This is the insertion of a small device, called an IUD, into the uterus to prevent pregnancy for three to five years.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. An IUD may prevent pregnancy by:
In the United States, there are currently two types of IUDs. This care path includes the cost for a levonorgestrel intrauterine system (LNG-IUS), also known as a Mirena.
A copper IUD is a plastic T-shaped device with copper wire wrapped around the stem and arms. A copper IUD:
If pregnancy prevention is desired for a number of years, an IUD may be an appropriate choice of birth control for women of any age.
An IUD may not be recommended in certain situations, such as:
Before placing an IUD, your healthcare provider will review your medical history and do a pelvic exam. Lab work may be done to make sure you are not pregnant and do not have a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Before you leave the office, it is important you know how to feel for the strings attached to the IUD.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss your birth control options. If you decide to have an IUD inserted, ask your healthcare provider the following questions.
It is important to consult your doctor when you would like to have the IUD removed. Do not attempt to remove an IUD yourself.
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