Coil Insertion & Removal

Coil Insertion & Removal


Safe & personalised IUD & IUS procedures in Northern Ireland.

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  • Flexible scheduling
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We specialise in providing comprehensive and compassionate care for Intrauterine Device (IUD) and Intrauterine System (IUS) insertion and removal. Our experienced team is dedicated to ensuring a safe, comfortable, and informed experience for all our patients. Whether you’re considering an IUD or IUS for the first time, or need assistance with removal, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Coil Fitting / Insertion

Coil fitting, involves the insertion of a small device, either an IUD or IUS, into the womb. This procedure is a popular choice for those seeking a hassle-free and effective method of birth control, without the daily concerns of other contraceptive methods.

The coils work by either releasing hormones or using copper to prevent pregnancy and can remain effective for several years. Opting for coil fitting at MUC ensures you receive personalised care from skilled professionals, with your comfort and safety as our top priority.

Coil Removal

Our team is committed to providing a supportive environment for your coil removal. With our state-of-the-art facilities and a focus on minimising discomfort, we ensure that your coil removal is handled with the utmost care and precision, respecting your individual needs and concerns throughout the process.

Types of Coil

We offer two main types of coils: the Mirena coil and the Copper coil, each catering to different needs and preferences.

Mirena Coil

A form of Intrauterine System (IUS), slowly releases a hormone called levonorgestrel, which thickens the cervical mucus and thins the womb lining, offering effective contraception for up to five years.

Copper Coil

Hormone-free Intrauterine Device (IUD), prevents pregnancy by releasing copper, which alters the cervical mucus and womb environment to make it inhospitable for sperm. This option can provide protection for up to ten years.

Which Coil Is Right for You?

Both coils are highly effective, but the choice depends on various factors.

As the copper coil is non-hormonal, it is a good choice if you prefer a hormone-free contraceptive.

The Mirena coil is effectively used in Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), countering potential endometrial risks associated with oestrogen therapy in HRT. This is in addition to its contraceptive use.

The choice between these depends on personal health and preferences, and our team is here to guide you in making the best decision for your needs.

How Much Does Coil Fitting & Removal Cost?

The treatments and respective fees are as follows:

Mirena Coil Insertion: £300
Copper Coil Insertion: £180
Coil Removal: £150

Please note, these prices are subject to a £10 Admin Fee. The final price will be confirmed during your booking, ensuring transparency and clarity in all our services.

The cost of this includes a brief initial consultation to ensure you are informed about the device, the procedure itself, and a follow-up appointment to ensure everything is proceeding as expected. 

For payment, we accept various options including credit/debit cards and cash payments.

How to Prepare for Coil Fitting & Removal

Preparing for coil fitting and removal involves several key steps, and your consultant at Mid Ulster Clinic will provide detailed information tailored to your specific needs. This personalised approach ensures you’re fully prepared for the procedure.

Common methods of preparation for coil fitting & removal include:

1. Medical History Review

We’ll discuss your medical history to ensure the coil is suitable for you. This includes any past gynaecological procedures, allergies, and current medications.

2. Physical Examination

A routine physical examination, including a pelvic exam, may be conducted to ascertain the best course of action for your procedure.

3. Pre-Procedure Instructions

We’ll provide specific instructions to follow in the days leading up to your appointment. This may include avoiding certain medications or fasting for a short period.

4. Post-Procedure Care Information

Understanding post-procedure care is crucial. We will guide you on what to expect after the procedure and how to manage any discomfort.

5. Emotional Support and Consultation

We understand that this procedure can be daunting. Our team is here to offer emotional support and answer any questions to ease your concerns.

Each step is designed to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the coil fitting or removal process, making the experience as smooth as possible.

What Happens During Coil Fitting & Removal

During coil fitting at Mid Ulster Clinic, the process begins with a consultation and a pelvic examination to assess suitability. The actual fitting involves gently inserting the coil into the uterus through the cervix, using a specialised instrument. This procedure is usually quick, typically taking less than 10 minutes. While some women may experience discomfort, we take every step to ensure the process is as comfortable as possible, including the use of local anaesthesia if necessary.

For coil removal, the process is simpler and often quicker than insertion. Our healthcare professional will gently locate and withdraw the coil using a specialised instrument. This is typically a pain-free procedure, taking only a few minutes. We ensure that the removal is conducted with utmost care and attention, providing support and guidance throughout to ensure your comfort and well-being.

Coil Fitting & Removal Aftercare & Recovery

Aftercare and recovery from coil fitting and removal at Mid Ulster Clinic vary based on individual factors, with each person experiencing their unique recovery timeline. For coil insertions, you will have a review 6 weeks after your coil fitting procedure to ensure the coil is positioned correctly.

Main Factors Affecting Recovery

  • Individual Pain Threshold: Pain and discomfort levels can vary greatly from person to person.
  • Type of Coil: Recovery may differ between hormonal (Mirena) and non-hormonal (Copper) coils.
  • Body’s Response: Individual physiological responses, such as bleeding or cramping, can impact recovery duration.
  • Previous Reproductive Health History: Past gynaecological conditions or procedures may influence recovery.

Your consultant or surgeon will provide a more detailed recovery timeline based on these individual factors.

Immediate Aftercare (First 24 Hours)

  • Expect some cramping and spotting, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relief.
  • Rest is recommended for the first few hours post-procedure.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and use sanitary pads instead of tampons.

First Week

  • Mild cramping and spotting may continue.
  • Normal activities can typically be resumed, but listen to your body and avoid overexertion.
  • Sexual activity can usually be resumed, but follow the advice of your healthcare provider.

Long-term Recovery (Beyond the First Week)

  • Your menstrual cycle may take some time to adjust, especially with hormonal coils.
  • Regular check-ups are advised to ensure the coil is positioned correctly.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you experience severe pain, heavy bleeding, or other concerning symptoms.

Each stage of recovery is guided by our team’s expertise, ensuring you receive the appropriate care and advice for a smooth and comfortable recovery process.

Risks & Complications of Coil Insertion & Removal

It’s important to remember that, like any medical procedure, coil insertion and removal come with certain risks and complications. While these procedures are generally considered safe and complications are uncommon, it’s essential to be aware of the potential risks involved.

Risks and Complications Associated with All Surgical Procedures

  • Infection at the site of the procedure
  • Allergic reaction to anaesthesia or other medications
  • Bleeding or hematoma formation
  • Unintended injury to adjacent structures

Risks and Complications Specific to Coil Insertion & Removal

  • Discomfort or pain during and after the procedure
  • Spotting or irregular bleeding
  • Expulsion of the coil, where the coil comes out by itself
  • Uterine perforation during insertion (rare)
  • Changes in menstrual patterns, particularly with hormonal coils
  • Failure of contraception leading to unintended pregnancy

While these risks may sound concerning, it’s important to note that serious complications are rare. Our team at Mid Ulster Clinic is skilled and experienced, taking all necessary precautions to minimise these risks and ensure your safety and well-being throughout the process.

Why Choose Mid Ulster Clinic for Coil Fitting or Removal?

At Mid Ulster Clinic, you’ll find expert care, personalised options, and top-tier facilities for coil insertion and removal. Our experienced team offers both hormonal and non-hormonal coil choices, tailored to your needs. We ensure a comfortable, stress-free experience with a focus on beginning-to-end support, making us a trusted and caring choice for your procedure.

Last Reviewed By A Medical Professional On 01/29/24