Skyla

(levonorgestrel)

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Prevents pregnancy.

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Skyla (levonorgestrel) prevents pregnancy for either 3 or 5 years depending on the brand and can help you save money in the long-term, but will be expensive when you start.

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Quick facts about Skyla
  • Drug class: women's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Skyla (levonorgestrel) is one of the most effective methods of birth control. More effective than oral pills.
  • It is very easy for your doctor to place. Is done in the doctor's office within a few minutes and without any kind of sedation.
  • Can use while breastfeeding, as long as it's been 6 weeks since you gave birth to your baby.
  • Lasts for 3 or 5 years (depending on the brand) and does not require you to remember to take or use it every day.
  • Most women are able to successfully get pregnant again within a year of removal, but can get pregnant in as little as one menstrual cycle.
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Downsides

  • Can't use Skyla (levonorgestrel) if you have uterine fibroids, are prone to pelvic infections, or have Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).
  • Can't use if you have liver problems or have ever had breast cancer.
  • It is only available as the brand name, so it could be expensive.
  • May initially worsen your menstrual cycle or menstrual bleeding.
  • May raise your risk for ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside of the uterus), especially if you have had an ectopic pregnancy in the past.
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How it works

Skyla (levonorgestrel) is a device that is placed inside your uterus that contains a hormone, levonorgestrel, a type of progestin. It prevents pregnancy by stopping the ovaries from releasing an egg, thickening the cervix to prevent sperm from entering the uterus, and thinning the lining of the uterus to prevent a fertilized egg from implanting.

Quick facts about Skyla
  • Drug class: women's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Birth control

Dosage forms

  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
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What to expect when you take Skyla (levonorgestrel) for Birth control

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  • Possible side effects
  • Vaginal inflammation
  • Ovarian cyst
  • Stomach pain
  • Acne
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Abnormal bleeding
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Side effect rates for Skyla (levonorgestrel)

From 1672 clinical trials of Skyla when taken for birth control
  • Vaginal inflammation
    20%20%
  • Acne
    14%14%
  • Ovarian cyst
    13%13%
  • Stomach pain
    13%13%
  • Headache
    12%12%
  • Menstrual cramps
    9%9%
  • Abnormal bleeding
    8%8%
  • Pelvic pain
    6%6%
  • Nausea
    6%6%
  • Breast pain
    5%5%
  • Vaginal discharge
    4%4%
  • Depression
    4%4%
  • Breast discomfort
    3%3%
  • Body ejects the device
    3%3%
  • Migraine
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Skyla (levonorgestrel)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Pregnancy
    • Previous ectopic pregnancy
    • Current pelvic infection

    Can't use Skyla (levonorgestrel) IUD if you are pregnant. If you get pregnant while on this medicine, your risk of experiencing an ectopic pregnany (pregnancy outside of the uterus) might go up. Your risk is also higher if you've had an ectopic pregnancy before or have a current pelvic infection. Tell your doctor if you think you could be pregnant or have had a positive pregnancy test at home.

Common concerns from people taking Skyla (levonorgestrel)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Can't use if you have liver problems or have ever had breast cancer.
Pain
  • You may feel some pain or have some light vaginal bleeding after Skyla (levonorgestrel) has been placed, but it should stop within 30 minutes. If these don't go away after 30 minutes of Skyla (levonorgestrel) having been placed, tell your doctor right away.