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.
Continue to have regular periods
Easy to keep private
Really good at preventing pregnancy
Can experience slightly heavier or crampier periods
Doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Must be placed and removed by a medical professional