IUC Training

Intrauterine Contraceptive: A Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Method

What is Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)? 

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) is a well-established umbrella term used by sexual and reproductive health providers and experts. LARC, as a term, encompasses all FDA-approved birth control methods that provide long-term pregnancy prevention options, are reversible (unlike sterilization or permanent contraception), and are proven to be highly effective.

The LARC category of birth control methods includes the intrauterine device (IUD) and the contraceptive implant. The intrauterine device, often interchangeably called an intrauterine contraceptive (IUC), is a small t-shaped device inserted into the uterus by a licensed provider to prevent pregnancy. The contraceptive implant is placed in the arm. While both options are reversible, unlike permanent contraception or sterilization, they require a provider to remove them.

At CTC-SRH, we use the term ‘intrauterine contraceptive/IUC’ instead of ‘intrauterine device/IUD’ because it is a generic term that can include any of the devices regardless of the method of action.

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The CTC-SRH offers intrauterine contraceptive (IUC) training for Title X clinical services providers and other sexual and reproductive healthcare providers. We have been successfully providing IUC training since 2008, with participants reporting that the training is successful in skills development and building confidence in performing IUC placement and removal. 

The IUC training is developed and delivered by highly-experienced subject matter experts. This training aims to offer healthcare providers in-depth knowledge of IUC placement and removal skills and a discussion of challenging cases that can occur with LARC. It consists of 3 separate sessions: (1) an online didactic session, (2) a skills review and hands-on practice session, and (3) LARC Challenging Cases. These three separate, consecutive sessions developed by the CTC-SRH’s expert team create a dynamic training that improves confidence amongst providers.

Our goal is to serve Title X clinical services providers, and increase their capacity to deliver high-quality sexual and reproductive health services. Recognizing that Title X clinics serve a diverse group of people, we design, develop, and implement our trainings and resources with a focus on quality, equity, and access at the core. We affirm the need for services for anyone who can become pregnant, including cisgender women, transgender men, nonbinary people, and others. 

Who Should Take The IUC Training?

The IUC Training is intended for licensed clinical providers (CNM, NP, PA, DO, or MD) in the United States and its territories that wish to provide IUC placement and removal services. This training is not available to students as part of their educational curriculum.

The CTC-SRH is federally funded to serve Title X recipients by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs. Therefore, all our training, including this intrauterine contraceptive training, is free for clinical providers that practice IUC services within a Title X family planning setting. However, non-Title X individuals can still access our resources and attend our training for a fee (the fee for non-Title X providers in 2023 is $475).

During registration, you can select if you are a Title X or non-Title X affiliate. If you are unsure of your clinic status, you can clarify with your administrator or search for your clinic on the Title X Clinic Finder.

Who conducts the IUC training? How does the training benefit clinicians? 

Each IUC training is led by a highly-experienced reproductive health provider. Clinicians who participate in the training receive real-time feedback and coaching with simulation practice. The CTC-SRH has been successfully providing intrauterine contraception (IUC) training since 2008 and evaluations confirm that the trainings are successful in skills development and building confidence in performing IUC placement and removal. 

Why did the CTC-SRH shift to virtual training? 

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the CTC-SRH’s ability to host and travel to face-to-face clinical skills trainings in 2020. Therefore, to continue meeting the needs of the Title X workforce, the CTC-SRH transitioned onsite intrauterine contraception training to a virtual format using online didactic material and live-streamed training and telementoring. This format has become increasingly popular and has proven to be a valuable option as the sexual and reproductive field evolves to serve the needs of the Title X network. 

By introducing virtual skills training, the CTC-SRH has expanded its reach to providers who once were unable to travel to in-person events. Learn more about our shift to virtual training from our report, Virtual Skills Training Format for Teaching Intrauterine Contraception Insertion During Coronavirus Disease 2019,” Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

IUC Training Package

If you are attending an onsite training, CTC-SRH will provide IUC demonstration/training kits along with pelvic models at the training location.

If you are attending a virtual training, we will ship IUC demonstration training kits and a pelvic model to you with a training kit deposit. Return the pelvic model using the included return label within 7 days of your training and receive your training kit deposit back in full.

View the Calendar and select the registration link next to the training date that works best for you. Spots will fill up quickly!

Part 1: Pre-Work

Timing: 1 month before skills training

After you register for your preferred date, you will receive a link one month before the hands-on skills training to access the online didactic course located on our eLearning management system. This course should be completed before the skills training (Part 2) regardless of whether you plan to attend a virtual (online) skills training or an onsite (in-person) skills training.

