What are Long-Term Birth Control Methods?
Long-term birth control methods are one-time insertions that can prevent pregnancy for years. These methods are easy to use and are designed to cause little interruptions to your lifestyle. Long-term birth control options include IUDs and birth control implants.
Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)
An IUD is a long-term form of birth control that involves inserting a small, T-shaped, plastic device into the uterus. There are two types of IUDs available that offer protection for different lengths:
- Hormonal IUD: Releases the hormone progestin into the uterus and is approved for up to three to eight years of use, depending on the brand.
- Copper IUD: Releases copper into the uterus instead of hormones and is approved for up to 10 years of use.
You can talk to your provider about the types of IUDs, and they can recommend the right one for you. To ensure your comfort, our experienced providers will be able to quickly and effectively insert the IUD here in our office.
The Birth Control Implant
The birth control implant is inserted just under the skin in the upper arm using a special device. It’s a small, flexible, plastic rod that isn’t visible once inserted.
The implant releases the hormone progestin into the body to stop ovulation and is approved for up to three years of use. Before inserting it in-office, your provider will clearly explain the steps of the procedure, keeping you safe and informed. The procedure typically takes only a few minutes.
Ask Your Provider About Long-Term Birth Control Methods
Long-term birth control methods are designed to prevent pregnancy for years at a time and can benefit women looking for a lengthy but reversible solution. If you’re curious about how an IUD or birth control implant will fit into your life, reach out to your Square Care Medical Group provider to make an appointment!