Contraception Counseling

Determining the best contraception for your needs

The physicians at Mesa Women’s Health Care offer guidance for patients seeking help determining the best form of contraception for their needs.  The physicians will provide information about the various methods and supply prescriptions or perform the patient-selected procedures.

Mesa Women’s Health Care also offers the following contraceptives:

ParaGard® IUC

ParaGard® IUC (Intrauterine Contraception) is small and quite simple to use.

  • 99.4% effective-without having to remember to take a pill, change a patch, or put in a ring;
  • Hormone-free;
  • Hassle-free: no birth control regimens to fit into your schedule, just a simple monthly self-check;
  • Safe: used for 20+ years by millions of women;
  • Flexible: use ParaGard® for as long as you and your health-care professional choose: 2 years, 5 years even up to 10 years;
  • Long-term but easily reversible: as effective as having your tubes tied, but you can change your mind – just have ParaGard® removed at any time by your health-care professional;
  • Easy on your budget: if you plan to use birth control for at least 2 years, an IUC is the least expensive option available.

ParaGard® Q&A

Q – How does ParaGard® work?

A – ParaGard® prevents sperm from reaching the egg and fertilizing it. It may also prevent the egg from attaching to the uterus. ParaGard® does not alter your body’s natural menstrual cycle.

Q – When does it start working?

A – Right away, as soon as your health-care professional inserts it.

Q – Is it OK to have copper in my body?

A – Yes, ParaGard® doesn’t raise the level of copper naturally found in your body. In fact, the copper released daily by ParaGard® is less than the amount of copper found in the foods you eat on an average day.

Q – Will I feel it? Will my partner feel it?

A – No, It’s designed to fit comfortably in your uterus.  Neither you nor your partner will feel it. Also, ParaGard® doesn’t interfere with tampons.

Q – Do I have to use ParaGard® for 10 years?

A – ParaGard® is effective for up to 10 years, but gives you the flexibility to change your mind. You can use it for 2 years, 5 years- however long you and your health care professional choose.

Q – Does ParaGard® protect against sexually transmitted diseases?

A – No, only condoms protect against STDs.

Q – Can I use ParaGard® if I’m breastfeeding?

A – Yes. Unlike other methods it’s hormone-free. In fact, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends it as a choice for nursing mothers.

Q – How does ParaGard® compare in price with other birth control methods?

A – If you plan to use birth control for at least 2 years, an IUC is the least expensive option available. That’s because you only pay for it once, when it’s inserted.

Q – Where can I get ParaGard®?

A – From your physician at Grand Mesa Women’s Health Care.


Mirena® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is an estrogen-free intrauterine contraceptive (IUC) that delivers small amounts of hormone directly to the uterus. Mirena® virtually eliminates the worry of unplanned pregnancy. It’s best-suited for women who have had at least 1 child, are looking for an effective, reversible form of birth control that’s easy to use, and are in a mutually monogamous relationship.

  • 99.9% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to 5 years (or less if you choose);
  • Keeps hormone levels steadier and lower than pills or patches;
  • Won’t cause significant weight gain;
  • May also help shorten, lighten, or even eliminate periods;
  • Easily removed with quick return to fertility

Mirena® Q&A

Q – What if I want birth control for more than 5 years?

A – No problem. Mirena® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) must be removed after 5 years, but your health-care professional can place a new Mirena® immediately during the same visit if you want to continue using Mirena®. Soon after the second device is put in place, many women have said that their periods stop.

Q – How do I know when to have Mirena® removed?

A – You should have Mirena® removed after 5 years or anytime you are looking to try to become pregnant. Be sure to follow up with your healthcare professional as you continue to track your removal date. Your healthcare professional can place a new Mirena® if you decide to continue using it.

Q – Can I still use tampons?

A – Yes. Tampons will not change the position or effectiveness of Mirena®.

Q – How is Mirena® placed?

A – Your health-care professional will place Mirena® into your uterus during an office visit. He or she will:

  1. Clean your vagina and cervix with an antiseptic solution.
  2. Insert a thin tube of flexible plastic (the inserter) containing Mirena® into your vagina and then into your uterus.
  3. Check to make sure Mirena® is positioned correctly.
  4. Withdraw the plastic inserter, leaving Mirena® in your uterus.
  5. Trim the removal threads to the proper length.


We're located at: 715 Horizon Drive, Suite #200, Grand Junction, CO 81506
Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 5:00pm* *We close from noon to 1pm Monday – Thursday Friday 8:30am – 2:00pm If you are going into labor or experiencing an emergency after-hours, call 970.242.2429. Our answering service will call the doctor on duty to alert him of your emergency. If you think you’re in labor, please go directly to St. Mary’s Hospital Labor & Delivery unit and they will contact your physician for you.
Call us at 970.242.2429. If it's after-hours, our answering service will call the doctor on duty to alert him of your emergency. Or, go directly to St. Mary’s Hospital Labor & Delivery unit and they will contact your physician for you. Good luck!
We offer a broad range of OB/GYN services, including: Advanced surgical treatments Contraception Counseling Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Treatment of gynecological problems, including incontinence and pelvic pain Ultrasounds in-office Well-woman checks


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Weekends | Closed


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