Copper coil (IUD)


About the reviewer

Time used
1 - 3 months
Had children
55kg - 60kg / 8st 9lb - 9st 6lb
Currently using
Yes I'm using it currently


It took me a long time to decide to switch from the combined pill to the copper coil. For context I’d be on the pill for 15 years and nearing 30, I finally decided to get the copper coil inserted as a hormone free contraceptive and to try and get to know my cycle. I’m around 6 weeks in from coming off the pill, having had the coil put in a week before this. Overall the insertion was a very painful experience, albeit it only about 10 seconds each time (once to check/measure everything and once to insert). No one can prepare you for that (for info I’m 29 and no kids) BUT I’m now extremely happy with my decision. I had bad cramps that evening, and every so often for a week after but was able to exercise after a day. I was spotting for a little while until a 2 day ‘period’ or withdrawal from coming off the pill. I then had what I would consider my first period 28 days later. I had a bit of nausea, which was new, but it wasn’t particularly heavy. Main changes I’ve noticed having come off the pill and onto using the copper coil, is that my anxiety has gone way down, I feel less dumpy and bloated, I’m more in touch with my feelings and not as ‘numb’. I was on the pill for half my life and didn’t have a clue what to expect, but I feel more human which is nice! The coil has given me security as a contraceptive without the hormones, which is the dream really. The main thing I’ve learnt is that everyone is different and you genuinely don’t know unless you try. I’ve had a positive experience and appreciate that others haven’t but Google sucks – do what feels best for you.

Impact whilst taking

Very positively
I lost weight
No change
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

Side effects whilst taking


High blood pressure

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

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