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Having an IUS fitted can be uncomfortable, but you can have a local anesthetic to help. Discuss this with a GP or nurse beforehand. You may also get period-type cramps afterwards, but painkillers can ease the cramps. Once an IUS is fitted, it'll need to be checked by a GP after 3 to 6 weeks to make sure everything is fine.1
GP: General Practitioner
IUS: Intra-uterine System
IUS vs IUD
An IUD is a small T-shaped plastic and copper device that's put into your womb (uterus) by a doctor or nurse. It releases copper to stop you getting pregnant, and protects against pregnancy for between 5 and 10 years. It's sometimes called a "coil" or "copper coil".4
An IUS is a small, T-shaped plastic device that's put into your womb (uterus) by a doctor or nurse. It releases the hormone progestogen to stop you getting pregnant and lasts for 3:5 years, depending on the brand.1 Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider to find out which birth control option is more appropriate for you.
IUD: Intra-Uterine Devices
Hormonal IUDs (IUS) may cause Irregular bleeding and spotting occurs in the first six months of use.3 Pain when the IUD is put in, and cramping or back aches for a few days after spotting between periods irregular periods These usually go away within 3–6 months, once your body gets used to the new visitor in your uterus. And they don’t happen to everyone , many people use hormonal IUDs with no problems at all.5
Your periods can become lighter, shorter and less painful – they may stop completely after the first year of use.1
An IUS can be left in place for three to five years depending in the type. After this time, it will need to be replaced with a new device.1
Nope. There’s been a lot of research on common IUD side effects. And studies show that hormonal IUDs don’t make you gain weight.
The hormone-free copper IUD doesn’t make you gain weight either.5
We did not find an association between use of the ENG implant and LNG-IUS and weight gain in the first 12 months of use.6
LNG-IUS: levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system
1-NHS. Intrauterine system (IUS). Available at: Reference Last Accessed:(12/7/2021).
2-Contraception. Hormonal IUD. Available at: Reference Last Accessed:(12/7/2021).
3-Queen's Land Health. 9 types of contraception you can use to prevent pregnancy (with pictures!). Available at: Reference Last Accessed:(12/7/2021).
4-NHS. Intrauterine device IUD. Available at: Reference Last Accessed:(12/7/2021).
5-Planet Parenthood. What are the side effects of IUDs. Available at: Reference Last Accessed:(12/7/2021).
6-Vickery Z, Madden T, Zhao Q, Secura GM, Allsworth JE, Peipert JF. Weight change at 12 months in users of three progestin-only contraceptive methods. Contraception. 2013 Oct 1;88(4):503-8.
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