Mirena is levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system. It is a hormonal birth control method for women. Mirena IUD, like other IUDs, is a T-shaped device. The difference is that it contains of 52 mg levonorgestrel (progestogen hormone), which is constantly released directly into the uterus at the amount of 20 µg/day. Its contraceptive effect lasts for up to five years. This IUD should be removed not later than 5 years after insertion.
Levonorgestrel is a chemical form of a progestogen hormone, which in natural form is one of the most essential female sexual hormones. In vivo it is provided by the ovaries. Birth control pills – both combined and progestogen only – also consist of levonorgestrel.
Levonorgestrel is responsible for contraceptive effect of Mirena IUD. It has three mechanisms of action, which enables Mirena IUD to be highly effective in birth control . Levonorgestrel thins the uterine lining, thickens the cervical mucus and inhibits sperm mobility.
It does not have any effects on the ovaries but some users may experience absence of ovulation.
The efficiency of Mirena IUD
Mirena IUD is highly effective in birth control. Its effectiveness is up to 99.9 %, a failure rate being 0.16 per 100 women per years of use. It is nearly as effective as tubal ligation or vasectomy. Contraceptive effect is reversible, and 80 percent have been able to become pregnant within 12 months after removal of the intrauterine device .
To be able to use Mirena IUD, a woman must have had at least one previous pregnancy. No history of previous pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is one of the main requirements for eligibility for this type of intrauterine device. Mirena does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Contraindications of using Mirena IUD
Pregnancy, cervical dysplasia, genital infections, uterine or cervical cancer, undiagnosed abnormal bleeding are the main contraindications for the use of this IUD. In addition, women who have or have had breast cancer should not use it either. Women, who have a history of icterus, headaches and migraine, hypertension, leukemia, heart disorders, should consult their doctor about other options of birth control .
How to insert Mirena IUD
Mirena IUD should be inserted into the uterus at the doctor‘s office seven days of the onset of period or straight after first trimester abortion. A doctor should check for infection before inserting the device. The cervix should be inspected to determine the size of a uterine device.
Follow ups are recommended after insertion of Mirena IUD . First examination should be scheduled in two weeks. Regular check ups should be performed every three months to consult about bleeding, weight gain, lower abdomen pain, headache and other side effects. Mirena IUD is to be taken out after five years of use. It is best to remove the device during period, since removal of Mirena at other times of the cycle may require the use of additional birth control methods .
Mirena IUD side effects
Even though Mirena IUD is an effective and easy to use method of contraception, just like all hormonal birth control options, it has possible side effects. Since the active ingredient levonorgestrel affects the uterine lining, one of the most common side effects is irregular bleeding and spotting during the first 3 – 6 months. The number of such days continuously diminishes and even 20 % of Mirena users have no bleeding at all by the end of the first year of use. Therefore, a woman should consult a doctor about possible changes in the menstrual pattern to be ready for such effects.
Other possible side effects include lower abdominal pain, nausea, weight gain, headaches, back pain, irritability and others. But these are quite uncommon side effects, and the advantage of this device higher. There is also a low risk of ectopic pregnancy, and therefore, it is recommended to not insert Mirena IUD to women who have a history of ectopic pregnancy. The risk of infection is slightly higher, compared to women, who do not use this device, and therefore additional measures should be taken to protect against STD‘s.
The cost of Mirena IUD is about $300. If you are not satisfied with current method of contraception and considering about Mirena IUD, consult your doctor about the advantages and disadvantages of this device. And if you are a good candidate for this device and decide to use it, you might be actually happy to keep your life simple.
I have just got the mirena about 1 month in a half and I am 20. I had headaches and cramps for about 2 weeks, the headaches and cramps are gone... but i started my period 2 weeks ago and am worried because it just doesnt seem right.. Please tell me if this is normal or what? I need advice from someone smart.
Morenita 2011-07-16 19:34:39
I have had the IUD for 5yrs and i am 8mnths over my time that I need to remove due to no insurance wat are my side affects because of this.....
kitkat5824 2011-06-27 18:28:25
I had my IUD out on the 7 got my pirod on the 16 then I started on again on the 25 what up with that has anyone else had this happen. Should I call the DR. and ask him. Before I had it put in I was always on time never late never eary nothing so what up can anyone help.
Angel 2011-05-30 22:02:51
can anyone tell me I put it in about 10months ago could always feel the strings now I dont feel it what does this mean, I have no monthly periods and I really dont want to fall pregnant again. Have my two little angels Please help!
bmirena7 2011-04-05 23:17:57
@millloft NOPE......my 1st 5 years I had nothing....no cramps, bloating, bleeding nothing it was wonderful!!!!! I have my IUD taken out on Fri and I have to say I am going to really really miss NO PERIODS
millloft 2011-04-05 22:23:56
@bmirena7 - thanks for your response. I suppose it's going to be hit or miss. My only other choice is endotmetrial ablation where they scar the uterine lining....not my favorite choice. Did you notice increased appetite with this iud or bloating...side effects I have with the pill.
bmirena7 2011-04-05 21:50:09
@millloft I had my IUD placed when I was 26 I am now 31 on my second one and No periods in 6 years!!!!!!! I know there's a age difference but I thought I'd share that until recently I never even saw a spot of blood! I am now h aving some complications I feel and spotting, but on my first IUD nothing! Never knew it exsisted from day one of insertion! Hope that helps a bit!
millloft 2011-04-05 21:27:21
Anybody have advice on this? I have an option to have the Mirena IUD to control abnormal heavy bleeding. I am 49 years old and steps away from Menopause. My other alternative is endometrial ablation. Has anyone had success with this device slowing or stopping menstrual cycles? Thanks ladies!!!
bmirena7 2011-04-05 16:01:59
Why is it that every time I have sex now ( I have had the morena for 6yrs this is my second one) I bleed afterwards! I never had this before and in the last few mths everytime!!!!!!! Still n place I can feel the strings?? I don't know why this is tho????? Any help
mommyof1 2011-02-28 22:19:43
Hello! This is my first time posting to a forum and am hoping for some good answers! I had my IUD surgically removed on Jan 20 due to strings being cut too short and also getting ready to try for a 2nd baby. I bled for about 7-10 days immediately following removal and have not bled since. I am not sure if I should count this as a period or extraction bleeding. I also had intercourse on my high fertility days IF it was an actual period, plus other times over the past month. I am not sure when/what to expect as far as getting an actual period or what to expect while TTC. I have gotten 2 negative home test. 1 yesterday and 1 first thing this morning.... I am not really having any signs of being pregnant other than my stomach being fluttery (which of course is probably just being anxious while awaiting a period).... I don' t think I have an actual question, just looking for similar situations/advice...
4thtryisagirl 2011-02-11 02:37:53
hi ladies. i've been following you guys silently. but i have a few questions. i took the iud out in Dec2010 and i got my period which lasted 12 days now i haven't gotten it again and i took a pregnancy test but its negative. How many of you are irregular now? i had it in for 4 years. but i was pretty on schedule before i got it. thanks Congrats the the women that are preggy!
tija83 2010-12-27 02:39:36
I had my IUD for 4 years and had no complications... I had it removed on Dec 16th and with my doctors ok started using the Clearblue easy ovulation strips. It showed I was fertile on Dec 20th but later than night I started bleeding. Could I still be pregnant even though I was bleeding on my fertile day? confused...
burnhamjordin 2010-12-04 03:52:40
are you suppost to be on yr period for 2 months and 3 weeks straight?
lesliekuck 2010-12-03 21:39:31
Hello, new here. How long until you ovulate after having your IUD removed? I got mine removed yesterday Dec. 2nd, and I am wondering...
redrose24 2010-11-22 03:37:56
hey everyone i need help, i got my mirena in august of 2010. Its now November and i was in the hospital for what used to be a UTI turned into be a PID wich moved into my right kidney, and ontop of all this i have a small cyst on my right ovary. Now they sent me home with anti biotics, they also said if i didnt ignore my gut telling me to seek help, that this wouldnt have spreaded. (some doctors) soo any ways i have been taking the antibiotics now for the past 4 days, i have felt relief, until today when the same pain is now on my right side, its not just as bad as my left, then my left side is hurting again........Im going into the hospital again tomorrow, i hope this thing didnt spread. If any one can help ease my mind or give me words of encouragement please do all help is wanted!
bbygirl_10 2010-11-20 18:54:55
will hey every1 im new at this will i had my maria in for about 8months then took it out bc it was givin me perombels but anywho me and my hubby are trying for a lil boy now,i had the maria tooken out on oct-15-1010 and i just had my 1st period so can i get pergant the next day i get off my period
mellybelly 2010-11-07 18:05:31
I got Mirena out Nov 2, 2010. I have had some spotting but not a full blown period. I am 34 and I'm sooo ready to have a baby... Wish me luck on this journey.....I have no idea how to time my ovulation because I'm not sure it was a peiod or not....UGH.....I'm not going to stress and just go with the flow. From what I'm reading you can get pregnant really soon or it may take a while. I want to do this ASAP!!!!
mbclark07 2010-11-04 19:31:10
CantHardlyWait congrats on getting pg.
I had just got my IUD taking out on the Nov 1, and already got a period on the 3rd... i am hoping to get pg soon...I had the IUD the first years was really good but the last few month I had really bad mood-swing and was getting my period every 2-3 weeks... which was a pain the the butt... . Well I am hoping to get pg soon... Wish me luck!
tryin4#3 2010-10-15 16:39:18
Hi everyone i am new to the communty and i just want to see if i can get ay feedback to what seems to be a drawback lately. I had my iud put in in April of 07 and just this year my husbandand i decided that we were ready to try for a boy, we already have two girls 8 and 3, anyway i hadmy iud removed 8/27/10 and we have bn actively tying ever since. three hpt later and im still not getting a || or a +. Its starting to make me crazy. How long before i can be happy and pregnant again?
Cinderella69 2010-10-05 09:22:58
I have had the Merina for about a year now and was wondering if it can be the cause of my very strong smelling pee and discharge. My GYN has tested my urine and my vagina for infection but to no avale. I was hoping someone may have an answer. Please let me know.
CantHardlyWait 2010-10-03 22:09:07
To: Those who had the Mirena removed and are trying to get pregnant
I had the Mirena for 3 years, I didn't have a period that whole time, I just had it removed 2 months ago, & I just found out today that I'm pregnant!!!!! I hope you have the same luck that I did!!!!!!!
sarah.heiser 2010-10-03 19:48:45
I had the iud placed a week ago friday and I am having horrible pains. Like many other women I cant take bc pills or anything else due to the hormones. I had an iud over 5 years ago and had no problems with it them but not this time.
lil history bout me, I had the iud bout a year after my son was born then was kinda forced by my family to get my tubal. I regreted it since day one and finally after me and my husband got married I had the tubal reversal on june 10, 2010. I felt great! I had been experiencing severe pain the entire time I was fixed and found out the dr had screwed my tubal up. He had clipped my left tube into my nerves and rectum and it had been that way ripping apart and scarring back together for 5 years by the time I had the reversal. After the reversal the dr said everything looked good and that I should have no problems getting pregnant but me and my husband didn't want to try anytime soon due to the complications from the tubal.
The last week and 2 days have been horrible! I keep feeling like someone is stabbing me in my left side by my hip bone with a dull pencil and its not an every once in a while thing. It is quite frequent and is very uncomfortable. My dr gave me percocet for the pain but it doesn't do anything to ease it up or help at all. Also, I am still bleeding! This is getting very annoying since before I had it put in my periods would only last like 2 days and have a day or two of spotting and thats it but now its been almost two weeks! I'm going crazy here! I don't go back to my dr until this friday but if this bleeding doesn't stop I don't know what I'm going to do. I am seriously worried that its not in there right and its actually puntchering the walls of my uterus. Anyone ever have problems like this???????
CantHardlyWait 2010-10-01 10:46:24
Hi everyone, I'm also new to this site. I'm driving myself crazy cause ALL I can think about is getting pregnant! I had my IUD removed 2 months ago & my husband & I are dying to get pregnant!!! We have a 3 year old & I got the IUD right after I had him. I really hope having the IUD in for 3 years didn't screw up my chances of getting pregnant or something. But there were no complications having it removed. I can't stand this trying and waiting and disappointment thing. I give SOOOOO much credit to those who have tried for months or years even! I don't know if I can handle this! My first one was unplanned & we didn't have to go through this at all!
honey100 2010-09-28 22:26:36
Hello everyone! I new! I found this site because my husband and I are planning on having our third child. I've been on the IUD for 2 1/2 years now and I'm scheduled to have it removed in mid December. I hope it doesn't take us very long to get pregnant.
MandyMLong 2010-09-09 05:18:00
So I'm getting the IUD in two weeks and from what I've read I'm not so sure now, Right not i'm on the ring and doing good ill have to keep looking
mzenaida 2010-08-27 04:03:59
Hi all.... i got to say i've had my IUD Mirena for almost five years.. and im on my second one..i accidently pulled the original one out with a tampon. What a nightmare that was but it was my own doing. So it was replaced and im on year four of it..IUD side effects are unheard of i was beggining to think it was just me..the first year was awesome thats why i replaced it but every year after it jus got worst...I'm still not sure if its all me or mirena.. Year two was full of BV!!!! ugggh the worst ever completly ruined my sex drive for me cause im always thinking im gonna get it if i have sex.. or even touch myself .. so also to mention mood swings, vaginal dryness, acne and 25lb extra...Now im being evaluated for IC- Interstitial cystitis. This is not what i expected from my dream bc. the thing is im not ready for more children i have two beautifull healthy little girls 8 & 4.. i need something effective for two more years or untill im sure i even want any more....the IUD was wonderful at first i really think women should be given more information on it. the stupid flyer shouldnt say RARE side effects. Can any one suggest another bc option ????
Kayleenclay 2010-08-23 22:05:20
I had mine for over 2 years now, my periods stopped immediately after getting it inserted, iv had cramping and pain all the time and during sex. my doctor says its not because of my mirena, and wouldnt remove it my past couple visits... so, I removed it myself yesterday... so hopefully everything is fine now... and incase u are wondering, it didnt really hurt taking it out, just a little cramp during, like when ur period is goin to start, but thats it...
malaya09 2010-08-23 07:33:38
Hey everyone i had my mirena iud inserted for 16 months now and always had bleeding until the last 3 months but today I seen blood when I wipe myself but haven't seen anymore since and having very bad pain in my right leg I did go to the doctor not my obgyn 2 months ago before the pain in my leg but he was sure it is in place but I can't seem to feel the strings nor my boyfriend during intercourse i'm worried or can it be for nothing is all of these things just side affects...would love some advice
Trixie98 2010-08-07 01:42:06
i had a Mirena insterted 18 days ago it wasnt painful or anything but out of the first 8 days i spotted 6 on the 9th day i started bleeding and its been 10 days now its only a light bleed 1 pad a day but is it ever going to stop and is it normal
mandy_and_jacob 2010-07-30 02:46:56
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hcstev3 2010-07-29 16:27:48
i had Merina 7 years, was taken out april 9, 2010, and as of July 20, i've had 5 positive pregnancy test... i had my first period may 21-28 and have not seen one since. I assumed that my periods would be irregular for a while, but that wasn't the case at all. I am 39 years old and i am excited about being pregnant, but my family didn't receive it all to well, but i am praying.
blairc99 2010-07-19 15:12:51
Yeah Aimee, I am going to try to call my midwife today. Thanks!
aimee joy 2010-07-19 11:47:57
blairc think you would be better off seeking medical advice, better to be safe than sorry. or get it taken out if you can. some contraception just dosent suit some bodys. but i did have alot of your symptoms while i had my coil in for 4yrs.
ldill 2010-07-19 07:48:20
Hello ladies! First of all, my heart and prayers go out to all of you who have had negative experiences with mirena. Personally, I have had nothing but positive experiences with mirena and I have had it inserted twice. I had it removed to have a baby 2 years ago, put back in afterwards, and just had it removed 2 days ago in order to conceive again. Never a problem. But, as many of you have shown problems can and DO arise. Please do not read these posts and think "That will never happen to me". I'm sure whoever posted it didn't exactly plan for it to happen either. So for all of you ladies out there thinking about getting this or any birth control, know your body, listen to your body, and do your research. And if problems do arise, you need to notify the correct people. Your doctor is not going to call the people that make mirena and tell them that Jane Smith is having problems with her IUD. And if they don't hear from us, they can't fix the problems. So complain! It's your body and your responsibility to protect it. Don't be afraid to demand that they fix THEIR mistakes. Good luck to all of you ladies!
blairc99 2010-07-19 05:49:24
Sorry I forgot to add the fact that I get sharp pains in my left ovary a lot!
blairc99 2010-07-19 05:38:37
O.K.! I need some major advice and help. I am 25 and have two children. I got Mirena put in around Sept. of 08 . I got it 6 weeks after the birth of my second child. The first year was fine. I still got a period every month and I felt fine. This past year, however, I have hated Mirena so much! First, I sometimes get major pain during intercourse, as if he is hitting my uterus, like when you are pregnant and it hits. I stopped getting my period and now have brown spotting instead for about a day. I also have some pregnancy symptoms. Every month I get EXTREMELY tired around my period time, so tired that I sleep a whole day! I usually get my period (spotting) around the 22nd of every month. This month, however, I started spotting around the 16th and now on the 18th I am bleeding badly. I don't understand why I am all of a sudden bleeding. Also, sometime in June I got SEVERE lower back pain twice. Like a sharp pain going through my back. I really want to get this removed but I don't have insurance and I am worried about the cost. Could I be pregnant? Ectopic? Endometriosis? What is happening to me? I have NEVER had an abnormal pap or anything. Something just hasn't felt right the past 9 months or so. Any thoughts?
aimee joy 2010-07-05 11:53:58
hi all posted back in jan.. got my coil removed 4th of dec 2009.after 4yrs.. still trying since then and periods are regular for a couple of months then iregular again. some cycles are 26, then had a 17 day cycle. didnt think it would take this long.. but i suppose everyone is different.. always have sore boobs, nausea, tiredness.. is anyone else experiencing this. many thanks
bamgboc 2010-06-18 14:19:19
It was 4yrs in March 2010 since i had my mirena coil, removed it on 4 April2010 and been trying for a baby since then, can anyone let me know please, how long it takes to conceive after the coil is removed.
cherry blossom 2010-06-16 15:57:55
Hello, I have a couple questions concerning all these contraceptives......When I was a young teen starting my cycle they were very painful...I would bleed very heavy vomit shakes tremble bad cramp like I had knives gashing my guts out...I would get so bad I couldn't even see...This was every month I remember being pushed out of school in a wheel chair...I had no comfort at all...I even slept on the kitchen counter at 14 yrs old because i could not get comfortable....pretty sad these signs would just come as a siren all at once during class.....I was on birth control to help lessen these episodes but i was allergic to the pills I swelled up and needed shots to take the hives and swelling away...Dr's said that this was all normal but I had my son in 2001 got on the shot I gained alot of weight from it........I tried the nuva ring had the side effects from it and the patch just wouldnt stay on my skin....I stopped having periods with the shot.....I now have them 3 days a week.....I just had the mirena implanted I am 28 yrs old now.......I have cramping and lots of spotting here and there they say its normal trying to get use to it.....My question is I have a bladder infection should I be worried about getting other infections easier from it and how do i know if my body is trying to reject it? (I am on the mirena so i can reverse my poly cystic ovaries....I want more kids and am trying to do therapy at home.....i started folic acid yesterday so I can use any advice from anyone......thanks for listening to me.
amcclure 2010-06-01 23:59:28
response for Mommyof2twins:
Some men do feel i. I know my husband felt it.
mommyof2wins 2010-06-01 21:21:55
I'm not here to say anyone is lying or bash on the mirena. None of you can say what is and what is not causing these womens problems. I got the mirena in april after I had my twins and for me the insertion was not bad at all. It was uncomfortable but bearable, after having contractions a minute apart on and off for 3 days with no changes in my cervix nothing could have hurt me. I have not had any problems, that I have related to the mirena, since insertion. The main reason I got on here is to ask about your partners... My husband claims to feel it poking him and that it is very uncomfortable for him. He is a hypochondriac and I dont know if he is just freaking out cause he knows its in there or if it is common for your significant other to feel the thread!!!?
