Hormonal coil (IUS)


About the reviewer

Time used
3 - 6 months
Had children
65kg - 70kg / 10st 3lb - 11st 0lb
Currently using
Yes I'm using it currently


Having gone from a combined pill (Yasmin) for a decade or so to Mirena, I noticed a substantial change in my skin and bleeding. I had very clear skin and now have fairly bad acne, on my face and chest (where I used to get it before I was on the pill). I also have been bleeding for c. 2 weeks every month, and spotting in between as well. I hoped this would reduce but after 5 months it seems to be getting worse (more days of bleeding) not better. The bleeding is light but almost constant, and would ruin underwear if I didn’t have a tampon/cup in, and is the reason I am having Mirena removed this month. My moods went from big highs and lows on Yasmin to much more level, very noticeably I feel more level. I’m going to try a lower-oestrogen pill going forward to see if I can retain some of the emotional benefits without having the constant bleeding and acne.

Impact whilst taking

Somewhat positively
No change
Irregular periods
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Spots or acne

Dark body hair

Increased body hair

No effects

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