11/07/2020

Copper coil (IUD)

1/5

About the reviewer

Age
18-25
Time used
3 - 6 months
Had children
No
Height
5'8"/172.5cm
Weight
55kg - 60kg / 8st 9lb - 9st 6lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

The copper IUD ruined my life and I’m still having to deal with the repercussions now. I started off with bad stomach pains and twitching of the muscles in my stomach. This would keep me up a night as it just never stopped. Then I started getting sore boobs (never experienced this in my life), I couldn’t eat as I always felt full and bloated and I hated the smell of some foods. I also gained weight (I have a very very very fast metabolism so am usually very skinny, I am now so bloated and have so much excess fat which has made me really depressed as it isn’t going anyway no matter how little I eat or how active I am, I feel like I’m stuck this way now). I also had lightheadedness,, stabbing pains in my legs and pelvic area. It also left me with cysts on my ovaries, which I now how to get blood tests for. I also had nausea and couldn’t touch food leading up to my period. I would get cramps and the periods would be very heavy. I also had NO energy and some days I would stay in bed all day and have about 3 naps. I would get heart palpitations and panic attacks, which I had to lie down for. I would also get a terrible throat sensation which is basically Strep Throat and I developed this 3 times while on the coil, had never experienced it before it. I broke up with my boyfriend because I couldn’t deal with all of this going on. I had no sex drive and was just cursing him for the fact I had to have it put in as emergency contraception (even though it wasn’t really his fault, it goes both ways). The changes in my body just made me so so angry and repulse him. I also was so depressed, I had suicidal thoughts almost daily at one point. ESPECIALLY when doctors are so up for having the device put in you but out rightly refuse to take it out. Took me a month to persuade a doctor to take it out. I also had the worst paranoia and anxiety, I spent over £100 on pregnancy tests because I was paranoid I was pregnant everyday for 3 months (I still have this problems now, I take a pregnancy test as a way of settling my nerves). I have now had it removed, but still have several problems. The weight gain isn’t going down, I have terrible acne which I haven’t had for about 3 years and I am also 8 days late on my period atm, which is stressing me out. My periods have been out of sync since having the IUD put in, I used to cry with happiness when they arrived because it meant the pain during ovulation would stop. I have also developed IBS symptoms which I have never ever had before so have to be really careful what I eat. I also cannot drink much alcohol and bubbly drinks as I used to as it gets me so bloated my stomach hurts and I have to lie down on it to compress it. I really really do not recommend this, PLEASE STAY AWAY. Research Copper Toxicity! You are not meant to have things such as this in your body, it isn’t natural! STAY AWAY and please do not make the mistake I made as I regret my decision every single day of my life and I’m just praying right now that one day I’ll return to the happy and active girl I was before. P.S. To demonstrate how unhappy it psychologically made me, I have recently been given the dream job at my dream company who I have loved since I was a young girl and now my dream is coming to life and I’ve got the opportunity of a life time. However when I got the news, I just couldn’t be happy. I actually was depressed that I was being given this job at the worst and lowest moment of my life and I knew I was going to screw it up. I had a panic attack, couldn’t breath and couldn’t stop crying. I was so so unhappy and I was so gutted that this experience I always dreamed of, was proving to be a bad one when I always imaged it to be so amazing. Life is short, please just look after yourself and your bodies. Putting your body through the pain of a copper coil isn’t worth it.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Very negatively
Weight
I gained weight
Periods
Irregular periods
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

Headaches

Dizziness

Dark body hair

Increased body hair

High blood pressure

Enlarged breasts

Spots or acne

Back pain

Increased sweating

Nausea or vomiting

Tender breasts

Cystitus

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

Impact after using

Mood
Somewhat negatively
Weight
I gained weight
Periods
I don’t know/can’t tell
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

Headaches

Dizziness

Increased body hair

Enlarged breasts

Spots or acne

High blood pressure

Back pain

Tender breasts

Issues wearing contact lenses

Dark body hair

Increased sweating

Vaginal discharge

Cystitus

Womb cramps

Thrush

Pelvic infection

Vaginal dryness

Experience after taking

Period is 8 days late and I’m just waiting for it to come. I have my low days and my better days. I still get anxiety but not so much. I get my IBS symptoms too, never had these before having to copper coil put in. But I can sleep better, which is a massive relief and my appetite is back to normal. As soon as the coil was removed, I walked out the hospital feeling lighter! I’m hoping it gets better over time, once I sort out the periods situation and think I will be giving myself a break from contraceptives for a bit so to get my body back into it’s normal, healthy flow.

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