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Private Coil (IUD/IUS) Fitting or Removal in London

At Gynaecology Clinic of Harley Street in London our consultant gynaecologist is an expert in fitting and removing contraceptive coils, both copper (IUD) and hormonal (IUS).

During your appointment, the gynaecologist will consult with you, to decide whether the coil is the best contraceptive choice for you. A private consultation and fitting usually takes around 30 minutes.

Once you’ve made your decision, in the vast majority of cases, the coil is fitted straight away, so you leave the clinic fully protected after just one visit.  

Kinds of Contraceptive Coil:

The two kinds of contraceptive coils are:

  • IUD - Copper Coil
  • IUS - Hormonal Coil (Mirena/Kyleena Coil)

IUD (Intra-Uterine Device):

An IUD, also simply referred to as ‘the coil’ is a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) that gets fitted above the cervix where it stays until it needs to be replaced, typically when women are looking to start a family, or are looking to change their contraception entirely.

  • An IUD is a T shaped, copper device
  • It lasts up to 12 years, but can be removed whenever you wish
  • ‘Fit and Forget’ Protection reduces the possibility of accidental pregnancy
  • It can be fitted at any point during your cycle
  • Doesn’t protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections

IUS (Intrauterine system):

The IUS, is another type of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) which differs from the IUD through its method of protection. An IUS has an additional hormonal element, which helps protect patients from unwanted pregnancy.

  • IUS is a spherical or T-shaped device which contains hormones to help stop accidental pregnancies.
  • It lasts for up to 5 years, but can be removed whenever you wish.
  • It works immediately and can be fitted at any point in your cycle.
  • Doesn’t protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Benefits of an Coil IUD/IUS:

  • The longevity of these devices means that you can simply ‘Fit and Forget’. Rather than remembering to take oral contraceptives daily, an IUD can last for almost 10 years and an IUS nearly 5 years.
  • Safe to use whilst breastfeeding
  • Easily removed with no last effect on fertility
  • Safe contraceptive option for those sensitive to hormonal birth control
  • Some women experience decreased discomfort and pain accompanying their periods.

Procedure of Contraceptive Coil Fitting:

Fitting an Contraceptive Coil IUD/IUS

Once you have an initial appointment with the gynaecologist, we will fit the IUD or copper coil and ius or mirena coil immediately. Most patients leave our clinic with their coil properly fitted in place. On the other hand, it might be required to arrange for a second appointment after the last period when your cervix is more flexible to fit the coil. Thus, the method of coil fitting will require five minutes, on an average.

We provide you with the suitable option of performing pelvic ultrasound scan to check the condition of uterus and know where the device need to be placed. The coil is inserted through the cervix and vagina, which is then followed by another ultrasound so that it gets positioned correctly. Hence, the attached thread is trimmed at your cervix for future removal.

We use anesthetic gel to ensure you have the most comfortable procedure possible. Extra pain relief can also be administered if necessary.

Procedure of Contraceptive Coil Removal:

Removing an Contraceptive Coil IUD/IUS

Your coil can be removed any time you wish.

If do not want to have another coil inserted and do not want to conceive now, then we would suggest using additional contraception for 7 days prior to the removal.
As soon as the IUD is removed, it is possible to fall pregnant.

IUD/IUS Coil Fitting or Removal Cost in London:

  • Coil Fitting – £150
  • Coil Removal – £150
    • Remove an old coil and fit a new one – £200
    • Copper Coil – £150
    • Mirena Coil – £250

Please note, the cost for the coil itself is in addition to the fitting or removal procedure.

What to Expect at Your Contraceptive Coil Fitting IUD/IUS:

Our Consultant Gynaecologist will perform an examination to determine the size and position of your cervix. They will then proceed to fit the coil, under the guidance of an ultrasound if necessary.

You should expect the fitting to take between 10 and 15 minutes.

The fitting process can be painful or uncomfortable for some women, however our gynaecologist is extremely experienced and will not rush the process. We can provide you with some numbing creams if necessary. The most important thing is your safety and comfort.

FAQs of Contraceptive Coil:

Is it painful to insert an IUD?

A coil fitting is typically uncomfortable, but not painful. Local anesthesia may be applied to the cervix before the insertion to help with the discomfort.

Can a woman who never had a baby use an IUD?

We have coils in stock specifically designed for ladies who have not delivered a baby – the Kyleena coil.

Can the IUD be used as a type of emergency contraceptive?

The IUD can be used as emergency contraception and must be inserted within 5 to 8 days, after having unsafe sex.

Can an IUD affect my periods?

Women with an IUD may experience a heavier flow than normal to begin with.

Will my partner or I feel it during intercourse?

Neither you nor your partner should feel the IUD. If you do, please arrange a follow up free of charge.

How long does an IUD last?

An IUD can be left in place from 5 to 10 years. After this, it should be replaced with a new device.

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    London W1G 6AT, UK
  • 020 7183 0435
  • Mon - Fri : 9 am to 9 pm
    Sat : 10 am to 2 pm