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Copper Coil - please share your experiences

7 replies

ButteryJam · 16/08/2013 12:37


3 months post birth I'm thinking about getting a copper coil fitted. I'm a bit scared as I've had so much about heavy periods and the pain. I am breastfeeding though and haven't had a period yet.

How was your experience of getting a copper coil fitted?

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StuckOnARollercoaster · 16/08/2013 12:53

I am watching with interest as I had my first appointment yesterday for the examination and swabs. Although it's my only option so I hope it isn't too painful and the periods aren't too bad.
Also breastfeeding but I think I've started ovulation. Gp has recommended I wait till 3 months and then go in for the fitting when I'm actually having a period.

FruitSaladIsNotPudding · 16/08/2013 12:58

Really boring - wasn't too bad having it fitted, like a smear really, and no pain afterwards.

My periods are slightly longer and heavier, but nothing dramatic. I've had mine about 5 months. I was bf ing when it was put in, and I wonder if that helped, because my body got to get used to it before my periods came back.

WhereAreMyShoes · 16/08/2013 13:21

I had one fitted this morning and was so surprised that it didn't hurt. Just a but of cramping further up and for the rest of the morning, but no pain of it being inserted like I imagined (I'm bfing and have 2dc youngest 11months)

I am hoping I won't get period problems as I don't usually have any due to pcos.
So glad to stop taking the pill. It makes me miserable!

Good luck with yours.

WingDefence · 23/08/2013 16:05

I had mine (10 year one) fitted year and the most uncomfortable bit was the Dr measuring my uterus and that wasn't as bad as having a smear. I didn't even feel the insertion.

No pain at all since then and just a browny discharge. I think the first period after birth is meant to be massive anyway so there will probably be no dodging that one, coil or no coil!

I'm also still BFing (DD is 21 weeks today so roughly 5 months) and haven't had a period. I know there is a potential side effect of heavier bleeding but I don't think it's necessarily for all periods, just while it settles down?

I am looking forward to not taking any more hormones having been pill-free for 2.5 years while TTC.

thedicewoman · 23/08/2013 16:07

my first couple of periods were heavier and longer than normal but mine are usually incredibly short and light. three months on and they are getting lighter again thankfully. not too bad getting it in as others have said

ButteryJam · 23/08/2013 18:14

Thank you all! I need to get myself booked in to have it fitted.

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teabagpleb · 23/08/2013 18:35

Have just had my first period a year after my painless fitting - painless and lasted 2 days. Went to a family planning/ sexual health clinic so the nurse had had a lot of practice.

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