The choice of which contraception is right for you is not a light or easy decision. Every woman’s body is unique and will respond differently to each method.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is small and made of flexible plastic or copper that is placed in the uterus for long-term contraception. IUDs can last from three up to 10 years depending on the IUD type, but can also be removed at any time. IUDs are discreet and are more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
IUDs fall under the category of “long-term acting reversible contraceptive” birth control (LARCs). One of their advantages is that women have lighter periods with less pain, or sometimes periods go away completely. However, they are not systemic hormones.
Inserting an IUD involves a simple office procedure, and it can be removed at any time when you are ready.
- Paragard® or copper T IUD: These are 10-year devices that are hormone-free.
- Skyla® IUD: Contains progestin; lasts three years
- Kyleena® IUD: Contains progestin; lasts five years
- Liletta® IUD: Contains progestin; lasts six years
- Mirena® IUD: Contains progestin; lasts seven years