Contraception guide

IUD (intrauterine device)

A woman can get pregnant if a man’s sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova). Contraception tries to stop this by keeping the egg and sperm apart or by stopping eggs being produced. One method of contraception is the intrauterine device, or IUD (sometimes called a coil).

An IUD is a small T-shaped plastic and copper device that’s inserted into your womb (uterus) by a specially trained doctor or nurse. 

The IUD works by stopping the sperm and egg from surviving in the womb or fallopian tubes. It may also prevent a fertilised egg from implanting in the womb.

The IUD is a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) method. This means that once it's in place you don't have to think about it each day or each time you have sex. There are several types and sizes of IUD.

You can use an IUD whether or not you've had children.  

At a glance: facts about the IUD

  • There are different types of IUD, some with more copper than others. IUDs with more copper are more than 99% effective. This means that fewer than one in 100 women who use an IUD will get pregnant in one year. IUDs with less copper will be less effective. 
  • An IUD works as soon as it's put in, and lasts for five to 10 years, depending on the type.
  • It can be put in at any time during your menstrual cycle, as long as you're not pregnant.
  • It can be removed at any time by a specially trained doctor or nurse and you'll quickly return to normal levels of fertility.
  • Changes to your periods (for example, being heavier, longer or more painful) are common in the first three to six months after an IUD is put in, but they're likely to settle down after this. You might get spotting or bleeding between periods. 
  • There's a very small chance of infection within 20 days of the IUD being fitted. 
  • There's a risk that your body may expel the IUD.
  • If you get pregnant, there's an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy (when the egg implants outside the womb). But because you're unlikely to get pregnant, the overall risk of ectopic pregnancy is lower than in women who don't use contraception. 
  • Having the IUD put in can be uncomfortable. Ask the doctor or nurse about pain relief.
  • An IUD may not be suitable for you if you've had previous pelvic infections.
  • The IUD does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). By using condoms as well as the IUD you'll help to protect yourself against STIs.

How the IUD works

How it prevents pregnancy

Having an IUD fitted

How to tell whether an IUD is still in place

Removing an IUD

How it prevents pregnancy

The IUD is similar to the IUS (intrauterine system) but works in a different way. Instead of releasing the hormone progestogen like the IUS, the IUD releases copper. Copper changes the make-up of the fluids in the womb and fallopian tubes, stopping sperm surviving there. IUDs may also stop fertilised eggs from implanting in the womb.

There are types and sizes of IUD to suit different women. IUDs need to be fitted by a trained doctor or nurse at your GP surgery, local contraception clinic or sexual health clinic.

An IUD can stay in the womb for five to 10 years depending on the type. If you're 40 or over when you have an IUD fitted, it can be left in until you reach the menopause or until you no longer need contraception.

Having an IUD fitted

An IUD can be fitted at any time during your menstrual cycle, as long as you are not pregnant. You'll be protected against pregnancy straight away.

Before you have an IUD fitted, you will have an internal examination to find out the size and position of your womb. This is to make sure that the IUD can be put in the correct place.

You can get contraception at:

  • most GP surgeries
  • community contraception clinics
  • some GUM clinics
  • sexual health clinics
  • some young people's services

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You may also be tested for infections, such as STIs. It's best to do this before an IUD is fitted so that you can have treatment (if you need it) before the IUD is put in. Sometimes, you may be given antibiotics at the same time as the IUD is fitted.

It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to insert an IUD. The vagina is held open, like it is during a cervical screening (smear) test, and the IUD is inserted through the cervix and into the womb.

The fitting process can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful. You may get cramps afterwards. You can ask for a local anaesthetic or painkillers before having the IUD fitted. An anaesthetic injection itself can be painful, so many women have the procedure without.

You may get pain and bleeding for a few days after having an IUD fitted. Discuss this with your GP or nurse beforehand.  

The IUD needs to be checked by a doctor after three to six weeks. Speak to your doctor or nurse if you have any problems before or after this first check or if you want the IUD removed.

Also speak to your doctor or nurse if you or your partner are at risk of getting an STI. This is because STIs can lead to an infection in the pelvis.

See your GP or go back to the clinic where your IUD was fitted as soon as you can if you:

  • have pain in your lower abdomen
  • have a high temperature
  • have a smelly discharge

These may mean you have an infection.

