The Coil: Intrauterine Device (IUD)

Feedback Covid Service Update

The Coil: Intrauterine Device (IUD)

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.


Click here to view our video gallery and find out more about your options!


For more information about which method to choose visit: