Periods and Non-Hormonal IUD’s – All You Need to Know

Periods and Non-Hormonal IUD’s – All You Need to Know

Periods and Non-Hormonal IUD’s – All You Need to Know  


There are many different types of birth control options available today. An intrauterine device (IUD) earns high marks for being “failproof” and highly effective. As with many types of birth control, you may experience side effects while using an IUD. It’s also important to know your allowances and limitations in terms of what feminine hygiene products you can safely use once your IUD has been fitted.


Will I Get a Heavier Period with an IUD?


IUDs may cause heavy or irregular bleeding in the first three to six months after insertion. In particular, women may experience pain and bleeding in the first few hours or days after their device is placed. If your bleeding is very heavy or happening at other times in your cycle, you may have another medical issue.


Heavy periods, which occur in a condition known as menorrhagia, may have other causes. If your heavy bleeding started shortly after the insertion of your IUD, ask your doctor about possible complications.


You may also want to consider the following medical reasons for your bleeding:


1)      Hormone Imbalances

Hormone imbalances in the amount of oestrogen and progesterone in the body can occur. When these two hormones aren’t balanced, it can affect the uterine lining, making it thick. When your period comes, this thick lining sheds and results in a heavy period.


An imbalance can also be caused by anovulation. Anovulation happens when your body doesn’t release an egg. This can result in very low progesterone levels. Over time, this can lead to a thickened uterine lining and heavy menstrual bleeding.


2)      Tumours or Growths

Fibroids are benign tumours that can form in the walls of your uterus. They’re most common during a woman’s childbearing years, and they can cause menorrhagia.

Polyps are smaller noncancerous growths that can form in the uterine lining. They can also cause abnormal or heavy bleeding and may indicate high hormone levels.


3)      Infection

In some cases, heavy bleeding may be a sign of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), especially if it occurs in the 20 days after getting an IUD. This serious infection can lead to infertility, sterility, and even chronic pain.


Which period products are safe to use with an IUD?

“For the most part, women with IUDs can use any kind of period protection.


If your IUD string is a little on the long side, there would be the risk that you could pull out your IUD while you’re removing a tampon or a menstrual cup.


There’s not really an infection concern or anything like that — it’s really more [that] if you’re putting something in your vagina that you’re then reaching up and pulling out, there is a chance that you could pull your IUD out, because the strings of the IUD stick out just a little past the cervix.”


There you have it, any product is safe as long as you practice due diligence on the insertion and removal of every cup or tampon used. Using sanitary towels for the first few days may help you ease into becoming accustomed to the string of your IUD.



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