An Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a small, plastic device that is inserted into the uterus and remains in place for up to 5 years. Copper IUD’s work as a spermicide, damaging sperm and preventing fertilization with the egg. Hormonal IUD’s work by killing sperm cells when they reach the uterus.

  • Effectiveness

    99% effective


  • Potential Side Effects

    Spotting, especially during the first 3 to 6 months. Although rare, some experience headaches, moodiness, cramping, spotting or acne.

  • STI Prevention

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

  • Hormone Free

    Copper IUD is hormone free.

    Mirena, Jaydess, and Kyleena contain progestin.

  • Accessibility

    Requires insertion by a health care professional, in a non-surgical procedure.

  • Cost

    Copper – $80 – $160

    Mirena IUD –

    $300 – $400

  • Health Benefits

    Lighter periods

    Less painful periods