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Intrauterine Device

Intrauterine Device

Picture of an intrauterine device (IUD)

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, plastic, T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. IUDs contain copper or the hormone levonorgestrel (LNg). Plastic strings tied to the end of the IUD hang down through the opening of the uterus (cervix) into the vagina.

Current as ofSeptember 5, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff

Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

Rebecca S. Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology