What Are My Long-term Birth Control Options?

When it comes to birth control, many of the options aren’t exactly long-term options or require some diligence to ensure you are actually protected. So, if you’re not the best at remembering to take a pill at the same time or simply just prefer a form of birth control that you don’t have to think much about, let’s explore two of the most popular long-term birth control options: the implant and IUD.


Nexplanon is a hormone-releasing birth control implant that helps women prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years. This implant prevents pregnancy in multiple ways. The most impactful way is that it stops the release of an egg from your ovary. In addition to that, it also changes the lining of your uterus. It does not contain estrogen, which can be positive for some women. It does, however, contain a progestin hormone called etonogestrel and a small amount of barium sulfate so it can be seen in X-rays. It is implanted underneath the skin on the inner side of your upper arm. This single Nexplanon implant can be used for up to 3 years but it can be removed at any time.

Intrauterine Device/System (IUD/IUS)

IUDs/IUS contraceptives are among the most effective methods of reversible contraceptives available. At this time, there are two types of intrauterine contraceptives. The first being Paragard (IUD) and the second being Mirena. Paragard IUD does not contain any hormones and works by increasing uterine fluids that prevent the sperm from fertilization. This IUD can be used for up to ten years, making it a really long-term option. The Mirena, levonorgesterel-releasing intrauterine system (IUD), works the same as the Paragard IUD and contains a progestin that is slowly released over 5 years.

The biggest advantage of progestin is that it may result in giving you lighter or no monthly cycles as well as decreased menstrual cramping. The insertion of the IUD is quick, simple, and is done in our office.

Every body is different so if you’re interested in an implant or IUD, we’d love to discuss your options with you to find the best method for you. Schedule an appointment with Camelback Women’s Health today. Call 602-494-5050 for our Paradise Valley location or 602-468-3912 for our Biltmore location.

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