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.

Tabitha, 20, IUD

Photo Courtesy of Merck

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)

Kyesha, 29, implant

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

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