At Midland Health, you can get your IUS or IUD removed by one of our expert GPs at any time.  It is important to remember that if you are not having another device put in, it is possible to get pregnant as soon as the removal has taken place. Full consultation to discuss your options (also see family planning) may be helpful to make the decision that is right for you.

Our state-of-the-art clinic in Birmingham offer both simple and complex coil removal procedures performed by a trained medical professional, available on short notice. Contact us to book a private coil removal near you.


What is a Coil Removal like?

There are two types of coil removals: simple and complex. With the simple coil removals, the end of the coil is still accessible to be grasped and taken out. This will allow the patient to go home the same day. In the case of a complex coil removal, the end of the coil thread can no longer be reached. We will then have to take further measures in order to ensure that the process will go as smoothly as possible. 

Simple Coil Removal

Most of the time, the coil removal process is quick and painless. Your GP will gently insert a speculum into the vagina (just like when you are having your smear test done). Then they will use forceps to grasp the ending coil threads that hang out of the cervix. This way, the arms of the coil will shift and the IUD will come out easily. The majority of women only feel a small discomfort.

Complex Coil Removal Under Ultrasound Guidance 

On rare occasions, the IUD strings may not be visible. If that’s the case, one of our experienced consultant gynaecologists will perform a lost thread coil removal procedure under ultrasound guidance. This means that they will use an ultrasound machine to pinpoint the location of the lost coil to help them take it out safely.

Sometimes, a difficult-to-remove coil will require a more complex removal procedure called a hysteroscopy. It entails inserting a small tube called a hysteroscope inside the cervix to allow your doctor to take a better look and remove the coil. The procedure takes under half an hour to complete but anaesthesia may be required. 

Another possible complication includes the coil being stuck in the wall of the uterus. Then, a laparoscopy may be required. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that takes 30-60 minutes to complete. Referred to as keyhole surgery, it's a minor operation that involves making a very small incision in the abdomen to get access to the problematic IUD.

A lost coil removal can sound daunting so our helpful and experienced medical team will be there to guide you and advise you. At Midland Health, you are in safe hands and you will get all the support you need to go put you at ease when you need a complex coil removal procedure.

Who is going to perform the Contraceptive Removals? 

During your appointment, you will be consulted by an expert trained GP that will perform the coil removal. Our GPs have years of experience and knowledge in this area, so you won’t have to worry about an unprofessional job. We ensure that our patients feel safe throughout the whole consultation.  


Simple Coil Removal


Complex Coil Removal



Can I have sex before I have my coil removed?

To avoid unwanted pregnancy, you should not have sexual intercourse in the seven days leading up to your scheduled coil removal procedure. That’s because sperm can survive inside a woman’s body for up to seven days following intercourse, meaning that you could still get pregnant.

If you wish to have sexual intercourse in the week before your private coil removal, you should always use a condom.

Can I take painkillers before the coil removal procedure?

Yes, over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen, can be taken 30 minutes before the coil removal begins to relax the womb and minimise any discomfort. Feel free to speak to your Midland Health GP for further advice when you discuss the procedure.

What happens after the coil is removed?

Following the coil removal procedure, you may experience some bleeding or mild pain for several days.

If you have had a hysteroscopy, cramping and bloody discharge may also occur. If you are concerned about any symptoms after the IUD has been removed, please, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Can I take painkillers after the coil removal procedure?

If you feel pain or discomfort after the IUD has been removed, you can use over-the-counter painkillers to reduce the pain. If the unpleasant symptoms persist after a few days, please call your Midland Health GP for advice.

How soon after getting my IUD removed can I get pregnant?

You will be fertile as soon as the IUD is removed, so you can get pregnant immediately after the coil removal procedure.

Your consultations with us are strictly confidential as we do not share your medical records with anyone. Simply book a consultation to discuss your coil removal options at our clinic in Birmingham. We provide a safe environment to discuss what is concerning you and our friendly GPs will be happy to offer the best health advice that you need.

We have translators available for your appointment.

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