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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Sandyford is delivering services differently during the COVID -19 pandemic, to protect the public and staff, including appointment only services.

Please view our full COVID-19 statement and current service information page which is updated regularly. You must not attend for an appointment if you have signs of COVID or have been in contact with someone in the last 14 days who has. 




NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Intrauterine Contraception

A coil is a small, T-shaped plastic device that is inserted into your womb (uterus) by a specially trained doctor or nurse.

A coil is a type of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC). It is a small T-shaped device that’s inserted into your womb (uterus) to prevent you getting pregnant. This means that once it's in place, you don't have to think about it each day or each time you have sex. There are two main types of intrauterine contraception (coil) which we can fit, a hormonal (IUS) and non-hormonal (IUD) option. Your healthcare professional will discuss these options with you, but it can be helpful if you know which option you would prefer.

On this page is information to help you decide if a coil is the right type of contraception for you and what to know about having a coil after you've had one fitted. 

What is an IUD/IUS and how do they work.

What will happen at my appointment?

After checking in at reception, you will be called into the clinic by a doctor or nurse. They will talk to you about the options and check this is a suitable method of contraception for you. They will ask you about any illnesses or operations you or your family may have had. They will also discuss sexual health and cervical screening with you. If you're having your coil replaced you should use contraception or avoid sex for one week before, in case there is any difficulty fitting the new coil after the old one has been removed. If suitable they will be able to fit your chosen type of coil for you during the appointment. The appointment generally lasts for 30 minutes. It is best not to bring children and there are no child care facilities in the building. If you do need to attend with your child please bring another adult with you to care for them in the waiting area while you are in the clinic. Otherwise, you may be asked to return without your children. There is a lovely park across the road with several play areas if you are able to leave your children with a trusted adult.


The IUD (non-hormonal) 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.

More information about coils

Information about who can use the different types of coils, how they work, the pro's and cons's and how they're fitted and removed. 

When can a coil be safely fitted?

To ensure we are able to safely fit your intrauterine contraception it is important that:

  • You avoid any unprotected sex after your last period.
  • This means using condoms consistently and correctly, or using another form of reliable hormonal contraception such as the combined pill, patch or ring, progestogen-only pill, injection or implant.
  • If you are not having regular periods you should use effective contraception or avoid sex for at least 3 weeks before having your IUC fitted.
  • If you are having your IUC replaced you should use contraception or avoid sex for one week before, in case there is any difficulty fitting the new IUC after the old one has been removed.
  • You will be having a procedure and some people may feel a little faint or unwell. We ask that if you need to bring children with you that someone is able to look after them. We are unable to provide any childcare.
  • Have a light meal before attending your appointment.
  • Some people experience cramping after the procedure. It may be helpful to take some simple painkillers before attending.

Manage your sexual health online

You can book appointments online with Sandyford for the following contraceptive options.

  • Coils (IUD/IUS). To fit, remove or remove & fit a new coil.
  • Implants. To fit remove or remove & fit a new implant.
  • A repeat contraception prescription appointment. 
  • An appointment to discuss all your contraceptive options. 

What to Expect at Sandyford

All the information you need about your visit to Sandyford. Before, during and after the appointment.

After you've had a coil fitted.

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. Contact Sandyford or your GP straight away and 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.

Call Sandyford straight away on 0141 211 8130 if you think your coil has moved, fallen out or you have pain or bleeding.