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IUD (Intrauterine device)

IUD insertion

IUD (Intrauterine Device)

Intrauterine Devices, or IUDs, are small, soft, T-shaped device with a nylon string attached to it. It is put in the uterus to help prevent pregnancy. Depending on the type of the IUD, it can help prevent pregnancy for 3 to 10 years.

Copper IUDs are favored by patients who hormone free birth control that is more effective than the pill. It is also a great option for people who like having monthly bleeding, either for reassurance or beliefs.

Copper IUD users can expect heavier and longer periods with more cramps, so may not be a great option if you have heavy or painful periods. They are often not covered by insurance, but cost much less than the hormonal IUDs.  

Hormonal IUDs come in 2 sizes. The smaller one is recommended for those who are  younger (including teens)  or those who never had a pregnancy. They last 5 or more years and are covered under most drug plans, including OHIP+. Hormonal IUD users like that their periods are often much lighter, and about 20-40% will report that their periods stop altogether, which is completely ok.

Dr. Yuh places over 500 IUDs a year and complications are very rare. Everyone's IUD insertion experiences are different and most do very well. The whole procedure will only last 1-2 minutes. It will help to take some pain relievers just before your insertion appointment. 

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