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Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUD) can provide long-term birth control (contraception). The progestin IUD product that we recommend can prevent pregnancy for up to five years.
The IUD is a T-shaped plastic frame that is inserted into the uterus by your doctor, where it releases a hormone, progestogen, that thickens mucus in the cervix to stop sperm from reaching or fertilizing an egg. It also thins the lining of the uterus and partially suppresses ovulation.
A progestin IUD can be an extremely effective method of contraception. Once it is inserted, the IUD can last for up to 5 years. Most users have no vaginal bleeding at all, or a light regular period. They can also report that periods are less painful. No medications will stop a progestin IUD from working. You can use the IUD while breast feeding. When the time comes, the progestin IUD is easy to remove, and once out, your fertility quickly returns to normal.
There are potential side effects too, though, including possible cramping and headaches, which is why it’s important to have a discussion with your doctor before planning to have a progestin IUD insertion.
Please visit our Appointments page to book a time for your IUD consultation with one of the best doctors of Northcote.
Dr Tamsin Franklin from Turn The Corner has prepared this educational video about the benefits of IUDs, and the process of inserting the progestin IUD product that we recommend.
For an optimal viewing experience, please watch the video on a landscape screen.