An intrauterine device (IUD) is a little, t-shaped piece of plastic inserted into the uterus to provide birth control. There are several types of IUDs that use the hormone progestin. We also offer a copper IUD that is non-hormonal. Ask your provider for more information and if an IUD is right for you.
The IUD works by creating an inflammatory response in the uterus that prevents fertilization of an egg. The Mirena® IUD also changes the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the uterus.
You should not use the IUD if: