Intrauterine System (IUS)
Hormonal method


  • Can stay in place for either 3 or 5 years (depending on the type), but can be removed any time
  • At 99.8%, it’s one of the most effective contraceptive methods
  • Does not interrupt sex
  • Heavy periods can become lighter and less painful
  • Some women may have shorter lighter or less frequent periods, which reduces the chances of becoming anemic
  • Can be used when breastfeeding
  • Fertility returns to its previous level once the IUS is removed


  • Requires a trained healthcare provider for insertion and removal
  • Irregular bleeding and spotting can be common in the first 6 months of use
  • Some women experience headaches, tenderness and acne after an IUS is fitted
  • May cause cramps and/or irregular bleeding
  • 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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