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Intrauterine
Device (IUD)

There are many benefits of IUDs, including efficacy, ease of use, reversible nature, and patient satisfaction, especially with time commitment for long-term use and cost. IUDs are extremely effective with a 99.9% success rate.

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Definition

“IUD” stands for “intrauterine device.” Shaped like a “T” and a bit bigger than a quarter, an IUD fits inside your uterus. It prevents pregnancy by stopping sperm from reaching and fertilizing eggs. They provide long lasting, reliable protection against pregnancy, and they’re reversible.

Types of IUDs

There are two types of IUDs: hormonal and non-hormonal. An IUD can be copper or hormone-based. In the United States (U.S.) the usual available brands are ParaGard, Mirena, Liletta, Kyleena, and Skyla.

IUDs aren’t recommended for people who:

  • have an STI
  • have a recent history of pelvic
  • inflammatory disease (PID)
  • may be pregnant
  • have cervical or uterine cancers
  • had an infection following an abortion or
  • childbirth in the past 3 months

What Are the Benefits of IUDs?

Tubal Ligation is common and relatively safe, but as with any surgical procedure there are risks to consider. If you’re thinking about having it done, it’s important to understand the procedure and the advantages and disadvantages before making a decision. Risks include:
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They’re among the most effective birth control methods available.

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They last a long time. 3 to 12 years, depending on the type.

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They're mostly hassle-free. No pre-sex prep or reminders necessary.

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It’s one cost, upfront.

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They’re safe to use if you're breastfeeding.

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Reversible. If you want to get pregnant, have it removed, and you can start trying right away.

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Easier periods. Many people experience lighter periods and an improvement in cramps.

Additional Resources

Learn more from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists