Visiting SWISH for a Coil

If you intend to visit SWISH for a coil  fit or removal then this requires a booked appointment and not a Sit and Wait slot. Please also check if your GP already provides this service as priority is given to patients whose GP does not offer the service and those who have more complex needs. SWISH has a list of all GP practices who offer the service and you will be asked which practice you belong to, should your practice offer this service SWISH will ask you to contact them for an appointment.

If you have a coil appointment at Swish please read below for more information before your visit.

Coil Consultation Appointment:

We offer face to face and telephone coil consultations at SWISH. Everyone needs to have a coil consultation before they attend for the fitting of a coil, even if you have already discussed this with your GP (with the exception of emergency coils and refits as discussed below). The reason for this is to ensure there is no pregnancy or infection risk before a coil is fitted and to ensure you are aware of the process of having a coil fitted and can ask any questions you may have to our clinical staff.

Coil Fit Appointment:

Do not have sex from the first day of your period until the fitting unless you are using another method of contraception such as the pill, patch, injection or implant. Do not rely on condoms; failure to do this may prevent the fitting going ahead.

If you are not having periods and are not on contraception, please do not have sex for three weeks before the fitting.

Be prepared to provide a urine sample for pregnancy testing during the consultation.

Please take a painkiller such as Paracetamol, Ibuprofen or Mefenamic Acid about an hour before your appointment.

Please do not miss a meal before having your coil fitted, eat a light snack if you think you have not eaten for 3 hours prior to your appointment.

Please do not bring children to a coil fit appointment unless you are coming with another adult who can take care of them.

Coil Re-Fit Appointment:

There are two options:

1)      If you are aged between 20-49 years, had your current coil fitted by SWISH or CASH, and would like it re-fitted - please visit the Lothian website to watch a video about coil fitting, which can be found here

Once you have watched the video, please print and complete the checklist form and then call us to make an appointment for your re-fit.

Please complete this form prior to your coil re-fit appointment and bring it along with you.

If you are unable to tick all the boxes on the form, you will need to make consultation appointment prior to coil re-fitting - Please call the booking line on 0300 1245010

PLEASE AVOID SEX FOR 7 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR COIL RE-FITTING APPOINTMENT. Failure to do this may prevent the re-fitting taking place

2)      If you require a re-fit and do not fulfil the criteria above then please call our booking line for a coil consultation on 0300 1245010.

Please do not bring children to a coil re-fit appointment unless you are coming with another adult who can take care of them.

Coil Removals:

If you are having your coil removed at SWISH and you do not want another coil put in and you do not want to get pregnant, you must use additional contraception such as condoms or AVOID SEX FROR 7 DAYS BEFORE YOU HAVE IT REMOVED. You are at risk of pregnancy as soon as the Coil is removed.

If you want another method of contraception we would recommend starting the other method before having a coil removed as this will ensure you are not at risk of pregnancy.

Please do not bring children to a coil removal appointment unless you are coming with another adult who can take care of them.

Emergency Coil:

If you have had sex without contraception or your contraception has failed (i.e. split condom or missed contraception) emergency contraception can help prevent a pregnancy.

A copper intrauterine device (IUD) also known as a copper coil can be fitted as emergency contraception and is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It needs to be fitted within five days (120 hours) of unprotected sex or up to five days after the earliest time you could have released an egg (ovulated).

It is very important that you know the date of your last period and your normal cycle length to ensure an emergency coil can be fitted safely.

Please contact us as soon as possible if you think you need emergency contraception, we have designated appointments throughout the week for emergency coils.

You can also have emergency contraception in a pill form, please click here for more information