Intrauterine Device (IUD)

What is it?

There are different types of IUD available, with some working up to three years, and others up to ten years. The IUD is a tiny device made of copper and plastic that is placed into the womb. It will leave you without the need to think about contraception.

How does it work?

The IUD works to prevent sperm from reaching the cervix, and can also prohibit a fertile egg from becoming implanted in the womb. This form of contraception is not considered an abortion.

How dependable is it?

The most recently devised IUDs, which contain more copper, are 99% effective. It is best to use it along with another form of contraception, such as a condom, and it will not prevent STIs.

Other important information

This type of contraception can be removed by a professional if you wish, and will start working as soon as it is inserted. There is the possibility that it will make your period more painful, and there is some chance of infection in the initial period after insertion. You can ask for anaesthetic if you wish during insertion, but you should check with your GP to ensure this form of contraception is safe for you to use.

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