intrauterine device

noun

variants or less commonly intrauterine contraceptice device
plural intrauterine devices also intrauterine contraceptive devices
: a T-shaped device containing either progestin or copper that is inserted into and left in the uterus to prevent conception by blocking ovulation, thickening cervical mucus, or interfering with sperm motility : iud
Women can choose from a variety of contraception options such as pills, patches, implants and intrauterine devices.Sarah Barton
The most effective types of birth control, like an intrauterine device, tend to come at the highest upfront cost …The Canadian Press

Examples of intrauterine device in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Misoprostol, which works by contracting the uterus, is also commonly used ahead of gynecologic procedures, such as the insertion of intrauterine devices for birth control, or after miscarriages, when pregnancies end on their own. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 18 Apr. 2024 Hormonal methods include the pill, implant, shot, ring, patch, and some intrauterine devices (IUDs). Stephanie Booth, Health, 6 Apr. 2024 And millions of them use methods that contain hormones, including birth control pills, intrauterine devices (IUDs), rings, implants, injections, and patches. Jamie Ducharme, TIME, 3 Apr. 2024 In addition, the administration has worked to expand access to reproductive health services, including family planning and providers, emergency contraception and long-acting reversible contraception such as intrauterine devices. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2024 Indiana’s birth control bill was getting attention some weeks ago because a popular form of birth control - intrauterine devices or IUDs - was omitted from the bill. Subramaniam Vincent, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Notes by his colleagues show that caregivers had not tried a hormonal intrauterine device, or IUD, which can shorten periods. Sarah Hurtes, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2023 Family planning: Prescription birth control methods such as pills, patches and vaginal rings are HSA eligible, along with intrauterine devices. Martha C. White, wsj.com, 7 Dec. 2023 There are two main categories of intrauterine devices: the copper IUD and the hormonal IUD. Erica Jackson Curran, Parents, 4 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intrauterine device was in 1914

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“Intrauterine device.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intrauterine%20device. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

intrauterine device

noun
: a small plastic or metal device inserted into the uterus and left there to prevent pregnancy

called also IUD

Medical Definition

intrauterine device

noun
: a device inserted into and left in the uterus to prevent conception
specifically : a T-shaped device containing either progestin or copper that is inserted into and left in the uterus to prevent conception by blocking ovulation, thickening cervical mucus, or interfering with sperm motility

called also intrauterine contraceptive device, IUCD, IUD

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