Hormonal coil (IUS)


About the reviewer

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


For 2 years this contraception has changed my life! I went from excessively heavy, painful periods to no periods at all. I have saved money on sanitary products, and haven’t had to deal with the continuous embarrassment of bleeding through my protection and clothing. I have been cramp free for two years and it hasn’t effected my weight, sex drive or skin. However, in the last 3 months I have been bleeding non stop which has been put down to hormones from the coil. Don’t let this put you off as I have had no problems until this time. The mirena coil lasts up to 5 years so once it has been fitted you don’t have to worry about taking the pill every day, or going back for regular injections – it’s just fitted and you have nothing to worry about for 5 years! The process of having the coil inserted is physical uncomfortable but it was quick and easy. You experience cramp like pains during insertion and they last for about a week afterwards. I was very worried prior to having my coil fitted due to the horror stories I had heard but the pain was minimal compared to the positive impact it has had on my life. Could not recommend this method of contraception enough!

Impact whilst taking

Neutral - no change
No change
Stopped periods
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Spots or acne

Tender breasts

Vaginal discharge

Womb cramps

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