Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Skyla.
An IUD is a small, t-shaped device that’s placed in your uterus by your OB/GYN during a routine visit.
Getting an IUD is nonsurgical and typically takes just a few minutes. Once in place, it provides continuous, highly effective birth control.
Everyone is different, and some women may experience discomfort or spotting during or after placement. These symptoms should go away shortly. If they don’t, contact your OB/GYN. Within 4 to 6 weeks you should return for a follow-up visit to make sure that everything is okay.
No. Skyla can be removed at any time by your OB/GYN. You could become pregnant as soon as Skyla is removed, so you should use another method of birth control if you do not want to become pregnant.
Yes, you should check that Skyla is in proper position by feeling the removal threads. It is a good habit to do this once a month. Your OB/GYN should tell you how to check that Skyla is in place. First, wash your hands with soap and water. You can check by reaching up to the top of your vagina with clean fingers to feel the removal threads. Do not pull on the threads. If you feel more than just the threads or if you cannot feel the threads, Skyla may not be in the right position and may not prevent pregnancy. Use non-hormonal back-up birth control (such as condoms and spermicide) and ask your OB/GYN to check that Skyla is still in the right place.
Call your OB/GYN if you have any questions or concerns. Otherwise, you should return to your OB/GYN for a follow-up visit 4 to 6 weeks after Skyla is placed to make sure that Skyla is in the right position.
Yes. Because Skyla is in your uterus, not your vagina, you can still use tampons.
Neither you nor your partner should be able to feel Skyla during sex. Sometimes your partner can feel the threads. If this happens, let your OB/GYN know.
Your OB/GYN will confirm if you need to use back-up birth control after Skyla is placed.
Skyla can be removed at any time by your OB/GYN, and you can try getting pregnant right away. Because Skyla is completely reversible, there's no waiting period. In fact, about 3 out of 4 women who tried to become pregnant conceived within a year of having Skyla removed.
Everyone is different, and some women may experience pain, bleeding, dizziness or spotting during or after placement. These symptoms should go away shortly. If they don’t stop within 30 minutes, Skyla may not have been placed correctly and you should talk to your OB/GYN, who may want to examine you to make sure that everything is okay.
For the first 3 to 6 months, your period may become irregular and the number of bleeding days may increase. You may also have frequent spotting or light bleeding. Some women have heavy bleeding during this time. After you have used Skyla for a while, the number of bleeding and spotting days is likely to lessen. There is a small chance that your periods will stop altogether. Click here to get a Period Tracker that will help you chart your period as you adjust to Skyla.
Check with your health insurance to see if you can get Skyla at no cost, including product cost and your placement and removal appointments. Your OB/GYN’s office may be able to help you, or you can call your health insurance company directly. Remember to ask if you can get Skyla for no cost under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). You can find more information here.
Skyla does not protect against HIV or any other STDs. If you think that you or your partner may be at risk of getting an STD, you should use condoms and call your OB/GYN.
You should not use Skyla if you:
Call your OB/GYN right away if you think you are pregnant. If you get pregnant while using Skyla, you may have an ectopic pregnancy. This means that the pregnancy is not in the uterus. Unusual vaginal bleeding or abdominal pain may be a sign of ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is a medical emergency that often requires surgery. Ectopic pregnancy can cause internal bleeding, infertility, and even death.
There are also risks if you get pregnant while using Skyla and the pregnancy is in the uterus. Severe infection, miscarriage, premature delivery, and even death can occur with pregnancies that continue with an intrauterine device (IUD). Because of this, your OB/GYN may try to remove Skyla, even though removing it may cause a miscarriage. If Skyla cannot be removed, talk with your OB/GYN about the benefits and risks of continuing the pregnancy.
If you continue your pregnancy, see your OB/GYN regularly. Call your OB/GYN right away if you get flu-like symptoms, fever, chills, cramping, pain, bleeding, vaginal discharge, or fluid leaking from your vagina. These may be signs of infection.
It is not known if Skyla can cause long-term effects on the fetus if it stays in place during a pregnancy.
Skyla can cause serious side effects, including:
Common side effects of Skyla include:
This is not a complete list of possible side effects with Skyla. For more information, ask your OB/GYN.