Meet Kyleena, the Newest IUD on the Block
October 7, 2016
Recently, the list of IUDs has added a new member to the group: Kyleena, and she’s a little special.
First, some background: an intrauterine device (IUD) is an effective form of birth control that you don’t have to constantly keep track of, like when to take a pill, replace a patch or get the next shot. A small T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy, IUDs are over 99-percent effective and are considered by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to be a safe and highly recommended form of birth control for teens. They last anywhere from three to twelve years at a time (depending on the kind you get) before they need to be replaced, making them a good choice for anyone who already has too much to keep track of to remember to keep up with other forms of hormonal birth control. (Translation: no remembering to take a pill every single day!)
Now, onto Kyleena! Kyleena is a new hormonal IUD that lasts for up to five years and is unique in that it releases the lowest dose of hormones over the longest period of time. (Four of the five IUDs available are hormonally-based, while one, ParaGard, has copper wire wrapped around the t-shaped plastic frame that impairs sperm.)
Like any other IUD, Kyleena comes with a small chance of side effects such as bleeding, pelvic pain, device expulsion, acne and painful periods. Even though these are rare, it is still important to keep an eye on one’s health while using any form of birth control. Make sure to always check with your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns.
It’s always good to look at all your options when figuring out which birth control is right for you, and now there is yet another choice to consider! But always remember—while IUDs do protect against pregnancy, they do not prevent sexually transmitted diseases, so don’t throw out your condoms once you decide to get an IUD.