*Feedback will be highly apreciated!
amcclure 2010-05-15 17:00:08
4/19/10: IUD (Mirena) Removed 4/21/10- 4/22/10: Bled 5/15/10: Found Out I was pregnant (took the First Response Test)
greenkji 2010-05-11 22:03:55
Hello everyone. I have been reading everyone's posts and thought mine would be valuable info for some of you. I had my mirena inserted 4 months after the birth of my second son. I didn't do much research on it, but was told my doctor and several people how great it was. I had it for nearly 4 years and LOVED it. Insertion was pretty easy...I had virtually no cramping and NO PERIOD. Awesome! A little over a week ago I started bleeding. After 5 days I called the doc and she said it was probably okay, but to do a pregnancy test. Guess what, positive. Now the last week of my life has been one crazy and horrible experience. I had the IUD removed (which wasn't bad at all), but no sac was visible on the ultrasound. After almost a week of slowly rising Bhcg levels and another empty ultrasound I had to have a D and C yesterday (awful). The tissue extracted from the D&C came back negative for pregnancy tissue so now I'm dealing with an ectopic. I just received a shot of a chemo drug that dissolves the tissue (hopefully) otherwise it is surgery and possible infertility (worst case scenario). Remember, this all happened after 4 years of nothing. Besides the physical and emotional effects of this whole experience, it will probably cost me thousands of dollars. I am super bummed that there are are not more warnings about mirena out there. At least I wouldn't be so surprised that this all happened. For now, it is back to condoms until we can be sure we are ready for my husband to be snipped.
kidd 2010-05-06 16:37:42
thankyou coasty78 i have had a merina in march 30h of this year. I have suffered with internal endo, with serve pain to the point of taking macindole forte every hour to try to ease pain, I would often flood for two month straight and not stop with large clots,i had complection of whiteish grey the colour that you look when your blood count is so low you look dead. i was often taken to hospital with bust cyst on my overies. I found out by chance that i suffer from a very rare form of endo i have lost organs not vital but lost organs from this monster. my doctors found early stage unterine cancer and i had a number of proceduers to remove cancer and my endo on my bowels and colon and i had a marina put in the same time. I am not bleeding i do have the occastional spotting but i emagine that is just my body getting used to the iud. my blood count is up and away and the cancer is gone. i have no need for pain killers anymore. the only thing i do take is a anti-spasmotic to settle the cramping when i get it once in a blue moon. i am not bed ridden and i am loving being a person again. i have got a bit of acne but when you weight that up against cancer,flooding,cyst,server pain,bed ridden,lossing organs i can deal with the acne and hot flushers. sometimes we dont see the positives for all the negatives we have floating around in front of us. so to all those weman like coasty78 who are positive thankyou. you think you have negative thought try dealing with loss of organs and cancer.so for all those future weman out there who are going to read these comments. yes look at neg and look at poss then make up your own mind. this is your life you take charge.
katie1010 2010-05-04 01:13:46
on 3/24/2010 i had my mirena iud removed on the 27th i had a full 5 day period now being the 3rd of may hav not gotten my period since i have taking home pregnancy test and was negitive now can i just an irregular period "which i never did before thr iud" or could i be pregnant and the home pregnancy test just not show yet? and comments or helpful answers will be appreciated
chrys_love99 2010-05-02 06:58:08
Okay so I am currently pregnant and am looking at my bc options for after I have baby #1. I was on The Pill when I conceived, so obviously that did not work for my body. I was told about Marina because I am 17 and after I have my baby I am not planning on having any more for quite some time. This baby was unplanned, but I cant change what happened so next time I want to better protect myself. I am hearing some really scary stories on here and am starting to think maybe this isn't for me. I know everybody's body is different and can react differently to different things. But I have a few questions that are important for me to know before doing this: 1. Can you and/or your partner feel it while having intercourse? 2. Everyone is saying how they bled for months after, you mean like a period right? Not just months non-stop?? and 3. How can this effect future fertility?? I want more kids, just not until I am in my 20's and ready. I don't want to have another baby while I am in college and still a teenager. Any help would be so appreciated. You can email me at
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karen 2010-05-01 05:36:03
Well i went to the dr and had my pap and have cervical cancer they wanna do a leap procedure and they said it will be hard for me to carry a child so be careful girls
Kimberly 2010-04-14 14:12:05
Hi Everyone, I had my Mirena IUD removed in May 2009. It took me a few months to finally get my period, I had none the entire 4 1/2 years I had it. My period has been very irregular for the past couple of months, so I went to my doctor to try and find out why. I ended up having an ultrasound done and the results showed I had endomertioma ( I was told it is cysts on my ovaries and blood that flowed backwards and is covering my ovaries ) the doctor wanted me to wait 6 weeks and then have another ultrasound. He is hoping that the endometrioma will resolve itself. I've never had any issues at all before, I got pregnant very easily with my daughter who is now 11. Me and my husband have been actively ttc since day 1 of the IUD removal. I was wondering if anyone has had any similar issues? Any comments would be greatly appreciated ;-)
scm0100 2010-04-11 07:13:29
ok first of all thanks to miren i will always be in pain my stomach is very swollen. people keep asking me if i am pregnant um no mirena just made me bruise and swell badly Internally I HATE MIRENA IT HAS RUINED MY BODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now i will always have abnormal bleeding. i hate it its very painful and theres no way to fix it so know i am on yaz i love it. i also got a very serious infection bc of mirena its not fair i did nothing to diserve this. my life has changed and not in a good way. thanks alot mirena
3babies 2010-04-09 02:34:13
I have to say something to the women who get on here to put other women down, simply because they have not had the same reaction! Let me start with my story and my thought on the whole IUD concept! I am a mother of 3 wonderful children! After each child, delivered Vaginally, I shocked family and Drs by getting up only hours after asking when me and my baby could go home! After, my third child I was discharged the day after and cleaning my house as if nothing was wrong! My point? I'm a very strong, stubborn woman! I had my IUD put in 2 months after I had my last Child! For the first year I was in absolute heaven! I related tiredness to having three kids and went about my day! Shortly after that though things started being different, my attitude sucked, my energy still gone, but worse! I went from cleaning everyday, to mabye once a week! When I would have good days they were slim! Then my body switched to always feeling like I was in the first three months of pregnancy over and over again! I was in the Dr's office 4 times, they said stress! Please! I had no stress! Then the ER for unbearable cramps and dizzyness! I couldn't even stand up! 6000 dollars later, Nothing! Just stress! Not to mention the 20 pound weight gain in 4 months! WTF! I am 5'6 and weighed 140 pounds, I am now 160. Needless to say 3 months of me ignoring the dang thing and guess what!? It expelled itself!! Fell out, and now Blood clots, constant bleeding, and absolutely no energy, But, Its NORMAL!!! Where the hell is that memo!? Anyways I'm not saying its bad for everyone! But, people come on! I did my research, I have no family history of any of the symptoms Mirena warns agaisn't! No medical problems at all! And, no depression ever! My opinion they need to find out what all the women who had neg side effects have in common!!! That the women who didn't have side effects didn't have!!! And run tests BEFORE putting a man made object into our bodies! It should be taken off the shelves untill they find out what is causing these things to happen!! So the women who can't handle it don't get stuck in this situation, and the women who can, can still have it!! That's all I'm saying! So please stop commenting like we are bad or stupid people because an object messed with our bodies!
adchett 2010-04-01 00:56:24
I am removing the IUD here very soon. I have had no periods and no weight gain since I have been using this product. I have however thought that there was something wrong with me for the last five years. I have had NO sex drive and I thought that I was getting older that was why. I talked to one of my girls and she has had the same issue. I mean it is sooo bad..I do not want him to even touch me. When I do it is one day...right when I start my period. So, she was having the same issues and went and got it taken out and that next day she was back to being a freak in the bed..lol. There are a lot of good things that this product does and there are a lot of bad things that is product does. Every person is different..but, when you notice that somethings are just not right make sure that you talk to your doctor about it right away. Wish all of you the best!
mireno 2010-03-27 15:51:50
"" I strongly reccomend the Mirena IUD - I fully understand that every women is different, but cannot accept some comments posted on here blaming an IUD for problems that even a doctor cannot figure out, especially after you have had the IUD for 5 years with no prior health issues or complications. Please don't use this forum as a scare tactic - there are women out there who read these things and base their decision on what they read. If you have had issues or health problems with any form of contraceptive, fine, but don't place "blame" on a certain form of birth control unless you can back it up - medically. ""
What do you mean you can't accept the comments posted on here? Let me give you some medical facts you ignorant bitch. My daughter went from being a normal, young, active woman to a medical anomaly in this past year after having the Mirena implanted. Dizziness, confusion, back and muscle aches, etc.. She has been tested for everything from Lyme Disease to Multiple Sclerosis; scanned from head to toe; has seen every specialist that we could think (we, as a medical team) of and still had no answers until now. How can you say that you understand that every woman is different yet not accept the results?! When these symptoms disappear after removal of the Mirena that in itself is medical proof. These are not scare tactics these are truths! Do not discount the misery of others just because your genetic make-up is different from theirs and you are happy with your results. These women have had a hard enough time dealing with the pain and unknown as it is! All women should be warned that these symptoms can and do occur - and with that knowledge they too can make an educated decision about which form of BC to use! By the way, your stupid grin is nauseating!
kay.miller1988 2010-03-23 04:01:47
i had my IUD put it on march 2 2010 it hurt and i went and had an ultrasound that same day just to be sure, which is what every woman should do if they don't feel right... push your doctors they work for you... my old man cannot feel my strings i think its because mine are a bit longer they are 4.5 cm long out of my cervix so they blend in easier it not like banging in to your cervix and feeling a poky thing.... yes the spotting is annoying and even the cramp i catch on my right side, but i read everything i could before i got it and i knew going in it was not by any means perfect.
OK id like to say some of the people on here really don't know what your talking about...learn your body, i can see how people have side affect this is typical thus the reason you have to set 2 appointments to get an IUD. two never be scared to go in and tell them what you think IE the doctors... YOU have rights your body is yours and if you don't know it why are you blaming mirena? did you know in the paper work it says if you have had any sings of mental disorders you are to tell your health care provider before insertion?depression can be made worse by mirena they do not try and hide this fact... also how many of you were so ready to get it put in you paid no attention or looked that deep into the paper work? its not rocket science and its not that bad... also in the studies that were done they didnt use woman who had just had children or anything like that which is why new evidence is surfacing... do not have an IUD put in for at least the first 3 months i know they are saying 6-8 but for your sake of happiness whats another few weeks??? your uterus needs the time to heal after a baby... the muscle is thin and very week witch is why in most cases perforation happens in woman who have recently had a baby yeah it hurts much more when its been a year or so, but i mean look read these stories in detail they all related back to the evidence that was already pointed out like 2 years ago. Also to the people who have a thyroid problem and want to blame it on mirena... thyroid is often related to having a baby the hormone in mirena is not in anyway related to your hormone from pregnancy. a change happens after a baby and can cause you to stop taking in iodine correctly causing a hormone imbalance and horrible affects on your ability to burn calories... it kills your metabolism
wannagirl 2010-03-08 06:48:57
null Hi ladies (or gents) and I am new also. My husband and I decided last week that we ready for baby #2. HOWEVER~I am 39, I have an appt. on March 17th to have my IUD (MERINA) removed, we are wanting a baby girl SOOO bad! I've had 3 boys in my life, and I will be 40 on March 28th, everyone keeps telling me that I'm too old ,and now I"m afraid my doctor might try to tell me that same thing, is there anyone on here that is my age and has concieved a healthy baby? I guess I feel a little selfish for wanting a girl let alone to get pregnant at all at my age, but I know this is what is right for our family, and we are ready! I have sat here reading all these posts about the IUD's and some good, some NOT so good, but I can say that with mine, I have bled since I had it put in August 2006, not reguler the first two years, then its been light, and loooong periods now, like 8-9 days a month, I am looking forward to getting this taken out, and doing all the things the internet say to do to "TRY" for a girl, like "no orgasm' and have sex 3-4 days before ovulating, and I'm going to have him take hot baths to try to "kill' off boy sperms, but I pray my IUD has not ruined anything, I feel ok, and just got over my period and I KNOW I ovulated yesterday, so, I PRAY this works, if there are any older women that are in my shoes, I would appreciate any contact, and I will keep you all updated as things progress, I PRAY I am preggo by June, but, its in HIS hands, and not mine, all I can do is try. I will be happy with a healthy baby either way. Good lucky to YOU ALL!
snedeker 2010-02-21 04:35:26
Hello: To those considering an IUD. I am 24 years old, and just got my IUD OUT. I had one in for four in a half years. After the first year i thought it was the greatest thing ever, no period, no pill, low maintenance. What girl on the run wouldn't want one. It was for convinience-to fit my active lifestyle (skiing, hiking, etc). However, around year three i started getting really bad headaches, and really bad cramps all the time. SOmething didn't feel right i went to a doctor and she said oh its probably fine give it a few more months. I got a second opinion, did research (real research-see periodicals and medical journals-not junk science). I got a blood test and was found to have a Hypo-thyroid. Which would make sense. After a 20 pound wieght gain (mind you, i ski 6 months out of the year, am a vegetarian, and eat healthy) , headaches, deep abdominal pain, i thought something doesn't seem right? I don't feel like i should feel. I was always tired and moody. I got the IUD out and my thyroid went back to normal with in three months. Synthetic hormones are not natural, nor are they safe for everyone. As a woman i have learned it is important to make informed decisions. You can't expect doctors to know everything, not only that everyone has their own opinion or bias. I can say from four years of expirience i have lost 20 pounds, and thyroid problems, so thats enough to convince me. NO more hormones.
25nmumof1 2010-02-20 00:42:38
Im very new to this im lookin for advice. I got my merina out on feb 9th 2010 because i want baby no 2. i had d coil in for 3 and a half years and have no complaints about it it was super i bleed for the first 6 month after gettin it in but nearly none since. in fact i got my first period in that time on feb 1st this year 9 days before getting coil out. now i still aint got a period which i taught i would but 2days after removal i had slight spottin very red n clumpy and pain when i urinate with nothing since and i have been very moody n very bad sick tummy for 5 days now now i had unprotected sex 2 days before removal. Now i wonder when will i get my period, did i ovulate or could i be pregnant its to early to test i think andno other pregnancy symptoms. my doctor said to be careful that many women get pregnant in the first month so if ya dont want it that soon to use other forms of contraception but did she mean before or after your first period and if so when should the first period return as i cant remember my cycle before the coil.
