hormonal birth control methods work by preventing sperm from fertilizing an egg. These methods include:

  • Condoms (male and female)
  • Copper intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Cervical cap or diaphragm
  • Fertility awareness-based methods

Non-hormonal methods are often preferred by those who cannot or choose not to use hormonal methods, but they may be less effective than some hormonal methods. For example, condoms are widely available and can also protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but they must be used correctly every time to be effective.

Making an Informed Choice

When it comes to birth control, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. It’s important to discuss your options with a healthcare professional and choose a method that works best for you. At Nao Medical, our caring healthcare professionals can help you make an informed choice and provide guidance and support along the way. Book an appointment at one of our NYC clinics to learn more about your options and get started on your birth control journey.


Birth control is an important aspect of reproductive and sexual health. At Nao Medical, we are committed to providing affordable and high-quality care to our patients in NYC. Whether you’re interested in hormonal or non-hormonal methods, our healthcare professionals can help you understand your options and make an informed decision that meets your individual needs. We understand that choosing a birth control method can be a personal and sometimes difficult decision, but we are here to support you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.


What is the most effective form of birth control?

The most effective form of birth control is an intrauterine device (IUD) or implant, which are over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

What if I miss a birth control pill?

If you miss a birth control pill, it’s important to take it as soon as you remember and use a backup method of birth control (such as condoms) for at least the next seven days. If you miss multiple pills or are unsure what to do, consult with your healthcare provider.

Do I need a prescription for birth control?

Most hormonal birth control methods require a prescription from a healthcare provider, but non-hormonal methods such as condoms are available over-the-counter.

Can birth control protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

While some forms of birth control such as condoms can also protect against STIs, most methods only protect against pregnancy and not STIs. It’s important to use condoms or other methods of protection in addition to birth control to prevent STIs.

How often do I need to replace my birth control method?

The lifespan of each birth control method varies. For example, a birth control pill pack typically lasts one month and must be replaced every month, while an IUD can last for several years. Consult with your healthcare provider for specific information on your chosen method.

Remember, the decision to use birth control is a personal one and should be made after careful consideration of your individual needs and preferences. At Nao Medical, we are here to support you in your reproductive and sexual health journey. Book an appointment at our NYC clinics to learn more about your options and get started on a birth control method that works for you.

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Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered, construed or interpreted as legal or professional advice, guidance or opinion.

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