Emergency Contraception (cont.)
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Emergency Intrauterine Device
The IUD used for emergency contraception is the Copper T 380A IUD (ParaGard). It can be inserted up to 5 days after unprotected sexual intercourse but should be inserted as soon as possible. The IUD can be removed after your next menstrual period, when it is confirmed that you are not pregnant. You can use the IUD for long-term birth control. The copper IUD can be left in place for up to 10 years for contraception, and it is a reversible form of birth control. Planned Parenthood cites emergency IUD insertion as being 99.9% effective.
After IUD insertion, you may wish to have someone drive you home and to rest afterwards. IUDs should only be inserted and removed by health care professionals. The costs associated with a ParaGard IUD generally are about $750 for exam, IUD, and insertion. This type of IUD can be left in place for up to 10 years.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/28/2014
Omnia M Samra, MD
Bryan D Cowan, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Lee P Shulman, MD
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