The copper IUD (T-Safe) is a small ‘T-shaped’ plastic and copper device. The IUD constantly releases a small amount of copper into the uterus (womb) which paralyzes spermcells and prevent fertilisation. The copper IUD can also be used for emergency contraception instead of the emergency contraceptive pill (‘morning after pill’) if inserted within five days of unprotected intercourse. The copper IUD will make the lining of the uterus unfit for implantation of a fertilized embryo.
The T-Safe copper IUD is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and is registered for use up to 10 years. Of course you can also have the IUD for a shorter period, for example between two pregnancies.
The T-Safe IUD can be ordered online at www.t-safe.nl. It will be sent to your home. If you have extra coverage with your health insurance this IUD will sometimes be paid for if collected with a recipe from a pharmacy. You can get this recipe from our assistent or she can send it to you by post. You can also obtain it from your midwife or huisarts. If not covered it will cost €69.