Intrauterine Contraception: Mechanisms of Action, Terminology, Candidates for Use, and Duration of Use

Released: 11/28/2022

This Virtual Coffee Break e-learning is intended for Title X clinical providers, pharmacists, nurses, and other staff who provide contraception counseling and administration. This brief learning opportunity will prepare participants to confidently discuss the types of intrauterine contraception (IUC) and their mechanisms of action, identify criteria for patient use, and describe the efficacy and duration of use for each.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the methods of intrauterine contraception (IUC)
  2. Discuss the mechanisms of action for each type of IUC
  3. Describe the nomenclature for intrauterine devices, including brand names
  4. Identify FDA-approved duration of use for each type of IUC
  5. List the criteria for candidate selection

This e-learning activity is part of a series on Providing Intrauterine Contraception.

Continuing education credits (0.25 CNE) are available for this activity. To obtain continuing education credits, participants must register for the course, complete course content, and successfully pass a quiz for this activity. For further information and/or to register, visit The 'view now' option allows participants to take the e-learning without registering but CE will not be awarded.

University of Missouri – Kansas City
School of Nursing & Health Sciences
2464 Charlotte St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Supported by the Department of Health and Human Services / Office of Population Affairs / Office of Family Planning Grant #1 FPTPA006031-01-00.

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