Intrauterine Contraception (IUC) or Intrauterine Device (IUD)

We are a proud member of the Rapid Access IUC Centres of Excellence (RAICE).  IUC stands for intrauterine contraception. It describes any device placed in the uterus to help prevent pregnancy – i.e., an IUD.  We offer timely access to IUD’s (usually under a week) and insert/remove a high number of them (usually 6-8 a week).  We are also approved as a focused practice so anyone can visit us, even if they have another family Physician.

IUDs are T-shaped devices that over 150 million women world-wide have trusted as the most effective form of birth control. Depending on which IUD you choose – it can provide birth control for 3, 5 or even 10 years. There are 2 main types of IUDs (IUCs??) available in Canada.

Hormonal IUDs

Levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS) … rolls right off the tongue right?

In Canada there are 3 brands available (Jaydess, Kyleena or Mirena) ranging from 3 to 5 years in duration and varying in amount of the progestin hormone. We can help you decide which one is best suited for you. The Mirena is also fully covered by OHIP+.

Copper IUDs:

Copper-releasing Intrauterine Device (Cu-IUD)

Well actually you won’t see it at all! This extremely effective HORMONE FREE form of contraception is very affordable and very effective. Various companies make copper IUDs – of various sizes and durations (3 years, 5 years to even 10 years).

The IUD alphabet war can be confusing and intimidating…(IUC, IUD, the T, LNG-IUD, Cu-IUD) – but if you are interested – book an IUD consult with us and we can help you decide which of these devices would best suit you!

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