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Rated 4.1

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During or before sex

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82% - 98%

Effectiveness

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Rated 3.5

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Every 3-8 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

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None

Effect on fertility

Male condom ingredients

Male condoms are thin latex or polyurethane sheaths that are worn on the penis during sexual intercourse.

Hormonal coil (IUS) ingredients

Main hormones in Hormonal coil (IUS)

progestogen

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Protects against STIs

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Used for 8+ yr
46 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week ago

  •  Still using

I was recommended dretine and I've not looked back.

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Used for 8+ yr
56 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  12th Mar 24

  •  Stopped using

Potentially safe


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  8th Mar 24

  •  Still using

You would need a lot of lube as it is not naturally liberated.


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Used for 8+ yr
46 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week ago

  •  Still using

I was recommended dretine and I've not looked back.


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Used for 8+ yr
56 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  12th Mar 24

  •  Stopped using

Potentially safe


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  8th Mar 24

  •  Still using

You would need a lot of lube as it is not naturally liberated.


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Hormonal coil (IUS) reviews

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

  •  Still using

Had the coil recommended by a gynaecologist to combat my estrogen dominance which was causing me very irregular but really heavy periods. I haven’t had any negative side effects thus far and my skin has got much better, however I did have constant, light bleeding for 3 months after insertion.


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

  •  Still using

The insertion wasn't as bad as I expected, it was very quick and the pain was manageable. I got it about 5 months ago and my periods are now very light but last around two weeks but I understand that they should shorten. I came off the combined pill (on which I took no pill breaks) just before I got the coil so am unsure which side effects (mood swings, migraines) are due to the coil or just because I now have a natural cycle.


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
37 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Some cramping but generally ok and didn’t affect me like other contraception


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

  •  Still using

Had the coil recommended by a gynaecologist to combat my estrogen dominance which was causing me very irregular but really heavy periods. I haven’t had any negative side effects thus far and my skin has got much better, however I did have constant, light bleeding for 3 months after insertion.


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

  •  Still using

The insertion wasn't as bad as I expected, it was very quick and the pain was manageable. I got it about 5 months ago and my periods are now very light but last around two weeks but I understand that they should shorten. I came off the combined pill (on which I took no pill breaks) just before I got the coil so am unsure which side effects (mood swings, migraines) are due to the coil or just because I now have a natural cycle.


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
37 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Some cramping but generally ok and didn’t affect me like other contraception


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Used for 8+ yr
46 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 days ago

  •  Stopped using

I had my first Mirena fitted after the birth of my second child. It seemed to work well although my periods became even more irregular than then they were before and I had weeks of spotting at a time especially as I was approaching the 5 year mark. However overall I was satisfied and opted to have it replaced when it expired. This was quite traumatic and took a very long time as the strings had moved making it hard to access. However, the GP was able to remove it and I had a second one fitted which worked much like the first one. However, when it came time to have that one removed and a third one fitted my cervix went into spasm at the point of fitting the new one which was extremely painful and after what felt like forever the GP told me they were unable to fit a new coil that day and to come back. I went back and tried again a month later and the same thing happened. A month after that I was admitted to hospital with an abscess in my fallopian tube caused by repeated failed attempts to insert the coil. I was in hospital for 4 days and off work for over 3 weeks due to the pain/side effects of the antibiotics I had to take.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week ago

  •  Stopped using

I started it after changing from the copper coil. Having previously had no issues with the mirena coil i thought this would be fine but instead i got constant spotting, bled after sex, had a painful and irritated cervix and lost my sex drive.


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

  •  Stopped using

I have pmdd, I could not track my cycle with an iud fitted, it helped initially then made me so much worse. I seen 3 doctors who didn't help, I'm now treating holistically, tracking my cycle and tailoring my food, lifestyle, exercising to my cycle and Somatic healing.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

This was the first coil I had put in and the process itself was okay but felt very woozy and nearly fainted on the way home. Overall it was not a pleasant experience! I have since swapped to the copper coil and this process, whilst not fun, went a lot smoother! I had the hormonal coil removed primarily due to it's effect on my mood (feeling very low a lot of the time) and big drop in sex drive. It's worked very well for many of my friends but really just didn't suit me!


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

The insertion process took longer place at my GP without the local anaesthetic and it was much less scary than made out to be. It took 10 minutes, I experienced a few cramps the day of and for the following few days but was otherwise ok. Initially I had no bleeding but from around 5 days post insertion to 6 weeks post insertion, I had significant spotting which affected my mood and my sex drive. Eventually this stopped. I did have irregular periods, however when they did come, they were the same as usual, no lighter. I suffered with acne and intermenstrual cramps during this time. I put up with it for 12 months to ensure I had time for it to settle in but unfortunately this was not the right choice for me.


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

  •  Still using

I’m 44 with recently diagnosed PCOS and endometriosis which is why my specialist told me to try the Mirena to lighten the lining of my uterus and help with my awful periods. I had to go off of the pill at 40 and suffered for 2 years while debating what to do. I got the mirena in at 42 and have had it 2.5 years now. I do get pelvic pain and cramping twice a month for a few days randomly and feel like I can tell which ovary is active but it is still better than dealing with the bleeding and irregular periods I had previously. My periods are non existant apart from spotting for a few days but not enough to even merit wearing a liner! Sex drive is definitely lower and dryness comes and goes as well but breasts have grown which I’m not upset about! I’m leaving it for another 2 years then will decide if I should opt for a hysterectomy.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

Wish I'd got the Mirena coil sooner it's been great for me! I have no side effects, my periods have almost stopped except for a little spotting once a month. Insertion for me was a little painful and I had immediate cramps but by the end of the day they had passed (I had an anaesthetic injection which probably helped with the pain). My first period after insertion was heavier and more painful than usual and I had some spotting throughout the month for about 6 months, but now my periods have almost stopped.


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