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Happy New Year everyone! On other sites, we've been asked a lot about the different types of hormones in the IUD and what their side effects are. So we put together an outline of each hormone, what they do, and how they might affect your body.
The biggest takeaway is that scientists need a better system for naming hormones, because some of these words are crazy weird. But if you're wondering what's exactly in the IUD (and other forms of hormonal birth control) and how it might impact you, you can check out the article here.

We hope it clears up any questions you might have! Thanks again everyone!

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archangelbeth
Jan. 10th, 2017 06:36 am (UTC)
Free Editing.
The initial tone is very patronizing, not "friendly."

It's 1: Pro-jess-ter-own.
2: Pro-jess-tin.
3: leev-oh-nor-jess-trel
4: eh-teh-no-jess-trel

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/progesterone?s=t
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/progestin?s=t
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levonorgestrel
https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/etonogestrel

(Those definitions probably contain reasons for the word-choices, too. E.g., the "ges" in each of them is derived, ultimately, from "gestation" -- or pregnancy -- probably because progesterone levels are high after ovulation and during pregnancy.)

Note that good or bad side effects may happen -- not everyone gets a significantly reduced bleed (in duration or amount), for instance.

No form of hormonal contraception is "completely safe." Allergies to all kinds of things happen. Further, when people are on hormones, sometimes mood effects can be dangerous -- I have seen people posting over in VP about having depression, or even suicidal ideation, when on hormonal birth control. Is this common? NO. Is it "completely safe"? No. It's a roll of the dice, and the odds are good, but you do people a disservice by not warning that there are VERY RARE cases of side effects, and in such cases, one should get the source of the hormones removed quickly. (There are also cases where people take HBC because it helps their mood -- it's the lack of hormones that causes them problems.)

"It too works" -- this is awkward phrasing. Use "it also works" or "It, too, works".

"thinning the line" -- typo: you mean "lining." (It also means that the odds are that an egg would have trouble implanting; it's not guaranteed to prevent it.)

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a610021.html seems to disagree that the primary contraceptive action of Levonorgestrel is only thickening the cervical mucous; as Levonorgestrel is used as an emergency contraceptive, preventing ovulation is most definitely something it can do, and is probably a primary method. (Though indeed, most synthetic progesterones/progestins work more by making the uterus hostile/thickening mucous than by preventing ovulation alone.)
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