It prevents pregnancy in 2 ways:
You can also use the copper IUD as emergency contraception.
How does the copper IUD work?
A doctor or gynaecologist usually places the copper IUD into the woman’s uterus during the first 12 days of her cycle. It can be painful, so you may be offered painkillers.
The copper IUD works for 5 to 10 years. After that time it needs to be replaced.
When the IUD is inserted, 2 short threads are left outside of the uterus. They are deep in the vagina, where you can feel them. This means that you can always check that the IUD is still in place.
The copper IUD is very reliable if used correctly. The risk of pregnancy is approximately 1 in 125.
Does not affect your health
The copper IUD does not contain hormones.
No protection against STIs and HIV
Price of a copper IUD
A doctor can fit the copper IUD for about € 47 to € 129. Depending on the brand, you have to go back to the doctor after 5 to 10 years for a new copper IUD.
Women under the age of 21 can get the copper IUD for free.
Some health insurance funds repay part of the costs for contraception. Ask your health insurance fund about this.
You also have to pay a personal contribution for the visit to the doctor. Some people have a right to increased reimbursement or urgent medical care. Below are the addresses where you can see a doctor for free.