Hormonal IUDs fall under the umbrella of LARC (long-acting, reversible contraception) methods and are safe, effective, and convenient. IUD stands for intrauterine device, which means that it is inserted into the uterus by a medical provider; these can be hormonal or non-hormonal. In this blog we are going to take a deep dive into hormonal IUDs. There are currently four hormonal IUDs available—Kyleena, Skyla, Mirena, and Liletta. Hormonal IUDs are a T-shaped device made out of plastic and release a small amount of the hormone progestin over time to prevent pregnancy. This hormone thickens the cervical mucus which prevents sperm from reaching the uterus. Depending on the device, these can prevent pregnancy from 3-6 years. However, they can be removed at any time.
Hormonal IUDs are over 99% effective, making them among the most effective forms of birth control. They are also very convenient and easy to use; there’s no need for the careful compliance that some other forms of birth control require. If the privacy of a method appeals to you, often IUDs are good options, as generally no one knows if you have one or not. IUDs do not affect future fertility; the ability to get pregnant after having an IUD removed returns very quickly.
Some hormonal IUDs can also be used to help with period problems, as they can help cramps and lighten or stop periods. Some people have side effects like spotting and irregular bleeding with hormonal IUDs, particularly in the first 3-6 months as the body adjusts. Be sure to talk to a medical provider about side effects and benefits to any method you’re interested in so you can find a good fit for your body and lifestyle.
If you are interested in a hormonal IUD, but are concerned about cost, getting to the clinic, or finding a provider, call us at 615-671-7837. We will set you up with a trusted provider and will arrange free transportation, if you need it. We will take care of the costs of a full contraceptive consult, insertion of a LARC device, all associated STI/pregnancy testing, a follow up visit, and removal at any time for any reason.
We strive to break down barriers to LARC methods through education, awareness, and access in the Middle Tennessee region.
Written by: Olivia Seay