Contraception: Coil services

** Please note due to Covid-19, we are not routinely fitting, removing or changing intrauterine contraception (coils) at the moment. Please keep checking our website for updates for when these routine appointments are commencing. However if you are having problems with your coil, or are using a Mirena® which has expired as part of HRT then please call the surgery on 0113 274 4777.**

What is the coil?

There are two types of coil, these are the intrauterine device (IUD) and the intrauterine system (IUS).

They are both small plastic, T-shaped devices which are put into your uterus (womb) and works as contraception for a number of years.

Click the Link below to see a detailed and informative video about the IUD/ IUS coil.

Booking an appointment

The surgery can offer appointments for insertion, change and removal of coils.

Before booking please note the following:

  • You must use a reliable method of contraception up until the coil is fitted or have NO SEX for at least 3 weeks before the appointment or NO SEX from the start of the period before the appointment. If you need your coil (IUS/IUD) replacing, you must have NO SEX for the 7 days before the appointment.
  • If you are having a IUD/IUS fitted only, it is important you have not had any pregnancy risk since your last period (even if you have taken Emergency Contraception)
  • If you are having your IUD/IUS changed then you must not having any unprotected sex in the 7 days before your appointment or you may be at risk of pregnancy
  • It is possible to fit a coil when you are on your period, so you do not need to cancel or rebook for this reason

For emergency contraception, coil removals or coil problems, please ring the surgery to speak to a GP on 0113 274 4777.

Changes in Guidance

The new guidance for Mirena and Levosert IUS is that they are likely to be effective  for contraception for  6 years (rather than 5 years). This advice does not apply to people using Mirena as part of HRT.

IUDs (‘copper coils’) that are licensed for 10 years are likely to be protective for up to 12 years. No guarantee can be made so you may wish to use condoms in addition, or add in a progestogen-only contraceptive pill if your coil has expired.

For other IUDs and IUSs it is recommended that you start another contraceptive method such as condoms or progestogen only pill from the time your IUD/IUS goes out of date.

Retaining coils for longer than they are licenced doesn’t cause health problems, so it is usually fine to delay removing or changing them so long as you follow the above advice