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

0.25 continuing education credits (CNE) are available for this activity. To obtain continuing education credits, participants must register and successfully pass a quiz for this activity. For further information and/or to register, visit

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

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We Have a New Name!

Founded as the National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning (NCTCFP) in 2006, we changed our name to the Clinical Training Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health (CTC-SRH) in 2023. We have been funded by the Office of Population Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services since inception and remain the primary source of clinical training for those providing sexual and reproductive health care in federally-funded settings. 

Having served the Title X network for nearly two decades, our team of clinical experts recognized that the term “family planning” falls short of describing the client-centered and inclusive sexual and reproductive health services we offer, especially in an increasingly urgent and rapidly shifting healthcare landscape.

The newly-renamed Clinical Training Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health (CTC-SRH) continues to provide evidence-based clinical training and resources to healthcare providers in Title X settings through increased healthcare quality, equity, and access. 

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.

NCTCFP is supported by the office of Population Affairs of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The information presented does not necessarily represent the views of OPA, OASH, or DHHS
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