THE IUS – AKA THE
A SMALL DEVICE THAT STOPS
SPERM IN THEIR TRACKS.
FITTED IN MINUTES, WORKS FOR YEARS
The intrauterine system (IUS) is a small, soft, T-shaped device with a reservoir containing a progestin hormone, levonorgestrel, that is placed in your womb by your doctor or nurse. It slowly releases the hormone, which thins the lining of your womb and thickens cervical mucus, making it harder for sperm to get through. It's 99.8% effective, so you're about as protected against pregnancy as you can be.
A couple of consultations with your doctor or nurse are about all that's needed. Once you've discussed it, and decided that it's the right method for you, the IUS can be fitted. It works continuously for up to five years with no daily or weekly routine to remember, so it's a great option for everyone looking for a long-acting contraception. If and when you decide to stop using and remove it, the contraceptive effect of the IUS wears off quickly, allowing you to return to your normal level of fertility
HOW IT MEASURES UP
Yes. A progestin hormone, levonorgestrel is released from the IUS into the womb and acts mainly locally.
EASE OF USE
The IUS must be fitted by a doctor or nurse, but once it is correctly placed it is effective for up to five years. If you want to stop using the IUS, a doctor or nurse can remove it in minutes.
Heavier periods may become lighter and periods may become less frequent in general. However some women experience cramps and irregular bleeding. Spotting is also common in the first six months of use.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Up to 5
Works continuously once fitted.
The time it takes for the majority of women to become pregnant after removal.
The time after giving birth when an IUS can usually be fitted.
- Stay in place for up to five years, but can be removed at any time.
- Allows spontaneity and doesn’t interrupt sex.
- Can offer an alternative to women who experience negative effects from the hormone estrogen.
- Some women experience shorter, lighter, or less frequent periods.
- Can be used when breastfeeding.
- Fertility can promptly return to your normal levels once the IUS is removed.
- A doctor or nurse must perform the placement and removal.
- Some women experience irregular bleeding, cramps and spotting in the first six months.
- Some women experience headaches, tenderness, and acne after the IUS is placed, but this is less common than with the pill.
- Doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
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