I’m honestly mixed about this. Insertion was painful. Honestly the worst thing I’ve ever felt and I took paracetamol and had the pain relief injection. After the first day things went well. Regular periods. Average sex drive. No issues. Until 10 months later when I noticed it had slowly started to fall out and I didn’t know until it was too late. I became pregnant as the coil was half in half out. This lead to complications. So it didn’t start or end well for me but the middle bit was fine.
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.
For someone with heavy & painful periods, this has been a game changer. The insertion process wasn't too bad at all. It was uncomfortable but nothing out of the ordinary for someone who as been through hell with their periods! I have little to no bleeding now, and some cramps but nothing that some mefenamic acid cannot sort out. Highly recommend. I feel much more myself, and I'm not overloading my body with hormones all of the time.
I got the Levosert coil inserted last year. Getting it in was quite painful and I had pain for a few days afterwards then I was fine. I don’t get periods any more which doesn’t bother me but once a month I feel like my hormones increase and I get really sore boobs and an increase in appetite. I was having problems with hair loss at first but this seems to have calmed down and was also getting a lot of whitehead spots on my chin which come back from time to time so that’s quite annoying. I think I feel a bit more scatty than I usually do I’m forgetting a lot of things and can be quite disorganised but not 100% sure this is a cause of the coil. It’s not made too much of a drastic change to my every day life and I’m glad I don’t need to worry about contraception for another 5 years.
Had this fitted just over 5 months ago. I blead continously for the 4 months, every day. Still experiencing bleeding, but not all the time now. I have no idea if I've had a period since having it fitted as the bleeding I've been experiencing acts like a period, however it does seem to be improving now. Unfortunately it has made my skin quite spotty, especially my face and back. 5 months on and i still am experiencing cramps, mainly in my right thigh/groin area, but it coincides with bleeding afterwards. On the plus side, I really have not experienced many headaches or weight gain!
I've had the coil fitted for 2 months now. I had it fitted on my period which I think helped make the process relatively easy. Some cramping for a couple of days afterwards, but mostly no major symptoms. My first period was on time and very veryyyy light (pantiliner only). Second period came on time, but feels heavier this time - still considered light but need a pad now. Still adjusting to it all.
Really painful during insertion but settled within 2 days. Some cramps now and again and spots on face have increased, also experienced some on my back which I’ve never had before. Some spotting and first few weeks had a light bleed. Now periods are a lot lighter. However it can be felt slightly during sex.
After years of different methods, I chose the IUS after my third child as I wanted something long term without me having to remember something every day. Aside from increased acne, which has been a fair amount, I am happy with the IUS and would get it again. After speaking with the nurse practitioner, she assures me the acne will calm down
Not a fan. My boyfriend could feel it during sex; it made me bleed after sex; loss of libido; made me spottier when my skin had just began to calm for the first time in my life; stopped my period which I didn't like because I like the reassurance each month of it; also made me tonnes more emotional - would literally cry at the smallest triggers.
I inserted this coil back in January 2020. The experience to get it inserted in itself was different than I thought. The nurses were very kind and sweet, but it was painful to the point tears rolled down my face (without me being able to hold them back) and I think I only managed the rest of the day, because I asked for a local anaesthetic for the insertion. In terms of mood I remember not being myself and being quick-tempered for a few months. 7 months later I want to get it removed, because my sweating is ridiculous and I have a foul stench coming from both my armpits and down there after 3 to 4 hours after a shower or having washed (not sure if others around me feel it, but I do and it's very uncomfortable). Also my hair is super greasy as it has never been like this. The only plus side I see to hit is the reduction of period, which for me didn't disappear completely, but is a lot less than before. I have a health issue (angioma in the left cheek in my face) that hadn't bothered me in years and resurfaced after inserting the coil. I believe it's related because it's very sensitive to hormones fluctuation, because while testing other contraception methods years ago this would happen also. Looking forward to getting it removed and going back to the Nuvaring which was my previous go to contraception after testing different pills for years.