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What are the hormonal effects the IUD has on our bodies?

What are the hormonal effects the IUD has on our bodies?

Minimal.: IUSs are an excellent (long-term, completely and easily reversible) contraceptive option even for women at risk for complications from female hormones - because their effect is primarily local and not over the entire body. I wish more women in the US would use IUDs instead of tubal ligations! beware: IUDs are best for mutually monogamous relationships because they do not prevent STDs/HIV. ...Read more

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Will dandelion root tea interfere with hormonal IUD effectiveness?

Doubtful: The iud you reference has a dual mode of action. A word of caution - many herbal medicines are just that, medicines, with little know safety on the human physiology. ...Read more

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What is the patient satisfaction rate with the hormonal IUD, and what is the most common complaint?

What is the patient satisfaction rate with the hormonal IUD, and what is the most common complaint?

Good results: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD is a very effective form of birth control (over 99% effective) that is also very convenient for many women since they don't have to remember to do anything for it as opposed to pills, the patch, the ring, condoms, etc. This makes it very appealing for many women. The most common complaint is irregular bleeding for the first month or so and cramping during the insertion process. ...Read more

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My skin has never been the same since having an iud. Is there anything I can do to help with the uneven tone and hormonal acne? ANYTHING?

My skin has never been the same  since having an iud. Is there anything I can do  to help with the uneven tone and hormonal acne? ANYTHING?

Sure: I use Tazorac (tazarotene) for acne as you describe with Hydroquinone 4% to lighten up hyperpigmented areas and even out skin tone. These two medicines are easily prescribed in a Prime Visit! ...Read more

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I have the hormonal IUD in and havent had any real periods at all. But when I have my spotting it is brown and clumpy but not painful. Is that normal?

I have the hormonal IUD in and havent had any real periods at all. But when I have my spotting it is brown and clumpy but not painful. Is that normal?

Yes: Many women have lighter or no periods with that IUD, that is why it is often used. if you have any reason to believe you could be pregnant a test would be useful it is not likely but still possible ...Read more

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Does copperT non-hormonal IUD cause continuous spotting extending to a month, with a history of insulin resistant PCOD?

Does copperT non-hormonal IUD cause continuous spotting extending to a month, with a history of insulin resistant PCOD?

Initially normal: The copper T does not interact with any of the hormonal regulation and pathways of the body or any metabolic processes. It is normal to have unusual spotting or cramping in the first month but eventually calms down. After a year plus you may have no periods at all. ...Read more

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I have a copper IUD and I have been getting heavy 10 day periods here in Australia they don't have lysteda is there any non hormonal med I could take?

NSAID: You can try on OTC NSAID, such as ibuprophen. If you start it before you start your period and take it around the clock, it may help. I usually recommend 600 mg every 6 hours. ...Read more

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Can there be a way to guess how likely mirena (levonorgestrel) (hormonal iud) would stop period for me?

Can there be a way to guess how likely mirena (levonorgestrel) (hormonal iud) would stop period for me?

Not reliably: In general, the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud will stop periods for 25% (up to 50% ) of users, but it's hard to predict who will be the lucky ones whose periods stop. I have had patients use 'continuous' birth control pills for a couple of months with their iud, in an attempt to stop the periods from coming, with some success, but it doesn't always work. ...Read more