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IUD stands for an intrauterine device; a tiny, T-shaped device is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. IUDs can be placed during an office visit in just a few minutes and without the need for anesthesia or incisions. Insertion is performed through the vagina.
IUDs use copper coatings to stimulate the uterus to produce a fluid that's toxic to sperm (but harmless to the uterus). Intrauterine devices also help thin the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) to prevent the egg from embedding itself in the lining. Some IUDs also use hormones for additional protection from unplanned pregnancy, and they can also help reduce menstrual cramping. Copper IUDs can be left in place for many years – sometimes up to a decade – while those that use hormones need to be replaced every three to five years. IUDs can be removed earlier in women who want to become pregnant.
IUD placement begins like a routine pelvic exam with the patient lying on her back on the exam table. The vaginal canal will be gently widened using a lubricated speculum so the cervix (the opening of the uterus) can be reached. The IUD is inserted into the uterus through the cervix with the upper “T” portion serving as an anchor. The long tail of the T will hang down into the vaginal canal. Very rarely, and IUD may fall out on its own. Before having intercourse, feeling for the tail helps ensure the IUD is still in place. The tail is also used by the doctor to extract the IUD when it's time to replace it. Some women may have a little cramping during the IUD insertion placement procedure. Women who are anxious or very sensitive may have a local anesthetic injected into the cervix to numb it prior to insertion of the IUD.
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