Copper IUD as Emergency Contraception

Photograph of Copper Intrauterine Device
A copper IUD can be used as an emergency contraception up to 7 days after intercourse.

The copper IUD can be inserted within days after intercourse and is 99% effective against pregnancy. Another great benefit of using Copper IUD as emergency contraception is that it can remain in the uterus for any period of time up to 5-10 years (depending on the model) becoming a very effective longer term birth control method. Unlike Emergency Contraceptive Pills, users of higher body weights can use the copper IUD without any reduction in effectiveness.

The copper creates an inflammatory reaction in the uterus which prevents fertilization and/or implantation. The copper IUD may increase cramping and flow for longer term users and it must be prescribed and inserted by a health care provider. The cost of a Copper IUD varies from $100-150 for device. Most times the cost of the device is not covered by extended benefits. There is no cost for insertion if user has MSP.

This option is not available as a drop-in service and is only available with an appointment at our Quadra Street location.

We are proud numbers of Rapid Access IUC Centres of Excellence which provide access to quality care, collaboration and improved access to IUC. and list other service providers offering emergency iud insertions in Western Canada.

Call us for an appointment 250-592-3479 if you are interested in pursuing this option.