IUD (Coil)

IUD (Intra-Uterine Device) or the Coil

A small plastic and copper device is put into the womb. It stops sperm meeting an egg or may stop an egg settling in the womb.


  • Works as soon as it is put in.
  • Works for at least 5 years but can be taken out any time.
  • Available as a form of emergency contraception within 5 days of unprotected sex.
  • Does not protect against STIs.
  • Periods may be heavier or longer and more painful.

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