Would be great if anyone could help.
coasty78 2010-02-19 10:41:18
Postive story. The mirena is great, I had mine inserted may of 08 and i know my body so well its like clock work when I get my little headache and I feel grouchy on the 10th of every month and but I ocassionally have a period once on a while. I get tired of hearing people blaming the pill or IUd or whatever for misscarriage or weight gain or mood swings. I know for a fact I would be this way whether I had The Mirena or not. I have gained weight because I am lazy. I have been an emotional roller coaster all my life. I gladly will put up with a headache sometimes then to be on the ground with a bursting cyst or bleading so bad I cant get up out of bed. I know for a fact also when you go to the doctor they give yu all of the info for the side effects and the good and bad, its the law. I had mine done at a planned parenthood and it was great. If you get pregnant with the mirena then you should be having your string checked more often and for goodness sake stopp letting the guy come inside of you, what the heck do you think is going to happen??
crystalsgrimsley 2010-02-18 02:13:11
hey ladies. New to this whole thing. I got the mirena august of 06. I stopped having periods about nine months after the insertion of my iud. I decided to have it removed after three years to try to conceive baby number two. Well, had it removed august of 09, and didn't start my cycle til december. It seemed to be a normal period. Now, in january I was two days late, which is not unusual for me, and we have ttc the whole month of january. Now, my period is not where to be seen. I was suppose to start the tenth. I am a week late today. I have taken two negative pt. One the day of my missed cycle and one today. I have no symptoms so far. I'm just so confused. It wasn't hard to concieve w/ baby number one. Could i be pregnant still if I am this late????? Help me ladies? I want this so bad for us!!!
loribrasington 2010-02-12 18:14:56
i had the mirena inserted 6 weeks after having my 2nd child. i bled and cramped for a year, looking online i saw it was normal to bleed for up to a year. one year later the bleedeing was much worse- huge clots and heavy and the cramping unbearable. i made an appointment to have it removed and the string could not be found. however they did find a growth on my cervix that turned out to be invasive squamous cell carcinoma. i had never had an abnormal pap or hpv. now i am waiting to see the oncologist to find out exectly how bad things are and am in so much pain. And this iud is still in there somewhere.... DON"T RECOMEND THIS TO ANYONE
AMBER 2010-02-11 05:24:32
After reading all of the negative comments, I feel compelled to tell me positive story. I am 31 years old with two children and have struggled with stage 4 endometriosis for 17 years. I have had 7 surgeries and several hospital stays due to pain. My cramps have been a huge burden more than half of my life. 9 months ago while in the hospital bed getting ready for my 7th laser surgery to remove all of the tissue, a pre med student from UCLA came to my bed and talked to me about the Mirena IUD. I cannot handle birth control pills (they make me crazy lady, really) but I thought this sounded worth a try before I gave up and had it all taken out. Full hysterectomy was my plan for surgery number 8 if I had to come back. After surgery I scheduled an appt for it to be inserted. It was painful to have put in, more than I was expecting but have had wonderful results, within 3 weeks the cramping from the IUD had stopped, mild spotting but no bleeding, acne cleared up and best of all my cramping is ALL GONE. I can no longer feel the string, but as long as I am not in pain, I do not care. Disclaimer....not worried about getting pregnant, the hubby is fixed! I have gained an extra 10 lbs, but that can be attributed to many things! Hope you consider my experience.
MandaB04 2010-02-06 05:27:19
I am 19 years old, and never been pregnant. I was diagnosed with endometriosis just a month ago, after years of chronic abdominal pain. I tried probably 4 or 5 different types of birth control, none that helped control my endo symptoms. It was either an IUD with birth control pill at the same time, shots to put me into pre-menopause, or male hormone shots. I went ahead with the IUD option, which was inserted 3 weeks ago. It was the most painful experience of my life, even with local before the procedure. It was worse than having appendicitis and my surgeries! Since the insertion I've had heavier spotting since the insertion even though I am still on continuous birth control at the same time, horrible hip pain, TERRIBLE cramps due to the fact that they are in my back a lot of the time, and nausea. I hope the pain goes away, but I'm already considering getting it taken out due to the side effects. I have a 50% chance of getting pregnant for the next year, and after that my chances go down to 17-35% due to my active endo. 19 and no kids, is it worth it to prolong if it's possible I may not be able to have children?
MYSTIORA 2010-02-02 02:53:07
I had mine put in on 1/29/2010, and oh my god as soon as the dr measured me I jumped, that alone hurt like a b***h. Then when she went to put mine in she had to dialate me, as soon as she put it in I was cramping. My blood pressure went up I wanted to fall asleep, I had to throw up, and go to the bathroom. the pain was unbearable. They told me I would feel like this for a while, as to I was prego, and that it is normal for some girls. Its has been three days i have on and off cramping that is so painful, dizzyness, and nausia. I should told her I was done after she measured me. Well we will see what happens in a few days.
abond1988 2010-01-26 20:51:38
I had the Mirena inserted in July of 2008, and I just had it removed Friday Jan 22, 2010 to try to have another baby. The placement of mirena was not painful at all and I had no problems w it. BUT now reading all of the posts, I think that mayb i did had problems w it. In Sept of 2008, I started having mood swings, weight gain and no energy at all. They found a tumor on my thyroid and told me that it was caused by the pregnancy hormones....But wat if it was caused by the Mirena? Now I had the tumor removed and the doctor said that I should dropped all the weight that I had gained, but I havent. I think it was the mirena causing me to gain weight. I had lost most of my pregnancy weight before I had mirena inserted, now I weigh just a shy pounds from wat i did when my daughter was born. Now after having the mirena removed, I am cramping and bleeding heavily. I havent bleed like this since before i got pregnant. I am passing huge blood clots and I do not like it. My boyfriend and I had sex the day it was removed and the next day, when I was suppose to be fertile...Can I be pregnant, and still be bleeding this bad?
MrsBlye 2010-01-26 06:46:42
I had my Mirena placed in August of 2008, 6 weeks after the birth of our daughter. For awhile I thought it was the perfect birth control. However, the past few months have been horrible. My Husband thinks I'm a crazy person, I am always frustrated at work. I've had awful lower abdominal pain. I have no sex drive which is unusual for me. I thought it would get better but it only gets worse. I have a stronger vaginal odor than before as well which I cannot tolerate. I have breast tenderness almost all the time. Also I don't have regular periods and my bleeding has absolutely no pattern... I'm only 23 and I just can't continue, Mirena didn't work with my body. I scheduled my appointment and will have mine removed in the morning...I'm so excited. I will keep you guys updated!!
eeaksmom 2010-01-23 09:08:37
Can anyone relate? I had my son when I was 16 did everything right after that. Got on birth control then mirena. Got married had it removed two years ago at the age of 23. I am now 25 and still not pregnant. What the heck is going on? Think it was from the IUD? Why can't I get pregnant again? It wasn't this hard the first time!
lburgos29 2010-01-14 23:26:16
Hello ladies, well its been a year since i had my IUD removed and not until last week i discovered i was prego...unfortunalty i had a miscarriage yesterday....while im a little confused, somtimes i think this might have something to do with it, am i wrong ?????
melisha09 2010-01-09 17:09:38
i am on my second iud-mirena- i have had NO problems from it... i had it when i started gaining wait on the shot,so i tryed it..i love it.. i do have mood swings ,but did when i had a period. i get a pimple when it is time.i do cramp when it is time dont bleed,spot once and again..i am still happy like always but as we get older it gets different,i do get migranes but always have..i would recommend it,but not everyone is the same,my cousin had hers the same time as me and had hers removed her body reacted to it differently..but as a mom u cant remember a pill so it is easy for me..i plan as this one is up to get another then have my tubes tied...i have had one for a full 5 yr and this one 2 yr!!!
babycakesmom03 2010-01-03 17:33:08
I had the merina placed on Oct 2009, 8 weeks after the birth of my second child. When the Iud was placed it was painful (I took a vicodin before the procedure) I experience a light spotting for an hr. I haven't had a period at all of course i'm breastfeeding so that could also be a reason why. I thought everything was fine with my IUD but now 3 months after the insertion of the IUD- I'm experiencing terrible migranes (headaches), awful breakouts - i haven't had problems with acne since puperity and now I am (terrible!!) and to top all off i'm experiencing massive hairloss. I am feeling very anxious and depressed. Tomorrow i'm making an appt with my gyn to have this thing removed. Plus its useless having bc when this device has completly killed my sex drive. i have used bc pills n the bc patch, yes they cause me mood swings but nothing so negative as this IUD. I know our bodies react differently but FOR ME this device has brought more negatives than positive to my life.
graceh1701 2009-12-09 05:47:04
I have been reading a lot of these comments and now things are making a lot more sense! I got the Mirena almost 2 years ago..spooted for a few months then no periods..everything has been pretty normal but I have gained weight and it is driving me crazy..of course I gained weight when I was pregnant and my children are only 13 months apart so I didnt lose all of my weight after the 1st one..but I have never ever in my life had a weight problem..i always weighed between 100-115lbs and am not about 150! It is horrible..plus lately I have been cramping..not a lot but noticeable here and there..also sex life..that is another story...soo im thinking of making an appt to talk about having it removed..it has been so depressing and I have been also breaking out lately which I am seeing in other peoples stories is a pattern as well...soo thank you to everyone who has posted..I dont feel so alone!
boriqua84 2009-12-08 21:41:04
I had the IUD in for 1yr 1/2. In the beginning things seemed normal. as the time went by I bled less and less. A yr went by and I started cramping. My period never went away but I did bleed less then beofre. WEll the pains increased and increased. Last month I was complaining everyday for an entire month of cramps (which the GY said it was "NORMAL"). As I was cooking few weeks ago I started to get intense pain as if I was having a baby. I started to get lower back pains and lots of pressure in my butt. I sat down in the tiolet and NOTHING. 20 mnts later I was in the ER with sever abdominal pain. Long story short. I had a ruptured cyst. Last week I decided to take it out, whoch by the way is the most painful thing ever. I rememver the doc telling me "you spot for a few hrs maybe a day. Ever since he took it out last week I ahve been cramping like hell and have been bleeding like crazy. When I use the bathroom there is nothing but blood clots. no pad or tampoin helps. It goes right through as if I ahve nothing on. Needless to say I am making an appointment ASAP to see this GY. I don;t eant kids but I love my life. Never thought i would develop cysts becasue of an IUD. I know its the cause.!!!!
Lindy 2009-12-07 21:36:23
Luckymum, the doctor told me (and the informative pamphlet) when I had the iud inserted that it could take up to a year to stop bleeding during my menstrual cycle. It gradually did go away within a year and has stayed away for the last 4. As for the fatigue and moodiness, I don't remember anyone ever telling me that that stuff was going to go away. I am no more moodier than I was before the Mirena; if I am, I somehow deal with it or attribute it to having 4 small kids under the age of 10!
Lindy 2009-12-07 21:30:50
I had an IUD inserted 6 weeks after my fourth child was born (with no intention of ever getting pregnant again). The removal time is now approaching for me (5 years later) and I have had NO negative side effects and NEVER had any pregnancy scares. I am very thankful for this device; it has served its purpose well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
luckymum 2009-12-02 03:49:49
hi, i am new on this , i had and old school iud years ago, and my body rejected it, had it taken out, now years down the track ive had really bad probs with bleeding, hormones etc so had the new mirena put in, nearly 2 wks ago, im still tired, and moody, and bleeding, i know they say it takes few months b4 it settles down, has this happened to any1 else??i just want the bleeding to stop and feel normal again!
@m@nd@ 2009-12-01 23:55:32
I have had my IUD now for 2 years and I have not had one period. I dnt have any of the side effects only thing is my husband says he can feel it when we are making love. But other then that I love my IUD. I have 2 wonderful kids and don't plain on having more so I was told the IUD was the best birth control, my doctor told me its even better then having ur tubes tied.
mz_anointed 2009-12-01 23:53:46
nullnull hi everyone..im 24 yrs old with 2 kids working on my 3rd with my hubby..I recently just had my mirena removed on nov. 3rd..started bleeding on the 7 th .....had intercourse on th 12th and 24 th..could i be pregnant already? Was that considered a true period ?
lambo 2009-11-28 14:02:08
Okay after reading these posts I am calling my obgyn first thing monday morning to schedule an appointment to have mine removed. I am thinking that my anxiety issues and panic attacks are related to having the iud, espcially since they started about 6 months after i had it inserted. Although i really like not having a period, i really don't like taking the medication that "keeps me sane". Maybe i can being to lose some weight too, it seems like no matter what i do i can't loose. I also have been having discomfort lately and am wondering if it is related. Thanks to all who have posted your stories, i am glad to know it is not just me having these same problems.
clfm71 2009-11-25 14:55:08
I had the Mirena inserted on 9/11/09. Like most of you, the insertion was very uncomfortable and I experienced cramping and bleeding for a week. After that, everything seemed great. I've had no period and I thought this was the greatest birth control. Until 10/30/09. I woke up feeling nauseaus. I thought I had the flu or a virus. The nausea NEVER went away. This past weekend (11/21/09) I went to to the Miena website thinking that it had to be the Mirena that was making me feel so horrible. I read that if I haven't had a period within 6 weeks of insertion I should call my dr to rule out pregnancy. HOLY SH*! So, first thing Monday morning (11/22/09) I made an appt. to see my doctor. She couldn't find the strings! I gave a urine sample, went to the ultrasound room, the dr came in with a POSITIVE pregnancy test! After doing the ultrasound, I learned the baby has no heartbeat and the dr thinks the IUD is lodged somewhere in my cervix, or possibly in my uterus. I am going to the hospital today to have a D&C and have the IUD removed (praying that the IUD is in my cervix not the uterus). There are definite risks with the Mirena and I NEVER thought any of these things would happen to me. I wish my dr would have checked me a week or two after insertion. According to the ultrasound I became pregnant around 10/1/09, well after the IUD had been inserted.
charmerro 2009-11-23 14:20:19
Hi, this is my first post on here. I had the Mirena fitted for a year, during that time I had no periods (lovely). I'm pleased to say it's removal was not as uncomfortable as it's insertion and I only had small cramps and spotting for a few days. My husband & I are TTC since 2 weeks ago, the Dr recommended we wait until I had my first proper period (we forgot). The Dr also said that removal of the Mirena makes you fertile straight away and that the only reason they suggest you wait for your period is because it makes a pregnancy easier to date. Have any of you had similar information.
tx_girlmm1165 2009-11-22 21:19:06
i have been reading everyones stories....lets just say i know how u feel. i had my mirena inserted in july 2008 because i was on the patch and i had horrible horrible periods. i would use a whole box of super plus tampons every month. i read about the iud and saw i could have lessened periods and was stoked. i have had it in for over a year now and getting it pulled out in 2 weeks. i have acne now (which was never a problem before), mood swing, and a headache everyday! i also have weight gain (which isnt really a problem except that i feel like i shouldnt be gaining weight because my eating habits havent gotten worse, in fact they have gotten better) and an abnormal period. sometimes i have light spoting, somtimes i have nothing. let me just say i like having some sort of period every month becaus i am (or was ) very fertile, i have 3 kids.
i know that it willtake a while to get my hormones back on track and will probably not use any type of birth control until i know i have a normal cycle. or will me getting right back on the patch help my get back on track faster? im not sure, what do u think?
i read that fertility comes back right away but im not sure now after reading everyones comments. let me just say i know everyone is different so the iud will affect everyone differently, but maybe they took iuds of the market for a reason.
too many people are having the same problems. on top of things i listed above i have horrible cramps that feel like someone has inserted a knife into my abdomen, constant lower back pain, and i pms mentally if not physically. i
i am not sure if i would recomend this to anyone. a good friend is also on the mirena but doenst complain about side effects like i do so it seems like a 50/50 thing to me. i will happily take back my heavy periods and get rid of the acne, back pain, and mood swings.
godinez 2009-11-20 21:11:53
I have had my IUD for 5 months now. I spot everday except two weeks in a month. I workout like crazy everday and I have noticed I have gained 7 pds. Now I noticed that I am getting blemishes in my face. I like it because I dont have to worry about birthcontrol but i am really considering gettng it removed if I gain anymore weight. Modd swings are a issue about 2 weeks before my MP. But I guess it could be worse like others on here.
