What is it?
It is a small, plastic,T-shaped device wrapped in a copper thread. The device is placed in the uterus by your healthcare provider. The copper changes the chemistry inside your uterus, making it hard for sperm and eggs to find each other and survive. It can stay in place for up to 10 years or until you decide to remove it. This is the longest lasting form of birth control around. It also has no hormones.
How effective is it?
Less than 1 pregnancy per 100 people.
How often do I take it?
It just takes one visit with your healthcare provider to insert it, and can last up to 10 years.
• Longest lasting option available
• Hormone free
• If you want a monthly period, you’ll get it here
• It is the most effective emergency contraception method
• It isn’t effected by other medications
• Great option for those who want to avoid hormones or can’t take hormones
• You can get pregnant right away after removal
• It may cause strong cramps when it’s first put in. These get better
• Periods may be unpredictable for the first 3-6 months
• On rare occasions, it can slip out of place (3 in 100)
• It takes 7 days to start working after it’s put in (so wear a condom if you have vaginal sex)
• Does not protect against STIs
• Has to be put in by a doctor or nurse
• Some people don’t like not having their period
• Small risk of infection when inserted and removed
• It might take up to a year for your period to return to normal