How do IUDs affect your period?

Great question! Let’s talk a little bit about the IUD

IUDs (Intrauterine Devices) are long term, reversible methods of birth control used to effectively reduce the risk of pregnancy. An IUD is a T-shaped device that rests in the uterus.  There are two types of IUDs: Hormonal & Non hormonal. The Hormonal IUD works by releasing hormones to prevent ovulation – the process where the ovaries release an egg – and thickening the cervical mucus. The Hormonal IUD is 99% effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy and lasts up to 3-5 years! Non Hormonal IUDs are made of copper which makes it hard for sperm to survive. The Non Hormonal IUD contains no hormones, but is also 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to 10 years!

We recommend Hormonal IUDs for those who have heavy periods. Because Hormonal IUDs contain the hormone progesterone, it can make the period lighter. Some people who use Hormonal IUDs don’t get a period at all! Others may experience spotting (small amounts of irregular bleeding) instead. The Non Hormonal IUD on the other hand, can increase cramping and period flow. We recommend The Non Hormonal IUD for people who experience light, easy periods, and who would like to menstruate on their regular cycle.

It’s a great idea to talk to a healthcare provider about your medical health history before deciding on an IUD.

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