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Skyla Uses

How Does It Work?

Skyla is a small device that is placed into the uterus by a healthcare provider. Once in place, it releases low-level levonorgestrel into the uterus. Levonorgestrel is a progestin hormone. Skyla does not contain estrogen.
Although it is not entirely clear how Skyla works to prevent pregnancy, it is thought to work in several ways, including:
  • Thickening the cervical mucus, which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus
  • Inhibiting sperm movement
  • Reducing the ability of sperm to survive in the uterus
  • Thinning the lining of the uterus.
Skyla does not appear to affect ovulation. In clinical studies, evidence of ovulation was seen in all but one woman studied for ovulation in the first and second year of use, and in all women in the third year of use.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Skyla?

This product is approved for use in girls who have started menstruating. It should not be used in a girl who has not yet had her first menstrual period. Skyla is expected to be as effective in females younger than 18 years old as it is in those older than age 18.

Can Older Adults Use It?

Skyla has not been studied in women older than age 65 and should not be used in such women.

Off-Label Uses of Skyla

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than birth control. This would be known as an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no well-accepted off-label uses for Skyla.
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