What is it?An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small T-shaped plastic and copper device that’s inserted into your womb by a specially trained health professional. There are various types and sizes available. Depending on the type, an IUD can last from three to 10 years. It used to be called a coil.
The IUD is a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) method. This means that once it's in place, you don't have to think about contraception every day or each time you have sex.
You can use an IUD whether or not you've had children.
How does it work?
The IUD works by preventing sperm surviving in the cervix, womb or fallopian tubes (the copper acts as a spermicide). It may also prevent a fertilised egg from implanting in the womb.
How effective is it?
It's more than 99% effective. This means that fewer than one in every 100 women who use the IUS will get pregnant in a year.
|An IUD is effective as soon as it's put in.|
|It can be removed at any time by a specially trained health professional. You'll quickly return to normal levels of fertility.|
What else should I know?
By using condoms as well as the IUD, you'll help to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
IUD is freely available from Contraception Clinics. Use the Service Finder to find a clinic that’s most convenient for you. Or call our Central Booking line 01772 401140 for more information on this method or to book an appointment.