IUS fitting advice
Your IUS fitting appointment - advice for women
If you are currently using the combined contraceptive pill,
progestogen‑only pill, injection or implant; the IUS can be fitted
at any convenient time. If you are not using one of these you may
like to consider using one just in the short term, as this will
make arranging your fitting appointment much easier.
If you are currently using condoms, a diaphragm, 'natural methods';
there are alternatives arrange the fitting appointment
within seven days of your period starting. If you cannot
arrange a fitting within seven days of your period starting,
you can abstain altogether from sexual intercourse (from the first
day of your period) and then the IUS can be fitted at any
convenient time. This advice is necessary because we need to be
certain at the time that the IUS is fitted that you are not in the
very early stages of pregnancy or conception.
*If you have problems with following the above advice, please phone
and ask to speak to the clinic doctor or nurse. The receptionist
cannot give contraceptive advice.
If you are arranging to have your IUS/IUD removed and another
refitted, this can be done on any day but we strongly recommend
that you abstain from sex or use a condom for the seven days
before the fitting. This is to ensure that, in the rare event that
it is not possible to fit a new device after the original one is
removed, there are no sperm in your body that could result in a
pregnancy. If you are unwilling to take this risk you must abstain
or use condoms for the seven days before the
We suggest you have a 'pain-killer' at least half an hour before
the fitting. This will reduce the 'cramps' you may get after the
fitting. Also please ensure that you have not skipped any meals
before your fitting or you will be more likely to experience
dizziness and fainting.