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The Contraceptive Coil: Frequently Asked Questions

Our private coil fitting service is broken down into two appointments, so that we can ensure everything runs smoothly and safely. You will have a consultation first with one of our trained professionals to check that you are suitable for a contraceptive coil insertion. Your medical professional will go over a few things with you, including:

  • Making you aware of what is involved during the private coil fitting
  • Explaining to you how the coil works, the benefits and some of the potential side effects
  • We will try to determine the most appropriate coil for you based on your menstrual history or any existing medical conditions
  • We will test for Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia before the coil insertion
  • We will also give you a urine based pregnancy test

After your consultation, your second appointment will be your private coil fitting. Feel free to ask any questions during your consultation and your medical professional will give you all the relevant information, date and time of your contraceptive coil fitting.

Total Cost of Consultations & Procedure

  1. Insertion: £250
  2. Replacement: £265
  3. Removal: £200

Do you need us to provide a Coil?


  • T Safe 380: £20
  • Nova T 380: £25

Intra-Uterine System (hormonal coil)

  • Kyleena: £115
  • Mirena: £135

Common Questions

What’s the difference between the Copper/IUD and Mirena/IUS?

The Copper Coil (IUD)

  • Over 99% effective
  • lasts 5 to 10 years (depending on type)
  • Upon removal, immediate return to fertility
  • The copper creates an unwelcome environment for sperm and eggs in the womb, preventing fertilisation


  • No hormone so no hormonal side-effects & you can still breastfeed
  • Lasts a long time & works straight away
  • No interruption of sex
  • Not interfered-with by any medicines – always works
  • If you are 40y.o or older when it is fitted, it can be left in until the menopause


  • Periods will continue and can be heavier or more uncomfortable for 3-6 months
  • Small risk of infection following coil insertion
  • Small risk of the contraceptive coil moving or being pushed out of place – we will teach you how to ensure it is in the correct position
  • Doesn’t protect against STDs

The Intrauterine System (IUS) e.g. Mirena

  • Over 99% effective
  • lasts 3 to 5 years (depending on brand)
  • Releases hormone progestogen into the womb
  • Upon removal, rapid return to fertility
  • Thickens cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to get through the cervix, thins the lining of the womb so an egg finds it difficult to implant and can in some patients stop release of an egg (ovulation)


  • It can make your periods lighter, shorter or stop altogether – can help those with heavy or painful periods
  • It can be used by those who can’t use combined contraception eg migraines, overweight
  • No interruption of sex & you can breastfeed
  • Not interfered-with by any medicines – always works
  • If you are 45y.o or older when it is fitted, it can be left in until the menopause


  • Periods  may become irregular or stop completely, which may not be suitable for some people
  • Some experience headaches, acne or breast tenderness after insertion – but usually settle with time
  • Some women can have mood changes
  • Uncommonly some people can develop small cysts on the ovaries, usually disappear without treatment
  • Small risk of infection after insertion and small risk of it being pushed out by your body (we will teach you how to check its in place regularly)
  • Doesn’t protect against STDs

Who can and can’t use coils?

Copper Coil (IUD)

Most people with a womb can have a Copper Coil

May not be suitable if you:

  • Think you may be pregnant
  • Have an untreated sexually transmitted infection
  • Have problems with your womb or cervix
  • Have unexplained bleeding between periods or after sex


Intrauterine System (IUS) e.g. Mirena

Most people with a womb can have the IUS.

May not be suitable for those with a history of:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Womb Cancer
  • Liver Disease
  • Unexplained bleeding between periods or after sex
  • Arterial disease or a history of heart disease or stroke
  • An untreated sexually transmitted infection (STD)
  • Problems with your womb or cervix


We do not insert coils for the following groups of patients – please read:

Patients with the following conditions will be guided instead to a Consultant-led service. If you have one of or a history of one of the following condition you are better booking with a consultant-led service from the start:

  1. Cardiac Conditions
  2. Epilepsy
  3. Gynecology diagnoses or the presence of fibroids
  4. Bicornate uterus
  5. History of chlamydia or gonorrhoea
  6. History of ectopic pregnancy
  7. History of treatment for abnormal smears (LLETZ Procedure)

Note: Those who have never experienced childbirth can find coil insertion uncomfortable and may need to be referred for the contraceptive coil fitting to be performed under anaesthetic, although this is rare.

Have I another way of getting a coil other than paying for it?

Patients sometimes will provide their own coil having received an NHS (N. Ireland) or GMS (Ireland) prescription from their GP. We are happy to fit coils provided by patients.

Select the most appropriate coil appointment from the links below.

You can provide your own coil via your NHS (N Ireland) or GMS (Ireland) GP. Alternatively we can provide a Copper Coil IUD or Hormonal Coil (IUS) at additional cost.