Hormonal coil (IUS)


About the reviewer

Time used
6 - 12 months
Had children
60kg - 65kg / 9st 6lb - 10st 3lb
Currently using
Yes I'm using it currently


Pros: no pills, no forgetting = no surprises (for 5 years!) If/when I do want a foetus inhabiting me, fertility should be (fairly) instantly restored following removal. GPs can do it, don’t need to see a gynaecologist. Cons: Hurts like a MF when they put it in (think: worst period pain x3, lasting for between 2 days and 2 weeks…). Paracetamol and ibuprofen did not touch it for me- just had to grit my teeth and suffer it! Subsided after about a week but didn’t go completely for about a month… no complications, just how it was for me. I’m pretty tolerant of pain but others who are more sensitive may want to think twice and then twice again- it is very painful! The very light periods a bit annoying for me as they are too light for the Mooncup but too heavy for just liners. I would like it if they stopped completely but this can’t be guaranteed anyway. I have never had problems with increased emotionality peri-menses; now, I’m crying, angry, etc, a real stereotype. Very strange. Maybe I’ve been taking the Pill so long that I just got used to being level and calm all the time and this is really how I am! My BF says the threads sometimes feel like he’s being stabbed in the D by a tack which isn’t nice for him (or me, worrying about him). I try and tuck them out of the way but it’s not easy. It’s the only thing that makes me want to go back on the Pill.

Impact whilst taking

Somewhat negatively
I lost weight
Lighter periods
Sex drive
No change

Side effects whilst taking



Aura symptoms

Increased sweating

Spots or acne

Nausea or vomiting

Back pain

Tender breasts

Womb cramps


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