Mechanical Procedure Involved in IUD Coil Fitting

An IUD, also popularly referred to as copper IUD, is a tiny device made of copper and plastic. The device comes in the shape of the English alphabet ‘T’ and requires trained and skilled pair of hands to place it correctly into the uterus. IUD is the shortened form of intrauterine device and it is a very efficient contraception tool.

IUD releases copper to prevent you from getting pregnant and can easily last anywhere between 5 and 10 years. It is also known as “coil” or “copper coil”.

Some more facts related to IUD

  • Doctors based in London, possessing expertise in women’s health, confirm that IUDs often prove to be more than 99% effective, provided it is correctly inserted.
  • An IUD starts working as soon as it is inserted.
  • It can be put in any time during the course of a menstrual cycle as long as the patient is not pregnant.
  • It can be removed at any time but only by a trained doctor or a nurse and once taken out you can naturally be pregnant again.
  • Dr. Hikmat Naoum, a consultant gynaecologist associated with a private coil fitting centre in London, says that in the first 3 to 6 months after the IUD insertion, you’re likely to experience heavier, longer and more painful periods.
  • IUD insertion may lead you to an infection, although the risk is very small.
  • Even your body may reject the contraception device and push out or move the IUD from its location.
  • It is important to note that IUDs protect you only from unwanted pregnancy but not from sexually transmitted infections or diseases (STIs and/or STDs).

IUD insertion procedure

Both the IUD insertion and its removal require special skills and training. You should never allow any untrained or unskilled pair of hands to get involved in the procedures.

In the following section we will explain how an IUD is inserted.

  • An IUD insertion starts with a pelvic exam to ascertain the position of the uterus. The exam is bimanual in nature and it is followed by insertion of a speculum into the vagina to medically scrutinise the cervix.
  • In the next step, an antiseptic solution is applied to clean and sanitise both the cervix and the vagina.
  • Once the sanitisation process is over, the tenaculum is gently and carefully inserted through the speculum.
  • The tenaculum is placed just close enough to hold both the cervix and the uterus.
  • Based on the already known depth and position of the uterus, the IUD is inserted very carefully into the uterus. But it is still unopened and wrapped inside the sterile package.
  • The inserter is taken away once the IUD is correctly placed inside the uterus.
  • At the last step, the contraceptive specialist cuts the IUD strings sparing about 3 centimeters in length and letting them hang out of the cervix.

This is the overall mechanical procedure involved in inserting IUD contraception in place. Our gynecologist in London says that once the insertion is done, you must remain lying on the table for some time till you can get yourself back up and get dressed.