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 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!
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.
After trying this for 7 months I’ve booked an appointment to get it removed next week. After trying both types of pill and suffering from side effects (main ones being poor mental health and loss of sex drive) I thought I would try an IUS since it’s advertised as being a great alternative due to the hormones being localised. This didn’t stop it from causing me to become depressed, along with pretty much constant cramping (maybe 2/3 weeks every month) and periods that were admittedly lighter but also lasted twice as long! I wish wish wish I could say this worked as the majority of reviews are positive but I just think hormonal contraception unfortunately doesn’t agree with me :(
Painful insertion. I went very faint and had to lie on the bed after for hours, whilst eating chocolate to get my blood sugar up! I then had pelvic pain during and after orgasms, and during and after exercise for the first 4 months. My periods have completely stopped.
Got my Kyleena fitted in August 2020 and I must say it was not as painful as I thought it would! Maybe the painkillers I was given had an effect, or maybe it was my amazing OB/GYN who managed to help me manage my stress, maybe it's both, but what a relief! I had cramps the next 30 minutes following the insertion and then they stopped. For the first couple months I experienced some spotting, some random (very manageable) cramps, and some breast tenderness, but once my body got used to the IUS those were all gone. I haven't experienced any specific side effect, overall very happy with my contraception at the moment!
I had the Kyleena coil fitted almost 4 years ago and have been very happy with my experience overall. Fitting was quite uncomfortable and I did suffer from cramping immediately afterwards but this subsided after 24 hours. Having previously tried two different combined pills which both made me gain weight and enlarged my breasts, once I had the Kyleena fitted I lost weight without trying and noticed a reduction in my appetite which I have seen as a good thing. My boobs shrunk too. My period has become really light and quite erratic but never went completely. I get really tender breasts and some cramping approximately 2 weeks-10days before bleeds which tend to happen monthly. I experienced painful cystic acne on my chin in the first few months after having the Kyleena fitted, but this has gone now. I feel much more like ‘myself’ with the coil compared to the pill which caused me to have really low moods. Overall I would recommend the Kyleena and plan to have another IUS fitted when the time comes!
After being taken off several pills, I switched over to the Kyleena as it had the most balanced side effects according to most users. After getting it, I experience quite extreme pelvic cramping every now and then, however it has nothing to do with my period - to the point that I thought I might have pelvic inflammatory disease. The coil is absolutely great in that I don't have to worry about it day to day and it is really convenient. Would recommend, but just be aware of the side effects. Also, if you decide to get one, make sure to ask the healthcare provider, e.g. nurse, to numb you down there. They will probably be more than happy to do so - they numbed me and I didn't feel a thing.
It took me many months to finally commit to getting the coil but it was a really great decision. The insertion hurt quite a lot. I was advised to take painkillers beforehand but they weren't enough and next time I would definitely ask for my cervix to be numbed. Minus the pain, the insertion was pretty quick and I just kept reminding myself that once it was in, I hopefully wouldn't have to worry about it for a few years. Post-implant I had cramps for a few weeks, alongside some bleeding and I did get an infection but the clinic were quick to get me back in and some antibiotics sorted that out. Other than that, I've generally only experienced minor side effects. I initially experienced some breast tenderness which settled after a few months and my boobs have got slightly bigger but that's it. My periods have nearly completely stopped, minus the occasional day of light bleeding. I do still get some pre-period symptoms such as a few spots but this was normal for me pre-coil. Overall I feel completely like myself, which is not something I could say for all of the pills I tried before getting the coil! The biggest improvement however has been in my migraines. I've always suffered from bad migraines in the lead up to my period and since having the coil I rarely get them. When I do they are much weaker and much more manageable. Overall I'd really recommend getting the coil, I was genuinely at the end of the road with various contraception methods and so unhappy with how much of an impact various pills had on my skin, body, mind/mood, so to now have an effective method of contraception that has not only reduced my periods and migraines but has allowed me to carry on feeling like myself, is a game changer!
My doctor suggested this as it is smaller than other brands but just as effective and I only wish I had it sooner. I had some spotting for the first 3 months or so and now after a couple of years I rarely get spotting and no periods. No other side effects and the horrible hormonal headaches I used to get have completely stopped.