My copper iud (Mona Lisa) was amazing. The insertion was debilitating and next 2 weeks following insertion were terrible with cramping and pain, but within 6 months I felt normal again. Being able to forget about your birth control is awesome, and the copper IUD did that for me.
I'm 10 months in. First 6 months were unpleasant, excruciating waves of pain throughout the month. Pain is now limited to periods and ovulation. Discharge has increased quite dramatically and is pretty unpleasant. Previously used to use the smallest size tampon, now the largest will last 1 - 2 hours.
Overall so much better than the pill, my periods were a bit heavier for the first few months but then have settled down, they are a bit more painful than before but is overall so much better than the mood swings I had whilst on the mini-pill.
After taking the pill for years, I needed my brain back. I came completely off the hormones and it was the best decision I could ever have made - my sex drive improved, the depressive slump I fell in almost completely vanished and I started feeling a lot more like myself. After losing my period completely through taking the pill, it came back within 6 weeks and has been completely regular since, but slightly heavier than pre-pill. 3 years down and I couldn't be happier with the copper coil, even if it does mean I have a couple of days with a heavier period.
Really good at preventing pregnancy yet makes discharge quite heavy. Period went from 3 days to 6 and is doubly as heavy. The insertion process is the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life, so if I can’t get some form of anaesthesia for the next insertion I will simply not be getting another! It made me scream out in pain.
The first 5 months the cramping pre and during were worst that before the coil. My periods were also heavier and 5/6 days (before coil I had 4 day medium periods). However now I’ve got past the 6 month point my cramps is back to previous cramp levels and periods are heavier but I’m more prepared and know when I’m going to be heavier so can plan the heavy duty period pants! Overall so glad I’ve got it. I was dreadful on hormonal contraception and my mental health was in my boots. Also the fact it is 10 years is such a weight off my shoulders - it’s in and sorted! Even the insertion wasn’t as bad as I’d made it out to be. The GP and my nurse were incredible and so supportive!!
Had a copper coil between pregnancies. Did give me much heavier periods initially but they gradually became less heavy.
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!
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.
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.