The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) sets clinical guidance and standards for sexual and reproductive health in the UK. The information and advice provided by iCaSH clinics, your GP and other healthcare professionals will follow these guidelines.
The FSRH have recently reviewed the advice on how long you can use some hormonal and non-hormonal coils.
- If you’re using any 52mg hormonal coil, such as the Mirena coil, and it was fitted when you were under age 45, you can keep it for 6 years.
- If you’re using any 52mg hormonal coil, such as the Mirena coil, and it was fitted when you were 45 years or older, you can use it as contraception until age 55 - when you won’t need contraception anymore.
- If you’re using a non-hormonal (copper) coil and it was fitted when you were over 40 years old, you can now use it as contraception for as long as you need before you reach menopause.
What this could mean for you
- If you have a Mirena coil (hormonal coil) and you were under 45 years old when it was fitted, it will now last for 6 years not 5 - which means you can keep it in for another year
- If you were 45 years old or over when your 5-year hormonal coil was fitted, it can now last up until you are 55 - after that, you won’t need any contraception
- If you have a non-hormonal (copper) coil, and it was fitted when you were over 40 years old, this could last you until menopause.
Click here to read the guidelines from the FRSH in full.