IUD - Intra-Uterine Device for Contraception

How the Intra-Uterine Device (IUD) for Contraception Works

The IUD is a small device that must be inserted into the uterus by a health care provider. The active component of the IUD (copper or progesterone) has been shown to prevent sperm from fertilizing the egg, preventing pregnancy.


Overall effectiveness rate is approximately 99.4% to 99.8%


  • Does not need daily attention
  • May be used continuously for 5 to 10 years, depending on type of IUD
  • May be used when breastfeeding
  • Over time this method is very cost-effective


  • Provides no protection against STDs
  • In rare instances, may increase susceptibility to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (infection of the fallopian tubes), tubal pregnancies or infertility
  • Medical exam required
  • Possible heavier cramps and bleeding during periods, and spotting between periods, especially in the first few months after insertion
  • Initial cost is higher, however many insurance plans will cover the cost of an IUD.


Appointments can be made in person or by phone. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call and cancel. Otherwise you will be charged for the visit.

To schedule or cancel appointments, call: 814-898-6217.

This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. This information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.