A GP guide to IUD options

IUDs are suitable for patients of any parity, and with copper and two hormonal devices to choose from, an appropriate option can be found for most

The use of IUDs is increasing in Australia.1 They are 99.5-99.9% effective and offer convenient ‘fit and forget’ contraception that is suitable to consider first line for patients of all ages, including those who have never had intercourse.2

All IUDs are cost-effective — two levonorgestrel devices available in Australia are both PBS subsidised for contraceptive purposes, and unsubsidised copper IUDs cost $70-$100 on private prescription.3