Is an IUD right for you?

What is an IUD?

An intra-uterine device (IUD), also known as the loop, is a long-term but not permanent method to prevent pregnancy. It is a tiny T-shaped device that doctors put into your uterus. Less than 1% of women with IUDs fall pregnant (which is good!)

There are two types of IUDs, Mirena which lets out hormones and can be used for up to 5 years and a copper IUD called ParaGard. which can be used for up to 10 years.

How does it work?

All IUDs change the way sperm moves so that it can’t swim to the egg. If sperm can’t get to the egg, it can’t make you pregnant.

Sperm doesn’t like copper, so the copper IUD is a great way to prevent the sperm reaching the egg.

The Mirena works by making the mucus in the cervix thicker, making it hard for sperm to reach the egg.

Why would an IUD work for me?

1.       It lasts long so you can have it put in and not worry about it

2.       It isn’t permanent, so you can get it taken out when you’re ready to fall pregnant

3.       You don’t have to take pills or get injections

4.       You can use the copper IUD as an emergency contraceptive

Where can I get an IUD?

Check out the B-Wise clinic finder and rating tool for your nearest clinic. You’ll see their contact details, so you can call the clinic to make sure they have IUDs before you go there. Remember to rate the service you receive at your clinic on the clinic rating tool.

Remember, even if you have an IUD, STIs and HIV are out there. A condom is the best protection you can use for that. Dual protection is always the best option! Our article Protect yourself from getting pregnant is really useful if you want to know about the different types of contraception available. 

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