The Union County Health Department (UCHD) is now offering another form of birth control through its reproductive health and wellness clinic.
On top of their current options, UCHD is offering long-acting, reversible birth control in the form of an intrauterine device (IUD).
To kick off the new service, a special clinic is being held August 15 from 1-5:30 p.m. The first five people to make an appointment at the clinic will save more than $100 on the cost of Liletta, the IUD available at UCHD.
An IUD is a small, flexible, plastic T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Unlike other birth control options that need to be taken daily or monthly, an IUD can prevent pregnancy for several years. The device can be removed at any time.
IUDs are over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. They may be a good choice for women who don’t want to worry about taking a daily pill or replacing their birth control monthly.
There are several IUD options on the market. UCHD offers one specific IUD called Liletta. It uses a progestin hormone to prevent pregnancy.
Liletta can be inserted and used to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It is placed in the uterus by a healthcare provider. The appointment takes about 30-45 minutes.
UCHD accepts most insurances. A sliding fee scale is also available for those without insurance.
An IUD is not the right choice for all women. To learn more about the risks and side effects, those interested may call UCHD at 937-642-2053 or visit www.liletta.com.
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