Is something wrong when a female doesn't get her menstrual for over three months if they are on an IUD? (Birth control)

This kind of a problem is not normally associated with using an IUD and, in fact, the exact opposite occurs if you are using an IUD. There is therefore a possibility of some other kind of problem that is causing delayed menses. The first pall of suspicion would fall on an ovarian cysts or Poly Cystic Ovarian Disorder or PCOD. It is important to note that the absence of a monthly period is not something that you need to really be worried about because the consensus in the medical community is that even if a period occurs once in three months; it is healthy but anything more than that might indicate a problem. Treating either of these problems requires taking hormone-modifying drugs but you should be rid of the problem.

IUDs work by causing an inflammation in the uterus. This is not a severe inflammation but just a release of white blood cells and prostaglandins. The body reacts this way to an IUD because it is a foreign object and no foreign object is tolerated by the body – even transplanted organs. When white blood cells and prostaglandins flood the uterus, sperms that enter the uterus are immediately killed off much like bacteria would be if they invaded the body. IUDs are quite an effective method of birth control from a prophylactic perspective and from an immediate use perspective. Some IUDs also use copper, which also has spermicidal effects. The biggest side effect of using an IUD is that infection could actually take place if the IUD was not placed correctly in the uterus. This can lead to many complications like Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, which could leave you sterile. Additionally, the IUD could be ejected or displaced in the uterus causing uterine tears. However, because of its high success rate in preventing pregnancy, it is still one of the most popular methods of birth control.

Ovarian cysts occur at least once in the life of every woman and will cause a disruption in the menstrual cycle; however, with the next menstrual cycle that does occur, the cyst is usually expelled from the body and the uterus, ovaries, and reproductive system comes back to normal. PCOD is a more complicated disease because there are not one but multiple cysts in the ovaries. This indicates a hormonal problem and must be treated with hormonal drugs. For your condition, the best advices is that you remove the IUD for a few months and tank up in phytoestrogens – plant estrogens from flax seed, soy, most nuts. This should return your system to normal.

answered by G M

I think it is time for you to change your contraceptive. If you are new to using IUD you should look for contraceptive in the form of a pill. If you have been using it for some time you will know that there are many side effects to using this form of contraceptive. Although, many other women that are using IUD have the opposite problem, there menstrual cycle is an unusually heavy flow which lasts longer than their normal period. The biggest negative side effect of using IUD is menstrual irregularities, which in your case is rather serious. 

Your problem is not unusual, however your period should return to normal when the IUD is removed. I strongly suggest you have it removed as soon as you can. In the time being, eat the right foods to maintain your health as many women become ill from not menstruating if they are not pregnant. Eat a balanced diet which includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and also drunk lots of water. Tea will also help you to flush out the anti-oxidants in your body. But most importantly, speak with your health care provider and have the IUD removed. A pregnancy test will be a good idea. 

answered by S M

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