What is it?
A hormonal IUD is a hormone-releasing intrauterine device (IUD) that is placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy. This small, t-shaped device can lasts anywhere from 3 to 10 years.
How is it inserted?
IUD does not require surgery! It typically takes a healthcare provider a few minutes to insert the device into the uterus. Once it is in place, it provides continuous, highly effective birth control.
How does it work?
The IUD works by releasing a steady level of the hormone levonorgestrel into the uterus and preventing sperm from passing into the cervix. It is made of soft, flexible plastic.
Which IUD should I get?
There are four different hormonal IUDs available in the US. All of these are 99% effective; they vary in size and years.
Things To Keep In Mind
- Lasts up to 3 – 10 years
- No need for daily, weekly or monthly reminders
- You may experience fewer, lighter or no periods
- A healthcare provider can remove your IUD at any time
- Return to fertility is fast compared to other methods
- IUD can be used to treat, protect against or even reduce the risk of:
- Safe for:
- Women who have or haven’t had children
- Safe to breastfeed with an IUD
- IUDs do not protect against STIs and HIV / AIDS.
- Irregular period is expected especially in the first 6 months
- Some may experience no period at all after 1 year
- Some may experience cramping after insertion