Going Hormone Free || One Year On The IUD

TW: Mentions of blood, sex and mental health. 
I'd recommend not to read ahead if you are sensitive to these topics.



The pill. Condoms. The implant. Dental dams. IUD. Injection.

Contraception is something we are all brought up conscious of and is important to understand, not only to prevent surprise pregnancy, but for your own health and wellbeing too. 

There are currently more than 10 different types of contraception available to women, which you can read more about here, or alternatively find services near you here. In the UK, there are clinics where you can drop in and speak to someone about the different ones available and which ones are suitable to your body and health.

Having tested various methods of contraception through my teen years, in 2017, I decided that I wanted to take my body back to basics and go as natural as possible to allow [both my body and mind] time to recuperate.

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Have you ever got yourself all worked up over the idea of being unknowingly pregnant, even though there is no possible, physical way that you could be? Me too girl, me too.

It was a very personal choice to take myself off of contraception, but with the intense anxiety I got every month (I wasn't sexually active, so had no STI/pregnancy to actually worry about but you know) over how irregular my cycle was, it was important for me to get back on something to ease my own mind.

For several reasons - from my uselessness at remembering to take regular medication, to researching long-term outcomes of some methods and just knowing my own mental state - I opted for the non-hormonal contraception, the IUD (or otherwise know, the copper coil).

The copper coil is a little t-shaped piece of wire, that is inserted up into your uterus to prevent pregnancy. It works by the copper literally killing any sperm that enters, as well as changing the lining of the cervix and making it harder for your eggs to settle in there.


The implantation itself, I won't lie, was one of the most memorably uncomfortable pains I've ever felt. I remember shaking quite horribly on the table and being asked if I wanted to continue with the procedure or not. But it was over within a matter of minutes, followed by a few hours of heavy cramping and then a day or so of regular period-like cramps before easing off. 

With the reaction I had to the fitting, I was asked to sit outside the doctors room for 5-10 minutes and ensure that I was steady and safe to leave before I did so. The lady expressed that this was to make sure that the pain subsided to a regular level, otherwise she would have had to remove it there and then. This had me a little worried but also kind of soothed me to know she was being cautious. I'm not sure how normal these kinds of reactions are, perhaps I'm just crap with pain.

After the IUD was fitted, I was instructed on how to check that the coil was still there after each period, as it is possible for it to jolt out of place. I was also given an appointment to return in 6 weeks for a checkup to make sure that the coil had settled correctly and hadn't caused any infection or complications.

I had always been against having either the coil or the implant, or anything remotely different to the typical methods of contraception. It's just the idea of having some kind of wires inside of me, that you can touch and feel?! 

But I can hands up say that having this coil is probably one of the best decisions I have ever made in regards to my own body and mental/sexual health.

Since having the IUD fitted, my periods have regulated themselves and are now almost clockwork each month - which I had never experienced before. I now also track my cycle in an app on my phone, as I like to see the symptoms and signs pre-period (that sounds really odd, but whatever). I've thought about using Natural Cycles as well because, despite the negative media attention, I am really fond of educating yourself on your own bodies natural rhythm. 

It is unreal to say how anxious I used to be every month, not knowing when or if I was going to have a period, that I now can guess almost to the day when it will start and end. The bleeding is slightly heavier than I used to experience on the pill, but my periods are shorter - usually averaging around 3-4 days. 

The fact that this coil emits no hormones into my body, means that my moods and emotions are back on their natural track too. This was super important to me, as it meant that I could focus on my own mental healing without the added stress of any contraceptive medication adding to that.

Another little note (something I have been asked and that I remember thinking myself) is that it has affected my sex-life for the better, too. I don't have to worry about remembering to take tablets every day (please tell me I'm not the only ditsy one around here) and you can't feel it during sex, which was the thing I'd always been curious of.

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This method of contraception will last me for 5 years, which then I can return to my GP for it removing/replacing.

Contraception is a very personal choice. Each body is different. Every person may react differently to any of the methods - hormonal or non. Despite me having lots of positives for this, that may not be the case for everyone. It is up to you to learn what is best for yourself and if you have any questions or worries, to speak to a medical professional about them.


With love, stay safe my Wilde ones,

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