Overall I've not noticed any changes to my mood, weight, skin etc. I don't know how I feel about the hormonal side of things and I'm uncomfortable knowing it's working against my natural cycle and body in general but I just don't feel like any other contraceptive fits my needs and lifestyle. It's very depressing to think that something that is the best of a bad bunch is all we have available. Insertion was awful, but I think that was my nurses fault as it felt like it was just another one to her whereas it was a big deal to me. More care needs to be taken by the people who inset them and remind them that we are not a conveyer belt and products, but people who are already largely uncomfortable with the situation and process. I hated the pill, I don't want to have to insert things in and out of me frequently and can't rely on monitoring my periods/cycle. Praying for the day we are given much better options and more research into our bodies and safe contraception. So in summary, it's good. But it's not great.
When I had the Kyleena IUS inserted it was incredibly painful, I had debilitating cramps that lasted around 8-10 hours after the procedure. My first bleed was very heavy and lasted for almost 2 weeks, the next one was lighter and by the third I had lost my periods. Once every few months I would have pains so bad that it felt like someone was stabbing me in my abdomen and I could not move, not even painkillers would relieve this. I felt like my sex drive was completely killed, if I did try any kind of penetration I had that same cramping and ocassionally I bled after sex.
I have had Kyleena for 6 months now. I will be getting it removed next week. Insertion wasn't too awfully bad, but I have had two children. For someone who has not had children, it's likely to be painful for you, but a very quick process. The main reason I am getting removed is I have gained 15 lbs. since insertion with no changes to my diet. I believe it is mainly water weight and not fat, but I am short and this is unhealthy for me as I am already slightly overweight for my height. I have also noticed an increase in oil production in my skin and hair. I had awful acne the first few months, but it did subside with acne treatment. I have noticed that my hair is thinning as well. I was diagnosed with PMDD last year and I feel like Kyleena has intensified my symptoms leading up to when I would have a period. I don't bleed every month on Kyleena which is nice, but still experiencing PMDD symptoms. I will be going back on hormonal birth control in conjunction with my antidepressant that I am taking to treat my PMDD. I really did have high hopes for Kyleena as it is low maintenance and a low dose of hormones, but it is just not a fit for my body. Every body is different, so what may not work for one, may work for you!
My periods stopped completely, and the odd cramps I had early on were pretty much gone after about 6/7 months (although they weren’t bad). I’ve changed back to copper coil as I felt the hormones were affecting my mental health, feeling like I was on autopilot and low moods which I felt similarly when I was on the POP pill.
Overall it has been very mixed. I’ve enjoyed not having to think about having to take a pill and little to no periods however there have been a few issues. Fitting was quite uncomfortable and left me feeling really disorientated / nauseous for a few days. Breast tenderness and cramps have got more severe and last for longer now than they did in the first year. Also a lot sharper cramps than I wS used to before the coil.
I've had Kyleena inserted a month ago, 4 days into my period, and so far this is my experience. First, about me and my experience with hormonal contraceptives. I have tried about 4 different brands of COCs, and the Nuvaring. All of them killed my sex drive (general interest in sex disappeared, and I found it harder to get turned on with physical touch, and to orgasm), gave me a degree of emotional instability (I already suffer from that and they made it worse), plus periods of very low mood (no interest in anything). They all made my periods regular, lighter and less painful. None affected my weight, skin (I have clear skin to start with) or gave me long-term spotting (maybe first month, then that's it). I normally have very painful, heavy periods with little to no clots. This is my first try with a progesterone-only contraceptive. Insertion: I was very happy with the doctor and nurse I got, everything was explained to me, and I was assured that if I'm not happy with my coil I can get it removed at any time. I was offered a topical anaesthetic or anaesthetic injection to the cervix - I have a pretty low pain tolerance so I asked for the latter. I did not feel the injection. I did not feel the tenaculum grasping the cervix. I felt moderate but short-lived cramping when the probe was inserted to measure the length, and pretty severe cramping when the IUS was inserted. The entire experience lasted less than 2 mins. The cramping went from severe to moderate in seconds, but I was cramping and spotting for the rest of the day. Pain and spotting: I had moderate to severe cramping for shortish bouts (5 - 15mins) almost every day in the following 3 weeks, I took paracetamol (which didn't do much but I avoid ibuprofen due to stomach issues) and used a heating pad when I could. The spotting continued but was usually very minor, ie not even a pantyliner was needed. The string: I personally can't feel the string easily but my cervix is also hard to reach in general. The string is not intrusive or sharp and can otherwise be felt easily. Period: I got my period exactly 3 weeks after insertion. It was still painful, but I used less pain relief than I normally do. It was significantly lighter and no clots. I didn't have any PMS - I normally get tearful and have sore breasts before. Mood: I have been recording my moods on an app, and I daresay overall they have improved from before the coil. I've had a couple of bad days but all were linked to upsetting events (a bad interaction at work, argument with partner etc) so honestly I feel calmer and less volatile overall. Sex drive: I feel this has also improved for me - I have more spontaneous desire, my body responds better to physical touch and haven't had a change in orgasm. I do get a bit of cramping after orgasm though (not too bad). Weight: currently losing weight through diet, and this coil has not affected this at all. My appetite is the same. Skin: no changes. Bottom line: Kyleena has improved my mood and my sex drive, but caused daily cramping that is sometimes quite painful. This is my first month, so I will review again in a few months. Overall, I am very optimistic about my experience and I'm glad I got this coil.
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.
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!
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.
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!