Published March 8, 2021
Complex contraception care is for patients with medical conditions that affect the kind of birth control they can choose. Conditions could include cancer, clotting/bleeding disorders, cardiovascular disease, a dissatisfaction or side effects from previous or current contraceptive methods.
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – A broader range of reproductive and gynecological services will be available in Western New York, now that UBMD Obstetrics & Gynecology (OBGYN) is instituting a new clinical initiative, addressing concerns around complex contraception and family planning. The program has launched in an effort to help patients who may have medical considerations complicating their ability to select and receive birth control.
“Patients with these concerns may benefit from seeing a physician who has additional training and expertise in complex contraception,” said Sarah Berga, MD, president of UBMD OBGYN. “With a complex contraception specialist, they can find an option that fosters health and works for their lifestyle.”
Dr. Berga is also chair of the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.
“When a medical condition, treatment or medication has an impact on a someone’s ability to take birth control or affects its effectiveness, going to a specialist should be considered,” said Rachelle St. Onge, MD, MPH, who leads this care initiative. “We have the tools, resources and knowledge that can help them navigate this. Anyone who wants to be on birth control should be able to have access to a method that is safe and takes into consideration the unique risk factors they may have.”
“By having a team whose specialized focus is caring for these patients, and that is constantly working to expand options for these patients, we help bring better and safer healthcare to Western New York,” said Dr. St. Onge, an assistant professor at the Jacobs School, who teaches medical students and residents, as well as conducts research.
Complex contraception and family planning also serves an important function by assisting with preconception counseling, preventive screening and family planning options before pregnancy if desired.
Provided at our Williamsville office, UBMD OBGYN offers full-service gynecological wellness, including on-site ultrasound services. On-site ultrasounds allow for use during exams to monitor any concerns, identify the source of pelvic pain, or the insertion/removal of contraceptive implants, as well as prenatal care.
For most insurances, this will be covered the same as any other OBGYN appointment. Specific concerns can be discussed with our office team.
UBMD OBGYN continues to provide gynecological and obstetrics care for every phase of life, whether it’s for an adolescent visit, routine exam, pregnancy, menopause or aging concerns, and anything in between.
UBMD OBGYN see patients through UBMD CareConnect, our telemedicine service, and at two locations: 1020 Youngs Road, Suite 110 in Williamsville and the Conventus medical office building downtown on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, 1001 Main Street, 4th Floor.