The letters IUD stand for “intrauterine device.” IUDs are small, “T-shaped” devices made of flexible plastic that are inserted into a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy. There are two brands of IUD available in the United States — ParaGard and Mirena.

The ParaGard IUD contains copper. It is effective for 12 years. The Mirena IUD releases a small amount of progestin, a hormone. It is effective for five years. IUDs are one of the most effective forms of birth control available. Less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they use the ParaGard or the Mirena IUD. Insertion of an IUD is an outpatient medical procedure that takes just a few minutes and can be performed in our offices.

Things to know about IUDs:

  • Small, “T-shaped” device inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy
  • Safe, effective, and long lasting
  • Must be inserted by a health care provider
  • Costs between $175 and $650 up front, but lasts up to 12 years

Keep in mind that the IUD doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections. Use a latex or female condom along with the IUD to reduce the risk of infection.

Whether you’re thinking about getting an IUD, you’re using an IUD, you’re a concerned partner, or you’re just someone who’s curious about it, chances are you have many questions. At Our Family Doctor we welcome your questions as active partners fighting for your health and the health of your family.