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Copper coil (IUD)

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Overview

Rated 3.5

551 reviews

5 - 10 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.8

2444 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Copper coil (IUD) ingredients

Most copper coils are made of a T-shaped frame of polyethylene (plastic) and barium sulphate. Copper wire is wound around the vertical arm.

Combined pill ingredients

Main hormones in Combined pill

progestogen

oestrogen

What Lowdown reviewers say

56% no impact on mood

50% heavier periods

63% no impact

76% no impact

76% no impact on skin

Cycle return

46% in 1 month

32% somewhat negative

40% lighter periods

47% lost sex drive

48% no impact

44% improved skin

Cycle return

36% don’t know impact

Benefits: What this contraceptive can help with

There are no benefits that are recognised in scientific research or guidelines for this contraceptive

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

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Copper coil (IUD) reviews

551 reviews

Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Copper coil (IUD)  

The biggest change going from the pill to the copper coil for me is that period cramps became more painful and my period now lasts longer. However, after three months the pain settled down and now only occurs the first few days of my period, is less frequent and is easily controlled with paracetamol. The biggest advantage with this contraception is my boost in mood. No more mood swings, feeling low and my sex drive has improved. Great for anyone sensitive to hormones. I was worried about the insertion and nearly didn't go because of what others had told me but I had nothing to worry about. I was told to take paracetamol before the appointment, was given the anesthetic and was surprised by how quickly the process was. I asked the nurse, is that it? I wish I hadn't listened to others and got it done years ago.

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Very positive mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Copper coil (IUD)  

My periods are definitely a little longer but I’m regular as anything so am able to be very responsive to abnormal changes in my cycle. Definitely insertion is uncomfortable but worth it for me for a decade not having to think about pregnancy and no pain or feeling of it day to day. top tip: if you notice your cycles getting increasingly long then your coil might have slipped slightly! This happened to a friend of mine who went from 30-40days and was worried it was perimenopause!


Somewhat positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
44 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Copper coil (IUD)  

For the first 3 months of Mirena coil, at ovulation time and period time I suffered massively with lower back pain on one side which spread into sever bloating which lasted for over a week at a time. I got so frightened there was something wrong that I ended up in A&e where they gave me scans, all clear, bloods, all clear. My husband noted the only change had been the coil. Even my doctor said she hadn’t heard that type of reaction but that it can take 3 months to settle. That was the third month and since then I have had no issues. Periods stopped immediately. It is working for me now but wanted to let people know this can happen as I googled so much to see if anyone else had had those issues. The coil is tricky.


Very positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Copper coil (IUD)  

The biggest change going from the pill to the copper coil for me is that period cramps became more painful and my period now lasts longer. However, after three months the pain settled down and now only occurs the first few days of my period, is less frequent and is easily controlled with paracetamol. The biggest advantage with this contraception is my boost in mood. No more mood swings, feeling low and my sex drive has improved. Great for anyone sensitive to hormones. I was worried about the insertion and nearly didn't go because of what others had told me but I had nothing to worry about. I was told to take paracetamol before the appointment, was given the anesthetic and was surprised by how quickly the process was. I asked the nurse, is that it? I wish I hadn't listened to others and got it done years ago.


Very positive mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Copper coil (IUD)  

My periods are definitely a little longer but I’m regular as anything so am able to be very responsive to abnormal changes in my cycle. Definitely insertion is uncomfortable but worth it for me for a decade not having to think about pregnancy and no pain or feeling of it day to day. top tip: if you notice your cycles getting increasingly long then your coil might have slipped slightly! This happened to a friend of mine who went from 30-40days and was worried it was perimenopause!


Somewhat positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
44 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Copper coil (IUD)  

For the first 3 months of Mirena coil, at ovulation time and period time I suffered massively with lower back pain on one side which spread into sever bloating which lasted for over a week at a time. I got so frightened there was something wrong that I ended up in A&e where they gave me scans, all clear, bloods, all clear. My husband noted the only change had been the coil. Even my doctor said she hadn’t heard that type of reaction but that it can take 3 months to settle. That was the third month and since then I have had no issues. Periods stopped immediately. It is working for me now but wanted to let people know this can happen as I googled so much to see if anyone else had had those issues. The coil is tricky.


