Recent guidance from the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare' has now changed. Mirena IUS coils, inserted for contraception, can now be retained and used for contraception for 6 years. This was previously 5 years. If you are using your Mirena IUS coil as part of HRT, this remains at 5 years and should be changed at that point.
What is Intrauterine Contraception?
There are two types of intrauterine contraception which we can fit, a hormonal (IUS) and non-hormonal option (IUD). Both are often referred to as 'coils'.
A coil is a very effective (8 in 1000 failure rate) reversible method of contraception, which can last for 6-10 years depending on the type. It is a small, T-shaped plastic device that is inserted into your womb (uterus) by a trained specialist. Once the coil is in fitted you do not have to think about it each day or each time you have sex.
At the clinic we will discuss your options with you and check that a coil is a suitable method of contraception for you.
Please note we can only offer appointments to residents of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board area.
It is essential that you watch this video before attending for your appointment. It has information that ensures we are able to fit your coil safely.
You can find out more information about coils over on the NHS Inform website.
The non-hormonal intrauterine device (copper coil) can be used as a form of emergency contraception. If you think that you need emergency contraception please contact us as soon as possible by phoning: 0141 211 8130.
Children will not always be allowed into your appointment with you. This is because it is not always safe to have children in the clinical room. You are welcome to bring an adult with you, to Sandyford to look after your children when you attend your appointment, as we do not have childcare facilities available. If you do bring children with you without another adult, the clinician may decide the procedure needs to be rearranged.
After you've had hormonal or non-hormonal coil fitted the doctor or nurse who fitted your coil will teach you how to feel for the threads and check that it's still in place. It's important to check your coil is in place a few times in the first month, and then after each period or at regular intervals.
It's highly unlikely that your coil will come out, but if you can't feel the threads or if you think the coil has moved, you may not be fully protected against pregnancy.
Call Sandyford straight away on 0141 211 8130 if you think your coil has moved, fallen out or you have pain or bleeding.
Use extra contraception, such as condoms, until your coil has been checked.
If you've had sex recently, you may need to use emergency contraception.
You can book appointments online with Sandyford for all contraceptive options including intrauterine contraception.
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