An IUD (intrauterine device) is a reliable, common and popular contraceptive which prevents pregnancy for extended periods of time. After an IUD fitting, the device remains in place, protecting against pregnancy. At some point however, the coil will need replacing, and there are cases when removing it is necessary, typically when you wish to become pregnant.
For most women, the IUD removal procedure is as quick, easy and pain free as the insertion.
An intrauterine device is a small T-shaped device implanted in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of IUD – copper and hormonal IUD.
The IUD, also called a coil, is considered one of the best reversible birth control options, with less than 1% of women using this contraceptive method getting pregnant annually.
The copper IUD is a T-shaped device with two copper sleeves and a stem coated with copper wire. The stem and sleeves release copper into the uterus for up to ten years. The copper prevents sperm from fertilising an egg or ovum.
Different hormonal IUDs are available, but the most common is the Mirena coil which protects against pregnancy for a longer time. The Mirena coil can last up to five years and works by releasing progesterone in the uterus.
Progesterone thickens the cervical mucus, preventing sperm from reaching the egg for fertilisation. The hormone can also prevent the release of eggs and reduce the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation after fertilisation.
You can remove an IUD whenever you want. However, the device is most often removed for the following reasons:
An IUD removal is usually painless and quick when performed by an experienced specialist. A hysteroscopy isn’t necessary, except when IUD was still in place post-menopause for over ten years.
When you place an IUD, it prevents pregnancy for 3 – 10 years. The IUD’s lifespan depends on if it is a hormonal or copper coil. The copper coil lasts 5 – 10 years, while the hormonal coil lasts 3 – 5 years.
As a general health routine, women using the IUD need to check if it is still in place monthly. If the coil is well-fitted, its strings hang into the vagina. You can check if your IUD is still in place by checking for the strings. You should only touch the strings and not the IUD itself.
Ensure you contact your healthcare provider if:
In the initial months following the IUD fitting, you may experience heavier periods and menstrual cramping, which is normal. Most women have a normal cycle after a few months.
Our consultant gynaecologist at GP London can remove the IUD and insert a new one at the same appointment if necessary. You can get an IUD in Camden at GP London at any point in your cycle. However, it’s usually easier to fit the coil in the latter stages of your menstrual cycle when the cervix is more elastic and softer.
Removing a coil is easier and more comfortable and usually don’t present complications.
In some cases, complications occur during an IUD removal. They include:
It is likely that the IUD may not come out completely. This may be the case if the specialist cannot find the IUD strings because it was cut too short during the insertion. The specialist can use an ultrasound to locate strings and additional instruments like an IUD hook or cytobrush to remove the coil.
In only a few cases, the IUD may move into the uterine wall, which requires a hysteroscopy under anaesthesia.
We have a specialist consultant gynaecologist with the expertise and facility to remove the coil carefully. You shouldn’t have any worries during the removal or insertion procedure. We also have specially designed gynaecological couches for removing and inserting coils, suitable for people who aren’t anatomically regular.
If you are in Camden, you can book a coil fitting at GP London without a referral from a specialist. We also offer same-day appointments with specialists who will advise you and provide full support if you have complications or problems.
Our gynaecology consultant provides coil removal specialists, and the prices include consumables and consultation. The total cost of removing a coil in Camden at GP London is £400.
If you need a private coil removal Camden, contact GP London today at 020 71434317 to book an appointment at our clinic.