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Hormonal coil (IUS) Reviews

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Hormonal coil (IUS) reviews

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Lowdown user
25 years old
1 month ago

I thought I'd wait a while before submitting my review on the Kyleena so I could give a more well rounded account. I got it fitted in October of 2021 and I am so happy I did. The insertion was definitely not enjoyable however I didn't find it nearly as bad as I thought I would judging by other people's accounts; when I arrived the doctor measured me to work out which coil would fit best and settled on the Kyleena as it's a bit smaller. Getting it put in was definitely quite painful but it was bearable and didn't last too long. For the rest of the day I had quite bad cramps but after that there were no other issues. Since having it in there has been a bit of a change in my periods, they are now pretty irregular, probably come every 2-3 months,they're really light and only last for about 4 days. I've also noticed an increase in cramps (however when I was on the pill before this I never experienced cramps so this might be a side effect of coming off of them). Overall the fact that I never have to worry about contraception has been amazing for me. There's no stressing about whether I've taken my pill or having to rush to the pharmacy to get a new pack and once I got used to having the irregular periods there really aren't any downsides. Would definitely recommend if you want a contraception you don't have to think about.

Lowdown user
23 years old
17th Aug 22

I’ve had the mirena for almost a year. The insertion was painful but not too bad, I wouldn’t let this be the reason to not have it because it is only painful for a short time and then a couple of days of cramping. However I’m pretty sure it’s given me worse skin - not crazy worse but I deffo get more spots that I did on the combined pill. I put on almost 2 stone whcih could be due to this or coming off the pill. It’s impossible to lose weight on this even with diet and exercise for some reason. The worst part of it for me was that I almost every day have some kind of pelvic pain ranging from not bad to very bad whereas I had nothing on the pill, even though the mirena is supposed to stop it. I also bleed twice a month instead of once now which is never happened to me before. I did enjoy not having to remember to take something but I don’t think it’s worth it considering the pain and the bleeding. But I think if you’re on the fence try it and then you can always get it out if you don’t get on. I’m getting mine out next week and I’m excited to go back on the pill instead.

Lowdown user
20 years old
15th Aug 22

I have been on this IUD for about 8 Months. I absolutely loved my experience. The only thing in my case, is that I wanted to get rid of my period completely and since my previous didn’t want to give me the Mirena, I had this one instead. I will still change to Mirena at the end of this month, simply because I really don’t want to bother with having a period anymore but I would still absolutely recommend Jaydess to everyone. Obviously everyone reacts differently to hormones and I would always recommend to try out for yourself. I still think that IUDs in general are the best form of birth control. On Jaydess, my period got super light still about 9 days long (just like my usual period). I had cramping from time to time but nothing too dramatic. My sex drive went through the roof which can be annoying sometimes. My acne may have cleared up a bit. Other than that I felt nothing different.

Lowdown user
22 years old
31st Jul 22

The insertion process was awful despite taking painkillers beforehand and doing everything I was advised to (the nurses at the appointment were also so unsympathetic when I nearly passed out). Immediately after fitting I had horrendous cramps and hot flushes which lasted for several days afterwards and I was bedbound. This pattern of heavy cramping and bleeding continued and I also experienced quite severe low mood. I struggled to book an appointment to have it removed as they told me it needed time to settle down (they were suggesting anywhere between 3-8 months) but I eventually managed to get it removed a month after having it fitted. If it weren’t for the low mood I might have stuck through for a few months to see but I honestly felt so low every single day. The removal process was surprisingly smooth however!

