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 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 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.
Very quick but painful insertion. But so easy after that!! Had period like pains for a day and nothing since! Periods have pretty much stopped. All feels surprisingly easy and care free.
It was overall very good. The onoy side effdcts i experienced were slight weight gain and i got pretty bad acne while i was on it which i had never experienced before. I ended up going on accutane for a year which cleared my skin, however the acne came back exactly the same once i stopped. I had a minor issue where my string went missing (after an ultrasound it was clear the mirena was still correctly positioned and working). The missing strings made removal really painful as my doc needed to fish around a bit to get it out, but the pain was only during the procedure and with pain killers probably would have been minimal. Overall I stopped using the mirena because my acne was terrible (like 25+ spots at any given time) and I didn't want to go in accutane again.
I’ve previously been on the mini pill and the implant both of which I found effected my moods quite a lot. I came off them in the hope that my periods would be less traumatic than they were as a teenager, after about a year and a half without any contraception my periods were back to making me throw up and nearly faint. So after talking to my doctor we came to the conclusion that the marina coil might be best for me as it is a far lower dose of hormone and is known to slow down/stop periods. Insertion was uncomfortable but not anyway as agonising as I had heard. The first couple of days after insertion were a bit rough but nothing like as bad as my period so decided to hang in there and see how I went. Skip forward to my next period and I cannot recommend the coil more it was staggering to me that I was having a period I’m not really any other side-effects I can actually go about my day! I get the odd cramp now and then but nothing desperate at all the cramps very much coincide with any spotting I’ve had. If you’re worried about the insertion my advice would be to be firm with your doctor before and hopefully they should be as good as mine were and layout all the options available to me, in terms of both other options of contraception and available pain relief/anaesthetic for the insertion procedure. overall I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who has periods that are miserable!
I used this contraception for the first time after having my second child so it is hard to say what were side effects of the contraception versus what were postpartum side effects. Overall it was less hard on my system than the pill and preferable to the copper IUD.
Tried this as I was having some weird bleeding-related side effects with the combined pill and the progestogen only pill. Honestly I was pleasantly surprised about my insertion- it was pretty uncomfortable but nowhere near as painful as I'd heard some people say it was however it was probably an adrenaline high as I suddenly felt very sick and a bit faint in the car on the way home (luckily it was a short journey!) and spent the rest of the day in bed with cramps watching kids' films. I think I had spotting for a few weeks afterwards but it eventually cleared up. BUT, about 5 months into having this my body settled into some disappointing side effects. I get bleeding and cramping after sex which could be unrelated to the coil but my GP has told me to use extra contraception until I get a hospital scan to check it's still in place. My sex drive has also almost vanished so now me and my partner's libidos are very mismatched- not ideal when we're planning on moving in together soon. I also have mild hormonal acne now which doesn't really respond to a skincare routine. Probably going to have this taken out in a few months and switch to barrier methods.