How to tell whether an IUD is still in place

An IUD has two thin threads that hang down a little way from your womb into the top of your vagina. The doctor or nurse who fits your IUD will teach you how to feel for these threads and check that it is still in place.

Check your IUD is in place a few times in the first month, and then after each period or at regular intervals. 

It's very unlikely that your IUD will come out, but if you can't feel the threads or if you think the IUD has moved, you may not be fully protected against getting pregnant. See your doctor or nurse straight away and use an extra method of contraception, such as condoms, until your IUD has been checked. If you've had sex recently you may need to use emergency contraception.

Your partner shouldn't be able to feel your IUD during sex. If he can feel the threads, get your doctor or nurse to check that your IUD is in place. They may be able to cut the threads to a shorter length. If you feel any pain during sex, go for a check-up.

Removing an IUD

An IUD can be removed at any time by a trained doctor or nurse.

If you're not going to have another IUD put in and you don't want to get pregnant, use another method (such as condoms) for seven days before you have the IUD removed. This is to stop sperm getting into your body. Sperm can live for up to seven days in the body and could make you pregnant once the IUD is removed.

As soon as an IUD is taken out, your normal fertility should return. 

Who can use an IUD

Most women can use an IUD. This includes women who have never been pregnant and those who are HIV positive. Your doctor or nurse will ask about your medical history to check if an IUD is the most suitable form of contraception for you.

You should not use an IUD if you have:

  • an untreated STI or a pelvic infection 
  • problems with your womb or cervix 
  • any unexplained bleeding from your vagina, for example between periods or after sex

Women who have had an ectopic pregnancy or recent abortion, or who have an artificial heart valve, must consult their GP or clinician before having an IUD fitted.

You should not be fitted with an IUD if there's a chance that you are already pregnant or if you or your partner are at risk of catching STIs. If you or your partner are unsure, go to your GP or a sexual health clinic to be tested.

Using an IUD after giving birth

An IUD can usually be fitted four to six weeks after giving birth (vaginal or caesarean). You'll need to use alternative contraception from three weeks (21 days) after the birth until the IUD is fitted. In some cases, an IUD can be fitted within 48 hours of giving birth. An IUD is safe to use when you're breastfeeding and it won't affect your milk supply.

Using an IUD after a miscarriage or abortion

An IUD can be fitted straight away or within 48 hours after an abortion or miscarriage by an experienced doctor or nurse, as long as you were pregnant for less than 24 weeks. If you were pregnant for more than 24 weeks, you may have to wait a few weeks before having an IUD fitted. 

Advantages and disadvantages of the IUD

Although an IUD is an effective method of contraception, there are some things to consider before having one fitted.

Advantages of the IUD

  • most women can use an IUD, including women who have never been pregnant
  • once an IUD is fitted, it works straight away and lasts for up to 10 years or until it's removed
  • it doesn't interrupt sex
  • it can be used if you're breastfeeding
  • your normal fertility returns as soon as the IUD is taken out
  • it's not affected by other medicines

There's no evidence that having an IUD fitted will increase the risk of cancer of the cervixendometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the womb) or ovarian cancer. Some women experience changes in mood and libido, but these changes are very small. There is no evidence that the IUD affects weight.

Disadvantages of the IUD

  • Your periods may become heavier, longer or more painful, though this may improve after a few months. 
  • An IUD doesn't protect against STIs, so you may have to use condoms as well. If you get an STI while you have an IUD, it could lead to a pelvic infection if not treated.
  • The most common reasons that women stop using an IUD are vaginal bleeding and pain.

Risks of the IUD

Complications after having an IUD fitted are rare. Most will appear within the first year after fitting.

Damage to the womb

In fewer than one in 1,000 cases, an IUD can perforate (make a hole in) the womb or neck of the womb (cervix) when it's put in. This can cause pain in the lower abdomen but doesn't usually cause any other symptoms. If the doctor or nurse fitting your IUD is experienced, the risk of this is very low.

If perforation occurs, you may need surgery to remove the IUD. Contact your GP straight away if you feel a lot of pain after having an IUD fitted as perforations should be treated immediately.

Pelvic infections

Pelvic infections can occur in the first 20 days after the IUD is fitted. The risk of infection is very small. Fewer than one in 100 women who are at low risk of STIs will get a pelvic infection.

