…yes, you know the tiny piece of copper that’s ‘supposed’ to prevent you from having a child.
Well I can tell you first handely that that shit don’t work.
You want to know how I know?
This is how! My second born was a contraception worrior! He defied the odds. He’s a living example of the saying ‘no weapon formed against me shall prosper’.
Let me take you right back to the beginning. So I had just given birth to my first son, I was happy as Larry. I said to myself that, I’m going to give this child my all for at least five years before I go again. I wanted him to experience being an only child, spoilt with love for a few years before another child came along and rained on his parade.
With that in mind I decided that I would go on contraception. I did my research, I knew I didn’t want anything hormonal and I definitely didn’t want to use condoms, I mean who really does? If people did there wouldn’t be so many unplanned pregnancies. Anyway so lo and behold I was recommended the copper coil.
‘Intrauterine device (IUD)
An IUD is a small, T-shaped plastic and copper device that’s put into your womb (uterus) by a doctor or nurse.
It releases copper to stop you getting pregnant and protects against pregnancy for between 5 and 10 years. It’s sometimes called a “coil” or “copper coil”.’ NHS website
Apparently it’s meant to be over 99% effective pfft from the many stories I’ve heard you might as well refer to it as something that assists pregnancy rather than prevent it.
Well at this point I didn’t know how bad it was, I thought yup this is the one for me, it’s not hormonal, once removed you can resume conception immediately and I don’t have to remember to do anything. Result!
I went to the sexual health clinic, took a number and sat in the waiting room for like two hours sitting there like an embarrassed teenager not trying to make eye contact with the people seated around me. Head in my phone as per usual until my number was called. Now, I didn’t know this at the time but at this point I’d recommend you pop two painkillers. You’ll find out why later on. I sat down, went through some health questions, had a pregnancy test done and then it was time. I hopped onto the bed, the doctor measured my cervix then applied local anaesthetic. The insertion was plain sailing, I didn’t even realise she had finished. I jumped off the bed then sat on the chair as she explained some information regarding the particular coil she had just inserted. As I was sitting there I could feel a build up of twinges in my lower abdomen.
I left the clinic and the twinges turned to full on cramping, they were getting stronger and stronger to the point I broke out in a sweat. By the time I got on the bus back home, I felt like I was in labour. I finally got home, my goodness, I was kielled over in agony, like 7cm dilated kind of agony. I took two painkillers and went to lay down. Thankfully that worked and I was fine. But do you see why I said you should take the painkillers just as your name is called? So you don’t have to go through the unnecessary pain I did.
So that was the insertion process, the problems didn’t end there, I was spotting continuously for months! So irritating and inconvenient!
After about five maybe six months the spotting stopped, however I faced a new issue. The coil dislodged, I could feel the plastic. So I went back to the clinic and the lady took a look and was like yep you’re right that coil has come down. So she removed it and inserted another one. She claimed that my cervix was longer than the previous lady had measured so it probably was never fitted correctly in the first place. So I said fine and I was off on my merry way. A few weeks later I noticed that the coil had dislodged again. By this time I had accepted that the coil is not for me, my body doesn’t like it so let’s just call it a day. So I went to have it removed but the doctor said because I had had intercourse within the last four days, she didn’t recommend I take it out then as I would no longer be protected and could get pregnant lol. So she said the fact that the coil was there it would still offer me with some kind of protection.
So I left with the dislodged coil still hanging in there. A few months later I found out I was pregnant. Now that freaked me out because although I was trying to prevent pregnancy initially, the fact that I was then pregnant, made me become protective. I found out on a weekend so early pregnancy units and the clinic were all closed but I needed to be checked because apparently the coil could have caused me to miscarriage. I finally managed to get an emergency appointment the next day. They did a scan to see if the coil was anywhere near the pregnancy and thankfully they were no where near each other. It turned out that the coil had dislodged from my cervix down to my vagina. The doctor literally gave the string a little tug and it was out. So yeah it wasn’t doing much protecting at all.
I’ve heard so many stories about people getting pregnant whilst on the coil and in even worse cases the coil has perforated people’s wombs causing them to be infertile. So would I recommend the coil? No. However there are also many success stories so what I would suggest is to do your own research. This is just my experience.
This blog is in collaboration with Chloe Astley, so head over to her blog as she talks about other methods of contraception.