The IUD is a small T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus. There are two types of IUDs currently available in the United States: the Mirena® IUD, which contains progestin; and the ParaGard®, which has copper wire around it. The Mirena® IUD can stay in place for up to five years, and ParaGard® can stay in place for up to ten years.
One in 1,000 women will experience an accidental pregnancy in the first year among women who use the Mirena® IUD. Less than 1.0% of women will experience an accidental pregnancy in the first year when using the ParaGard® IUD.
To make an appointment to obtain an IUD, call UHS Women's Health at (512)471-4955.