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7 Crucial Facts for Women to Know About IUDs

The Guttmacher Institute, a leader in reproductive statistics, notes that the percentage of women who use long-acting, reversible birth control methods like intrauterine devices (IUDs) has risen in the past decade and is expected to continue to rise. Below are 7 crucial facts that women should know about IUDs to make an informed decision.

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Healthline.com, Guest Author,
June 13, 2017

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What Are IUDs and How Do They Work?

According to women’s health leader, Planned Parenthood, IUDs are small, T-shaped, plastic devices that are inserted into your uterus. There is a string at one end that hangs into the vagina so that it can be tested for placement and for easier removal.

7 Crucial Facts that Women Should Know about IUDs

What Are the Differences Between IUDs?

It is important to understand that not all IUDs are alike. The well-known medical site, Family Doctor reports that there are two main kinds of IUDs on the market. The first is a copper-based IUD called Paragard. It prevents pregnancy through changing the way sperm move in the uterus, preventing them from reaching the egg.  The second kind are hormone-based IUDs including  Mirena, Skylar, and Kylena, which release small amounts of progestin -- a hormone like progesterone -- to prevent ovulation.

See also: 13 Birth Control Options

How Are IUDs Inserted?

IUDs are inserted in a doctor’s office by a doctor, trained nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. The procedure is similar to a PAP smear but inserted more deeply.

What Does it Cost to Insert an IUD?

Some insurance will cover IUDs and some will not. If paying out-of-pocket, expect to pay up to $1,000 for the procedure.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to this form of birth control. Keep reading to weigh the pros and cons.

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