Copper coils – IUD – Copper T

The copper coil is the classic amongst intrauterine contraceptives. It is made of a small, usually T-shaped or anchor-shaped plastic body that has a fine copper wire wound around it. On the lower end of the coil there are two threads to check the position of the IUD and for removal.


Mode of action: The IUD prevents the implantation of the fertilised egg cell into the uterine lining. The copper ions released reduce the mobility of the sperm. The copper coil does not affect the hormonal balance and therefore does not prevent ovulation

Insertion: The IUD is inserted into the uterus during the period   via the vagina using a thin sterile plastic tube. During the procedure, the woman may experience a pulling pain but this is generally well tolerated. If desired, we also insert the copper IUD under general anaesthetic.

Possible side effects and complications: Possible slight bleeding and lower abdominal pain in the first few days, heavier menstrual bleeding and spotting during the cycle. Under some circumstances an IUD can slip or be expelled.

Duration of use: : 2 years

Effectiveness: High effectiveness with a Pearl-Index of 0.5–2.0

 

 

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