5 Facts Should Women Know About IUD Implants

Published on January 20, 2017

Check out this article by one of our FEMM-Teachers-in-Training, Celine Kinneberg–five facts to know before considering an IUD implant, such as the following:

03. IT TRIPLES THE RISK OF MENTAL ILLNESS.

In women who have had a child, most IUDs are inserted by the 6 week postpartum office visit. Mirena, for instance, is a popular IUD deemed compatible with breastfeeding. Postpartum depression (PPD) can be debilitating for a woman and her family. According to the CDC, about 1 in 8 women experience PPD. Some women struggling with PPD may really be suffering from the side effects of their IUD and may not know it.

Non-postpartum women are also at increased risk for depression. A recent Danish study concluded that “compared with nonusers, users of hormonal contraception had a 40 percent increased risk of depression after six months of use. Some types of contraceptives carried even greater risk. Women who used progestin-only pills more than doubled their risk, for example, while those who used the levonorgestrel IUD (brand name Mirena) tripled their risk.”

See the remaining facts here.

Women who are in need of a family planning method should check out FEMM Education classes, which provide a risk-free method with very high effectiveness rates. Classes are available here.

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