Non-hormonal IUD

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

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.

If you're starting to use contraception for the first time, or thinking about using a new method, it's a good idea to have a full consultation.

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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.

Looking for more information about IUDs?

Try visiting our frequently asked questions where we've provided some brief answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.

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.

If you are still unsure whether a non-hormonal IUD is right for you, take a look at our online contraception tool – Choice. The website uses a simple questionnaire to provide you with clear, tailored advice on your contraceptive options.

Contraception methods at a glance

Contraceptive implant

The implant is a highly effective, long-acting and reversible method of contraception.

It consists of either 1 or 2 small plastic rods that are placed in the upper arm and, depending on the product used, is effective at preventing pregnancy for 3 to 5 years.


The injectable or contraceptive injection is an effective, long-acting and reversible method of contraception.

It works by releasing a hormone that stops eggs being released by the body. Injectables are highly effective, lasting 2 to 3 months (depending on the type used), but women must remember to return for another injection around this time or risk not being protected from pregnancy.

Intrauterine device

The IUD is a highly effective (99%), long-acting and reversible method of contraception.

It is a small, T-shaped device that is made from plastic and copper and works by stopping a man's sperm from meeting an egg and/or by stopping an egg implanting in the uterus. The procedure for inserting an IUD is simple, usually only taking a few minutes by a trained person. 

Tubal ligation

Tubal ligation is a permanent, irreversible contraceptive solution for women.

It is suitable for women who are sure they don't want anymore children.

The method involves a short surgical procedure, performed by a highly trained doctor that prevents woman's eggs and the man's sperm meeting, so a pregnancy can't occur.


A surgical procedure for providing a permanent contraceptive solution for men.

A vasectomy is a contraceptive method suitable for men who are sure they don't want anymore children.

It's a popular method of family planning chosen by millions of men worldwide. It's safe, effective and offers a permanent solution to contraceptive needs.

IUD aftercare advice

If you have a non-hormonal IUD fitted, it will work straight away. When your IUD is fitted, you should plan a follow-up appointment 6 weeks to have your IUD checked.

Once a month, after your period, gently insert a finger into your vagina during a bath or shower. The neck of your womb (cervix) feels a bit like the end of your nose, and you should be able to feel the threads of your IUD. If you can’t, please contact us or your doctor, and use condoms or abstain from sex until the presence of the IUD is confirmed.

Your partner should not be able to feel the threads during sex. If this happens, seek advice as above, as your threads might be too long.

Please contact us at any time if you have any aftercare concerns, or find out more if you're looking to learn about removing an IUD.

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