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    Coil fitting
    From 10 weeks after giving birth
    You can have either a hormonal or the non hormonal copper coil fitted here at Focus. You can find more information on our website under the tab 'contraception'.
    30 min
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    Hormonal Coil

    The hormonal coil slowly releases a small amount of hormones and causes the mucus in the cervix to become ‘tougher’, so it’s more difficult for sperm to penetrate the uterus and reach the egg. Releasing the hormone levonorgestrel into the uterus also causes sperm cells to become less mobile. By which chance of conception becomes highly unlikely.  By releasing this hormone plus the coil being a ‘foreign object’ in the uterus, the lining inside the uterus will not thicken at all or very little. Because of this any fertilised egg cannot implant itself. Some women may not ovulate at all. If there is no ovulation, there cannot be any conception. 

    There are two types of hormonal coils: the Mirena and the Kyleena. The Kyleena is somewhat smaller in size and releases fewer hormones than the Mirena. Both types are very reliable and are registered for use up to a period of 5 years.  It is of course possible to have either coil fitted for a shorter amount of time, for example between pregnancies. 

    The most common side effects with the hormonal coil are changes in flow during your menstruation, bleeds between periods or no bleeds at all. Headaches, abdominal cramps, back pain and vaginal discharge or inflammation of the labia are also fairly common. Please read patient information leaflet of the Mirena or Kyleena for a summary of side effects.

    It depends on your health insurance policy if you can claim for the coil.  Although most comprehensive policies will cover these costs. 

    Fees for either hormonal coil are priced at approx. €150. The cost of fitting is also covered by most health insurers. Some insurers will deduct the cost of the fitting from your excess. Make sure you check with your insurer beforehand.

    Fitting the coil

    You can make a telephone appointment for having your coil fitted at Focus Midwifery Centre. A coil can be fitted from 10 to 12 weeks after giving birth. The appointment will last approx 30 minutes. During which we perform an ultrasound to check the size and position of your uterus. The coil will be fitted next; this procedure should only last a few minutes. Please note the fitting may be uncomfortable so we advise to take a painkiller prior to the fitting.

    It is common to experience abdominal cramps or a ‘nagging’ feeling in your abdomen following the fitting of a coil. This usually does not last long.  Additionally you may experience irregular and/or increased blood loss and abdominal cramps during the first three months following the fitting. Please contact us if you have any questions or you are experiencing issues.

    Removing the coil

    Should you wish to have your coil removed, we can perform this procedure as well. Please note, after removal of the coil you are fertile again immediately.