Contraception Coil Options

Private contraceptive coil options in London in a comfortable and confidential environment.

Private Contraception Coil Options in London

The role of the contraception coil is vital in reproductive healthcare, empowering individuals to make informed choices about their fertility and family planning. It helps prevent unintended pregnancies and allows for better control over timing.

Access to reliable methods reduces risks to maternal and infant health. Today, we are fortunate to have a wide range of options available to meet individual needs.

My Healthcare Clinic offers private contraceptive coil options in London in a comfortable and confidential environment. Book your appointment with us today.

What Types of Contraceptive Coils Are Available?

The contraceptive coil is a small T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus (womb) to provide highly effective contraception. It serves as a long-acting and reliable method to prevent unintended pregnancies.

There are two types of contraceptive coils available, the Copper Coil and the Hormonal Coil.

Copper Coil (IUD) or Non hormonal Coil

What is an Intrauterine device (IUD)?

A copper coil, also known as an Intrauterine Device (IUD), is a small T-shaped device made of plastic with a copper wire wrapped around the stem.

The copper coil works by:

  • Releasing copper into the uterus: The copper coil releases small amounts of copper into the uterus. The presence of copper creates a hostile environment for sperm, making it difficult for them to travel and reach the egg for fertilisation.
  • Thickening the cervical mucus: The copper coil also thickens the mucus in the cervix, which is the neck of the womb. This thickened mucus forms a plug that acts as a barrier, preventing sperm from entering the womb and reaching the egg.

Together, these mechanisms provide effective contraception by hindering sperm mobility and fertilisation, ensuring reliable protection against unplanned pregnancy.

Effectiveness of an IUD

The IUS is highly effective in preventing pregnancy. It's considered to be one of the most reliable forms of contraception available.

Only around 1-2 out of every 100 women using the IUD as contraception will become pregnant over five years of use, compared to 80 out of 100 women using no contraception.

It offers excellent protection against unintended pregnancies.

Benefits of using an IUD

There are several benefits when using an IUD or copper coil as your preferred method of contraception, which includes:

  • Long-term contraception: The copper coil can provide effective contraception for up to 10 years, making it a convenient option for women who want a reliable method without the need for daily or monthly maintenance.
  • Immediate effectiveness: The copper coil can be inserted immediately after childbirth or abortion, providing immediate protection against pregnancy.
  • Reversible contraception: Once the copper coil is removed, fertility is usually restored quickly, allowing women to plan for future pregnancies.
  • Non-interference with sexual activity: One of the great advantages of an IUD is that it doesn't interfere with your sexual activity. It stays in place inside the uterus, providing continuous protection without affecting your sexual pleasure or intimacy.
  • Compatibility with other medications: Another benefit of using an IUD is that it doesn't interact with any other medication you may be taking. This makes it a suitable option for individuals who require ongoing medication for other health conditions.
  • Safe in breastfeeding: For breastfeeding individuals, an IUD is considered safe to use. It doesn't affect milk production or the quality of breast milk, allowing you to effectively manage your contraception needs without compromising your breastfeeding journey.

IUD copper coil side effects

While most women tolerate the copper coil well, some may experience side effects, including:

  • Heavier or more painful periods: Copper may increase menstrual flow and cause more discomfort during periods.

Hormone Coil (IUS)

What is Intrauterine system (IUS)?

The hormonal coil also referred to as an Intrauterine system( IUS), is a small, plastic T-shaped device that slowly releases a hormone called progesterone.

The hormonal coil works by:

  • Thickening the cervical mucus: The hormonal coil thickens the mucus in the cervix, which is the neck of the womb. This thickened mucus forms a plug, creating a barrier that prevents sperm from entering the womb.
  • Thinning the uterine lining: The hormonal coil also makes the lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium, thinner. This change in the endometrium makes it less receptive to implantation, meaning that even if fertilisation occurs, the fertilised egg is unlikely to implant into the womb.
  • Inhibiting ovulation: In some women, the hormonal coil can also prevent the release of an egg from the ovary, known as ovulation. By inhibiting ovulation, the hormonal coil further reduces the chances of pregnancy.

As a result of these mechanisms, periods can become lighter, less painful, or, in some cases, stop completely.

The hormonal coil, such as the Mirena hormonal coil, provides effective contraception while offering potential benefits of menstrual symptom relief.

How effective is an IUS?

It is widely regarded as the most effective form of contraception available. Its effectiveness is remarkable, with only around 2 in 1,000 women using the IUS experiencing pregnancy each year, compared to 800 out of 1,000 women using no contraception.

One notable advantage of the IUS is that since the progesterone is released locally, it typically does not cause the systemic side effects often associated with hormone pills.

