Intrauterine Device (IUD)

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a contraceptive that is inserted into the uterus by a provider. They are a popular method of birth control because they are a long-active device that can be left in the individual for three to ten years depending on the brand.

The device is coated in plastic for easy placement and after insertion, options to a T inside the uterus. They also have a string at the base so they can be removed by a provider if desired. IUDs are an effective type of birth control but do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases so the use of condoms as a preventative measure is recommended.

There are two types of IUDs, copper and hormonal. The copper initiates an inflammatory response that prevents the sperm and egg from implanting in the uterine lining. A hormonal IUD utilizes small amounts of hormones to prevent pregnancy.

Your provider will work with you to understand what type is best for you. If you are interested in learning more about IUDs, reach out. The team at Schneck is here for you.

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