By Natalia Lusinski and JR Thorpe, Updated:  Oct. 30, 2020

There are two main types of IUDs, one with hormones and one without. “Different brands and types last for different lengths of time,” Dr. Kecia Gaither, M.D., a double board-certified physician in OB-GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, tells Bustle. “There’s the hormonal Mirena IUD (effective for approximately five years) and the copper ParaGard IUD (effective for approximately 10-12 years). These devices prevent pregnancy and are deemed to be more efficacious than oral contraceptives, patches, or vaginal rings.” Another common hormonal one is the Skyla, which is effective for three years.

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