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Intrauterine (contraceptive) device.
However, a woman must be sure that she is not already pregnant before using a hormonal method or having an IUD placed.
A woman may have heavier menstrual periods and more menstrual cramping with an IUD in place.
If you're not planning to become pregnant any time soon, consider asking your doctor about an IUD.
It's expensive to have an IUD placed, but they last for five or more years with very little additional cost.
An IUD is a small metal or plastic device that is inserted into the uterus.