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Intrauterine Systems

Intrauterine Systems / the IUS is a small, T-shaped plastic piece that contains a kind of progestogen hormone called levonorgestrel. It is an effective, reversible and long term contraceptive method. A woman who does not want to have children for a specific period of time can seek the help of a medical professional to get IUS. He/she will insert the IUS into the uterus. The effect of IUS may last for around 5 years.

The inserted IUS releases progestogen hormone into the womb. So, the sperm will find it difficult to reach the egg. This is how the intrauterine system works as a contraceptive. IUS is considered to be one of the most effective forms of contraceptive, which is reversible and can be removed any time. IUS helps a woman by making the painful periods lighter. It is safe for lactating mothers. Apart from all these, another main advantage is that, it does not interrupt sexual intercourse.

There can be negative effects too:

  • Using IUS may cause bleeding or spotting for the first few months.

  • The woman may experience tenderness of the breast, acne and headache.

  • IUS may not act as a protection against Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

  • Cysts in the ovaries.

IUS may cause certain complications and risks like:

  • Ectopic Pregnancy

  • Expulsion/Rejection

  • Womb Damage

  • Infections etc.