Intrauterine Device (IUD)
Non-hormonal method

PROS

  • Stays in place for up to 5 or 10 years (depending on the type), but can be removed any time
  • At 99%, it’s one of the most effective contraceptive methods
  • Does not interrupt sex
  • Not affected by other medications
  • Can be used as emergency contraception if inserted within five days after unprotected sex
  • An alternative to those affected by the hormone estrogen
  • Can be used when breastfeeding
  • Fertility returns to previous levels once the IUD is removed

CONS

  • Requires a trained healthcare provider for insertion and removal
  • May cause cramps and/or irregular bleeding
  • Some women experience headaches, tenderness and acne after an IUD is fitted
  • Small risk of infection at insertion and of expulsion
  • Does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

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