Contraception Options

Renaissance Women’s Healthcare offers women a variety of options for contraception. Your choice of contraception methods will depend on many factors, including your lifestyle, your insurance or other payment resources, possible side effects, the level of effectiveness you need, and more.

If there were one birth control method that was the best for everyone in all of these areas, the decision would be easy. However, the pluses and minuses of different methods can interact in complicated ways. For example, if you’re very sure that you don’t want children soon, you might be willing to tolerate some side effects for a higher level of effectiveness. A frank conversation with the healthcare professionals at Renaissance Women’s Healthcare can help you gain full knowledge of your options so you can make a confident decision.

Here are a few of the contraception options:


Mirena is an IUD (intrauterine device), meaning that it is placed inside the uterus. Mirena can prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It may also be used to treat heavy, painful periods. Mirena uses the hormone progesterone. For more information, visit


Skyla, sometimes called “Mirena’s little sister,” is a smaller IUD placed in the uterus that can prevent pregnancy for up to three years. Skyla’s smaller size allows for a more comfortable insertion for young women or women who have not had children. For more information, visit


Paragard is a completely hormone-free IUD inserted into the uterus that can prevent pregnancy for up to ten years. Paragard is a plastic IUD with a tiny piece of copper wrapped around it; the copper prevents pregnancy without the use of hormones. For more information, visit


Nexplanon is a flexible implant that just an inch and a half long. The implant is placed in the inner, upper arm where it is hidden from view.   Nexplanon can prevent pregnancy for up to three years. For more information, visit


Depo-Provera is an injectable birth control method that can prevent pregnancy for up to twelve to fourteen weeks. Injections are typically administered every thirteen weeks. Depo-Provera is sometimes called “The Shot.”

For more information on these and other birth control methods, make an appointment with one of our women’s health experts at Renaissance Women’s Healthcare.