Having an IUD/IUS can take time and requires staff with special training.
The doctor or nurse will need to ask you about your medical history to check that the IUD/IUS is suitable for you and to plan your fitting.
You will then be asked to book an appointment for your IUD/IUS fitting.
The doctor or nurse will advise you on the safest time for fitting.
If your IUD/IUS has not expired, you should either use condoms for 7 days or abstain from intercourse for 7 days prior to your appointment for your IUD/IUS change. If your IUD/IUS has expired you should use an alternative reliable method of contraception until you attend for your appointment. The timing of the change will be arranged to ensure the doctor or nurse is certain that you are not pregnant.
The IUS (hormonal coil) cannot be used as emergency contraception.
General Advice before IUD/IUS insertion
The insertion of an IUD/IUS can be uncomfortable.
You may find it helpful:
Children and babies are not allowed into clinical rooms whilst you are having the IUD/IUS fitted. If you do bring children with you to the clinic, you will need to arrange for a responsible adult to supervise you children/baby in the waiting area whilst you are with the doctor or nurse.
Please contact the clinic before your appointment if you have any concerns or questions.
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