Posting my experiences of my recent copper coil fitting (last week) as I found it useful reading everyone's experiences of it. First of all remember that everyone will react slightly differently to it.
My GP was very knowledgeable referring to her own personal experience with the copper coil and I think I was worried about the unknown after having read so many negative reviews about the procedure. To begin with she did an internal to check the position (of my pelvis I think) she then inserted the speculum just like during a smear, she then clamped the cervix-sounds painful but it wasn't as bad as it sounded and I got some strange crampy pains after this, she measured what she needed to and inserted coil using an applicator and all was done. It really wasn't as bad as I thought and lasted about 10mins.
My GP said because I didn't bleed during after insertion that i probably wouldn't bleed but I had spotting for 4 days. I felt quite faint after the procedure for a couple of hours but think it was more my mind going into overdrive. I was slightly cranpy for the first few hours and about 6 hours afterwards I had major pains just above my belly button which resemebled labour pains!! These were really sore even with cocodomal but eased with topped up painkillers and hot water bottle after 1.5 hours!
The next day I was slightly crampy but nothing major and this soon passed. She did say my periods would be heavier and more painful for possibly up to 6months but they should settle after this. Still awaiting the period as I only had it last week and just hoping it isn't as bad as what I think it will be. This coil is a 10 year coil so if I can bear the first 6m I'm sure all will be good.