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!!
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).
Much lighter periods. Had some emotional times & very low sex drive but unsure if that was the IUD or the post-pregnancy life.
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!
I started using this after some bleeding and mood issues on the combined pill and the minipill. Insertion was WAY better than I anticipated- it was quite painful but totally bearable but I did get quite dizzy, lethargic and crampy once the nervous adrenaline wore off. I had breakthrough bleeding for a month afterwards and only spotted now and again and my periods eventually stopped after about 9 months. Unfortunately, the coil has really wrecked my sex life: I have to have very very gentle sex otherwise I bleed and cramp the next day as if I'm having a nasty period. Had an ultrasound to check it hadn't displaced but all was fine and the doctor said that this is something that just happens for some people with the coil. I have lowered libido (could be because I'm worried about pain and bleeding afterwards but I'm not sure). My skin has also become a little more prone to breakouts but this may just be my skin type that was previously masked by the combined pill. Overall I'm very disappointed and will be switching to non-hormonal asap!
I love that my periods have stopped and it is a great option if you're looking for an effective contraception with limited side effects. However, in my case since starting it I have been growing a lot of facial hair - mostly under the chin and my upper lip. It's a bit of a pain to maintain and has become an insecurity if mine. So, for this reason alone I'm not going to continue with it once I get it removed this year. My other big gripe is that the insertion process was very painful for me - I'm shocked that analgesia still isn't the norm as it certainly doesn't need to be that painful.
I decided to go for an IUS after struggling with low moods, anxiety and depression in both the combined and minipill for years. Initially I was a bit put off by horror stories of insertion but I decided to go to my local sexual health clinic instead of my GP to have it inserted and it was the best decision! My doctor was very knowledgeable and gentle, she managed to insert it within a few mins with minimal pain! I was offered pain relief however, since this only helps with the initial pain for stabilising the uterus and not the cramping I told them to just get it over with quickly so continued without it. I felt the initial pinch of the tweezers and then 2 big cramps (one when they measured and one when they inserted). My doctor and nurse both talked me through it and the cramps just felt like bad period cramps. I got a little nauseous when it was first inserted and on the car ride home but other than that it was absolutely fine! No horror stories here. I felt cramping for roughly 12hrs after but nothing feminax can’t fix. After that I got a period that lasted the usual 4-5 days and have been completely fine since. It’s still early days but I’m already feeling more myself and my acne is starting to clear! Make sure you research and find a good clinic and you’ll be fine!
I had the mirena coil fitted on the 10th of March after being on the combined pill for nearly 10 years (from the age of 16). I’ve struggled with my mental health particularly over the last 3 years and suffered a low sex drive since I was about 20. After getting some support I decided it was time to try a new contraceptive and see if that would improve things. I was genuinely terrified to have something so invasive (I don’t even use tampons) but the nurses were absolutely brilliant and talked me through the procedure, how I’d feel after etc and really made me feel at ease. I personally find the speculum really uncomfortable in any situation and I wouldn’t say any other part of the procedure was more painful/uncomfortable than that. It lasted maybe 3 minutes max where they measured me and then fitted the coil. The cramps after we’re definitely the worst part, about 45 minutes after having it fitted my body clearly wanted it out and I’ve never felt cramps like it. I got home and straight onto ibuprofen and hot water bottles. It was an uncomfortable 48 hours but after that it was totally fine. I waited a couple of days before going back to the gym and took it easy to start with just because my muscles in that general area were tired and aching from the cramps. I spotted for the first couple days then had my period for about 10 days but it was really light. My mood has definitely improved, I’m sleeping a lot better and touch wood (pardon the pun) I think my sex drive is starting to improve too. Really glad I used this site to learn more about the coil and go for it, I won’t be looking back!
My GP and dermatologist confirmed that the coil caused me to have chronic acne. I had never suffered with acne before, and I’ve really struggled with having it. Luckily I’m slowly sorting it out with the help of my dermatologist. I originally went on the coil to help with my period pains, and it helped with that for the first six months, and then they came back as bad as ever. I also had an awful experience having the coil inserted.
Would recommend Kyleena - only bad side effects for me are acne that has started after around 18 months on the coil, and increased body hair that has started around the same time. No weight gain which has been great after the mini pill.