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User Reviews for Kyleena to treat Birth Control

Kyleena has an average rating of 6.5 out of 10 from a total of 1397 ratings for the treatment of Birth Control. 53% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 23% reported a negative experience.

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6.5/10 average rating

1397 ratings from 1562 user reviews.

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Reviews for Kyleena

Cocochannell · Taken for less than 1 month · January 30, 2021

“Soo I first I want to start off saying that the worst thing you can possibly do is read medical reviews.... YES we all do it but it is a terrible decision. I got my Kyleena IUD placed on January 15th , the night before I read numerous reviews and almost backed out. I was so scared of the daunting reviews. BUT I still went to my appointment. I can say that getting the IUD implanted was painful and slightly uncomfortable , BUT manageable. Since getting it I had little to no spotting for three days. I also had cramps for about four consecutive days BUT the cramps can last longer, mine are off and on periodically. I also have slight acne but nothing crazy. Overall I am having a great experience so far I will definitely keep up with writing reviews because I do believe that the only people who take the time out to write reviews are the people who are unhappy with the Kyleena but I can attest that the Kyleena was the best decision I could’ve made ! I recommend!”

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Coco · September 7, 2021

“I have seen a ton of 10 star reviews from girls who made the review a week after getting it inserted. Please give it more time until you leave a review because the side effects come in the long term. I had the Kyleena for 2 years and at first I convinced myself I loved it but I was so wrong. The insertion was god awful and inhumane. After insertion I had my period for 90 days straight. A few months went by and I loved the IUD but then the real side effects started coming. I became extremely irritable and had terrible mood swings and has suicidal thoughts. I became depressed, had horrible insomnia, had trouble concentrating and really bad brain fog. I gained a lot of weight despite eating the same amount and my boobs grew 2 sizes and when I got the IUD they deflated and now look horrible. I got an ovarian cyst, had bacterial vaginosis, uterine spasms and cramps so bad I would scream. The doctor cut my strings too short so I had to pay $3000 out of pocket to get it surgically removed.”

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Melody · April 8, 2021

“I had my IUD for 1 year and 9 months. The good part is I did not get my period much but of course I panic cause I always think I’m pregnant lol. Anyways, while using kyleena... my mood swings were crazy. I was super mean to my husband, I had severe depression and anxiety and acne . I gained so much weight with it and ITS SO HARD TO LOOSE WEIGHT WITH KYLEENA. Also vaginal dryness was awful, I constantly had yeast infection, tears, lost so much hair... and my sex drive decreased. Overall, I did not like it, I got it removed today I just couldn’t handle it anymore.”

1 / 10
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Kate · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · December 12, 2019

“Wish I had done it sooner!!! I was one of those anti-iud people to the core before going on Kyleena. I had just heard way too many horror stories and was way too nervous about possible side effects to get one. After my last birth control stopped working for me I finally made the IUD plunge and boy do I wish I had done it years ago! My biggest fears were weight gain (I’ve since lost weight) and hormonal acne (little to none). The only side effect I really had was spotting for about a month after getting it in place. I’ve since stopped getting my period all together and can’t be happier. The insertion was not bad at all! I just wanted to post this because I know there are so many scary reviews, but I’m here to say that most people who are happy with it aren’t reviewing it! It’s been great to me and everyone else I know who is on it!”

10 / 10
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Sarah · Taken for 1 to 6 months · November 22, 2019

“I got the Kyleena inserted in August of 2019 because I wanting to get off of the pill. My insertion process was really smooth, and was definitely not as bad as everyone says. After I got Kyleena inserted, I started having severe anxiety which is something I had never experienced before. I was experiencing daily panic attacks, constant anxiety about nothing, and felt as if I was going crazy. I originally thought it was my hormones just levelling out, but it never went away. I had the IUD removed about 9 days ago, and feel SO MUCH BETTER and almost back to my old self. Doctors say it isn't a side effect, but it seems to be more and more common. If you are experiencing the same thing, just know you aren't alone!”

