Birth Control Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) Topic Guide

Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) for Birth Control Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) for Birth Control: An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small T-shaped plastic device that is placed in the uterus for birth control. Currently in the United States, two types of IUDs are available: copper (ParaGard) and hormonal (Skyla or Mirena). Side effects include heavier periods and worsening menstrual cramps and irregular periods.


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