Copper coil (IUD)


About the reviewer

Time used
18 months - 3 years
Had children
90kg - 95kg / 14st 2lb - 14st 13lb
Currently using
Yes I'm using it currently


Insertion – I find that there is a lot of scaremongering around the insertion process, granted it is uncomfortable as is any gynae exam, however besides a brief 10-30 second bout of internal ‘pressure’ I wouldn’t say I found it too distressing. 0- 6 months – I did notice that my periods became heavy and I had a few episodes of bleeding through jeans/clothes in the first few months, which was expected. These symptoms persisted for 6 months (despite the literature saying they tend to reduce during this time). 6-18 months – From 6 months onwards the heavy periods subsided somewhat and reverted back to a solid 5-6 days of bleeding. However, I noticed that I would have 3-4 days of spotting on and off before a period, then have the period for 5-6 days and then start spotting for another 4-6 days after the period. In total, the period & spotting can be lasting for what feels like two weeks. For me, it did cause distress and anxiety as the literature states that bleeding reduces after the body has ‘adapted to the foreign object being in place’. However, after reading many reviews from other women and searching YouTube I’ve noticed that this ‘long but light’ side effect seems to be pretty common but not well documented. I hope that if somebody else is having the same side effect as me this provides some comfort for them.

Impact whilst taking

Somewhat negatively
No change
Heavier periods
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Spots or acne

Tender breasts

Vaginal discharge

Vaginal dryness

Womb cramps

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