Rejection

Occasionally the IUD is rejected (expelled) by the womb or can move (this is called displacement). This is more likely to happen soon after it has been fitted, although this isn't common. Your doctor or nurse will teach you how to check that your IUD is in place.

Ectopic pregnancy

If the IUD fails and you become pregnant, your IUD should be removed as soon as possible if you're going to continue with the pregnancy. There's a small increased risk of ectopic pregnancy if a woman becomes pregnant while using an IUD.

Where to get an IUD

Most types of contraception are available free in the UK. Contraception is free to all women and men through the NHS. Places where you can get contraception include:

  • most GP surgeries – talk to your GP or practice nurse
  • community contraception clinics
  • some genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics
  • sexual health clinics – these offer contraceptive and STI testing services
  • some young people’s services (call the sexual health line on 0300 123 7123 for details)

Find your nearest sexual health clinic by searching by postcode or town.

If you're under 16 and want contraception, the doctor, nurse or pharmacists won't tell your parents or carer as long as they believe you fully understand the information you're given, and your decisions.

Doctors and nurses work under strict guidelines when dealing with people under 16. They'll encourage you to consider telling your parents, but they won't make you. The only time that a professional might want to tell someone else is if they believe you're at risk of harm, such as abuse. The risk would need to be serious, and they would usually discuss this with you first.  

Page last reviewed: 15/01/2013

Next review due: 15/01/2015

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The 22 comments posted are personal views. Any information they give has not been checked and may not be accurate.

Yellowlupo said on 25 July 2014

I had the copper coil fitted around 9 months ago at my local family planning clinic. Insertion was fine - I had a local anaesthetic injection into my cervix and had been told that this was what would cause the spotting afterwards. I also took paracetemol and ibuprofen throughout the day. However I found it very difficult to sleep as I had terrible cramps that night! The cramps took a few days to resolve, but sometimes I would get a strange sensation -not unlike when you have the coil fitted. I had a check up at the family planning clinic a few months later and was given an ultrasound. The dr felt that the coil was resting too low in my uterus and so took it out and inserted a new one- this time without the local anaesthetic. I would actually say not to bother with the local anaesthetic as the pain is momentary! I am now much more comfortable, and didn't have any of the cramps that I had with the first fitting. I would suggest that if you have any pain for more than a few days go and get it checked out - there's no point in suffering and the answer may be simple! My periods are now very heavy though, necessitating several max-size tampons a day for sometimes over a week, whereas before I barely got through one regular tampon a day for 3-5 days (I've been told I was very lucky before!). Overall I am pleased- I may try hormone coil in the future to even out periods but suffered terrible mood swings on the pill previously so thought I'd give copper coil a go first.

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sdee89 said on 24 July 2014

I don't usually leave reviews or comments but I signed up specifically so I could share my experience with others who may be considering the coil
After reading many horror stories online I was so close to cancelling my appointment and was so nervous about it I could hardly sleep last night.
My appointment was this morning at the local sexual health clinic and after preparing myself for suffering I actually had to laugh at how much I worked myself up about it.
The procedure was an absolute breeze, personally. For me there was virtually no pain at all, and I was pleasantly surprised at how quick it was over and done with. I was expecting it to worse than a sweep (if you've had one you can understand how uncomfortable that is!) But it wasn't even anywhere near to that uncomfortable! Once it was over I was prepared for horrendous cramps but so far so good, nothing at all. I've been taking paracetamol anyways just in case it does creep up but Iam feeling fine. & as for the bleeding, again I was expecting a heavy gushing (haha!) but so far its only been a light spotting.

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User100817 said on 16 July 2014

I can honestly say I would recommend this form of contraception. In fact I was quite shocked reading other peoples negative experiences as I have had nothing of the sort.
I had my second Merina coil fitted about 3 months ago, after the first needed replacing following it being in for the recommended 5 years.
Both procedures were carried out at my local Family Planning Clinic. They were as I expected them to be, a little uncomfortable, nothing more painful than having a smear, and only took minutes.
Both times I did find I got some lower stomach cramps for the remainder of that day, but nothing everyday painkiller cannot control. There has been some minor spotting on both occasions for a day or two afterwards but perhaps from day 3 onwards I had no problems whatsoever.
My periods completely stopped along with most of the monthly related issues.
When the first one had been in about 4 and a half years I did get some very minor spotting which returned on a monthly basis until the IUD was removed and the new one was fitted.
Perhaps I have just been extremely lucky, but for me, it is the optimum choice, for convenience, lack of negative side effects, impact on lifestyle, etc. I would highly recommend this type of IUD.

