21/07/2020

Copper coil (IUD)

1/5

About the reviewer

Age
31-35
Time used
3 - 6 months
Had children
No
Height
5'2"/157.5cm
Weight
50kg - 55kg / 7st 12lb - 8st 9lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

I had the copper coil (IUD) removed this morning. After a disappointing 3 months on the mini pill, I decided to try the copper coil due to the ‘non hormonal’ claim. The fitting felt like a deep scratch in my cervix and then a second one came when the doctor cut the strings followed by instant cramping. The rest of the week was a combination of cramps, lower back pain and bloating combined with sadness, depression, rage and anger from the come down of the mini pill. The IUD gave me a bacterial infection, bacterial vaginosis. A conversation with the nurse revealed that the IUD strings can cause irritation which affects the balance of the healthy bacteria. I had a swollen and painful left nipple and breast which led to a trip to the doctors which led to a trip to the breast care centre at the hospital. The lumps and swelling were linked to changes in hormones as a result of the contraceptive. During my third period I experienced extreme anxiety, panic attacks, inability to focus, overwhelming thoughts, suicidal thoughts, trust issues, insecurity and uncertainty about my future. Before having the IUD fitted I’d recommend reading up on Copper Toxicity and request to have your copper levels tested. I recognise that the coil has worked for other women but it certainly didn’t work for me.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Very negatively
Weight
No change
Periods
Heavier periods
Sex drive
No change

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Enlarged breasts

Tender breasts

Spots or acne

Thrush

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

Impact after using

Mood
N/A
Weight
N/A
Periods
N/A
Sex drive
N/A

No effects

No effects

No effects

Experience after taking

N/A

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