IUD (intrauterine device)

The IUD, or intrauterine device is a small, T-shaped plastic and copper device that is inserted into your womb (uterus) by a specially trained doctor or nurse. The copper is toxic to sperm making it difficult for sperm to move through and reach an egg.

The IUD is a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) method. It works for five years or ten years, depending on the type, so you don't have to think about contraception every day or each time you have sex.

It's more than 99% effective, depending on which type is used.

If you have no symptoms and want a straightforward test you can:

  • either order a smart kit online for home delivery
  • or attend one of our clinics where you can collect a smart kit without needing to wait and see a clinician.

This is a quick, easy and confidential way to screen for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis.

Call our appointments line for more information about sexual health services in Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth.

0333 300 2100 (Mon-Fri 8am-7pm).

Read more about IUD via the NHS Choices website