What Is an IUD?

One birth control option your OBGYN in Arlington Heights may discuss with you is the IUD. IUD stands for intrauterine device and is nearly as effective as tying your tubes in preventing pregnancy. This video explains more.

An IUD is a small, flexible device that is shaped like a “T” that is placed in the uterus in a simple, in-office procedure. Once the IUD is in place, no other actions are required, expect for periodically checking the placement as directed by your OBGYN, so there is no risk of forgetting a pill as there is with oral contraceptives. IUDs can remain in place for up to 10 years but can be removed when a woman wishes to become pregnant.

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