Birth Control Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) Topic Guide
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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Birth Control Types (Effectiveness and Side Effects) Many different types of birth control are available. They include:
Side effects of birth control depends upon the method chosen. Common side effects of the birth control pill (the most common form of birth control used by women in the US) include: