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Sexual Health

Birth Control... What's right for you?

Other MethodsIUD

IUDs

  • An Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a small device which is inserted into the uterus by a health care provider. It remains in the uterus for 3-5 years and is then removed by a health care provider. It can either contain hormones or not.
  • The IUD works by affecting the lining of the uterus and can prevent ovulation or implantation.
  • Effectiveness: 99.2% to 99.9% for birth control, depending on consistent and correct use
  • Where to get one (a prescription is needed): At your local drug store, clinic or doctor's office
  • IUDs do not prevent the transmission of STIs therefore condoms should always be used during sexual activity.