How to get a coil fitted or removed

At Oxona, we offer a range of low-maintenance coil types and dosages, in consultation with your doctor, so you can choose something that suits you and your lifestyle. If the coil or IUD (intrauterine device) is your chosen method of contraception, our female-only team of specialist women’s health GPs will go through all the options available when it comes to fitting and removal – with a range of pain relief options.

With a vast range of medication available, women are often not given a say in which they’re prescribed – or the rationale behind their prescriptions isn’t explained. It is our ethos at Oxona to make sure women have all the time, support and information they need – with no judgement – before making a decision on their contraception, whether it is the first time they are using it, they want to switch methods or they have a preference and want to stick to it.

At our welcoming clinics, our experienced GPs have the time and expertise to explore your individual circumstances, preferences, anxieties and medical history. We are here to explain all your options, from pills to implants, helping you make an informed decision about which method is best for you, your life and your lifestyle.

Pain relief for coil insertion, replacement and removal

We understand that a copper coil fitting and removal of coil can be painful for some women. Your anxieties will be acknowledged and respected, giving you the time to discuss any concerns and presenting your pain relief options, making sure you are fully prepared. We can offer gas and air, local anaesthetics, strong pain-killers or anti-anxiety medications: our goal is to help you relax during the procedure.

We accept NHS GP referrals, or you can even refer yourself. And because we have greater flexibility with appointments, we can offer shorter wait times and dates that fit in with your schedule and cycle. Then, we’ll discuss the best plan of action for you, whether it’s referral back to the NHS for treatment, or connecting you with a private specialist consultant.

Other contraception options

Oral contraceptive

Oral contraceptives aren’t for everyone, but they might be right for you. We’ll talk you through the different types of pill to find the most suitable option, and compile a tailored ‘break’ regime.


Another low maintenance contraceptive route, we provide hormonal implant fitting and removal. We can usually provide this service within a week of first making contact with us. No long waiting lists.

How it works

From the moment you book your appointment to post-treatment care, we’re here to support you.

  • Booking your appointment
    With Oxona, there’s no need for a referral and you can book your appointment online, over the phone or by email. All appointments require a pre-paid deposit due at the time of booking.
  • Consultation
    Our specialists will give you the time you need to discuss your problem, making sure you are truly heard. Your questions will be answered with understanding and impartial advice, so you feel ready to make an informed decision.
  • Treatment plan
    Our treatment plans are based on you as an individual, rather than off the shelf. Taking into account your symptoms, medical history and any anxieties, we’ll explore all available options and respect your decisions.
  • Aftercare
    Your care doesn’t end after your treatment. Our team are on hand to offer free post-operative support, and to answer any questions about your treatment plan. 
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Why choose Oxona?


Your appointment will provide you with the time necessary to discuss your concerns thoroughly. Unlike many NHS appointments, our doctors can start from the beginning, address all your questions thoroughly, and ensure that you feel truly heard.

Expert care

All our specialists have devoted time to developing their unique skill sets to ensure that you receive the highest quality care. They are highly trained in their respective areas of expertise to guarantee the best possible outcomes for you.

Fair & transparent pricing

All our prices are transparent and available for viewing on our website. There are no hidden costs. Should you require further guidance on pricing, our reception team will be happy to assist you via email or phone.

Appointment availability

We know busy lifestyles and work schedules can make booking appointments tricky.  We offer a range of appointment days and times, including Saturdays in our larger centres, to provide the flexibility that you need.  

What our patients think

Really constructive appointment with Dr Welch who is knowledgeable, reassuring and empathetic. She gives clear explanations and advice whilst taking a collaborative approach. From my experience, I would highly recommend her care. Thank you.

Sam, Chipping Norton

What an incredible service, from start to finish.  My appointment was well over 45 minutes and allowed me and the doctor to really explore the menopause factors impacting me at the moment. We drew up an action plan, and she really helped me to prioritise what mattered to me and balancing hormones, drugs and side effects.  I left with a huge weight off my shoulders, and cannot believe I waited so long to see a specialist. The appointment was world’s way from my NHS experience and worth every penny.

Amber, Oxford

Excellent and friendly service. Women’s health appointment in the St Albans clinic, which was welcoming and professional.

Michele, St Albans

Frequently asked questions

Can I claim for my appointment on insurance?

You need to speak to your insurer prior to your appointment. Some insurers will reimburse you for the appointment, but you will need to present any documentation at the time of your appointment for the doctor to sign. It is very unusual for insurance companies to cover contraception, but always worth checking. 

Do you treat nervous patients?

Yes. We have the luxury of time to ensure our patients are fully informed and feel confident in the treatment they are receiving or any procedures. Our doctors are highly trained specialists in women’s health and procedures. For coil/implants, we can discuss pain relief options and assist in mitigating any fears or concerns.

How much do private prescriptions cost?

All NHS prescriptions are a set fee regardless of the cost of the drug. However, private prescriptions will be charged by the pharmacy for the individual drugs. The cost is roughly £20 for most HRT drugs, and £25 for Testosterone. A course of antibiotics can range from £5-20 per prescription. Your NHS GP may be able to prescribe HRT drugs, but this is at their discretion.

What pain relief do you offer during coil fits?

Our doctors are very experienced in coil fittings, so you’re in safe hands. And while we find that, for many patients, the feeling of confidence and safety makes for a relaxed atmosphere, where they don’t feel like they need or want pain relief, we appreciate this isn’t the case for everyone.

We very much respect patient choice and recognise that coil fits can be painful for some women, affecting everyone differently. We therefore offer strong pain killers and/ or Entonox (nitrous oxide), so feel free to discuss pain relief options with your doctor prior to the procedure.

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