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danie145 said on 04 July 2014

This is a positive review of the copper IUD insertion.

I have come the conclusion after the last few days of research the IUD that the reviews are significantly bias towards negative experiences, so I thought I would give my experience to offer reassurance to others considering the IUD.

I went to a family planning clinic to try to resolve the issues I have been having with contraception. I am unable to take the combined pill due to migraines and the progesterone only options just dont agree with me. I was considering the copper IUD for some time as a non-hormonal long term alternative to the hormonal options but was definitely put off by all the horror stories! My experience was however absolutely brilliant.

I am 22, never been pregnant and have a severely tilted uterus so was expecting a painful insertion. I had mild cramping as it was inserted and it was all over in less than 5 minutes.

I would massively recommend taking some ibruprofen a few hours before and to try to not get too anxious. Avoid forums which heighten your anxiety as it definitely doesnt help. I would also recommend going to a family planning clinic where the doctors and nurses place IUDs very frequently.

Overall well recommend. I appreciate we are all different and some people do have a bad time, but you dont know unless you try.

Good luck ladies!

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social butterfly said on 29 June 2014

I had my coil inserted in october 2013 to help my fibroid problem. Since having the coil I have suffered severe stomach cramps on a regular basis of which sometime no pain killers will ease the pain. Although i havent had children i would describe the pain as a pregnancy contraction exttremely painful. I also have the spotting and the occasional period. I guess i am unlucky as several friends dont have any pain or bleeding
Can anyone recomend any pain killers as i find Buscapan doesnt always work? My gp hasnt offered any suggestions of getting rid of the fibroids should i have the coil removed. Catch 22 it seems...

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lovemy2boys said on 23 June 2014

You always read such horror stories about iud on the Internet so here Is a positive review.

When I had my copper iud inserted I thought it was going to be painful as I myself read lots of horror stories before hand, but I didn't feel any pain just a little discomfort at one point maybe when they opened my cervix.. but overall it was fine I had very slight spotting afterward but nothing heavy and the spotting lasted a couple of hours if that... my period came practically on time I think I spotted a day early and my actual period was normal with very very mild cramps( could hardly feel them).. I was losing weight before I had my iud inserted and have carried on losing weight after too so no problems there.. I wanted to share this as I read lots of bad reviews on the copper iud and it nearly put me off getting it but I wanted a non hormonal birth control and this was one of the only options...but so far so good for me

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hayley11x said on 17 June 2014

I felt like I should write a review as ive read so many bad things! I had my copper coil fit this morning and was warned by the dr iy would really hurt. I did feel discomfort for about 10 minutes, id say 3 of those minutes it felt really intense but all of it was bearable. I know it was only this morning but had no blood so far, just cramping.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that I don't have any real issued. my dr did warn me that the copper coil will always make periods heavier, but I just simply cannot take anything with hormones as they make me crazy!

I am glad I wasn't put off by other people's stories! (so far anyway :) )

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spiderbaby66 said on 07 June 2014

I had the coil fitted about 6 weeks ago to try and stop my periods due to being anaemic. Since then I've had a 16 day bleed and several odd days after that where I had heavy spotting. I guess I'm due another bleed now as I'm having horrific stomach cramps that are almost doubling me over (never had period pain before) I wish I hadn't had it fitted but have been told it will calm down after a few months. Not sure I can wait that long! Anyone else had similar symptoms and it got better after a few months? I was led to believe that I'd have little or no bleeding but I'm actually having more!

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letow93 said on 31 May 2014

I had the copper coil fitted 6 and a half weeks ago as emergency contraception after spending 4 and a half years on the depo injection. After having missed my last injection and having unprotected sex, I took the morning after pill and had the IUD fitted. As someone who has never had children (I'm 21) I have had an awful experience with the copper coil.

