Intrauterine contraception (IUD)
There are two forms of intrauterine contraception available in Australia: the copper IUD or hormonal IUD. Both are long-acting, reversible and effective forms of contraception that work in different ways to prevent pregnancy.
- More than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy
- Last between five to ten years, depending on type chosen
- Chances of getting pregnant return to normal as soon as it is removed
- Cost-effective when compared to other methods due to how long protection lasts
- ‘Set-and-forget’ method, so great for regular travellers and women would prefer not to adhere to a daily method
- Nylon strings can be adjusted to suit your body and should not be felt by either partner during sex
IUDs do not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or HIV/AIDS and condoms should be used if you are at risk.
Intrauterine device options
A hormonal IUD is a small flexible plastic device that is inserted into the uterus. It prevents pregnancy by gradually releasing a progestogen hormone directly into the uterus, which thickens the mucus at the cervix so that sperm cannot get through to meet an egg.
By delivering small amount of progestogen directly to the uterus, it changes the lining of the womb, preventing an egg from implanting.
The hormonal IUD is a very effective type of contraception (99.8%) and can last for up to five years. Because it’s a ‘set-and-forget’ method, there is no difference between typical and perfect use.
You should not use this contraceptive method if you do not want your periods to change. In general, women experience a reduction in the amount of bleeding, the number of bleeding days, and less painful periods.
It is particularly beneficial for women who normally have heavy or long periods.
Hormonal side effects are uncommon but may include acne, headaches, moodiness and weight gain.
If present, these are usually mild and often settle down after the first few months.
Our prices are based on the minimum cost for patients holding a valid Medicare card. Further discounts apply for Healthcare Card holders in many cases. If you have private health insurance, you may also wish to contact them to ask what rebates are available.
Private health rebates
If you do not hold a valid Medicare card, please contact us for a cost estimate, or speak to your private health insurance provider if you hold private health insurance, as rebates may still apply. Check our locations page to find out which clinics are eligible for private health rebates. Rebates apply for copper and hormonal IUD under IV sedation at select clinics.
What to expect
Most importantly, you must ensure that you are not pregnant so either have it inserted during or immediately after your period, or use reliable contraception until it can be fitted.