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Intrauterine system (IUS)

What is it?

The intrauterine system (IUS) is a small, T-shaped plastic device that is inserted into the womb and contains a slow release hormone.

How it works

An IUS thickens the cervical mucus to prevent the sperm from meeting an egg. It also thins the lining of the womb to stop eggs implanting.

An IUS is inserted by a trained doctors or nurse. It can stay in place for up to five years, although it can be removed earlier.

It is over 99% effective and is instantly reversible once removed, which means that most women will be fertile again and potentially able to become pregnant immediately after the IUS has been removed.

The IUS is often recommended for women who have heavy periods as it may improve their bleeding pattern.

We can discuss IUS with you as a contraception option, and provide insertion/removal as required.

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