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Coil (inc. emergency) & implant service

IUS, IUD and implant contraceptives tailored to what is best for you.

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What is an IUS and how does it work?

An IUS is a small plastic T-Shaped device that it put into your womb by a doctor or nurse.
It releases the hormone progesterone to stop you getting pregnant and last 3 to 5 years.
Progesterone thickens the cervical mucus which makes it more difficult for the sperm to move through to the cervix and thins the lining of the womb so the egg is less likely to be able to implant itself.

It can make your periods lighter or for some women it can stop them all together, this is very beneficial to these of us who experience heavy, painful periods.

Two brands of IUS used are Mirena and Jaydess and when inserted correctly they are 99% effective as a contraceptive.

What is an IUD?

An IUD is very similar to an IUS however the this coil releases copper, which is toxic to sperm and thickens the lining of the womb to stop you getting pregnant. This can be used as emergency contraception. This can last 5 – 10 years depending on the type. This has 99% effectiveness.

Fitting and IUS/IUD- what to expect

t the fitting appointment it is best if you wear comfortable clothing. You can have an IUS/IUD fitted at any time during your menstrual cycle as long as you are not pregnant.
The appointment will be around 20 – 30 minutes.

To insert the IUS/IUD this is a similar process when having a smear test. The vagina is held open and the IUS/IUD is inserted through the cervix into the womb. The exact details of the procedure will be explained by the doctor at your consultation appointment.

This may be slightly uncomfortable however the doctor will advise what pain relief you can take if needed. You may also bleed slightly after the procedure however this is normal.

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After the appointment

You will need a review appointment 4 – 6 weeks after the IUS/IUD is inserted to ensure everything is fine and in the correct place.
You can tell the IUS/IUD is in the correct place from home as there will be two thin threads that hang down from your womb to the top of your vagina. The doctor will explain how you can check this at home. If you have any problems or concerns just contact the clinic for further advice.

Things to consider about the IUS/IUD

As with all treatment there are advantages and disadvantages to consider, these will be discussed with you at your consultation to ensure this is the correct treatment for you however in the mean time we have summarised a few points for you to consider.

·     The coil can last 3-10 years depending on the type and is one of the most popular and long term, reversible form of contraception in the UK.
·     It doesn’t interrupt sex
·     It is safe to use if you are breast feeding
·     It is not affected by other medicines
·     An IUS/IUD does not protect you from STD’s
·     There is a small risk of infection once inserted

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How does an implant contraceptive work?

An implant is a small flexible plastic rod that is placed under the skin in your arm by a doctor or nurse.

It works by slowly releasing progestogen into your blood stream to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years. Progestogen prevents the release of an egg each month and also thinks the cervical mucus, which makes it difficult for the sperm to move through the cervix.

What to expect

When inserting the implant a local anaesthetic is used to numb the area so you should not feel pain but more a tingling sensation. The implant is inserted just under you skin, this will only take a few minutes and you wont need stitches. The treatment site should heal naturally over the next few days however this may be tender and will need observing in case of infection.

Things to consider about contraceptive implants

With all medical treatments there a things to consider before proceeding with the treatment, this is why we offer a consultation with the doctor so you can fully discuss what is the best option for you.

Advantages of the Implant:
·     It works for 3 years
·     It may reduce heavy or painful periods
·     You can use this while breastfeeding
·     Your fertility will return to normal once the implant is removed

·     You need a small procedure to have it fit and removed
·     It might effect your skin
·     It doesn’t protect you from STD’s

Our coil fitting fees below do not include the £50.00 telephone consultation which will be needed with the GP first. We offer the Mirena, Jaydess, or T Safe (mini) coil. Our implant fees below do not include the implant itself. A prescription will be provided for this with an additional fee at the pharmacy of approx. £130.00