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GyneFix Insertion in Vancouver, BC

I highly recommend Ellen Wiebe at the WIllow Women's Clinic in Vancouver, BC.

They import UK iuds so you have a bunch of choices. I was a little wary of trying the gynefix because they implant it on the uterine wall. But the Dr. said it was my best choice because I'd already expelled so many prior to my visit (3, 2 different type)

The process itself was very fast/smooth. I got the numbing shots, which I highly recommend. Not sure if she would have done them anyway.


Minimal spotting afterwards and no cramping within a few hours.



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Apr. 24th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
that's amazing
I read on their website that they carried gynefix but I wasn't sure whether to believe it since they are only approved for use in Europe and China.

I live in the US and really wanted the option of a smaller copper IUD but decided to go for the Paragard. I've had it about a week now and it's going ok. If it doesn't work out, maybe I'll plan a trip to Vancouver.

Do you happen to know how the Canadian health system deals with treating foreigners? Could I get treatment and just pay out-of-pocket at a clinic?

Hope everything continues to go well for you; keep us updated!
Apr. 29th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Re: that's amazing
I think you'd just have to cover the cost of insertion yourself, but I'm not sure. Sorry for the late reply.

The website isn't so great, I'd just call or email.
Apr. 24th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
You got a Gynefix in CANADA????? Any idea if anyplace other than Vancouver is doing them? I live in a border state (Minnesota) and am willing to travel to try one. I guess I could go to Vancouver--it's got to be cheaper than Europe. I'll actually be in Toronto the end of may on business if anyone knows of anyplace in Toronto that will place one.

As the PP asked how does the Canadian health system deal with foreigners?
Apr. 29th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the late reply. I can't speak for the rest of Canada, but the doctor specially imports them from Europe-she goes to a lot of european birth control type conferences.

I think you'd have to pay for the iud as I did and then probably the cost of insertion, as you wouldn't be covered by the BC health plan as I am.

The doctor does work with a lot of new arrivals to Canada/immigrant women, so I imagine it's fairly common.

Apr. 29th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
interestingly enough I found their website and emailed them and just got this reply today if the information helps anyone out. I'm considering watching airfare to seattle and maybe making a trip to get one. I plan to call and see if they can locate a clinic closer to my home state (MN) but I'm doubtful they will be able to do so.

Willow Women's Clinic
1013-750 West Broadway
Vancouver BC V5Z 1H9
Ph 604-709-5611 Fx 604-873-8304

Hi Heather

Sorry for the late response.

As from my knowledge my Dr's are the only one in Vancouver who inserts Gyne-fix iud's, but you can call 1-604-875-3163 for more resources near your area that may insert gyen-fix.

For someone who would like to have an iud without Canadian coverage at our clinic will be $150 for the insertion and plus the cost of the iud. A gyne-fix will cost $80, so the total will be $230.

We like to insert the iud during your cycle or the first two weeks after.

Please give our office a call for any further question or to book an appointment during business hours from Monday-Friday- 9:30-4:30pm.

Thank you
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
This is AMAZING news. My IUDs all seem to slide south over time (so they reach the cervix in about a year -- this is my 3rd try), so I'm so excited that they have the GyneFix now! The Willow Women's Clinic is such a fabulous one, too. :) Congrats on your Gynefix!
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