Intrauterine Contraception Guidance

For patients with or seeking intrauterine contraception (IUC/Coil), which can be either copper or hormonal.

Having IUC Fitted

Prior to fitting you will need a telephone counselling appointment where you will be informed about IUC and be able to ask any questions that you have. At the counselling appointment your doctor will aim to make you an appointment to have your IUC fitted.

An IUC can be fitted at any time during your menstrual cycle, as long as you are not pregnant. To ensure you are not pregnant, you need to use additional contraception effectively from the first day of the preceding menstrual cycle/period until fitting, or abstain from sexual intercourse.

If you are bleeding lightly then the fitting may still be able to go ahead, however this will not possible if you are bleeding heavily.

The fitting appointment takes around 30 minutes and is booked with Dr Hodson and a member of our nursing team. We often have a long waiting list so if you can’t make your appointment, please do cancel in advance.

Removing IUC

Your IUC can be removed in a single pre-bookable 10 minute appointment.

If you do not wish to get pregnant, please use additional contraception, such as condoms, or abstain from sexual intercourse for 7 days prior to removal.

If you do wish to get pregnant, it can be removed at any time. Please note that it is possible to get pregnant as soon as the IUC has been removed.