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Skyla is prescribed to help prevent pregnancy. This form of birth control comes as a small, plastic device that is inserted into the uterus, where it slowly releases a hormone. It works in several ways, including changing the cervical mucus and thinning the lining of the uterus. Skyla can be used in women and adolescent girls who have started their periods.

What Is Skyla Used For?

Skyla™ (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is a prescription intrauterine device (IUD, also sometimes called intrauterine contraceptive, or IUC) that provides reversible birth control for up to three years at a time. The device is a small, flexible, plastic, t-shaped system that is placed directly into your uterus by your healthcare provider. Once in place, it slowly releases the hormone levonorgestrel into the uterus.
 
Skyla can remain in the uterus for up to three years. At the end of the three-year period, it is removed and, if you wish to continue using the medication, a new device is inserted. Skyla can also be removed at any time if you change your mind and wish to become pregnant.
 
You won't be able to feel Skyla in your uterus when it is properly in place. The device has two thin threads that will extend into your vagina. They won't extend outside of your body, as a tampon string would. You'll be able to feel the threads at the top of your vagina with your fingers. This is helpful for making sure the device is still in place.
 
Do not pull on the strings, as doing so can displace the device. If displaced, it may not protect against pregnancy.
 
Skyla is a very effective form of birth control. Fewer than 1 out of 100 women (1 percent) will become pregnant while using Skyla. This is at least as effective as birth control pills. Plus, you do not need to remember to take a pill every day. Skyla is not a permanent form of birth control. About 77 percent of women wanting to become pregnant are able to conceive within a year after Skyla is removed.
 
Skyla is one of two hormone-releasing intrauterine devices (IUDs) available in the United States. The other hormone IUD, Mirena®, is designed for use in women who have already had one baby. It provides birth control for up to five years.
 
Skyla is slightly smaller than Mirena and, therefore, can be prescribed for women who have not yet had a baby and generally have a smaller uterus. However, it also contains fewer hormones and does not last as long as Mirena.
 
Of note, ParaGard® (the copper IUD) is a hormone-free IUD that is approved to provide birth control for up to 10 years.
 
It is important to keep in mind that Skyla does not protect against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or other sexually transmitted infections. It also cannot be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex.
 
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