Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine System

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the contraceptive will experience problems. In fact, most women tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Common side effects of levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system include but are not limited to:
  • Vaginal infection
  • Menstrual changes
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Acne
  • Cysts on the ovaries.
(Click Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine System Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using this device if you have:
  • Ever had or currently have pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Had a serious pelvic infection
  • Multiple sexual partners or if your partner has multiple sexual partners
  • A weakened immune system due to leukemia, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), IV drug use, or any other cause
  • Cancer of the uterus or cervix
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine System to learn more, including information on who should not use this contraceptive.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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