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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 2.7

1282 reviews

Daily

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

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

37% stopped periods

50% lost sex drive

43% no impact

46% no impact on skin

Cycle return

37% 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

Period pain

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Copper coil (IUD) reviews

551 reviews

Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 days 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

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Copper coil (IUD)  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days 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
  •  1 week 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
  •  3 days 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
  •  5 days 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
  •  1 week 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


Progestogen-only / Mini pill reviews

1282 reviews

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
35 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  4 days ago

Cerelle pill  

I'm giving this pill more time because maybe it's just an adjustment. But I've been a bit weepy with sore breasts and spotting every week. Also a really tender feeling in my lower abdomen-especially during sex. Which I hate obviously. So I'm definitely not getting pregnant because I no longer enjoy sex.. so in that respect it is effective. It's getting one more month and then I'm done.


Somewhat negative mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
32 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

Cerazette pill  

Took it for 2 years. It numbed and blunted my feelings and led to outbursts because I wasn’t aware I was feeling bad in the first place. Had a terrible effect on my ADHD and made my meds much less effective, leading to massive burn out. I was sooo depressed and angry, and couldn’t figure out why. I had a light period non stop!!! I started getting the worst acne, which I found out was hormonal acne. This was what prompted me to stop! And I’m so glad I did!!! Using a combined pill with some estrogen right now and it’s been a total game changer!


Very negative mood

2 more effects

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Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

Desogestrel pill  

I have endometriosis and this is the only pill I’ve tried that has stopped my daily pain. After a couple of failed attempts at a coil fitting my doctor suggested the progesterone only pill and I wish I had started taking it years ago! It’s increased my sex drive, dramatically reduced my endometriosis pain, had a positive impact on my mood and hasn’t caused weight gain or acne. The two main side effects I’ve had are occasional spotting and nausea, I’m still only on my 2nd month of the pill so hoping these settle down soon.


Very positive mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
35 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  4 days ago

Cerelle pill  

I'm giving this pill more time because maybe it's just an adjustment. But I've been a bit weepy with sore breasts and spotting every week. Also a really tender feeling in my lower abdomen-especially during sex. Which I hate obviously. So I'm definitely not getting pregnant because I no longer enjoy sex.. so in that respect it is effective. It's getting one more month and then I'm done.


Somewhat negative mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
32 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

Cerazette pill  

Took it for 2 years. It numbed and blunted my feelings and led to outbursts because I wasn’t aware I was feeling bad in the first place. Had a terrible effect on my ADHD and made my meds much less effective, leading to massive burn out. I was sooo depressed and angry, and couldn’t figure out why. I had a light period non stop!!! I started getting the worst acne, which I found out was hormonal acne. This was what prompted me to stop! And I’m so glad I did!!! Using a combined pill with some estrogen right now and it’s been a total game changer!


Very negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

Desogestrel pill  

I have endometriosis and this is the only pill I’ve tried that has stopped my daily pain. After a couple of failed attempts at a coil fitting my doctor suggested the progesterone only pill and I wish I had started taking it years ago! It’s increased my sex drive, dramatically reduced my endometriosis pain, had a positive impact on my mood and hasn’t caused weight gain or acne. The two main side effects I’ve had are occasional spotting and nausea, I’m still only on my 2nd month of the pill so hoping these settle down soon.


Very positive mood

2 more effects

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Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

Desogestrel pill  

This pill has been amazing for me, I went on it because of very heavy periods and it really helped with that, I would really recommend it. I have heard a lot of bad stories from friends about their (different) pills but for me I don’t think I’ve had any bad side effects or experiences with it and I’ve been on it for nearly 7 years!


Very positive mood

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Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Noriday pill  

I have PCOS, so don’t get regular periods and take the mini pill in order to balance my hormones. However, I don’t feel that it truly does balance them; I frequently get break through bleeding, feel bloated, have very low energy and experience cramps even when not on my period. As there is no breaks in this pill cycle, I never know if bleeding is a real period or an effect from this pill which concerns me. If I forget to take this pill, it can trigger a hormonal migraine.


Increased sex drive

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
35 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Desogestrel pill  

I completely lost my appetite for sex and became very irritable


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

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0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Desogestrel pill  

I have tried lots of contraception and this has not been good for me. I was in agony with abdominal pain for a week and had period symptoms with no bleeding, followed by random bleeds.


Worse skin

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
36 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

Slynd pill  

Lowered my Bp to the point that I’m off meds. Only mini pill that I haven’t bled through.


Improved skin

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
44 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

Desogestrel pill  

Spotting, headaches, period type pains. Not for me


Very negative mood

2 more effects

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Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

Desogestrel pill  

Started spotting on day 9 after starting this pill, increased anxiety symptoms and have now started getting daily panic attacks. I normally have increased anxiety during the week up to my period as a PMS symptom. But this pill has increased the intensity of that and I have struggled to keep it under control. I had not had a full on panic attack since 2020. I have only just gone onto the second packet since starting and I am just going to stop taking it. Decreased sex drive, so bad I do even want to be even touched by my partner. My mood is crazy, I'm snappy and irritated. I am just not myself.


Very negative mood

1 more effect

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