Intrauterine contraceptive devices

Estimated Duration: 
1 hour

IUCDs (intrauterine contraceptive devices) are forms of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC).

They have low failure rates and are cost-effective even after the first year of use (Long-acting reversible contraception NICE Guideline. They may be non-hormonal (Copper IUCD) or hormonal, containing levonorgestrel (Mirena®, Jaydess®).

By the end of this short course you will be able to:

  • Assess and advise women who wish to use an IUCD either short term (emergency contraception) or longer term.
  • Describe their mode of action and efficacy.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the UK MEC (Medical Eligibility Criteria) for use.
  • Discuss appropriate screening eg swabs.
  • Describe the timing of insertion & removal.
  • Discuss equipment and insertion technique.
  • Describe the management of medical emergencies eg. uterine perforation, cervical shock.
  • Decide on appropriate follow-up and management of side effects and complications.


Once you have completed this short course and quiz, please click 'submit' where you will be taken to the results page. From here you can print your certificate for one hour of Continuing Professional Development points.


This content was created by Dr Orna McGinn, MRCGP (UK) DRCOG DFFP FRCNZGP in November 2017, and updated in November 2019.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit, an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health.


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