Need another BC 2009-11-19 01:38:26
I have had the Mirena for a month. It was not painful at all. A couple days after I got it inserted my period came on and I bled for 4-5 days, normal period. But after that 5th day I kept spotting a little for about 5-6 more days. Nothing major. A couple of days ago I reached up the old birth canal and didn't feel my strings! I went to the doctor. He didn't see them either so he did an ultra sound and there it was. He said it was fine but I had a funny feeling so I came home and found this website and other websites. (I can now barely feel the tip of a string) OMG!!!! Why didn't I research first???? I am so afraid of all the negative comments I've read. I'd rather have my 5TH CHILD than have to deal with medical problems. I have an appt. tomorrow to get this thing outta me!!!!! No problems so far but don't want any......
twins10 2009-11-17 02:16:30
I had the mirana and I loved it. We deceided to try for one more. On July 31 I had it removed and today I am 14 weeks along with twins. I will have it put back in if they refuse to tie my tubes this time. I had it inserted at my 6 week check up in 2002 and never had it replaced. When I got mine it was good for 10 years. I was told it may take a while to concieve however was that an error.
ratherbecelibate 2009-11-05 04:18:14
Hi all- I thought I'd give an update on my situation with Mirena. Well, on Tuesday- it's coming out and I can't wait for that day! The experience wasn't all that bad- except I can no longer do my job. I'm a writer and actor. With Mirena, I have put on 20 lbs in the four months. My head is in a fog- I can't think well anymore. I've lost my joy and contentedness with life, I get lonely (very unlike me), and crave horrible sweets.... and though I've counted calories and worked out, the weight won't leave. It's as though I'm in a bubbly fat suit- my face, upper arms, tummy and butt. Oh, and the lower back pain is killer! Needless to say, I just hope I recover and return to my old self and old weight ASAP. Never ever ever again. Wish you all the best....
masonsmommy 2009-11-02 03:21:40
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masonsmommy 2009-11-02 03:19:52
Hi everyone! I am new to this post, so I will tell you my experience with the Mirena IUD. I had it put in 6 weeks after my son was born. I had no problems with it for two years, no cramping no periods no side effects. I had it removed about 14 months ago because my husband and I wanted to have another baby. We thought it wouldn't take very long because it only took three weeks to get pregnant with our son, but here we are 14 months later, and no luck. 14 negative pregnancy tests, and no explanation from the doctors. I don't have any evidence that our secondary infertility is caused by the IUD, but nobody can offer any evidence to prove otherwise. I will never have another IUD until I am done having children just in case that is what was interfering with my fertility. Just thought I should let those of you who are thinking about having it put in what my experience with it was. If anyone went through what I am going through or are now experiencing this, please e-mail me. I would love to talk to you.
harlybaby2005 2009-10-29 07:17:45
ok i may be new to the site but i have read through almost all of these post and i have found maybe 5 or 6 post that aprove of this bc. i would like to say first of all i loved the merina. granted the first couple of mounths were rough but after that i had no piriods and no cramping and no mood swings and i am bypoler so that says alot. second i never had a yeast infection. or a urinary tract infection- so to thoughs that are blamining your yeast infection on the merina did you think about the way you are wiping your self. most women dont think about it but you are suposet to wipe front to back. no offence i did that wrong till i was 13, and had yeast infections all the time till i started wiping right. third of all every woman is different so to the women useing this site for info, i hope u take the time to get to my post. cause i may be blunt but i am honest. i had the merina for 2 and a half yrs. the first 2 mounths the cramps were bad and i bleed like a stuck hog. BUT I STUCK WITH IT and every sence i have not had any PMS symptoms, no bloding, no cramps, no bleeding and i accually lost 56 pounds. i and varry happy with the merina and i would suggest it to anyone looking for a good BC. not to mention i got preggo on the pill TAKING IT RIGHT I MEAN I HAD FOR ALARM CLOCKS SET FOR IT TO REMIND ME i got preggo on the depo NOT MISSING ONE DAY IN MY SHOT REGIMIN. i have tryed almost every BC. out there and ended up preggo. and i miss carried every one of them with the exception of the nuva ring not tried it. the only BC that i have not gotten preggo on is the merina. and now my husband and i have dicided to have another baby fingers crossed it happens soon but non the less i loved the merina and i hope what others are saying on this site dose not detear you away from seriosely considering this method of BC. but to all the women out there that are bashing this type of BC. you may not have a good rep with this type of BC but have some curticy to thoughs who have. state your opinion but dont compleatly distroy it for others mater of fact after my next baby i will proceed back on the merina. and again befor you blame the merina make sure its not somthing ealse causing the simptoms. i hope this post helps some people out. and if it offends someone out there i am sorry but i tell it like it is. hope you all have a nice day stay cool
usaf wifey 2009-10-20 00:30:01
I had the IUD put in after I had my Daughter in 2006. It was in for about a year and The first month I wanted it out, I had bloating, cramps, low sex drive I was acting crazy and I was gaining weight like crazy! My doctor kept telling me to try it for longer but I insisted and after a year it finally came out. I immediately felt relief and the LBS started to drop. I felt myself again. I married and have since been trying to get pregnant. I have been trying for 10 months and nothing. I really think it had something to do with the stupid IUD mirena. I am so upset and I am going to go to the doctor to see what is wrong. has anyone had the same problem? please feel free to email me
joeynicksmomma 2009-10-18 22:21:01
Ok so i got my mirena inserted in jan 2007 8 weeks after having my secon son. No problems when having it inserted, a lil bleeding after. I have had no periods since i had it put in. I on the otherhand have gain weight. I was like 185 when i had it put in and now 2 yrs later im 205! I always have headaches and lower back ache but never related it with having the mirena. I want to take it out to be able to lose weight but am not quite ready for another baby yet. So anyone have ideas let me know.
thrm 2009-10-16 02:36:43
hi. im 17 and i have the mirena iud. I have recently started lactating. has that happened to anyone else?? Also Im cramping alot and have gained 10 lbs in less than a month. I have been tryin to lose it by running or walking everyday for about two hours and have been eating less, but cannot seem to lose the wieght, instead im gaining. If this is happening to anyone else please let me know asap! I am kinda freakin out!
sbc37 2009-09-23 06:37:24
i dont know what to do im 24 i have 2 kids and i have been on the mirena for 4 months i have been bleeding alot have put on some weight but i dont want no more kids not now. im always sick what do i do?
davinsmommy 2009-09-16 00:32:45
Ok....So, i have to let everyone know..I had my Mirena removed today about three hours ago and it was fantastic..Not an ounce of pain...Still, no bleeding going pick up an ovulation test today and prenatal vitamins with folic acid...I absolutely loved the mirena no problems at all...No period in three years everything with mine was fantastic....Wish everyone well...
davinsmommy 2009-09-15 00:07:30
I am soooo glad that i found this website...But, i'm getting nervouss...I am scheduled to have my mirena removed tomorrow..I have had it for three years now and me and my husband want to try for another baby..I am very worried about the removal process and that it's gonna take forever to get pregnant after removal...Can anyone tell me there experiences on removal and getting pregnant after? Thanks...
pambelo 2009-09-10 04:48:58
I am 41 years old. I got this IUD about a year and a half ago. After about 6 months I started having heart palpatations and anxiety symptoms. I also started feeling depressed, not wanting to go or do anything. No libido at all. I could care less about doing that ever again. I go to the doctor and get my heart, thyroid and complete blood work. Everything comes back normal. I tried to talk to the GYN about depression or premenopause. They ignored it saying I was too young. So I went to another GYN, I talked to the nurse practioner, who really knows her hormones. She asks me "When did these symptoms start, after the IUD?" Wow....never occurred to me. Before the Iud I was having lots of pain during intercourse and dryness. The IUD fixed that, I loved that part of it. Needless to say. I am going to have this IUD taken out and see if that is the cause of all these crazy symptoms. "
mommy23 2009-09-02 20:04:45
i was on mirena after my daughter was born in april 06and had a couple weeks spotting and heavy times then get a cycle in may skipped june and got on in july now since july 6th nothing... took tests all are negative i can tell you honestly i will never go back on mirena again i think it messed up my insides and made me non fertile unless the pregnancy i had before was a fluke and god only wants me to birth one child. i am not even 27 yet why me...i have never been cruel to anyone why is god picking on me to not allow this great thing to happen...i thought i was a low dose of hormone. so why does it prohibit alot of people from getting pregnant right away..
angigi0711 2009-08-22 18:32:27
i have had the mirena for three years now and other than a little weight gain i have had no complications or side effects. women please know that the complications with anything are rare and vary from person to person, but when you go to a forum based on that product or service the rarity seems a lot less then actuality!! make decisions based on you and a consultatin with your doctor not angry people postings!! as with anythin gmore bad news gets posted than good!! mirena was the best thing to happen to me!! i tried pill after pill and had bleeding and cramps for months and became so ill i couldnt get out of bed! mirena is great and if i decide in two more years i still dont want anymore children I WILL HAVE ANOTHER ONE PLACED!!
swtnz 2009-08-11 05:36:31
Hello everyone,wow alot going on with this Mirena. I had the hormone release for 2 yrs, it was inserted abot 1 month after my 2nd delivery. I've never had problems concieving in the past. It's now been 6 months since it was removed & guess what? NO BABY I'm really worried and heartbroken @ the same time. My God I"m only 29. What's really going on? With my last baby I got pregnant 1 week after I moved in with my fiance, & here I am 6 months later with no baby. I don't think I'll ever use the Mirena again!!!!! From the get go it was all wrong. Lots of spotting, hair growth & not on my head, yet that's where I needed it since my damn hair was falling out. I left it in since I thought I was Mrs. Fertile getting pregnant after 1 week. Obviously that isn't the case anymore. Please I beg for any sugguestions or helpful hints on how to conceive again
ratherbecelibate 2009-07-25 03:05:11
Goodness. All of the reviews about Mirena are enough to make my hair fall out and gain ten pounds in my tummy from worry. I'm sweating bullets as I just had this thing put in yesterday, and am set to travel overseas for four weeks beginning in two days- and I'm praying for no complications while abroad.
Personally, aside from all the negative reviews causing me worry- just the few hours after insertion were full of cramps like I've never felt before- though I've never had a problem with cramps. I also have a headache today, but I did take an EC over the weekend (thus the IUD decision) which could be the culprit. Other than that, I feel like myself. Also, I wanted to note that I have not been on any form of birth control for seven years. I haven't needed it. All I do remember was the one year I had on the pill (two different kinds) was horrific. Weight gain, headaches, moodiness (exceptionally so for a teenager that before was rather happy and consistent.) The time has come for a form of BC and I thought I'd give this a go.
This is more for myself as I'm about to have an anxiety attack, but to all posters: Please let everyone try for themselves. And remember that strong opinions get voiced while positive ones often don't.
The only things keeping me sane are: -I feel OK besides the side effects from the stupid EC -My sister and law and her sister both went on Mirena simultaneously after having children. My sister in law had all the potential side effects (which ARE listed in the booklet- I poured over mine as I was afraid to get it) and got it removed after 3 mos. whereas her sister had none and has loved it for the full 5 years.
Something I'm noticing that I think we should all note to see what could cause the scary reactions are: -age -if you've given birth/how long ago that occured -if you've been on another form of BC and are transfering, etc. -history or predisposition to thyroid problems
I'm 24, haven't had kids, and as I said- haven't had any birth control for 6 years. Nobody has any thyroid issues in my family. My sister in law had hers put in about a year after giving birth and transitioning from the pill (on which she got pregnant in the first place) when she was 23 Her sister had the Mirena put in about eight months after giving birth and had not previously been on birth control- she was 20
So.... I guess I'm wishing all of us the best of luck no matter what the case may be.
Crossing my fingers!!!
tasminlg 2009-07-19 12:41:52
I got the mirena inserted about 8 weeks after I had mny daughter. It wasn't that bad going in, but I did have some pain meds for another procedure that day. I had lost enough pregnancy weight to fit back into my pre-prego jeans after like 6 weeks, but then a couple months late I was up almost 3 sizes. I just passed it off as my body adjusting, but now I can't lose the weight. I've been trying for almost a year now. I have bad back pain (never happened before), horrible headaches, bad abdominal pain, I'm tired and depressed all the time, my husband are constantly arguing because of my mood swings, and I've even had a ton of chest pain. I decided last week that as soon as I get insurance I'm geting this thing out and going on the patch!
dogster05 2009-07-16 02:57:15
I had Merina inserted in November 2009 and I am still having a period everyday - heavy at times. Anyone else experiencing this? Also, I have gained 5-7 that I cannot explain as I still workout and eat healthy - this is very frustrating (and I canít lose it Ė no matter what I do)! The worst though is the unbearable lower back pain. Is anyone having this excruciating back pain? I'm really debating if I should have this taken out and go back to the pill. I still bled everyday with the pill, too. I'm sick of having a never ending period!!! My poor husband...
NLebedev86 2009-07-14 06:45:06
Like many others, I am so glad to have found this site with so many other women reporting similar issue as I. At least I know that it is the product and not me, or my boyfriend for that matter. Since getting the IUD I have had many problems ranging from minor to severe. I was on my period for about 4 months after getting this IUD. It was heavy at first, but then I continued to spot for the next three months afterward. My doctor said that this was to be perceived as more of a nuisance than a health concern, so I dealt with it and kept my IUD. Later, I saw a new doctor and during my regular exam she had found that my IUD string had gotten sucked up into my uterus. Now I know that whenever I do decide to get it removed (which, at this point the lack of string is the only thing holding me back) it is going to be very painful and the procedure will last longer. My periods then became very infrequent. I would have one every three months or so. Now, after having it close to three years, my periods are very regular. I get them every 6 weeks or so, yet they last for almost 2 weeks or longer. On top of all of this, I get a yeast infection every month. This has been going on for a little over a year now. I talked to a nurse practitioner who specializes in this area and she said that this is uncommon and it can be treated by using a low dosage yeast infection cream one dose per week for a couple months. However, once I stopped using the cream they just came back again. She suggested that I may just be "allergic" to my partner. Now, thanks to this site and hearing many similar stories I know that this evil IUD (which has also caused me to gain weight and experience crazy cystic acne, which I've never had a problem with before and I'm 23) just needs to come out. Pain or no pain, constant yeast infections not only are a nuisance but can't be good for me in the long run anyway. Other than the low maintenance bit, this IUD has been nothing but trouble and so not worth it. I'd rather take a pill everyday
ADRIAN3919 2009-07-13 17:37:38
I had the merina iud for a year. I've decided to take it out because in the first few months I gained 30. My main concern is that my husband complained that he can feel it and it causes sharp pains. So I had it taken out yesterday. Some spotting. Hope I will lose this 30 pounds.
daytons_mommy07 2009-06-30 23:02:16
To get the side effects of any drugs or birth control you want to use or have used go to www.drugs.com Also sign this for your right to know the truth about the mirena and create awareness. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/mirena-awareness
daytons_mommy07 2009-06-30 22:54:50
I had the mirena for a year, it was put in about 2 months after having my son. It was doctor recommended since I was in a stable relationship with my fiance. Turns out the doctor's don't inform you of most of the side effects you should know about, considering the hormones in the mirena are the same as pregnancy hormones. Here are the things I wasn't informed of: ----------------------------------------------------------- Side Effects of Mirena - for the consumer Mirena IUD All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Mirena IUD: Acne; back pain; breast pain; breast tenderness; changes in sex drive; cramps; depression; hair loss; headache; irregular bleeding; lack of menstrual bleeding; nausea; nervousness; skin problems; stomach pain; vomiting; weight gain.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Mirena IUD: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); breast lumps; changes in vision; chills; dizziness; fever; genital sores; lack of menstrual period; mental or mood changes; numbness of an arm or leg; painful sexual intercourse; prolonged heavy menstrual bleeding; severe headache or dizziness; severe pain or tenderness in the abdomen or pelvis; sharp or crushing chest pain; spotting instead of your usual period; sudden leg pain; sudden severe headache, vomiting, dizziness, or fainting; sudden shortness of breath; unusual or odorous vaginal discharge; unusual vaginal swelling or bleeding; yellowing of the skin or eyes. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I had a lot of those symptoms and couldn't figure out why until I started doing research and found the forum I have posted below: http://lifeaftermirena.blogspot.com/2008/02/my-iud-story.html As consumers we have the right to know everything about the things that go inside our bodies, so why aren't we being informed? Since I had my mierna iud removed last week on thursday all the side effects have been slowly diminishing and I'm feeling like myself again. I don't smoke, and am a healthy person with no other issues, so the only thing that explains the problems I had was my IUD and my new doctor agreed with me 100%.
twogirlsmommie 2009-04-23 00:22:29
After getting pregnant while taking the pill (correctly), my doc and i decided to use a different, stronger pill...i got preggers again!!! We will never win the lottery - but beat the odds for conceiving while on the pill - TWICE. Our beautiful girls are 15 months apart. Needless to say, we chose a different birth control method after our youngest was born! I used the Mirena IUD. LOVED IT!!!!!! I had absolutely NO pain, cramping, spotting, etc after having it inserted. I have had it for 3 years - and no problems or periods!! YEAH!!! I had an appointment today to have it removed because my husband and I want to try for another baby. It went beautifully!! I had no pain or complications having it removed - and we are hoping to have good luck in getting pregnant again - and my husband hopes for the boy!! Will keep you posted... I strongly reccomend the Mirena IUD - I fully understand that every women is different, but cannot accept some comments posted on here blaming an IUD for problems that even a doctor cannot figure out, especially after you have had the IUD for 5 years with no prior health issues or complications. Please don't use this forum as a scare tactic - there are women out there who read these things and base their decision on what they read. If you have had issues or health problems with any form of contraceptive, fine, but don't place "blame" on a certain form of birth control unless you can back it up - medically.
happygolucky 2009-04-16 06:54:36
My sister had this thing put in right after her first born about 1yr 1/2 ago. Never had an actual period. Spotting maybe once every couple months. Which that isnt a good thing anyways. Noticed the past couple weeks she's felt strange and excessive amount of bleeding for one time then that was it. That happened a couple times. Almost like when your water breaks. Finally took a pregnancy test and found out she's pregnant. She's over a month along and they dont give her very much hope for a good outcome of the baby either. So either this thing wasnt put in right or it just didnt work. Shes had issues with this thing since the day it was put in and obviously now is proof of that. I would not recommened this thing to anyone. If you have it get rid of it. The pill is a pain in the butt, but anymore its almost the most effective if you take it when your suppose too. An easier way is not worth what she is going through now. Im sure she's not the only one that this has happened too.
kaykay 2009-03-12 00:34:29
Hiii I had the Mirena inserted last year and was in bearable pain but did feel as though I was going to faint and Nurses lay me down for half an hour while taking my blood pressure. I bled for 3weeks heavily and have always had periods since I got it. I had a booklet with all the side effects and knew what I was getting into although thought it was meant to be rare. Now a year on I have had counselling for my severe anxiety and depression which came from nowhere as I have a happy home with my fiance and daughter, I am in pain every time I have sex. I have been checked for PCOS and results were negative. My fiance gets sharp reminders that Mirena is in place frequently which is off-putting and I rarely have a sex-drive as it is. I feel like a moody, spotty, depressed teenager when I have always been known for my fun,outgoing personality. I find myself staying at home as I am embarrassed with my weight gain although I diet and exercise! I am lucky to have a very understanding man who puts up with alot of crap from me. I can't stop myself and cry roughly every second day over something as stupid as an advert on telly! I want to be ME again!!! I am too scared to get this removed as I do not want to get pregnant and i'm scared of the pain. Everyone is different and I honestly thought I was the only one suffering this. I feel better knowing this isn't a personal problem,it's obviously the mirena but I am putting something in my body that shouldn't be there so can't and won't blame anyone but myself. KayKay
rizzo 2009-03-04 03:42:26
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/mirena-awareness help make a difference
tiredterry 2009-02-23 16:44:58
I am so glad that I found this site. I am now tired of this IUD. I am tired of the yeast infections and the BV. Yes, it is great not having the periods but I would rather have them then the rest of the complications. I am not sure what other symptoms I have had but I wouldn't be surprised if my grumpiness was part of it. I am making an appt. to have it taken out after 3 years.
sabrinalanderson 2009-02-19 23:53:48
I have had Mirena in since May 2004. I just got it removed yesterday (almost the full five years). It only took a few seconds, and I felt slight cramping but nothing too bad. However...
