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I’m looking into switching my birth control. I currently have an IUD and before that was on the pill. I want my period to stop completely but would like to have no side effects. Any help would be amazing!

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I’m possibly looking into switching my birth control. I currently have an IUD (Mirena) and before that I was on the pill. I did not like the pill which caused my switch to the IUD, but I’m not 100% satisfied with the IUD either. I want my period to stop completely but would like to have little to no side effects (mood swings, lower sex drive, etc.) Any help would be amazing!

This is such a challenging topic because so many of the hormonal options have side effects. You are on the strongest IUD (Mirena) which is typically the one that can entirely suppress a period, but it doesn’t happen for everyone. You might ask your gynecologist about the expected amount of time it will take Mirena to accomplish this. It can take some time after you have it placed; I usually tell patients it can take about a year. I would also ask your gynecologist about a continuous oral birth control option or continuous NuvaRing — these are also techniques that can be used. Of course, in all cases, the person who can best advise you is the one who knows your entire health history. Injections and implants, in my experience, generally have more side effects and are harder to reverse if you don’t like the way you feel, but chat with your health professional about these possibilities too. Here is an overview of all your options: https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/contraception/index.htm

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