New Birth Control Method Available at UHS-University Health Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Birth Control Method Available at UHS

We are pleased to offer a new method of birth control for students: the hormonal IUD, Mirena.

What is an IUD?

IUD stands for Intrauterine Device. IUDs are one of the most effective and longest-lasting forms of birth control available. Less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they use an IUD. It is a small device made of soft, flexible plastic, inserted by a doctor into the uterus. It can stay in the uterus for up to five years.

How can I get an IUD at UHS?

  1. Call us at 412-268-2157, option 2, to schedule an initial appointment.
  2. At the initial appointment, a health care provider will talk with you to help you decide if an IUD is right for you. If it is, we will send your prescription and insurance information to CVS Pharmacy.
  3. CVS will contact you to discuss your cost for the Mirena device and delivery details. Most students will not have to pay for the device, but CVS will tell you if your insurance plan does not fully cover Mirena.
  4. Your Mirena IUD will arrive at UHS in 2-3 weeks and we will contact you to make an appointment to insert the IUD.
  5. At the insertion appointment, the doctor will check your vagina and you may be tested for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy to make sure it’s safe to insert the IUD. If it is, the doctor will insert the IUD and we will schedule a follow-up appointment with you in six weeks.

How much will it cost?

The Affordable Care Act requires new insurance plans to cover contraception (birth control) with no co-pay, so most students will not have to pay for the device. The CMU student health insurance plan covers birth control, including IUDs, with no co-pays.

There is a $50 fee to insert the IUD. For students on the CMU student health insurance plan, this fee is covered.

Where can I get more information?

Mirena (Official Website)
Planned Parenthood