Here at South City Doctors we provide advice, guidance, and testing that is tailored to your health conditions to ensure you’re using the right contraception for you and your lifestyle.


The contraceptive pill, known as 'the pill', is most commonly available in two different forms.

The combined pill works to stop the ovaries releasing an egg each month, and the progestogen-only pill (also known as the 'mini pill') works to change the mucus at the entrance of the womb (uterus) so that sperm cannot pass through and fertilise the egg.

The contraceptive pill is a prescription only medicine and must be taken at the same time every day, or as close to it as possible.


An IUD is a small contraceptive device which is placed into the uterus. There are hormone-releasing IUDs which can last up to five (5) years, and copper IUDs which can last between five (5) to ten (10) years.

Hormone IUD (Mirena):

This is a small, T-shaped intrauterine device (IUD) placed inside the uterus that provides long-acting contraception. It releases a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel, which provides over 99% effective birth control for up to seven years.

It works by thickening the cervical mucus, inhibiting sperm movement, and thinning the lining of the uterus, making it less receptive to implantation. It primarily prevents pregnancy by preventing fertilisation.

Copper IUDs:

A copper intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, T-shaped device made of plastic and wrapped with copper wire that is inserted into the uterus as a form of long-acting reversible contraception. The copper IUD is a hormone-free contraceptive option that relies on the natural spermicidal properties of copper to prevent pregnancy. It has an efficiency of over 99% and prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years.

Your IUD journey will involve 3 appointments: 
  • A pre-consultation appointment
  • An insertion appointment
  • A post-insertion follow-up
Whilst we appreciate that you may have discussed the IUD with another GP, our doctor will still require a pre-consultation appointment to ensure you are thoroughly informed and prepared for the insertion. 

Talk to your doctor about your contraceptive options to help you decide which device would be most suitable for you. Both IUD types are considered safe when breastfeeding and are not affected by other medications.

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