Benefits of using an IUS

There are numerous benefits to using the IUS or hormonal coil as your preferred method of contraception, which includes:

  • Highly effective contraception: The hormonal coil is considered one of the most effective contraceptive methods available, with a failure rate of less than 1%. It provides reliable protection against unintended pregnancies.
  • Long-lasting contraception: Once the hormonal coil is inserted, it can provide effective contraception for several years, depending on the specific type. This eliminates the need for frequent replacements or daily maintenance, providing convenience and peace of mind.
  • Convenience and ease of use: Once inserted, the hormonal coil requires minimal effort or attention. You don't need to worry about taking a daily pill or using contraception before sexual activity. It offers ongoing protection without requiring active participation during intimate moments.
  • Lighter and less painful periods: The hormonal coil has the added benefit of reducing menstrual bleeding and alleviating menstrual pain. It can result in lighter periods and fewer menstrual cramps, improving overall comfort and quality of life.
  • Non-interference with sexual activity: The hormonal coil stays in place inside the uterus, providing continuous contraception without interfering with sexual activity. It does not affect sexual pleasure or intimacy.
  • Reversible contraception: Once the hormonal coil is removed, fertility typically returns quickly, allowing individuals to plan for future pregnancies when they are ready.
  • Localised hormone release: Unlike oral contraceptive pills, which deliver hormones throughout the body, the hormonal IUS releases progesterone directly into the uterus. This localised hormone release reduces the likelihood of systemic side effects commonly associated with hormonal contraception.
  • No interaction with other medications: The hormones released by the IUS do not interact with other medications you may be taking. This makes it a suitable option for individuals who require ongoing medication for other health conditions.
  • Safe in breastfeeding: The hormonal IUS is considered safe to use while breastfeeding. It does not affect milk production or the quality of breast milk, allowing individuals to effectively manage their contraception needs without compromising their breastfeeding journey.

IUS hormonal coil side effects

The hormonal coil is considered very safe, and the side effects tend to be mild and temporary.

Some women may experience side effects with the hormonal coil, such as:

  • Irregular bleeding or spotting: It is common to experience irregular bleeding or spotting during the first few months after insertion. However, this usually improves over time.
  • Changes in menstrual patterns: Some women may experience changes in their menstrual cycle, including lighter or shorter periods.

Coil fitting in London

Before Insertion

Before the coil insertion, you will have an initial consultation with a member of our dedicated team to discuss your contraception needs and suitability.

During the consultation you will be able to ask any questions or share any concerns you may have.

Our doctor will review your medical history and conduct a suitability assessment to determine if a coil (IUD or IUS) is the right choice for you. If deemed suitable, a time will be arranged for you to have the coil fitted at one of our clinics.

During Insertion

The coil fitting procedure typically takes place within seven days of your last period, as the cervix tends to be more responsive during this time. However, it can be fitted at any time during your menstrual cycle.

The coil is inserted by one of our nurses or doctors through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. Two fine threads attached to the bottom of the coil are trimmed but left at the top of the vagina.

These threads serve two purposes: they allow you to check that the coil is in place, and they are used by our doctor for removal in the future.

During the procedure, you may experience some period-like cramps, but this discomfort usually settles down within a few days.

After Insertion

Following the coil insertion, it is common to experience some cramping or spotting for a few days.

It is advisable to follow the guidance provided by our doctors, which may include refraining from sexual intercourse for a short period of time to allow for proper settling of the coil. This precaution helps ensure the effectiveness of the contraception and minimises any discomfort.

To ensure the coil is properly in place and functioning as intended, a follow-up appointment will typically be scheduled around four weeks after insertion.

During this appointment, our doctor will perform a speculum examination to check the positioning of the coil and ensure its correct placement within the uterus.

This follow-up appointment provides reassurance and allows for any necessary adjustments or further guidance.

Cost of Contraception Coils in London

At My Healthcare Clinic, we offer the following affordable rates.

Copper Coil Fitting (30 mins)
Includes pre-procedure GP consultation, coil fitting and cost of coil
Mirena Coil Fitting (30 mins)
Includes pre-procedure GP consultation, coil fitting and cost of coil
Coil Removal (30 mins) £200
Copper Coil Removal and Refitting (40 mins)
Includes pre-procedure GP consultation and coil refitting
Mirena Coil Removal and Refitting (40 mins)
Includes pre-procedure GP consultation and coil refitting
GP consultation (pre-procedure) (20 mins) £95

Where packages are selected, please note that a GP consultation will be deducted from the initial package. All packages will be booked after the initial consultation.

Visit our Fees page for more information on our services and costs, as well as our cancellation policy.

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My Healthcare Clinic For Your Contraception Coil

When it comes to choosing a provider for your contraception coils, My Healthcare Clinic offers a trusted and reliable contraception coil option in London at one of our clinics near you.

Our clinic provides a comfortable and supportive environment where experienced healthcare professionals ensure personalised care and guidance throughout your contraceptive journey.

