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Hormonal IUDs

Explore > Hormonal IUDs

How do I use it?

It usually takes 5-10 minutes for a provider to place the IUD into your uterus. IUDs release a little bit of the hormone progestin into your body. This helps prevent pregnancy. Depending on the type of Hormonal IUD you get, they’ll work for up to 3-8 years.

How effective is it?

IUDs are more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. You may need to use a back-up method of birth control for seven days after the IUD is placed.

What I might like...

  • You might get lighter periods or no periods
  • You can get it removed by a provider at any time
  • You may be able to get pregnant as soon as it’s taken out
  • You might like that it’s estrogen-free
  • You can get it placed immediately after giving birth
  • For most people, Progestin wont affect your milk supply if you are breastfeeding
  • Some Hormonal IUDs can be used as Emergency Contraception (off-label)

What I might dislike...

  • You might have irregular periods or no periods
  • You might feel discomfort during placement and after removal
  • You won’t be protected from STIs
  • You might get headaches, weight changes, breast tenderness, and mood changes. This typically improves with time.
  • Your partner might feel the strings during sex (this is rare). Your healthcare provider can shorten the strings if it is uncomfortable for you or your partner(s).