1 / 10
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Danee · May 3, 2020

“I want to point out that people are more likely to leave a review if they had a negative experience so if it seems like the amount bad reviews are overwhelming, this is why. I’ve only had the Kyleena for a couple of weeks but I can say that it has been a BREEZE. I was so nervous about getting it because of the pain horror stories; My doc prescribed low dose Xanax and some misoprostol. I took half of a Xanax and some ibuprofen before my visit and I’d say on a pain scale 4/10. Very bearable. Cramped hard for 30 seconds, then mildly for about 4 hours intermittently after I got home. These cramps were so mild it was almost not noticeable. That’s it. The only thing I have noticed is that I get mild dizzy spells here and there but a) it’s a normal side effect that is extremely bearable b) it will wear off in time and c) it beats out of most birth control side effects or, ya know, children. If you’re on the fence at least give it a try- it might be perfect for you”

10 / 10
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Adamskay131 · Taken for 1 to 2 years · January 22, 2019

“My experience with Kyleena has been absolutely AWFUL. I'm 20 years old and I got my IUD in September of 2017. Sometimes my cramps are so bad that my legs go numb because I'm in so much pain. But the real kicker for me about Kyleena is that about 8 months after insertion, it has caused me to have UNBEARABLE anxiety and depression. I will jolt awake in the middle of the night not being able to breathe. It's caused me to have spiralling thoughts, fear about everything and completely not myself. This has continued to this day and I still have crippling anxiety and cramps. I've been prescribed anxiety and depression medications to help and I'm going to therapy and talking to my gynecologist and I'm not getting any better or getting any help. I will wake up feeling so anxious and then within an hour I will start cramping so bad. They always coincide with each other. I am on the verge of getting it out. Has anyone else had this experience with Kyleena?”

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bea99 · Taken for 2 to 5 years · January 3, 2021

“I had the Kyleena inserted 2.5 years ago, after taking birth control and suffering from hormonal mood swings. Like others have mentioned, I was told by my gyno that since the hormones were released into my uterus, this wouldn't be a worry. The insert wasn't too bad honestly, but the rest hasn't been great. Best pro -- my period disappeared after about a month of spotting and never came back. That being said, I have always been a confident girl, etc., and I have had panic attacks and extreme anxiety for the first time in my life. Also, non-stop cystic acne along my chin and my forehead. I kept telling myself the non-period and protection was worth it, but after doing more research I can't handle this anymore. I just regret the years I spent not being myself with this birth control. If you have any history of mood swings or acne with previous birth controls, I would seriously reconsider this investment. I'm having mine taken out in the next few days.”

2 / 10
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yay · June 26, 2020

“So naturally, I read so many of these reviews before getting the Kyleena inserted. I was so nervous about the pain. My gyn prescribed me Cytotec (uterus softener) to take earlier that day with Ibuprofen. I want to put a positive review in here and say insert went AMAZING. After reading these reviews I thought it would feel like a dagger! Instead, and I don't know if I should attribute this to the medicine or my amazing gyn, but it felt like a cramp, which lasted for 1 sec. I didn't believe her at first when she said she put it in because I was expecting the worst. A few mild cramps spaced out through the day afterwards (a side effect of the medicine as well), no bleeding yet. I will update once I've been on it longer but I am STOKED. I am sorry for those who experienced bad insert/side effects, but if you really want to get this IUD don't put it off due to the negative reviews. And maybe ask your gyn about Cytotec. See for yourself, everyone is different. You can always take it out :)”

10 / 10
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Mia · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · September 20, 2020

“Okay I’ve never written a review but I wanted to so I could maybe help someone out. I was on the pill for 3 years before I got my IUD. It honestly just seemed easier to go on the IUD so I didn’t have to take a pill everyday. I’ve had my IUD for 8 months and it is the worst thing. I got such bad acne. Reminds me of when I was in high school. It was extremely painful acne as well. I have also gained SO MUCH weight for literally no reason. I have the exact same diet that I did before. I get such bad cramps now and I never usually got cramps. I also have extreme back pain that is some times unbearable. I get moody and lightheaded all the time. It also amps my anxiety for sure. I’m getting it out in a week and I’m so excited. I want to go back on the pill.”

