How to insert and remove an IUD
Although the first modern intrauterine device (IUD), the Grafenberg Ring, was trialled in 1909, the concept of intrauterine contraception is an ancient one. Arab camel traders reportedly introduced stones into their female camel’s uterus to prevent pregnancy during long journeys.
IUDs are presently used by 4.5% of Australian women and remain a very effective and valuable choice provided the patient has been well selected (see the box on this page) and counselled adequately regarding the pros and cons of this method.
IUD removal and insertion in Australia do not generally require the practitioner to hold procedural insurance; however, it would be advisable to check this with one’s insurer.