Leon Nitkin, MD

Gynecologist & OB-GYN located in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY

About Dr. Nitkin

Leon Nitkin is a top-ranked ob/gyn providing compassionate, state-of-the-art care for women from throughout Brooklyn, NY. With offices in both Brighton Beach and Downtown Brooklyn, Dr. Nitkin makes it easy and convenient for women to get the care they need to enjoy the best health possible at every age, from adolescence through menopause.

Board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Nitkin has extensive experience treating a wide array of obstetric and gynecological issues, including uterine fibroids, heavy menstrual bleeding, sexually-transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies, offering safe, confidential pregnancy termination options including both surgical options and the RU486 “abortion pill.” In addition, he provides gynecological care for adolescents as well as minimally-invasive in-office diagnostic evaluations and second opinion consultations to help women make the most informed decisions possible about their care.

Dr. Nitkin is committed to providing each patient with the broadest array of care options so every patient can feel confident in her care and her health. The practice's Safe Option program was created to enable women to take the steps they need to terminate unplanned pregnancies without worrying about judgment or recriminations. As a leading care provider in New York City, Dr. Nitkin's goal is to provide the highest-quality care with a compassionate approach aimed at helping every woman feel relaxed and empowered.

Dr. Nitkin completed his medical degree at Perm State Medical Academy, followed by two residencies in obstetrics and gynecology, including one at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and a second at the State University of New York (SUNY), Downstate Medical Center.

Dr. Nitkin welcomes new patients as well as walk-in patients. He speaks English, Russian and Polish, and the practice accepts most major types of insurance plans.

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Leon Nitkin MD

Leon Nitkin is a top-ranked ob/gyn providing compassionate, state-of-the-art care for women from throughout Brooklyn, NY. With offices in both Brighton Beach and Downtown Brooklyn, Dr. Nitkin makes it easy and convenient for women to get the care they need to enjoy the best health possible at every age, from adolescence through menopause.

Board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Nitkin has extensive experience treating a wide array of obstetric and gynecological issues, including uterine fibroids, heavy menstrual bleeding, sexually-transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies, offering safe, confidential pregnancy termination options including both surgical options and the RU486 “abortion pill.” In addition, he provides gynecological care for adolescents as well as minimally-invasive in-office diagnostic evaluations and second opinion consultations to help women make the most informed decisions possible about their care.

Dr. Nitkin is committed to providing each patient with the broadest array of care options so every patient can feel confident in her care and her health. The practice's Safe Option program was created to enable women to take the steps they need to terminate unplanned pregnancies without worrying about judgment or recriminations. As a leading care provider in New York City, Dr. Nitkin's goal is to provide the highest-quality care with a compassionate approach aimed at helping every woman feel relaxed and empowered.

Dr. Nitkin completed his medical degree at Perm State Medical Academy, followed by two residencies in obstetrics and gynecology, including one at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and a second at the State University of New York (SUNY), Downstate Medical Center.

Dr. Nitkin welcomes new patients as well as walk-in patients. He speaks English, Russian and Polish, and the practice accepts most major types of insurance plans.


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College Discount Program

No Insurance, No Problem – Just show your College ID!

Dr. Nitkin understands the daily pressures of being a college student in New York and the additional financial burdens that come with it. That’s why we want to make your visit to the Gyno quick and easy!

Just follow these easy three simple steps!

1. Schedule an appoint; let the receptionist know you are a college student
2. Arrive Day of Appointment, show your College ID
3. NO CO-PAYMENT

College can be enough to stress anyone out! Don’t let scheduling or going for your annual checkup at the gynecologist increase your pressure or anxiety load. Doctor Nitkin is a board certified physician affiliated with New York Community Hospital. He provides various services, treatments and annual checks up in two convenient Brooklyn locations.
Whether you go to college in Brooklyn or reside in Brooklyn finding a reliable doctor that you feel comfortable with can seem frustrating. If you have questions about STD’s or an unexpected pregnancy that you may want to discuss other options for, call Dr. Nitkin today! He has had over 25 years of experience and assisting women of all ages.

College’s Close to Dr. Nitkin’s two locations

  • ASA COLLEGE
  • BROOKLYN COLLEGE
  • EMPIRE STATE COLLEGE
  • INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
  • KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • NYC COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
  • POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
  • ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE
  • TOURO COLLEGE
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What to Expect

Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life; however it can also be extremely exhausting. Those entering parenthood must learn and understand plenty of information. Our doctors are here to guide you throughout your stages of pregnancy and will monitor your pregnancy from the very beginning. We offer compassionate and expert care, while using state of the art equipment.

Medical Tests – The Whys and Wherefores

At Dr. Nitkin Private Practice, we perform medical tests on our patients on a regular basis. Blood work is regularly evaluated to monitor the levels of one’s blood sugar, as well as to see if there may be any apparent health issues. Our first, second, and third trimester tests and screenings will monitor an infant’s health and development. Women who receive our prenatal care are less likely to deliver prematurely or have pregnancy-related problems. At our clinic, we strive to make our patients experience a healthy, joyous, and stress-free pregnancy and birth.

