Who can use it?
The IUD can be used in most cases. Your doctor or nurse will ask about your sexual history to check if the IUD is the most suitable type of contraception for you. You should not use an IUD if you:
- Have an untreated STI or pelvic infection.
- Have problems with your womb or cervix (the entrance to the womb).
- Have had any unexpected bleeding from the vagina for example, between periods and after sex.
- You are already pregnant.
- You or your partner are at risk of catching STIs.
Consult your GP before having the IUD fitted if you have had an ectopic pregnancy (where the fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, meaning that it will not develop into a baby) or recent abortion, or if you have an artificial heart valve.