THE INTRAUTERINE DEVICE (IUD) – AKA THE COPPER COIL
EMERGENCY AND LONG TERM CONTRACEPTION.
TAKING THE HORMONE OUT OF THE COIL
The intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, T-shaped device that contains a copper thread. Also known as the copper coil, instead of hormones it releases copper that immobilize sperm and stop them from fertilizing the egg. Should a sperm manage to get through, the copper also prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb lining, so you're still protected against pregnancy. The copper coil can also be used for emergency contraception. It can be used up to 5 days after having unprotected sex.
As not every contraception suits everyone, it's important to discuss the copper coil with your doctor or nurse first. Once you've decided an IUD is the right contraception method for you however, there's not much more for you to do. Your doctor or nurse will insert it for you, and it will remain effective for up to 5 to 10 years. Should you decide that you no longer want to have the IUD, it can be removed by a healthcare professional, and its effects will wear off quickly, allowing you to return to your normal fertility level.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
Typical use means how well the method works in real life and perfect use means how well a method works under 'perfect' or ideal conditions for example when there is no user error at any time.
No. The IUD releases no hormones, and instead uses copper to prevent pregnancy.
EASE OF USE
The IUD is placed in the womb by a doctor or nurse, and lasts for up to 5 to 10 years. If you want to stop using the IUD, a doctor or nurse can remove it.
Some women with an IUD may experience heavier bleeding.
NEED ADVICE? SPEAK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL.
Seek out an appointment with your doctor or nurse for further support that meets your needs.