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The IUS is a small, T shaped device that is also known as a hormonal coil. It sits inside your womb and releases a hormone called progestogen to prevent you from getting pregnant.
The IUS will need to be fitted by your doctor. The procedure takes about ten minutes and you will need to be screened for infections such as STIs first. The doctor will check the size and position of your cervix before the IUS is inserted through it into your uterus. A speculum will be used to hold your vagina open and you will be given a local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort. Two small threads will hang down through the cervix, which you and your doctor can use to check that the IUS remains in place. You should stay lying down for a little while afterwards, but the whole procedure should only take about ten minutes. When you decide to have the IUS removed, it will need to be done by a doctor. Your fertility should quickly return to normal.
“ When I found that I was unexpectedly pregnant, I wanted a someone to talk to who would be sympathetic and unbaised and who would go through all my options in detail. This is exactly what I found with the team at 132 Healthwise. Although it was a very difficult time, the sensivitiy and understanding of the team was remarkable. I would recommend them to anyone who finds themselves in my situation. ”
Miss CM, London
"I panicked when I discovered that I was five weeks pregnant. It was a total shock and I wanted to deal wih the problem urgently. I knew that I didn't want to keep the pregnancy, for a vareity of reasons, but I didn't know how to deal with it. Rather than waiting for an NHS appointment, a friend recommended I rang 132 Healthwise. From the first phone call I was put at ease. I was given an appointment the next day, when I had a scan and saw the consultant. I had many questions, all of which were dealt with in detail and with sympathy. I made the decision to go ahead with a medical abortion, which was very straightforward. I had the consultants personal phone number, so I could ring him at any time, if I had worries or further questions. Nobody wants to be in this situation, but the staff at 132 Healthwise made it as trouble free as possible."
Miss AF, London
Abortion carried out by medicine rather than surgery.
The procedure is done with general anesthesia and oral pain-relieving medications.
Diagnosis and treatment of early pregnancy problems including abortion, sexually transmitted infections (STIs).