the iud

THE IUD – AKA THE COPPER COIL

Emergency and long term contraception.

TAKING THE HORMONE OUT OF THE COIL

the iud

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.

EFFICACY WITH PERFECT USE

Inserted with a prescription by a doctor or nurse and left in place for up to 5 or 10 years, the copper coil is a highly effective and reliable method of contraception.

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EFFICACY WITH TYPICAL USE

The copper coil is a highly effective option because once it is fitted by a healthcare professional it doesn't rely on you having to remember it in order to work. This is why there is no difference in its typical use and perfect use effectiveness. Should you have a concern about the placement of your IUD, please speak to a healthcare professional immediately.

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Hormones

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.

Your Period

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.

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Report possible side effects

If you want to report a side effect of medication, please contact your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in your contraception package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme at https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/ or search MHRA Yellow Card in Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of medicines.