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Intrauterine device – IUD (copper coil)

We can discuss the IUD as a contraception option, and provide insertion/removal as required. You will first need to book a telephone appointment to discuss your needs. If you opt for this method of contraception, you will be added to a waiting list and we will contact you once it is your turn to book.

What is it?

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small plastic and copper device that is fitted into the womb. The copper has an effect on the fluids within the womb and these changes prevent pregnancy.

An IUD is also known as a “coil”.

How it works

An IUD works by stopping the sperm and egg from surviving in the womb or fallopian tubes. It may also prevent a fertilised egg from implanting in the womb.

An IUD is inserted by a trained doctor or nurse. It can stay in place for between five and 10 years, depending on the type used, although it can be removed earlier.

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

About the procedure

You will lay on a bed and a speculum will be inserted in to the vagina. Using special tools, the clinician will insert the IUD through your cervix in to your womb. IUDs have a string at the bottom that hangs down into your cervix and vagina. They will trim this string so only about an inch or two hangs into your vagina.

During the procedure a chaperone will need to be present. This will be another member of the clinical team who joins the consultation to oversee the procedure.

You will be given any relevant information and aftercare advice.

Emergency contraception

The IUD can also be used as emergency contraception if fitted within five days of having unprotected sex.