Our team of experts prioritise your well-being, offering comprehensive consultations, expert fitting procedures, and follow-up appointments to address any concerns.

With a commitment to excellence and a focus on patient satisfaction, My Healthcare Clinic is dedicated to providing high-quality contraception services that prioritise your health and peace of mind.

Book Your Appointment

To book an in-clinic or video GP Consultation with our doctors click on the Book Now button and select a date and time that is convenient.

Contraceptive Consultation with a GP

Coil Removal

Please note that coil fittings and coil removal and refittings will be booked separately, after your initial GP consultation.

Our Locations

Contraception coil options are available at the following MyHealthcare Clinics:

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information on coil contraception options, please read our FAQs:

How long is the appointment?

The duration of the appointment for coil removal is approximately 20 minutes. For coil insertion, the appointment typically lasts around 45 minutes. If both coil removal and insertion are performed during the same appointment, the duration can extend to approximately 60 minutes.

Do I need any tests before having an IUD?

If you are at risk of having an STI, then we can offer an STI test simultaneously with your coil fitting. We can notify you of the results and offer treatment for any positive results.

When is the best time to fit the coil?

A coil can be fitted at any point in your cycle as long as there is no risk of pregnancy. You are advised not to have unprotected sex after your last period until your fitting appointment.

I am having my period. Can I still have my coil fitted?

You can still have your coil fitted when you are on your period, so there is no need to cancel. Sometimes it can make fitting easier as the cervix is more pliable.

How will I feel after the IUD fitted?

Some women describe cramping period-like pain and some slight spotting after fitting. This usually settles after a few days with over-the-counter pain relief.

What happens after the coil fitting?

After the fitting, you will be booked an appointment for a check in 4 weeks. At this appointment, the Doctor will check your coil thread and answer any further questions you might have

What are the coil threads, and how do I feel about them?

The coil threads are attached to the end of the coil. They can be felt with your fingers at the centre of the cervix, which is at the top of the vagina.

We ask women to check their threads initially every four weeks after fitting to ensure the coil has not moved out of place, especially after a period. This can then be extended to every few months.

If you cannot feel the threads or are not unsure about what you are feel, contact us at the clinic.

Is the contraceptive coil safe to use?

Yes, the contraceptive coil is considered safe for use as a long-term contraceptive option. It is approved by medical authorities and extensively tested for safety and effectiveness.

Is a contraceptive coil an effective means of birth control?

Absolutely, the contraceptive coil is highly effective in preventing pregnancy. With a failure rate of less than 1%, it is considered one of the most reliable forms of contraception available.

Do you still get periods on the coil?

While using the hormonal contraceptive coil, it is common to have periods still, although they may become lighter, shorter, or less frequent. Some individuals may experience changes in their menstrual patterns. You will get periods on the copper coil, but it might be heavier, more painful and last longer.

Is having a coil fitted painful?

The experience of having a coil fitted can vary from person to person, but most individuals report mild to moderate discomfort or cramping during the procedure. Doctors take measures to minimise any potential pain and discomfort.

Who can and cannot use an IUS?

Most individuals can use an Intrauterine System (IUS) as a form of contraception. However, there are certain medical conditions or factors that may make it unsuitable. It is recommended to consult with our doctors to determine individual eligibility.

How long do I have to wait after I have an IUD fitted for it to be effective?

The effectiveness of an IUD begins immediately if it is inserted within the first seven days of your period. If the IUD is inserted at any other time, it is advisable to use additional contraception for seven days.

How soon after I have a coil removed can I get pregnant?

Fertility can return quickly after coil removal, and it is possible to become pregnant as soon as the coil is removed. There is no required waiting period for conception.

Will my partner be able to feel the strings or the coil when we have sex?

While it is rare, some partners may feel the strings of the coil during sex. However, the strings can be trimmed to minimise any potential sensation.

How long after I have my baby can I have a coil fitted?

You can have a coil fitted after childbirth, and the timing may vary depending on individual circumstances. It is recommended to consult with our team to determine the appropriate timing for your specific situation.

I am on other medication. Can I still have a coil fitted?

In most cases, other medications do not interfere with coil fitting. However, it is important to inform the doctor about any medications you are taking for an individual assessment of compatibility.

Will having a coil fitted make me put on weight?

Weight gain is not a common side effect of having a coil fitted. It is important to note that individual experiences may vary.

Will my cervical, womb, or ovarian cancer risk increase with a coil?

No, the use of a coil does not increase the risk of cervical, womb, or ovarian cancer. In fact, it may have protective effects against certain types of cancer. Regular screening and monitoring are still recommended as part of overall healthcare.

PLEASE NOTE: This information is not intended for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription or clinical assessment. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should contact us directly for a consultation.