IUD

The IUD is a little, t-shaped piece of plastic that gets put in your uterus to mess with the way sperm can move and prevent them from fertilizing an egg. Sounds odd, but it works like a charm. There are three types: Mirena, ParaGard and Skyla. They offer years of protection?between three and twelve, depending on the type you get. And if you want to get pregnant, you can have the IUD removed at any time.
 

MIRENA

This plastic IUD releases a small amount of the synthetic hormone progestin, which profices double protection by stopping ovulation and creating an environment where sperm doesn?t survive. It lasts for five and possibly up to seven years (so be sure and talk to your provider about the timing) and Mirena may give you lighter periods.

PARAGARD

This IUD is made of plastic and a small amount of natural, safe copper. It?s 100% hormone-free and doesn?t alter your periods. It can stay inside you for ten and maybe up to twelve years, so be sure and talk to your provider about the timing.

SKYLA

This plastic IUD is the smallest one available and has been FDA-approved for women who have not had a child. It releases a small amount of the synthetic hormone, progestin, which provides double protection by stopping ovulation and creating an environment where sperm doesn?t survive. It works for up to 3 years.

Real Stories


These videos will give you a sense of some people's personal experiences using this method. They are not meant to be understood as medical facts, and your experience may differ.

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