Hormonal IUD

How it works:

The hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, flexible, T-shaped plastic device that is placed in your uterus by a doctor or nurse. It prevents pregnancy by slowly releasing the hormone progestin into your uterus. This hormone prevents you from getting pregnant by making it hard for sperm to swim. A hormonal IUD can last up to 7 years, but you can have it taken out at any time. It is greater than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

Perks:

  • Eases cramps

  • Can lighten or stop periods

  • Easy to keep private

  • Long-lasting

  • Really good at preventing pregnancy

Drawbacks:

  • Can experience irregular bleeding

  • Doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

  • Must be placed and removed by a medical professional