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Intrauterine contraceptive devices


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1 hour
Womens health
Publish Date
21 September 2019
01 11 May 2023
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About this Course

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



This content was created by Dr Orna McGinn, MRCGP (UK) DRCOG DFFP FRCNZGP, and updated by Connie Kang BPharm(Hons).

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