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IUD as a Form of Birth Control - Planned Parenthood

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Uploaded on Feb 12, 2010

IUD stands for intrauterine device. It is a form of long term birth control that can last up to twelve (12) years. How does an IUD work? The IUD is T--shaped, made of flexible plastic, and is inserted into a woman's uterus to prevent pregnancy.

This form of contraception does not protect against STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), so please use a condom in addition to an IUD if this is a concern for you and your partner.

To learn more about IUDs, contact your local Planned Parenthood health center at http://www.plannedparenthood.org/heal... or our website at http://www.plannedparenthood.org/heal...

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"HOW DOES AN IUD PREVENT PREGNANCY" - PLANNED PARENTHOOD
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How do you feel about birth control that costs only pennies a day, requires no effort once it's in, lasts for years, and almost guarantees you won't get pregnant. Well, let me tell you about the IUD.

An IUD is an intrauterine device, fancy words to describe a tiny gadget like this one that goes inside your uterus and prevents you from getting pregnant.

IUDs prevent pregnancy by changing the lining of your uterus and affecting the way the sperm move, making it harder for them to reach an egg. An IUD lasts for a long time. After it's inserted by a health care professional, it'll stay in your uterus and prevent pregnancy for five (5) to twelve (12) years. An IUD can have a big price tag upfront, but think of it as an investment. There are lots of ways to cover the costs. Once it's in, there'll be no more paying for birth control for many years.

Like other medical procedures, inserting an IUD has some risks and there are some possible side effects. But the IUD's a very safe method of birth control. Best of all, IUDs are very effective. So effective that for every one hundred (100) women who use an IUD, fewer than one (1) of them will get pregnant within a year. That's what makes the IUD one of the most popular methods in the world. Of course, if your plans change and you decide you want to get pregnant your health care provider can remove the IUD in a matter of minutes. The IUD doesn't protect against sexually transmitted infections, so use condoms if you're concerned about preventing STDs. If you're interested in learning more about this method, check out the info on http://www.plannedparenthood.org/?utm.... You can even find the nearest health center to set up an appointment.

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