A non-hormonal IUD prevents pregnancy by releasing copper ions. It is small, soft, and flexible and is t-shaped. Currently, there is one type of non-hormonal IUD available: Paragard®.
The term "IUD" actually stands for "Intrauterine Device", meaning that it is placed inside of the uterus. A non-hormonal IUD is placed inside of the uterus by a doctor or a nurse.
The non-hormonal IUDs is wrapped in copper, which keeps the sperm from reaching the egg, thus preventing pregnancy. The only non-hormonal IUD available in the US is the Paragard® IUD.
The IUD works really, really well. It is one of the very best forms of birth control. It's over 99% effective: if 100 women use the IUD, on average less than 1 will become pregnant within a year.
A doctor or nurse has to put the IUD in for you. Once they put in the IUD, you don't have to do anything! You are protected from pregnancy until you choose to have it removed, or up 10 years. However, an IUD doesn't protect against sexually transmitted infections (STI), so always wear a condom to protect yourself.
No. As noted above, a hormonal IUD doesn't protect you from STDs. To protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections, we recommend using condoms when you have sex.
As soon as your IUD is removed, you immediately return to the level of fertility you were before the IUD was inserted. If you got your hormonal IUD through A Step Ahead Foundation, we will pay to have it removed at no charge to you. Call us to schedule an appointment at 901-320-STEP (7837).
You can always set up an appointment with one of our doctors or nurses to talk about the IUD or implant, or you head over to our contact page and ask one of our experts!
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