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An intrauterine device is a method of feminine contraception. The device is typically T-shaped and is inserted into the uterus for an extended period of time, usually 3-5 years.
An IUD is typically made of either copper or is hormone based. The device is inserted into the uterus where its physical properties provides contraception for the individual. The devices provide a long-lasting, reversible method of birth control. It is an alternative to condoms and oral contraceptives, which must be used during each sexual encounter. Each type of IUD has a different effect on female menstruation. IUDs have been associated with some adverse health effects including causing pelvic inflammatory disease. However, they are widely used without serious harm.