Advice to patients before booking fitting of a IUD/IUS



When to book your fitting:

When having an IUD or IUS insertion, it is important to ensure that you are not pregnant.  If you are using Condoms, a Diaphragm, “natural methods” including Persona, or having Unprotected Sex, between the first day of your last period and the day of your fitting, you MUST abstain altogether from sexual intercourse.  These methods should not be used, no matter how careful you are.

This advice is necessary because we need to be certain that at the time the IUD or IUS is fitted, you are not in the very early stages of pregnancy nor are there any sperm in your body, which could result in a pregnancy.

If you are using a hormonal method (the Combined Contraceptive Pill, Progesterone-Only-Pill, injection method or implant), the IUD or IUS can be fitted at any convenient time, as long as you are not bleeding too heavily.

If you are having an IUD or IUS removed and a new one fitted, this can be done on any day except a day of heavy bleeding.  You should not have sexual intercourse for the seven days before the fitting (if using for contraceptive purposes).  This is to ensure that there is no sperm in your body that could result in a pregnancy, if it is not possible to fit a new device after the original one is removed.

The reception staff can book your appointment but cannot give contraceptive advice.  If you are not sure about when to book your appointment, or which contraceptive method to choose, please make an appointment to come and discuss this with a GP.

If you are having an IUS (Mirena) inserted, you will need a prescription beforehand.  You need to take this to the pharmacy, who will give you the IUS, and you will need to bring it with you to the appointment.  You do not need a prescription for any other type of IUD.


Do not skip a meal – it is best to have eaten prior to the fitting

Please write down and bring the start date of your last period to the fitting

It is sensible to take a “pain-killer” at least half an hour before the fitting, to reduce cramps afterwards eg.  Ibuprofen (nurofen) 400mg.

Please allow at least an hour for the appointment.  Although the procedure does not take this long, a few women feel faint afterwards and need time to recover.  It is recommended that you have someone you can contact by phone, who would be able to collect you, in case you feel unwell.

Do not bring small children or babies with you to the fitting, or alternatively please bring a friend with you who could take care of them outside the room.

Some sanitary protection may be required afterwards.  You may wish to bring your own sanitary towel or panty liner with you.  Tampons should not be used for the first three days after the fitting.

You should abstain from sexual intercourse for three days after the fitting (if used for contraceptive purposes).  If the IUD or IUS has been fitted after day 7 of your cycle, you should use another contraceptive method as well for the next seven days.

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THERE IS STILL TIME TO HAVE YOUR FLU VACCINE *Call now* – who is eligible? (click here)

You are eligible to receive a flu vaccine if you are 65 years old or over on 31.03.18 (born on or before 31st March, 1953).
You are also eligible if you are an adult or child who suffers from a long-term medical condition such as:
• Heart or respiratory disease
• Diabetes
• Obesity (BMI >40)
• Kidney or liver disease
• Lower immunity due to disease or treatment
You are also eligible if you are pregnant or if you are an unpaid carer of someone who could not manage without your help

Child Flu Vaccinations:
• please note that pre-school flu vaccinations will NOT be done at the Town Hall Flu Day – please ask at Reception for details of separate clinic dates for this
• Primary school children (P1-P7) will be vaccinated at school

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SPIRE – NHS Scotland is improving the way it uses information from GP patient records

SPIRE – Scottish Primary Care Information Resource

NHS Scotland is improving the way it uses information from GP patient records. SPIRE  is a service that will allow small amounts of information from GP practice records to be used to help doctors’ surgeries, NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government to improve care and plan services, and to help researchers to learn more from patient information held at GP practices.

A new campaign is underway to inform patients across Scotland of the benefits of the service, and the confidential and secure way in which GP patient records will be used to help plan and improve health care services.

You have a choice about your patient record being used in this way. To find out more go to

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GP Practice Public Holidays 2017/2018

Varis Medical Practice will be closed on
Monday 25th December 2017
Tuesday 26th December 2017
Monday 1st January 2018
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Monday 2nd April 2018
Monday 7th May 2018
Monday 9th July 2018
Monday 24th September 2018
Tuesday 25th December 2018
Wednesday 26th December 2018
Tuesday 1st January 2019
Wednesday 2nd January 2019

These are all NHS Grampian Public Holidays and cover will be provided by the Out of Hours Service. (Telephone No 111- the free to use telephone number for NHS 24)

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