The IUD (Intrauterine Device) is a small plastic T-shaped device covered by copper or other metals which is inserted in the cavity of the womb. The IUS (Intrauterine System), is made of two components: the plastic T-shaped device and a cylinder containing progestin hormone, which is released slowly from the system. The IUS and IUD have a number of different characteristics and work in a different way. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider to find out which option is more appropriate for you.
Getting an IUS fitted is usually well tolerated by most women. Some women may experience pain and dizziness after insertion, which usually settles after resting for a short time. Normal pain killers or local anaesthetic may be applied prior to the insertion.
While it is very unlikely, it is possible for IUS to fall out completely or partially. If you notice your bleeding is heavier than usual during your period, it may be a sign that the IUS has fallen out either completely or partially. If the IUS falls out, you may not be protected from pregnancy. You should avoid intercourse or use a barrier contraceptive (such as condoms) and consult your doctor or healthcare provider.
Yes, you can have it removed at any time by your doctor or healthcare provider if your life plans change.
PP-UN-WHC-GB-0073 September 2023