Contraception

Advice when using the copper coil during the ‘lockdown’

If you have a copper coil that is due to be changed soon, it really depends on the type of coil you have.

If your coil is a 5 year device and is due to be changed, you will need to use alternative contraception until it can be changed. This could be condoms, or you could ask to be prescribed the progestogen-only pill by your GP/nurse – this can be started after a telephone consultation.

However, if you have a coil that has a 10 year licence, the FSRH (Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health) guidance states it will provide effective contraception for up to 12 years, so no immediate action is required (although you can always use alternative options too if you are concerned).

I feel it is important to stress there is no physical problem in delaying the actual removal of the coil; it is really only about how effective it will be as a contraceptive if it used beyond it’s licence.

PLEASE NOTE: ADVICE IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY. INDIVIDUALS SHOULD SEEK PERSONALISED ADVICE FROM THEIR OWN GP/NURSE BEFORE MAKING CHANGES TO THEIR CONTRACEPTION

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