Copper coil (IUD)


About the reviewer

Time used
6 - 12 months
Had children
75kg - 80kg / 11st 11lb - 12st 8lb
Currently using
Yes I'm using it currently


I was really worried about getting this coil as I heard so many horror stories, including from my friends. Turns out this was the best decision for me and I have now become a copper coil preacher to everyone I know. Insertion was not as bad as they say, though of course people’s pain tolerance and doctors are different. I found it was a 6.5/10 pain but the pain only lasted for about 30 seconds, and the entire procedure with the checkup and everything took maybe about 3 minutes? I had taken 3 ibuprofen (after a meal, never take this amount on empty stomach!) about 30mins-1hr before my appointment. Had a small amount of bleeding after and some cramps but not very bad ones. I have always had relatively heavy periods, even on the pill (for the first 2 days I’d have to wake up in the night to change the ‘ultra’ tampon kind of heavy) and they did not get noticeably heavier. I was on the mini pill before so did not have cramps, though I vaguely remember a cramp or two back in the no pill times. I now have some cramps during or immediately before the period, but usually only for a day or two, and they’re not very bad – a paracetamol helps. It’s amazing to not take hormones and see your body return to normal (normal pre-pill levels of discharge, sex drive, hair, skin). Love the copper!

Impact whilst taking

Neutral - no change
I don’t know / can’t tell
No change
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

No effects

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

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