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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 the uterus and hormonal-based IUDs that utilize the same blocking procedure but also adjust your body’s hormones to reduce the risk of conception.

Both hormonal and non-hormonal IUDs provide benefits such as:

  • A worry-free option – Once your healthcare provider inserts your IUD, you will have nothing else to do to provide pregnancy protection.
  • High effectiveness – IUDs are highly effective with pregnancy rates less than 1.5 percent.
  • Providing long-term protection – An IUD is long-term contraception and can remain effective through many years of use.
  • Affordability – With an IUD you will not be required to make frequent doctor visits or purchase repeat prescriptions, making it an affordable option.
  • Flexibility – An IUD can be inserted at any time during your cycle as long as you are not pregnant.

Hormonal IUDs also come with benefits that non-hormonal IUDs do not. They can help to:

  • Regulate your periods – The hormones in an IUD can help your periods become more regular or eliminate them altogether.
  • Lower your risk of cancer – IUDs emit hormones that can lower your risk of the endometrium and other reproductive-related cancers.
  • Provide an alternative to estrogen contraceptive – Hormonal IUDs are progestin-only which can be a good option for those who have sensitivities to estrogen-based birth control options.

Copper IUDs can be beneficial for those:

  • Who have problems with hormone-based contraceptives – Since there are no hormones with this form of IUD it can be a great option for those who have had problems with hormones in the past.
  • Who are seeking the longest-term option – Copper IUDs can be effective for longer than hormonal IUDs, sometimes preventing pregnancy for up to ten years.
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