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Frequently asked questions
How is an ultrasound-guided coil removal performed?
We begin by first scanning the uterus to confirm the position of the coil. Once we have confirmed the location of the coil, we will use specialist instruments to enter the uterus (whilst using local anaesthesia) and attempt to remove the coil.
How can I prepare for the procedure?
We recommend abstaining from sexual contact 7 days prior to you coil removal if you are not looking to conceive. Otherwise there is no need for any additional precautions or abstinence.
Does ultrasound-guided coil removal hurt?
Whilst it can be uncomfortable to have your coil removed, we try to do our best to make it as smooth as possible.
This includes offering you highly experienced clinicians in the field of Sexual & Reproductive Health and a combination of local anaesthesia.
Do you offer a local anaesthetic?
We use different methods of analgesia to make the removal process more comfortable. You can choose from local anaesthetic spray, local anaesthetic gel or entonox (gas and air). All of this will be discussed with you before we proceed with the procedure.
Can I bring someone with me?
Yes, you can absolutely bring someone with you to your appointment.
Can I have another form of contraception after my coil has been removed?
Yes, you can have another form of contraception after your coil has been removed.
Will I need time off after the procedure?
Most patients do not need any time off work after the procedure. However, it is advised to rest afterwards and avoid any heavy activity.
When is the best time for me to have this procedure?
A coil can be removed at any time for multiple reasons.They may include, but are not limited to:
- Your coil has expired
- You’re experiencing side effects
- You want to try another method of contraception
- You no longer need a method of contraception
- You want to get pregnant
What happens if my coil can not be removed?
Although every effort will be given to remove the coil, it may not always be possible and you may require a referral to a Gynecologist so that this procedure can be performed using hysteroscopy.