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Tay · November 12, 2020

“Insertion of Kyleena is extremely painful and honestly inhumane. I learned in other countries the insertion is completely different. In the U.S you are not given pain medicine to take before or a cervix softener. During insertion I screamed in pain and felt like I was going to throw up and pass out. They had me wait about 30 minutes after the insertion to leave. I definitely was not okay to drive home. Ladies doctors really underestimate the pain with insertion. Do your research and advocate for yourself if you plan to get an IUD. I don’t want anyone to go through what I did.”

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Anonymous · July 23, 2019

“The reason the reviews are so high for kyleena is because most people are leaving 10 star reviews a few days up to a week after they got it inserted. Let it settle and your body get used to it and wait until you know how it affects your body. I have had mine in for 9 months and at first I loved it but now I can't wait to have it removed. For the past few months I have been very irritable and angry, very bad stomach aches and bad bowel movements, bloated, and absolutely no sex drive, I don't even care about sex. I thought there was something wrong with me to the point to where I thought I needed to talk to a therapist, then it clicked in my head that it was the IUD. Do not write a 10 star review when you have only had it in for a few days.”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month · October 7, 2020

“I have just recently gotten Kyleena, the insertion was pretty painful and I have a pretty good pain tolerance. I was told ahead of time that its okay that it is going to feel like a cramp at first, after the insertion they sat me up and told me to sit for a minute before getting up and changing but right after they walked out I had passed out onto the floor face first. After I came to I got back on the table and it took me about 3 min to be able to speak, my body was in so much shock and finally called for help they came and then when they came in I threw up and that is very uncommon for me. I wasn't safe driving home so I had to call for a ride. The rest of that day I had the worst cramps in my life. As the days go on the cramps are still there and hurt. (your heat pad will become your best friend) Now I'm just trying to wait it out and see if it gets better but I am thinking about taking it out. I just wanted to put my story and experience out there to show my side effects to Kyleena.”

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P. Griffin · Taken for 1 to 2 years · June 3, 2020

“I have been on Kyleena now for a year after being on Depo Provera for 5 years. I have extremely painful periods and I stayed on Depo because I was scared of the pain coming back (despite my horrible depression, weight gain, and acne). I made the switch to this IUD and the only bad experience so far was insertion. My doctor suggested prescribing a pain reliever for before the appointment, but I was dumb and didn’t accept it. Ask your doctor for pain pills for that first couple days, and enjoy your pain free uterus! I also have lost almost 20 lbs of Depo Provera weight as well! Not every experience is negative.”

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Mandi · November 22, 2019

“Just had this Kyleena inserted 45 minutes go and I had to hop on this site just to ease your minds about the insertion. It was NOTHING like I expected (I also was reading a ton of reviews before the appointment) and saw the same terrible stories that you have. It was super quick and was a pinch, then a cramp. It didn’t feel like a normal period cramp though. It was weird. I felt the arms of the iud touch my uterus which was an odd sensation. I’m crampy now but did not faint or get dizzy at all. Don’t let the reviews scare you out of it. I’ve experienced worse pain in my life (aka a Brazilian wax or tattoo). Hope this helps someone!”

