Non-Hormonal IUD

How it works:

The non-hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, flexible, T-shaped plastic device that is wrapped with thin copper wire. This device is placed in your uterus by a doctor or nurse. The copper wire prevents pregnancy by acting as a spermicide - if the sperm can’t swim to an egg, then pregnancy can’t happen. The non-hormonal IUD can last up to 12 years, but you can have it taken out at any time. It is greater than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

Perks:

  • Continue to have regular periods

  • Easy to keep private

  • No hormones

  • Long-lasting

  • Really good at preventing pregnancy

Drawbacks:

  • Can experience slightly heavier or crampier periods

  • Doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

  • Must be placed and removed by a medical professional