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Lowdown user
29 years old
today

I cannot recommend it enough! I got my first Mirena in 2015, and my second in 2020. I'll be honest, the insertion isn't fun, it felt like a bad period cramps for about 12hrs after. I recommend having ice cream ready. But switching to Mirena has been one of the best decisions of my life. I used to have a lot of anxiety about getting pregnant. Mirena has given me so much peace of mind. Also the low hormone levels haven't give me any side effects (I did on the pill).

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Lowdown user
13 years old
1 day ago

Other condoms can give my thrush or cystitis so I assume I must have a mild latex allergy. These condoms are amazing they fit great and they feel like nothing, I hardly notice them at all. And 0 side effects! Just have to drain the purse a little bit instead

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Lowdown user
41 years old
2 days ago

Much lighter periods. Had some emotional times & very low sex drive but unsure if that was the IUD or the post-pregnancy life.

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Lowdown user
41 years old
2 days ago

Had a copper coil between pregnancies. Did give me much heavier periods initially but they gradually became less heavy.

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Lowdown user
33 years old
2 days ago

I have been on Rigevidon for a fair few years now and I can honestly rate it "not too bad". It struck me when I first started on it how much my sex drive decreased - it has taken a long time for it to come back, and it's still definitely not where it was without hormonal contraception. That and the weight gain (I have gone up two sizes since starting it) are the definite "cons". However, it is not all bad. I like that my periods are very short and light (3 days max), and I like that I can skip them when I want by taking packs back to back, meaning I can enjoy my seaside holidays without bleeding. My skin has definitely improved, it is glistening now and I used to suffer from dry skin and dermatitis, that is completely gone. I do get headaches from time to time but they are less strong and piercing than those I used to get without the pill. Overall I feel my hormone levels are better managed on the pill - I don't get mood swings, I don't suffer from PMS or any period-related annoyance, no cramps, and it's easy to maintain as it's ok to take it within 12 hours of the "usual time", meaning that it's difficult to forget. I know however as I get older and overweight I should consider another option, but I tried the hormonal coil and that was horrid, so I went straight back on to Rigevidon. I would be open to switching type of pill, however I have to say the side effects get so much better after time, and I don't want to risk resetting all of that.

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Lowdown user
33 years old
2 days ago

I had to share this experience as a warning to other women that having an IUS is really *not* for everyone. I was on the combined pill and honestly never had many problems with it, just decreased libido and definitely weight gain, so I decided to give the IUS a try as I liked the idea of a lower hormone intake. I was prepared for the pain on insertion - I went to the GUM clinic to have it, the nurses there were very nice and supportive, they really did their best to make the experience as painless as it could be. As I don't have children, I asked them to use both a numbing gel and spray, and I am sure that helped - they switched from Myrena to Kyleena as they found my cervix to be very small. It was still pretty painful but it didn't shock me as I was prepared. The bit that should be improved is the pain management - you can't just tell people to "take some ibuprofen and paracetamol" as for most people that barely cures a headache. I wish better pain relief was offered (naproxen at the very least, or codeine). If you go ahead and get an IUD, please make sure to ask for something strong for the aftermath. I went home and proceeded to experience strong cramps all afternoon. I took it easy with work, took some Naproxen I fortunately had at home and waited. The cramps (more like contractions, really) subsided after a few hours, and I went to bed feeling more or less ok. The next day I worked all day as normal and I thought I was out of the woods and I was really happy! Then during the night, 4am, I woke up in cold sweats with terrible pain. It wasn't cramps or contractions anymore, it felt like my uterus was exploding. Nowhere in the Kyleena leaflet did it say that was normal, and the fact that I had a 24hr period free of pain told me something was wrong. I called 111 and was seen by the urgent care centre, where they gave me codeine and referred me to the on call gynecologist. He asked me what I wanted to do, and I honestly could not take the idea of the codeine wearing off and the pain starting again. I started thinking how horrifying it would be to face potentially weeks and weeks of pain, cramps and irregular bleeding - none of which I had with the pill, or without contraception for that matter - and I just asked him to remove it. So overall I only had the IUS for a couple of days, but it was clear that my uterus was *not* accepting of it. Nobody should have to experience that level of pain. For women who are unhappy with their IUS but are scared about removing it, please don't be. It took one second and was far, far better than insertion. Immediately after removal my body felt better. I had mild cramps for a couple of days, but those were the "normal" ones caused by the cervix being opened, not the uterus wanting to burst out. I'm back on the pill now!

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Lowdown user
28 years old
2 days ago

It's not been terrible but I'm really not a fan of this pill. I'm on the pill for my endometriosis (to stop my periods) but I can't use the combined pill due to migraines. I've still had periods on this pill - they've been very regular though, with 26 day cycles. My skin has been really bad. It's been very oily with more acne which has been on my back/shoulders/upper arms/chest as well as my face. I've also gained weight quite quickly which has resulted in a lot of stretch marks. I've completely lost my sex drive. I get a lot of pain around ovulation and in the week before my period, as well as my period.

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Lowdown user
23 years old
5 days ago

The procedure of having the copper IUD inserted isn’t pleasant, however it’s bearable. My copper IUD caused so much heavy breakthrough bleeding, period pains and backache. I couldn’t have sex as the strings were visible from the entrance of my vagina and were really sore. The coil had caused an infection, leading to pelvic pain and abnormal discharge. I couldn’t wait to have it removed!

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Lowdown user
23 years old
5 days ago

I took this pill from the age of 15-23 for prevention of heavy, painful and irregular periods. I had light and regular withdrawal bleeds and only two occasions of breakthrough bleeding during those 8 years. It eased my acne and spots an incredible amount. The down sides - I developed OCD and depression soon after taking the pill & am now medicated for this. I gained 4 stone in weight and was recently diagnosed with borderline hypothyroidism, thought to be influenced by long-term pill use. My libido decreased massively and I would develop thrush monthly. Overall, it works well for regulating periods, but can have so many negative impacts, so it’s worth looking at others before settling with the pill! X

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Lowdown user
17 years old
3 weeks ago

I didn't really get on with the implant , I bled for a month at a time and still got heavy painful bleeding. I know they say it takes 8 or more months to regulate but the bleeding made me mildly anaemic and affected my daily life. On a contraception note I had no pregnancy Scares and I didn't once use a condom.

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