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The Copper Coil (IUD)


What is it?

The Intrauterine device (IUD) or copper coil is a small soft device with a copper thread or copper cylinders that is inserted into the cavity of your womb by a trained doctor. The IUD can also be used as an emergency contraceptive for up to 5 days after unprotected sex.

A trained doctor fits an IUD in your uterus (womb) up to 5 days after you have had unprotected sex. If you need to return to have the IUD fitted, you may be advised to take the emergency contraceptive pill in the meantime.

Where can I get it?

The IUD it is not as widely available as the emergency contraceptive pill and it takes time to be fitted. You will need to visit a GP, Family Planning Clinic or Well Woman Clinic to have it fitted.