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5 False Facts About The Coil

Updated: Dec 16, 2022

The coil is an Intrauterine Device, which means it is placed inside the uterus. It is made from a mixture of plastic and copper. The T shape device is used to prevent sperm being able to fertilise an egg. There are pros and cons to using an IUD, but there are also some myths surrounding them. Here are the 5 most common myths.

The coil is dangerous

The coil is believed to be a risky form of contraceptive, that can lead to infections. Based on all studies, there is no increased risk in pelvic infections, when compared to other long-term contraceptives.

The coil causes infertility

Infertility is a big concern many women face when contemplating contraception. Many only want to temporarily reduce the risk of pregnancy. The good news is the coil does not cause infertility; this myth is based on an older IUD that was used historically. The Dalkon Shield coil was linked to infection and infertility, but has long been removed from the market.

The coil can be felt by a partner

The coil is placed inside the uterus, right at the very top. The string to remove the coil is long enough to be tucked up behind the cervix. You both should not be able to feel the coil during sexual intercourse.

The coil is extremely painful

The installation of the coil has a stigma of being as painful as child birth. Each person has a different pain threshold, but the general feedback is it hurts as much as a heavy period cramp. It will have some pain associated, but nothing compared to child birth.

The coil is best for older women with children

This myth comes from a place of commitment, believing that once the coil is introduced, it will be there for a decade. There is no minimum time you can have a coil installed and can be removed easily.

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Dr Lisa Briscoe Chavda BSc MBBS MRCP DFSRH MRCGP
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