Delaying Conception: Choices in Temporary Birth Control
Most women want birth control that is very reliable – yet allows the body to return to its natural cycle easily once it is discontinued.
The options for preventing conception include oral contraceptives (birth control pills), an intrauterine device (IUD), hormone shots, the contraceptive patch, vaginal ring, contraceptive implant, or an intrauterine contraceptive (IUC).
Talk with Dr. Morrison about the advantages, risks and side effects of the temporary birth control methods available to you.
New and Advanced: Mirena® and IMPLANON
Mirena®One of the more popular choices today is the IUC Mirena®, a small, flexible device that is inserted into the uterus in only minutes during an office visit. This estrogen-free intrauterine contraceptive (IUC) delivers small amounts of levonorgestrel, a synthetic progesterone, directly to the uterus. Mirena is 99.9% effective and can be removed at any time for a quick return to fertility.
IMPLANON® Contraceptive ImplantIMPLANON® is a flexible plastic rod the size of a matchstick that is put under the skin of your arm. This implant contains a hormone called etonogestrel. IMPLANON® prevents pregnancy in several ways. The most important is by stopping the release of eggs from the ovaries. IMPLANON also changes the mucus in the cervix, which may help keep sperm from reaching the egg. In addition, IMPLANON changes the lining of your uterus, another condition which deters fertilization of an egg.
IMPLANON is more than 99 % effective and it prevents pregnancy for up to three years. Once IMPLANON is removed, the ability to become pregnant returns quickly.