Suite A, 117A Harley St, Marylebone,
London W1G 6AT, UK
Mon - Fri : 9 am to 9 pm
Sat : 10 am to 2 pm
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.
The two kinds of contraceptive coils are:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please note, the cost for the coil itself is in addition to the fitting or removal procedure.
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.
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.
We have coils in stock specifically designed for ladies who have not delivered a baby – the Kyleena coil.
The IUD can be used as emergency contraception and must be inserted within 5 to 8 days, after having unsafe sex.
Women with an IUD may experience a heavier flow than normal to begin with.
Neither you nor your partner should feel the IUD. If you do, please arrange a follow up free of charge.
An IUD can be left in place from 5 to 10 years. After this, it should be replaced with a new device.