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If you are considering a coil (intrauterine device) for contraception

We strongly recommend that you watch this film IUS IUD (contraceptive coil) (8 mins, copyright NHS Lothian 2017), as it gives you all the information you need about intra-uterine methods.

The adjacent form will help you decide if you are ready to have the IUD/IUS fitted.

 About the coil:

A doctor or nurse will discuss your contraceptive needs and explain the pros and cons of the coil. They will decide if a hormone coil (Mirena) or a copper coil (IUD) will be best for you. We will try to fit your coil on your first appointment but this may not always be possible.

A coil fitting appointment usually takes about 30 minutes; this will include a consultation, examination, possible testing for infection and coil fitting. Please make sure you have plenty of time for your appointment. Where possible please find childcare for small children.

It is very important that there is no possibility that you are pregnant at the time of a coil fitting - so please make sure that you have used contraception carefully for at least three weeks before your appointment.

It is normal to have erratic bleeding or sometimes heavy bleeding after a coil fitting but if you develop a smelly discharge or pain this could be a sign of infection, please contact us for advice.

Women who have a hormone (Mirena) coil fitted should expect some irregular bleeding which may last for a few months. For this reason it may be sensible to avoid fitting the Mirena coil just before a special event e.g. a holiday.

Will I need painkillers?

Some women do find coil fitting uncomfortable, we suggest that you take your usual painkillers, e.g. two 500mg Paracetamol tablets or one 400mg Ibuprofen tablet one hour prior to the coil fitting.

Many women have a crampy period type pain and light discharge for a few days afterwards. Women who have a hormone (Mirena) coil fitted should expect some irregular bleeding which may last for a few months. For this reason it may be sensible to avoid fitting the Mirena coil just before a special event e.g. a holiday. It is normal to have erratic bleeding or sometimes heavy bleeding after a coil fitting but if you develop a smelly discharge or pain this could be a sign of infection, please contact us for advice.