THE IUD – AKA THE COPPER COIL
Emergency and long-term contraception.
TAKING THE HORMONE OUT OF THE COIL
The intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, T-shaped device that contains a copper thread. Also known as the copper coil, instead of hormones it releases copper that immobilize sperm and stop them from fertilizing the egg. Should a sperm manage to get through, the copper also prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb lining, so you're still protected against pregnancy. The copper coil can also be used for emergency contraception. It can be used up to 5 days after having unprotected sex.
As not every contraception suits everyone, it's important to discuss the copper coil with your doctor or nurse first. Once you've decided an IUD is the right contraception method for you there's not much more for you to do. Your doctor or nurse will insert it for you, and it will remain effective for up to 5 to 10 years. Should you decide that you no longer want to have the IUD, it can be removed by a healthcare professional, and its effects will wear off quickly, allowing you to return to your normal fertility level.
The IUD does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
Typical use means how well the method works in real life and perfect use means how well a method works under 'perfect' or ideal conditions for example when there is no user error at any time.
NEED ADVICE? SPEAK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
Speak to a healthcare professional for advice and support on your contraceptive needs.