Do I have to take out my IUD in order to know when I’ve hit menopause? (I don’t get periods with my IUD in.)Anonymous
The average age of menopause is 51.4 years. But the range of age at menopause is large. If the life span of your IUD is coming to a close, you might want to know if you should have another one placed. Or if your IUD is expected to last long past your 51st birthday, you might want to know if you should have it removed early.
One of the best things about progestin-eluting IUDs like Mirena and Kyleena is that many women do not have regular periods with the IUD in place. While that can make it less obvious when menopause occurs, we can get around this.
Progestin-eluting IUDs work by releasing a small amount of the synthetic hormone progestin into the uterus. This keeps the uterine lining from building up, so there is no place for a fertilized egg to implant. However, the amount of progestin is so small that it doesn’t circulate in significant amounts outside of the uterus.
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