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Ask the Expert: A new kind of birth control

CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- A new kind of birth control on the market is giving women without children some newer options.

It is called Skyla and it's delivered in a form most of us are familiar with according to women's health specialist Doctor Steve Schuermann.

"Basically Skyla is an IUD or Intra-Uterine Device and IUD's have been around for decades really.  But in the past have really been reserved for women who've had children before," he said.

So given that this kind of  birth control has been on the market experts say  there's a couple things that might make this a little different.  If you have talked to your doctor about this type of birth control before, there's a few other questions now you might want to ask.

Dr. Schuermann tells us, "So basically Skyla is really the first one designed for women who've never had children before and basically it's smaller."

Doctor Schuermann showed us with this demonstration device and how this small device is placed into the body during an office visit.  He says  women should also ask about it's progesterone only hormone advantages.

"Some of the advantages of that, it can actually lessen a menstrual period.  Which a lot of women sort of get non-contraception benefits from their contraception and one of them is typically lighter menstrual periods from that little bit of hormone," Schuermann said.
As with other devices like it, Skyla has a very low failure rate.  But not for quite as long as some others on the market.  It's only good for three years, according to Dr. Schuermann.  But there are other devices on the market good for five and ten years.  He says this device is ordered through the office where you see your women's health provider.  You may need to check with your medical insurance company for prior authorization.

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