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The Hormonal IUD

Access Portal

An online resource for global information about the hormonal intrauterine device (IUD)

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the Method

The levonorgestrel intrauterine device —also known as the hormonal IUD— is a highly effective, long-acting, reversible contraceptive with important non-contraceptive health benefits including potential reduction in menstrual cramps and blood loss, and fewer side effects compared to other hormonal methods.


Expanding contraceptive choice increases individuals’ ability to freely choose the family planning methods that best meet their reproductive desires and needs. The global community is generating evidence to better understand the potential impact of expanding global access to the hormonal IUD. Results can help inform national introduction and scale-up plans. 

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