Treatment: IUD/IUS (coil) insertion and removal

Find out more about the services we offer at OneWelbeck Women’s Health around coil insertion and removal. Self pay pricing varies, starting from £420

To book offline, call our Womens Health centre directly on: 020 3653 2008

Enquiries: bookings.womenshealth@onewelbeck.com

Why you might need?

A ‘coil’ is a small T-shaped device that’s put into your womb (uterus) by a doctor or nurse. There are various types of this device – for example it can be plastic and copper, hormone or non-hormone. It is sometimes called ‘the coil’. Note, the coil cannot protect you against sexually transmitted diseases.

You may have heard of the coil referred to as the IUS (intrauterine system) or the IUD. These are similar systems, the main difference being that the IUS releases the hormone progestogen in the womb, whereas the IUD releases copper into the womb.

IUD/IUS coils are an effective form of contraception – when inserted correctly, an IUD/IUS is more than 99% effective and can last over many years.  As long as you are not pregnant, the coil can be inserted at any time during your menstrual cycle. It can also be taken out at any time, as long as this is done so by a doctor or specially qualified nurse. Women over the age of 40 for the IUD and 45 for the IUS, who are getting the coil fitted may be advised by their doctor to leave their coil in until they reach the menopause or no longer need contraception.

How does an IUD/IUS coil work?

The copper coil (IUD) works by altering the cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg and survive. The copper coil can also work by stopping a fertilised egg from being able to implant itself in the womb.

The IUS works in a similar way by thickening the cervical mucus, again making the job of the sperm harder. The increase in hormone which increases the mucus means it is more difficult for sperm to move through the cervix. In addition, the lining of the womb is thinned and so the egg is less likely to be able to implant itself. In some cases, ovulation (the releasing of an egg every month) can be stopped completely.

Treatment Info

For both the IUD and IUS, you may be tested for any existing infections, such as STIs. Once your doctor has confirmation you don’t have any infections, they will book you in for a procedure.

An IUD can be fitted at any time during your menstrual cycle, as long as you’re not pregnant. If you have an IUD fitted, you’ll be protected from getting pregnant straight away. Although an IUS can also be fitted any time in your menstrual cycle, as long as you’re not pregnant,you will only be protected against pregnancy straight away if it is fitted in the first 7 days of your cycle. In order to be totally protected, if you have your IUS fitted at any other point in your cycle you will need to use additional contraception, such as condoms, for 7 days afterwards.

During the fitting of an IUD or IUS  your doctor will check inside your vagina to check the position and size of your womb before inserting the devise. Much like during a cervical smear screening, during the insertion of the coil, the vagina will be held open and the IUD/ IUS will be inserted through the cervix and into the womb.

Your appointment will be under half an hour, and the fitting of the IUD/IUS device will be 5 minutes.

The procedure may be uncomfortable and possibly painful, but ensure that you tell your doctor as they will stop at any time. You  will be offered some local anesthetic to help with the pain. Your doctor at OneWelbeck will discuss options with you.

It is totally normal to experience period-pain type cramps after your procedure, which can be eased using pain killers.

Once an IUD has been fitted, it’ll need to be checked by a GP after 3 to 6 weeks to make sure everything is fine.

Treatment Aftercare

Once an IUS/IUD is fitted, it’ll need to be checked by your doctor at OneWebeck after 3 to 6 weeks to make sure everything is fine. At this check up, you should tell your doctor any problems you have experienced, or whether you want to have your IUD/IUS removed.

Treatment Recovery

As with any procedure, there’s a small risk of getting an infection after it’s been fitted. Make sure you see your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

There is also a small risk that your body may push out the IUD or it may become displaced post-procedure. Your doctor at OneWelbeck will teach you how to ensure this is still in place, during your appointment. Make sure you see your doctor if you or your partner are at risk of getting an STI, as this can lead to infection in the pelvis.

Side effects of the IUD

  • Can sometimes make your periods heavier

Side effects of the IUS

Self Pay Pricing

Mirena coil fitting: £710*

Kyleena coil fitting: £710*

Copper coil fitting: £570*

Includes consultation with consultant gynaecologist, coil fitting, and (non-diagnostic) scan to ensure the accurate placement of the coil.

*Please note, that if coil removal is recommended during the consultation and coil insertion is performed during the same visit, there is an additional £70 fee for this service.

Coil removal: £420

Includes consultation with a consultant gynaecologist and coil removal.

Treatment Programme
IUD/IUS (coil) insertion and removal

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Health Insurance

This service or treatment is generally covered by most health insurance policies. You are responsible for checking your insurance policy cover, and you may need a referral letter. Check which insurance companies are covered.

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Self-Pay Available

This treatment is available for self-paying users. If you would like to see more information on pricing visit our pricing and payments page.

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Consultation Required

For this treatment you will need to have a 1-to-1 consultation at OneWelbeck first. To book in with our team of expert clinicians or to find out more about the process contact the relevant centre team.

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Same Day Availability

We usually have same-day appointments available for this service. Please call us to book.

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Next Day Availability

We usually have next day availability for this service, please call us to check availability.

IUD/IUS (coil) insertion and removal Specialists

We have brought together a group of leading gynaecologists and breast specialists to form our Women’s Health team. With over 200 years of combined experience, these expert clinicians are the best in their field and are all focused on delivering the very best patient care.