Intrauterine device (IUD) insertion

What is an IUD?

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small plastic loop with a nylon string at the end that's put inside the womb (uterus) by a doctor. It is a convenient, affordable and highly effective method of preventing pregnancy.


Diagram of IUD anatomy

What types of IUD are available?

Broadly speaking, there are 2 types of IUD:

They each have their pros and cons. Click on the icons above to find out more about each one.

What are the benefits of an IUD?

  • You won’t have to remember to take something for contraception every day
  • The hormonal IUD will make your periods lighter
  • Medications and natural remedies won’t stop the IUD from working
  • It can work for up to 5 years
  • Quickly reversible: it can be easily taken out by a doctor if you don’t want it any more

What are the down-sides of an IUD?

  • The copper IUD can make periods heavier and more painful
  • There is a small risk of infection around the time the copper or hormonal IUD is inserted
  • Neither IUD will prevent STI’s

How can I have an IUD removed?

Removal of an IUD is usually a straightforward and quick procedure. We can do this for you in a standard appointment.

There are certain requirements and risks involved with IUD use. Warrandyte Road Clinic is the only general practice clinic in Ringwood that is accredited by Family Planning Victoria to safely perform IUD insertions for women.

Please make an appointment to determine if it is the best contraceptive option for you. We can also offer advice on other contraceptive methods such as the contraceptive pill, vasectomy, Implanon and more.

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