06/03/2021

Mirena

Hormonal coil (IUS)

1/5

About the reviewer

Age
26-30
Time used
12 - 18 months
Had children
No
Height
5'7"/170cm
Weight
60kg - 65kg / 9st 6lb - 10st 3lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

I want to start this by saying just how painful the insertion process was and how upset I was that nobody told me just how painful it would be. I was left with significantly painful cramps for at least a week. After that I noticed I had side effects such as: dizziness, headaches, acne, sore breasts and increased hair growth on my upper lip/chin and neck. I also ended up getting thrush and cystitis regularly. The insertion was such a shock to me that I found all other appointments involving a speculum terrifying. I decided to get the coil removed and that process was incredibly nerve wracking.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Somewhat negatively
Weight
No change
Periods
Stopped periods
Sex drive
I don’t know / can’t tell

Side effects whilst taking

Dizziness

Headaches

Spots or acne

Tender breasts

Issues wearing contact lenses

Dark body hair

Increased body hair

Nausea or vomiting

Back pain

Cystitus

Thrush

Impact after using

Mood
Neutral - no change
Weight
No change
Periods
3-6 months
Sex drive
No change

No effects

Dark body hair

Increased body hair

Spots or acne

Tender breasts

Issues wearing contact lenses

Back pain

Vaginal discharge

Vaginal dryness

Experience after taking

The symptoms I developed while on the coil haven’t ever subsided. I have a regular bleeding cycle but my skin is terrible; I still have random hairs on my neck/chin and upper lip; sore breasts; and I’m not even sure I am ovulating 2 years after stopping hormonal contraception. I was diagnosed with PCOS ~2 months after coming off contraception, which I’m unsure about as I don’t fit the diagnostic criteria (my hormones are within a normal range and I have a regular cycle) but, it’s impossible to get a doctor to investigate further. There’s a lot we’re not told about hormonal contraception when we’re younger, and even still now. If I’d known what I do now I would never have chosen a hormonal method of contraception.

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