Naga Munchetty’s screams of pain heard in GP’s waiting room as coil was fitted

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BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty has described getting a coil fitted as “one of the most traumatic physical experiences” of her life.

The 46-year-old said her screams were so loud that her husband heard them in the doctor’s waiting room and desperately tried to find which room she was in to “make it stop”.

"I won't go into all the details, but my screams were so loud that my husband tried to find out what room I was in to make it stop,” she explained.

"He said that those in the waiting room hearing my screams looked horrified.

"The nurse accompanying the doctor had tears in her eyes."

The doctor fitting the device asked her if he should stop during the procedure but Naga was determined to fight through the pain.

It proved so unbearable that she fainted twice.

Naga had never been pregnant prior to getting the device fitted, meaning her cervix in which it would be inserted had never been opened.

An intrauterine device (IUD) or coil is inserted through the cervix and into the womb, with the procedure usually taking around five minutes.

It releases copper to stop women getting pregnant and protects against pregnancy for between five and 10 years.

A week later, at a follow-up meeting, her GP said she could not believe the TV presenter had carried on the procedure after such immense pain.

“She said most women just give up when it hurt that much,” Naga continued. “She also said that she herself felt terrible after my fitting.

“At no point was it suggested that I could have any anesthetic or sedation.”

The BBC presenter had the coil removed after a year in a procedure where the pain was, again, “excruciating”.

“I fainted again and then I burst into tears of relief when I left the GP’s office,” she added.

“I felt violated, weak and angry.”

Naga said she had friends who had “very similar experiences” but others who had no problem at all.

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She was inspired to speak about the traumatic experience after reading an article by writer Caitlin Moran in The Times newspaper about her experience of having an intrauterine device fitted.

“The problem is not the coil itself – we known it is safe and effective,” Naga concluded.

“What this is about is how we look at all women’s health and pain.”

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