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How is an intrauterine device (IUD) used as an emergency contraception?

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The copper-T IUD (ParaGard) is a small T-shaped piece of plastic and copper that can be used as both emergency contraception and as ongoing birth control. To use it for emergency contraception, a doctor or other health professional needs to insert it in your uterus within 5 days of when you had sex. The procedure may feel like a Pap smear. It will be uncomfortable -- like mild cramps -- but it takes only a few minutes. You won't feel it once it's in. Your doctor will show you how to check that it's still in place once a month.

SOURCES:

Anne Elizabeth Burke, MD, associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics, director of family planning, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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

Alexandra Gold, MD, fellow in family planning, OB/GYN, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

KidsHealth: "IUD."

Office of Population Research at Princeton University: The Emergency Contraception Web Site: "Copper-T IUD as Emergency Contraception," "Side Effects."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: The Intrauterine Device (IUD.)"

UpToDate: "Emergency Contraception," "Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)," "Levonorgestrel," "Long-term Methods of Birth Control," "Ulipristal.""Intrauterine Contraception."

PlanBOneStep.com.

MyNextChoiceOneDose.com.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2018

SOURCES:

Anne Elizabeth Burke, MD, associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics, director of family planning, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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

Alexandra Gold, MD, fellow in family planning, OB/GYN, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

KidsHealth: "IUD."

Office of Population Research at Princeton University: The Emergency Contraception Web Site: "Copper-T IUD as Emergency Contraception," "Side Effects."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: The Intrauterine Device (IUD.)"

UpToDate: "Emergency Contraception," "Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)," "Levonorgestrel," "Long-term Methods of Birth Control," "Ulipristal.""Intrauterine Contraception."

PlanBOneStep.com.

MyNextChoiceOneDose.com.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2018

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