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LilBill · October 6, 2020

“I got my Kyleena IUD in Sept 2017 when I was 18. The insertion sucked, I did stay at the doctor's for nearly a half-hour because I was going to faint. I was menstruating when I got it inserted, I'm not sure if that made a difference. The periods for the first six months were regular, but heavy. Then starting 6 months after I got the IUD I experienced regular but light periods . With the IUD I have had very little cramping when before my cramps would keep me home from school or work. After I had my IUD for about 2 years, my periods have completely gone away. I have been having unprotected sex (same partner) for two years and I have never had a pregnancy scare. My boyfriend has felt the strings but it doesn't bother him nor me. Since getting the IUD I have gained weight, but I know its not from Kyleena. I have the same acne as I did before I got it. I plan to have my IUD removed in July 2021 and I am dreading the removal.”

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Rae · Taken for 1 to 6 months · October 3, 2020

“I chose Kyleena because I wanted an extremely effective, low maintenance, long-lasting, and hormone-low form of birth control. So far my experience has been incredible. While the insertion was uncomfortable, I took ample pain meds and drank plenty of water, which really helped. The only pain I have experienced is abnormal and unpredictable cramping and some headaches. I have barely bled but their has been a lot of discharge. I have not gotten any acne-the hormones have seemed to help me skin! I have had some bloating but nothing too extreme. I gained maybe a pound, if any weight at all. Neither my partner or myself have felt the IUD during sex. I am still experiencing a very very light period. Overall I am very happy with my choice and encourage anyone who is considering Kyleena, to get it.”

9 / 10
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Car · Taken for 1 to 6 months · June 16, 2020

“The insertion didn’t hurt much, just a few cramps that my gyno warned me about in advance. However, my body went into shock afterwards and passed out and wasn’t even able to drive myself home. It’s been 3 months since I started Kyleena and I have already gained 10lbs with no change in my diet. I have extreme mood swings and get a very short temper most days when I have always been a very forgiving person. My bloating is constant and I’m always uncomfortable. I’ve never had a problem with acne before this but now I constantly break out around my chin. My sex drive is lower than when on the pill, which could be from my self consciousness because of the weight gain and bloating. I don’t recommend this to anyone and I’m counting down the days to get this removed.”

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Csmall · March 10, 2020

“I have been on dozens of birth controls, pills/rings/patches you name it. Whether it was depression, anxiety, increase in aura migraines, or weight gain, I felt like Cinderella but having to search for my own damned glass slipper. Well I got Kyleena about 1.5 yrs ago, to help combat endo. The first month was unpleasant, but I stuck it out. Flash forward, I don't get a period(score!), hence my cramping has reduced substantially. It hasn't prevented the growth of some cysts, but without depression/anxiety/weight gain/ migraines? I'm a major winner. ONE downside is a little bit of acne around my jaw line/chin occasionally. For 5 years of worry free birth control? I’ll take it. Will it be the same for you looking for your glass slipper? Whose to say. Honestly, all our bodies are different, and what fits me is not a one size fits all. I never write reviews, but I love this IUD. Do your research, but don’t let bad reviews discourage you. I almost did, and would have been a big mistake.”

10 / 10
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Priscilla · March 7, 2021

“PLEASE DO RESEARCH BEFORE GETTING THE KYLEENA IUD :( Getting this thing in is one of my biggest regrets! First off it hurt SO BAD to get in... After insertion I bled for almost 60 days straight!!!!! It was medium to light spotting EVERY SINGLE DAY! If that was not enough.... I developed an ovarian cyst! Sometimes the pain would be so bad I would just cry.... THEN I started going through - and still am going through till I get it removed- major insomnia, mood swings and even depression. Oh also not to mention I get constant yeast infections because of the IUD and it constantly smells like fish in (BV). Don’t forget the cystic acne either! Oh and one more thing... the strings were cut to short so they went back into my uterus and now I have to get surgery to get it removed :) so thank you Kyleena for giving me depression, mood swings, cystic acne, an ovarian cyst, insomnia, constant bleeding for 60 days, and lost strings that now have to be surgically removed.”

