Hormone Coil

Dr Romi Ahluwalia at Brookside Medical Centre offers Hormone Coil & Hormone Implant/Rod insertion and removals. Book an appointment to discuss further and see if this is a suitable option for you.

FAQ Hormone Coil

Dr Romi Ahluwalia will discuss all aspects of Hormone Coil with you prior to the procedure. You will have an opportunity to ask questions if you do have any concerns.

february_blue_bullet-copyWhat is Hormone Coil?

It is an intrauterine device (also known as an IUD) that releases small amounts of the hormone locally into your uterus. Made of soft, flexible plastic, Hormone Coil is placed by your healthcare provider during an office visit. Hormone Coil is recommended for women who have had a child.
Plus:
• Hormone Coil offers contraception that’s over 99% effective; in fact, it is one of the most effective methods of birth control
• Hormone Coil prevents pregnancy for as long as you want, for up to 5 years
• You can try to become pregnant as soon as Hormone coil is removed by your healthcare provider

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february_blue_bullet-copyWhat hormone does Hormone Coil release?

Hormone Coil releases a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel that is often used in birth control pills. Because Hormone Coil releases levonorgestrel into your uterus, only small amounts of the hormone enter your blood. Hormone coil does not contain estrogen.

february_blue_bullet-copyHow effective is Hormone Coil at preventing a pregnancy?

Hormone coil (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is one of the most effective forms of birth control. Unfortunately, no birth control method, including Hormone Coil or tubal ligation (getting tubes tied), is 100% perfect. Once Hormone Coil is placed by your healthcare provider, it is over 99% effective and works consistently to prevent pregnancy. So you don’t have to think about taking birth control every day or even every year. You just do a self-check of the threads of Hormone Coil once a month. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider to explain how. If you have trouble finding the threads, call your healthcare provider. And in the meantime, be sure to use a back-up form of birth control.

february_blue_bullet-copyCan Hormone Coil protect me from Sexually Transmitted Infections?

No. Hormone Coil does not protect against HIV or STDs.

february_blue_bullet-copyDoes Hormone Coil contain any metal?

No, Hormone Coil does not contain any metal. It is made of soft, flexible plastic.

february_blue_bullet-copyWill Hormone Coil placement hurt?

Some women may experience some discomfort while Hormone coil is being placed. Side effects may include cramping or pain, bleeding and/or dizziness. This is common. Use of Local Anaesthetic prior to the procedure makes the procedure less uncomfortable.To help minimize the cramps, ask your doctor about medications that may be used before and after placement, such as over-the-counter pain medications. Let the doctor know if the cramping is severe.

february_blue_bullet-copyHow soon after I give birth can I get Hormone Coila?

Hormone Coil should not be placed earlier than 6 weeks after you give birth or as directed by your doctor.

february_blue_bullet-copyWhat can I expect after Hormone Coil has been placed?

For the first 3 to 6 months, your monthly period may become irregular and the number of bleeding days may increase. You may also have frequent spotting or light bleeding. A few women have heavy bleeding during this time. Call your doctor if the bleeding remains heavier than usual. After your body adjusts, the number of bleeding and spotting days is likely to decrease but may remain irregular, and you may even find that your periods stop altogether for as long as Hormone coil is in place.
In some women with heavy bleeding, the total blood loss per cycle progressively decreases with continued use. The number of spotting and bleeding days may initially increase but then typically decreases in the months that follow. By one year, about 1 out of 5 users may have no period at all. Your periods will return once Hormone Coil is removed. If you do not have a period during 6 weeks of Hormone Coil use, contact your healthcare provider to rule out pregnancy.

february_blue_bullet-copyWhat if I decide I want to try and get pregnant?

When you decide you want to try to have another child, Hormone Coil can be removed by your healthcare provider at any time. It typically takes just a few minutes during a clinic visit. In fact, you can try to become pregnant as soon as Hormone Coil is removed. Within a year of having Hormone coil removed, about 8 out of 10 women succeed at becoming pregnant.