Hormonal coil (IUS)


About the reviewer

Time used
6 - 12 months
Had children
70kg - 75kg / 11st 0lb - 11st 11lb
Currently using
Yes I'm using it currently


I was given this aged 45 to combat prolonged and heavy periods (maybe starting to become premenopausal). With every period I would get other infection, like respiratory illnesses, because it left my body literally drained. The insertion was a bit painful, worse than a smear, but manageable, because you know it’s going to be over quickly. I had some bleeding, cramping and back pain for a few days after, which were manageable with high doses of paracetamol. After the first week I started to experience hot flushes (never had one before), I couldn’t jog (the tissue behind the kneecaps feels very uncomfortable and I never had problems with my knees before), had migraines and headaches, I have to remove a ball of hair from my brush after every brush, I keep snapping at people and experienced a complete loss of sex drive. After 6 month the initial hot flushes and migraines have gone, but all the other symptoms are still there. So there is a big bonus from not having any periods, I did not have a cough or cold for almost a year (which is also down to the general Covid lockdowns), BUT the side effects are too severe for me and I will get the hormonal coil removed.

Impact whilst taking

Somewhat negatively
No change
Stopped periods
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking



Increased sweating

Tender breasts

Spots or acne

Back pain

Increased body hair

Enlarged breasts

Vaginal dryness

Womb cramps

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