Is there anything I can do if my periods are heavier and my cramps are worse since I got my IUD?

My periods are heavier and/or my cramps are worse.

If this is the case, you’re probably using a copper IUD (Paragard). Sometimes things get better if you just give it a couple months. You can also take ibuprofen the first few days of your period.

Still not working?

If you like the ease of using an IUD, but find that the side effects don’t get better with time or painkillers, you could try switching to a hormonal IUD (Mirena) or to the implant.

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