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.

Tabitha and
the Mirena IUD.

Tabitha, 20, IUD

Photo Courtesy of Merck

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)

Kyesha, 29, implant

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