Mirena, Skyla and ParaGard compared to a paper clip.
What is an IUD?
- The letters IUD stand for intrauterine device.
- It’s a small, flexible T-shaped plastic that gets placed in the uterus by a healthcare provider.
- IUDs are highly – over 99% – effective birth control methods.
- It’s completely discreet. No one can tell when you have an IUD.
- The only thing you have to do is a string check from time to time.
Tabitha and the Mirena IUD.
What is an implant?
- It’s a small flexible rod that is inserted under the skin of your upper arm, not in the muscle.
- The implant Nexplanon is over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
- It’s completely discreet. No one can tell you’ve had an implant inserted.
Nexplanon (Formerly known as Implanon)
Photo Courtesy of Mirena-US
How does it work?
- All hormonal IUDs and the implant (Mirena, Skyla, Liletta & Nexplanon) release a small dose of levonorgestral into your body.
- The hormone keeps your ovaries from releasing eggs and thickens your cervical mucus, which helps to block the sperm from getting to the egg in the first place.
- It also thins the lining of your uterus, which results in lighter to no periods depending on the person.
- ParaGard is a non hormonal IUD but still helps prevent you from getting pregnant. The IUD is wrapped in a small amount of safe copper that along with the “T-shape” creates an inhospitable environment in your uterus for the sperm.
Brittany and the ParaGard IUD