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Top five facts about the coil

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How much do you know about the coil? You’ve probably heard that for many women, it’s a tried and trusted form of contraception. But did you know that for others, it’s an effective way of treating heavy periods? And for some, it’s a vital part of their HRT treatment? Read on for five more fascinating facts from Dr Susie Martin.

1. There are actually two different kinds of coil

There’s the intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) also known as the ‘copper coil’, and there’s the intrauterine system (IUS) also known as the ‘hormonal coil’. Both work by preventing sperm from reaching the womb and fertilising an egg.

2. It’s relatively quick and easy to fit

First, you’ll need to have a vaginal examination – here the doctor will pass a small instrument into your uterus to check the size and position. They’ll then fit the coil using a small insertion device. If they’re fitting a IUCD, they’ll show you how to feel the threads so you can check it remains in place. It’s best to check the threads regularly, for example once a month just after your period.

3. It can be fitted at any time

Coil fitting is usually done towards the end of your period or shortly afterwards, that way the doctor can be sure you’re not pregnant, although it could be fitted at any time.

4. It’s highly effective

Both forms of the coil are highly effective, reliable forms of contraception. The IUCD doesn’t interfere with the body’s natural cycle, and in most cases the IUS reduces the symptoms associated with periods. In fact, once it’s fitted, some women don’t have periods at all.

5. It can last for years

Here at YourGP, we offer a range of options; the new Kyleena IUS coil which lasts for 3 years, and the Mirena IUS coil which lasts for 5 years. We also offer IUCD’s which can last for 5-10 years.

To find out which option is best for you, or to find out more about any form of contraception, book an appointment with Dr Susie Martin. She offers confidential advice and a quick turnaround, should you wish to go ahead with a coil fitting. In fact, she’s happy to carry out the insertion in the same appointment as your assessment.

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