Intrauterine contraception (IUD)
IMPORTANT – due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are currently running a limited contraception service. This does not affect people having a contraceptive device fitted at the time of a surgical abortion.
There are 3 forms of intrauterine contraception available in Australia: the copper IUD and 2 different hormonal IUDs. One hormonal IUD is slightly smaller in size and has less hormones than the other. Each of them is long-acting, reversible and effective forms of contraception that work 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 a small amount of progestogen directly to the uterus, it changes the lining of the womb, preventing an egg from implanting.
We offer 2 types of the hormonal IUD.
The hormonal IUDs are a very effective type of contraception (ranging from over 99 to 99.8% effective, depending on the type) and can last for up to five years. Because they are a ‘set-and-forget’ method, there is no difference between typical and perfect use.
Lower-dose hormonal IUD
This IUD is slightly smaller than the other and contains less hormones. If you do not want your periods to change, you should perhaps consider the lower-dose IUD. It can cause periods to be lighter and shorter, but is not used to treat heavy and painful periods.
If you want contraception to help manage your period, this hormonal IUD may be better. In general, people experience a reduction in the amount of bleeding, the number of bleeding days, and less painful periods. It is particularly beneficial for people 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.