Copper IUD

An IUD is a device that is inserted into the uterus and can remain in place anywhere from 3 to 10 years depending on the type. Copper IUDs work as a spermicide, damaging sperm and preventing fertilization with the egg.

  • Effectiveness

    99% Effective

  • Potential Side Effects

    Heavy bleeding and cramping is possible particularly for women who may have had heavier periods prior to insertion

  • STI Prevention

    No protection against STIs. Remember to use a barrier method too, like a condom to protect yourself.

  • Hormone Free

    Cooper IUDs are hormone free

  • Accessibility

    Requires insertion by a healthcare professional, in a non-surgical procedure. There is no charge for insertion if you have a BC Care Card.

  • Cost

    Copper IUD costs vary from $60 – $160 depending on the type and length of time you can keep it in (5 years vs. 10 years)

    IUDs are cheaper in the long run compared to birth control pill, patch or ring

  • Health Benefits

    Cu IUDs are 99.9% effective as an emergency contraceptive up to 7 days after unprotected sex. For more information about accessing providers in BC, visit