Contraception

I’ve booked my coil fitting – is it going to hurt?

As with most questions like this, there is no easy ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer! From my experience – both as a ‘fitter’ and a ‘fittee’ (made up word!) – each woman is different.

The majority of women tell me there was some discomfort at the time of fitting. They often liken it to a period cramp pain. And as all women experience period cramps differently, the same goes for the coil fitting. However, most women find it is usually mild and settles quickly.

I often suggest taking some pain relief such as ibuprofen (400mg) or paracetamol (1g) about 30mins-1hr before the appointment as this can help ease the cramping pain. I personally use an anaesthetic gel when I fit coils in my practice. Some clinicians also use an injectable local anaesthetic. You can then take another dose of pain relief, if needed, a few hours later.

However, the most important thing you can do to make it more comfortable is to relax! I know that is easier said than done, but it does make a difference. In my clinic, my assistant and I will do our best to make the situation as relaxed as possible, – and this ‘vocal local’ (as I’ve heard it called – meaning the chatting distracts enough to ease the pain) is usually really effective!

So don’t worry about the fitting. Yes, some women will find it more painful than others, but simple analgesia will really help, and once you’ve done it you’ve got at least 5 years of worry-free contraception ahead of you!!

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