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I want to stop using contraception

  • I want to have my coil removed

    You may wish to have your coil (IUCD) removed for the following reasons:

    • You want to become pregnant
    • Your current device has expired and you want to have another fitted
    • You are having problems with the device and wish to change to another method of contraception

    Before you have your coil removed

    • If you do not want to become pregnant and are not going to have another IUD or IUS put in you must use additional contraception, such as condoms, for 7 days before the IUD or IUS is taken out.
      • This is to stop sperm getting into your body. Sperm can live for up to seven days inside your body and could cause a pregnancy once the IUD or IUS is removed. Your fertility returns to normal as soon as the IUD or IUS is taken out.
    • If you want to try for a baby, start pre-pregnancy care prior to the coil being removed. This would include:
      • Folic acid,
      • Vitamin D supplements,
      • stopping smoking
      • reducing the amount of alcohol you drink
      • optimising your weight so you are in the healthy BMI range

    You can ask your doctor, nurse or local pharmacist for advice. Your fertility returns to normal as soon as the IUD or IUS is taken out

    How is your coil (IUCD) removed?

    • A trained doctor or nurse can take the IUD out by pulling gently on the threads
    • There is normally no, or very little, discomfort when having it removed
    • If the threads are not present you may need to have an ultrasound scan and an appointment for removal in one of our specialist contraception clinics
  • I want to have my implant removed

    You may wish to have your implant removed for the following reasons:

    • You want  to become pregnant
    • Your current device has expired and you want to have another fitted
    • You are having problems with the device and wish to change to another method.

     

    You do NOT need to abstain from sex before your implant is removed.

    If you want to try for a baby, start pre-pregnancy care prior to the implant being removed. This would include:

      • Folic acid,
      • Vitamin D supplements,
      • stopping smoking
      • reducing the amount of alcohol you drink
      • optimising your weight so you are in the healthy BMI range

    You can ask your doctor, nurse or local pharmacist for advice. Your fertility returns to normal as soon as the implant is taken out.

    How is the implant removed?

    • This can only be done by a specially trained doctor or nurse.
    • The doctor or nurse will feel for the implant in your arm.
    • They will give you a local anaesthetic injection and will then make a tiny cut in your skin to remove the implant.
    • They will put a dressing on the arm to keep it clean and dry and to help reduce the bruising.
    • Keep the dressing on for a few days.

    Will my implant be difficult to remove?

    • It usually only takes a few minutes to remove an implant.
    • Occasionally, an implant is difficult to feel under the skin and it may not be so easy to remove. If this happens, you may be referred to our specialist complex implant removal clinic to have it removed with the help of an ultrasound scan.
    • If you want to carry on using an implant, the doctor or nurse can put a new one in at the same time as removing your old one. You will continue to be protected against pregnancy if your previous device has not expired.  If your previous device has expired you will need to use additional precautions for seven days after your new implant is fitted
  • I want to try for a baby

    You may want to stop contraception in order to try for a baby. If you have any other medical conditions such as diabetes or epilepsy, it is important that these are well controlled before you start trying to get pregnant. Some of your medication may need to be changed but it is important that you discuss this with your doctor first.

    If you want to try for a baby, start pre-pregnancy care. This would include:

      • Folic acid – You can buy this over the counter from most supermarkets or chemists. We do not supply this at Unity
      • Vitamin D -You can buy this over the counter from most pharmacists or chemists. We do not supply this at Unity
      • stopping smoking
      • reducing the amount of alcohol you drink
      • optimising your weight so you are in the healthy BMI range

     

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