Family Planning & Contraception
NewYork-Presbyterian provides comprehensive and personalized family planning and contraception services to women in a caring and supportive environment. Our family planning specialists offer general gynecologic care, access to contraception, and counseling to prevent unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. With advanced fellowship training in complex family planning, our clinicians provide expert medical care to women with complex medical conditions, early pregnancy loss, and miscarriage.
We know family planning can be a challenging process, with many decisions to be made. We partner with you to help you consider your healthcare options and make informed decisions based on what is most important to you.
Services at the NewYork-Presbyterian Family Planning Division include:
We offer evaluation and counseling for all reversible FDA-approved birth control methods, including birth control implants, intrauterine devices (IUDs), injectable contraceptives, oral contraceptives (birth control pills), birth control patches, vaginal rings, barrier methods, and non-hormonal approaches including pH modulators and spermicides.
Our clinicians also offer advanced contraception care, including:
- Intrauterine device (IUD) insertion and removal, even when strings are missing
- Removal of deep or impalpable implants
- Emergency contraception with medication and IUD
- Permanent contraception/tubal ligation
- Contraception to alleviate heavy menstrual periods, menstrual pain or premenstrual symptoms
- Contraception services to help women with complex medical conditions select the best contraceptive option for their condition and long-term health.
Our clinicians are experienced in providing compassionate care for women who experience miscarriage, including medical and surgical management (both in office when appropriate as well as in the operating room), and education, resources, and emotional support during this difficult time.
We offer medical and surgical pregnancy termination services for women who decide to terminate a pregnancy, including those with pregnancies complicated by medical conditions or fetal abnormalities.
General gynecological care
Our clinicians provide routine physical exams, sexually transmitted infection screening, and treatment for problems such as heavy menstrual bleeding and menstrual pain.
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and care
for all sexually transmitted infections.
Pregnancy testing and counseling
We provide a safe environment for women to obtain pregnancy testing and offer information and guidance to help them make informed decisions about their pregnancy.
Our clinicians provide personalized care, support, and guidance to help women achieve a healthy pregnancy.
The NewYork-Presbyterian Family Planning Practice
NewYork-Presbyterian's Family Planning Practice includes the Family Planning Center for adult and adolescent women through age 45 and the Young Men's Clinic for males ages 14-35. The Family Planning Center has been providing high-quality reproductive and sexual health services for women and adolescents since 1977. At the Family Planning Center, we provide a full range of services for family planning and conception, but we do not offer pregnancy termination services. Pregnancy termination services are available at a number of other NewYork-Presbyterian facilities. Our center is known throughout our community as a point of entry for low-income women and young people to receive comprehensive reproductive health services at no cost or low cost.
Our Approach to Care
Every woman has her own unique health care needs, values, and reproductive goals, which may evolve through life. At NewYork-Presbyterian, we provide family planning care and contraception care that is compassionate and respectful of patients' wishes. Our experienced and compassionate clinicians strive to form a strong bond with each patient to understand her medical history, potential risks for disease, lifestyle habits, and life goals, including her desire to have children. In addition to using contraception to prevent pregnancy, our clinicians can assess whether contraception can treat menstrual symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding or severe menstrual pain. In every phase of life, we offer guidance, knowledge, and support that enable our patients to make informed choices aligned with their health needs, preferences, and reproductive goals.
Why Choose Us
Care for women with complex medical needs
At NewYork-Presbyterian, our family planning specialists offer advanced family planning and contraceptive care to women with complex medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, renal disease, neurological disorders, spinal cord injuries, endometriosis, or other health factors that may influence contraception or impact pregnancy. Our clinicians also excel in the medical and surgical management of abnormal or medically complicated pregnancies. Drawing from NewYork-Presbyterian’s comprehensive resources and specialists, our clinicians collaborate in multidisciplinary teams with specialists that may include maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology, cardiology, endocrinology, and neurology, among others, to provide each woman coordinated and personalized care.
Advancing the field through education, research, and innovation
NewYork-Presbyterian family planning physicians are leaders in the field, with an established presence in research and education:
- Our physicians are conducting clinical trials to investigate new forms of contraception, improve access to contraception, and evaluate the effectiveness of birth control for patients with serious medical conditions. As a patient, you may have an opportunity to participate in one of the clinical trials.
- Columbia University Irving Medical Center is one of the few sites in the U.S. to offer a fellowship in Complex Family Planning to provide physicians with superb clinical and research skills in this field.