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How long does a non-hormonal spiral/coil (IUD) lasts to prevent pregnancy?

By Anonymous December 17, 2013 - 1:25pm
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I've heard that they should be changed every 5 years, but my doctor says that as long as it is still in, I have no pain, and it doesn't seem to be trying to come out, that it can stay in and prevent pregnancy for as long as 10 years or more.

Is this correct?

Thanks for you help,
Shelley Skog

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Hello Shelley,

I would like to welcome you to the EmpowHER community. Thank you for reaching out to us for additional information about the length of effectiveness of a non-hormonal IUD.

The most commonly used non-hormonal IUD is the copper IUD. Copper wire is wound around the stem of the T-shaped IUD. Copper is toxic to sperm. It causes the uterus and fallopian tubes to produce fluid that is kills sperm. This fluid contains white blood cells, copper ions, enzymes, and prostaglandins.

Shelley, your physician is correct. A non-hormonal IUD can remain in place for at least 10 years and still be effective. It is recommended that a hormonal IUD be replaced after 5 years.

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December 17, 2013 - 5:58pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)


Yes, this was very helpful, thaks so much ;)


December 18, 2013 - 5:52am
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