Coil Fitting

Coil fitting and replacement service

  • Fast appointment availability
  • Clear and transparent fees
  • Highly experienced specialist nurses
Pricing £295 - £395
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Finding a service for coil fitting can be difficult, which is why our female-led clinical team took the decision to expand to include specialist family planning nurses, available to provide coil fitting quickly and affordably.

What is an IUCD?

An IUCD is short for “intrauterine contraceptive device”, which is also commonly known as a coil.

A coil is a safe and reliable form of contraception. It is fully and immediately reversible upon removal of the coil.

A coil is a small flexible T-shaped device that is placed inside the womb. Small threads protrude from the cervix  (not from the vagina) and these enable the coil to be removed.

There are two types of coils and which is best for you will be discussed in your consultation with our specialist nurse.

When can a coil be inserted?

A coil can be inserted at any time in the menstrual cycle, provided that you can be certain you are not pregnant. Please use effective contraception, or do not have sexual intercourse from the first day of your last period, until the fitting.

A negative pregnancy test can only rely upon 3 weeks after unprotected intercourse. If you would like to use a short-term alternative form of contraception (such as a contraceptive pill) this is also an option.

How often will I need a check-up?

We organise a check-up 6 weeks after insertion to ensure the coil is in place and no infection or issues have arisen. Following this, you will not need a check-up and will be advised on how to feel for threads.

How is a Coil Removed?

Removal of a coil is a quick and safe procedure, some mild period-like pain may occur but would be transient. The coil is removed by gentle traction on the threads.

Can I have a coil removed and a new one immediately fitted?

Yes, you can. You will still need the 45-minute telephone consultation with the specialist nurse beforehand to ensure this method of contraception remains suitable for your circumstances and health history.

Our Coil Replacement Package costs £495 for a hormonal coil and £395 for a copper coil.


You will have three appointments for a coil fitting as follows:

  1. 45-minute telephone consultation
  2. 45-minute procedure
  3. 15-minute follow-up 6 weeks later

Coil insertion information and risks

Insertion of a coil:

A coil is inserted by a trained Specialist Nurse. You will be given a 45-minute telephone/virtual appointment where a full history will be taken and any advice given.

Then a 45-minute appointment will be scheduled for the procedure. During the procedure it is usual to experience some period like pain or cramping. This may continue for a few hours during the day of the procedure and may be accompanied by some period like bleeding.

Please consider taking some paracetamol or ibuprofen about half an hour before your appointment to ease any discomfort. Please also write down and bring the start date of your last period with you to the appointment.

Whilst the procedure is very safe there are some infrequent but important risks about which you should be aware.

  • Infection: usually in the first 21 days of insertion. This would cause heavier pain/ bleeding or a temperature after the coil insertion and would require antibiotics.
  • Expulsion: about 1 in 20 coils fall out – this is not dangerous. We teach women to be able to check for their coil threads to ensure the coil is still in place. A new coil can be inserted if the coil expelled. Expulsion is most common in the first year and particularly during the first 3 months.
  • Perforation: a rare occurrence (2 in 1000) when a small hole is made in the lining of the womb during the coil insertion. This can cause heavier pain after the coil insertion and may necessitate surgical removal.
  • Ectopic pregnancy: In the very unlikely event of a woman falling pregnant with a coil in place, there is a greater risk of this being an ectopic pregnancy. But this method of contraception is so reliable that falling pregnant in the first place is unlikely.
  • Cervical Shock: A rare occurrence when intervention to the cervix causes a woman’s blood pressure to drop, resulting in light headedness. This is usually reversed by stopping the procedure.

Coil Fitting FAQs

What are the pros and cons of a hormonal coil?

Over 99% effective Lasts for 5 years but can be removed any time sooner Periods become lighter, less painful and may stop all together. Fertility and usual menstrual cycle return when the coil is removed. It is effective 7 days after insertion. You may experience erratic bleeding, typically for the first 6 months of use. You may experience mild hormonal side effects (although overall hormonal dose is much lower than that of a contraceptive pill).

What are the pros and cons of a copper coil?

Over 99% effective Lasts for 10 years dependent on which type is used, but can be removed anytime sooner. Hormone free. Your menstrual pattern will continue as normal. Fertility returns when the coil is removed. It is effective immediately from insertion. Can be used as a form of emergency contraception. Periods can be heavier longer and more painful.

Family Planning Fees

Minor Procedures

Harley Street & City Clinic Prices from
Coil insertion (hormonal) £395
hormonal coil
Coil insertion (copper) £295
copper coil
Coil removal £165
Implant insertion £295
Implant removal £165
Cryotherapy £150
(up to 30 minutes)

Additional consultation fee is payable
Stitching (new wound) £250
(up to 5 stitches)
Stitch removal £95
(15 minutes)
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