What is an IUD and IUS?
The IUD and IUS are similar. They are both T-shaped devises which are placed into your womb. One releases a hormone (IUS), the other (IUD) releases copper into your womb. Both make it difficult for sperm to reach an egg or move through your cervix, hence preventing pregnancy.
Intrauterine Device/IUD* (coil)
Over 98% effective. A small plastic and copper device which is fitted into the womb by your doctor. Can be left for 5 to 10 years, depending on type.
Over 99% effective. A small plastic device which contains progesterone and is fitted into the womb by your doctor. Lasts up to 5 years.
*IMPORTANT: If you wish to have a coil (IUD or IUS) fitted, then we advise that you speak to a coil fitting doctor first (Dr Gillibrand, Dr Rahim or Dr Harris) so they can ensure it is the right method for you and that you have considered all options. You can book a face-to-face or telephone appointment for this. We will arrange the appointment for you thereafter. If you click on the link below, you can download the information leaflet that we provide for these procedures.
DOWNLOAD: Coil information leaflet
Coil Removals: If you wish to have a device removed, you must think carefully about plans for contraception afterwards and over the few days before the removal. It is very important that you either do not have sex for 7 days, or are using another reliable method of contraception for 7 days prior to removal. If this does not happen, then we may have to delay the removal.