An Intrauterine device (IUD) is a long-acting reversible contraceptive method. They are used by women worldwide and are the most effective form of birth control available. An IUD is a small T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus through the cervix by a health care professional.
There are two types of IUDs: the copper intrauterine device and the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system, which contains progestin. Depending on the device chosen, the IUD can remain inserted for 3-10 years before needing to be replaced.
All of our physicians do IUD insertions in our office. These can be done both in the post-partum period for our patients or for other women with a referral from your primary care provider. You do not need to have had a pregnancy prior to an IUD insertion.
We will meet with you to discuss the IUD and make sure it is the right option for you and then book an appointment for its insertion. There is sometimes a small workup to be done prior to its insertion.
For more information regarding the IUD please read over the sexandu.ca webpage.
Instructions prior to insertion can be found here: