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This is the insertion of a small plastic device that contains hormones or copper into your uterus, to prevent fertilization. The IUD is not effective against STDs, but it is relatively effective as a means of birth control. The IUD lasts a long time, and doesn’t need to be replaced for years. The hormonal IUD could lessen problems associated with PMS. It’s fairly easy to get pregnant after the IUD is removed. There is the rare chance that the wall of the uterus will be punctured during insertion so it’s best to have the procedure performed by someone experienced in IUD insertion. Ask your ob/gyn for a recommendation. The IUD is not recommended for a woman with an STD, because serious infections could lead to infertility.

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