The intrauterine device (IUD) is a
small device made of plastic, or
plastic and copper, that is put inside
the womb to prevent pregnancy.
A string hangs off the end of the
IUD and out of the cervix.
two types of IUD:
This is what a womb and an IUD
would look like if you could see
them inside a woman’s body.
the Copper T
Some notes about learning to insert an IUD
• Before you read this chapter you must understand infection
prevention (Chapter 5) and pelvic exams (Chapter 20).
• Find out what the law is where you live. In some places, midwives are
encouraged to learn to insert and remove IUDs. In other places,
midwives are not allowed to do this.
• Putting in an IUD can cause an infection in the womb or injury to the
womb. Use this chapter to help you learn, but remember, you cannot
learn as much from a book as you can from an experienced teacher.
You must be trained to insert an IUD by someone with experience.