How does it work?
- A small plastic and copper device which is inserted into the uterus (womb). It stops sperm reaching an egg and can also stop a fertilised egg implanting into the uterus.
- The coil is inserted by a nurse or doctor trained in this procedure.
What’s good about it?
- Over 99% effective.
- It works as soon as it’s put in.
- Can stay in for 5-10 years depending on the type.
- Doesn’t contain or release any hormones.
- Easily removed by your GP when needed.
- When the coil is removed your fertility (ability to get pregnant) will return to normal.
What might the disadvantages be?
- It may not be suitable for women at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection.
- It may not be suitable for women who have been told they have an unusual-shaped womb
- It might cause heavier, longer periods.
- There is a very small risk of infection after insertion.
Where can I get it?
- You can get get it from your GP or local sexual health clinic.
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