Definition of intrauterine device in US English:

intrauterine device

(also IUD)


  • A contraceptive device fitted inside the uterus and physically preventing the implantation of fertilized ova.

    • ‘However, the chemical can also coat condoms or be dispersed by intrauterine devices to enhance contraception.’
    • ‘An intrauterine device containing copper can be inserted up to five days after the earliest expected date of ovulation, or up to five days after assault in the absence of previous unprotected intercourse in that cycle.’
    • ‘The intrauterine device must be fitted within five days of unprotected sex.’
    • ‘An intrauterine device, or IUD, is made of flexible plastic.’
    • ‘This intrauterine system has been shown to be as effective as copper-containing intrauterine devices (IUDs).’
    • ‘‘Come Dancing,’ a ballgown shimmering with 5500 contraceptive pills and an intrauterine device medical alternatives offering a woman 22 years of birth control is the centrepiece of a new London exhibition.’
    • ‘The primary difference between the two groups was that women in the tubal ligation group were more likely to have used oral contraceptives or an intrauterine device before their surgery.’
    • ‘Other culprits include intrauterine devices or IUDs; noncancerous polyps of the cervix or inside the uterus; ovarian cysts; and endometrial hyperplasia - a condition in which the blood lining is thicker than normal inside the uterus.’
    • ‘Prevention of implantation is nearly certain when an intrauterine device is used, making ‘emergency contraception’ an even more inappropriate term.’
    • ‘She had had an intrauterine device for 9 years and experienced an episode of pelvic inflammatory disease after the IUD was first inserted.’
    • ‘All contraceptive devices are suitable for patients with the exception of intrauterine devices, owing to the risk of infection.’
    • ‘After her first child is born, a woman is required to wear an intrauterine device, and removal of this device is considered a crime.’
    • ‘Risk factors include multiple sexual partners, use of an intrauterine device, and a history of PID.’
    • ‘Female-directed methods, such as the modern intrauterine device and hormonal control by the Pill or by long-lasting implants, have allowed women to choose not only the occurrence but also the timing of pregnancy.’
    • ‘There are essentially two different forms of emergency contraception: hormonal contraceptive pills as mentioned previously, and IUDs - intrauterine devices.’
    • ‘Pelvic infection is a risk with insertion of an intrauterine device.’
    • ‘Even the metallic intrauterine devices may prevent you from having the MRI test done.’
    • ‘Most doctors do not suggest the use of an intrauterine device for women with HIV.’
    • ‘There's also a new intrauterine device, a mechanical device, that just prevents the sperm from meeting the egg.’
    • ‘Patients can go to the hospital's family planning unit for tubal ligations, implants, intrauterine devices and free birth control pills and condoms.’


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