Intrauterine Device

Picture of an intrauterine device (IUD)

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, plastic, T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. IUDs contain copper or the hormone levonorgestrel (LNg). Plastic strings tied to the end of the IUD hang down through the opening of the uterus (cervix) into the vagina.

ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofMay 30, 2016

Current as of: May 30, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology