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Information for patients
This information is written for women who are planning to have a coil fitted. It tells you about tests we may recommend before the insertion and about the timing of appointments to make the fitting as safe and comfortable as possible.
The doctor or nurse in the clinic should have discussed your choice with you and will have provided written leaflets about your chosen method. Read them carefully and keep them in a safe place for future reference.
Prior to fitting your coil, we offer all women a swab test to check for chlamydia and gonorrhoea infections and a blood test for HIV and syphilis. The results will be texted to you in 2 weeks.
We can fit a coil on any day of your menstrual cycle as long as we can be certain that you are not already at risk of pregnancy.
We like you to rest for 10-15 minutes after the fitting before going home.
We advise you do not plan to do anything energetic for the rest of the day.
You are likely to experience some period type cramps and light bleeding for a few days. It is a good idea to take a mild painkiller (e.g. Paracetamol or Ibuprofen) to help with this.