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I have an IUD. I don't know if you have had children or not but some doctors won't use them in women who have not given birth even though they can be used. It's because the IUD may be difficult to insert or the uterus may not be big enough but the doc can check those things.

There are two types of IUD. Both are effective immediately, no backup necessary and can be removed at any time if you wish to conceive. Like the pill you will not be protected against STD's so it's important you are in a monogamous relationship or using condoms for STD protection.

Mirena is a hormonal IUD. It releases a VERY small amount of progestin into the uterus. Since the dose is so low and it's contained in the uterus only about 3% of users experience any side effects, which would be similiar to the pills side effects. The amount of progestin released is equivalent to taking about 3 mini-pills a month. Benefits of this IUD are that your periods will become very very light and chances are good you will stop having periods all together. This IUD is good for 5 years.

Paragard is a non-hormonal IUD. It has copper in it. The benefits to this one are no hormones if you want a hormone free BC method, and it's good for 10 years. The downside is periods are often very heavy and painful.

Mirena and Paragard both have websites with detailed info. I have the Mirena IUD and am very happy with it. No side effects.

These are not the IUD's of the '70's (ie: dalkon shield horror). The IUD's nowadays are very safe and effective,
HTH :)

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