Copper IUD

    • Brief

    • A copper IUD is a method of contraception.

      A copper IUD is a plastic tube in a T-shape with copper thread.

      It prevents pregnancy in 2 ways:

      • The copper stops the sperm cells from moving.
      • The copper also prevents the implantation of an egg cell.

    • How does a copper IUD work?

    • A doctor or midwife usually places the copper IUD into the woman’s uterus during the first 12 days of her cycle. It can be painful, so you may be offered painkillers.

      The copper IUD works for 5 to 10 years. After that time, it needs to be replaced.

      When the IUD is inserted, 2 short threads are left outside of the uterus. They are deep in the vagina, where you can feel them. This means that you can always check that the IUD is still in place.

    • How reliable is the copper IUD?

    • A copper IUD is very reliable if used correctly.

    • No damage to your health

    • A copper IUD does not contain hormones.

      A copper IUD does not make you less fertile. If you want to get pregnant, you have the IUD removed.

      Your menstrual periods can become a bit heavier and more painful.

    • No protection against STIs and HIV

    • A copper IUD does not protect against STIs or HIV. Only a condom can protect you.

    • Where to get the copper IUD

    • You can get the copper IUD from a hospital or a pharmacy.

      It is available free at public health hospitals.