Intra Uterine Device (IUD)

  • A small plastic and copper device that is fitted inside the uterus (womb)
  • Often referred to as a ‘coil’
  • An IUD can provide long-term contraception, for 5 to 10 years depending on which device is chosen

The IUD is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It provides no protection against sexually transmitted infections.

A qualified clinician, normally within the Family Planning Clinic or at your GPs, fits an IUD. An IUD check is recommended six weeks following insertion.


Period may be heavier, longer and more painful.

Although the risk of pregnancy with an IUD is very small, if a woman did become pregnancy there is a slightly increased risk of an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy developing outside the womb).