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Does it protect against STD's?The IUD does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.What are the pro's and con's?Pros:Once the device is inserted, nothing has to be done except a monthly self-check to make sure the string is still in place. Plus, the IUDs currently on the market are more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy.Cons:The main downside of IUDs is infection. While the risk is low, the devices can make existing ones—specifically, chlamydia and gonorrhea—much worse. About one in 100 women report infections in the first 20 days after getting an IUD, usually because bacteria have crept in during insertion. What is my overall best choice to avoid pregnancy and STD's?ABSTINENCE

An IUD must be inserted by a doctor or nurse practitioner.An IUD costs about $500 to $1,000. That doesn't include the cost of having a doctor or nurse practitioner insert and remove it, as well as follow-up visits — these things cost extra. Many health insurance plans cover the costs, and family planning clinics

Both types of IUDs work primarily by preventing sperm from fertilizing an egg. The copper IUD releases copper into the uterus, which works as a spermicide. The others release a form of the hormone progestin into the uterus.Both types of IUDs are very effective at preventing pregnancy. Over the course of a year, fewer than 1 out of 100 typical couples using an IUD will have an accidental pregnancy.

OTC or Prescription and the cost?

Intrauterine Device (IUD)

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AdditionalOnline Info.Bedsider- http://bedsider.org/methods/iud#details_tabYoung Women's Health-http://youngwomenshealth.org/2012/08/02/iud/Planned Parenthood- https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/iud


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