Intrauterine Devices (IUD)

Copper T intrauterine device (IUD) —This IUD is a small device that is shaped in the form of a “T.” Your doctor places it inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It can stay in your uterus for up to 10 years. Typical use failure rate: 0.8%.These IUD’s are most typically

These IUD’s are most typically recommended to patients who have previously given birth.
Levonorgestrel intrauterine system (LNG IUD)—The LNG IUD is a small T-shaped device like the Copper T IUD. It is placed inside the uterus by a doctor. It releases a small amount of progestin each day to keep you from getting pregnant. The LNG IUD stays in your uterus for up to 5 years. Typical use failure rate: 0.2%.

These IUDs are most typically recommended for patients who have not given birth, as they are smaller and for shorter durations. Popular brands are Mirena (lasts 5 years) and Skyla (lasts 3 years)


An IUD is a great choice for someone who does not want to think about their birth control very often. After insertion, the patient does not notice the IUD and does not have to keep up with it like they would a pill or shot. The IUD also lasts the longest and may be a good choice for someone whose insurance is not guaranteed. Some women’s clinics, including Planned Parenthood, will offer IUDs to college-aged women for little to no cost.

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