An intrauterine device (IUD) is a device that is placed inside your uterus to prevent pregnancy. The time frame for which this device can be implanted depends on the type and brand of IUD you insert.
In most cases, birth control methods can lead to various side effects like weight loss. With IUDs, side effects such as weight loss, backaches, or painful periods may occur after insertion. These cases are usually mild and unnoticeable.
Some people may experience more severe and long-lasting symptoms. In some cases, these effects may last for weeks or months.
According to research, IUDs are about 80 percent effective in controlling birth. They are also convenient and easy to use.
The IUD is shaped like the letter T. It is attached to two strings and placed inside the uterus. It affects how the sperm fertilizes the egg and prevents pregnancy. It has a Mirena that uses the hormone progestin to prevent ovulation. It also has a ParaGuard that stops the sperm from fertilizing the egg. The ParaGuard and Mirena can be effective for as long as ten years and are the least expensive birth control methods for women.
According to anecdotal reports and several online resources, IUDs may lead to abnormal changes in your weight when it is in your uterus and after it has been removed.
You may notice the following changes after you remove the IUD:
- Weight gain
- Weight loss
- Inability to lose weight, even after adjusting your diet and adding exercise to your routine.
Studies show that weight changes are common in people who use an intrauterine device. A group of symptoms known as “Mirena crash” may also appear in people who use the device.
While the unexplainable weight gain associated with the condition may be frustrating, more research needs to be done to understand the health effects of the device.