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Your intrauterine contraception (‘coil’) clinic appointment

What should I do before coming?

There are two types of intrauterine contraception (IUC) which we can fit, a hormonal and non-hormonal option.

Your healthcare professional will discuss these options with you, but it can be helpful if you know which option you would prefer.

 

This video is useful to view before coming 

Hormonal (levonorgestrel) Intrauterine Contraception

Non-hormonal (copper) Intrauterine Contraception

 

What will happen at my appointment?

After checking in at reception, you will be called into the clinic by a doctor or nurse. They will talk to you about the options and check this is a suitable method of contraception for you. They will ask you about any illnesses or operations you or your family may have had. They will also discuss sexual health and cervical screening with you.

If suitable they will be able to fit your chosen method of IUC for you during the appointment. The appointment generally lasts for 30 minutes.

When can it be fitted?

To ensure we are able to safely fit your intrauterine contraception it is important that:

  •  You avoid any unprotected sex after your last period.
  • This means using condoms consistently and correctly, or using another form of reliable hormonal contraception such as the combined pill, patch or ring, progestogen-only pill, injection or implant.
  • If you are not having regular periods you should use effective contraception or avoid sex for at least 3 weeks before having your IUC fitted.
  • If you are having your IUC replaced you should use contraception or avoid sex for one week before, in case there is any difficulty fitting the new IUC after the old one has been removed.
  • You will be having a procedure and some people may feel a little faint or unwell. We ask that if you need to bring children with you that someone is able to look after them. We are unable to provide any childcare.
  • Have a light meal before attending your appointment.
  • Some people experience cramping after the procedure. It may be helpful to take some simple painkillers before attending.

How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment phone us on 0141 211 8130. The line is open Mondays to Fridays from 8.30am - 4.30pm, except public holidays. Our phone lines are busiest in the morning. If you can’t get through when you first call, then please try again later.