Non-hormonal coil (IUD)

The non-hormonal coil, also known as the copper coil or IUD (intrauterine device) is a small T-shaped piece of copper and plastic. It sits in the womb (uterus) and lasts for up to 10 years. It’s a very effective contraceptive but it can make your periods longer and heavier. 

  • frequency: fit and forget

  • effectiveness: over 99%

  • STI protection? no

  • periods: can get heavier

What you need to know about the non-hormonal coil

It doesn’t contain hormones. It’s very effective and lasts for up to 10 years. After it’s removed your fertility returns to what’s normal for you.

How does the non-hormonal coil work?

It works by causing a mild inflammatory reaction in the lining of the womb. This stops sperm and eggs from surviving so fertilisation does not happen. It has a backup effect of preventing a fertilised egg from attaching in the womb.

Getting started with the non-hormonal coil

It’s fitted by someone with specialist training. Some people find it painful, others don’t. It’s effective as soon as it’s fitted.

Health benefits, risks and side effects of the non-hormonal coil

The non-hormonal coil can cause longer, heavier periods.

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