An Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a form of birth control placed inside the uterus. Once placed inside, the device will protect against pregnancy for up 7-10 years. The procedure for placing the device takes 5-15 minutes in which the doctor gently inserts a speculum into vagina to widen it. Using specific tools, they check the size and position of the uterus and place the device into an applicator tube. It is then inserted through the tube to cervix into uterus. Hormonal IUDs work for 3-5 years whereas Copper IUDs protect against pregnancy for up to 10 years.