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Anonymous · December 16, 2020

“OK pls IGNORE all the horror stories out there! Compared to the people who post negative experiences, there are like no people who have positive experiences that post their review here! Yes all these negative side effects are possible and a painful insertion is possible, but it really depends on the person! A lot of people have other underlying conditions that might make the insertion more painful or might make the symptoms worse. I just got the Kyleena today, it was literally 10 seconds of tight menstrual cramping and then it was over! Now at the end of the day, it's just mild cramping that is solved by laying in bed w a heat pack and advil. PLS if you are having trouble with other forms of birth control and think this might be a good choice for you, go for it! You won't know how it goes until you try it and for majority of people it will be just fine. Find yourself a doctor that does this regularly and you will be just fine.”

10 / 10
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naxenthe · Taken for less than 1 month · June 24, 2020

“Day 1 of Kyleena, had it inserted yesterday. Just wanted to share my insertion experience since some of these reviews are terrifying. I'm not going to sugarcoat it - insertion was not fun. I experienced a minor cramp when they stabilized my cervix and three major cramps when they measured my uterus, pushed in the inserter, and released the IUD. To me, the pain felt very similar to menstrual cramps, but deeper and more internal. I did end up having a vasovagal response and passed out, but took time to restabilize and was able to walk out 15 minutes after insertion. I have never had children and took 800mg of ibuprofen beforehand. So insertion was not a fun time. I'm not going to sugarcoat or avoid that. It hurts. However, was it the worst pain I've ever felt in my life? No. Did it feel like my body was being sawed in half? No. If you're on the fence about it, I recommend trying it. It's not an absolute horror show for everybody. You can do it! I believe in you!”

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MiShell · Taken for 1 to 2 years · December 28, 2019

“I’ve been using Kyleena for almost two years now and I haven’t had any complaints at all. The insertion went super smooth, it took about 3 minutes for the whole process. It didn’t hurt that bad either, it felt like one hard cramp and then it was done. I didn’t get any cramps afterwards either. For the first two months I had some spotting here and there and some acne but now my periods are way lighter then they were before hopping on Kyleena and they are a lot shorter too! My acne has also significantly improved to where my skin is almost always clear except for a couple flair ups here and there. Getting Kyleena was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I know there are a bunch of scary reviews out there but there really is a lot more people with positive things to say then negative. The people that have had a good experience with it aren’t writing reviews, shoot it took me almost two years to write one! Don’t be afraid, always better safe then sorry!”

10 / 10
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Leila · April 6, 2021

“PLEASE READ THIS! I was so hopeful to get the Kyleena since I had a bad reaction to birth control pills! I originally wanted the Paragard but my old doctor talked me into the Kyleena. Soon after inserted, I started getting side effects (mood swings, acne, hair loss, depression, insomnia, loss of appetite but still being constantly bloated, etc.) I found a new doctor who is double board certified and extremely knowledgeable and she explained that synthetic hormones (specifically BC pills) compromise the gut microbiome which is responsible for almost our entire body’s function. As doctors say “the gut is the second brain.” Unfortunately medical findings take 10 years to hit medical school so that is why only doctors who are constantly researching know modern info. The vagina actually has its own micro biome too! Since the synthetic hormones leak into the gut and bloodstream this is why I had so many side effects.”

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JR · June 11, 2020

“The insertion was one of the most painful experiences I've had in my life (my body simulated labor). Upon insertion, I felt extreme menstrual cramps that had me doubled over in pain, nauseous, and lightheaded. I took 2 Tylenol beforehand (as directed) and the extremely intense cramps subsided within the hour. Cramps were much more bearable from then on. I had light bleeding for the following 2 weeks after insertion. I had cramps here and there but nothing severe at all. I now have my IUD for 5 months and my experience has been super positive! Little to no cramping for the past 3-4 months and I no longer get periods. I'm not sure that I will get the IUD again when my current one has to be taken out in 5 years, but my experience has been favorable thus far (besides the insertion, but it was worth the very temporary pain). I recommend Kyleena to people who don't love taking the pill and want reliable birth control that they won't have to constantly worry about. Hope this helps!”

9 / 10
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