Navigating the world of intrauterine devices (IUDs) can feel overwhelming. You may be wondering – what kind of IUD should I get? What are the types of IUDs? 

Dr. Bryce from Advantia OB-GYN Shady Grove is here to demystify the different types of IUDs and guide you through deciding which one is best for you.

Different Types of IUDs

Hormonal IUDs

Hormonal IUDs, such as Mirena, Skyla, and Liletta, release a small amount of progestin into the uterus, leading to reduced menstrual bleeding and decreased cramping. The hormonal IUD is known for its convenience, with some options lasting up to 3 to 7 years, depending on the brand.


  • Reduced menstrual bleeding
  • Decreased menstrual cramps
  • Long-lasting effectiveness


  • Initial side effects, such as irregular bleeding or cramping
  • Requires insertion by a healthcare provider

Copper IUDs

Copper IUDs, like Paragard, are hormone-free and work by releasing copper into the uterus. They are known for their long-lasting protection, with some models lasting up to 10 years.


  • Hormone-free
  • Long-lasting protection
  • Immediate fertility upon removal


  • Increased menstrual bleeding and cramping for some individuals
  • Possible side effects such as spotting and irregular periods

When considering the type of IUD that may be best for you, it’s essential to take into account your individual health needs, preferences, and lifestyle. Factors such as menstrual cycle characteristics, history of hormonal sensitivity, and future fertility plans may influence your decision.

Consultation with a Healthcare Provider

A thorough consultation with a healthcare provider is key to selecting the IUD type for you and your needs. They can discuss the benefits and potential side effects of each type, taking into consideration your medical history and individual concerns.

At Advantia Health, our dedicated team understands the importance of personalized care. We are committed to providing the information and support you need to make informed decisions about your reproductive health.

Book an Appointment

To learn more about the different types of IUDs or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bryce at Advantia OB-GYN Shady Grove, please visit our website. Our compassionate and knowledgeable team is ready to help you make the best choice for your reproductive health journey.

By offering comprehensive information and personalized care, our team at Advantia Health aims to provide the assurance and support you need as you consider the options available to you.

If you have further questions or wish to schedule a visit, do not hesitate to reach out to one of our providers near you.