What is Mirena coil and how does it work? The truth about the device THOUSANDS of women use
Channel 4 viewers have praised Davina McCall for having her coil changed on TV.
The 55-year-old presenter looked at the problems faced by women on contraception in an hour-long documentary that aired on the night of Thursday June 9.
As part of her eye-opening Pill Revolution programme, Davina was filmed having her Mirena coil removed and replaced.
But what exactly is the Mirena coil and how does the contraceptive device actually work?
Read on below for everything you need to know about the Mirena coil.
What is the Mirena coil?
The Mirena coil is a hormonal intrauterine system (IUS), which can be used as a method of contraception, as well as to treat heavy periods and protect the lining of the womb during menopause.
There is a small risk of infection after it has been fitted but it can be removed any time.
IUSs, like the Mirena coil, release progesterone instead of copper, which are found in intrauterine devices (IUDs).