· A small device that is inserted (by a doctor) and sits inside the womb
· A copper IUD is a highly effective form of contraception
· A copper IUD does not have any hormones
· It is not suitable for woman with heavy periods or strong period pains as it can makes these symptoms worse
· A copper IUD can last for 5-10 years (depending on the device), but can be removed at any time if you wish to stop using the method for any reason
· Fertility will return to normal after removal
Considering a Copper IUD?
The first step is to book an initial IUD appointment to discuss whether a copper IUD is suitable and safe for you, and to undergo assessment for the IUD. Dr Overton will then run through the benefits and risks and discuss the procedure with you. This will involve a pelvic examination. You will be given a script for the IUD which you will have to buy from the pharmacy and bring with you to the insertion.
An IUD is inserted in a short in office procedure, which is tolerated well by the vast majority of women. In total, the appointment will be 45 minutes, however the procedure itself only takes about 10 minutes.
What is the cost to a Copper IUD?
The initial consult cost will be charged at $80 (with a rebate of $37.60). The procedure will cost $180 (with a Medicare rebate of $91.15). A Copper IUD can be purchased from the pharmacy, the cost ranges around $100-$120.
Dr Overton is available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and all day Tuesday.