should I know

    before choosing LILETTA?

Before you decide on LILETTA as your birth control of choice, you may have questions about how LILETTA may impact you beyond pregnancy prevention. Each individual has different circumstances and specific concerns. Speak with your healthcare provider if you have questions that are not addressed on this website.

Let your healthcare provider know about all of the medicines you take, including:

  • Prescription medicines
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  • Vitamins
  • Herbal supplements

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.

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 and cramping. Some women have heavy bleeding during this time. After you have used LILETTA for a while, the number of bleeding and spotting days is likely to lessen. For some women, menstrual periods will stop altogether. When LILETTA is removed, your menstrual periods will likely return to their former pattern.

You and your partner should not feel LILETTA during intercourse. LILETTA is placed in the uterus, not in the vagina. In some cases, your partner may feel the threads. If this occurs, or if you or your partner experience pain during sex, talk with your healthcare provider.

Your healthcare provider can remove LILETTA at any time. You could become pregnant as soon as LILETTA is removed. About 6 out of 7 women who want to become pregnant will become pregnant sometime in the first year after LILETTA is removed.

You may use LILETTA when you are breastfeeding if more than 6 weeks have passed since you had your baby. If you are breastfeeding, LILETTA is not likely to affect the quality or amount of your breast milk or the health of your nursing baby. However, isolated cases of decreased milk production have been reported among women using progestin-only birth control pills. The risk of LILETTA becoming attached to (embedded) or going through the wall of the uterus is increased when LILETTA is placed in breastfeeding women.

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. http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Long-Acting-Reversible-Contraception-LARC-IUD-and-Implant.