When it comes to the coil, there are a few misconceptions that more often than not scare people away. It’s understandable because quite frankly, some of them are terrifying.
The thought of a little bit of plastic embedding itself into your uterus is probably enough to make even the most gutsy person cringe and run in the opposite direction. But I want to dispel some of these fears and offer my own two-cents on my experience with the Kyleena (or as I call her, Kylie!) IUS.
After having trouble with both the combined and mini-pill, I needed to look for a new type of contraception that would help regulate my periods and not have too many adverse symptoms. I looked into lots of different options including the depo-shot and implant, but ended up settling quite reluctantly on the coil.
I had heard the horror stories, but after a few long conversations with sexual health nurses, and on Reddit with other IUS users, I decided to give it a go
Like many, I had heard the horror stories, but after a few long conversations with sexual health nurses, and on Reddit with other IUS users, I decided to give it a go. I’m not going to lie, the procedure was quite unpleasant; never having had a smear or a baby, I wasn’t quite prepared for the pain (my pain meds didn’t kick in until AFTER the procedure was done; take them at least an hour before!), and I spent the following days in bed with a hot water bottle permanently attached to my lower abdomen, taking my pain medication to a strict timetable, and eating lots of chocolate.
No later than a week after the procedure though, I was up and about life like usual with no pain and only a little bit of spotting which was easily managed using sanitary pads.
the IUS is a great option for people who want the protection and period-management with no fuss
Since then, I’ve had no problems with the coil itself or my periods; whilst they did get slightly longer, they also got much lighter. Once a month I check for my wires but apart from that the IUS is a great option for people who want the protection and period-management with no fuss.
Forgetful? Not a problem! Hoying your guts up after one-too-many drinks? Not a problem! Really not wanting kids for at least 5 years? Not a problem! All of the problems and fears I had had with the various pills I had been on, are now all of the past.
If you’re considering switching your method, seriously have a look at the IUS or IUD; for every horror story, there are a dozen more success stories like mine.
Last modified: 4th November 2019