If you want long-acting, reversible birth control, you may want to consider an IUD or implant. Board-certified OB/GYN Paul Heimbecker, MD, FACOG, at Advanced Care for Women offers birth control counseling, birth control implants, and IUD placement for women in Sanford, North Carolina. Call or book an appointment online to schedule an in-office consultation.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants are long-acting, reversible methods of contraception (LARC). These options are about 20 times more effective than other birth control methods, such as the pill, patch, or vaginal ring.
LARC provides continuous protection from pregnancy for several years without any action required by you. In addition to added convenience, LARC methods are over 99% effective. Dr. Heimbecker at Advanced Care for Women offers a variety of LARC options:
An IUD is a tiny, T-shaped appliance that fits inside your uterus. IUDs release copper or hormones to prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg. Without fertilization, pregnancy can’t occur.
Dr. Heimbecker inserts the Nexplanon® implant below the skin on the inside of your upper arm. The tiny implant releases hormones directly into your body, which prevent pregnancy for up to three years. Then you must have it removed or replaced.
There are two main types of IUDs: copper IUDs and hormonal IUDs. The copper IUD (ParaGard®) doesn’t release hormones, instead using copper to naturally repel sperm. Copper IUDs prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years.
There are also various brands of hormonal IUDs, such as Mirena® and Skyla®. Hormonal IUDs are made of flexible plastic and prevent pregnancy for 3-5 years.
First, Dr. Heimbecker performs a thorough physical exam and reviews your medical history. Then, he discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each type of birth control so you can make an informed decision on what works best for you.
You can’t insert or remove an IUD or implant on your own, but Dr. Heimbecker can do this for you during a quick, in-office procedure. If you get an IUD, you may experience mild to moderate discomfort during your insertion and light bleeding for a day or two after your appointment.
Then, you don’t have to worry about birth control for the next 3-12 years! If you decide you want to get pregnant in the future, these methods are completely reversible. Call Advanced Care for Women or book an appointment online today.