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Intrauterine contraception

Dr Gerry Morrow

Editor, Clinical Knowledge Summaries; Medical & Product Director (Primary Care) Agilio Software. June 2022


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every aspect of healthcare – but one of the deepest impacts has been on the availability of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). Refreshing your knowledge on intrauterine contraception might help more women to access these most effective methods of contraception


On completion of this module, you should be better able to:

  • Describe the two available classes of intrauterine contraception (IUC) and how they work
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of IUC methods
  • Understand what is required to assess a woman’s suitability for IUC, and
  • Be aware of the different protocols for switching to IUC from other contraceptive methods

This resource is provided at an intermediate level. Read the article and answer the self-assessment questions, and reflect on what you have learned.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.


What you need to know about intrauterine contraception Dr Gerry Morrow Practice Nurse 2022;52(5):19-23

Providing sexual and reproductive healthcare in general practice Katherine Hunt Practice Nurse 2017;47(5):20-25