If you read one of my most recent posts about the pill, you’ll know that I’ve been milling over my options in terms of contraceptives. As it stands, I’m very happy detoxing all of the extra hormones out of my system (apart from the significant hair shedding, but we’ll talk about that later). Seeing as I’m 22 and don’t plan on having kids any time soon, I thought it was time enough to start looking into different methods of contraceptives.
I’ve come to the conclusion that any of the hormonal contraceptives just don’t agree with me, as I’ve tried several and had nothing but bad experiences with them. I was considering the implant and the injection for a while, but after some research and insights from friends, I learned that any of these methods can produce the same effect and symptoms that I’ve already experienced, and I’d rather not go down that road again. So, I’ve decided to play it safe and avoid hormones altogether, other than what’s naturally in my system, of course. Some might think that that’s too limiting, and it’s true. I’ve have one option left, but the difference is, it’s an option that I’m actually looking forward to trying.
The coil is an IUD contraceptive device that’s inserted into the uterus. It provides highly effective and long-term protection against pregnancy. Keep in mind that there are two types, the hormonal coil, and the copper coil. I have chosen to go for the copper coil, to stick with my hormone-free wishes. It works by releasing copper ions that kill sperm, like your pill/implant/hormonal coil would release hormones with the same goal. It stops sperm from getting to the ovaries, as well as stopping fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus. The coil is also used as a form of emergency contraception, as long as it’s inserted within five days of unprotected sex.
I was hunting around online forums trying to find a price for the coil, and trust me, it wasn’t easy! I eventually spotted a comment saying that consultation and insertion cost €160. Compared to other methods, it’s a real bargain. The Pill costs between €10 and €15 every month, and when added up, that’s at least €120 per year. The coil is left in for ten years. So paying €160 for ten years slashes costs by at least 80%, if not more! With the coil, you do have to attend regular check-ups, to make sure that everything’s okay and that it’s still in place, but all other methods require check-ups regardless, for things like blood pressure and so on. So a mere (I joke, I ain’t no moneybags) €160 seems minuscule in comparison, I’ll be saving so. Much. Money! I think I’ll call it my “Baby-Free Holiday Fund”, yeahhh!
Advantages of the Copper Coil:
– It works for 10 years.
– It’s 98 – 99% effective over 5 years (Again, regular check-ups are necessary, just in case.)
– You don’t need to think about it like you would with other contraceptives, eg: taking your pill, etc.
– There are very few side effects as the copper coil doesn’t rely on hormones.
Disadvantages of the Copper Coil:
– Your doctor needs to insert the coil, and follow-ups are necessary.
– There’s a risk of heavier and more painful periods, especially if you were susceptible to them already. But hey, more chocolate can never be a bad thing, riiight?
– The coil can slip out of place. It can be checked by the threads that come with it if you’re worried. If this happens, see your doctor immediately to have it checked out and adjusted. Never try to re-adjust the coil yourself, for obvious health and safety reasons.
– Some side effects usually occur within the first 3 – 6 months. Cramps, nausea, back pain, vaginal discharge, vaginal or pelvic inflammation, or ectopic pregnancy. The latter is extremely rare, but they have to cover it just in case.
If I do try this, I might do a series dedicated to it. Then you can really know my experience with it compared to hormonal birth control. Comment down below if this is something you’d like to see!
I gained all of the information on the copper coil from this link, so if you’d like to know more, or about any other contraceptives, click here.
Your thoughts on this method? Have you tried it?