A prescription product, Skyla is a device used to prevent pregnancy for up to three years. A healthcare provider inserts this small plastic device into the uterus, where it slowly releases a hormone. Although most women do not develop any problems with this contraceptive, side effects are possible. Commonly reported side effects include acne, ovarian cysts, and menstrual changes.
What Is Skyla?
Skyla™ (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is a prescription intrauterine contraceptive designed to provide birth control for up to three years. It is a small, flexible, plastic, t-shaped device that is placed in your uterus by your healthcare provider, where it slowly releases the hormone levonorgestrel. Levonorgestrel is a progestin hormone that is found in certain birth control pills.
Skyla is one of three intrauterine devices (IUDs) available in the United States, and one of only two hormone IUDs on the market. ParaGard® (the copper IUD) is a hormone-free device that is approved to provide birth control for up to 10 years. Mirena®, the other levonorgestrel-releasing IUD, is approved for use in women who have had at least one child. It can remain in the uterus for up to five years. Unlike Mirena, Skyla is approved for use in women who have not had any children.
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