Two types of intrauterine devices (IUDs) are available: hormonal and non-hormonal. Both are effective forms of contraception, whereas the hormonal (levonorgestrel) form is also an effective treatment for menorrhagia. Cost-effectiveness studies have concluded that the use of a hormonal IUD would reduce menstrual bleeding and its associated medication and surgical costs while increasing patient satisfaction and quality of life. Similarly, the use of IUDs are more effective and less costly than other forms of contraception in preventing unintended pregnancy. This being the case, publicly funding such devices would provide cost savings to the healthcare system.
Cynthia J Chan
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