“IN A TAUPE-WALLED exam room at the Women’s Community Clinic in San Francisco, lead clinician Lisa Mihaly plucks a small laminated card from a cabinet. Tethered to the card are three T-shaped IUDs, or intrauterine devices—forms of birth control that are, as the name implies, inserted into a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years. Mihaly points to each device like friends in a group photo: Paragard, with its thin bands of copper coiled around a white plastic trunk and two arms at attention; Mirena, the first hormonal IUD available in the US; and Skyla, an IUD designed for women who have never had children. But there’s one option missing, Mihaly says: a newer model called Liletta.
Liletta, which arrived in the clinic’s inventory this summer, is a small device that manufacturers hope will make a big difference. Public clinics pay a wholesale price of $336 to $400 for each of the IUDs on Mihaly’s card. Add in doctor’s visits for placement and the total cost can exceed $1,000. Liletta’s manufacturer hopes to see a wholesale price for public clinics as low as $50.”
Wired recently published a feature article on Liletta, a new Intra-Uterine Device (IUD) designed for affordability without skimping on quality – potentially revolutionizing access to this highly effective form of contraception. You can read the whole article, written by Menaka Wilhelm, here.