There is a small risk of infection — about 1% — when an IUD is put in.
There is a very small risk of damage to the uterus — about 1 in 1000 people. This risk is a bit higher, up to 6 in 1000 people, if you are breastfeeding.
If you get pregnant with an IUD in, there is a chance of pregnancy complications.
A copper IUD might give you more bleeding and cramping during your period — but this usually gets better over time.
The copper IUD can cause an allergic reaction. This is very rare.
The hormonal IUD might give you irregular or light bleeding — but this usually gets better over time.
The IUD can sometimes come out by itself — about 5% of all IUDs do this. We can teach you how to check the threads are still in the right place at any time.