Intrauterine Devices

ParaGard

Paragard is a “T” shaped device made of soft, flexible plastic and copper (176 mg of copper wire wrapped on the vertical stem of the“T” shaped frame, and a 68.7 mg copper collar on each horizontal arm).  PARAGARD is over 99% effective and completely hormone free. It helps prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years, but your healthcare professional can remove it at any time. PARAGARD does not protect against HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).  Do not use PARAGARD if you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily, or have certain cancers. Less than 1% of users get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease.  The copper in Paraguard interferes with sperm movement, egg fertilization and possibly prevents implantation. 

Mirena/Skyla

Mirena is a small, T-shaped device, also known as an IUD, or intrauterine device.  Mirena is a hormone-releasing IUD that is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for as long as you want, for up to 5 years. Mirena is recommended for women who have had a child. Mirena also treats heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception.  Skyla is a skinnier version of Mirena that lasts for 3 years and is often the IUD we choose to place if you have never had children as the cervix has never been dilated and it is easier and more comfortable to insert the Skyla.  Everyone is different, and some women may experience discomfort or spotting during and after placement. These symptoms should go away shortly. If they don’t, contact your healthcare provider, as Mirena/Skyla may not have been properly placed. Within 4 to 6 weeks, you should return for a follow-up visit to make sure that everything is okay.e have many years of experience in advising women on which forms of birth control is the best for their lifestyles and preferences.

In addition to birth control pills, we offer several temporary forms of birth control that are effective for up to five years, including.