intrauterine device


Definition of intrauterine device

: a device inserted into and left in the uterus to prevent effective conception

called also intrauterine contraceptive device, IUD

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Recent Examples on the Web Doctors are starting to see the technology as another tool to combat labor pain and help ease discomfort during common procedures such as the insertion of an intrauterine device. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Breathe, focus, headset: The women turning to VR in labor," 8 Sep. 2019 They're also recommended prior to certain procedures, such as the insertion of an intrauterine device for birth control. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Many teen girls may be getting unnecessary pelvic exams," 7 Jan. 2020 Depending on the type and your location, the actual intrauterine device can cost around $1,000 without insurance, and that doesn’t include the cost of the insertion and follow-up appointment. Korin Miller, SELF, "When Is It OK to Get Your IUD Removed?," 12 Mar. 2019 Andy Schoonover, chief executive for The Source, said the nonprofit organization will add contraception options including pills, injections and intrauterine devices to its services. USA TODAY, "Bye-bye to Bei Bei, reverse bank robbery, squirrel survey: News from around our 50 states," 18 Nov. 2019 And long-acting contraceptives, such as intrauterine devices, or IUDs, which were developed in the early 1900s, were difficult to insert and remove and could have severe side effects., "NEW YORK — C. Wayne Bardin, a groundbreaking researcher in reproductive physiology, who was instrumental in the development of long-acting contraceptive methods — including Norplant, Jadelle and Mirena — used by millions of women around the world, died on Oct. 10 at his home in New York. He was 85.," 15 Nov. 2019 And long-acting contraceptives, like intrauterine devices, or IUDs, which were developed in the early 1900s, were difficult to insert and remove and could have severe side effects. Knvul Sheikh, New York Times, "Dr. Wayne Bardin, 85, Innovative Researcher on Birth Control, Dies," 14 Nov. 2019 Encased in the microneedles is a dose of levonorgestrel (LNG), the drug most frequently used in intrauterine devices (IUDs) and other forms of contraceptive implants. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "Will Microneedle Patches Be the Future of Birth Control?," 6 Nov. 2019 One of them was likely the proliferation of other types of contraceptives, particularly the intrauterine device (IUD). Brianna Holt, Quartz, "Women are ditching the pill in droves for more convenient options," 24 Oct. 2019

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Intrauterine device.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of intrauterine device

medical : a device that is inserted in the uterus and left there to prevent pregnancy

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Medical Definition of intrauterine device

: a usually T-shaped, plastic device that is inserted into and left in the uterus for an extended time (as five years) to prevent effective conception

Note: The intrauterine device typically contains a progestin (as levonorgestrel) or has copper wire wound around the arms and vertical stem of the "T."

called also IUCD, IUD

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