The Gynae UK, located on Harley Street, is one of the most trusted private gynaecology practices in Marylebone, London for fitting and removal of contraceptive coils. We deal in both copper (IUD) and hormonal (IUS) coils. After you’ve booked your appointment with us, our private gynaecologist will involve you in a discussion to help choose the ideal contraceptive coil option. The extensive consultation followed by the coil fitting procedure usually lasts about half an hour.
The consultant gynaecologist at Gynae UK will start with a physical examination to determine the position and size of your cervix. Then she will proceed to fit the coil using ultrasound if required. The overall procedure will get over by 10 to 15 minutes.
Some women complain about the coil fitting procedure being painful and uncomfortable although our gynaecologist is highly trained and experienced in this particular field. At Gynae UK your comfort level and safety are the two most crucial aspects that we’re concerned about while fitting the contraceptive coil. We provide with numbing creams to minimise the pain and discomfort.
It is also commonly known as the non-hormonal coil or copper coil and is a tiny piece of flexible plastic. Your gynaecologist will place it into the uterus to protect you from getting pregnant. This device can be easily removed once you decide to get pregnant or choose any other alternative contraception procedure.
The IUD contraceptive device is ideal for just any woman. However, at Gynae UK our gynaecologist first enquires about your overall health and any medical condition that you may be suffering from. Questions will also be asked about your family medical history. Based on the facts the doctor will decide if it is the most suitable contraception procedure for you.
An IUD is often ruled out for a woman in the following cases:
The IUS is yet another type of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) device. It differs from the copper coil or IUD in the sense that the device comes with an additional hormonal element to protect you from unwanted pregnancy.
The IUS offers more benefits than you can count including the following:
Ideally, the IUS hormonal coil can be used by any woman. But the consultant gynaecologist at Gynae UK will first explore your medical history along with that of your family to pass on the final verdict. The IUS hormonal coil mostly suites women, who cannot consume the oestrogen hormone encapsulated in a pill.
However, the IUS contraceptive device is not recommended to the following women:
The IUD or IUS coil can be removed anytime you want. However, make sure to get it removed only by a pair of trained and skilled hands. Do not rely on any untrained individual for coil removal under any condition. You can get naturally pregnant once the coil is removed. At Gynae UK, we suggest people book an appointment for coil removal in advance. Our experts have a high success rate in coil removal.
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Most women will experience pain and discomfort during the process. However, the pain is known to last for a short while and can be quite similar to menstrual cramps. The fitting is likely to be less painful if you’ve previously had a vagina birth since the vagina has been stretched.
Your partner may not be able to feel the thread during sex. However, if he gets to feel the thread, inform your GP, just to be sure your intrauterine device is properly positioned
You may experience irregular bleeding from time to time, especially during the first few months after your IUD has been fitted.
Well, yes! You can easily use your tampons, pads or mooncups while using the IUD.
The probability of such occurrence is quite low, but your doctor or GP will likely teach you how to feel for the threads and how to ensure that the IUD is properly fitted. However, if you can’t feel the threads or you think the IUD might have moved, the next line of action should be to contact your doctor. If you must have sex, use extra contraception like a condom until you have been properly checked by your doctor. This will help mitigate against the risk of pregnancy.
Although your chances of getting pregnant when the IUD is fitted is quite low, If you get pregnant, there is a possible risk of you having an ectopic pregnancy.
The IUD will need to be constantly checked by the doctor after three to six weeks of fitting the device to ensure there is no form of complication. It is often advised that you talk to your doctor if you notice any difficulty or problems after the initial check.
If you are between 40 years of age or older, you can still have your IUD fitted until you have reached your menopause.
Yes, the IUD can still be used by women who are breast feeding. However, you may need to wait for at least four to six weeks after giving birth before using the IUD.
The IUD can be used as emergency contraception and must be inserted within 5 to 8 days, after having unprotected sex.
We have coils in stock specifically designed for ladies who have not delivered a baby – the Kyleena coil.
Before the insertion of the IUS, you will be tested for any STIs or sexually transmitted infection, and then treated if you have any. The coil can be inserted at any time during your monthly cycle. It is just not done when you are pregnant.
Inserting the hormonal coil can be uncomfortable and a bit painful. It can be less painful if you have had a natural vaginal birth because the cervix has already been previously stretched. You will be asked to lie down with your knees bent. A speculum (the same instrument used when having a smear test) is used to hold your vagina open. An anesthetic will be applied, and forceps will be used to steady the cervix to check the position and size of your womb using a sterile probe. The coil which comes with its arms folded in a tube is inserted into the vagina via the cervix into the womb. The tube is then pulled out, leaving the coil in place.
Before removing the speculum, the coil springs are cut, leaving about 1 - 2 cm hanging down at the top of the vagina so you can feel it to be sure it's still in place. The procedure takes about 5 minutes, and some people experience cramps afterward. Pain killers can relieve this pain.
The IUS can be gotten for free on the NHS. You might want to speak with your physician before getting one. It can be inserted by GPs and sexual health clinics, and even your doctor.
If inserted in the first 5 days of your menstrual cycle, it will begin to protect you from pregnancy immediately. If inserted at any other time, you will have to use additional contraception for a week.
There has not been enough evidence to prove that IUS will make you gain weight.
No evidence shows that an IUS will increase the risk of developing ovarian, cervical or uterine cancer.
In very few cases, about 1 in 1000 cases, the IUS can create a small tiny hole in the neck of the womb during insertion. The risk of the IUS perforating your womb is very low. However, contact your GP if there is pain after insertion; if there is perforation, the IUS will be removed through surgery. Otherwise, it doesn't affect your fertility, as you can remove it whenever you want to get pregnant.
There are two thin threads in the coil that hangs down into the top of your vagina from your womb. These threads are meant to indicate the presence of the coil. If you cannot feel the threads anymore or you think the IUS has moved, you should see a doctor or nurse immediately.
Not feeling the threads anymore means you might not be protected anymore against pregnancy, due to this; you should use extra contraception or avoid sex until the IUS has been checked.
The IUS can be removed whenever you want, but only by a doctor or nurse. Removing the IUS is relatively easier than insertion, and takes about 30 seconds.
This is highly unlikely, but not impossible. If you get pregnant while using an IUS, it should be removed as quickly as possible. You should also be scanned to be sure the pregnancy is not ectopic.
The uterus can push out the hormonal coil, but this usually happens after the coil has been placed. Although it is unlikely, it is not uncommon either. You will be taught by the doctor and nurse to check for the coil threads at monthly intervals to ensure it is still there.