While using Mirena, I experienced the following symptoms:
Severe mood swings, horrible migraines (which I never had before), weight gain, and bacterial infections, not to mention loss of sex drive. The mood swings were the worst. I often felt severely angry and would lash out at my children and husband, only to end up crying and feeling suicidal at times. I am so glad that it is out of my system, and look forward to living life again.
For those of you who have had your own issues with Mirena, I found this class action lawsuit online. Enjoy!
mummaof2 2009-02-10 05:45:31
spazbud 2009-02-09 17:05:22
Update: Well Im exactly 1 year since I had the IUD inserted. I had my 3rd period that was very very light and lasted about 2 weeks again. Really thats not the big of a deal to me. I didn't have any cramping, pms or any other systems I normally get when I was on my period before. Overall, Im pleased with the IUD. It did take me a while to get to that frame of mind. The first 3 or months were frustrating, but overall for my own situation, its well worth it. Now ask me in 4 years when its removed, will i get another one? Not sure, the insertion was aweful. I almost passed out. But on the other hand, the next time I will be prepared. I didn't know what to expect. I have been able to loose some weight in just one month now I've lost 11 pds. We see what happens in the upcoming months!!!
h2osun 2009-02-02 03:26:02
OMG! I'm so glad that I found this site. I thought I was well informed before my husband and I decided to go with an IUD for contraception...wow, was I wrong. One minor "possible" side effect was left out somewhere! YEAST & BACTERIAL INFECTIONS...recurrent, I've taken so much Diflucan & Flagyl in the last 13 months, I'm sure it doesn't even work anymore. Prior to having Mirena, I had HEAVY flow (which was new for me since the birth of my son). The benefit of decreased flow and the security of having protection from pregnancy aren't worth the constant discharge, recurrent yeast infections and now new this three weeks ago, Bacterial Vaginosis and now just 1 week after antibiotics, another yeast infection. This sucks. I assume this is all due to the IUD since, I've never had these issues before now. Not to mention that I haven't been able to have sex that often at all. When I questioned the Nurse practitioner, I was treated as if I were the only one with this issue and told not to use scented creams, lotions, or powders....I've been a nurse for 15 years. After reading this site and getting confirmation that I am not crazy, I am getting this foreign body removed asap! Thanks for the comments, they were so helpful!
etotheizzo 2009-01-22 17:21:58
This is, first of all, the most comprehensive feedback I have found on this IUD. At 24, I have taken many of the different kinds of birth control out there, mainly the pill but also stints with the patch and the ring. I've also used condoms and spermicide. I have to say that so far my experience with Mirena has mostly been pleasant. The one concern I had, which I now feel much better about, is the length of this first period. I have been menstuating for over a week and while it started off a bit heavy and actually relatively clot-free, it has gotten much lighter in flow and darker and thicker in color and texture. I am still having some light cramping. For anyone experiencing pain during sex, I do remember the nurse telling me that was a cause for concern so I would say make a doctor's appointment for that. I can still feel the strings, but they do not bother my partner during sex. My insertion was very uncomfortable (cramping for 2 days that was very similar to my admittedly bad period cramps) but I do intend to keep this for the full 5 years so I think overall if the insertion and my latest period are the scope of the pain I can take it. I don't want kids at all but I'm too young for anyone to take me seriously and fix me permanently; besides this device allows me to avoid having surgery to accomplish that, and if it happens to stop my periods eventually I will be stoked! I had my IUD put in at my local Planned Parenthood, and I know someone had asked if a "clinic" could take care of the removal, I am assuming that was what you were referring to. Nurse practitioners are trained to do nearly everything a doctor can in an office visit. I don't think they can administer anesthesia or certain kinds of pain meds but you would need to check with them. They gave me ibuprofen and as someone who doesn't even take that on a regular basis I would say it was enough to make me more comfortable. I have not had any mood swings yet, even in the pre-menstrual phase where I normally do. I have not experienced any weight gain or loss. I am an active woman who eats well, though. I have not noticed a difference in skin condition or hair loss. I usually have breakouts around my period and this has been no exception. I will continue to post. One thing I would like to note is that negative experiences of others, while unfortunate for them and freaky to hear, are not necessarily an indication of how any one thing will work on you. I have personally had a close friend get pregnant on the pill and that is the one horror story I have taken very seriously in considering my choice of birth control. I think we need to keep in mind that birth control is somewhat unnatural no matter how you slice it; in my mind you need to balance the risks against the benefits for each type. Most of the women who go for an IUD like Mirena are probably enticed by the remarkably low failure rate or the possibility of stopped periods, and from what people have noted here it seems that those two things are true. I'm serious about not having kids and am willing to tolerate some inconveniences for it, and so far I'm happy with my choice.
rizzo 2009-01-21 21:43:46
It has almost been one week since I have had mirena removed and I have been bleeding horribly since!!! Im talking alot of bright red blood with clots the size of golf balls!! I went to the ER and they said I may have an infection!?! Put me on some strong antibiotics and sent me home. I was just wondering if anyone else had complications like I'm having??
dmckay 2009-01-17 07:32:02
I have had the IUD for almost 4 years now and it was the best thing I ever did. I have had very little complications. I spot every once in a while and for about a month I would bleed during sex but other then that it's been awesome. I have had no period since the day I had it put in, which was the goal. It is like it was never put in. I have recommended it to everyone who had asked me about it. I think with everyone's complications on insertions and stuff along those lines it has more to do with the experience and technique of the person putting it in. When it was being put in I did experience the most pain I have ever been in, but it only lasted about 3 seconds.
I do worry often about infertility because all the advertisements say it is for people whom have already had children, which I have had none of yet, but other then that I recommend it. null
rizzo 2009-01-06 22:51:00
OMG it all makes sense now!! I had mirena implanted a year and a half ago and untill reading all of this today I was starting to think I was going insane!!! I have been moody, depressed, suffering from severe anxiety, Ive since put on about 20 lbs and I swear it all is in my belly and lower back I have had horribley LONG periods with awfull headaches and cramping!!! and now it all makes sense!!! I set up an appoitment for next wed to have it removed asap!!! Thanks to all of you
dkswws 2009-01-06 19:45:03
I have had the merina for one week. How long did you wait to have sex? I am glad that I found this web site because I did'nt know that you are not to wear a tampon.
2the9ns 2009-01-03 07:51:51
IF ANYONE HAS BEEN THROUGH WHAT I'VE BEEN THROUGH, PLEASE FEEL ME IN AS TO WHAT ELSE I SHOULD EXPECT. I am extremely petrified right now. I just had the Merina inserted on Dec. 23rd 2008. The pain was extremely painful that I almost passed out. I could move stand or put my clothes on for at least 2 hours. They had to have a nurse come over to give me a pain shot, it was so bad. The following day, Dec. 24th I was out of town and was feeling alot of pain. It was very hard to walk. I went to the Closest Kaiser Emergency I could find. I was on lock down at that point. No doctor was going in until I had hard drugs given to me. They had to give me Morphine. The ulta sound they took, they say showed that it was not pushed up far enough. So after going home after Xmas, I was still in alot of pain and went to see my doctor on Dec. 31st 2008. He tried to find the string and couldn't. Did an ultra sound and still couldn't find the string or the Merina. So, this morning jan 2nd I had to go in to have xrays done and another pelvic utrasound. It took them awhile, but they did eventually found it. When she said, "Wow", I knew something wasn't right. She said it's not in your uteris at all. It's in your abdomin. She couldn't figure out how it got there. They she mentioned to me that my uteris was very small. Small like a little girl. This was because I had been on the Depo for several years and wanted to get away from the whole hormones going thru your body thing. As the conversation went on, she thought that it was very possible that the uteris was punctured when inserting it and that it may have been alittle to big for my uteris. I still don't understand it all. Now I sit here waiting to see my doctor on Monday, Jan 5th to schedule a surgery date. This is the only way that it can be taken out. Believe it or not, I'm willing to try it again after they have the right size and if they can put me out to instert it. After doing the research and connecting the dots, it does sound like he may have punctured my wall during insertion. I wouldn't wish that pain on my worse enemy. I do have to say, that I knew the risks going into this. I'm not upset about it, just disappointed because I love the idea of the Merina. Kaiser and my doctor have been great at being attentive to my needs.
smashakins 2008-12-31 10:04:09
Just an update for all....it's been four months now and I feel worderful!! I've experienced some very mild spotting here and there, no weight gain(but a little loss ), some mild acne from the hormone switch...but it's all cleared up now. The only time I've felt any cramping pain is if my BF hits my cervics during sex, but I had that happen before I got the IUD as well. I was horrified to read the comment where someone tried to use a tampon with the IUD. That was one of the first things my doc said was a no no! A tampon can become caught on the strings of an IUD which can pull on it when the tampon is removed, causing extreme pain and bleeding!! Scary stuff!! I have not had any moodiness....honest !! I believe my BF would concur anyway!! When I was on Depo I found that I was losing a lot of hair, but now it seems to be growing more. So all in all I'd say so far it's been a great choice for me and my body. And just so lawsuit girl knows...I still have my info on the Merina IUD and it includes that weight gain and loss, mood swings(especially for those that are predisposed), skin irratation, irregular bleeding and vaginal discharge, blood clots, urinary tract infections, and cervical cancer risks are all risk of this product. Also that clots and cancer risks are even more so for people that smoke. Also that when your IUD is removed and your body has not been giving the proper grace period your at higher risk for an epotic pregnancy. I'm in Canada though, so I don't know if all this info is given to people in other countries. I'm really sorry for those of you who have had a bad time of it I wish everyone the best!!! Will post again in the future. Take care ladies
spazbud 2008-11-25 16:43:51
Update: Its been 9 months since I had the mirena iud inserted. I went about 5 months without a period. That was nice. I did just start and have had a light period for 2 weeks now. At the beginning I had some cramping. I have gained weight, but until I can steadily go to the gym I don't know if I can blame the iud just yet.
Eureka00 2008-11-25 07:08:03
I had a mirena put in about 2 months ago. Since then I have not stopped bleeding (HEAVILY) for more than a couple of days.
Every time I have sex, I bleed afterwards. I had bad cramping and bleeding for weeks after insertion. Now I am afraid to even use tampons, just yesterday I used one, and now it feels like my strings are much farther down then they were before. Also, my cramping has come back, and so bad that it was giving me heat flashes and cramps so bad I feel like I'm going to pass out.
I have been dieting like crazy, and am not losing any weight at all, even though I was losing about 2 pounds a week before. I have also been having "freak out" periods where I flip out for no reason at all.
Also, every time I shower, I lose 3 times the amount of hair I used to lose when showering... I thought maybe it was my conditioner, now I know better.
Screw this, I'm getting it removed ASAP. I feel like all this is is a marketing campaign to get people to pay for this crap. Why not use condoms the good old fashioned way?
If anyone is involved in a lawsuit, please let me know...they never mentioned ANY of these side effects when I signed up for this crap. My email is
vertyeuxgirl 2008-11-25 00:49:19
I just have returned from getting my Mirena removed. I had it for just over a year. It took me that long to get it removed because I was petrified from the insertion to go through that much pain again. I don't have children and was told it could be slightly more painful.. but definitely bearable... i was also told i could drive myself there and back. ... BAD IDEA.. The insertion was so bad I was ready to swear off sex for the rest of my life just for it to stop.... the cramping was so bad that i had to sit and wait for half an hour before i could stand long enough to cash out at the doctors. After I left i had contractions for hours and was literally in bed for two days with cramps. I was so nervous about the removal today i threw up... but it took seconds and just gave me cramping... albeit was like bad period cramping... it was NOTHING compared to insertion. Over the last year and a half i have gained 30 pounds.. and even though im not sure it was the IUD.. i will not miss the month long cramping for no reason (i never had a period) and the fact that my boyfriend could feel it. goodbye mirena!!!!
deesch 2008-11-21 23:44:05
I have had mirena for 3 1/2 years. For the past 6 months I have had irregular pap smears. When the mirena was inserted I had terrible terrible pain. I had csections so the doctor told me that was probably why it hurt so much. He did it in his office, no pain meds nothing. I bleed for 2 months. I have since had dark black blood come during regular period times. I have gained 20 pounds and have back pain. The doctor thinks I am getting bacterial infections from the string. My cervix is inflamed and I have precancer cells. My husband had a vasectomy over 17 years ago. I had the iud put in for anemia and heavy periods. That is the only good thing about the device. I have been depressed, no sex drive and bloated all the time. I am looking forward to getting this device out. THey are hoping my pap test will become normal after getting this out. I had never had a problem before having this inserted. It really helped my periods but it is not worth it with all the other problems that came with it.
anjmom 2008-11-18 05:29:28
I am shocked to find this site! I had a Mirena put in as soon as they allowed me to after my second child was born(It was the next month after my 6 week visit). I moved to a different state the day after it was inserted. Which by the way was horrible! I had my second child at home with a midwife-completely drug free and my pains and cramps were comparable to that! I stood up from the table, felt a gush of blood and passed out, I woke up crawled to the door to get a nurse, who told me to lay on the bed & I passed out again. I had to get a ride home from the DRs( I was told that things would be fine and I could drive myself), not only was I not fine, but the next day I had bruises from falling and horrible cramps. I called the office & told them about the pains & asked for pain reliever for my trip & they told me to take tylenol. Anyway, to make a long story much shorter: I was in my new house and within a month, I went to my follow up visit there to get the IUD placement checked. While there I talk to the Dr. about being really depressed for the last month. He said that it must be post partum & put me on an anti-depressant. I moved back to my original home about a year later, tried 4 different anti-depressants, was told it was lasting too long to be post partum & up to now have assumed that something was severely wrong with me. I have had extreme depression, mood swings & a total lack of energy. None of the anti-depressants have worked for me & I have never dealt with any type of depression in my life. I am so glad I found this site! I am going to get my IUD removed asap. Does anyone know how long it was before they started feeling normal again? Friends kept telling me that it was a foreign object in my body and that I needed to take it out!
bups 2008-11-13 20:28:46
My son was born in April 2004, I used no type of protection since I had the Merina inserted March 2008,(I did not need anything til then).... So I was hormone free for almost 4years... I have no problems at all.
floridamom 2008-11-13 06:29:15
Everyone mentions how long they have had their implant but don't mention how long after delivering or stopping the pill it was inserted. I lost my hair as long as 18 months after having my baby. I had the fatigue and mood swings for many many months after quitting the pill, because the pill had been regulating my hormones. My system was clear for a full year (used only condoms) before getting my IUD and I have had zero problems for 3 whole years...
bups 2008-11-12 17:18:31
I had the marina since March 2008. I was told it was not going to hurt too much so I did not expect any pain. Well it hurt so bad that I thought I was going to faint, in fact the doctor made me lie there on the table for an additional 15mins. My doctor told me it probably hurt so bad because I had give birth by Cesarean and not natural. For the first 2 1/2 months I was crampy and always felt full and bloated. My stomach felt like it was swollen. Well as of today, I love it. I don't feel anything and I've only had 2 periods. I don't have to worry about taking the pill and sex is fine. Even after the pain, I would do it over again! I think every woman is different. I was never one to have mood swings or really bad cramping so the marina has had no effect on me.
ninidance 2008-11-10 01:41:40
I recommended the Merina to my cousin after her last baby. I thought I loved it. Granted, it is easy birth control. Since the pill was too much for my system, and it helped me conceive my second child, I was ready for something different and opted for Merina. That was 4 years ago. Since then, I have had significant life stressers, as with anyone, and went to see my doctor. He said the 30 pound weight gain couldn't be from the merina, I should eat better and exercise more. Like thats possible with 2 children under 2 and 2 jobs! Anyway...I began with the weight gain, then my arms kept falling asleep while holding the babies, during the night........ I also started with terrible leg and feet pain. I thought it might be from the weight and I am getting old, this is part of the game. The mood swings are horrible, and my husband definitely does NOT deal well with this. My sex drive is non-existent. I have asked my doctors over and over if this could be the merina, and they say, NO. Well, with anti-depressants not helping, not being able to lose and keep off any weight, I am a living mess- with the hormones of an end term pregnant woman. My cousin started having the same things, and did some research, and with this web-site, I am making an appointment to have my IUD taken out. I am tired of being sad and tired, and in pain, etc.... I hope this is part of the answer. If anyone has advice I would live to hear it. Thanks.
leandra 2008-09-08 18:06:00
I have had the merina since June 2006. The first 6 months were great...since then I have started to experience terrible MOOD swings, extreme weight gain, hair loss and most annoying of all....ovarian cysts. In May 2008 I had to have surgery as the cyst was 1/3 smaller than my uterus. Medication could bring it down, and it had gotten so big that it started leaking fluid which gave me an infection. Prior to learning that is was a cyst, a experienced tremendous pain! Well, cyst was removed, all went well...and now 3 months later, I have another cyst. According to my dr, because I have polycystic ovaries, the merina will cause them to produce cysts oftn...didn't realise it would be every 4 months!
