What is an IUD?
An IUD (short for intrauterine device) is a small, T-shaped device that is made of soft, flexible plastic and is smaller than you think. Insertion of an IUD by your healthcare provider is a nonsurgical procedure, and it typically takes just a few minutes to place it in your uterus. Once in place, it can provide up to 5 years of continuous pregnancy prevention. IUDs are reversible, and can be removed by your healthcare provider at any time, so you can try to get pregnant right away.