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Overview

Rated 3.5

517 reviews

5 - 10 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.7

1216 reviews

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Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

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.

Progestogen-only / Mini pill ingredients

Main hormones in Progestogen-only / Mini pill

progestogen

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Copper coil (IUD) reviews

517 reviews

Used for 1 - 3 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

After being told the waiting list was nearly 3 months to get a copper coil fitted I decided to go private. The overall cost to have it fitted was just over £400. The insertion process was fine, I had the numbing injection so that helped with the pain it was still sore but no where near as bad as I thought. Unfortunately after only 24 hours my body expelled the IUD and it was half way out and I could feel it. The strings felt as though they were stabbing me from the inside and I couldn’t sleep. It took several days to be seen by my GP and had to have it taken out. They did warn me that there is a risk of expulsion and sadly I’m part of the 10%. I was going to try again but the feeling of the strings inside was very uncomfortable so I don’t think I would have been happy with it anyway.

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

  •  Still using

Pros - none hormonal, the placement doesn’t cause me discomfort, I can forget about it & for 3 years hasn’t caused me any concern on unwanted pregnancies. Cons - the doctor I had to insert the coil was amazing, and it was no more discomfort than a smear, however the 2-3 days following I was in a lot of pain. It did settle. I suffered with BV 2/3 times whilst my body became used to the coil in my body. Vaginal dryness is the biggest thing for me which I’ve never exp before and lastly longer heavier periods. The heavy side has taken 2 years to settle down, the random cramps and spotting has settled and less frequent and my period lasts longer. Not completely ideal for me but currently the pros of protection and being non hormonal it’s the best option for me.


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

Very painful insertion followed by cramps and mild discomfort for about 12-24 hours. But after that, it's 5 years of contraceptive cover without having to remember anything (eg taking a pill at a certain time), without any negative side effects in my experience (eg no mood swings or acne or changes to sex drive or appetite), and with a stop to my periods in my case (which for me is a positive thing).


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

After being told the waiting list was nearly 3 months to get a copper coil fitted I decided to go private. The overall cost to have it fitted was just over £400. The insertion process was fine, I had the numbing injection so that helped with the pain it was still sore but no where near as bad as I thought. Unfortunately after only 24 hours my body expelled the IUD and it was half way out and I could feel it. The strings felt as though they were stabbing me from the inside and I couldn’t sleep. It took several days to be seen by my GP and had to have it taken out. They did warn me that there is a risk of expulsion and sadly I’m part of the 10%. I was going to try again but the feeling of the strings inside was very uncomfortable so I don’t think I would have been happy with it anyway.


Top side effects not reported

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

  •  Still using

Pros - none hormonal, the placement doesn’t cause me discomfort, I can forget about it & for 3 years hasn’t caused me any concern on unwanted pregnancies. Cons - the doctor I had to insert the coil was amazing, and it was no more discomfort than a smear, however the 2-3 days following I was in a lot of pain. It did settle. I suffered with BV 2/3 times whilst my body became used to the coil in my body. Vaginal dryness is the biggest thing for me which I’ve never exp before and lastly longer heavier periods. The heavy side has taken 2 years to settle down, the random cramps and spotting has settled and less frequent and my period lasts longer. Not completely ideal for me but currently the pros of protection and being non hormonal it’s the best option for me.


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

Very painful insertion followed by cramps and mild discomfort for about 12-24 hours. But after that, it's 5 years of contraceptive cover without having to remember anything (eg taking a pill at a certain time), without any negative side effects in my experience (eg no mood swings or acne or changes to sex drive or appetite), and with a stop to my periods in my case (which for me is a positive thing).


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Progestogen-only / Mini pill reviews

1216 reviews

Used for 3 - 6 mo
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 days ago

  •  Stopped using

After I had my first child I was given the option of taking the mini pill while I was breastfeeding. Unfortunately for me I suffered with symptoms of vaginal dryness , erratic mood changes which led into post natal depression and experienced light spotting. I really didn’t like how the pill was making me feel and I just wanted to try a natural method whilst I continue to breastfeed. Which is why I started to use condoms and Family planning methods.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

For me personally this contraceptive method didn’t suit me. The side effects became too much that I didn’t want to take the pill anymore.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

In the beginning, I thought I got lucky with this pill as although my periods were regular and light before, made them come every two months. I'm not sure whether it's circumstantial or the pill but after about 6 months I started to feel very depressed and couldn't shift this feeling of emptiness. I also lost my sex drive completely and became unbothered about everything and everyone. I wish more non-hormonal birth control was available other than the coil. I'm starting a different kind of progesterone-only pill today so hopefully it goes better than this did.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 days ago

  •  Stopped using

After I had my first child I was given the option of taking the mini pill while I was breastfeeding. Unfortunately for me I suffered with symptoms of vaginal dryness , erratic mood changes which led into post natal depression and experienced light spotting. I really didn’t like how the pill was making me feel and I just wanted to try a natural method whilst I continue to breastfeed. Which is why I started to use condoms and Family planning methods.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 3 - 6 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

For me personally this contraceptive method didn’t suit me. The side effects became too much that I didn’t want to take the pill anymore.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 12 - 18 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

In the beginning, I thought I got lucky with this pill as although my periods were regular and light before, made them come every two months. I'm not sure whether it's circumstantial or the pill but after about 6 months I started to feel very depressed and couldn't shift this feeling of emptiness. I also lost my sex drive completely and became unbothered about everything and everyone. I wish more non-hormonal birth control was available other than the coil. I'm starting a different kind of progesterone-only pill today so hopefully it goes better than this did.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I was on this pill for nearly 6 months and during that time I was very nauseous. I also had horrendous mood swings and completely lost my sex drive. The worst symptom however was the random bleeding, completely out the blue with no warning which was so inconvenient


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

This was great for my mood and mental stability. Instead of my mood completely dropping drastically and making each month unbearable with emotions, overthinking and mood swings, this gave me a clear head and no drop. I could barely tell when I was due a period. Unfortunately each month I’d have a week of absolute burning and discomfort that made me cry anyway. I came off it to get my body back to normal and just risked the mental health side.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I was suffering a hormonal imbalance since having my son I went on the depo (which I knew doesn't agree with me) it took 2 years for my periods to come back and they came back with a vengeance. I was down depressed, bleeding all the time, no motivation and no sex drive and constant hormonal headaches. I had completely lost myself. I decided to try the mini pill to have a break from it all and I'm so glad I did I've got myself back I'm happy, jolly and not anxious at all. If your suffering with a hormonal imbalance and need a break like I did I highly recommend cerelle


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I bled for 10 solid weeks. Sometimes, it would be very heavy and sometimes light, but I never stopped completely.


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Used for 8+ yr
35 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

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

  •  Still using

quite a positive experience so far, noticed I don’t show signs of ovulation, occasional small headaches but not significant, no negative effect towards mood :)


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

  •  Still using

Ive been on this pill for just a week so far and its the best mini pill ive tried. I have no side effects apart from some mild dizziness and some drowsiness which is considered normal. If anything i feel more relaxed and happier on it. Ive tried multiple combined & mini pills and had bad side effects from them so cerazette is definitely a big improvement for me.


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