There are many options for birth control available today, and consulting with a medical professional is the easiest and most efficient way to find out which method is best for you. At the office of Fern L. Grapin, MD, choices include intrauterine forms of birth control such as Nexplanon arm implants, Mirena, Paragard, Kyleena and Skyla.

While their intention is the same, each method has unique properties and one may be better suited to you than the others. Schedule a consultation with us, and we can help determine what birth control method makes the most sense for your needs and lifestyle.


The Nexplanon® implant is a small, thin rod roughly the size of matchstick. After the implant is inserted into your upper arm, the implant releases a small, steady amount of progestin hormone into your body, preventing you from getting pregnant for up to 4 years without any further action on your part. Even better, the implant can be removed if you decide you’d like to become pregnant later.


Mirena® is an intrauterine contraceptive that is placed by your gynecologist. It offers busy women a great alternative from traditional IUC’s. With Mirena® patients only have to perform a self-check once a month to ensure it’s still properly placed.


ParaGard® is an intrauterine contraceptive or IUC that provides women an alternative, effective form of birth control. Unlike the more common forms of birth control (the pill, ring and patch) ParaGard® is hormone-free and proven to be more effective. It’s the ideal solution for women who would prefer not to or are unable to use hormones for medical purposes.


Kyleena® is a small, T-shaped intrauterine device (IUD) which is inserted into your uterus by a medical professional in a quick, 5-minute procedure. It is FDA-approved and over 98.5% effective at preventing pregnancy for up to 5 years.


Skyla® is an intrauterine device (IUD) inserted into your uterus that slowly emits a low dosage of progestin hormone, effectively preventing pregnancy for up to 3 years. Compared to other IUD methods, Skyla® is physically the smallest device and provides a slightly lower dose of hormone, which may be important for some patients to lessen or eliminate certain side effects.