Intrauterine Device or IUD
The intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, plastic device that is inserted and left inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. The IUD can be used by women of all ages, including teenagers and those who have never had children.
- Nothing more to do to prevent pregnancy once IUD is in place.
- IUD will not interfere with sex or tampon use.
- IUD can be inserted immediately after childbirth and while breastfeeding.
- Easily reversed if you want to try to get pregnant.
- There are both hormonal and non-hormonal IUD’s.
- Depending on the type of IUD chosen, they can be used for as short of a duration as desired up to 10 years.
IUDs are very effective for birth control. Typically, fewer than 1 in 100 women using an IUD will become pregnant during the first year of use.
Serious complications are rare, although the IUD may migrate into the vagina or penetrate the uterine wall during insertion.
Intrauterine Device (IUD): A small device that is inserted and left inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy.
Uterus: A muscular organ located in the female pelvis that contains and nourishes the developing fetus during pregnancy.