Collectively, the methods referred to as long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are the birth control implant, Nexplanon®, progestin intrauterine system, Liletta®, and the copper T intrauterine device, ParaGard®. All of these methods can be safely used by women and teens, and all of these methods have less than a 1% failure rate for typical users (World Health Organization, 2010).
If you are insured, we will bill your insurance plan for the device and any covered services. CHOICES will then cover any additional co-pay or deductible your plan may require. Insured patients may have to wait from a few days up to three weeks from the date the device is ordered until it is delivered to CHOICES for your insertion appointment.
If you are not insured, CHOICES can provide the device and related services at no charge. Covered services include initial/counseling visit, device cost and insertion visit, STI testing, cervical cancer screening (if indicated), and one follow-up visit.
How effective are IUDs?
Effectiveness is an important and common concern when choosing a birth control method. IUDs are one of the most effective forms of birth control available. Less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they use the ParaGard® or Liletta® IUD. Keep in mind that the IUD doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections. Use a latex or female condom along with the IUD to reduce the risk of infection.
How safe are IUDs?
Most women can use ParaGard® or Liletta® IUD safely. But all medications have some risks, so safety is a common concern when choosing a birth control method. Certain conditions increase the risk of side effects. Talk with your health care provider about your health and whether an IUD is likely to be safe for you. There are many other methods of birth control that may be safe for you if you cannot use an IUD. A health care provider may find that the unique size, shape, or condition of a woman’s uterus does not allow correct placement of an IUD. This is not common.
What are the benefits of an IUD?
The ParaGard® and Liletta® IUDs are some of the least expensive (over time), longest lasting forms of birth control available to women today. There are many other benefits.
- The ParaGard® IUD does not change a woman’s hormone levels.
- The Liletta® IUD may reduce period cramps and make your period lighter. On average, menstrual flow is reduced by 90 percent. For some women, periods stop altogether.
- IUDs can be used during breast-feeding.
- The ability to become pregnant returns quickly once the IUD is removed.
Some women may worry that they are pregnant if they do not have a regular period. But the IUD is very effective. If you are concerned about a possible pregnancy, you can always take a pregnancy test. Overall, most women who get an IUD are satisfied with their choice. Ninety-nine percent of IUD users are pleased with them.