Pros:
Emergency contraception - Whether it was due to this, the morning after pill, or me simply never having been pregnant, I'll never know, but I'm not, so as far as i'm concerned it worked in that respect.
Weight loss - I don't weight myself regularly but have noticed considerable weight loss since having the coil fitted (possibly because of cramps putting me off eating)

Cons:
Very painful fitting - I can honestly say I've never felt pain like it, I fainted after leaving the clinic and spent my night vomiting from the pain. This let up gradually over a couple of days after fitting (This pain may be because I've never had children)
Almost constant heavy bleeding for 5 weeks out of 6 - I've had about 7 days in total off, sporadically
Bleeding so heavy that I've had to use tampons and pads and change every 2 hours - Very inconvenient at work and generally makes you feel horrendous
Constant cramps and backache
Tiredness
Drastic mood swings - From real depression and upset to being absolutely fine overnight
This also seems to be a specialist procedure - I got an emergency appointment for fitting but had to book 3 weeks in advance at my GP as only one doctor can carry out the fitting/removal of coils

I'm having the coil removed in two days and, honestly, can't wait, I've already had my injection and so, hopefully, will go back to normal. As an emergency contraceptive, it is the most effective and if you need to get it, do. However, as a long term contraceptive, I wouldn't recommend it, the bleeding alone has been enough for me to give up on it after 6 weeks

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StudentGirl said on 31 May 2014

Think the information on this page should be changed. "You may get some bleeding", from what I've experienced and read on all the forums I could find, is highly inaccurate. Let's just assume that you probably will be bleeding for a considerable amount of time afterwards, and if the medic who inserted your IUD is anything like mine, they'll say you shouldn't use tampons until the second period afterwards, which is highly inconvenient.

I had my IUD inserted ten days ago. No bleeding for the first two days apart from very lightly when first inserted. On the afternoon of the second day I got quite bad cramps that lasted for a few hours. By the third my cramps were so hard I couldn't get out of bed, but the bleeding was still light. Since then I have been getting cramps at about 4pm every day, though they've been getting lighter as the days go by. My bleeding on the other hand is getting heavier: I'm now not sure if my regular period has started as I've always been irregular and so maybe I'm due? Who knows.

I've read about a couple of studies that said within the first 90 days of having either type of IUD, you'll experience about 30 days of bleeding, though it's not necessarily the first 30 days but rather any time over that period and it doesn't have a predictable pattern.

Just warning everyone out there: I'm still convinced the IUD is worth it as a form of contraception, given that you don't have to worry about it at all for 5 years. However, don't expect to go back to your normal routine straight away. I'd say allow at least 3 weeks, maybe more, for your body to get used to it. And that probably means you won't be able to have sex for a while, so be prepared.

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kfletch said on 29 May 2014

Had merina coil fitted 4 wks ago after having a baby,I've had terrible aches and pains in my thighs and knees.only realised today that all the pain started within days of coil being fitted.struggling to even stand up after being on the sofa as knees are that bad.i feel I've aged by about 30+ years

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Fifilafolle said on 29 May 2014

I had the copper coil fitted two days ago. I was extremely nervous (mostly down to some of these comments below) but it went fine. I've had no bleeding or extreme pain, I've had a bit of period pain but I've not even needed to take pain killers because it's almost unnoticeable. The insertion is uncomfortable but not the worst thing in the world and it was over in five minutes.

Maybe I was lucky with my doctor as she calmed me right down and made sure I knew what was being done at each stage. I've not had children so technically my experience should have been more painful but it was fine.

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Tiwa said on 27 May 2014

I had the IUD fitted four years ago after the birth of our second child.

It was a bit painful but not too unpleasant, as the doctor was very experienced and talked me through what she was doing every step of the way. I experienced cramping and spotting after the procedure but not for too long. I also went back a few weeks later to have it checked out and everything seemed fine.

I have not had any major issues with it except having heavier periods for the first few months (which eventually settled) and then spotting for a few days before my period starts properly every month.

I just had the IUD removed this morning as we are looking to try for number three! The procedure was carried out by the same doctor and she had it out within two minutes. There is a bit of spotting but I am not in any pain.

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dupsidupsi said on 09 May 2014

I have the IUD fitted for over a year now, for months after the birth of my 2nd child. My experience:
Fitting wasn't painful, quick and afterwards slight discomfort like period pain plus some bleeding.
The cons: strong periods which usually last for 10 days starting with spotting for two days. I also realized that the blood has a very unpleasant smell, to the extent that I'm worried others would notice. Not sure if it is because of IUD or two natural births. I dont have period pain.
I noticed one user commented about an increase of infections she experienced. I never linked my infections to the IUD but last winter I had a cold that lasted 1.5 months+throat infection, then an eye infection (conjunctivitis) which lasted longer than usual + very dry itchy eyes for many months.

