Birth Control Options

Advanced Specialty Care for Women | Nampa Obgyn

Women's Health and Wellness OBGYN located in Nampa, Idaho

There are several options for birth control, each with different pros and cons, that will ultimately come down to what option will work best for you. Dr. Gregerson and our providers are here to help you make the best decision for you based on the facts and your personal needs. Here are a few options of birth control we recommend:


ParaGard® is an intrauterine device (IUD) that’s inserted into the uterus for long-term birth control (contraception). The T-shaped plastic frame has copper wire coiled around the stem and two copper sleeves along the arms that continuously release copper to bathe the lining of the uterus. ParaGard produces an inflammatory reaction in the uterus that is toxic to sperm, which helps prevent fertilization.

ParaGard is the only copper IUD available in the U.S. ParaGard prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years after insertion

Why it’s done:

ParaGard offers effective, long-term contraception. It can be used in premenopausal women of all ages, including teenagers. Among various benefits, ParaGard:

  • Eliminates the need to interrupt sex for contraception or seek partner compliance
  • Can remain in place for up to 10 years
  • Can be removed at any time, followed by a quick return to fertility
  • Decreases the risk of endometrial cancer and possibly cervical cancer
  • Can be used while breastfeeding — though there may be an increased risk of perforation or expulsion when inserted soon after delivery
  • Doesn’t carry the risk of side effects related to hormonal birth control methods
  • Can be used for emergency contraception if inserted within five days after unprotected sex

ParaGard isn’t appropriate for everyone, however. Your health care provider may discourage use of ParaGard if you:

  • Have uterine abnormalities that interfere with the placement or retention of ParaGard
  • Have a pelvic infection, such as pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Have uterine or cervical cancer
  • Have unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Are allergic to any component of ParaGard
  • Have a disorder that causes too much copper to accumulate in your liver, brain and other vital organs (Wilson’s disease)
  • Have or are at high risk of a sexually transmitted infection, and won’t use condoms
  • Had previous problems with an IUD


The IUD at a Glance

  • Small, “T-shaped” device inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy
  • Safe, effective, and long-lasting
  • Must be inserted by a healthcare provider
  • Costs between $0 and $1,000 up front, but lasts up to 12 years

Is an IUD Right for Me?

Birth Control Vaginal Ring (NuvaRing®)

Vaginal Ring at a Glance:

  • A small ring you put in your vagina once a month for three weeks to prevent pregnancy
  • Safe, effective, and convenient
  • Easy to get with a prescription
  • Costs about $0–$80 a month
  • Is the Vaginal Ring Right for Me?


Kyleena® is a different kind of Birth Control Option. It's as effective as the pill, but unlike the pill, you don't have to remember to take it every day.

Kyleena is a hormone-releasing IUD that prevents pregnancy for up to 5 years.

Kyleena is one of the most effective methods of birth control. It's over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for each year of use, and 98.6% effective over 5 years.

Did you Know?

IUDs are reversible. We can remove them for you at any time, and you can try to get pregnant right away after removal.


Skyla® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is a hormone-releasing IUD that prevents pregnancy for up to 3 years.

Skyla® is 99% effective.


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 can be used whether or not you have had a child. Mirena also treats heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception.


Nexplanon® is a birth control implant that goes in your arm that is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for as long as you want, for up to 3 years. Nexplanon is reversible and must be removed by the end of the third year. Less than one pregnancy per 100 women who used Nexplanon occur in a year.

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