intrauterine device

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intrauterine device

(IUD), variously shaped birth controlbirth control,
practice of contraception for the purpose of limiting reproduction. Methods of Birth Control

Male birth control methods include withdrawal of the male before ejaculation (the oldest contraceptive technique) and use of the condom, a rubber sheath
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 device, usually of plastic, which is inserted into the uterusuterus,
in most female mammals, hollow muscular organ in which the fetus develops and from which it is delivered at the end of pregnancy. The human uterus is pear-shaped and about 3 in. (7.
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 by a physician. The IUD may contain copper or levonorgestrel, a progestin (a hormone with progesteronelike effects; see progesteroneprogesterone
, female sex hormone that induces secretory changes in the lining of the uterus essential for successful implantation of a fertilized egg. A steroid, progesterone is secreted chiefly by the corpus luteum, a group of cells formed in the ovary after the follicle
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). Apparently the IUD creates a hostile environment for the fertilized egg.
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Buying IUDs upfront and keeping them on hand can pose a financial burden, even if Medicaid dollars will eventually come through.
She had a Copper T A380 IUD, inserted one year ago during lactation.
The copper T380A intrauterine device (IUD) is one of the most effective contraceptive methods available (3).
The rate of adolescents using IUDs increased from 0.2 to 2.5 in the 2002 and 2006-2010 National Surveys of Family Growth (J Adolesc Health.
“The IUD and implant are great birth control options for women who want the best possible pregnancy prevention,” said Vanita Kumar, MD, Medical Director, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP).
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended IUDs and implants as the most effective forms of reversible birth control in 2011 and called them safe for most women.
Because there is virtually no possibility of user error, IUDs and implants rank in the top tier of contraceptive methods in terms of effectiveness (see chart).
The addition of this IUD to our line of currently available and pipeline products affords Actavis the unique opportunity to provide enhanced access as well as educate the public on the benefits of each form of contraception."
The Population Council developed the copper T IUD, one of the most effective and cost-effective contraceptive methods available today.
IUDs, which are small plastic or copper-and-plastic objects inserted into the uterus, are more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy and can be left implanted for years.