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.

Call 0333 300 2100 for more information about sexual health and contraception in Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth.

Read more about IUD via the NHS Choices website