IUDs-- A New Look

Use of the IUD is safer than pregnancy and more effective in preventing pregnancy than oral contraceptives, condoms, spermicides, barrier methods, or natural family planning.  The current generation of IUDs is safe for most women and about 99% effective over 1 year of use.  Not all women should use IUDs.  The provider must screen potential users, insert the IUD correctly, and follow up the users.  Background information, IUD performance data, description of complications and insertion and removal procedures, provider medical information, descriptions and photographs of various types of IUDs, discussion of IUD distribution and use internationally and the role of the device in family planning programs, as well as highlighted guidelines in the choice of an IUD, the warning signs, and the counseling of users are provided in this report.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,Center for Communication Programs,Population Information Program