Of course you should always follow the product package guidelines with guidance from your provider, but a new article has looked at extended use of the common IUDs and found that two extra years is likely both safe and effective.
This means that medicated 5 year devices can remain effective for 7 years and the non medicated devices can remain for 12 instead of 10 years.
There’s no actual test to see if your IUD is still effective, although a device properly in the uterus is likely to still be extremely effective.
Keeping your IUD longer doesn’t mean that you will need any special testing however, it’s important to continue your routine gynecological care.
IUDs have many non-contraceptive benefits as well as being effective for contraception and those benefits will also persist if you keep your IUD longer than the original package insert recommended.
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