Naga Munchetty hailed an inspiration as calls for change are answered: Step forward

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Naga Munchetty, 46, recently opened up about her horrific experience having a contraceptive coil fitted during her Radio 5 Live show, admitting it was so painful and traumatic that she fainted twice. But following her calls for change, it seems the impact of her words has indeed inspired a new outlook on the way coils are fitted, as pain relief will now be offered to patients.

A step forward…

Naga Munchetty

It comes after a report revealed that all women will now be given the option to have pain relief if they have coils, also known as the IUD (intrauterine device), fitted.

The small, T-shaped plastic or copper device is put into your uterus by a doctor or nurse to stop you from getting pregnant.

An IUD is similar to the intrauterine system (IUS), but instead of releasing the hormone progestogen like the IUS, the IUD release copper into the womb to alter the cervical mucus.

This makes it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg and survive, and can also stop a fertilised egg from being able to implant itself.

It works as soon as it is put in and lasts between five and 10 years depending on the type.

Following the news, a fan took to Twitter to notify Naga of the story and thanked her for speaking out.

They wrote: “Important change in coil guidance thanks to @TVNaga01, @caitlinmoran and @bbc5live.”

Naga tweeted it with the comment, saying: “A step forward…”

She also reposted a BBC article about the option now offered to women, to which one of her followers replied: “I cannot thank you enough for bringing coil fitting pain to the table.”

Another agreed, penning: “Fantastic news! Well done!”

While a third hoped for further change: “I really hope ScotGov/NHS Scotland follow English lead!”

Others hailed her and other celebrities alike who have spoken out, as “inspirational”.

It comes after Naga told listeners of the time she had her contraceptive coil fitted.

She referred to it as “one of the most traumatic physical experiences” she has had and said her husband James Haggar, was terrified after hearing her “screams” from the waiting room.

“We all know that coils are safe and effective and lots of women have no problem at all with them,” she explained on her radio show.

“But like all medical procedures, there’s a vast range of experiences.

“She [my GP] said she couldn’t believe I had stuck with it. She said ‘most women just give up when it hurts that much’. She also said that she had felt terrible herself after my fitting.”

The BBC Breakfast star also revealed she suffered further problems when her coil was removed a year later.

“The pain again was excruciating. I fainted again, and then I burst into tears of relief.”

“I felt violated, weak and angry. I have friends who have had very similar experiences, and of course I have friends who have had no problem at all. What this is about is not the coil itself. We know it is safe and effective.”

She concluded her story by saying: “What this is about is how we look at all women’s health and pain.”

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