An IUD is roughly the size of a paper clip
What is an IUD?
- The letters IUD stand for intrauterine device.
- Brand names are Mirena, Skyla, Liletta and ParaGard.
- An IUD is a small T-shaped device placed in the uterus by a healthcare professional.
- It’s over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
- An IUD is completely discreet. No one can tell when someone has an IUD.
- IUDs are low maintenance! It’s only necessary to have the strings checked from time to time.
the Mirena IUD.
What is an implant?
- It’s a small flexible rod inserted under the skin (not in the muscle) of the underside of the upper arm.
- Brand name is Nexplanon.
- The implant is over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
- It’s completely discreet. No one can tell when someone is using an implant.
- An implant is low maintenance.
Nexplanon (Formerly known as Implanon)
Photo Courtesy of Mirena-US
How does it work?
- Hormonal IUDs (Mirena, Skyla, Liletta) and the implant (Nexplanon) release small doses of levonorgestral into the body.
- These methods thicken cervical mucus, stopping sperm from entering the uterus and reaching or fertilizing any eggs. Hormonal IUDs also thin the lining of the uterus.
- The non-hormonal IUD (ParaGard) works a little differently to effectively prevent pregnancy. It creates an environment in the uterus that’s unwelcoming to sperm.
Brittany and the ParaGard IUD