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Skyla IUD

An intrauterine device (IUD), also known as a intrauterine contraceptive (IUC), is a small, flexible “T” shaped device that is placed inside of the uterus.  These long-acting birth control devices can provide pregnancy prevention for 3-10 years depending on which IUD you choose.  Skyla IUD is small, safe, and highly effective.  IUD’s can be placed during a routine office visit in a matter of minutes.


Skyla is a soft, flexible IUD that releases small amounts of hormone locally into your uterus. It gives you birth control you can count on for up to 3 years.

  • Skyla IUD is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy
  • You can try to become pregnant as soon as Skyla is removed.
  • Although Skyla has not been approved for the treatment of heavy vaginal bleeding, it will likely make your periods a little lighter.

How can I get a Skyla IUD?

IUDs must be placed by a trained medical professional during an office visit. The IUD is T-shaped and it is inserted through your cervix with a special placement device. The IUDs have two small strings that can be felt outside of your cervix but inside your vagina. An IUD is most often placed during your period, but can be placed at other times of your cycle (as long as your provider can be sure that you are not pregnant).

Are there risks to using Skyla IUD?

Most women experience some cramping discomfort during insertion of an IUD, which is usually relieved with Ibuprofen. IUDs may cause spotting and cramping for three to six months. Approximately 5% of women may spontaneously expel the IUD. A rare but serious side effect of an IUD is perforation of the uterus. Perforation or an embedded IUD can be treated and occurs in approximately 1 out of 1000 insertions.

What are the benefits of using Skyla IUD?

IUDs are over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and it is a form of contraception that you don’t have to think about every day, month, or even year.  Skyla has not been approved for the treatment of heavy vaginal bleeding but it will likely make your periods a little lighter or less painful.  Women return to their own baseline fertility as soon as the Skyla is removed.  Whenever you are ready to become pregnant, you may have the IUD removed, even prior to three years of use.

What is the difference between Skyla and Mirena?

Both Skyla and Mirena contain the same hormone, a progestin called Levonorgestrel.  Skyla has a lower dose of hormone than Mirena and therefore will only prevent pregnancy for three years as opposed to Mirena, which can be used for five years.  Also, because it has less progestin, Skyla is much less likely to cause your periods to go away completely and it has not been approved for the treatment of heavy or painful periods. Some women who are reassured by their monthly bleeding prefer Skyla because they don’t want their period to disappear.  Other women prefer Mirena because they know it is safe not to have a monthly menses.  Both Skyla and Mirena cause discomfort with insertion, but the insertion device for Skyla is slightly smaller in diameter.  Both the Mirena and Skyla can be used in teens or women who have never delivered a child.

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