Hormonal IUD for cycle control and contraception

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What is a hormonal IUD (We can't say it's name!)

The Hormonal IUD (intrauterine device) is one of the most effective forms of birth control with an efficacy rate of 99% in preventing pregnancy for up to five years. It is now the most commonly used form of contraception in Australia. It works by a low dose progestin released into the uterus, inhibiting sperm movement so it is more difficult to reach and fertilise the egg. It is also used to treat heavy and painful periods, reducing a period to spotting for some women and ceasing periods altogether for others.

  • Small and T-shaped Made of soft, flexible plastic
  • Slow release low dose levonorgestrel, a type of progestin that is often used in birth control pills
  • Placed in your uterus by a healthcare professional who can remove it at any time in case your plans change
  • 1 IUD for 5 years vs 1,825 birth control pills for 5 years
  • Can be used whether or not you’ve had a baby

Dr Elgey and team have a proven track record in managing and performing gynaecological procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions



What to expect at your first visit

The first visit usually involves a detailed medical history and a exam. You will be asked questions about your menstrual period, abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge, pelvic pain, and disorders that can affect reproduction, such as thyroid disease. You and your partner will be asked about health concerns, including:

  • Medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) and herbal remedies

  • Illnesses, including STIs and past surgery

  • Birth defects in your family

  • Past pregnancies and their outcomes

  • Use of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs


You and your partner also will be asked questions about your sexual history, including:

  • Methods of birth control

  • How long you have been trying to get pregnant

  • How often you have sex and whether you have difficulties

  • Past sexual relationships

What are the basic tests for women
What are the basic tests for men

Testing for a man often involves a semen analysis (sperm count). This is done to assess the amount of sperm, the shape of the sperm, and the way that the sperm move. Blood tests for men measure levels of male reproductive hormones. Too much or too little of these hormones can cause problems with making sperm or with having sex. In some cases, an of the may be done to look for problems in the testicles.

How can lifestyle affect fertility

Women who are underweight, overweight, or exercise too much may have a harder time getting pregnant. In women, drinking alcohol at moderate or heavy levels and smoking may reduce fertility. In men, smoking, heavy drinking, and using marijuana can reduce sperm count and movement.

How can health conditions affect fertility
Why are imaging and other procedures done

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