TV star filmed having coil fitted for Channel 4 show after 'horror stories'
Davina McCall will be filmed having a coil inserted in a bid to show a ‘postive experience’ of the procedure.
The former Big Brother host, 55, is exploring the state of contraception in the UK and the struggle women face to access it in upcoming Channel 4 documentary Pill Revolution.
During the sexual health show, Davina will investigate the pill, which was invented more than 60 years ago, as well as its side effects and alternative forms of contraception.
Among them is the Mirena coil, which was a ‘game-changer’ for the TV star after struggling to find the right contraception for her, who still uses one now to supplement her HRT therapy.
The Mirena coil releases the hormone progestogen to stop women getting pregnant, is 99% effective and lasts for three to five years, according to the NHS.
Davina, who is a mum to Holly, 21, Tilly, 19, and Chester, 16, explained she made the decision to have the procedure on Pill Revolution after hearing ‘horror stories.’
She told OK: ‘I ran it past my kids and they gave me the green light. But this was my idea. Just in case anybody thinks that the TV company made me do it, absolutely not, I suggested it, because it’s the one thing that so many people contact me and say they’d never get a coil fitted because of all the horror stories.’
Davina explained that while the Mirena coil might not be for everyone, she wanted to show an alternative ‘positive’ perspective.
In Pill Revolution, Professor Dame Lesley Regan, a former President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, performs the procedure on Davina.
Revealing what it was like to have it fitted, Davina said: ‘The thing that hurt the most was a short sharp jab when they measured the cervix to see how far they needed to put in the coil.
‘They measure it, and they can make it the right length for your cervix. And I didn’t even feel the insertion.
‘During the process, I had some stomach cramps for about ten or fifteen minutes, and then afterwards, I didn’t feel anything. It was amazing.’
Davina previously made a documentary on Channel 4 last year called Sex, Myths and the Menopause, which aired to critical acclaim and sparked a vital discussion on ending the stigma that still exists around something half the population go through.
The presenter opened up on her own experience in the documentary, busting taboos and speaking honestly about the often debilitating symptoms, which included brain fog and depression.
Davina McCall’s Pill Revolution premieres on Thursday June, 8 at 9pm on Channel 4 and All4.
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