When women from southeastern Idaho need contraception, the physicians at Leavitt Women’s Healthcare offer comprehensive advice to help them choose the best form of birth control to meet their needs. Appointments are available at the practice located in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Contraception Q & A
- How Can I Decide Which Form of Contraception is Right for Me?
- The physicians at Leavitt Women’s Healthcare offer a variety of contraception methods to ensure that every patient’s needs are met. Birth control options include birth control pills, IUDs, and implants. Permanent forms of birth control like Essure and tubal ligation are also available to women who have completed their families. This variety of contraception options means women can choose what's best for their needs, their lifestyles, and their comfort levels. Some options include long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) like IUDs and arm implants that may be more convenient, but birth control pills are more familiar and offer additional hormonal benefits. Women should discuss their needs honestly during their consultation to ensure they select the birth control that suits them best.
- What is an IUD?
- IUD is an acronym for intrauterine device, a T-shaped device that is inserted inside the uterus during a simple, in-office procedure. IUDs are available in hormonal (Mirena®) and non-hormonal options (ParaGard®). Non-hormonal IUDs such as ParaGard are made of copper and work by altering the chemical composition of cervical and uterine fluid and mucus, making the uterus inhospitable to sperm. The Mirena IUDs use slow-release hormones similar to those found in birth control pills to prevent pregnancy. IUDs are effective for between 5-10 years depending on the type used.
- What is Nexplanon®?
- Nexplanon is a birth control implant which is about the size of a match that is inserted on the inside the patient’s bicep. Nexplanon is effective for up to 3 years, providing constant pregnancy prevention. Many women prefer the implant because it means they do not have to remember to take a pill every day. Once inserted, Nexplanon is over 99% successful at preventing pregnancy although it does not prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections. If a woman decides that she is ready to become pregnant, Nexplanon can be removed at any time; the implant must be removed and replaced by the end of the third year.