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

The intrauterine contraceptive devices (also known as coils) are a convenient method of contraception for every woman. At our private gynaecology clinic in Harley Street, London, we have specialists who can perform coil fitting or remove both copper (IUD) and hormonal (IUS). If you want to go for contraceptive coil removal or insertion process, you can book an appointment through our online form or call us on 020 7183 0435.

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

Once you’ve made your decision, the coil will be fitted straight away and you can leave the clinic fully protected after just one visit.

What is a Contraceptive Coil?

The contraceptive coil is a small T-shaped implant that can be placed into your womb to prevent you from getting pregnant.

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 referred to as ‘the coil’ is a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC). It gets fitted above the cervix where it stays until it needs to be replaced. This is usually done when women are looking to start a family, or want 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 want
  • ‘Fit and Forget’ Protection reduces the possibility of accidental pregnancy
  • It can be fitted at any point during your cycle
  • It 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 that protects 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 want.
  • It works immediately and can be fitted at any point in your cycle.
  • It doesn’t protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Benefits of an IUD/IUS Coil:

  • The longevity of these devices means you can simply ‘Fit and Forget’. Rather than taking oral contraceptives daily, an IUD can last for almost 10 years and an IUS nearly for 5 years.
  • Safe to use at the time of 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 during their periods.

Procedure of Contraceptive Coil Fitting:

Fitting an Contraceptive Coil

Once you have scheduled an initial appointment with the gynaecologist, we will fit the IUD or copper coil and IUS or hormonal coil immediately. Most patients leave the 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 perform the most comfortable procedure. Extra pain relief can also be administered, if necessary.

Procedure of Contraceptive Coil Removal:

Removing an Contraceptive Coil

Your coil can be removed any time you want.

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

How much does it cost to get a Coil Fitted and Removed?

Fitting and removal services are delivered by our consultant gynaecologist and the following prices are inclusive of consultation and consumables:

  • Coil Removal - £400
  • Copper Coil Fitting - £550
  • Hormonal Coil Fitting - £650
  • Remove an old coil and fit a new one £550 + price of the Coil (£150 copper / £250 hormonal)

Please note that the above prices are inclusive of any consultation fees (normally £250)

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What to Expect at Your Contraceptive Coil Fitting:

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 somewhere 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 for your comfort, if necessary.

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 an 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 for 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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