New IUD Liletta Means More Birth Control Choices
March 20, 2015
Most of us are familiar with the two most common forms of birth control: condoms and birth control pills. However, lately there has been a rise in use of intrauterine devices (IUDs). In addition to brands such as Mirena, Paragard and Skyla, there is now a new, FDA-approved IUD on the market called Liletta. This IUD is a small T-shaped hormonal contraceptive that prevents pregnancy by releasing the hormone levonorgestrel. This hormone stops the uterine lining from thickening, thickens cervical mucus and can help prevent fertilization and implantation for up to three years.
So what are the benefits of IUDs? As a long-acting reversible contraceptive or LARC, IUDs are effective for anywhere from 3 (Liletta) to 10 years (Paragard), which is a lot longer than birth control pills, the Patch and the Shot. In fact, Liletta is going through trials that will test if it can last up to seven years. Liletta can be beneficial for teens who hate having to remember to take their pills every day.
No matter your choice, remember that hormonal birth control only prevents pregnancy. Using a latex barrier and a hormonal birth control method is one of the most effective ways to prevent pregnancy and the transmission of STDs. As IUDs become an increasingly popular method of birth control, teens now have a chance to protect themselves from pregnancy in a different way. With so many obligations from school to extra-curricular activities, it’s hard to keep track of everything. But when it comes to protecting yourself, Liletta and other long-lasting IUDs can ensure you never forget your birth control.