Page 12: IUD (Intrauterine Device/System)

An IUD is a long-acting form of birth control that provides continuous protection against pregnancy. IUDs are placed in the uterus and are greater than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. Fertility returns when the device is removed. IUDs can be easily inserted by your clinician during a routine office visit. Cost varies and is often covered by insurance. It is always recommended that you check with your insurance carrier before proceeding with an IUD system. McKinley Health Center offers three IUD Systems.

SKYLA

MIRENA

PARAGARD

Small, flexible device made of soft plasticSmall, flexible device made of soft plasticSmall, flexible device primarily made of plastic and copper
Releases a hormone (levonorgestrel)Releases a hormone (levonorgestrel)Hormone-Free
Prevents pregnancy for up to 3 yearsPrevents pregnancy for up to 5 yearsPrevents pregnancy for up to 10 years
Easily removed by your clinicianEasily removed by your clinicianEasily removed by your clinician
Can be used whether or not you have had a childCan be used whether or not you have had a childCan be used whether or not you have had a child

 

Side Effects for all IUDs

Bleeding and spotting may increase in the first 3-6 months after insertion. After your body adjusts, the number of bleeding days is likely to decrease. Over time, periods with Mirena and Skyla usually become shorter, lighter or may stop.

To have an IUD placed: Call McKinley and schedule a consult visit with one of our physicians in Women’s Health at 217-333-2701.

 

Sexual Health Education

If you have questions about choosing a birth control method, sexual health, risk reduction or sexual functioning, you may make an appointment with McKinley’s Sexual Health Educator by calling 217-333-2701.

 

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