The copper coil or 'IUD' is a small, T-shaped device made of plastic and copper that is inserted into your womb by a doctor or nurse. It is a very popular non-hormonal method as it's very effective and lasts over 5 years. Our data shows that it's got the second highest overall satisfaction rating of all methods reviewed at The Lowdown, after the hormonal coil (IUS) .

What is in the Copper coil (IUD)?

Most copper coils are made of a T-shaped frame of polyethylene (plastic) and barium sulphate. Copper wire is wound around the vertical arm.

Alternative to Copper coil (IUD)


Every 5 - 10 years


Over 99%

Blood clot risk


Effect on fertility



Can a copper IUD cause acne?

Is spotting on the copper coil normal?

Can the copper IUD cause back pain?

Does the copper coil make you gain weight?

Can the copper coil fall out?

Detailed information

How Copper coil (IUD) works:

How to use Copper coil (IUD):

How safe is Copper coil (IUD):