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spar said on 24 April 2014

I had the mirena coil fitted last November. Since then I feel my body has been full of infection. I have had two water infections over Christmas into the new year then in Feb I started with sore throat which developed into a cold which has lingered ever since and i have just completed a course of antibiotics for a chest infection. I have had a pain in my knee joint, the palms of my hands have become dry and cracked and I have big spots coming up on my neck and chest. I have been very busy in work and feel really run down so not sure if it is coincidental or that my body is rejecting this foreign body! My periods are slightly lighter but occur every two weeks. Could any of these symptoms be connected to the coil or am I just getting old!

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louisedav said on 30 March 2014

Hello I currently had the mirena coil put in 4 days ago.iv had no bleeding and everything normal apart from the pain is still mild at the moment even tho im on paracetamol but its my stomach thats worrying me the most its really bloated and hasnt gone down.is this normal??

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Zzeno said on 13 March 2014

Personally I have found the coil to be really good.
It has been in place for nine months and I
would say the heaviness of periods has
now started to settle. There is more pain before
hand but it's not too bad, I rarely take pain
killers.
I have to say the Doctor and Nurse that I saw
at the surgery were very helpful and gave
lots of information regarding costs and benefits.
My experience is great as it saves the hassle
of remembering to take pills and health wise
it seems like the safer option.
There was some discomfit on fitting but not too
bad at all. Short and sharp.

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jennifer334 said on 27 February 2014

Overall I was satisfied with the Mirena Coil. I wasn't given much advice about the risks and put my faith in the GP/Nurse that this was the best of a limited number of options left as birth control for me. I had it fitted age 30 after the birth of my second child. Despite 2 natural births the Mirena hurt like heck being fitted. The GP said I should have been advised to take Ibuprofen beforehand (great). That was the worst part and beyond that I had no major issues during the 5 years I used it.

The only symptoms I have to note are mild tummy bloating around 3-5days prior to my period as well as a couple of small spots always next to my eyebrow (random but became predictable). Each period was very light, usually lasting from 2-4 days with only very mild period pains to indicate that I had started. My cycle was predictable to the day after the initial month.

My husband never complained about feeling the strings during intercourse which is another common complaint if the strings havent been cut short enough.

Finally had it removed 3 weeks ago as I was at the maximum 5 year point. I expected all of the scary symptoms that are mainly described on American reviews to kick in (often referred to a Mirena Spike). I haven't had any major issues with bleeding or mood changes.
Removal is much less uncomfortable and was much like the feeling of removing a tampon.

I had an acceptable level of bleeding for 2 days which began the same day as it was removed. Following this I bled again 4 days later (for 3days) which I think is to be the start of my usual 'non mirena' cycle. I say this as I had ovulation signs around 14 days afterwards. I will keep a diary of dates for now so that I can time what will be normal for me in the future.

Good luck!

T

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sarahbee2014 said on 06 February 2014

I had the copper nova T coil for nearly 3 years then I fell pregnant which I then lost then fell again and had to get the coil removed. Not reliable and was meant to be effective for 5 years obviously not. my scan also showed the coil was in the right position so looks like copper failed. this will be my third baby and will get sterilised to be 100% sure I wont fall pg again. beware ladies!!!!

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Donnak45 said on 02 February 2014

I had a hysteroscopy, Novasure Ablation and Mirena coil fitted on 23/1/14. It is 10 days on and the cramps are back...they did tail off after about a week and the bleeding is as bad if not worse than day 1..... Does anyone know if this is normal???

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mumfour said on 30 January 2014

I recently suffered an ectopic pregnancy, even though I had this IUD that should have prevented it, in the first place (more detail in my blog: http://mum4x2.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/against-oddsheshe-baby-almost-made-it.html).

The pregnancy was terminated and my fallopian tube was taken out. Traumatic experience. I now feel so bad that I chose the coil and maybe if I'd used a different method, the pregnancy wouldn't have been ectopic. Of course, we can't be sure of this because some people suffer this without having a coil.

It works for some, but not for others. This has been my experience and I wish others better luck with it.

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User794308 said on 09 August 2013

Is it ok to have laser hair removal with the copper IUD fitted? I can't seem to find a straight answer anywhere?!

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