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.
Can lighten or stop periods
Easy to keep private
Really good at preventing pregnancy
Can experience irregular bleeding
Doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Must be placed and removed by a medical professional