Hormonal coil (IUS)


About the reviewer

Time used
18 months - 3 years
Had children
65kg - 70kg / 10st 3lb - 11st 0lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it


I had the coil for about 3 years. It was fine for a long time ( 2 1/2 years), insertion was a little painful but I didn’t get any cramps afterwards. Every few months I would get PMS symptoms (bloating, tender breasts, stomach cramps and very very anxious and emotionally unstable) for a few weeks. I think not having a period made this worse. After 2 1/2 years i got these symptoms and it lasted for 4 months and didnt go away. I also developed achne and bad skin which i’d never had before. I got it removed and ALL the symptoms went within 2 weeks including spots!

Impact whilst taking

Very negatively
No change
Stopped periods
Sex drive
No change

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Enlarged breasts

Spots or acne

Tender breasts

Dark body hair

Increased body hair

Back pain

Womb cramps


Impact after using

Very positively
No change
3-6 months
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

No effects

No effects

Vaginal discharge

Experience after taking

Within 2 weeks I noticed that I was feeling a lot more stable emotionally. It was weird it was like having a veil lifted. I think the mirena side effects can be quite subtle but they build up over time so you don’t really notice. I also had very intense cycles, my periods were normal but my ovulation was intense! I had a massive sex drive and a lot of that clear discharge you get. I really knew I was ovulating. My periods went back to normal quickly. I can’t explain how empowering and relieving it felt to have periods again and be able to track my cycle and emotional cycle. I will never give up periods again.

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