Intrauterine device (IUD)The intrauterine device (IUD) is a small T-shaped device that is used as a method of birth control designed for insertion into a woman's uterus.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are a form of birth control that prevents implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus.
Intrauterine device can contain hormones that help prevent the implantation process.
Other types of IUDs are copper-containing IUDs.
Intrauterine device must be inserted by a health-care professional in the office.
Side effects of IUDs depend upon the type of IUD.
Copper-containing IUDs can increase menstrual bleeding.
Some IUDs can be left in place for up to 10 years.
IUDs can be removed at any time by a health-care professional.
IUDs do not provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If you have multiple sexual partners, it is important to use condoms as well to protect yourself against STD’S.