IUD Placement - Mirena®, Paraguard®, and Skyla®

Mirena®

Mirena is an FDA-approved intrauterine device (IUD) that is recommended for women who’ve had a child. It’s made of soft, flexible plastic. Getting Mirena is nonsurgical, and placement is done by your healthcare provider during a routine office visit. It typically takes just a few minutes.

Every woman is different, and some women may experience discomfort or spotting during or after placement. These symptoms should go away shortly. If they don’t, contact your healthcare provider. Within 4 to 6 weeks you should return for a follow-up visit to make sure that everything is okay.

  • Highly Effective—One of the most effective birth control methods—over 99%—and does not rely on you to be effective
  • Convenient—No daily pills and no monthly refills. It lasts for as long as you want, for up to 5 years. The time-frame is up to you. You should do a monthly self-check to make sure it’s in place.
  • Reversible—You can have it removed by your healthcare provider at any time, and try to become pregnant right away
  • Estrogen-free—It delivers small amounts of progestin locally into your uterus
  • Approved to treat heavy periods—Mirena is the first and only birth control that's FDA-approved to treat heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine birth control

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Paraguard®

WHAT IS Paragard®?

Paragard® is a form of birth control known as an intrauterine device (IUD). It’s sometimes called an intrauterine contraceptive (IUC). Paragard® is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and has no hormones at all.

Where is Paragard® Inserted?

Paragard® is a small, soft, and flexible T-shaped device made primarily of plastic and copper that your healthcare provider places in your uterus at an office visit. Once it’s inserted, all you need to do is a simple monthly string check. Otherwise, you shouldn’t feel it at all and neither should your partner.

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Skyla®

SkylaSkyla is a IUD is a small, t-shaped device that’s placed in your uterus by your OB/GYN during a routine visit.

Getting an IUD is nonsurgical and typically takes just a few minutes. Once in place, it provides continuous, highly effective birth control.

Everyone is different, and some women may experience discomfort or spotting during or after placement. These symptoms should go away shortly. If they don’t, contact your OB/GYN. Within 4 to 6 weeks, you should return for a follow-up visit to make sure that everything is okay.

  • Skyla is a hormone-releasing IUD that is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for up to 3 years.
  • No daily pills, monthly refills, or trips to the pharmacy. You should make sure Skyla is in place with a monthly self-check.
  • Completely reversible and can be removed by your OB/GYN at any time if you change your mind, so you can try to get pregnant right away
  • Skyla is FDA-approved and can be used whether or not you have had a child. It is available by prescription only.

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