Frequently asked questions
This page contains the most frequently asked questions about GyneFix.
If something is not clear, or if your question is not on this list. Do not hesitate to contact us via the contact page. We are happy to answer all your questions.
What does GyneFix look like?
GyneFix consists of 4 (GyneFix 200) or 6 (GyneFix 330) copper tubes attached to a nylon thread. A small knot at the end of the thread is used to attach GyneFix to the womb. This is why GyneFix, if correctly fitted, is rarely released from the womb.
Who can use GyneFix?
GyneFix is an ideal contraceptive for all women, both women who have given birth as well ass women who have never given birth. GyneFIx is different from traditional IUD's because it is small, framless and very flexible. This is the reason why GyneFix is very well tolerated and fits in every womb.
Who do I need to insert GyneFix?
For an optimal result and maximum user comfort it is important to consult a trained GyneFix doctor. A list of trained doctors in your region is available on our GyneFix Doctors page.
What can I expect during placement?
Fitting is usually done in the doctor's practice room. GyneFix can be placed at any time of the menstrual cycle. First the doctor will check if you are not pregnant and if there are no inflammations.
Placement usually includes these steps:
- Physical exam. The doctor will make sure everything is ok.
- An Ultrasound is taken to determine the size and position of the womb.
- Fitting of GyneFix.
- A second ultrasound is taken to confirm correct placement.
For optimal results it is recommended to consult a trained GyneFix doctor. Please consult our GyneFix Doctors page for a map with all trained GyneFix doctors in your neighborhood.
Is the insertion painfull?
When the doctor attaches GyneFix to the womb, a short stinging pain can be felt. The pain is very similar to receiving a needle injection. Within a few seconds the pain sensation should ease away.
If you are very sensitive to pain, your doctor can administer a local anesthetic.
What can I expect after insertion?
Immediately after insertion a minimal amount of blood loss is normal
Light menstrual cramps are possible 2 to 3 days after insertion.
Heavier periods in the first few months of use are possible. After a few periods it will steadily return to normal.
I haven't given birth yet, is GyneFix suitable for me?
GyneFix is very suitable for woman who haven't given birth yet. Due to the frameless and flexible design, GyneFix adapts to any womb.
Can I use tampons after insertion?
It is recommended to not use tampons or menstrual cups in the first week after insertion. After that it is completely safe to use tampons or menstrual cups.
Can I exercise after insertion?
It is advised to not engage in strenuous physical activity within the first week of insertion. After that exercise and physical activity are completely safe.
When can I have sex again, after insertion?
It is advised to not have sexual intercourse during the first week after insertion.
Can my partner feel GyneFix?
GyneFix is fitted inside the womb and is not noticeable during intercourse. The end of the nylon thread, on which the copper tubes are attached, protrude 1 to 2 cm from the cervix. Usually the thread curls up around the cervix, so that it is not noticeable.
If your partner is feeling the thread, you can ask your doctor to tuck the thread in the womb or cut it shorter.
Is a follow-up visit necessary?
It is advised to have a follow-up visit a couple of weeks after GyneFix has been fitted.
Can I delay my period with GyneFix?
GyneFix is a hormone-free method of anti-conception, this means the natural menstrual-cycle of the body is maintained.
With GyneFix you can not delay or skip your period. If you want to affect the timing of your menstruations, then it is possible to temporarily use a hormone-based anti-conception method (ex. the Pill) in combination with GyneFix.
How much does GyneFix cost?
GyneFix costs 129,00 euro and offers 5 years of worry-free effective contraception.
Is GyneFix reimbursed?
The reimbursement of GyneFix is dependent on your age.
Younger than 21 years
Younger than 21 years, than GyneFix is 100% reimbursed by NIHDI (National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance). More info at www.riziv.fgov.be (dutch version) or www.inami.fgov.be (french version)
21 years and older
For ages 21 and upward, the reimbursement is dependent on the health care plan you are subscribed to. For the exact details please contact your health care plan provider.
What is the difference between GyneFix 200 and 330?
GyneFix 200 consists of 4 copper tubes which are threaded on a strand of nylon. GyneFix 200 is suitable for most woman.
GyneFix 330 has been designed for woman with a larger womb, it consists of 6 copper tubes in stead of 4. Other than that there is no difference between the two types.
Your doctor will advise you on what is the best GyneFix type to use in your case.
How long does it take for fertility to return after removal?
Because GyneFix does not affect the hormonal balance of the body, fertility immediately returns to normal after removal.
Allergic to copper?
Copper allergy is a very rare condition. There are no reported cases of copper allergies with GyneFix.
A healthy human body contains about 50 to 80 milligrams of copper. Copper is used by the body to produce bone and binding tissue. Because copper occurs naturally in the body, allergies are very rare.
Some people might think they are allergic to copper, but is most cases they are actually allergic to certain impurities (ex. nickel) contained within the copper. GyneFix uses medical grade copper of the highest purity (99,999% pure), this is the reason why allergic reactions to impurities are non existent.
Can GyneFix cause problems with medical imaging?
GyneFix should not affect any medical imaging systems (ex. MRI, CT, ...). There have not been any reported cases of issues with GyneFix and medical imaging systems.
Can I pass a metal detector with GyneFix?
Metal detectors used for example in airports do not detect GyneFix.