Women ask us lots of questions about getting a contraceptive coil fitted – so we’re working on everything you ever wanted to know about the coil to help cover everything. If you want anything in particular covered, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, we’ve summarised a few key points below:
- To get a coil fitted you need to go to a GP surgery or sexual health clinic where some staff are trained to fit them. You can contact your GP and ask if they fit coils, or search for clinics that fit coils.
- The copper coil can be fitted at any time during your monthly period cycle, as long as you’re not pregnant (although you may prefer to get it fitted when you’re not on your period).
- Your doctor or nurse will do some tests to make sure that you can have the coil – like making sure that you’re not pregnant and checking for STIs.
- During your coil fitting, a doctor or nurse will use a speculum (like when you have a smear test) to open up your vagina and then insert the coil through the cervix into the womb. Most women find this uncomfortable.
- The copper IUD works to prevent pregnancy immediately after it is fitted.
- You may be asked to go back for a check up 3-6 weeks after getting it fitted. You will also be taught how to feel the threads which hang down through the neck of the womb into the top of the vagina – this is how you know the coil is in place.