Anyone else have the same??
smashakins 2008-08-30 21:39:23
Day 3 of the Merina being inserted....Just some mild cramping....alomst like you have bad gas that can't be released. My doctor and I decide it was the birth control for me due to the fact that the pill throws my blood pressure out of whack and I've been on depo for 7 years and they say every year you are on depo your chances for certain types for cancer as well as other medical problems hightens. I'm told that depo has 150000 times the hormones to the 11 times that the Merina has, which is why there is mass weight gain, mood swings, loss of libido, as well as other side effects. With being on the depo after the first year I no longer had a period and with getting the Merina my doctor does not think it will return. Thursday at 9am they had given me two little pills to insert on my own, that I had to place as close to the cervix as possible(they gave me a plastic tampon like applicator for insertion). I didn't really feel anything there, but they are made to dialate you. At 4pm I was at the hospital to have it inserted. The procedure was very quick and the doctor talked me thru every step which makes it so much more less scary. At the time it felt like a tight cramp which I could feel in my lower back and hips. I felt a bit faint for a moment when I stood up, but other than that, just cramping. They told me to take ibuprofen before I went in, so I believe that helped. I took the rest of the day off to relax, had a bit of a rough night cause my drugs wore off. Yesterday I went to work, did my work out, went shopping, cleaned my house and just seem to have mild cramping here and there. Last night I had a bath and was trying to feel for my stringes but it's still a bit tender down there. Today I feel fine the only thing I've noticed different is a small amount of clear discharge when I wipe but it's normal. I had stopped taking my depo three weeks before I had the Merina inserted and boy I tell you there was some major mood changes coming down off that, but I've felt fine so far on Merina. I believe there are many other factors that cause mood swings then just birth control. My girlfriend just had a baby and she was fine all thru, no moodiness then after he was born she started letting herself have caffine, sugar and salty things again and she became pretty moody and it lasted like a year off and on. Then I have a niece that anytime she has flour she becomes a crying mess. I find it very helpful to keep a note book and write down what you ate, did, etc that day, and sometimes you'll be surprised to find that there's a pattren for the days you have mood swings. Also just because you are not bleeding does not mean you won't have the other symptom of a period once a month. I still get snotty, and irritated once a month and my Beau just has to deal with it!!! But really ladies who knows their own body better? If you think something is wrong, be persistent, don't take "it will go away with time". What if the time waiting makes it worse? Wish all you wonderful ladies the best!! Will keep you posted on my experience. TTFN
liltristan02 2008-08-10 07:38:01
I am so tired of my IUD. I have been having yeast infections every month for about 5 months now. I have gained weight and am always snapping at people for no reason. I want this thing out of me so bad that I am thinking about telling my husband lets just use condoms. I mean I haven't had a period which is a relief, but I rather have a period then to have a yeast infections all the time. Where do I go to have it removed can a clinic remove it does my doctor have to do it? Someone please help. Oh and by the way unless you like having to feel your vaginal area itch almost every single month and all those other those outer things. I suggest you get it. If not when your doctor mentions it RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
christie73 2008-08-07 04:18:27
Wow. My experience so far has been nothing like the ones I have read here. I had my Mirena IUD inserted 2 May 08. It was a little painful when my doctor placed it, but the cramping did not last too long. I only spotted for 3 days after the initial insertion. I then got a period 2 weeks later. It was light but lasted 2 weeks. I did gain about 10 lbs when I first got it but since I noticed it I went on low carbs for about 2 weeks and lost it. Then 3 weeks with no period and another light 1 week period. So far I haven't had another period but I know it takes about 3-6 months to really adjust to having the IUD. I have had no other side affects besides some discharge that is similar to ovulation except it is blood streaked. It is nothing more than an annoyance at this point. It is not constant but frequent. Usually I only notice it when I wipe but it is still kind of gross. I am hoping that will end soon. Other than that I love my IUD. I have 2 kids and don't want any more. My husband had a vasectomy 3 years ago. I got the IUD because since having kids I have had frequent, heavy periods. And even though the periods were a little irregular at first, they were so light that it was worth it. I used to have a period every 24-26 days that was very heavy and lasted a week.
AmMall85 2008-08-03 00:50:41
null Okay I have the Mirena...I like it for the most part!! I don't want no more kids at this time!! I have two kids who are less than a year apart by two days!! I don't like how my hair is fallin' out...I hadn't had my period for 5 months that I've had it so far! I just started to have my period...and it's in clumps!! I have no idea if it's normal!! My doctor said that is normal not to get it...well that's fine...but why am i gettin' one now!! She said after the first 3 months if you don't bleed than most likely you won't!! Well Hello...I'm bleedin' WHAT IS UP!? Anyone know what is going on!?
harrisonfamily7 2008-07-23 05:30:04
THANK GOD I FOUND THIS WEBSITE!!!! I just had my 5th child and wanted to get the IUD cuz me and my hubby is undecided if we want to go for number 6 and be done. THANK YOU for all that wrote comments cuz now I am for sure not going to get one!!! We will use the old fashion methods until we 100% decide and then I'll get my tubes tied. THANKS AGAIN
spazbud 2008-07-09 18:31:26
Update: Well I've my the IUD 5 months now and I haven't had my period in a month. The cramping has finally went away. When I did get my period it lasted a month but was very very light. They say it takes about 6 months to regualte. By the way, the cramping was not like normal period cramps. The were like mini contractions. They sucked.
mrsnelson78 2008-06-19 22:21:27
Terrible experience for me. I agree that it's different for every one but I think the number of woman who have suffered adverse effects is staggering. I created a support site here: http://mirenaisbad.proboards83.com/
mhelton 2008-06-09 07:09:46
I'm am losing tons of hair and my hair is breaking off so badly! I have also had more yeast or bacterial infections than normal since I have had it. I'm getting it removed asap. Does it hurt?? How long until I will be back to normal?
tabbybaby 2008-05-11 07:23:11
I am one of a hundred people on this site who say "I wish I found this site earlier". About a year ago after having my first baby I decided to use the Mirena IUD. I wasnt ready to have another baby for awhile and heard of this 5 year birth control. My doctor told me no weight gain and no worries. Since then I've gained 20lbs. ive excersized,walked,change my eating habits and ate healthy. But still gained. I've had major cramps to the point of not walking and barely being able to breathe. Sometimes in the middle of work I would colapse to the ground in pain (in my lower abdomen)The pains would last for anyhwere to a half hour to hour. I would sit there and cry and cry. I thought it was just a little side effect that will go away. But unfortunately it didn't. I've had light periods,heavy periods,long periods,short periods, you name it I've had it, even periods twice a month. As for my mood swings? Thats another story I've never been the same since. Everything annoys me.Everything.I'm overly emotional,easily fustrated,Sad,depressed,and worried. I thought it was a after pregnancy side effect, I am usually a very happy, loving life person. (btw i think my fiance hates me,i seem to blow up at every little thing he does for no reason) I thought relationship problems? But no It was just me! and this IUD! EVERYTHING THAT WAS SAID WOULDN'T HAPPEN, HAPPENED and now I'd rather end this contraceptive and try another that doesnt have a five year spand, I'd rather risk being pregnant again than this iud ruining my life and making me miserable. I know some of you this Iud worked wonders but theres just some of us in wich our body couldn't handle what was put in and in result gave us a bad experience. I will be removing it and hopefully seeing a better me and if you asked me why I waited so long to take it out it is because I was always reassured it was passing and everything will go away with time and I thought the efficiency of using the iud was a great exchange, (for what thought, my life?). My body and mind cant take it and I blame me for sticking with it so long expecting changes and little did I know changes did happen but not in a good way and ive wasted 1 year of happiness due to this . Advice to those out their if you see these complications happening take it out. Dont wait.
malala1977 2008-04-18 19:13:50
I am 30 and my hubby is 48. He didn't want anymore kids cos he thought he was too old and also has 3 kids from a previous marriage. So with my second son this gives him four kids. As I'm much younger than him I always knew I would want to try for a girl as I have 2 boys. It took alot of convincing for me to do. After months of talking about it and asking him to take me seriously, I explained my feelings to him. He was most put off by the idea not only because of his age, but also because I suffered from severe Hyper-emesis with both my previous pregnacies too! With my last pregnancy I considered termination because I was just so ill. I couldn't get out of bed for 4 months literally! In and out of hospital every two minutes. My hubby was left to look after my son from my previous marriage who had just start his first year of school, as welll as having to go to work everyday he also had to pick Jordan up from school, then come home and do the cooking, cleaning, ironing etc..... I was lucky to get through the first stage of pregnancy. When I got to 4 months the sickness wore off enough for me to start a semi-normal like again. The birth of our son was awful. I was massive and am only 5'4". My midwife and GP were really concerned of the size of me and referred me to my consultant to request early C-Sec, also cos of 2nd degree tears from my first preg. They refused and said there would be no tearing this time. What a LIE! After a really complicated labour I evetually gave birth to an 11 lbs boy (Oliver) naturally with NO pain relief and sufffered 4th degree tearing (From the front to the back!) I was so angry with the consultant even tried to sue them unsuccessfully! After the birth I was immediately rushed in for surgery where they gave me an epidural too damn late! I then had major suregery to try to salvage whatever they could down below. After months of treatment and so on I am now semi recovered from my horrific experiences! I had the Mirena fitted soon after the birth of Oliver in Sept 2003. Had it removed on the 12 March 2008 to try for my 3rd child. I bought ovulation test sticks from ASDA which indicated that I was ovulating on the 26th March 2008. I read the stick wrong cos I lost the instruction sheet and thought it wasn't time yet then the following day (27th March) I decided to do another test only to discover that the test was actually showing positive not negative. That was it! I had my hubby on the bed instantly. I had heard of many women unable to conceive for so long after removal of Mirena coil so I was less than hopeful about myself coveiving anytime soon. I have found out on Monday 14th April 2008 that I was pregnant, not by doing a prenancy test initally, but because my breasts were aching when I removed my bra the night before. Then on Monday I had to be sure and YES the test showed positive!!!!!!!! How quick was that??? My advice to you all is get the ovulation test sticks and do it when they say. I actually haven't had a period for 4 years now and still have managed to fall preg. When the doctor removed my coil on 12th March 2008 she said she could see that I was about to have my period. Well I certainly didn't know about it at all and just went by the ovulation test sticks to guide me! Actually, it seems I just fall preg by a man touching me LOL!!!!!!
Samantha1982 2008-04-06 04:52:12
I have had the IUD Merina since August 07, I also spot a few days and then stop. I do have the back pain, lower abdominal pain, etc. I have also noticed after intercourse, I bleed. Does anyone else do this???
ncmom 2008-03-28 05:28:27
Does anyone out there know anyone who has gotten pregnant with the mirena in place. I am 27 weeks pregnant and have had the IUD since feb 2007. A very Long Long story short I find out in Oct was pregnant, they attempted to remove the IUD in the OR by hysterscopy as my string migrated inside after the first month of placement. They were unable to remove it as would have lost pregnancy. Not a whole lot of studies done on pregnancy and Mirena as it doesn't seem to happen that often. I guess I should play the lottery as I seem to have so interesting statistics. I just wondered if anyone has been through it. So far all ultrasounds have shown her growing and developing as normal. this has been an emotional rollercoaster!!!!
spazbud 2008-03-24 21:53:03
Just an update. I had my 6 week check up today. I wrote earlier that once the IUD was incerted I had my period for way too long. 43 days to be exact. I then was done for two weeks, then yesterday guess what came to visit? I did mention this to my doctor and he said that for the first 6 months I could be very irregular expecially since I'm on blood thinners. I'm the lucky one. Some women may stop immediately others it could take a while. So the good news is everything looks good and I have hope that I made the right decision. P.S. On the web site they said that the IUD may cost around $300.00. Well, its just a little bit more than that. My out of pocket for the IUD is $450.00. I'm making payments. Make sure you checik with your insurance co and doctor office to find out exactly it will cost you if cost is a factor, which it is for me.
Aimee 2008-03-19 22:45:08
Love this site! I hav had 3 IUDs now the first one was your standard IUD and I bleed non stop for FOUR months uncontrolably, The doctors said it would settle, as it didn't they had to give me a DNC and they advised me to have a merina IUD inserted while they do this. They said the merina would stop my bleeding. I can't go on any other contraception so belived them. Got the Merina IUD put in was ok bleeding stopped and I thought everything was ok. I had it in for about a year and a half, then removed to have another child.(After having it removed I thought I was having such a good pregnancy as I had never felt so good) I then got another one after my daughter was three months. I have had it in nearly two years now, I was at the doctor last week as I have been so emotional, moody, no sex drive, lifeless and felt down right awful. My doctor proceeded to tell me I was Depressed, trust me I am not the type of person to be depressed, I am always a happy bubbly person, I do have things that upset me but I get over them quick. I then found this site and am stoke to say I Knew I wasn't depressed and am glad to see other woman have experienced the same things (not glad for you but glad I not going insane) I am going to the doctor asap to get the thing removed and can't wait to get my normal old life back. Can any one else tell me how they got on after having it removed?
spazbud 2008-03-04 21:23:59
Ok, so here is my deal. To make a long long story short, I'm 28 yrs old had a stroke in August. I was told by drs I will never be on BC again. Well after all sorts of testing to find out why I had a stroke, they found a mass on my mitral valve, which we think is/was a blood clot. So now I'm on coumadin (blood thinner) My doctors highly recommended me to get the IUD due to heavy periods and being on a blood thinner, They told me it would be a very quick procedure (which it was). They forgot to tell me that they pull and push on your freakin uterius. Anyway, My body has gone through alot in the last 6 months. I had the IUD put in February 5, 2008. Today is March 4, 2008. I'm still freakin bleeding. I know I have my 6 week check up on the 24th. I have mentioned it to my doctores and they say I can bleed for awhile, but come on iits been 31 days since I started my period. Has anyone had anything like this. I know I'm on blood thinners but 31 days and still going?????
San Antonian 2008-03-03 22:40:03
I'm glad I found this website! I had the Mirena in for about a year. Almost from the start, I started having really bad cramps and back pain. I've never had cramps like that before. My doctor told me to wait it out. Well, I waited and the symptoms got worse. I have the hip pain, back pain, bloating, etc. I had the doctor remove that god-awful thing this past Friday and I already feel better.
curious 2008-01-24 01:58:38
Please help!!! I have had the merina for about one year and I have been having spotting that is a dark brown color that lasts for several weeks at a time. It is not like a period, I will spot a few days then stop and then start back up a day or two later at times and then other times I will spot everyday sometimes up to 10 days. When I spot it is not heavy I can just wear a panty liner. It has been going on for about 3 months. In this time period I have started gaining weight. I have tried dieting and working out and I continue to gain. Has anyone else had this happen to them? If so do you know what is causing it?
sunnzray 2008-01-23 21:38:20
I had my IUD inserted June 2007 and had it removed yesterday. The only good thing I experienced was no periods, but I already had that with the Depo Provera shot. In the 7 months I had the IUD I gained 18 pounds. It was awful.
nicki0831 2008-01-22 02:07:10
I have had my mirena in for about 6 months. At 3 months they checked me for anemia because I was bleeding so heavily. After they checked me I stopped bleeding so heavy and have starting spotting continuosly. The doctors tell me it's normal and the only reason I still have it in is because my doctor is on maternity leave and the fill in doctor pushed me into keeping it when all I really want is for it to come out. I have had acne break outs on my chin, some weight gain, and total loss of sex drive. Please tell me if anyone out there has experienced this. I feel like I'm going crazy.
tjb02093 2008-01-04 18:54:28
I am so glad I have found this site and all of the postings. I thought I was going crazy. I didnít trust my own judgment because I have been feeling so badly. June of 2006 was the first try at insertion, which had me screaming, they then sent me to a specialist who had to give me a local for it to be put in, I had some cramping and hip pain etc. My cycle all but disappeared and the cramps were almost gone. I was struggling with the weight issue as well but could handle that. I thought I had done enough research prior but obviously I did not. In the past I could not take BC pills due to mood swings, anger and bouts of crying. I discussed the hormones that the Mirena released with my doc and he told me they were different and would not make me depressed. I believed him. Hence, I was not contributing the depression with the IUD. I canít say how long before I starting feeling depressed. For the last year I have been struggling with feelings of complete despair, anger, moodiness and more. I have never been a depressed person and I was scared. It was so bad it had me running to get medication for the depression. In the last year Iíve now tried 5 different things to try to fix me. A week from today I will have the IUD removed and I hope my happy go lucky and positive personality returns. Thanks to this site, I now know that Iím NOT going crazy. If anyone who has suffered from the depression side effects can tell me how long before I go back to my old self, I would love to hear from you
AB1 2007-12-21 05:01:04
I had a Mirena IUD put in yesterday. I did research online and read the pamphlet, asked questions and asked my friend who had hers put in a few months ago how things were going for her (answer: fine. her very long heavy periods have regulated). I am in peri-menopause, having a period about once every three months which is very long and heavy. My progesterone level was non detectable in a blood test. The low level of progesterone in the Mirena should be good for me. I'd also like for my periods to either regulate or end.
The insertion was a very minor procedure. Sure it's not comfortable or fun to have your feet up in the stirrups. There was a mildy uncomfortable level of cramping during insertion that lasted about one minute. Afterwards I took an over the counter pain reliever and felt fine. I had a very minor feeling of cramping, like mild menstrual cramps, once today, and took another pain reliever.
I'm sorry that many people on this site have had bad experiences with IUDs. Not everyone has a bad experience. The majority of women have a good experience actually. My doctor has had two spontaneous expulsions happen in 5 years and zero cases of perforation. My doctor mentioned that sometimes people assoicate one thing they are experiencing, such as a major depression episode, with the IUD, although they probably have nothing to do with each other.
For women who feel that the Mrena IUD would be a good choice for them, go for it. I wish you all good health and good luck.
