Family Planning Specialist

Aster OB/GYN

OB/GYNs located in Upper West Side, New York, NY

The ability to choose when to have a family has long been a moving target, but there are many things your OB-GYN can do to help. From infertility evaluation to birth control, Farris Fahmy, MD, FACOG and Dr. Ravikumar at Aster OB/GYN, offers comprehensive family planning services to their patients on the Upper West Side of New York, helping them build the families of their dreams, when they’re ready. If you’d like to learn more about family planning, please call or use the scheduling form online to learn more.

Family Planning Q & A

What is family planning?

Life is hard to organize and rarely goes according to plan, especially when it comes to building a family. Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar understand this and help you take control where you can through family planning, which includes:

  • Birth control options
  • Fertility evaluations
  • Treatment of miscarriages

While there are never any guarantees, Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar can help you manage when and how you build your family.

What are my options for birth control?

If you’re not ready to start a family, there are a number of solutions that help you avoid an unwanted pregnancy. To give you a better idea of the incredible array of options, it helps to divide birth control into the following categories:

Hormonal

The goal behind hormonal birth control is to regulate your ovulation so that you don’t get pregnant. And there are many ways to do that, including:

  • Birth control pill
  • Nexplanon® implant
  • Injections
  • Patches
  • IUD

Patients of Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar have had great success with the Nexplanon implant and IUD because these methods take the guesswork out of birth control.

Barrier

Another way to stop conception is to prevent sperm from reaching your eggs, which can be accomplished through:

  • Condoms
  • Diaphragms
  • Cervical caps
  • Tubal ligation

Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar are happy to sit down with you to discuss your options and help you choose one that’s right for your goals and your lifestyle.

How can my fertility be evaluated?

On the other end of the spectrum, if you’d like to get pregnant and you’re experiencing problems, Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar offer FemVue®. If you think about all that needs to happen for conception, you begin to realize that problems can occur anywhere along the way, including:

  • Ovulation
  • Blockages in your fallopian tubes
  • Medical conditions, such as endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome

In order to figure out whether the problem lies in your fallopian tubes, Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar use FemVue. With this device, Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar introduces a mixture of saline and air into each of your fallopian tubes and, using the Sono HSG, he tracks air bubbles to check the flow and whether blockages exist.

If they detect a blockage, Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar discuss how they can remove it in order to better allow you to conceive.

How can my miscarriages be treated?

If you’ve been unsuccessful in carrying a baby to term, Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar work with you to get to the source of the problem. Often, miscarriages are a result of a chromosomal abnormality. But, they can also be caused by an abnormality in your reproductive system, which Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar can diagnose, evaluate, and treat.

Whether you want to delay starting a family or start one right away, call Aster OB/GYN to find out about family planning. You can also use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.

First-trimester abortions are also available at Aster OB/GYN.

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