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Coil Fitting

Gynae Clinic specialises in the fitting and removal of intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUDs), also known as “coils”. Coils are a safe and reliable method of contraception for women of all ages — it should however be noted that they do not prevent ectopic pregnancy. Once inserted, coils can stay inside the womb for 5-10 years. Our experienced gynaecologist in London can also fit IUDs as a form of emergency contraception up to five days after unprotected sex.

What types of coil are available?

  • Mirena coil - lasts for 5 years and releases small amounts of progesterone hormone to help reduce heavy periods
 

What happens at my initial consultation?

You will meet with one of our Consultant Harley Street Gynaecologists for a consultation to discuss and plan fitting your contraceptive coil. You will also have the option of a cervical swab to screen for any underlying gynaecological problems.

What is the Coil Fitting Procedure?

We will book you in for a second appointment to fit your coil just after you finish your period and the cervix is more pliable. The procedure will take roughly five minutes.

You will have the option of a pelvic ultrasound scan in order to assess your uterus and determine where to place the device. The coil will be inserted through the vagina and cervix, followed by another optional ultrasound to ensure it’s correctly positioned. The attached thread is trimmed at the cervix in order to aid future removal.

Your coil will be fitted with the use of anaesthetic gel to ensure you have the most comfortable procedure possible. Extra pain relief can also be administered if necessary.

Follow-up appointments

After your coil has been placed, you should return to the clinic in 6-8 weeks for an ultrasound scan (not included in the price). The coil should also be further checked with each cervical smear to ensure it hasn’t shifted position.

Our gynaecologist in London can help you if you face pain after coil fitting, please just call us to schedule an appointment.

In case of coil removal our gynaecologists in Harley Street can also assist you.

FAQ – having a coil fitted

What is a coil?

A coil or as it is officially called, an IUD, is a small, T-shaped plastic and copper device is inserted into the womb (the uterus).

The coil will then release copper to prevent you becoming pregnant and will also protect against a pregnancy occurring for a time period of between five and ten years.

How long do I have to wait after I have a coil fitted, for it to be effective?

When a coil is fitted it will be effective right away.

How soon after I have a coil removed can I get pregnant?

You can fall pregnant immediately after your coil has been removed.

How do I know that it is there?

A coil is fitted with two threads that are left to hang down a small distance form the womb. When your coil is fitted you will be shown how to feel for these threads to reassure yourself that it is in place. You should do this about once a month.

Will my partner be able to feel the strings or the coil when we have sex?

No your partner should not feel your coil when you have sex.

Can any woman have a coil fitted?

Yes most women can have a coil fitted but your medical history will be checked when you go for your consultation to make sure you are able to have this form of contraception.

How long after I have my baby can I have a coil fitted?

Usually a coil can be fitted four weeks after you have given birth.

Are there any hormonal side effects with the coil?

No, things like acne, headaches and breast tenderness that can be experienced with the pill, are not experienced with the coil.

Is it OK to breastfeed when I have a coil fitted?

Yes it is perfectly safe to breastfeed after you have a coil fitted.

I am on other medication can I still have a coil fitted?

Yes, having a coil fitted will not affect any other medication you take.

Will having a coil fitted make me put on weight?

No, unlike the pill it will not pre-dispose you to putting on weight.

Will my risk of cervical cancer, cancer of the womb or ovarian cancer increase with a coil?

No, there is no scientific evidence that a coil would increase you risk of cancer.

Will the coil affect my periods?

Your periods might initially be heavier although this should settle down over a few months.

Does the coil offer protection against STI’s?

No a coil will not protect against STI’s. You will need to use a condom as well to protect against sexually transmitted infections.

I have heard that pelvic infections can be an issue with the coil. Is that true?

If you do get an infection once you have had your coil fitted, a pelvic infection is a risk, if not treated. Always seek medical advice if you think you might have developed an infection.

What are the most common reasons that women stop using the coil?

Vaginal bleeding and pain are the main reasons but these problems are uncommon.

 

Are you interested in being fitted with the contraceptive coil? Please book your consultation with us today.

Are you interested in decreasing your risk of cervical cancer with the Gardasil vaccine? Please schedule your consultation at Gynae Clinic today.

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