Kendra23 2007-12-09 03:37:18
I WISH I HAD FOUND THIS SITE LAST YEAR!!! I HAD A IUD PUT IN ON JUNE 28 2006, I DIDNT GET MY FIRST PEIORD UNTIL OCT 06 AND HAD ONE EVERY MONTH UNTIL MARCH AND THEN IT STOPPED I DIDNT CARE ABOUT A PEIORD.. BUT IT SCARED ME BECAUSE I KNOW YOUR BODY IS SUPPOSE TO BLEED.. AND I JUST GOT IT CHECK FOR PLACEMENT IN NOV 07 BECAUSE MY COUSIN HAD GOT ONE AND WAS HAVING PROBLEMS... I WENT TO THE DOCTOR SHE COULDN'T FEEL THE STRING SHE SENT ME TO A PLACE WHERE THEY DO ULTRASOUNDS THEY DID A VAGINAL ULTRASOUND AND A STOMACH ULTRASOUND AND COULD NOT FIND IT IT SCARED ME AND IM LIKE HOW LONG ITS BEEN MISSING THEY DONT KNOW SHE SAID MAYBE LIKE 5 WEEKS I COULD OF GOTTEN PREGNANT IT SCARED ME!! I I JUST FINALLY GOT A PEIORD DEC 3 I WAS TO HAPPY!!! NOW I TRYING TO DECIED WHAT BIRTH CONTROL IS RIGHT!!!! I ADVICE WHOEVER IS ABOUT TO GET ONE DONT
beckycg85 2007-11-26 04:07:51
I had a IUD put in by my family docter on the 16th of nov 07. well she accidently poked it THROUGH the top of my uterus and didnt know it at the time( HURT AWFULLY WHEN SHE PUT IT IN ) I had pain for about an hr and couldnt sit down strait cause it would send a shooting pain up me. I was having skin like discharge which scared me I called and they said it was normal. well I continued to bleed and the third day I woke up and couldnt feel the string anymore and was having really sharp painful pain in my lower abdomen. I called my doc and she said I Probely started my period ( my bleeding) and to ck for the string in a week cause it was most likely stuck to my vaginal wall. and the pains were normal.Well i went it later that day for a appt for an altrasound that I had made the same day of my IUD placement. Needless to say they couldnt find it and said It may have come out and I just didnt notice. to be safe the did a CT scan and there it was! Above my bladder! I had to have surgury two cuts in my stomache to remove it. I had to be put to sleep which was soooo scary for me. I have 4 children the youngest 2 monthes. my twins are 3 and daughter 1. I have no family were we live and no help. day after sugury I was hurting so bad in my stomache from the surgery and still having to run after my children. I was still in a lot of pain on thanksgiving. It ruined it for me. we had family over and cooked and I HURT! The doc said it was very rare what happened. I think she was in the wrong. Im contacting my lawyers to see what can be done. Has anyone had this happen to them?
londoness 2007-11-25 02:31:33
I have now had it in 9 days. I had two days of spotting, few days of beige spotting then nothing. Just one day of mild period pains. It's very early days but I am loving it at the moment. No mess. No preplanning. It seems so easy. I hope I am not speaking too soon.
sweetadrian 2007-11-18 13:21:51
I would like to thank everyone that had left comments regarding this birh control method.. I just wished I would have read these comments before I had the procedure done..I had my first child 9 months ago and ever since I had him my mother insisted I get on some type of BC..So we both talked aboth the Mirena..And for some reason, I always had that little voice in my head that told me to do it... well ladies, just two days ago, I went and had it done.. and just like some of you guys, I would go through labor again then go through the insert of that thing!! The doctor said the reason why it was so painful was because my cervic didn't open..It took him three trys.. but the difference with me, is that the doctor never did size me for it or anything!!and of course, I am having hip pains, headaches, and gas like crazy!! lol...And I am starting to notice the bloating also...Now I am confuse.. I want to take it out before anything bad happens where I wont be able to conceive again when I want too!! But then again I went through so much pain getting it in, I just want to wait... But ladies, once again, I thank hyou for writing and sharing your story, because I kinda of with in with my eyes closed and thinking I walked out of there alone.. I am happy but yet sad that we are all going through this.. If you like to share any more stories either good or bad please email me.. either of you don't know if you should get this or the ones that had it removed.. and my question to them is, how is your life now without the Mirena?? Thanks again..... my email is
and is the subject box, please type in IUD OR MIRENA.. THANKS
londoness 2007-11-17 04:53:15
Apologies for the duplicate post-I couldn't see the original as I was looking in the wrong place.
londoness 2007-11-17 04:50:18
I had my Mirena fitted yesterday to replace the copper IUD I had before (which caused bad bleeding and cramping). Already, the bleeding is less so I have my fingers crossed.
Incidentally, my UK gynaecologist campaigned and pioneered the use of local anaesthetic prior to fitting these. I have had two completely painless fittings as a result. I was dreading it as I had never given birth and expected it to be terrible.T he needle was uncomfortable but truly not painful.
Most gynaecologists say "it isn't necessary" but they are at the other end of the speculum! Ask for local. If they refuse, take your business elsewhere. Let's face it, our grandmothers were told to accept menstrual cramps as normal for women. We don't have to do that.
londoness 2007-11-16 16:24:01
I am so pleased to have found this site. I am in the UK.
I have just had my copper IUD changed for a Mirena as the bleeding was just too much. I don't agree with the "mild discomfort" rubbish about the fitting process so I requested local anaesthetic (which IS easily available if the doctor can be bothered to provide it). It is a tiny discomfort to put in the local then the rest was just pulling and pulling-certainly no pain. My doctor is very pro local but is not your average doctor. Very pro woman, very laid back. I honestly feel I could say anything to him and I trust him 100% (I don't often say that about doctors!). I have never give birth so I knew it wold be more difficult (painful).
I don't think the Mirena is the holy grail but I am optimistic for now.
mymadelynn 2007-11-14 22:02:20
I had my second minera inserted in January 2006. I had just had 3rd dd. Dh had the big V in January 2007 so after the test came back that it was effective I went to have minera out. Dr couldn't find it to remove it. So I went for an ultrasound yesturday. All the tech would tell me is that it has migrated somewere and is not were it is suppose to be. So now I await the Dr call. I don't know if it just migrated around in my vagina or it went somewhere else in my body. Anyone have any good links on this subject or any personal experience with this.
amberj 2007-11-14 21:33:23
I was so glad to find this forum and see that I am not the only one who had problems with the hormones in the Mirena. I had mine put in 6 weeks after the birth of my daughter and almost immediately stopped losing weight, even though I was dieting and breastfeeding. I started thinking back to the significant weight gain that I'd previously had on Depoprovera and started to wonder if it wasn't the hormones in the Mirena that were causing me problems. I talked with my doc, who assured me that the hormones were not systemic, but decided to have it replaced with the paraguard. That was about 2 weeks ago and I have already lost at least 5 pounds (especially from my belly, where I have traditionally not carried much weight). Otherwise I had a good experience with it. I stopped having periods shortly after having it put in, which was nice. I would just warn you that if you gained weight on Depo (which a LOT of people do), you might have issues with the hormones in Mirena, since they are basically the same, just in smaller quantities. Amber
mealzmate 2007-11-14 02:18:04
im 16 years old and am spose to be getting an copper iud inserted on the 3rd dec, i have never being pregnat before, i live with my partner, i have tried several pills and depo a resint vist to fpc has now got me all booked in but im freaking out, i love the idea of not worrying about getting pregnant for 5+ years but still has anyone and an iud inserted and not being pregnant? if so can you email me and tell me what it's like, thank you
Mitzy04 2007-11-06 01:26:40
I guess that I have been lucky when it comes to the Mirena. I myself am a very young mother and have 2 children, I am only 23. Since I am not sure where life is going to lead me in 5 years, and not wanting to have any more children at this point in my life, I decided on having the Mirena inserted. Like alot of the others on here, it did hurt worse than my labor when they inserted it, but was gone as soon as it was in place. The only side effects that I can say that I have had is bad PMS, worse than before having the IUD every month, I have days sometimes weeks that I am just so tired I don't want to get out of bed, and I have gained a few pounds. I have had it for about 6 months now, and I am very happy with what I have experienced so far. I do recommend it to people who do have a plan for life that can not be interupted, but everyone is different, and things could still change for me with it. If you are interested in having it, you can always try it. If it is not for you then have it removed.
kay 2007-11-01 01:50:36
I had the mirena coil fitted about eight months ago and was told that the failure rate was so low, 1 in 2,000, that i would not get pregnant. So life carried on as normal until one day i felt very strange and decided to do a pregnancy test, which had the faintest line on it. I went to the doctors and she did one and blood tests, there was no line on hers and so i left thinking that my worst nightmare was over. I had only got across the road from the doctors when she shouted me back, telling me that a line had appeared. I was sent up to the hospital for a scan, but it so soon that they couldn't see anything so they took some blood and arranged another appointment for a second scan. Every other day i had to go up to the hospital and have bloods taken to see if the hormone level was raising.
My husband and i started to think about what we were going to do, as this was not planned. We had decided to keep it. The day after this decision i started bleeding and we thought that the decision had been made for us. BUT the worst was yet to come.
I went up to the hospital and they did another blood test and the hormone level was going up and then going down and they recommended that i keep the next scan appointment. So i get my son ready thinking that i would be in there five mintues while me tell me that everything is clear. I have the scan done with the screen turned away from me, while i lie there crying on the bed. I am then told to go and wait in another room and the doctor would be in soon. She certainly was within a few minutes she walked through the door with a look on her face that i will never forget. She sits down and tells me that i have an eptopic pregnancy and that is why the hormone levels are not stable, is there anyone that i would like to call as i need an operation, firstly to remove the coil, my baby and to do a D&C. I rang my husband and within an hour i was been wheeled down to theatre.
When i woke up i was told that they had removed the coil, done the D&C but as my tube was so damaged they had removed that to, they had also clipped the right tube, as i had asked them to sterilise me while i was there. That was six months ago and it has totally ruined my life. I can always have the sterilisation reversed and could have hopefully had another baby but i can't grow another tube.
I am trying to find as many women as possible that have had the same or similar experiences to me while using this form of contraception. They say that the failure rate is 1 in 2,000 and i have in one day found two people already. email
thank you yours in health
Kristina 2007-10-24 07:40:12
wow I am so glad i checked this website out. Ive had my IUD for almost 2 years now. At first there was a couple of times where i had very bad pain i couldnt stand, but those stopped. now after a year or so I just started noticing I have getting very grouchy and mean. I also felt like i have been getting so depressed. and now just recently my hair is falling out like cazy. I have very thick hair but this has been freeking me out! I also have been getting pretty bad break outs every month. I have always had migrains so im not sure if that has anything to do with it? I havnt had any pain in the last year and my periods are very light and short every month thats the good part. I am just not sure about the acne, hair loss and the moodiness. I think i am going to get mine removed and check out some other options. I had my two bebes and i really dont want to have another one at least not for a long time.
mdaisy86 2007-10-21 18:32:58
Hi girls! I just got my Mirena last Thursday (10.11.07). To be completely candid, the insertion was absolutely excruciating. As a virgin who's obviously never had a child, there were levels of pain that I didn't know I could reach. I stayed in pain for a few days... Period is noticeably lighter already, which is a plus. I did, however, spend all day yesterday bouncing between doctors and PriMed and eventually the hospital... They thought I was passing a kidney stone. Turns out, I just have the Urinary Tract Infection from hell. This IS a common risk factor from the insertion. If you have pains on your right side that extend into your leg, there is a good chance that you have a U.T.I., and a good round of antibiotics should clear it right up. I'll be back to leave updates in a month or so. Good luck!
cornishl 2007-10-18 01:39:32
WARNING !!! WARNING !!! WARNING!!! :
Please read this warning before you think about having a Mirena IUD insterted! I had my IUD inserted Nov 2006, 11 months ago. Since then I have had many complications. I was rushed to the emergeny room twice with a severe kindney infections and severe pain in my lower back ( I though I was passing a kidney stone it was sooo severe!) I have also had ovarian and uteriune pain as well as have experienced 25 lb weight gain and severe anxiety and depression. I recently had a pelvic ultrasound and CAT scan and these showed not kidney stones or irregulaities with my ovaries or uterus. I have also had terrible shooting pains that go down into my legs also. Making it painful to sit stand or even sleep at night. Also saw increased facial hair also my face and chest broke out in acne for several months. I had my IUD removed in my Dr's office today and within minutes felt relief from the pain !!!!! I pray that I am now on the road to recovery!!!! Please Please think twice before having this done. I had never had any problems with my periods before this. I had been on the pill on and off for many years and was just tired of taking it and thought that this may be a good alternative for me since I am age 39 now. If this message can help anyone else from experiencing this misery I hope it helps!!! Please listen to me when I say you are not crazy if you are experiencing any of these bizarre symptoms. You know your body better than anyone else please think twice or if you do have and IUD and have any of these symptoms please go see your Dr and insist they check this out!
MissJanuary 2007-10-17 20:36:53
I have had my Mirena IUD now for 3 years and I would not trade it for anything!!! I do suffer now from occassional migraines, which I was surprised to see there were others that had the same reaction. 2.5 years ago I was rushed to the hospital with a Basilar atery migraine and I immediately asked if my IUD could have anything to do with it and it was as if I told a joke. But even beside that episode, I love this thing, I have had no weight gain, moodiness, well I am female and that comes with the gender. It was a bit uncomfortable whe I had it inserted but it only lasted that one day. I would def. reccomend the Minera IUD!
breang1 2007-10-14 04:07:51
I VE HAD THIS DEVICE FOR THREE MONTHS I HAVE 2 KIDS AND I WAS RECENTLY PREGNANT WITH MY THIRD 2 FIND OUT I T WAS A (MOLAR PREGNANCY) PRETTY BAD IM GETTIN CHECKED OUT EVERY MONTH FOR CANCER . ANYWAYS I HAVE THIS AND I SWEAR I CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE MY PAINS ARE SO BAD I CAN HARDLY WALK OR DO ANYTHIN FOR THAT MATTER AND IM ALWAYS IN A REALLY BAD MOOD I MEAN SERIOUSLY WITH MY PAIN YOU WOULD BE TOOOO ')
tajalude 2007-09-18 06:38:57
I had the Mirena placed in April '04 after being diagnosed with FVL and going on coumadin for life. Ya'll haven't had a bad period until you've had one while you're taking coumadin! Anyway, I had had a DVT and pulmonary embolism and was hospitalized. After my diagnosis (I was on BCP's for 6 weeks) I was out of options for BC besides condoms. My doctor recommended the Mirena because it would reduce my flow, even though I'd never given birth before. Insertion was uncomfortable but it was nowhere near painful. I was only able to take Tylenol due to my coumadin and the cramping lasted less than a day. I did, however, spot continuously for almost 5 weeks. After that, my periods became lighter and lighter, and eventually, I no longer had one. I did not have any periods from Nov. 04 until last month when I had it removed. (Which was painless.)
My overall experience with Mirena was positive. The biggest benefit was no periods, and having a "carefree" birth control experience. The downside was about 4-5 months after having it inserted, I had terrible acne. Terrible. I've never had acne and I had terrible breakouts on my chin. I also feel that I had a great deal of hair loss... I have a ton of hair but I can tell it's thinner. I have also gained weight, but that's because I'm a lazy cow. :D
I am now about to try to get pregnant and will have to go on Lovenox shots while TTC, and am concerned about ovulation. I charted my BBT last month and it was all over the place. I read on the Mirena website that "80% of users get pregnant within 1 year", but what about the other 20%? I have to give myself injections the entire time, and am trying to do everything I can to make the process go as quickly and easily as possible but am worried about anovulation.
Anyone have a success story to share? : )
msalcedo 2007-09-12 00:32:24
nullnullI have had my IUD in for 2 years now and i am so glad that i have read all of you comment even though they aren't good. i have some of the simular problems i started getting head aches that turn in to migraines and i have gained about 35 pounds in one year alone and deprestion thats all the systoms i've had. i am going to get it checked out in a week ill let you know whats going on
pinklady 2007-09-11 01:26:52
Hi i got the marina coil in about two years ago after having my little girl! i never thought id have to go through something so painfull! id have a million children before getting it in! I was debating wether or not to get it takin out but after reading these comments im definately gettin it out. I too have suffered severe moodiness, depression, back pain and unbelievable weight gain! i was never told this before getting it done! If id of known id never of gotten it put in!!! i was thinking bout a lawsuit but not too sure if id have a case as its my word against theirs!! I was just wondering if anyone has takin out a lawsuit with a story along the same lines as mine? if so could u let me no asap! thanks a mill!
P.S. Anyone out there thinking about getting it put in....iv one word for u....DONT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ljcassidy 2007-09-07 16:13:10
I have looked through the other messages and have not found this one yet. I have had Mirena for 10 months and continue to have very light, very long periods. Sometimes 2-3 weeks! My doctor says she has not seen this before. She has tried several things to "fix" this problem including checking things with an ultrasound to giving me a dose of antibiotics. I was trying to give this thing time to settle down, but I am out of patience. I have an appointment with another doctor to get a second opinion. Has anyone experienced these light, but long periods?
trig73 2007-09-02 08:48:33
I had my Mirena removed 9 months ago and am still trying to conceive. I had it in for 4 years. My periods were sparce when I had it in and once I had it removed, they have been completely normal TO THE DAY. I have never in my life had a normal cycle and could go months without having a period. I went on clomid to conceive my first child 10 years ago and then without going back on any BC after her birth, I conceived my son exactly a year later (on irregular periods). I was excited when my periods were normal after the IUD removal. I thought I might actually get pregnant right away. I have been so disappointed. I too, like many of you are saying, am not getting any younger. Clomid is my next option. I wish all of you luck who are trying after IUD removal. It's disheartening at times. I appreciate the posts from people who have conceived. It gives the rest of us hope!
teajax 2007-08-06 22:27:25
Hi Everyone! I was looking for some information on life after Mirena. I just had mine removed last week, just short of the 5 year mark. I am looking for information on menstrual cycles after Mirena and likelihood of pregnancy after it's removal. I experienced a lot of the side effects throughout the last 5 years, including extreme difficulty losing weight and major moodiness/depression. I and my doc both attributed it to stresses in life. I have always suffered from migraines, so nothing was new with those. The best part for me was not having periods! I would have a bit of spotting a few days a month, but nothing major at all. I did not have heavier bleeding nor did I have any of the other side effects many people here have listed. I always had normal flow and very regular periods prior to Mirena, so I'm not sure if that makes me different than a lot of the women inputting here. I will worn however that the insertion is incredibly painful, which no one warned me about. I was cramping BAD for a day or so! Removal barely hurt at all, though! I felt it and felt a little cramping, but it didn't last beyond the removal time. I just wanted to give my input on it as my expereince did not seem to be as troublesome as many of the other women. If anyone can lead me to a sight that gives information on after an IUD, please let me know! Thanks!!
savedbygrace 2007-07-26 14:33:27
I just had the IUD placed in yesterday. I have had 4 children all C-sections. My husband had a vasectomy several years ago but i got the 5 year Mirena to stop heavy bleeding. If i know it hurt this bad to insert the IUD i would have never did this. They had to dilate my cervix because it was such a small opening and that is where so much of the pain came from. My legs and hips are still cramping and i feel very tired from it. I am also spotting. How long before all this goes away and i feel normal again. Also when it is time for removal, does it hurt as bad coming out as going in. I have a high tolerance for pain and during this procudure, i screamed out in pain several times, even begging them to stop sheilla
ssingh 2007-07-17 19:34:28
, i had the iud fitted in march this year and have also put on alot of weight and cramps, back pain...like most of you....periods used to every 28 days with no contraception but the last 2 was almost non existent and the discharge lasts over 2 weeks plus my hubby felt the strings, so it was shortened and now we have to use a condom as he feels the thread and gets cut with it. yeast infection is such a discomfort and the odour that goes with it....the only reason I had this done was because I was told by my gynae that was the best method for PCOS sufferers.....going for a check up this week and was told that I have one of 2 options. remove the iud or get the threads shorter....think I want it removed...
