Contraception Options — IUDs
IUD, or intrauterine device, prevents pregnancy by preventing sperm from joining with an egg. An IUD is a small, plastic or copper, T-shaped stick with a string attached to the end. It is placed inside the uterus, interfering with conception. It is a very effective and inexpensive form of birth control. It is also reversible, as it can be removed by a doctor at any time and it will no longer impact a woman's ability to conceive.
There are two types of IUDs available in the United States: the copper IUD, which may remain in your body for as long as ten years, and the hormonal IUD, which needs to be replaced every five years.
For referrals to physicians providing IUD services at Columbia Center, please call Diane Oakland at 262.243.6631.