Hormonal coil (IUS)

Kyleena

What the packet says

What is it?

Hormonal ingredients
What’s it made of?

Kyleena is made of a small white T-shaped frame made from a plastic called polyethylene. The hormone is contained within a silicone substance called polydimethylsiloxane and colloidial silica. A ring composed of 99% pure silver is located at the top of the vertical stem close to the horizontal arms and is visible by ultrasound. The T-shaped frame also contains barium sulphate so that it can be seen on X-rays. There are two fine threads, made of polypropylene, <0.5% phthalocyaninato(2-) and copper phtalocyanine blue, attached to the bottom of the frame

How it works

The Hormonal coil is a small, T-shaped plastic device that is inserted into your womb by a doctor or nurse. It releases the hormone progestogen gradually into your womb which prevents pregnancy by making the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb), and preventing the lining of your womb thickening enough for an embryo to grow in it. Sometimes it can also stop you ovulating.

How does this compare?

Frequency

  • During intercourse
  • Daily
  • Monthly
  • 1 - 3 Months
  • 1 - 3 Years
  • 3 - 5 Years
  • Permanent

Similar to

Clinical effectiveness

99.8% if used perfectly

What does this mean?

Contains hormones

  • Yes
  • No
What does this mean?

What you said

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Detailed information

How to get started

Women ask us lots of questions about getting a coil fitted – so we’re working on everything you ever wanted to know about the coil to help cover everything. If you want anything in particular covered, please contact us at info@theldown.com. In the meantime, we’ve summarised a few key points below:

 

  • To get a coil fitted you need to go to a GP surgery or sexual health clinic where some staff are trained to fit them. You can contact your GP and ask if they fit coils, or search for clinics that fit coils here.
  • The coil can be fitted at any time during your monthly period cycle, as long as you’re not pregnant (although you may prefer to get it fitted when you’re not on your period).
  • Your doctor or nurse will do some tests to make sure that you can have the coil – like making sure that you’re not pregnant and checking for infections or STIs.
  • Your doctor or nurse will use a speculum (like when you have a smear test) to open up your vagina and then insert the coil through the cervix into the womb. Most women find this uncomfortable.
  • If it’s fitted in the first seven days of your cycle, you’ll be protected against pregnancy straight away. If it’s fitted at any other time, you’ll need to use condoms or other contraception, for seven days afterwards.
  • You will normally go back for a check up 3-6 weeks after getting it fitted.

How to stop

  • Your coil can be removed at any time by a trained doctor or nurse. It’s simpler than having it fitted – they will use a  gently pull on the threads and the T shape folds up and it can be pulled out of the womb.
  • If you’re not having another coil put in and don’t want to get pregnant, you’ll need to make sure you don’t have sex seven days before you have it removed, or use condoms or another method.
  • Check out our survey results to see how long it took most women’s cycles to return to their definition of ‘normal’ and read up about other after effects they’ve experienced.

Things that can go wrong

  • There’s a small risk of infection after it’s been fitted. This may occur when harmless bacteria normally found in vagina are pushed inside the womb. You’ll know it’s infected if you have unusual discharge, there’s a strong smell, or you develop a high temperature or chills.
  • Around 1 in 20 coils can fall out or be pushed out by the womb, this is most common in the first few weeks of getting it fitted, or during a period. If this happens, head to your doctor or nurse to get a check up.
  • If the coil doesn’t work and you get pregnant, there’s also a small increased risk of ectopic pregnancy – when the egg implants outside the womb, normally the fallopian tubes. However, the overall risk of ectopic pregnancy is less in women using a coil than in women using no contraception at all.
  • Very occasionally the threads get lost. This happens to about 1 in 100 women, and is more commonly caused by the threads being pulled up inside into the cervix. They may notice this when you go to have the coil removed, and sometimes the threads can reappear naturally.
  • Even more occasionally (1 in 1000 chance) the coil goes through the wall of the womb into the abdomen. This is called ‘perforation’ and it this happens, they can remove the coil via surgery.

Reviews

Hormonal coil (IUS)

- Kyleena

Cramping pain daily for 2.5 months since insertion, so far. Insertion was very painful for ~7 minutes. Periods swing from x2 as…

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Hormonal coil (IUS)

- Kyleena

I’ve generally had a good time with Kyleena. No periods, although I had them with two Mirenas. Not a lot of negative effe…

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Hormonal coil (IUS)

- Kyleena

At the beginning was horrible, so much pain, but now it is Okey, some advantages but in general it is not perfect.

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Hormonal coil (IUS)

- Kyleena

I had continuous cramps bleeding everyday, and had a severely low mood. I struggled to get out of bed or do anything that I did…

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Hormonal coil (IUS)

- Kyleena

I didn’t experience any pain when I got it, probably connected to me being 6ft tall. I then stopped my period for a month…

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Hormonal coil (IUS)

- Kyleena

Begore I got my Kyleena insterted, I rarely had any problems with my periods. The first three months were great, but then I sta…

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Hormonal coil (IUS)

- Kyleena

Best decision changing to a coil! Tried 4 different pills and all gave me horrible side effects (acne, migraines)!so opted for …

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Hormonal coil (IUS)

- Kyleena

I got major break outs with kyleena. hormonal nodules. I also felt it at all times and was not aware when I would get me period…

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Hormonal coil (IUS)

- Kyleena

The insertion wasn’t too painful, but I had severe cramps for several days following. Now it has settled down i have no side …

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