Very positive mood

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Combined pill reviews

2444 reviews

Combined pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

Brevinor pill  

I noticed no side effects on this pill and was pleased with my experience


Increased sex drive

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 8+ yr
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 days ago

Yasmin pill  

I have mixed feelings about Yasmin. I was on it for a long time and it was a good pill in that I experienced few side effects that I thought might come with the pill, like weight gain or mood swings. It also completely cleared up the bad skin on my back. However, the last five or so years before I went off it I had almost zero sex drive and significant vaginal dryness, which impacted my ability to have and enjoy sex. My breasts also enlarged significantly, from about a C to about a double D, which I found very uncomfortable. About two months after coming off the pill, my sex drive started returning. It is now I believe completely back almost a year after coming off it, and I find myself utterly astonished at the difference in myself. I wish I had gone off this pill sooner as my sex life suffered for years, negatively impacting my relationship with my partner and my body. My vaginal dryness is also no longer an issue. Unfortunately the bad skin on my back returned after I came off it, but I am more than willing to deal with this in light of the other incredibly positive changes.


Improved skin

1 more effect

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Combined pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
17 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

Rigevidon  

This pill helped me so much mentally , it helped me regulate my mood better and focus on tasks so mentally it was great, physically however not so much. On this pill I was much hairier, oilier, sweatier and spottier than I naturally am and when I stopped taking it all of the above cleared up.It did however give me regular and much lighter manageable periods.


Very positive mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

Brevinor pill  

I noticed no side effects on this pill and was pleased with my experience


Increased sex drive

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 8+ yr
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 days ago

Yasmin pill  

I have mixed feelings about Yasmin. I was on it for a long time and it was a good pill in that I experienced few side effects that I thought might come with the pill, like weight gain or mood swings. It also completely cleared up the bad skin on my back. However, the last five or so years before I went off it I had almost zero sex drive and significant vaginal dryness, which impacted my ability to have and enjoy sex. My breasts also enlarged significantly, from about a C to about a double D, which I found very uncomfortable. About two months after coming off the pill, my sex drive started returning. It is now I believe completely back almost a year after coming off it, and I find myself utterly astonished at the difference in myself. I wish I had gone off this pill sooner as my sex life suffered for years, negatively impacting my relationship with my partner and my body. My vaginal dryness is also no longer an issue. Unfortunately the bad skin on my back returned after I came off it, but I am more than willing to deal with this in light of the other incredibly positive changes.


Improved skin

1 more effect

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Combined pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
17 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

Rigevidon  

This pill helped me so much mentally , it helped me regulate my mood better and focus on tasks so mentally it was great, physically however not so much. On this pill I was much hairier, oilier, sweatier and spottier than I naturally am and when I stopped taking it all of the above cleared up.It did however give me regular and much lighter manageable periods.


Very positive mood

2 more effects

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0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
17 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

Gedarel 30/150 pill  

This pill helped me with physical aspects such as less acne, lighter and regular flow, decreased cramps etc however mentally it really didn’t work for me my brain felt so foggy I lost all motivation and had no attention span anymore, I became really restless and couldn’t focus on anything which was never something I struggled with in the past.


Very negative mood

2 more effects

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0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Microgynon 30 pill  

General side effects were minimal but had constant spotting that didn't improve over time. Switched to a different pill (Yasmin) and spotting stopped immediately. Switched back to microgynon due to other bad side effects from Yasmin and spotting again within 4 days. Time to continue the search...


Somewhat positive mood

2 more effects

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Combined pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
32 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Microgynon 30 pill  

Was on the mini pill and it completely wrecked me. I use this to manage endometriosis. It works well for that purpose. My mood is stable. My adhd has improved bd im responding to medication better (compared to the mini pill). So far, im extremely happy with the pill - who knew being a functional human being is pretty great??


Very positive mood

3 more effects

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Combined pill  
Used for 8+ yr
35 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Rigevidon  

I was moved onto Rigevidon from Yasmin about 14 years ago as my GP said the risk of blood clots was lower (now evidence looks like they are both pretty high risk). I started the pill as a teenager for PCOS symptoms (rarely having periods, excess body hair and acne). I have been very happy on this pill - my mood has been stable and good, my libido is very good, my skin is free of spots although it is oily and my periods are very predictable and light. I do still have a lot of body hair but I think this may just be normal for my genetics unfortunately, and not related to contraception.


Somewhat positive mood

1 more effect

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Combined pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Yacella pill  

I have had a good experience with the Yacella/Yasmin pill - I think this is partially informed by better mental health and external factors because when I have been on the pill previously during a poor mental health period in my life I found it made me feel even more depressed. The only time I have experienced violent mood swings is when I took it without any breaks for 5 months, and then when I did take the break I was very emotional and irrational, so I now prefer to not go more than 2 months without taking a break.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

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Combined pill  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Cilique pill  

I gained weight and felt more irritable when taking this contraception


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Dretine pill  

Overall this pill has been really good for me


Improved skin

0 helpful

0 comments

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