The copper coil

The copper coil is a small T shaped plastic frame with copper wire (coil). This is put into the woman’s womb. It can only be Inserted and removed by a specially trained doctor.

It is:

  • Over 99% effective 

How does it work?

It works by:

  • stopping the sperm from reaching and combining with the egg
  • preventing a fertilised egg from settling in the womb

The copper coil can be used as an emergency contraceptive method.

It is important that you talk to a doctor who will assess what contraceptive option is best for you.


  • It does not interrupt sex.
  • It works as soon as it is inserted.
  • It can stay in for up to 5-10 years.
  • If inserted after the age of 40, it may stay in place until the menopause.


  • You're periods maybe heavier or longer.
  • It does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).