The IUD is a small, T-shaped flexible device that is inserted into the uterus.
The LILETTA® is an IUS, intrauterine system (otherwise known as an intrauterine device or IUD) that is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider to prevent pregnancy. LILETTA has been found to be more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for up to 6 years in different types of women of childbearing age. It can be used by women who have had children and women who have never been pregnant. The Liletta® tends to make periods lighter or absent. LILETTA® is a reversible form of birth control. Your healthcare provider can remove it any time.
The MIRENA® IUD continuously releases a small amount of the progestin levonorgestrel and is effective for 6 years in preventing pregnancy. The Mirena tends to make periods lighter or absent.
MIRENA® IUD is the first and only hormone-releasing IUD that is FDA-approved to treat heavy periods—also known as heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) —for up to 5 years in women who choose an IUD for birth control.
ParaGard® is the only non-medicated IUD available in the United States and can be left in place for up to 10 years. This IUD has copper (which acts as a spermicide) coiled around it. Some women experience heavier periods with this.
IUD is as effective as a tubal ligation, however, is reversible if pregnancy is desired. Reversal is quick and easily performed in the office.
Any IUD – Liletta, Mirena or ParaGard DOES NOT protect against HIV or STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases).
If you have questions about the use of an IUD, please call our office to make an appointment.