Watch Your Baby Grow

Once a child is born, both the mother and baby will benefit from our postpartum care. A women’s body goes through physical changes after giving birth and our doctors will provide support for these particular changes.

Stages of Pregnancy

United by sharing the same goal of improving a women’s health throughout all stages of pregnancy, our gynecologists, oncologists and obstetricians are committed to providing patients with the highest quality and most advanced health care.

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Safe Sex

Reduces our risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD)

USING CONDOMS MAKES VAGINAL OR ANAL INTERCOURSE SAFE SEX

USING CONDOMS OR OTHER BARRIERS MAKES ORAL SEX SAFE SEX

HAVING SEX PLAY WITHOUT INTERCOURSE CAN BE EVEN SAFE SEX

It is important that we all protect and monitor the health of ourselves and the ones we love. Those who are sexually active must always make sure that have protected sex in order to avoid the risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Sex can be fun, but it must also be safe. Those who care for their loved ones should always be responsible towards the people they care about, as well as their overall health.

The decision to become sexually intimate with a partner involves both an emotional and physical commitment. Practicing safe sex, doesn't mean sex need to be eliminated entirely. Males must remember the importance of wearing condoms, due to the fact that microorganisms found in STDs can easily be transmitted whenever having unprotected sex.

Abstinence isn't necessary when reducing the likelihood of STD transmission. If you and your partner choose to be sexually active, talk to each other about best ways to minimize any sort of risks, while at the same time empowering yourselves to have a long term intimate sexual experience.

Practicing safe sex is not only important to prevent sexually transmitted diseases; it’s also performed to help prevent pregnancy for those who aren't ready to enter parenthood. The most common pregnancy prevention product is birth control pills. Birth control pills are taken on a regular basis and releases hormones into the female’s body that keep her from releasing eggs. If there’s ever some type of emergency, such as a condom breaking during sex, then there is a pull available to women called the morning after pill. This pill can be used several days after having unprotected sex to help prevent pregnancy. While the morning after pill helps prevent pregnancy, it doesn't prevent STDs. The morning after pill isn't considered to be a regular form of birth control and should only be used in case of an emergency.

Whether you are married or are casually dating someone, it’s imperative to be safe when having intercourse. There are many products to help couples practice safe sex that will ultimately prevent the spread of disease and pregnancy. Being safe and smart will help you avoid all complications and will allow you and your partner to enjoy long-term intimate sexual experiences.

No-risk safe sex play includes

MASTURBATION
MUTUAL MASTURBATION
CYBERSEX
PHONE SEX
SHARING FANTASIES

Low-risk safe sex play includes

KISSING
FONDLING — MANUAL STIMULATION OF ONE ANOTHER
BODY-TO-BODY RUBBING — FROTTAGE, “GRINDING,” OR “DRY HUMPING”
ORAL SEX (EVEN SAFER WITH A CONDOM OR OTHER BARRIER)
PLAYING WITH SEX TOYS — ALONE OR WITH A PARTNER

High-risk safe sex play includes

VAGINAL INTERCOURSE
ANAL INTERCOURSE

STDS

Sexually transmitted infections get passed along in different ways. Here are the basics:

VAGINAL OR ANAL INTERCOURSE WITHOUT A CONDOM — HIGH RISK FOR PASSING

CHANCROID
CHLAMYDIA
CYTOMEGALOVIRUS (CMV)
GENITAL WARTS
GONORRHEA
HEPATITIS B
HERPES
HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV)
HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS (HPV)
PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE (PID)
PUBIC LICE
SCABIES
SYPHILIS
TRICHOMONIASIS

ORAL SEX WITHOUT A CONDOM — HIGH RISK FOR PASSING

CMV
GONORRHEA
HEPATITIS B
HERPES
SYPHILIS

SKIN-TO-SKIN SEX PLAY WITHOUT SEXUAL INTERCOURSE — RISKY FOR PASSING

CMV
HERPES
HPV
PUBIC LICE
SCABIES

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Safe Option Program

It's Your Decision.

Our Safe Option Program - is an outstanding private GYN program within our practice, for a safe and painless legal pregnancy termination.

Our available options are RU-486 a non-invasive pill or traditional surgical procedure. (Simultaneous IUD placement available). These services are backed with:

1. Board Certified OB/GYN with 25 years of surgical experience
2. Safety records - not a single abortion related complication
3. Anesthesia performed by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist (not a nurse anesthetist)
4. Pre and post abortion ultrasound performed by certified sonogram technician
5. Screen Exam and all questions - answered performed by Surgeon Gynecologist - (not medical stuff or assistance)
6. Private office setting - discreet and warm environment - (unlike most traditional abortion clinics)
7. Post op medications (except for Rhogam) and follow up visit - with no additional charges
8. Back home transportation facilitated
9. Saturday available. No children please!
10. Most insurances accepted

We are always available for any questions and inquiries during your time of needs. We have some FAQ that we have answered for your convenience.

