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The intrauterine device (IUD) is a method of birth control. It is a small, plastic, T-shaped device that contains copper or hormones. It is placed in your uterus. You may have had your IUD removed because you want to become pregnant. Or maybe it caused pain, bleeding, or an infection. You may have chosen another method of birth control. If you don't want to get pregnant, make sure to use another form of birth control now that your IUD is not in place. Talk to your doctor about other forms of birth control.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: May 29, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Rebecca Sue Uranga
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