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


I have really bad PCOS and spoke to my doctor who advised that the hormonal coil could be a good option for me. I had always been on the pill (made me gain weight and sex drive disappeared) or using condoms, but being in a relationship for a couple of years we got (slightly) bored of these! When I had it inserted it was painful, but this only lasted for a couple of minutes (without anaesthetic – I chose against it after speaking with my doctor) and then I was fine to get on with the rest of my day, albeit with slight bleeding and cramps. The cramps and bleeding did continue for a few months after. This was definitely the worst part of the situation, as it is stressful on your sex life and I was worried I was going to bleed all the time! The spotting has almost completely stopped after about 3 months, and my periods are really light. The cramps lasted for only the first month or two and were always manageable, and now have completely disappeared. I have also noticed my skin has cleared up (I’m getting less hormonal breakouts) and I have noticed no impact on my weight, sex drive or mood which is great. I would definitely recommend the hormonal IUD, but just don’t expect it to start off easily right away.

Impact whilst taking

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

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Better skin

Womb cramps

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