Contraception and Coil Fitting
Our consultants are highly trained in prescribing a variety of contraceptive methods. These include the combined oral contraceptive pill, the progesterone only pill or ‘minipill’, contraceptive injections as well as hormonal and non-hormonal coils. As well as providing contraception, many methods provide symptom control, from regulating periods to managing heavy bleeding. Your medical history, personal risk factors and preferences are taken into account when prescribing contraception.
There are two types of coil available and you can choose whichever you feel better suits your needs.
The copper IUD coil has no hormones and can last for up to 10 years. It is also used as a method of emergency contraception.
The IUS coil (eg. Mirena, Jaydess and Kyleena) contains a small amount of progesterone and lasts for 5 (Mirena & Kayleena) or 3 (Jaydess) years. It can be very helpful for controlling heavy or painful periods as well as providing contraception.
A coil can be fitted at any time during your menstrual cycle, as long as you are not pregnant. We advise that you book your appointment to occur during the first five days of your cycle. Please note the consultant will check that there is no risk of potential STIs before fitting a coil as this can cause further complications.
We advise that you take some painkillers before your appointment, as having a coil fitted can be uncomfortable. If you are particularly worried regarding pain, you can contact the practice prior to your appointment, so that we can prescribe you some local anaesthetic gel. We recommend that you are able to rest for the day if needed, as you can experience period like cramps afterwards.
You may wish to have a follow-up visit 6 weeks after your coil is inserted, to check that the coil is still in the correct position.
What to expect from your appointment:
Consultation with one of our female consultant gynaecologists
Full medical history
Pelvic examination and / or pregnancy test and / or vaginal swabs
Pelvic ultrasound scan
Removal of existing coils if required
Pelvic ultrasound scan to confirm that the coil is safely in the correct position
Written medical report which can be posted or emailed to yourself and health professional(s) of your choice