By: Lacey Lardinois

IUD- Intra-Uterine Device

What is it?

"Is a T-shaped, plastic device inserted into the uterus by a health care professional."(Bedsider).

How does IUD work?

"Both types of IUDs work primarily by preventing sperm from fertilizing an egg."(Bedsider).

The Types

  1. "Copper, which can remain in place for 10 to 12 years.
  2. Progesterone (natural female sex hormone); two types:
    • Mirena, lasts five to seven years.
    • Other types, replace every year."(Bedsider).

How much does it cost?

"Before the implementation of an IUD could have cost a user as much as $1,000 if it was not covered by a health insurance plan." (RH Reality Check).

How effective is it?

"Less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they use an IUD."(RH Reality Check).

Where can you get it?

"If you have health insurance, make a call to your insurance provider to see if they will cover the cost. Then you call your doctor and make an appointment to meet with him/her."(Bedsider).


"IUD offers effective long-term birth control without hormones.

Periods diminish or disappear"(Wbur).


"IUDs don’t protect against sexually transmitted infections.

The copper in the IUD can lead to heavier periods."(Wbur).


Rh Reality Check. Elizabeth Dawes Gay, n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2014.


Bedsider. Claire Tighe, n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2014. <http://bedsider.org/features/

Wbur's Common Health. Bostons News Station, n.d. Web. 5 Dec. 2014.