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Birth Control Specialist

Dr. Shefali Patel-Shusterman -  - OB-GYN

Dr. Shefali Patel-Shusterman

OB-GYN located in Westfield, NJ

Dr. Shefali Patel-Shusterman is a board certified gynecologist who serves the residents of Westfield and Garwood, New Jersey, and many of the neighboring communities. The doctor specializes in various birth control methods, as well as state-of-the-art fertility treatments.

Birth Control Q & A

What Are the Most Common Kinds of Contraception?

The most common form of contraception is oral birth control pills, available in a variety of dosages. Injectable forms of contraceptives are also popular. The Depo-Provera shot is an injection given approximately every three months. Birth control implants are gaining in popularity, as well. The implant is a small device placed in the upper arm that continues to provide contraceptive protection for up to three years. IUD's are still available but not used as frequently today, due to unpleasant side effects. Contraceptive sponges and foams are other options. For women seeking permanent birth control, there is Essure®, small inserts placed in the fallopian tubes through the vagina to form a natural barrier.

How does Essure work?

Essure is the only nonsurgical form of permanent birth control. Available since 2002, the procedure entails inserting a soft, flexible metal coil into each fallopian tube, via the vagina. The procedure takes only about ten minutes to complete. Once in place, Essure takes 3-6 months to become effective. During this time, scar tissue develops around the inserts, creating a natural block that prevents eggs from being fertilized or reaching the uterus. An x-ray using dye is performed three months after the procedure to ensure that the tubes are adequately blocked. If they’re not, a follow-up X-ray is repeated at six months.

What Are the Side Effects of the Depo Shot?

The Depo-Provera shot is a form of birth control that comes in injection form and lasts anywhere from 10 to 12 weeks. Doctors will often give the next injection around the 10th week to ensure there is enough contraception in the bloodstream to prevent conception. Side effects are common with the Depo shot and range in severity. A few of the most common side effects include abnormal bleeding between periods, pelvic pain, tenderness in the breasts, vaginal discharge, headaches, decreased interest in sex, acne, cramping, hot flashes, weight gain, dizziness, and irritability. The degree of severity is different with each person and the dosage they are given.

When Should Birth Control Be Discontinued?

Doctors may recommend discontinuing the use of birth control if side effects become severe. This can include headaches, blurred vision, abnormally heavy bleeding both during and between periods, and pelvic cramping.



Here is a list of our accepted insurances. If you have insurance, you will be asked to provide a copy of your current card. Please be sure to bring your current insurance card and a valid photo ID with you, and arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. For any questions regarding insurance, please contact our office directly.

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Horizon BCBS
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Independence Blue Cross
Premera Blue Cross
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield