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Copper coil (IUD)

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Copper coil (IUD) reviews

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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
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
28 years old
3 weeks ago

I don’t do well with pain, I pass out. So I was actually sedated to have the coil inserted as they couldn’t run the risk of me passing out. Unfortunately I can’t say much on the insertion however when I came to, I had some immense cramping, like nothing I had experienced before for the rest of the evening and the following day all was fine. My first period was normal, pain free and had me thinking I had ignored the trend. But then my 2nd, 3rd & 4th were bad, about 10 days long and more cramping that had me curled up on the floor for about 2 hours at the beginning of the cycle. I got the coil checked out and scanned as I was also having phantom like cramps throughout the month but all was okay. Since then, the last two periods have had light twinging cramps which are more noticeable rather than painful and 100000% okay for me to deal with (I just get a little short tempered for half an hour). I’m hoping this is the turn and they will stay like this or even get better, I was told 3-6 months for it to settle and I’m feeling much more positive now, than I was 2 months ago.

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Lowdown user
29 years old
1 month ago

I was on the copper IUD for 4 years. The insertion was a bit uncomfortable but bearable with pain killers taken beforehand. I was told to expect the longer, heavier and more painful periods but that they should settle down after a few months. This was not the case for me as for the 4 years I had it, I continued having longer periods lasting around 8-10 days with heavier bleeding on days 3-5 and lighter before and after. This affected my sex life as I was on my period for almost half of the month. I also experienced more painful periods which meant I had to take painkillers to help ease the pain (abdominal, pelvic and back pains). The heaviness of the periods on the heavy bleeding days meant I was changing pads and tampons quite often and I used to see big clots coming out on those days. I don't know if others have experienced this but I would also get very constipated during my period. Now, after 4 years I finally got it removed and my periods are back to normal! Now I get pain-free periods that last for only 4 days, which was my baseline before having the copper IUD inserted. I'd also like to mention that I get tender breasts on the days leading up to my period now, so I guess the copper IUD helped with that as I didn't experience this for 4 years. Overall, it is a good contraceptive option as it's hassle free and you just forget about it. However, it made me dread having my period each month. I'm happy to be back to normal without it now. I'm due to have the hormonal IUS inserted next month, which I'm hoping would be a better alternative for me.

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Lowdown user
22 years old
1 month ago

I had my copper coil inserted nearly three months ago now, insertation was very uncomfortable borderline painful, however the bad part lasted less than 30 seconds so it’s over and done with pretty quick, but I did feel a little shaken up afterwards just because I didn’t know what to expect. Previous to the copper coil I was on Rigevidon from the age of 15-20and then Marvelon from 20-22. I decided to get the copper coil as I had been on hormonal birth control for such a long time and had kind of forgotten what it was like to not be on the pill. I found myself blaming the pill for my irritability, inability to hold in tears when frustrated or stressed, and my super low sex drive. I was right to blame my pill because since changing to the copper coil I’m so much happier, less stressed, I no longer cry all the time and my sex drive is back with full force, also I’ve lost a bit of weight and I hardly ever get bloated anymore which is great. My periods are still irregular but I haven’t had it in for long and that’s supposed to settle down after 6 months or so. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to come off hormonal birth control, the discomfort of having it put in is so worth it when it comes to how great it is to be hormone free.

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Lowdown user
27 years old
11th Apr 22

I love the copper coil and have recommended it to all my pals! Insertion wasn’t too bad for me but be warned you do feel some cramp-like pains. I’m lucky enough to have quite short and light periods, so for the first few months they were longer, heavier and slightly more painful but it seemed worth it to me for 5 years of no worries. Would recommend if you want to avoid hormones and your periods are easily manageable.

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Lowdown user
27 years old
11th Apr 22

I've had the coil now for just over 3 months. I chose it when i came off the pill after 8 years because my periods are naturally very irregular and i wanted to continue tracking them while this is being looked into. They applied a numbing gel while having it inserted but it was still some of the worst pain I've ever experienced. They did also offer a local anesthetic injection but i just wanted to get it over with so didn't have it. I had quite a lot of painful cramping after which made me nauseous for the rest of the evening. I've had 2 periods since and both have been a lot heavier than usual and with very painful cramping which I didn't have before which makes me feel nauseous and gives me hot flushes. I've also had increased spotting for a bit after my period ends. In between periods I've also noticed i sometimes have random mild cramps but otherwise don't notice it at all.

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Lowdown user
22 years old
11th Apr 22

Chose to have an IUD fitted after 5 years on the mini pill and have never looked back. Insertion was painful, with cramps for a day or two after but since then have not noticed it at all. My periods have become regular again, however they are heavier than when I was on the pill. I have not had any issues with rejection or movement of the coil either. Overall, was definitely the right choice of contraception for me.

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Lowdown user
25 years old
8th Apr 22

I was on the combined pill for 8 years but wanted something hormone free. The insertion wasn’t nice and did hurt quite a lot and i suffered a while afterwards too with bad cramp like pain (I’d had smears and cervical ectropium - caused by the pill - treatment before so wasn’t a newbie to this kind of thing). My periods are much heavier than they were on the pill (we’re talking ultra absorption tampons) and more painful. I had it fitted in September and I’m starting to get used to dealing with it now though, although it can be pretty debilitating. I had no issues with it moving either. The convenience of not having to remember to take a pill or order a prescription is great though. I do miss being able to skip a period for a special occasion though.

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Lowdown user
39 years old
29th Mar 22

I love that this is a non-hormonal form of contraception that lasts for up to 10 years but I can’t deal with the recurrent issues I have been experiencing with thrush (at least monthly but sometimes coming back every 2 weeks). Planning to have the coil removed as soon as my husband agrees to the snip!

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