Birth Control, Contraception and Mirena IUD insertion in Korea
Getting an IUD in Korea
For women looking for an alternative form of contraception, you can choose to get an intrauterine device (IUD) in place. There are three main types (copper, Mirena, Skyla) done in Korea and have become increasingly popular over the past decade. In Korean, it is called 자궁 내 장치.
While trying to get the procedure done in Korea can be a nerve-wrecking nervous often because of a language barrier and cultural differences in perspectives about contraception, many women have the procedure done safely and cost-effectively.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- You may want to do your research about which type of IUD you’d like before visiting a clinic to have the procedure done.
- If there is a certain type of IUD you’re looking for, you should be aware that you may not get that exact type and consider other options.
- As with many visits to the gynecologist in a foreign country, it may be difficult to communicate what you like and ask as many questions as you like. If possible, it might be a good idea to have a good friend who can speak Korean with you.
- Ask for a cost quote in advance and prepare your medical history. What other forms of contraception were you using? Are you getting a new IUD or replacing a previous one?
- If you are looking for a clinic outside of Seoul, having a Korean person with you may be even more crucial. Try looking up 자궁 내 장치 at a local hospital or the Facebook group, “Expat Women in Korea” to ask for opinions.
- Many hospitals will offer some limited types of IUD, so you don’t necessarily need to go to a private clinic. If you are not looking for something specific, you may visit a large hospital as well. (Many say that this is more cost-effective).
- Getting an IUD is not covered by Korean insurance and prices may vary. It can cost as little as 70,000 won and as much as 400,000 won.
Looking for a clinic?
Y-QUEEN IUD Clinic : 11th Fl. Hwanam Bldg, 705-27 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. / 02-555-8278
Yoonho IUD Clinic : 304 Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. / 02-512-0500
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Thanks for this information! Also, have you seen the Gynopedia guide on South Korea? There's some useful info: https://gynopedia.org/South_Korea
Thanks for the writing!