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What’s the Difference Between NuvaRing and an IUD?

The vaginal ring (also known as NuvaRing) and intrauterine devices (IUDs) are placed in different parts of the body and prevent pregnancy in different ways. Vaginal rings must be replaced much more frequently and are less effective than IUDs. Each of these contraceptive methods has…

Do IUDs Cause Weight Gain?

There is no conclusive evidence that using intrauterine devices (IUDs) causes weight gain. In some studies, hormonal IUD users experienced slight weight gain after having the device inserted, but it was not linked to the IUD. Copper IUDs, which do not contain any hormones, are not associated with weight gain.

What Are the Different Types of IUDs?

The two main types of intrauterine devices (IUDs) are hormonal and nonhormonal. Hormonal IUDs use progestin to prevent pregnancy, while nonhormonal IUDs use copper. There are several brands of hormonal IUDs, each with their own features to consider. Currently, there is only one brand of copper IUD. These…

What Should I Do If My IUD Fell Out?

If your intrauterine device (IUD) falls out, don’t try to put it back in. Contact your healthcare provider right away, and use a backup form of birth control when you have sex. What Is an IUD? An IUD is a small, T-shaped device designed to provide long-term and effective birth…

What Should I Do if I Can’t Feel My IUD Strings?

If you can’t find your IUD strings, don’t panic. There are a number of possible causes for this, and approximately 18% of women with IUDs will experience this issue. If you can no longer feel the strings, use a backup birth control method and contact your healthcare provider. Also, inform…

Does Getting an IUD Hurt?

Having an intrauterine device (IUD) inserted causes minimal to moderate pain in most women. Depending on your pain tolerance, you’re likely to experience some degree of discomfort and cramping. It might go away as soon as the procedure’s over, or it might last a few days. What Does an IUD…

Is Cramping After Having an IUD Inserted or Removed Normal?

Yes, most women experience cramping during and after having an intrauterine device (IUD) inserted or removed. The cramps might continue periodically for a few days. They might even last a few weeks to a few months as your body adjusts to the IUD. Having an IUD Inserted An IUD is…

Can an IUD Cause a Heavy Period?

Heavy periods are one of the common side effects of an intrauterine device, or IUD, especially copper IUDs such as ParaGard. However, several other factors can also cause a heavy period. If your heavy periods are caused by an IUD and this is a problem for you,…

Is Bleeding After Sex a Side Effect of an IUD?

Pain and bleeding after sex are uncommon side effects of having an intrauterine device (IUD). While an IUD can result in spotting or breakthrough bleeding, it is most likely unrelated to sex. Bleeding after sex is more likely to be caused by other conditions. What Could Cause Bleeding After Sex?…

Can You Get an Infection from an IUD?

Using an IUD does slightly increase your risk of getting an infection in your ovaries, uterus, or fallopian tubes, that is often referred to as a pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Infection is an uncommon side effect, linked to insertion and typically shows up within the first 20 days. Pelvic inflammatory…

Is Depression a Side Effect of IUDs?

Hormonal birth control, including intrauterine devices (IUDs), might come with an increased risk for depression. While the risk is relatively low, it’s something women should consider when deciding whether to get an IUD. Copper IUDs, which do not contain hormones, have not been linked to increased rates of depression. IUDs…

What Are the Benefits of IUDs?

An IUD is a birth control option that can provide many benefits over traditional methods. IUDs are devices that are placed inside your uterus by a medical professional in a simple in-office procedure. You can choose from non-hormonal-based IUDs  (copper IUDs) that work by blocking the path of eggs to…

What Are the Side Effects of IUDs?

While IUDs are safe methods of birth control for most women, there are a few potential side effects, including: Periods that become irregular or lighter or heavier than usual. Spotting between periods. Increased menstrual cramps. Persistent premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, including breast tenderness, nausea, headaches, and acne. Temporary Symptoms The…

What is an IUD?

An intrauterine device, more commonly known as an IUD, is a small apparatus placed inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Made from thin plastic and shaped like a T, these devices are coated with either copper or progestin. You must obtain a prescription in order to get…

What Are the Risks of Getting an IUD?

About 10% of American women who use birth control choose to get an intrauterine device (IUD). IUDs, which are available in hormonal and copper varieties, are generally quite safe but come with a unique set of risks not associated with other forms of birth control. The risks…

How are IUDs Removed?

IUDs should be removed by a healthcare professional at their office. The removal process is simple: You will lay back on the examination table, place, your feet in stirrups, and relax. Your doctor will use a speculum to open your vagina so they can find the IUD string. Once they…

When Should I Get My IUD Removed?

It’s possible for you to have your IUD removed at any time. However, specific types of IUDs do have different lifespans, and you’ll want to have them removed once they’re nearing the end of their effectiveness: ParaGard prevents pregnancy for up to 12 years. Skyla prevents pregnancy for three years.

How Long Should I Wait to Have Sex After Getting an IUD?

You do not need to wait to have sex after your intrauterine device (IUD) is inserted. However, there may be some uncomfortable side effects that occur for a day or two after implantation. Make sure you know whether your IUD is effective before having unprotected sex. What to…

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