Ballerine IUB

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What is the Ballerine IUB?

What's it made of?

The Ballerine IUB consists of 17 copper pearls which form a spherical shape and the frame is coated with polyethylene terephthalate.

How the Ballerine IUB works

The Ballerine IUB is a hormone-free coil that’s inserted into your uterus (aka womb). The IUB works by releasing small amounts of copper to provide contraception for up to 5 years and is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It works in a similar way to standard Copper IUDs (intrauterine devices), which achieve their contraceptive effect by interfering with sperm motility, egg fertilisation and possibly prevention of implantation.

Ballerine IUB side effects

  • Migraines with aura symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Spots or acne
  • Better Skin


  • During intercourse
  • Daily
  • Monthly
  • 1 - 3 Months
  • 1 - 3 Years
  • 3 - 5 Years
  • Permanent
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    Typical effectiveness

    Over 99% effective

    Contains hormones


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    How to get started with the Ballerine IUB

    • Before you can get IUB fitted, you must have a consultation with your healthcare provider. You will need to have a pelvic examination where they will examine you to find the position of your uterus.
    • The IUB is inserted through the neck of the womb using a small tube, which is then removed. The IUB automatically springs into a spherical shape and stays inside your womb. It works immediately after it is inserted.
    • Two threads made of polypropylene are attached to the end of the frame which extends into your vagina. These will be trimmed by your healthcare provider. You should be able to feel these threads yourself to know the IUB is in place however the threads are not usually felt during sexual intercourse. These threads allow your healthcare provider to pull out the IUB when it needs to be removed.
    • It is recommended that the best time to get your IUB inserted is the last 2 days of your period when the cervix is naturally more open, and chance of pregnancy is low.
    • Your healthcare provider may recommend you take painkillers before the IUB is fitted and a a local anaesthetic will be used.
    • Side effects immediately or a few minutes after insertion may be: cramping, menstrual type bleeding, feeling faint, nausea and dizziness but these should subside quickly.

    How to stop using the Ballerine IUB

    • The IUB can be removed at any time by a healthcare professional and is done by pulling the removal threads.
    • The IUB has two threads that allow the healthcare professional to pull it out of the vagina.
    • If you’re not having another coil or IUB put in and don’t want to get pregnant, you’ll need to make sure you use condoms or avoid having sex seven days before you have it removed. Alternatively you can discuss with your healthcare professional about switching to another method.

    Things that can go wrong

    Some women may experience heavier, longer periods and spotting between periods can occur – normally for up to 2-3 months. However, if your periods continue to be heavy or long, or spotting continues, contact your healthcare provider.

    Infrequently, serious side effects may occur:
    • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID): Uncommonly, IUDs as well as the IUB are associated with PID. PID is an infection of the uterus, tubes, and nearby organs. PID is most likely to occur in the first 20 days after placement. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the signs of PID: abdominal or pelvic pain, painful sex, unusual or bad smelling vaginal discharge, chills, heavy bleeding, or fever.

    • Difficult removals: Occasionally the IUB may be hard to remove because it is lodged in the womb.

    • Rarely, the IUB goes through the wall of the uterus, especially during placement. This is called perforation. There is an increased risk of perforation if you are breastfeeding or recently given birth within 36 weeks before insertion. In this case you are not protected from pregnancy and the IUB will need to be removed.

    • The IUB may partially or completely fall out of the uterus. This is called expulsion. Women who have never been pregnant may be more likely to expel the IUB than women who have been pregnant before. If you think that the IUB has partly or completely fallen out, use an additional contraception method, such as a condoms and contact your healthcare provider.

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