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When it comes to female contraception, it can be easy to feel out of the loop. There are several different types and kinds, which all do different things. Fortunately, in this article, you can read about one of the most common and effective methods of preventing pregnancy, known as the contraceptive coil.

The Coil Types

The contraceptive coil commonly refers to one of two contraceptive methods. More commonly, this is an Intrauterine Device (IUD) but it could also be used to refer to an Intrauterine System (IUS). Each method is inserted into the womb, making them similar to one another. There are some differences, however, which have been listed below.

Intrauterine Device (IUD)

The IUD, also known as the Copper Coil, is a small T-shaped plastic and copper device that sits in the uterus and releases copper to protect against pregnancy. Copper alters the cervical mucus, making it challenging for sperm to reach an egg. When inserted correctly, IUDs are more than 99% effective. 

An IUD can last between 5 to 10 years, depending on the type. It can still be removed at any time, should you find it unsuitable for you. The IUD does not protect against Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), so condoms may need to be used as well. 

Intrauterine System (IUS)

Similar to the IUD, the IUS is a small T-shaped plastic device that sits in the uterus and releases hormones. The hormone progestogen, like copper, will change the cervical mucus to make it more challenging for sperm to reach an egg.

Preparing for Insertion

Before insertion will be some questions from you about your medical history and sexual health, it’s important to be clear and open with your answers, as not telling the truth can lead to problems after insertion. You may need to go through the processes of pregnancy and STD testing before insertion.

Your doctor should talk to you about the process and any symptoms you experience in the time after insertion. Your doctor will clarify what is normal and what should be checked, helping you to get the best experience possible. 

Insertion and Removal

As long as you are not pregnant, each type of intrauterine contraceptive can be inserted at any stage of the menstrual cycle. The specialist fitting the contraceptive will first check the size and position of your womb. The fitting may be uncomfortable, so you should let the nurse or doctor know if you need to stop or take a break.

Depending on how long your IUD or IUS lasts, the date your contraceptive should be removed should be marked on a piece of paper for your records. This means you can organise the time and date of your coil replacement or removal seamlessly.

Our Services

At Duality Health Ltd, we take the anxiety out of getting a contraceptive solution. We offer different contraceptive coils depending on what you are after. If you’re looking for different contraceptives, our private healthcare team offers a range of other contraceptive solutions, such as the contraceptive implant.

Visit our website to learn more about our services, or contact us for more information.