Intrauterine Device Information
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An IUD is inserted through the vagina, through the cervix, and into the uterus with a minor medical procedure. The procedure for IUD insertion may vary among health care providers and hospitals.
Copper in a copper IUD prevents pregnancy by making the uterus and fallopian tubes produce a fluid that kills sperm.
Advantages of either type of IUD
Advantages of a hormone IUD
Advantages of a copper IUD
You may have some discomfort when the IUD is removed. Your health care provider may recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, before the procedure. You may also have minor spotting for a few days after the procedure.
The procedure for IUD removal may vary among health care providers and hospitals.
If you are interested in an IUD, discuss it with your health care provider. He or she will make sure you are a good candidate for an IUD and will let you know more about the advantages, disadvantage, and possible side effects. This will allow you to make a decision about the device.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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