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How can IUDs (intrauterine devices) help with birth control?

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IUDs are small, plastic devices that a doctor or nurse will put into your uterus. The procedure is simple and quick, but a little uncomfortable. Once it's in position, the IUD will protect you from pregnancy for a long time.

IUDs that use hormones are good for 3-5 years depending on which type you get. The copper-T version -- which uses copper, a natural sperm-killer -- is good for up to 10 years. IUDs are about 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Birth Control Pills.”

CDC: "Contraception."

Kelly Cleland, MPA, MPH, researcher, Office of Population Research, Princeton University.

KidsHealth: "How Can Condoms Break?" "How Can You Tell if a Condom Has Expired?" and "What if a Condom Breaks?"

UpToDate: "Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Tips for Using Condoms and Dental Dams."

Women'sHealth.gov: "Birth Control Methods Fact Sheet."

Healthy Canadians web site.

UpToDate.com: "Emergency Contraception." "Intrauterine Contraception."

PlanBOneStep.com.

MyNextChoiceOneDose.com.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Birth Control Pills.”

CDC: "Contraception."

Kelly Cleland, MPA, MPH, researcher, Office of Population Research, Princeton University.

KidsHealth: "How Can Condoms Break?" "How Can You Tell if a Condom Has Expired?" and "What if a Condom Breaks?"

UpToDate: "Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Tips for Using Condoms and Dental Dams."

Women'sHealth.gov: "Birth Control Methods Fact Sheet."

Healthy Canadians web site.

UpToDate.com: "Emergency Contraception." "Intrauterine Contraception."

PlanBOneStep.com.

MyNextChoiceOneDose.com.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2018

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