Copper IUDs: Copper IUDs release copper, which is toxic to sperm. Copper IUDs can last for up to 10 years.
Hormonal IUDs: Hormonal IUDs release hormones, such as levonorgestrel or progestin, which thicken the cervical mucus and prevent implantation. Hormonal IUDs can last for 3 to 7 years, depending on the type.
Most women can get an IUD, regardless of their age, parity (whether or not they have had children), or medical history. However, IUDs are not recommended for women with certain medical conditions, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or active sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The length of time you can keep an IUD in place depends on the type of IUD you have. Copper IUDs can last for up to 10 years, while hormonal IUDs can last for 3 to 7 years, depending on the type.
If you are considering an IUD, talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of IUDs and to choose the type of IUD that is right for you.
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