The IUD

The Mirena IUD

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small plastic device that resides in the uterus.  It prevents the movement of sperm and fertilization.  Mirena contains small amounts of progestin that are released over a 5 year period and often reduces or eliminates the menstrual flow.  IUD’s provide long term, reliable contraception. 

Skyla IUD

Skyla  is a smaller hormonal IUD designed for women who have not yet had children.  It is smaller, contains less hormones and is good for 3 years.  The insertion procedure is the same for all IUD's, however Skyla has a smaller insertion tube for more comfort.

Why use Mirena or Skyla

  • Long-lasting pregnancy protection
  • May reduce cramps or make your period lighter
  • Highly effective method of birth control

Why not? 

  • You could have spotting between periods during the first few months
  • Doesn't protect against sexually transmitted infections
  • Some partners can feel the IUD strings. Often the strings will get softer over time, or can be trimmed  
Listen to the real stories of three women who chose the IUD as their preferred method of contraception. 

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    Class Completed!

    If you have completed both the hormonal and non hormonal sections of this class, congratulations! You are done. Please read and sign the consent form. Bring it with you on the day of your appointment. This form will also serve as your certificate of completion.