Part 2: Review and Skills Training

Timing: Your first training date

Whether you are training virtually via Zoom, or onsite at a designated location, this session will provide a brief review of the Part 1 pre-work followed by hands-on practice with the IUC demonstration/training kits and pelvic models.
You will receive a certificate of completion and can begin IUC placements under the guidance of your institution.

Part 3: Challenging Cases

Timing: After you have completed 5+ IUC placements

This course will be offered on a quarterly basis. It is intended to be taken after you have successfully completed Part 2 and completed 5 or more IUC placements. In this session, you will consult with colleagues and mentors on complex IUC placement and removal and review your/your agency's process.

IUC-Related Resources

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The CTC-SRH has created resources such as job aids, podcasts, and clinical protocol templates to help providers perform IUC-related tasks. 


Coding with Ann: Updates on Common LARC Miscodes

In the latest installment of the ongoing series, Coding with Ann, Ann Finn, of Ann Finn LLC, discusses updated guidance on common LARC miscodes with the CTC-SRH.

Released: 09/19/2023
Job Aid

IUC Algorithms

These Intrauterine Contraception (IUC) Algorithms can be used by providers for reference when IUC is the preferred method of contraception by clients.

Released: 04/20/2023

Coding with Ann: Updates on Common Codes for IUD-Related Services

In episode 21 of the NCTCFP's popular Coding with Ann series, Ann Finn, of Ann Finn LLC, provides updated guidance common codes used when billing for IUDs and IUD-related services.

Released: 01/12/2023
Clinical Protocol

Protocol Template: Routine IUD Placement

This protocol template is written with several decision points that must be addressed before the protocol is ready for use. Local agencies can use this protocol template to tailor content to their own organization. Decision points are identified as ‘NOTE‘ in the template protocol. Local agencies should only include information that reflects their own organization’s current practices.

Released: 01/04/2023
Job Aid

Essential History & Physical Exam for IUC Placements

This job aid includes essential health history and physical exam considerations for intrauterine contraception (IUC) placement. Characteristics of health history, age, and parity are matched to Medical Eligibility Criteria categories to assist with shared decision making in contraceptive counseling.

Released: 09/19/2022
Job Aid

Perforation: Risk Factors, Prevention, and Management

This job aid prepares clinicians on the risks factors, prevention of, and management of perforation while placing intrauterine contraception (IUC).

Released: 09/19/2022
Job Aid

Physical Differences Between IUCs and Mechanism of Action

This palm card explores the physical differences between intrauterine contraception (IUC) units on one side to assist providers in identifying IUCs based on their appearance. The other side of the card compares the primary and secondary method of action of levonorgestrel and copper IUCs.

Released: 04/14/2022
Job Aid

Preparing for IUC Placement

This palm card is intended for staff who provide setup for intrauterine contraception (IUC) procedures.

Released: 04/14/2022
What is Title X?

For more than 50 years, the Title X program, funded by the Office of Population Affairs (OPA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has served as the nation’s family planning program, supporting a network of grantees providing high-quality sexual and reproductive health care to millions of people coast to coast, with a mandate to serve primarily low-income and adolescent patients.

How do I know if I am a Title X provider?

If the clinic you primarily work with receives Title X funds, you are considered a Title X participant. If you are unsure of your clinic status, you can clarify with your administrator or search for your clinic on the Title X Clinic Finder.

Do I need to pay for my Continuing Education (CE)?

All Title X providers may attend the training and receive CE for free. Those that are not Title X affiliated will be required to pay to attend the training and receive CE. The registration fee includes the CE fee.

Does this training certify me to place/insert and remove an IUC?

While there is no formal certification required to place or remove intrauterine contraception, the best practice is to enroll in a didactic course along with attending a hands-on education course prior to the placement or removal of intrauterine contraception. Our course provides the foundation for clinicians with the expectation of proper mentorship before performing placements and removals on live patients.

Do you offer Nexplanon (implant) training?

We do not provide implant placement skills training in our virtual training, as only Organon is certified to offer Nexplanon placement and removal training. 

However, implant training is offered during our onsite IUC skills training. This is because we invite Organon to co-locate their training alongside our onsite training.

If you are unable to attend an onsite training, we do provide referrals to two organizations that provide Nexplanon training and you can learn more here.

Can a colleague and I take the course together and share the model?

We encourage colleagues to take the course together. You can share the pelvic model with a colleague who is enrolled in the same training session. We recommend a maximum of 2 participants to one model. 

For assistance, please contact Alexis Bates at least three weeks before your selected training date by emailing alexis.bates@umkc.edu.

Can I request individual or organization-wide training?

Please contact Alexis Bates with details about your organization, size of the team, and preferred training dates by emailing alexis.bates@umkc.edu.

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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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