Copper coil (IUD)


About the reviewer

Time used
8+ years
Had children
65kg - 70kg / 10st 3lb - 11st 0lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it


I had a great time using the copper coil. Had it for over 12 years and rate it so highly at preventing pregnancy. I only had one instance which I thought it might have ever been a possible pregnancy scare which was short lived. Heavy periods and period pain were a thing which were a side effect from the coil but I figured that was better than the side effects I had from the pill which were an extensive list. I would say that I had it from my late teens to early 30s and thought some of my pms symptoms were normal as that had always been that way. Any pain, pms, mood changes are worth investigation and may mean you need some help, although doctors aren’t usually keen to associate the copper coil and moods changes as it’s ‘non-hormonal’. After I had my coil changed I had serious PMS symptoms and mood changes which looking back was not normal. I would get a coil again with the knowledge I have now about balancing out my hormones with lifestyle changes and supplements. Also being aware of what my baseline normal symptoms are. I am happy with fertility awareness at the moment.

Impact whilst taking

Somewhat negatively
I gained weight
Heavier periods
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Back pain

Increased sweating

Tender breasts

Latex allergy

Womb cramps


Pelvic infection

Impact after using

Very positively
I don’t know / can’t tell
1 month
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

No effects

No effects

No effects

Experience after taking

Increased sex drive for sure, lighter and shorter periods. Moods are calmer for sure. Hopefully some weight loss but we’ll see!

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