How does a copper IUD work?
A doctor, midwife or gynaecologist usually places the copper IUD into the woman’s uterus during the first 12 days of her cycle. It can be painful, so you may be offered painkillers.
The copper IUD works for 5 to 10 years. After that time it needs to be replaced.
When the IUD is inserted, 2 short threads are left outside of the uterus. They are deep in the vagina, where you can feel them. This means that you can always check that the IUD is still in place.
No damage to your health
A copper IUD does not contain hormones.
No protection against STIs and HIV
Price of a copper IUD
A doctor or midwife can fit the copper IUD from about €47 to € 120. Depending on the brand, you have to go back to the doctor or midwife after 5 to 10 years for a new copper IUD.
Until the age of 21, most forms of contraception are reimbursed by your health insurance. However, you first have to pay the excess (eigen risico) of your health insurance policy. Check with your health insurance provider to find out how much will be reimbursed. From the age of 21, contraception is only reimbursed if you have taken out additional insurance for contraception.