How are hormonal IUDs different to birth control pills (or the patch / vaginal ring)?
Birth control pills (or the patch, or vaginal ring) typically:
- contain TWO hormones: estrogen and progesterone
- the hormones have to go through your whole system to work
- they “shut down” your ovaries and stop you from making an egg
- contain NO hormones or ONE hormone only
- work locally inside your uterus
- do not disrupt your own hormonal cycles
- your ovaries still function and majority of women still ovulate or make an egg as usual
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