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Yes, teens can get an IUD (intrauterine device). IUDs are very effective in preventing pregnancy and can be used for several years. Once you have an IUD inserted, nothing else needs to be done to prevent pregnancy. And if you want to stop using the IUD in the future, you can have it removed at any time.

Just remember that IUDs do not protect against STIs (sexually transmitted infections). You will still need to use a condom to protect yourself from STIs.

See Birth Control to learn more about all of your birth control options.

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Published: October 2020

Last reviewed: October 2020

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