A New Birth Control Option That May Suit You

Smiling Woman…..Earlier this year, the FDA approved a new IUD (intrauterine device) for the first time in over 10 years.  It is marketed under the name Skyla, and it is a hormone-releasing system similar to another FDA approved IUD.  However, it uses a lower amount of hormone called levonorgestrel, which is a synthetic progesterone, and it is constructed with a smaller frame and inserter.  Here is some more information:

  • This new IUD is used as a contraceptive and can help control heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Because of its smaller size, it may enable an IUD to be available to women who would normally have difficulty with the placement of an apparatus like this, for instance, someone who has not had children or women who have had Caesarian births.
  • The hormone system produces a local affect inside the uterus, which usually decreases the menstrual bleeding.  Because of the lower dose of hormones used as compared to another similar IUD, this  one provides continuous pregnancy protection for 3 years as compared to 5 with the higher amount of hormones.  In addition, the lower hormone level may be associated with a slightly greater bleeding pattern.
  • It is a latex-free product.

…..It is good to have a new option for women seeking a continuous birth control method.  Please speak to your health care professional, because with its smaller size and lower hormone level, this may right for you.

-Dr. P

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