This is the insertion of a small device made of copper into the uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to twelve years.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. An IUD may prevent pregnancy by:
In the United States, there are currently two types of IUDs.
A copper IUD:
If pregnancy prevention is desired for a number of years, an IUD may be an appropriate choice of birth control for women of any age.
An IUD may not be recommended in certain situations, such as:
Before placing an IUD, your healthcare provider will review your medical history and do a pelvic exam. Lab work may be done to make sure you are not pregnant and do not have a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Before you leave the office, it is important you know how to feel for the strings attached to the IUD.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss your birth control options. If you decide to have an IUD inserted, ask your healthcare provider the following questions.
It is important to consult your doctor when you would like to have the IUD removed. Do not attempt to remove an IUD yourself.
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