Non-hormonal IUD

Pregnancy prevention for up to ten years, remove at any time


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An effective, long-acting and reversible method of contraception

The non-hormonal or copper IUD is a T-shaped device that is placed in the womb and provides contraceptive protection for up to ten years.

Like other types of IUD (hormonal IUD), the non-hormonal IUD is an effective long-acting method of contraception. At Marie Stopes Ghana we recommend these types of contraception as they have been shown to be over 99% effective when used correctly. 


99% – If one hundred women used non-hormonal IUDs for a year and carried on with their normal sex life then only one of those women would fall pregnant during that period.


Non-hormonal IUDs are available at all of our Centre of Excellence locations.


Please contact our team for more information about pricing.

Non-hormonal IUD advantages

The IUD can offer numerous advantages when used correctly, including:

  • Easily inserted by a trained Marie Stopes provider
  • Effective immediately
  • Very effective up to 10 years
  • Can be easily removed at any time
  • Once in place, you do not need to think about it or do anything until it needs replacing
  • Your previous fertility will return immediately after it’s removed
  • It can be fitted directly after childbirth (or after an abortion) and works immediately
  • It does not interrupt sex.

Things to consider

There are a few things to consider when choosing a non-hormonal IUD over other contraceptive methods.

  • The most common side effect of IUD is heavier, more uncomfortable or prolonged periods
  • The IUD may cause a slight increase in vaginal discharge but it does not cause a rise in infections as long as it is put in properly by a trained person
  • In very rare cases a woman’s body might reject the IUD and push it out
  • Unlike condoms, the IUD does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections.

Find your best fit

If you’re unsure what method is best for you, take our online contraception quiz.