Your comfort comes first
All appointments are highly confidential.
Contraceptive coil fittings and removals can be stressful. Whether you’re anxious about the procedure or have had a negative prior experience, our NHS-trained specialists are here to make this experience as comfortable and painless as possible.
Consultation Fee: £50
(not included in cost of procedures)
- NHS-trained specialists
- Experience of complex insertions & removals
How our Coil Fittings & Removals Work
Approx. 30 minutes long including time for the consultation and procedure
Step 1: Pre-consultation phone call
We begin with a quick call to understand your reasons for booking and discuss when it would be best to come in.
Step 2: Settle in
When you arrive for the appointment, we introduce ourselves, explain the way in which we work and will offer you a warm beverage.
Step 3: Begin with the initial consultation
Sexual & Contraceptive History
We will then turn to some personal questions regarding your sexual and contraceptive history.
We may need to carry out a physical examination before the procedure.
This will be necessary before removal of the coil and can also help to decide which type of coil is best for you.
Step 4: Confirm the decision to have the coil fitted or removed
We take great care to ensure you are comfortable, so it is important to let us know about any worries you might have during the consultation.
Step 5: Proceed with the procedure
We are available to address any concerns after the procedure to make sure that everything is fine.
Consultation fee (of £50) not included in the cost of procedures
(excl. cost of coil)£100
Simple Coil Removal & Fitting
(excl. cost of coil)£200
Copper Coil IUD
(free if from GP)£30
Hormonal Coil IUS
(free if from GP)£50-100
Simple Coil Removal
(end of thread can be felt)£100
(end of thread cannot be felt)£300
What is a Contraceptive Coil?
An Intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) is a small plastic/copper device – the size of a 50 pence – which sits in the uterine cavity.
There are two types of Contraceptive Coils:
- Copper bearing device
- Hormonal bearing device
Side effects of the Copper Coil:
As this is not a hormonal method of contraception, there are no hormonal side effects. It is important to realise that some women do have premenstrual symptoms, but this method will not affect these. It can, however cause longer, heavier and more painful periods and may increase menstrual cramps and vaginal discharge in some women.
Side effects of the IUS Coil:
Hormonal side effects with the IUS include, breast tenderness, bloating, skin changes, mood changes, headaches/migraines, hirsutism, irregular bleeding patterns, amenorrhoea (no bleeding), painful bleeds, back pain and change in vaginal discharge.
Please note: Risks involved with either IUCD device include a risk of perforation of the uterus, expulsion by the body of the device and infection due to fitting procedure.
When should I have a coil fitted?
Either device can be fitted at anytime during the menstrual cycle, as long as there is no risk of pregnancy. Abstaining from sex is usually required for up to 3 weeks before fitting or none since last period. A pregnancy test will be required if in any doubt.
An IUCD can be used to prevent a pregnancy after a method failure/unprotected sex.
This requires specific details of LMP/last sex/last unprotected sex so the clinician can decide if this method is relevant. As a rule of thumb, it can be fitted upto 5 days after UPSI or up to 5 days after estimated ovulation.
How does the contraceptive coil work?
The Copper Coil will: provide a toxic element to the egg, sperm and uterine cavity.
The IUS Coil will: inhibit ovulation, thicken cervical mucus and the effect of the womb lining.
Is coil removal & fitting painful?
It can be mildly painful to have the coil inserted or removed.
Our specialists will walk you through what to expect and how to be prepared during the consultation. You may ask any questions you may have then and discuss ways in which to make the procedure more comfortable.