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Copper coil vs mirena - heavy periods or weight gain - need to decide

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loueytb3 Wed 21-Sep-11 11:00:42

I've got an appointment with my GP on Friday to discuss possible coil insertion. I had DS3 nearly 4 months ago. Prior to DS3 I was on the mini-pill. I can't take the combined pill because of migraines. On the mini-pill my periods end up coming around every 3 weeks which is just too often, especially since I almost always get a pre-menstrual migraine as well. I am not having any more DC so a coil is the most sensible option I think.

However, I'm not sure which one to get. The copper coil obviously doesn't have the potential hormonal side effects but from the little I've read, it looks as though you can get heavier periods which I really don't want. (My first proper AF started in the middle of the night just to remind me how much I hate the bloody things).

I know that AF will probably stop on mirena which I would love but I also know some people do not get on with mirena at all. The thing that concerns me most is the potential for weight gain as I am struggling to lose the baby weight as it is. I was on the depo injection for years and I definitely put on weight then, although I did lose it in the end.

So I would really appreciate other peoples experiences, in particular weighing up lack of periods vs weight gain.

QueenStromba Wed 21-Sep-11 17:12:50

They like to tell you that your periods will probably stop on the Mirena (and the implant) but that's only true in about 30% of cases, you probably have about an equal chance of bleeding most of the time for months. If you aren't having any more kids have you thought about you or your DP getting sterilised?

loueytb3 Thu 22-Sep-11 13:55:26

30% isn't particularly high odds confused. I'm not quite ready to take the leap to be sterilised and DH is not at all keen to, but that's just because he's a wimp. I thought I would try the coil and if that didn't work out then I would think again .

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