LuvlyAthena 2007-07-13 07:05:59
okay this is my 3rd attempt at posting...hoping this goes through. I got the Mirena IUD back in jan. 2004. My symptoms were: acne, mood swings, weight gain, seizures, back pain, cramping, depression, discharge along with yeast infections and UTI's constantly. May 2006, I was bleeding for about 2 days. Went to local ER and while there I went to the bathroom and my strings fell in the toliet. Blood tests came back I was pregnant even though I had taken like 3 urine tests that were negative. Iud was removed but it took along time. Doc said it was as if it was embeded in me. 2 Days later I am at another hospital with pains. Ultrasound shows it is an ectopic prgnancy. I was rushed into surgery. I had internal bleeding and within an hour my tube would have ruptured and i would have died instantly. Surgery didnt work all the way And I had to go through 2 weeks of a dilluted form of chemo. That did work. Now my tube is scarred permanently. The docs say without fertility drugs or treatments, I may never concieve again. I am 23 yrs old. I hope no one goes through what I have or worse for that matter. But women do everyday. Making a lawsuit against them is very hard b/c vaguely they do tell of most of these symptoms about their product. I am in contact with an attorney who is supposedly bringing a case against them if anyone is interested. Also, if anyone wants to join one of my support boards about use of the IUD, just to share your story and talk about it, contact me at
. Title the email with something about the IUD so that it doesnt get disgarded. I wish everyone well, and if you have an IUD right now, just be warry of any warning signs. With my pregnancy it was to late for the warning signs. But if I would have trusted my initial feelings I would have a different outcome. Although my original doctor didnt want to take it out earlier, I should have demanded it b/c that was what was right for my body. The IUD is not a product meant for me. But I do know that there are women out there who enjoys theirs. I will continue to advise women against it however.
electricblue 2007-07-08 22:50:27
I have had Mirena in for one month. My periods have lasted longer. I also get very bad pelvic pains. I'm very moody and have lost my sex drive. It's also been very hard for me to lose all the weight I gained from having a baby.
I'm having it removed this week. I can't wait. Hearing all these horror stories about Mirena and infertility makes me nervous. Are there any women here; that have had a baby after using Mirena?
dayja 2007-06-26 19:15:43
my iud was inserted 2 years ago the doctor says he cut the strings too short and i cant feel them but the doctor says its in place i want to get it removed due to painful sex i ach in my lower area all the time and talk about emotional. anyway can anyone tell me how they are going to remove it if they cant get the strings i am worried about getting it removed but i dont want it anymore
baby 2007-05-05 17:12:51
I had the mirena in for 2 years and experienced migranes all the time. I had no periods so that was great but the migranes were the worse. I just got the mirena out hoping to get pregnant I hope it all works out for me. It sounds like the mirena just is not a good birth control not with all the side effects everyone is getting.
trudystacey 2007-05-01 14:21:06
im amazed at the problems people have had with the marina coil.id recommend it to anyone and have done.iv had mine over 5 years.i have gained weight in that time but was not aware that this coil could cause that.my doc has said im overweight but has never suggested that my coil could be the cause.im not in a relationship and havnt been for 3 years but iv never had a period with the coil so im not to fussed bout having it taken out.also i have been on anti-depressant since not long after having my coil inserted but i didnt realise this could be because of the coil.you learn something new everyday dont you.ill have to have a chat with my doc i think............
remdec21 2007-04-27 04:02:18
So i've gathered from everyone's lovely experiences that there is a possibility of; lack/loss of sex drive , hubby feeling strings , weight gain , and crazy bleeding . It's nice to read your experiences as I was preparing to get one next week. However, I really wish everyone would practice their spelling so the comments would appear more sincere. Prayer and use of my intuition will have to work for this decision. P.S., I just found out that men who want large families tend to have higher sperm count.... . I believe it .
copperhead 2007-04-19 00:06:39
I also forgot as soon as I got this thing, sex drive nearly non exsistent
copperhead 2007-04-19 00:03:52
I have had the merina for 5 years this may. Through this time my husband complained abut the wires "poking" him, and eventually the Dr. cut them off. Also I have to fight EXTREMELY hard to keep weight off. I do have hypothyroidism but I'm on medicine for that so that's not the weight gain problem (which by the way the girl who's losing her hair, that happened to me and can be caused by hypothyroidism). Through the 5 years I haved suffered with extreme depression for about 2 weeks every month, EXTREME hip pain in the balls of my hips and back pain. Also this weird gas pain that starts low and moves to my chest (it HURTS). I don't know how they're going to remove this thing, but I know I won't get it again.Hopefully I won't have to go through the a depression time after it's taken out.
NATALIELOVESMICHAEL 2007-04-12 20:52:19
I have had my Mirena after the birth of my daughter 18 months ago. I have had Horrible migranes and even had an mri for this (never had any headaches except for a hangover before this) I also have low sex drive,bloating,weight has been staedy,but i have been trying to loose.
I also lost my strings and had to get an ultrasound to see that the mirena is there except the strings are gone?? I am afraid to get it removed and i am afraid to keep it!!!
I also have spotting between 4-5 day periods, light cramps, but to much spotting!!!! I am tired of this!!!
nbowens 2007-04-03 02:12:31
I must tell you all out there that I have been off the marina for 9 months and no baby. I had it for 3 years and i am opposite from everyone else, i had heavy periods!! I was anemic, I had to take pill to buste my blood. I was a mess! I got it removed July 2006 and my husband and I have not concieved yet. I am soo sstressed!!! I am taking clomid and its not working either. I am convienced that the iud is the cause of me not becoming pregnant! I am only 33 and i have 3boys that I had no problem planning and having. Good luck to future users. I had no luck!!!\
debbie864 2007-03-27 22:10:28
I am 36 years old and have had 3 children already. My husband had a vasectomy (that was his idea) . I did not want to have my tubes tied/cut, since that involved a 'surgery', so I decided to have the Mirena IUD put in to get rid of my periods. It has been in since Sept 06. Of course, I was on my period like the doctor suggested, but OH MY GOSH, it hurt SOOOO bad. It was all I could do to make it to the pharmacy to fill my prescription for 800mg Motrin. I was on the couch for about 3 days in severe pain. The cramping was horrible. Well, I contacted the doctor on Monday and she said that I needed to continue to take the Motrin (which wasn't working very well) and wait it out about a month. I had it inserted on Friday and by Sunday by period had stopped completely. I have not had a period at all since then. But I have continued to have really bad cramping ever since it was inserted (not like it was the first 3 days). I have gained about 30 pounds too. My husband said that the string was "poking him" so when I went in for the 1 month appointment, the doctor trimmed the string as short as she could. He still continued to complain about it "poking him". Well, we separated 02-08-07 and I have been happy since he left. Up until about 1 week ago I was feeling pretty good. Then I started feeling just awful..... very, very, very tired, irritable, nausated, losing weight, vomiting occasionally, certain smells make me want to throw up, my boobs hurt, a little diarrhea... I went today and bought a HPT and it was negative. But I am going to take it again in the morning just in case. I know that the way that I feel is not because of my separation because I wanted him to leave and I have been so much happier since he did move out and my children have been happier too. I thought at first that it was probably stress, but I don't think so. I will let you know if I the test comes back positive. Even if it is negative, I think I am going to have this #$%^& thing taken out. The cramps that I had before were easier to live with than they are now.
Guest 2007-03-27 05:03:55
I'm 22yrs. old. I have had the Merina for almost 4 months now. I got two months afer I had my son. Within this four months of timeI have gained 20lbs., I also, suffer from sever back pain , sever migraines, that started within days of having it placed, and the mood swings are so bad I don't know if I'm coming, or going. My husband and I are thinking about, me having it removed, he said he can't take the mood swings any more. Oh, something else about this, after getting the Merina my sex drive hasn't been the same either. I could careless if my husband and I did anything at all now. When I was the type that couldn't wait the whole six weeks after having my son, I barely made it past two
Guest 2007-03-26 21:51:35
I posted the last post, I forgot to add that I started getting migraines shortly after I got the Mirena (never had one in my life and I'm 30) and I still continue to have them.
My doctor said it would cause no weight gain and swore it was the best thing ever but I HATED it and still do.
Guest 2007-03-26 21:49:10
I had the mirena for one year. I got it after my son was born and had it removed last summer. I had problems w/ weight gain and mood swings and considered having it removed but it wasn't until after an infection (caused the the IUD) that I did. We are now trying to conceive and haven't had any luck yet. I'm not sure if this is due to the IUD or not, I'm wandering if there are others out there w/ this problem. I have a 27-28 day normal cycle and ovulation tests claim confirm that I do ovulate.
Guest 2007-03-26 17:02:43
Just posted prior comment and forgot to add that I have also had yeast infections every month since I had merina put in. I have spent a lot of money on OTC and prescription meds just for that. So all in all for me, the pros of this birth control certainly don't out weight the cons.
Guest 2007-03-26 16:59:04
I have had the merina for about 1 year now and agree with many of these comments. For me, the plus of a very light period is not worth the weight gain, horrible mood swings, and crying spells I experience. I'm considering getting mine removed now. My 4 kids and husband are the ones suffering because I'm either crying or yelling. I can't get through a whole day right now without breaking down and crying.
Guest 2007-03-26 14:55:17
Mirena totally sucked for me...moody depressed total lack of sex drive and my husband works at a hospital so i asked him to bring home a speculum and he removed it no worries...i feel great...didnt hurt a bit - guess I was more relaxed with my hubby than a doctor...I wouldn't recommend this to anyone to try but as a couple we felt confident and it work out ok.....bring on those happy days~!!!
Guest 2007-03-26 04:01:25
I had my mirena for almost two years. I was told by my doctor to every once in awhile try to fill for the wires to make sure the merina was still in place, so I did and I pulled it right out! My wires were very long though. I didn't hurt at all I thought my fingers were just running down the wires when the whole thing came out. My appetite increased quite a bit and I hardly had a period, so overall my experience wasn't bad with the mirena, but now its like my hormones are all out of wack. I felt really sad and tired a couple weeks after the mirena came out. Has anyone else felt this way after the removal of the mirena.
Guest 2007-03-23 04:20:39
Well, i have had my merina for 15 months. I got it after my second child. The first couple of months were not too bad, irregular bleeding now i don't have a period at all. Other than that i really havent had any problems. I even recomended it to my sis-in-law. It didnt hurt having it put in. NO more than giving birth. I like mine and i plan to get another one in 4 yrs. BUT like i read everyones boby is different.
Guest 2007-03-22 21:24:38
I got the mirena-IUD in 2005 right after i had by son. and have had so many problems with it. i HAVE NOT GOTTEN MY PERIOD SINCE... but yet, i do get yeast infections every month what is up with that??? and every time i ask my doctor about it she always tells me that "EVERY THING IS OK" and that is the way it should work and that i should be happy not to get a period.... so tell me woman is that what this is supposed to do???? i still have it in because of my doctor. but to be honest i hate it... should i get a different opinion???
Guest 2007-03-22 17:05:41
I had the paraguard IUD put in just after my daughter was born 6 years ago, I had it take out last spring and got pregnant right away. Now after having my son I am trying to decide between the Mirena and another Paraguard. I was an ideal candidate for the Paraguard, light bleeding and small cramps, but the idea of not having a period is very appealing. I am really concerned about the side effects of the Mirena, especially weight gain. I can not take any type of hormonal because I gain weight so rapidly. Has anyones had signifigant weight gain because of the Mirena, even 5 pounds or more?
Guest 2007-03-22 07:29:20
I have had the mirina for several months now with little side effects and best of all no periods, or terrible cramps. I am however suffering terrible hot flushes, i am wondering if this is a side effect can any one help??
Guest 2007-03-21 23:40:16
i've had the merina for about 3 months and experiencing lots of hair loss. i was wondering if this is a side effect of the device.
Guest 2007-03-21 01:41:56
Hi, I just had my merina removed after 2 years. I had problems with it since I got it. I never missed a period and ofter had 2 a month. I got a lot of yeast infections the first year when I had only had about 2 my whole life. I am 25. I had mood swings and crying spells. Even went on Zoloft for a while. My strings went up into my uterus so she had to use forceps to get it out. It wasn't too painful but it wasn't fun either. I do NOT reccomend it.
Guest 2007-03-19 15:43:33
:I had the Mirena put in for horrible cramping & have had problems since: moodiness, crying, non-stop cramping & heavy bleeding for over a month, to then find out (through ultrasound) that my heavy cramping actually pushed ithe Mirena t into the wrong location. I then had it removed & continue to cramp & bleed still, 2 months later.
Guest 2007-03-15 22:44:56
I have had the merina for 5yrs now. I have loved it! I haven't had a period at all for almost the entire time. I am going on wed to have it removed..I'm a little nervous...Hope it dosen't hurt too bad!!! It wasn't that painful when I got it put in. Now I don't know what my options are for new birth control.
Guest 2007-03-15 05:34:12
I had the Morena place a month after I gave birth to my daughter. I have been very moody and experienced the weight gain. I had almost lost all of my baby weight and I have gained it all back. I thought that Morena wouldn't do this. I guess I was missinformed by my doctor. I had it removed after 9 months and am trying to get pregnant. I plan to have my tubes tied.
Guest 2007-03-14 19:51:40
I had the mirena in for 4 years and had not problems. Maybe a little weight gain, but I don't know if it from the IUDn or me . Anyways I just had it removed and it didn't hurt at all. It took about 2 seconds. I felt a little pressure when it was pulled out, but not painful. So far I haven't even had any bleeding. I was told it could take 2-5 months before I even have a period. I didn't have my period the whole 4 years I had it in. Hope this helps.
Guest 2007-03-13 12:19:25
I have had the mirena too for the past 3 - 4 years and have suffered very bad mood swings, complete despair and crying for no reason (its a scary place to be). The doctors seem to dismiss any of these symptoms and the side effects of the Mirena just say you may get some irritability and others!!!!!!!! Do your research girls, there are alot of bad side effects and soo many women are suffering out there! I dont reccommend anyone has this foreign body fitted, its not a good device for the body! I have had mine removed and I am glad to say I am getting my life back
Guest 2007-03-09 05:17:22
I don't know about the removal of the mirena, but I had the copper T removed after 5 years to have the mirena placed...having the IUD removed is less painful than having one placed in my opinion!
Guest 2007-03-09 05:14:37
I have only had the mirena a couple of months, but I am noticing some weight gain. I don't know if it is the IUD or something esle. Anyone else struggling with weight issues they relate to the mirena?
Guest 2007-03-06 07:37:35
I have a merina iud and I was just wondering if its really painfull getting it taken out, as I have heard from a few people that its twice as bad getting it taken out as put in
Guest 2007-03-02 22:27:02
I have had the mirena IUD for 5 years - it works great. I have a very scant period that lasts just a couple of days. Before the mirena, I bleed for 7-8 days very heavily. I highly recommend it!
Guest 2007-03-01 23:11:14
The Merina IUD is removed in your gyn's office by pulling on the strings that protrude from your cervix while the device is in place. You would only need surgical removal if the strings are not outside of your cervix.
Guest 2007-02-27 21:36:30
Can any one tell what the procedure is to get the merina IUD removed ? Because I żheard from a friend you have to have it surgically removedż
Guest 2007-02-17 17:47:45
As is with any female, our bodies are all different. If you have only had this device one year or under, you should wait til after one year to make a decision. I have had the IUD merina and the first 4 months, I blead strait and had bad cramps. Around the 9th month of having it, it seamed a bit easier but was still considering taking it out. After one year, I barely have periods and the cramps during those periods are very light. So I am seeing that as time goes by, it gets better. As directed, it does say that it can take up to one year for these symptoms to ease off. If you have had it longer and still have trouble, as anyone, you should consult with your OBGYN. And remember that every ones body is so different, and what might work the greatest for one, might be the worst for others.
Guest 2007-02-14 01:59:21
I am gettng alot of pressure from both my GP and Gyno, to use Merina as I have had some pretty nasty side effects to the combined pill. We want more children in 3 years (this is a career move on my part) and I will be 37 by then - so I am worried about the short term and long term effects of this device & can't seem to find the relevant information.
I would love to hear about other womens experiences and where to find this information.
Guest 2007-02-04 23:11:37
I always have cramps and i have been spotting since i have gotten this damn thing! i much rather be pregnant i think! im really thinking about going and getting it taken out!
Guest 2007-02-03 02:42:24
I have had the merina for the past three years and I have suffered with such bad mood swings folowed by hours of crying and feelings of complete dispair. This is completely alien to my true personality. I am a easy going VERY happy person with a huge amount of tolerance and patience. This shift in mood can only be connected with the merina and although it has prevented pregnancy it has also caused a great deal of stress to me and my family.
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