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    Private GP Services & Occupational Healthcare in Edinburgh, UK.

    Coil Fitting

    Private Coil Fitting Edinburgh

    Types of Coil Fitting

    There are two types of coil available for use.  Both are highly effective, reliable forms of contraception.

    The intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) also known as ‘the copper coil’ sits inside the womb (uterus). Once fitted, it can stay there for up to ten years. Most women who use an IUCD have no problems with it.  Occasionally, it can make periods heavier, but it does not interfere with the body’s natural cycle.

    The intrauterine system (IUS), also known as the ‘hormonal coil’, is also available in the UK. The IUS sits inside the womb. Once fitted, it works as a contraceptive for three years or five years. Most women who use an IUS have no problems with it.  Many women experience a reduction in the symptoms associated with periods, and some women do not experience periods at all. It can also be used to treat heavy periods (menorrhagia).

    The copper coil works mainly by making it difficult for sperm to fertilise an egg. This means it prevents sperm from getting in through the cervix, and from travelling through the womb. It also makes your womb lining much less likely to accept an egg.

    The hormonal coil works differently because it contains a progestogen hormone. The hormone thickens the mucus in the neck of the womb (cervix) which forms a plug to stop sperm from getting through to fertilise an egg. The hormone also makes the lining of your womb very much thinner which makes it unlikely a fertilised egg will be able to implant. Also, as a consequence, it makes your periods very much lighter – indeed they may disappear altogether.

    How Coil Fitting Works

    Coil fitting is usually done towards the end of your period or shortly afterwards, as this tends to be more comfortable for you. Also, the doctor can be sure you are not pregnant. It can be fitted at any time provided you are certain you are not pregnant.

    You will need to have a vaginal examination whereby the doctor will pass a small instrument into your womb (uterus) to check size and position. The coil is then fitted using a small insertion device. You will be shown how to feel the threads of the IUCD so you can check it remains in place. It is best to check the threads regularly – for example, once a month just after your period.

    The procedure can be a little uncomfortable. Just after the IUS is fitted some women have cramp-like pains like period pains for a few hours. These can be eased with routine painkillers. Light vaginal bleeding for a short while is normal.  Rare complications of coil fitting include infection, bleeding, expulsion and uterine perforation. You will be fully counselled about possible side effects and risks associated with  this procedure at your initial consultation.

    Private Coil Fitting Price

    Due to the individual nature of this service, and the individual needs of the patient, we ask that patients contact us before booking an appointment to discuss needs. This will allow us to give a bespoke price for the appointment.

    Coil Fitting Availability

    Please note that we do not currently have immediate availability for coil fitting procedure. Our team can take your details and we will be in touch when we have appointments available. Just call us on 0131 225 5656 to be added to the waiting list.

    Just a massive thank you for being so willing to help us out. I was kept up to date in all email communication between the two clinics which I found very reassuring. I honestly can not emphasize enough how grateful we both are that the clinic was able to help us out with the Zita West fertility tests. We really did not know what we were going to do after the mix up with the blood collection dates due to the 4th of July in America and really thought we would have to give up on these tests so it means a massive amount to us that we have been able to proceed with them because of your willingness to help us out. Thank you again.

    D and A McG

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    Independent Healthcare Team
    Gyle Square | 1 South Gyle Crescent | Edinburgh | EH12 9EB
    0131 623 4342 |

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