What can use it?
The IUD can be used in most cases, including in those who have never been pregnant or are HIV positive. You should not use an IUD if you have:
- An untreated STI or pelvic infection.
- Certain abnormalities of the womb or neck of the womb.
- Unexplained bleeding from your vagina (for example, in between periods or after sex).
If you have had and ectopic pregnancy where the fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, meaning that it will not develop into a baby), have had a recent abortion or you have an artificial heart valve, you must consult your GP or clinician before having an IUD fitted.
The IUD should not be fitted if there is a chance that you might already be pregnant (for example, if you have previously had unprotected sex in the same menstrual cycle).