This presentation offers an overview for family planning providers
of the intrauterine device, or IUD. The goal of this presentation
is to offer the most current scientific knowledge available
on IUDs. With this knowledge providers, in turn, can help each
family planning client make a voluntary, informed choice about
the contraceptive method that is best for her. The presentation
is not intended to be a substitute for training on how to insert
IUDs or manage IUD complications, even though both of these
subjects are briefly discussed.
After a brief introduction, the presentation is divided into
three sections. First, there is an overview of IUDs; second,
there is a section on client screening and counseling; and third,
there is a discussion of IUD insertion guidelines and the management
of side effects and complications.