How is
LILETTA inserted?

Once you and your healthcare provider have decided that LILETTA is appropriate for you, it can be placed during an in-office visit. Placement is done by your healthcare provider, usually takes a few minutes, and can be done at your gynecologist’s office.

Insertion Process

The insertion process includes:

  • An examination of your pelvis to find the position of your uterus
  • Preparation of your uterus and vagina for LILETTA placement
  • Placement of LILETTA into your uterus
  • Trimming of the LILETTA threads to the right length

You may experience pain, bleeding, or dizziness during and after placement. If your symptoms do not pass within 30 minutes after placement, LILETTA may not have been placed correctly. Your healthcare provider will examine you to see if LILETTA needs to be removed or replaced.

Yes, you should check that LILETTA is in proper position by feeling the threads. It is a good habit to do this 1 time a month.

Your healthcare provider should teach you how to check that LILETTA 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 threads.
  • Do not pull on the threads.

If you feel more than just the threads or if you cannot feel the threads, LILETTA 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 healthcare provider to check that LILETTA is still in the right place.

Call your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns. Otherwise, you should return to your healthcare provider for a follow-up visit 4 to 6 weeks after LILETTA is placed to make sure that LILETTA is in the right position.

What I Need To Know About Insertion:

Before During After

LILETTA® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52 mg is a hormone-releasing system placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy for as long as you want for up to 4 years.


LILETTA does not protect against HIV or STDs.

Available by prescription only.

Please also see full Prescribing Information.


  1. LILETTA (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52 mg [Prescribing Information]. Irvine, CA: Allergan and Medicines360; 2017.
  2. "Women's Health Care Physicians." Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC): IUD and Implant. 1 July 2014. Web. 6 Oct. 2015.