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Family planning

Copper IUD removal?

10 replies

canderella · 13/01/2018 22:45

Hi all,
I recently had the copper coil inserted but I hate it, the cramps are unbearable and I just don’t feel right with it in. I want it removed but my periods are irregular as in it never comes on the same day every month (eg. Day29). I rang my clinic today and they said it has to be removed during your period but didn’t specify a particular day. It will be difficult make an appointment due to the irregularity however I’m wondering for those who have had removals at what stage/day of your cycle did you have the removal? Was it during your period? Did you conceive straight after?

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Closetlibrarian · 13/01/2018 22:51

I had mine removed during my period.

CariadAur · 13/01/2018 23:07

I can't help with your removal query but I have one and so does a close friend. She could feel it, constantly, and it drove her nuts, but it wore off after about 3 months. I had the horrific cramping and it also started to fade at about 4 months... This then leaves us clear and protected for the next ten years, but both of us came choose to having it removed in those early months.

I would suggest that if you can bear it, waiting until you've had it 6 months before deciding might well be the best decision you ever made- it has certainly been the case for us even though we couldn't believe it at the time.

Sixcatsandcounting · 17/01/2018 11:21

I had a Jaydess coil removed yesterday. I know it isn’t a copper one but I’m assuming removal will be a similar experience.
(A bit long so bear with me)

I’d had it in for just over 3 years and have wanted it out for a long time but nobody could see the strings so I had to be referred to the hospital rather than just have the GP give it a tug if you will.
I had been scheduled for a hysteroscopy to locate the coil and I came on my period yesterday morning (typical, as I had been told they couldn’t do it if I was bleeding) but went to my afternoon appt anyway. When I got in it was about 25 minutes of explaining the procedure etc, signing a consent form and then I sat in the chair with my legs and the stirrups.

The worst part for me was the speculum - I’ve never been good with them and it was a little bit painful. He said he would try and get the coil out without doing the hysteroscopy so it was less painful. He had a root around for a minute lol then he asked me to do 3 big coughs and the coil was out!

No pain whatsoever. I had some cramps last night but I do get bad period pains anyway so it’s not much worse for me than normal. The strings had made a miraculous appearance and he just got it out with some long forceps. Honestly didn’t hurt at all. I nearly cried with relief when it was out because it’s caused me nothing but problems for the last year or so.

I hope everything goes well for you. I thought having it put IN was horrendous, having it out was an absolute breeze

Ridingthegravytrain · 17/01/2018 11:25

They only want to remove it during your period so they know you aren’t pregnant and are unlikely to get pregnant at the time of removal. If you want to get pregnant it doesn’t matter when they take it out.

If I were you I’d book in around when you think you might have it and if you don’t say you just finished. They will still take it out

Or just say you are trying for a baby!

Honey2468 · 21/01/2018 18:22

Hi! I hope you have managed to get things sorted but mine this was never mentioned to me. I did bleed the entire time so I was bleeding but it was put in when I wasn’t and they always said it could be removed at any time. I think they are saying this to passify you and get you to keep it in longer. They know fine well this thing messes up your cycle and there is no way you would be able to plan this and book an appointment far enough in advance knowing you would definitely be on your period. If they are still refusing I would try to take it further. Best of luck !

Peach2018 · 21/01/2018 18:25

I was thinking of having the copper coil, would you not recommend it?

Sadik · 21/01/2018 18:32

I've had the copper coil for years, always the 5 yearly one so have had them taken out several times for replacement. I don't remember anything about periods - as a pp says, perhaps it's to do with risk of pregnancy (I was always having a new one put straight back in, so not an issue).
Other than once when the strings got totally lost it was a very simple in-and-out procedure (so to speak Grin )
Peach2018 obviously they don't work for some people, but for me and I know for many others who don't get on with hormonal contraception they've been fantastic. You literally don't have to think about contraception for years at a time (though obvs if new partners need to consider STIs). I had mine put in when I lived in Spain where (at least back then) it was the default option you seemed to be given at the family planning clinic.

mintbiscuit · 21/01/2018 18:34

The cramps do lessen over time with the copper coil, along with heavy periods. Maybe after about 6 months or so?

Honey2468 · 22/01/2018 16:26

I personally wouldn’t recommend this. The dr was concerned and wanted to remove it after one week due to the amount of blood I was loosing. For me the big thing was the pain. Everyone reacts completely different and some people get on fine with it but for me it was the most useless form of contraception so far. Not only did I bleed constantly but there were these fish wire things which cut into my partner and completely prevented the thing being used. In my experience the pain just got worse until I couldn’t take it anymore. My cycle is still a mess almost 4mobths later and I’m in pain daily. It was taken out on the 2nd of October and my gynaecologist appointment isn’t till the 1/6/2018. Nobody is interested and the pain killers don’t work anymore. I would say go for it if you think this is acceptable but if you have others options try them first!

Closetlibrarian · 22/01/2018 18:00

honey that sounds like a unusually bad reaction.

Obviously everyone is different, but I had a copper coil in for nearly 12 years prior to conceiving my children. Worked great for me!

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