21/05/2021

Copper coil (IUD)

1/5

About the reviewer

Age
31-35
Time used
12 - 18 months
Had children
No
Height
5'6"/167.5cm
Weight
65kg - 70kg / 10st 3lb - 11st 0lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

The insertion of this could was extremely painful, after a few days the pain died down but then over the next year I experienced terrible pain in my lower abdomen, lower back and hips. The pain was that bad that I ended up having to have various investigations, I had a colonoscopy as I thought it might be bowel related, had a scan to see if the coil had migrated – it hadn’t. After just over a year I was exhausted and started to research whether it could be the coil after all. I found quite a lot of articles about people having a reaction to the copper (I’d also had a mirena coil a few years earlier but it made my periods heavier and more painful so had that removed) The copper coil I had would have lasted for 10 years and after the horror of its insertion I was reluctant to have it taken out to see if the pain subsided as I really couldn’t face getting it put back in again if it turned out the pain was something else. Anyway, I had it removed and hey presto the pain went away!! I don’t know if it was the copper or just my body trying to reject the foreign object but it didn’t work for me at all.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Neutral - no change
Weight
No change
Periods
No change
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Back pain

Womb cramps

Cystitus

Impact after using

Mood
Very positively
Weight
No change
Periods
1 month
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

No effects

No effects

No effects

Experience after taking

I experienced better mood etc after the coil was removed purely because the pain it had caused me had stopped! While it was still inserted I was so fed up because of the pain I didn’t want to do anything so felt pretty miserable

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