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Copper coil was awful for me, painful, long and heavy periods every 21 days. Now on Mirena and have to make my mind up. No issues at insertion (as opposed to copper coil which made me bleed heavily for a week at insertion despite fully breastfeeding an 8 week old baby), took the Cerazette alongside it initially until I had the all-ok at my 4 week coil check. That was a month ago, and unfortunately I realise today that it doesn't keep me period free like the Cerazette did. Seems to be light though, and therefore bearable.
Tried Mirena for a year. Loved not worrying about birth control, loved very light occasional periods but it gave me abdominal pain and terrible bloat. Thought it would stop after weeks or months but it didn't and I ended up having it removed. Lots of friends have had them for years with no problems. I say try it. You can always have it removed if it doesn't suit you.
The problem for me, with the mirena, is that it's a progesterone only method. When I was taking Cerelle, I suffered from the spottiest skin I've had since I was 17. And they were deep and painful and didn't clear for days. Not so good.
I had the mirena before I got pregnant and I liked it for the most part but it didn't make my migraines any better so maybe it's not the contraceptive for you if you have them badly? In fact mine got worse on the mirena in terms of length of migraine.
DON'T let them bully you into Mirena if you reacted badly to progesterone only contraception. They will tell you total BS - the hormones don't leave the uterus (how does that happen? I thought the uterus stays alive by being part of the fucking bloodstream), it doesn't cause side effects because it's low dose, etc etc.
And then they won't take it out if you get side effects, fob you off for months telling you it will settle.
Copper coil here for donkeys years. Very straightforward and no problems at all.
Hormonal contraception doesn't agree with me either, long history of problems with the combined and the mini pill, but still they tried to get me to have a Mirena and told me the hormones were contained in the uterus.
If you get spots from progesterone I wouldn't recommend the mirena. I had mine removed yesterday after a year of almost constant bleeding and spotting (every day for 6 months and then 2-3 week long periods every 3-4 weeks since), but I also developed acne on my back which isn't something I've ever had before. My GP was happy to remove it and I'm back on Yasmin. It's a real shame because I was really looking forward to not having periods like most other women
I've had a copper coil for over 7 years. I'm very happy with it. I would always suggest trying the copper coil first before the mirena - it does give some people unpleasantly heavy periods but, if it works for you, you have a very effective, hormone-free method of contraception that you can more or less forget about for 10 years. Fabulous imo.