Every woman has her own preference when it comes to family planning. Fortunately, physicians at Desert West work with each patient to determine what is best for her. These birth control methods include:

Barrier Method

  • Contraceptive sponge which contains spermicide
  • Diaphragm, cervical cap or cervical shield
  • Male condom made of thin latex or lambskin sheath
  • Female condom made of thin rubber

Hormonal Method

  • "The Pill" — Combined oral contraceptives containing both estrogen and progestin
  • "Mini Pill" — Containing progestin only
  • Patch — Adhesive strip that delivers hormones through the skin and into the blood stream
  • Shot — Injection of progestin
  • Vaginal Ring — Thin, flexible ring that releases progestin and estrogen

Long Acting Contraceptives
Long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are birth control methods that provide contraception for an extended period without repeated user actions. They are a good option for women who may want to become pregnant in the future but also desire long-term, highly effective pregnancy prevention without taking a daily pill.

Contraceptive implants are soft, flexible, matchstick-sized devices that are implanted under the skin of the upper arm that release progestin.

  • NEXPLANON — When placed by your healthcare provider under the skin on the inside of the upper arm, it provides up to four years of continuous pregnancy prevention. It works by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary and changing cervical mucus to help keep sperm from reaching the egg.

An Intrauterine Device, or IUD, is a small, flexible T-shaped plastic rod that can provide continuous pregnancy prevention once placed by your healthcare provider during a nonsurgical procedure. IUDs are reversible and can be removed by your provider at any time.


  • Kyleena — The smallest 5-year IUD that provides a continuous low dose of hormones offering birth control that’s over 99% effective for each year of use.
  • Mirena — A soft, flexible intrauterine device that releases small amounts of hormone locally into your uterus. It is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and lasts for as long as you want, for up to 5 years.
  • Paraguard — Copper releasing, hormone free IUD that lasts up to 10 years with more than a 99% effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. It is used for patients on medication that might interact with hormones found in Mirena and Kyleena.