So after browsing the internet endlessly I found it extremely difficult to find what I deemed as a realistic account of what it’s like to have the coil fitted.
I’m 23, never had a child and relatively healthy. For the last 7 years I’ve had the implant- the first two times I had it inserted, I loved it- barely any periods- minimal side effects. Perfect! However the third time came with all the side effects, weight gain, spots, mood wings galore... oh and the bleeding was constant, 3 months of hoping that I’d wake up and not look down to see blood and I finally gave up and had the thing removed... however, apparently this isn’t unheard of with the implant. Your body almost becomes immune to the hormones and they no longer have the desired effect?
So, I went for the coil- arrived at the contraception wing in hospital feeling relatively confident as (despite hearing horror story after horror story) I have a pretty high pain threashold.
The nurse was amazing, spoke me through the procedure- cool. Pants off, legs up!
At first I just felt uncomfortable, I got asked to cough and a horrific shoot of pain went into the put of my stomach followed by what can only be described as a insanely intense cramp and the urge to poo!!! I believe this was my cervix being clamped- I let out a naughty word and the 2nd nurse very quickly passed my gas and air which I used to my full advantage. The intense cramp continued and a few more shoots of pain later the nurse took away my beloved gas and air and said it was done.
Very quick I must say, but it was painful, more than I expected.
After a minute of laying down and having tests I was allowed to get dressed and actually felt okay- just had bad cramps. (I struggled with really bad period pains as a teenager so I am kind of used to this)
The car ride home however was not pleasant. Luckily my partner drove me and I could chill out in the passenger seat. However the pain continuesly got worse during the journey and I was in puddles of sweat despite it being mid December and the window being open.
I started to think something was really wrong and was jut desperate to get home and crawl into bed.
Eventually the 30 minute journey was over- it felt like hours. I took some painkillers, stuffed my face of comfort food and managed to et a few hours of intermittent sleep.
Once I woke I felt 10x better- I’m still cramping 3 days later. But it’s bareable. The bleeding isn’t too heavy and hopefully will subside soon too.
So to sum it up, the coil isn’t going to kill you, but it DOES hurt, even for the toughest of cookies. So say yes to gas and air, take a deep breathe and DEFINITELY blag someone else too drive you home afterwards!!