Mirena coil insertion

hormonal intrauterine device (IUD)

A method of long term birth control that requires a non-invasive procedure

What is a mirena coil?

The mirena coil is a hormone-releasing birth control (intrauterine) device that prevents pregnancy for up to five years.

It can also be inserted to treat women with heavy periods who choose to use contraception. You and your consultant may determine that it is the right method of birth control for you. 

Need to know

  • What happens during the insertion? icon plus

    Your consultant will apply an antiseptic solution to your vagina and cervix. They will then pass an inserter (a thin tube of flexible plastic) containing the coil into your vagina and then into your uterus.

    Once they have checked it is positioned correctly they will remove the plastic inserter, leaving the coil in your uterus. Your consultant will ensure that the two threads attached to the stem of the coil properly extend to your cervix, which helps ensure it is properly placed. It also helps with the removal when the time comes.

    They will trim the threads to the appropriate length. The procedure is non-invasive and takes around five minutes.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will let you know how best to prepare for this procedure.
  • After the insertion icon plus

    Your consultant will explain how to perform a self-check of the threads of your coil. You will need to do this once a month. You will need to have a follow-up appointment with your consultant within four to six weeks from insertion.

    Your consultant will check that your coil remains properly in place. You will need to have annual check-ups for as long as you have the coil inserted.

Our gynaecology consultants

We're proud to work with leading gynaecologist who are experienced in providing a range of birth control treatments, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From gynaecological surgery to diagnostic tests and minimally invasive procedures, we provide exceptional gynaecological care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Book an appointment with a gynaecologist

Our team can help book a consultation with a gynaecologist in one of our HCA UK facilities in London, Birmingham or Manchester by phone or by completing our appointment request form. 

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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