IUD Clinic

Windermere Plaza Medical Clinic is proud to offer an IUD Clinic run by female family physicians and staff. We strive to provide quality information about IUDs and rapid access to IUD placement, including emergency contraception. We also offer pap tests and testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Ask your family physician to refer you to our clinic. Our referral form can be found here.

 

If you do not have a family physician, you can call us at 780-466-6236 to book your own appointment. 

Windermere Plaza Medical Clinic is a member of RAICE (Rapid Access IUD Centres of Excellence).

Information about

IUDs

In Canada, there are two types of IUDs available: progesterone-containing IUDs (also known as IUS, or intrauterine systems) and copper IUDs. IUDs are a very effective, long-acting, and reversible form of birth control. They are T-shaped devices that are placed in the uterus by a physician through a simple office procedure.

 

The progesterone-containing IUD is 99.8% effective in preventing pregnancy (2 in 1000 women each year will get pregnant with a progesterone-containing IUD). It contains a small amount of the hormone progesterone, which is released locally in the uterus. It does not contain any estrogen and therefore is safe to use in women who have been told they cannot take estrogen for medical reasons.

 

Copper IUDs are 99.2% effective in preventing pregnancy (8 in 1000 women each year will get pregnant each year with a copper IUD). They do not contain hormones.

 

The IUD can be removed at anytime if a woman wishes to become pregnant.

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Types of IUDs

Mirena

  • Can be used for 5 years 

  • Decreases menstrual flow and cramping

  • Many women may stop having periods (this is not harmful for the body, as a period is only necessary if a woman is planning for pregnancy)

  • May be a good option if you have heavy, painful periods

  • The dose of progesterone is much lower than in the birth control pill/patch/ring, so side effects like mood changes and weight gain are uncommon

 

Kyleena

  • Can be used for 5 years

  • Like the Mirena, the Kyleena also decreases menstrual flow and cramping and many women may stop having periods 

  • Smaller size and slightly lower dose of progesterone than the Mirena

 

Jaydess

  • This product is no longer being manufactured due to business reasons

 

Copper IUD

  • Can be used for 5 years

  • You will still get your period at its typical frequency, but copper IUDs can make periods heavier, last longer, and increase menstrual cramps 

  • Women with heavy, painful periods should consider a progesterone IUD if possible

  • Less expensive than progesterone IUDs but are not usually covered by health insurance plans

 

Emergency Contraception 

  • Copper IUDs can be used as emergency contraception, up to 7 days after unprotected sex, as long as you are not already pregnant

  • The copper IUD may prevent fertilization or implantation -- it the most effective form of emergency contraception but about 2 in 1000 women who use it for emergency contraception will still become pregnant

  • Note: Progesterone IUDs cannot be used for emergency contraception

Booking Your Appointment

You may choose to see us for IUD consultation and return on another day for the insertion. 

 

You may also book appointments for IUD removals or replacements.

 

If you would like to have your IUD consultation and insertion done on the same day, certain conditions must be met:

  • You are on your period at the time of the appointment
    OR

  • You are not sexually active
    OR

  • You are within 7 days of the start of your normal menstrual period or have not had intercourse since the start of your last normal menstrual period
    OR

  • You have not had unprotected intercourse for 3 weeks prior to your appointment (this requires 100% use of condoms, or no missed doses of hormonal birth control)

Please inform us if you are postpartum so that we may plan your appointment accordingly. Please be aware that we do not have child care available on-site.

Please note that in some cases, same-day insertion may not be possible due to medical reasons determined at the consultation appointment, and the IUD insertion will need to be rescheduled for another day.

Consider bringing a driver with you to your appointment. After the IUD insertion, some women can resume normal activities immediately, while others may need to reduce their activities for 1-2 days.

Cancellation Policy & Missed Appointments

If you are not able to attend your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible. Other patients who are waiting would appreciate using the time with the doctor if you no longer need it. 

 

Missed appointments or those cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice may be subject to a $50 (for consults) or $100 (for insertions) fee.

Before Your Appointment

Eat a snack about 1 hour prior to your appointment and take 800 mg of ibuprofen (please check with your family doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure if ibuprofen is safe for you to take).

Please bring a menstrual pad with you to your appointment as you can expect some bleeding after IUD insertion.

​​We want to ensure that you receive the IUD that is the best fit for you -- if your family physician has provided you with an IUD prescription, we recommend that you wait until your consultation with us before purchasing your IUD, in case you change your mind after receiving more information.

What To Expect At Your Appointment

Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time, as you may need to complete some forms and provide a urine sample. Bring your provincial health card and a piece of photo ID.  

​Although the IUD insertion only takes a few minutes, the entire process for same-day consultation and insertion will take 1-1.5 hours. This includes:

  • Counselling from our nurse or physician regarding your birth control options

  • Filling your prescription for the IUD at a nearby pharmacy and returning to the clinic

  • Staying in the clinic for observation for 15-20 minutes after your IUD is placed

 

If you have already had a consultation with the nurse or physician, the entire process for IUD insertion will take about 30-45 minutes.

What is RAICE?

Windermere Plaza Medical Clinic is a member of RAICE (Rapid Access IUD Centres of Excellence). RAICE is a network of clinics and health care providers across Canada who are experts in IUD insertion and care.

 

RAICE clinics must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an expert IUD insertion team

  • Accept patients making their own appointments without referral by their health care provider

  • Appointments for IUD discussion and insertion made quickly

  • Offer training in their communities to the public and/or to other health care providers

  • Are committed to continuously improving the care they provide

  • Must provide to the copper IUD as emergency contraception

Visit www.raice.ca for more information.

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Edmonton, Alberta T6W 2Z8

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