There are a lot of myths about the coil. Here are some of them with explanations.
- You can only have a coil if you have had a baby.
WRONG - you can have a coil even if you have never been pregnant. Sometimes people who have had a baby through a vaginal delivery have had the entrance to their womb stretched and this makes it a little easier (and less painful) to fit a coil
- You can only have a coil if you are older or in a stable relationship
WRONG - you can have a coil at any age post puberty. Older people may be more likely to have had a pregnancy and a vaginal delivery - so it may be a bit easier to fit. If you are in a stable relationship your risk of sexually transmitted infections is lower (see below)
- Coils cause infections of the womb
WRONG - infections of the womb are usually caused by sexually transmitted bacteria such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea. If you have one of these infections at the entrance to the womb (where it may remain for many years without causing a problem) then the process of fitting the coil may transfer the infection into the womb itself. For this reason it can be a good idea to get a test for sexually transmitted infection before having your coil fitted.
Hope thats helpful. Do share any other myths that you know of.