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Intrauterine Device (IUD)

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small T-shaped plastic device that is placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. A plastic string is attached to the end to ensure correct placement and for removal. IUDs are an easily reversible form of birth control, and they can beshould only beremoved byyour medical professional.

The IUD is not noticeable during intercourse and can last 1-10 years. IUDs work by changing the the lining of the uterus and fallopian tubes affecting the movements of eggs and sperm so that fertilization does not occur. IUDs are 99.2-99.9% effective as birth control. They do not protect against sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.

We use two types of intrauterine devices (IUDs). Dr. Marden will discuss the pros and cons of each option so that you can determine if this is the best birth control method for you.

Mirena
A hormone-releasing contraceptive that is placed in your uterus. Visit www.mirena-us.com for more information.

Paragard
A non-hormone copper intrauterine contraceptive. Visit www.paragard.com for more information.