IUD (The Coil) – NHS Sexual Health & Blood Borne Viruses | Tayside

How does it work?

An IUD is a small plastic and copper device that is put into your uterus.  It stops sperm from reaching an egg by preventing sperm from surviving in the cervix, uterus or fallopian tube.

What are the advantages?

  • The IUD is over 99% effective
  • It works as soon as it is put in
  • It works for 5-10 years depending on type
  • It can be used if you are breastfeeding
  • Your fertility returns to normal as soon as the IUD is removed

Are there any disadvantages?

  • Periods may be heavier, longer or more painful
  • There is a small risk of infection
  • The IUD does not protect you against sexually transmitted infections so you may need to use condoms too.

Where can I get it?

The IUD is fitted by a trained doctor or nurse.  This can be done at either your GP practice or local sexual health clinic