We provide a regular contraception coil clinic providing Mirena Intra-Uterine Systems or Copper (non-hormonal) coils free of charge. You will be offered an appointment on a Monday between 10.40 and 12.00pm with Dr Meade (a male doctor). There will be a female member of staff present for the coil fitting. The procedure can take up to 30 mins with a nurse and doctor—you may need someone to help you with child care during this time. It involves an internal examination with a speculum to place the coil into the womb.
Contraceptive coils are also available from Umbrella Sexual Health services.
Before your fitting:
- You should consider getting swabs for STIs (sexually transmitted infections) before having a coil to reduce the risk of infection.
- Take paracetamol and ibuprofen before you come (as long as you are not allergic) to help with the cramp-like pain of fitting the coil.
- Bring a sanitary towel—it is normal to have some bleeding for at least 3-5 days and some pain after the coil fitting.
- If you have a coil removed you don’t want to conceive, please use contraception from your last period or abstain from sex for 7 days prior to removal.
When is the best time to fit your coil
- It is very important that you use contraception until your coil fitting (the withdrawal method is not contraception). If there is a chance you could be pregnant, your coil will not be fitted.
- It is best to fit your coil between day 1-7 of your cycle. Day 1 is the first day of your period.
- A coil can be fitted at any time if an existing coil is being removed and replaced with a new one.
- A coil can be fitted from 4 weeks after birth or by the hospital at birth.
- A copper coil can be fitted up to 5 days (and sometimes longer) after unprotected sex to provide emergency contraception.
What to do afterwards
- If you are at risk of an STI you should use condoms for 3 weeks after the fitting to reduce the risk of infection.
- We offer a coil check at 6 weeks with the doctor or nurse to ensure the coil is still in the correct position
- Consult with a doctor if you develop smelly discharge, severe pain, abnormal bleeding or fevers.
A Mirena coil will last 5 years and starts to work after 7 days.
Copper coils last 5 or 10 years depending on which type is fitted and works straight away.
You should check regularly for the coil threads by feeling. This is to ensure the coil hasn’t moved out of place.
You may also want to watch this video about pre-fitting preparation and this video providing information about after a coil is fitted: