The IUD is a small plastic object that is usually t-shaped. It is inserted into a woman's uterus to prevent pregnancy. The IUD contains copper or a hormone (a progestin) that prevent sperm from joining an egg.
97% - 99.2% effective in preventing pregnancy
Does not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections
How the IUD is Used
The IUD is inserted in your uterus by your health care provider usually during or after menstruation (a period). It may stay in place from one to ten years depending on the type of IUD used. The IUD has a string that extends into the vagina. This string should be checked by the woman monthly after menstruation to make sure the IUD is in place.
You need to receive a complete gynecological exam every year. If you have any problems, contact your health care provider.
Benefits of Using the IUD
Prevents pregnancy for up to ten years depending on the IUD used
Nothing to take daily or put in place before sexual intercourse
Easy to use - just check the string regularly
Can be removed by a health care provider at any time
Some women cannot use an IUD. The IUD does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
Planning A Pregnancy
Once use of the IUD is discontinued, you have the same chance of getting pregnant as before use.