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So. I got an IUD. Skyla, to be exact.

IUD.

Intrauterine device.

I got one. And the one I chose was Skyla.

In case you aren’t aware of what an IUD is, it is a form of birth control that is placed directly inside of your uterus. Yeah. So…there’s a bit much that comes with that. LOL

I’ll include some links that give more detailed info about IUDs in here, but I’m basically just going to speak from a layman’s perspective.  I decided to get an IUD because I was basically tired of the birth control pill and having to take it everyday. And that “same time everyday” thing? CHILE! It was wearing me thin and annoying me. So. IUD it is!

There are two kinds of IUD. Non-hormonal and hormonal. The non-hormonal IUD, Paragard works because it is copper. And copper:sperm :: kryptonite:Superman. It kills it. However, one side effect is that it makes your periods heavier and longer and NO.

DO. NOT. WANT.

However, for women who don’t want any hormones in their body, this is the choice for them. It also lasts the longest, which is 10 years.

Okay. So then there are the hormonal choices. Mirena (lasts up to 5 years) and Skyla (lasts up to 3 years). Mirena used to be the only choice up until Skyla was introduced (in 2013, I think). Skyla is smaller and is recommended for women who have not had children. So. I chose Skyla.

Mirena works as contraception by releasing a low amount of the progestin,  levonorgestrel (20mcg), which thickens the cervical mucus, inhibits the mobility of sperm, and thins the uterine lining.

How Mirena® is positioned in the uterus

Mirena website

 

Skyla works as contraception by releasing a low amount of the progestin,  levonorgestrel (13.5 mcg), which thickens the cervical mucus, inhibits the mobility of sperm, and thins the uterine lining. Different from Mirena, Skyla’s website adds that it reduces sperm survival.

IUD placement

Skyla website

 

 

^ This is the same placement for all three IUDs.

In other words, these things make your uterus an EXTREMELY hostile environment for sperm. So. Yeah.

A plus for Mirena and Skyla is that after the initial adjustment period (like 2 or 3 months, I think), it can make your periods much lighter…if not eliminating them all the way (remember, it thins the lining of your uterus!)!  SIGN ME UP!!!!! Well, to be honest, that (no periods) made me nervous at first, but I got over it.

Here’s my experience with getting Skyla inserted and my first three days of having it. I really was planning on typing all of this out….but it was just too much. LOL. I tried to keep it as concise as possible. Press play to get up in my vagina!

As far as using contraception…you aren’t gonna get any better than this, guys….

Tiers of Efficacy

(Skyla’s website)

 

IUDs are more than 99% effective. They are right up there with implants and sterilization.

So my question is this….why aren’t more women using this form of birth control? It’s covered by insurance, one of the most effective forms of birth control, and it’s low maintenance.

If you’re a woman who is currently using the birth control pill, are you considering an IUD? If not, why not?

I’m going to continue to update this post weekly, then bi-weekly, then longer (lol) until I get on some type of schedule. Stay tuned!

UPDATED: February 15, 2014

Here’s my review of my first full week using Skyla!

 

UPDATED: February 24, 2015, 7:20pm

Week two!

UPDATED: February 28, 2015, 8:40pm

Week three!

 Updated: March 12, 2015, 2:10pm

Week four!

Updated: April 24, 2015, 7:00pm

Cycles two and three!

UPDATED: June 1, 2015, 4:30pm

 

 

 

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