Most women can safely use an IUD. Your doctor will review the suitability of the method with you prior to insertion.

In assessing your suitability, consideration is given to a number of important factors:

  • current menstrual and bleeding patterns
  • unexplained vaginal bleeding (this should be investigated before using an IUD)
  • a recent history of a sexually transmitted infection or PID
  • uterine or cervical abnormalities
  • any history of breast, cervical or uterine cancer
  • pregnancy history
  • cervical screening history
  • any allergies including copper allergy
  • the timing of insertion and pain relief needs for the insertion procedure