The Coil: When Will It Become Effective?
The great thing about the coil is the fact that it becomes effective as soon as you have it fitted. It is generally fitted while you are on your menstrual cycle. Most women do not have sex during their period so it gives them a few days break anyway.
Why the Coil is So Effective
The coil works in a number of ways. Firstly it stops the sperm from passing through to the tubes. It can also have an effect on the mucus within the cervix which in turn acts as a barrier for the sperm. Finally it will make your womb less likely to accept an egg as it alters the lining. It has been alleged in the past that the coil can cause an abortion and that is how it works. This is not the case; instead it works by preventing the pregnancy in the first place.
Undergoing Regular Check-ups
Once you have had the coil fitted, it is vital that you go for check-ups every 3-6 weeks. That gives the doctor chance to see that the coil is still in place and working effectively. Without these check-ups you could be putting yourself at risk of getting pregnant.
It is possible that if you fall pregnant, you will experience an ectopic pregnancy. This is because the coil will successfully prevent a pregnancy in the womb, but it won’t stop them in the tubes.
As long as you give the coil 24 hours rest before you have sex, you should find it to be a very effective form on contraception. However, as it is painful to fit and it may make heavy periods worse, you may want to think about choosing another form of contraception. You need to take benefits and disadvantages into account before you choose whether or not to go through with the procedure.