Copper coil (IUD)


About the reviewer

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


My job consists in researching about women’s health – I look at different types of contraception (amongst other things) on an almost daily basis. Having the knowledge I do, and not being a fan of hormonal contraceptives for this very reason, the copper coil seemed like the ideal choice. My mother used the copper coil for years and I have friends that have been using it for a while. I was previously on the pill but did not like the effect it had on my period, it actually made it quite irregular and it took me around a year and a half to regain a normal menstrual cycle. The copper coil has worked perfectly fine – I have more peace of mind re: sexual intercouse and I like that I can just forget about it for a few years. The downside is that I have much heavier periods and more cramps (which I never ever had before) and the insertion was particularly painful. But to be honest, it has been completely worth it for me.

Impact whilst taking

Neutral - no change
No change
Heavier periods
Sex drive
No change

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Back pain

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

Vaginal dryness

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