Contraception Before IUC Fitting

Please read the following information and complete the online assessment form

If you are interested in Intrauterine Contraception (Copper Intrauterine Device (IUD)/Coil or Intrauterine System (IUS) Mirena) please see below for further information.

Please watch the Information About Intrauterine Contraception video, read the contraception before fitting IUC information and fill in the online assessment form and then contact reception to arrange to book you directly into a 20 minute fitting appointment.

If you wish to discuss intrauterine contraception further then please book a telephone appointment with Dr Shah.

Contraception Before IUC Fitting

The timing of your insertion depends on what contraception you are currently using.

Before fitting IUC it is important to be sure you are not pregnant.

  • If you are currently using a hormonal method (combined contraceptive pill, progesterone-only pill, patch, contraceptive injection or implant), or have used condoms carefully and correctly at all times since a normal menstrual period the IUD or IUS can be fitted at any convenient time as long as you are not bleeding heavily.
  • If you are currently having unprotected sex, using a diaphragm, natural methods or have a time expired IUD or IUS you have two alternatives:
    • Between the first day of your period and the day of your fitting you use condoms carefully and correctly or abstain altogether from sexual intercourse. If your periods are irregular or you have a time expired IUS you will need to use condoms or abstain for 3 weeks prior to the day of fitting.
    • You arrange to use a more reliable form of contraception for a short time. Suitable methods are the combined oral contraceptive pill, the progesterone only pill, the patch or the contraceptive injection. Please ask for a telephone consultation with a health care professional
  • If you are having a non-expired IUD/IUS removed and a new one fitted, this can be done on any day except a day of heavy bleeding. We recommend that you use condoms or abstain from sexual intercourse for 7 days before the fitting. This is to ensure that you are not at risk of pregnancy if it is not possible to fit a new device after the original one is removed.

On the day of your appointment we recommend that you eat and take your own pain relief at home prior to your appointment.

Please bring some sanitary protection as you may experience some bleeding after the fitting.