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Copper is toxic to sperm, according to WebMD. The copper IUD - called the ParaGard - makes the uterus and fallopian tubes produce fluid that kills sperm, according to WebMD.
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Copper is toxic to sperm, according to WebMD. The copper IUD - called the ParaGard - makes the uterus and fallopian tubes produce fluid that kills sperm, according to WebMD.

While two versions of IUDs were pulled from shelves in the 1970s and 1980s, the IUDs on the market today are safer, effective and cheap.

The intrauterine device, or IUD, has come a long way in recent decades. While two kinds of IUDs were pulled from shelves in the 1970s and 1980s, the IUDs on the market today are safer, effective and cheap, experts say.

KPCC health reporter Rebecca Plevin says the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics and Planned Parenthood are recommending IUDs for young women and teens. But many within that age group have never heard of this form of birth control.

Read more: The new IUD: Not your mother's Dalkon Shield

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