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Everything You Need To Know About Kyleena IUD

Kyleena is an intrauterine device (IUD). It is manufactured by Bayer, so is part of the same family of IUDs as Mirena and Skyla. The Kyleena IUD consists of a soft, flexible polyethylene (plastic) frame in the shape of a T. Kyleena must be inserted by a qualified health-care professional.

As a way to prevent pregnant, this IUD slowly releases the progestin, levonorgestrel, into the uterus over a period of 5 years. The Kyleena IUD contains 19.5 mg of levonorgestrel. It releases 17.5 mcg of this hormone per day. After one year, this rate slowly declines to 9.8 mcg daily, and then to 7.4 mcg per day. It is FDA-approved for use in women who have or have not give birth.

If you're thinking about using Kyleena, understanding the facts may help you make a more confident decision. It's normal to wonder about some of the questions below.

How It Works

The Kyleena IUD helps to prevent pregnancy by getting in the way of sperm. This makes it hard for the sperm to fertilize an egg. So, basically, Kyleena hinders the movement of sperm. The Kyleena IUD also has progestin—this hormone causes your cervical mucus to thicken, thins the lining of your uterus, and lowers the survival of the sperm. Kyleena may work to prevent pregnancy in ways that the pill does, too.

When Should I Get It?

You should have your Kyleena IUD inserted some time during the first seven days of your menstrual cycle or immediately after a first-trimester abortion. If Kyleena is inserted during this time frame, it is immediately effective, so you will not need to use any back-up contraception.

If you have your Kyleena IUD inserted at any other time during your monthly cycle, you will need to use another contraceptive method (such as spermicide or condoms) during the first week after having Kyleena inserted. Pregnancy protection will begin after seven days (one week).

You should wait a minimum of six weeks to have Kyleena inserted after giving birth or undergoing a second-trimester abortion. This allows your uterus to fully heal before having Kyleena inserted.

Kyleena, Skyla, or Mirena?

The Kyleena IUD works the same way as both Mirena and Skyla. There are some differences between these three hormone-releasing IUDs. All three of these IUDs are highly effective birth control methods. They are inserted into your uterus and can be removed at any time. Your fertility should quickly return once any of these IUDs are removed. So, let's compare...

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