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Timing is everything: The Mirena coil

Timing is everything: The Mirena coil

Posted on January 25th, 2021

For many people, choosing whether or not to have children is one of life’s biggest decisions. For some women, timing is everything. If it feels like now is not quite the right time for you to start a family, it’s important you find a safe and reliable contraceptive that you’re comfortable with. Here at YourGP, our healthcare experts can talk you through the various options available and help you find the one that’s just right for you. Our longer consultation times mean we can get a fuller understanding of your history, cycle, and lifestyle – asking all the right questions and, most importantly, really listening to your answers, to work out which contraceptive will suit you.

One option to potentially consider is the Mirena coil, a highly popular choice with our patients. It is safe and effective – in fact it is 99% effective at preventing pregnancies. Once fitted, it works as a contraceptive for three years, during which time you can more or less forget about it!

And for some women, the Mirena coil comes with the added bonus of lighter periods. The progesterone within this contraceptive makes the lining of your womb much thinner (the purpose of which is to make it unlikely a fertilised egg will be able to implant). As a consequence, most women report that their periods become much lighter and for some, their periods will stop altogether whilst the coil is in place.

There is of course the chance that the hormone released could cause some unwanted side effects such as headaches, acne or breast tenderness, however these problems are usually short-lived. It must also be highlighted that there have been cases where women have experienced longer and more painful periods. However, your doctor will be sure to have a thorough discussion of all potential side effects during your initial consultation.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this initial consultation will be conducted remotely. Should you decide you would like to go ahead with the Mirena coil, which would need to be fitted in the practice, we will endeavour to book you in as soon as the current restrictions have been lifted.

In the meantime, we have a great deal of information about the Mirena coil over on our blog. Have a read then get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

Could the Mirena coil be the care-free contraceptive for you?

Top five facts about the coil

Is the contraceptive coil right for you?

If you have any further questions about the Mirena coil or any other form of contraception, email our reception team at reception@your.gp or call us on 0131 225 5656 to book an appointment as soon as the practice reopens.

I needed a quick appointment as I was leaving for America. The doctor listened and allayed any concerns. It was a pleasure to talk to a doctor who wasn’t watching the clock and not paying attention to me. I left confident that if a problem arose I would be able to deal with it until I arrived home. The experience left me feeling confident and positive.

Roseann Young – USA

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