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Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)

The IUD is a small, plastic T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years. All IUDs are considered 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

Types of IUDs

There are five types of hormonal and non-hormonal IUDs currently available in the United States: the Mirena™ IUD, the ParaGard™ IUD, Skyla™, Liletta™, and Kyleena™.

Most IUDs covered as preventative care by insurance. Even without insurance, IUDs are cost-effective over time, low-maintenance, and easily reversible if you want to get pregnant. Any form of IUD can be used if a person is healthy and has a uterus, regardless of whether they have had a child before or not. IUD image

Offered at UHS:

Mirena™

  • Releases the hormone progestin
  • Can stay in place for up to 5 years
  • May reduce cramps and lighten or stop menstruation
  • May cause irregular bleeding

ParaGard™

  • Non-hormonal
  • Has copper wire around it
  • Can stay in place for up to 10 years
  • Can function as a highly effective emergency contraception if you have had unprotected sex within the last 5 days
  • May increase blood flow or cramping

Other Options:

Skyla™

  • Releases lower dose of the hormone progestin
  • Can stay in place for up to 3 years
  • May lighten menstruation
  • Slightly smaller in size than Mirena

Liletta™

  • Releases the hormone progestin
  • Can stay in place 3-5 years
  • May lighten or stop menstruation
  • Explicitly approved for those that have not had a child

Kyleena™

  • Releases the hormone progestin
  • Can stay in place for up to 3 years
  • Same size as Skyla
  • Releases more progestin than Skyla, but less than Mirena

IUDs do not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections. Use a condom to reduce the risk of STI transmission.

To make an appointment to obtain an IUD at UHS, call the UHS Women's Health Clinic at (512) 475-8242.



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