What is an IUD?
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small T-shaped plastic device that’s inserted into the uterus for birth control.
There are two types of IUDs:
- Hormonal IUDs release progestins and can treat some gynecological conditions in addition to functioning as birth control. They last for three to six years, depending on the type you get.
- Copper IUDs release copper and are approved for up to 10 years of use.
Before deciding to use an intrauterine device as a postnatal birth control option, there are a few things to know.