Concerns about pain are natural
The implant, the coil and the injection are some of the most reliable long-acting reversible methods of contraception.
But some women worry about the whole experience of getting one of these methods.
What should you expect?
Will it hurt?
Everyone is different and we all have different pain thresholds. Most women tolerate having a LARC, whether it's having an implant inserted, having a coil fitted or getting an injection. You may need some pain killers before you have a coil fitted. With an implant you need a local anaesthetic to numb the area. A healthcare professional can advise you on what you can take before your appointment.
Will I experience symptoms?
After a coil insertion, some women may experience some cramps and dizziness.
These are usually comparable to having a period, and will get better over time. But if you find that the pain persists, it's important to seek medical attention.
With an implant, you may feel some bruising, tenderness or swelling around the implant after it has been inserted and these should get better quickly. It's important to seek medical advice if you notice any changes to the skin or feel any pain where the implant is.
As with any injection, you may experience some redness or pain where it has been given to you. You may also experience some headaches and dizziness which should get better over time. So, you should bear this in mind if you are driving back home and perhaps think about brining someone else with you to take you home.
ALTERNATIVE CONTRACEPTION METHODS
If you decide that the hormonal coil isn’t for you, it might be worth considering these alternatives:
THE HORMONAL COIL
The Hormonal Coil is a small, soft T-shaped plastic frame that releases low levels of a progestogen hormone for up to 3 - 5 years. It is given with a prescription and placed in your womb by a doctor or nurse.
THE COPPER COIL
The Copper Coil is a small, T-shaped plastic frame that has a copper wire. It is available with a prescription and placed in your womb by a doctor or nurse, where it prevents pregnancy for up to 5 - 10 years.
THE CONTRACEPTIVE IMPLANT
A small, flexible silicone rod that releases hormones for up to 3 years. It is given with a prescription and placed under the skin of your upper arm by a doctor or nurse.
THE CONTRACEPTIVE INJECTION
An injection containing a hormone that is given with a prescription and administered by a doctor or nurse every 12-13 weeks.
NEED ADVICE? SPEAK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
Seek out an appointment with your doctor or nurse for further support that meets your needs.