Does it hurt to have an IUCD (coil) fitted?
Who is going to feel pain?
It is impossible to know with certainty, who will experience pain or discomfort during an IUC fit. Most women who have coils fitted at our service leave after their 30-minute appointment feeling fine.
What to expect at Choices
At our clinic, we are all mindful of making this experience as comfortable as possible for you.
In the clinic room there will be the nurse or doctor who is going to fit your coil, and an assistant. The assistant is there to support you.
The clinician who will fit your coil will talk you through every step. You are in control the whole time – if you want us to stop at any stage, we will.
We use a local anaesthetic gel to the neck of your womb prior to inserting the coil. Our coil fitters are all very experienced with fitting coils and fit many coils regularly.
Before your coil is fitted here at our service, we always advise several things to help reduce any pain or discomfort.
~Take two paracetamol (2 x 500mgs) and two ibuprofen (2 x 200mgs), if you don’t have any allergies to these, one hour before your appointment. Taking these together can work very well as effective pain relief.
~Make sure you have had something substantial to eat prior to this so you are not taking pain relief on an empty stomach.
~ Eating can also minimise any feelings of light-headedness after.
Both the copper and hormonal intrauterine coils provide very reliable, convenient, reversible contraception. Hormonal coils offer help to improve heavy or painful menstrual bleeding. Copper coils are an effective hormone-free contraceptive option.
We have all heard negative stories about coils. But we rarely hear or listen to all us women who are really happy with this method of contraception, with the fitting of the coil much better than they believed.
So don’t delay, contact us, and we can talk you through your options and any questions you might have about contraception.