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Mirena coil reviews

3.5

506 reviews

The Mirena coil has over 500 reviews at The Lowdown and is really highly rated, making it one of the most popular contraceptive options. It has great benefits for reducing heavy periods and can be used as part of hormone replacement therapy. Like all hormonal coils it releases a low amount of progestogen into your womb, meaning low levels circulate through your system. Once it's fitted, the Mirena can stay in for up to 8 years for contraception if you are under the age of 45. 

Every 8 years

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Over 99%

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None

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None

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Mirena coil

Mirena coil benefits

Some of the benefits that are recognised in scientific research or guidelines for this contraceptive

Adenomyosis

Endometriosis

Heavy periods

Menopause

Period pain

Mirena coil ingredients

Main hormones in Mirena coil

Androgenic progestogen

Mirena coil alternatives

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3.5

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Used for 12 - 18 mo
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 days ago

  •  Stopped using

I moved to the mirena coil after my doctor would no longer prescribe me the pill i was on and it was the worst decision I ever made. My sex drive was non existent & sex was v painful (my partner could also feel it.), my skin went crazy and I had acne all over my chin and back, I gained weight suddenly and my mood was v unpredictable.

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Used for 6 - 12 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

  •  Still using

I suffer from low moods very often and definitely have not felt like myself for a long while and it has correlated with since I had this coil put in.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

For the most part, I love the mirena and of contraceptives I have tried, it’s my favourite by far. I like that you don’t have to think about it too much aside from checking the strings. It doesn’t have an impact on my mood like others did. The only drawback is random cramping I get with it that feels quite unexplained and not tied to my cycle. It can be quite sore and after reading other women’s reviews online, it seems quite common but like a lot of contraception symptoms, unexplained.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
68 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

  •  Stopped using

I had the coil inserted when I was 40 years of age and this was due to having extremely heavy periods after having my 4th child. The periods were extremely painful after I stopped breastfeeding and I was unable to work , or carry out most of my daily living activities. I always felt very tired and weak and lack of energy. I was already diagnosed a few years prior to becoming pregnant again with fibroids. And I was experiencing heavy periods prior which then I was given the nirestorone pill to stop my periods. When I starting taking this pill it stopped my periods but I was advice to use this pill as a normally contraceptive to have a break period. When I stopped it after 3 weeks, my period came back with vengeance and I just continued to bleed everyday and it just wouldn’t stop. I was then advice to continue taking the norestorine pill without any breaks. As my periods was affecting my iron levels , which was dangerously low at times and resulted in hospital admissions and black outs, I was advice to either have a hysterectomy or use the merina coil. I opted for the merina coil and had it in for 1- 3 months, I went to have my follow up for internal scans and ultrasounds and the coil couldn’t be found. They couldn’t see anything via the X-rays. This was extremely frightening but the doctors think this induced early menopause as I didn’t have a period after.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

I got the Mirena coil fitted back in august before this I was natural and not on any form of contraception for a long time. Since I’ve had the coil fitted I’ve had constant BV (bacterial vaginosis) even the antibiotics isn’t working now, I know it’s from the coil as I didn’t have any issues until this has been fitted. I am sick of it and I’m in quite a lot of discomfort because of the infection that I’ve had for weeks, I have booked in to get this removed. After doing some further research I found that you’re at risk of getting bv when you have the hormonal coil so I guess I’m just one of the unlucky ones.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
43 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

  •  Stopped using

Horrific. Gynacologist suggested Mirena coil for heavy periods and bad PMS as couldn't take Pill due to hormone sensitivity. Coil fine at fitting, very strong stomach pain which was to be expected. However it felt like my kidneys had been punched due to pain. The back pain was so severe it went all the way down my legs and I couldn't sit/ stnd or lie down without wincing. After 7 days I had coil removed, I was told it had dropped down. Three months later I am still recieving physio to alleviate back pain cause muscule trauma from the coil.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
38 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

I am really satisfied with the coil as I am terrible at remembering to take tablets and so I can forget about them. No periods are great too. I am at a point though where I want to see how my body works and not have any hormonal synthetic substances and when I went to have it removed they couldn't get it out as the strings had moved up to my uterus. So after a year of several referrals and appointments and a scan, I have to have a hysteroscopy to have it removed with someone using a camera. I hadn't expected this and so it was something I wanted to share as part of the review, as I think the benefits of having the coil are great, however if I was wanting to try for a baby and had to wait over a year to have it removed (NHS) then this would have been very distressing. I hadn't realised this was a possibility and in hindsight I may have not chosen to have it for this reason. I am not sure how many people have this issue, although when I spoke to my GP they said it was fairly common. They could have just been saying this to me to make me feel better though!


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
38 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  21st Jan 24

  •  Stopped using

The insertion was not as bad as I expected, I was really optimistic afterwards. However within 4 weeks of having it fitted I had gained 14lbs and all periods had stopped which threw me off a little.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  17th Jan 24

  •  Still using

No real issues. The insertion pain for me was worth it, despite my first mirena being rather traumatic. I'd recommend asking for pain relief (i.e. numbing injection in cervix) first, and make sure you give yourself a decent amount of time afterwards to rest for when the cramping and dizziness start.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
15 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  13th Jan 24

  •  Still using

I am 15 years old I have been on countless contraceptives I have just come of the depo shot to go on the ius coil and it was a easy procedure there is a downside thought I have had cramps that only seem to be getting worse and the bleeding has gone from light to heavy this is the first day of having bad bleeding but I don't really know what to think I went to the doctors and the string were still in place and everything was fine and now the bleeding had become worse I have done all my research but I still don't know whether this is normal I have a constant fear of the ius being expelled or displaced and I am just really worried I know it has only been 1 month but I'll just have to see if it improves


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