Lowdown user
35 years old
3rd Jul 22

I got the Levosert coil fitted in April 2022 within 3 weeks I had removed it. I wish I had never got it fitted and gone with my gut instinct, which was to get the non-hormal coil or just stuck with taking the pill. As I approached my first period after having the coil fitted, I; 1. Became super emotional, 2. Couldn't stop crying, 3. Felt depressed and didn't want to get out of bed, 4. Was anxious, 5. Felt extremely nervous, 6. My breasts were really tender, 7. I felt dizzy at times, 8. I had a lot more discharge then before 9. Overall just felt like I was going through a mental health crisis. While l sometimes get emotional leading up to my period, this is something that I had never experienced before. I started questioning whether I wanted children and if I could cope with pregnancy and the hormonal changes I would go through, something I never questioned before. I wasn't coping with my hormones with the coil fitted, so how could I possibly manage through pregnancy. The only pros, I can report is that my period was a lot lighter then normal, but lasted longer, and I no longer had to remembering to take a pill daily, not really worth the cons in my opinion. I started reading up more about the side effects of the coil, and read stories of women who had kept it in for months, who's doctors had told them that it takes time to settle, I wasn't prepared to wait for it to settle, the thought of going through these kinds of emotions every month for 3 - 6 months before it settled was not an option for me. The side affects I experienced, apparently affect 1 in 10 women, I never thought I would be that 1 in 10. I have now gone back on the pill on approaching what should have been my next period; I missed a period as I wanted a break from bleeding; I bled for 7 days after the coil was fitted and 7 days after it was removed (I also had a period between that time). On approach what should been my next period I did't feel, no where near as emotional as I did when the coil was fitted. I was so happy that I got it removed. I am now approaching what should be my 2nd period after getting the coil removed and I have again been quite emotional this past week, this is hard to deal with as I have never experienced this level of emotional up and down before being on the coil. My advice is think long and hard before taking any kind of contraception, our bodies are different and go through changes over the years so what may have worked previously may not work now, swapping between contraception may also effect your hormones. There is just not enough research on the link between depression, anxiety etc and hormonal contraception, so please be aware of these possible effects. Ladies only you know your body, if the coil doesn't feel right please get it removed, don't suffer in silence or suffer for the sake of contraception, its really not worth it. 

Lowdown user
28 years old
3rd Jul 22

I really built myself up for the pain of insertion, so I took two paracetamol and two ibuprofen before going in around 3pm. They told me that they do not offer local anaesthetic or numbing gel as they think it makes no difference, but they gave me some naproxen as well for the pain after and they said that the cocktail of three drugs was okay. I would say that the forceps stabilising the uterus part was the most uncomfortable, the sounding and IUD insertion was a dull but strong pain, which I could almost feel approaching before it hit like a wave. I felt pretty good immediately after so I was quite happy, and the nurses were excellent and that definitely helped ease the situation. What I was unprepared for was what came after. I thought that after 6 painkillers, I was tranquilised like a horse, but my trip back home by tube was so intensely painful I struggled to not tear up. The whole evening after I was in a ridiculous amount of pain with the cramping. I had to try to put myself to sleep as soon as possible. The next ten days, I cramped really badly every evening at 6pm on the clock! Not sure why. My hot water bottle was my best fried. I was also continuously spotting for the next entire month. Initially a bit too much for a panty liner, and more suited to a light pad, and by the end of the month, I was changing panty liners twice a day. After the first month, everything stopped. It has literally been golden since then! Three months in, I have got no cramping, no spotting. I got a period for three days (usually 5) for which I just needed one light pad per day for. But its been an absolute breeze. The one change I can see is that I have more discharge than before, but I'm living my best contraceptive-induced life with that being the biggest side effect.

Lowdown user
26 years old
25th May 22

The worst experience having it inserted - fainted as cervix was clamped (which apparently isn’t uncommon). Terrible period like pains for 2 months after insertion, felt constantly faint and subpar. After a while the pain settled down but my partner was put off sex by the strings and I had absolutely no sex drive either! Eventually decided that convenient as it is having a “fixed” form of contraception, it wasn’t worth putting my body through the pain. Had it removed and was told that I have a form of PTSD from the IUD and have been a lot happier since it has been removed!!

Lowdown user
29 years old
24th May 22

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).

Lowdown user
41 years old
23rd May 22

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

Lowdown user
33 years old
23rd May 22

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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