This review is not only about Ballerine, but also about Gynefix and shaped IUD (as I used all of them and can compare). In the past, I used Gynefix copper IUD twice, for 5 years each. This frameless IUD is tiny and I was a happy user. However, this year, when it was time to get my 3rd, I could not find a doctor in the UK, who could insert it. So after much hesitation, I decided to give an old-fashioned t-shaped copper IUD a chance. It was a nightmare. After the insertion, I spent 3 weeks in a constant state of discomfort and low-to-moderate pain. When my first period after insertion had started, discomfort turned into excruciating pain. I could only lie in bed, crying from pain. The experience was very different from Gynefix, which never caused me any troubles. I booked a removal appointment and got the thing out as soon as I could. I also took a couple of days off after the removal, just to recover from the painful ordeal. I found about Ballerine (a ball-shaped copper IUD) from a random web search. It is not available on NHS and I found only one doctor who installs this IUD privately in London, UK. So I gave it a chance and so far, my experience is great. I felt discomfort - low pain in the first 2-3 days after the insertion, but after this, it is absolutely unnoticeable. So if you cannot bear a t-shaped IUD, it does not mean that any IUD is not for you. The shape and size make a huge difference. At least it defiantly did for me.
I got the Ballerine after trying The Kyleena and Nuva Ring. Both didn’t work well for me so my gynaecologist suggested the Ballerine because it’s flexible and small and of course hormone free. My experience wasn’t so great ... I got horrible periods, extreme sharp pains when I enganged my core (I’m a fitness trainer and PT so that was brilliant) and I simply felt uncomfortable all the time. Then I started reading articles that quite a few women were getting pregnant while they were using the Ballerine so I had it taken out. Simply because the periods were unbearable, I had sharp pains and didn’t feel confident using it anymore.