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does having an IUD in and not having a period affect your body in negative ways?


The Mirena and Skyla IUDs can lessen the number of periods you get, or stop them altogether. For some people, that’s a huge benefit to using one of those methods. The implant and shot can also have that effect, as well as the pill and ring if used a certain way.

If you’re thinking about using one of these methods to avoid having a period, you may be wondering if it’s healthy to not get your period every month. The answer is that it’s actually totally fine for you to not have periods because of birth control.

A lot of people believe that their period is a way the body cleans itself and keeps itself healthy. But the reality is that your body only needs to menstruate in order to shed the uterine lining (in the form of period blood) that your body creates when there is the possibility of pregnancy. Hormonal birth control, like Mirena or Skyla, prevent ovulation and stop that uterine lining from building up, so there isn’t anything to shed or bleed out.

Having a period is healthy and normal if you’re not using birth control, but not having periods when you’re on hormonal birth control is okay, too.

-Emily at Planned Parenthood

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