Ladies – Are you looking for a long-lasting, reversible contraceptive? Would you be interested in a hormonal IUD? Late last year, the FDA approved Liletta, a hormonal IUS, inter-uterine system or IUD, for up to 6 years of protection against pregnancy. This is an increase of two years,;previous studies only guaranteed effective pregnancy prevention for 4 years. Mirena and Kyleena, other popular hormonal IUDs, are approved for 5 years and Skyla up tp 3.5 year. Liletta is very similar to Mirena, in many ways including the amount and type of hormones used and the inserters. The big difference is price. Liletta was brought to market by Medicines 360, a not-for-profit mainly women-run drug company. Their goal is to make this hormonal IUD option widely available to all women, even those without health insurance. The company aims to make sure no woman pays more than $150 for the product.
You can also opt for a non-hormonal copper IUD which can remain effective for 10 – 12 years and usually less than $50 without insurance and free with insurance. But, hormonal IUDs tend to make menstruation lighter and less painful.
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