If you have any personal questions feel free to contact us and we will answer honestly, promptly and with full discretion.

FAQ

WHAT'S THE BETTER THE OPTION: PILLS OR SURGICAL?
HOW DO I KNOW IF THE IS PROCEDURE UNCOMPLICATED?
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS?
WILL I HAVE SEVERE PAINS?
 
What is better: pills or surgical?

Pills are usually used within the very early stages of pregnancy, between 5 to 7 weeks.
How soon can the pills be used? - As soon as the pregnancy location is confirmed to be inside in the womb, and not within the fallopian tubes "so called ectopic pregnancy".

Who are the best candidates for abortion pills?

Young patients are more prone to the pills, "they are the most scared of surgical intervention".
Patients with C-sections - especially repeated, and fibroids - for technical reasons.
Patients who want to avoid surgical intervention, due to emotional or ethical issues - these women prefer to resolve this situation in the privacy of their own home, which is perfectly understandable and usually supported by their physician.
My personal observation, most patients are satisfied by abortion pills procedure and if needed, most likely will use it again.

How do I know if my procedure is uncomplicated and everything is ok?

Post-surgical abortion sonogram is crucial in order to evaluate condition of the womb.

Complications if any, can be immediately recognized. We always perform a pelvic sonogram post abortion to ensure proper quality of the procedure.

We always recommend after the procedure to check your body temperature at home, 2-3 times a day for a week.

If your temperature is consistently above 100F degree, come to the office for exam.

If after the abortion you don't have any bleeding and feel bloated - see your doctor.

If you are passing large clots of blood - see your doctor.

If your pregnancy shows one or any of the following conditions: breast soreness, nausea, etc., not resolved within 3 days from the time of the procedure - see your doctor.

How do I know my "abortion pill" procedure went well?

See your surgeon within 24-48 hours after using vaginal pills, to ensure completion of procedure.

Pelvic sonogram must confirm success of procedure. If the pregnancy is not eliminated repeat vaginal pills application or undergo surgical completion.

Normally you may bleed moderately to lightly 2-3 weeks but it should get progressively lighter and cease completely within the 1st month.

If you're still bleeding heavily at any point after 48 hours you may need surgical completion.

If your signs of pregnancy are not resolved within 1 week: request ultrasound to check the status.

What are possible complications?

They are:
1. Intraoperative
2. Postoperative
3. Late post abortion complication

Intraoperative complications

1. Failed to performed abortion
2. Perforation of uterine walls
3. Massive bleeding
4. Anesthesia related complication

All these complications are possible but very unlikely, and do not exceeded similar complications to those of normal birth.

We've never had one! Our clinic prides itself in never having any intraoperative complications.

Risk is also proportional to the stage of pregnancy. Advance pregnancies "after 12-14 weeks" are carrying higher risks.

Common rule: early pregnancies have fewer complications.

The earliest time and the best time for procedure are between 5-7 weeks of gestation.

We utilize additional technics "conventionally not used by regular abortion clinics", which minimize the risk of the procedures and eliminates complications.

Postoperative complications:

Incomplete abortion failed to eliminate placenta tissue postoperative endometriosis or inflammation of the womb that comes with fever and chills - which is a result of an incomplete abortion.

Incomplete abortion is treated by cleaning the uterine cavity and by gentle scraping and cervical dilation. Antibiotics and pain killer are given to complete this treatment.
Prevention of incomplete abortion is avoided by: accurate cleaning of the uterine walls and post abortion ultrasound to ensure the quality.

Late post abortion complication:

Infertility is very unlikely and always results of intraoperative complications.
Complications such as perforation can be identified at the time of original procedure.

Well performed procedures, whether surgical or medical (abortion pills) cannot lead to infertility.

Within our practice we have never identified infertility after our procedure.

Will I have severe pains?

Surgical procedure is performed under anesthesia, which means women feel no pains at the time of procedure.

Post procedure crumps related to uterine muscles contraction, which stops the bleeding.

Generally I recommend: ibuprofen or naproxen to be taken with a sip of water 1 - 2 hours prior to procedure.

At the time of procedure in our office anesthesiologist administrate pain killer toradol, which greatly reduces the pain.

After procedure, our nurse gives ibuprofen to our patients with a cup of tea. This combination results in greater pain control.

As a personal touch we supply our patients with ibuprofen pills to provide lasting post-operative comfort with no additional charge.

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We Accept Most Insurance Plans

We have a vast list of affiliations with most insurance providers. If you have any questions, please call our office for more information. 

1199SEIU
AARP
Access Medical Group
Aetna
Amerigroup
AmeriHealth
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
APWU
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program
Cigna
EmblemHealth
Empire Plan
Fidelis Care (NY)
GHI