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Whether You Use Birth Control Or Not, This Poll About Its Side Effects May Surprise You

Let's talk about sex(ual health).

Nowadays, there are many different options available for those who are looking to find the right birth control for them. Sure, you've got condoms, diaphragms, and the ever-optimistic pull-out method. But, for added security and protection (not to mention additional health reasons), many opt for another form of birth control.

an array of types of birth control and contraception methods

As a birth control user myself, I am very thankful to be able to make these choices for my body. But, I'm still no stranger to the stressful side effects that accompany many forms of contraception.

woman grabbing at her abdomen in pain

So, let's take a poll, shall we??? Throughout this quiz, I have sections set up for some of the most popular forms of birth control: hormonal IUDs, copper IUDs, pills, implants, rings, shots, and patches. As you scroll, look for the type(s) of birth control you've used, and answer the questions regarding the side effects you experienced. If you haven't used these methods of birth control, you can click under the poll questions to "view results" to learn more about how birth control impacts the people who use it. Got it?

Hormonal IUDs

numerous IUDs

Though there are many benefits to using hormonal IUDs, there are also some risks. If you have ever used or are currently using a hormonal IUD, let's see if you've ever experienced any of the following side effects:

  1. Was the insertion procedure painful?

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  1. Did you experience abnormal bleeding 1-3 months after getting your IUD?

    Did you experience abnormal bleeding 1-3 months after getting your IUD?

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  1. Did you experience abnormal bleeding for 3-6 months after getting your IUD?

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  1. Did you experience abnormal bleeding for more than 6 months after getting your IUD?

    Did you experience abnormal bleeding for more than 6 months after getting your IUD?

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  1. Did you notice spotting between your periods?

    Did you notice spotting between your periods?

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  1. Did you experience expulsion of the IUD?

    Did you experience expulsion of the IUD?

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  1. Did your periods get heavier?

    Did your periods get heavier?

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  1. Did your period go away?

    Did your period go away?

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  1. Did you experience weight gain?

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  1. Did you get acne?

    Did you get acne?

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  1. Did you notice breast tenderness?

    Did you notice breast tenderness?

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  1. Did you experience changes in mood?

    Did you experience changes in mood?

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