Intrauterine Device (IUD)
The IUD is a long lasting method of birth control that is inserted into the uterus (womb). It is a T-shaped plastic frame that is surrounded by a thin copper wire. At the bottom of the IUD there is a string.
How does it work?
- Makes the lining of the uterus not ideal for a pregnancy.
- Copper in the IUD causes changes in the uterus which destroys sperm.
- Can remain in the uterus for three to ten years depending on which IUD is put in.
- No daily routine required.
- Does not contain hormones.
- Is okay for breastfeeding women to use.
- Can be used as a form of emergency birth control if it is put in within 5 days of unprotected sex.
- Does not interfere with sex.
- May have irregular bleeding and spotting after insertion.
- Cramping and menstrual period flow may increase.
- Small number of users will have their IUD come out on its own.
- A monthly string check is recommended after menstrul period.
How to use an IUD
The IUD must be put in and taken out by a trained health care professional.
Typical success rate
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) protection
For more information, please contact The Clinic at 519-663-5317.
Last modified on: July 13, 2017