Side effects

Copper coil (IUD) side effects

3.5

553 reviews

What Lowdown reviewers say

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57% no impact on mood

64% heavier periods

64% no impact

76% no impact

77% no impact on skin

Cycle return

46% in 1 month

Copper coil (IUD)

Copper coil (IUD) common side effects

Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

76% of Copper coil (IUD) reviewers reported period like cramps

42% of Copper coil (IUD) reviewers reported vaginal discharge

41% of Copper coil (IUD) reviewers reported lower back pain

34% of Copper coil (IUD) reviewers reported tender breasts

19% of Copper coil (IUD) reviewers reported thrush


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3.5

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Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

Copper coil (IUD)  

I really wanted a contraceptive method which was not hormonal so the copper IUD was perfect for me. I had very light periods before and cramps once or twice a year. The only downside of the copper IUD is that my periods are heavier but very manageable and I have cramps every month but not painful enough to require painkillers. I was terrified for my insertion but to my surprise, it was not bad at all! I would rate it a 6/10 in pain that only lasts a minute. The cramping afterwards only lasted a day and was also similar to period cramps.

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Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
50 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Copper coil (IUD)  

I had side effects with the pill and was put on the copper coil. I had no side effects and no pregnancy so it was a winner for me. Insertion is not much fun but over quickly.


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Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  15th Jun 24

Copper coil (IUD)  

The biggest change going from the pill to the copper coil for me is that period cramps became more painful and my period now lasts longer. However, after three months the pain settled down and now only occurs the first few days of my period, is less frequent and is easily controlled with paracetamol. The biggest advantage with this contraception is my boost in mood. No more mood swings, feeling low and my sex drive has improved. Great for anyone sensitive to hormones. I was worried about the insertion and nearly didn't go because of what others had told me but I had nothing to worry about. I was told to take paracetamol before the appointment, was given the anesthetic and was surprised by how quickly the process was. I asked the nurse, is that it? I wish I hadn't listened to others and got it done years ago.


Very positive mood

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Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  13th Jun 24

Copper coil (IUD)  

My periods are definitely a little longer but I’m regular as anything so am able to be very responsive to abnormal changes in my cycle. Definitely insertion is uncomfortable but worth it for me for a decade not having to think about pregnancy and no pain or feeling of it day to day. top tip: if you notice your cycles getting increasingly long then your coil might have slipped slightly! This happened to a friend of mine who went from 30-40days and was worried it was perimenopause!


Somewhat positive mood

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Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
44 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  11th Jun 24

Copper coil (IUD)  

For the first 3 months of Mirena coil, at ovulation time and period time I suffered massively with lower back pain on one side which spread into sever bloating which lasted for over a week at a time. I got so frightened there was something wrong that I ended up in A&e where they gave me scans, all clear, bloods, all clear. My husband noted the only change had been the coil. Even my doctor said she hadn’t heard that type of reaction but that it can take 3 months to settle. That was the third month and since then I have had no issues. Periods stopped immediately. It is working for me now but wanted to let people know this can happen as I googled so much to see if anyone else had had those issues. The coil is tricky.


Very positive mood

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Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3rd Jun 24

Copper coil (IUD)  

I have used the copper coil for nearly 5 years and it hasn't caused any issues except for slightly heavier/more painful periods for the first 4-6 months after insertion. However, after using it for around 3 and a half years, it did fall out during one particularly heavy period (which I believe was brought on by stress). I had a new coil inserted on the same day and have since had no issues.


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Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1st Jun 24

Copper coil (IUD)  

More research is needed! I had no issues with my first coil, following my second baby I had one re fitted and first few years were fine, for the 7 years I had it I have bled constantly for 4 years my fallopian tubes are full of fluid and the pain was horrific. A private consultant took the coil out 4 weeks ago and literally stopped bleeding the day after, I have had my first recognisable period in 4 years and it lasted for 4 days. Don’t wait to have it removed if you are having issues.


Very negative mood

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Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
40 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  23rd May 24

Copper coil (IUD)  

Had copper coil fitted only 2 weeks ago by a lady at the family planning clinic who fits a lot of these, i was so nervous from reading online reviews i would say smears are more uncomfortable, it was so quick and painless,was told to expect possible cramping/bleeding but i didn't until day 7 when i was ovulating then started bleeding im still unsure whether this is my real period yet i would say its slightly lighter than usual


Very positive mood

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Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
40 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  21st May 24

Copper coil (IUD)  

I always suffered with hormonal contraception. Couldn’t take pill due to migraine with aura and the mini-pill caused near constant spotting so the copper coil was my last option except the FAM method. For the coil, insertion for me was painless but I had cramping for a while after (2 days) and some bleeding. My strings were very long so I had them trimmed right down a week after insertion. First few months I had very heavy long winded (9 days) periods but this calmed down after month 7 and now my periods are closer to 5 days but my flow is much heavier. I’ve been able to keep using my menstrual cup but just have to be careful to break the seal when removing. I get cramps leading up to and during my period which I hadn’t suffered since teenage years but they are manageable - just annoying. I believe I’ve put on weight since having the coil inserted but this could also be due to my age. Overall this has been the best contraceptive for me and the first time I’ve been synthetic hormone free since 19 years old.


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Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  20th May 24

Copper coil (IUD)  

Best contraceptive I’ve used! Fitting was painful - but manageable and was over quick. Periods are regular and only very slightly heavier and painful. Also you feel amazing during ovulation 😄


Very positive mood

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