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Old 04-22-2011, 04:30 AM
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i have done some research about mirena. i am considering it. i know there are quite a few posts/threads about it. i have a few friends that have and love it and say it's free of side effects. i am considering it, as it's time to do something (it's this or the big v for dh

if you are on it, is there anything you DONT like about it, side effects, etc?

what do you love about it?

i have heavy, now regular (used to not be pre kids but having kids restored regular cycles) and am very migraine prone, especially around the time of my cycle. my doc says the mirena could help w this..

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Old 04-22-2011, 10:12 AM
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I've had it since September of '08, and I LOVE it. *knock on wood* I barely ever have a period now, and if I do, it's VERY light and only lasts a day or two. I do tend to have PMS-ish symptoms even when I don't have a period, though. I do know of women who have had issues with it, and it seems to me as though most of them are women who haven't had children, but the wife of hubby's friend had issues with it, and she had kids Apparently, it made her have a constant period.
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:20 AM
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I just got one recently after the birth of my daughter. I bled for a month (it wasn't heavy bleeding -- just spotting) and just this week, it stopped. My doctor said that spotting could last anywhere from 3-6 months, so I'm happy mine stopped after a month!

I was super regular before (on birth control pills) and had light periods that lasted about 5-6 days. I'm curious to see what my cycles will be like now. My OB said there is also a good chance my periods will stop completely (which I am totally fine with!). Pre-pregnancy, I never so much as had a cramp and never got PMS. Light spotting aside, I haven't noticed any other side effects.

It took a few minutes for my OB to insert it, and I had very light cramping the rest of the day. The first two days, I "felt" it, but now I don't at all and it's been great. One other side effect, and DH has confirmed this -- your hubs may be able to feel the string during intercourse. The string on the Mirena is thin, but it also looks like wire as opposed to actual string/thread (it's flexible and bendable). The paragarde string looks more like actual thread, so your man won't be able to feel it.

I am also BFing (well, pumping) and was concerned that the Mirena may affect my milk production. But, luckily, it hasn't. Supply is still good. I highly recommend the Mirena if you can get past the possible minor side effects (the constant spotting bugged me, but it's over now. yay!)
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I didn't like the Mirena at first. I spotted and had cramping off and on the first 6 months. I stuck with it though and have had it for almost 2 years now and love it. I still sorta have periods but it's only light spotting for a day or two. I love not having to remember to take a pill every day.
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I've had it since September of '08, and I LOVE it. *knock on wood* I barely ever have a period now, and if I do, it's VERY light and only lasts a day or two. I do tend to have PMS-ish symptoms even when I don't have a period, though. I do know of women who have had issues with it, and it seems to me as though most of them are women who haven't had children, but the wife of hubby's friend had issues with it, and she had kids Apparently, it made her have a constant period.
one of my friends had this initially. she had a period for two to three mos off and on.. it was a nightmare but then it went away and she loves it now.. i am glad to hear you love it. besides the period like symptoms, are there any other negatives to it? do you feel it? do you feel bloated, etc when you have the pms symptoms? any breakouts/weight gain, etc?
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I didn't like the Mirena at first. I spotted and had cramping off and on the first 6 months. I stuck with it though and have had it for almost 2 years now and love it. I still sorta have periods but it's only light spotting for a day or two. I love not having to remember to take a pill every day.
yes, i think it would be nice to not have to take a pill every day (or use a condom which totally sucks. i am glad to hear that it was initially that you had cramps. but geez that's a long time to have them!! other than that, all good stuff for the mirena in your opinion? thanks!
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I just got one recently after the birth of my daughter. I bled for a month (it wasn't heavy bleeding -- just spotting) and just this week, it stopped. My doctor said that spotting could last anywhere from 3-6 months, so I'm happy mine stopped after a month!

I was super regular before (on birth control pills) and had light periods that lasted about 5-6 days. I'm curious to see what my cycles will be like now. My OB said there is also a good chance my periods will stop completely (which I am totally fine with!). Pre-pregnancy, I never so much as had a cramp and never got PMS. Light spotting aside, I haven't noticed any other side effects.

It took a few minutes for my OB to insert it, and I had very light cramping the rest of the day. The first two days, I "felt" it, but now I don't at all and it's been great. One other side effect, and DH has confirmed this -- your hubs may be able to feel the string during intercourse. The string on the Mirena is thin, but it also looks like wire as opposed to actual string/thread (it's flexible and bendable). The paragarde string looks more like actual thread, so your man won't be able to feel it.

I am also BFing (well, pumping) and was concerned that the Mirena may affect my milk production. But, luckily, it hasn't. Supply is still good. I highly recommend the Mirena if you can get past the possible minor side effects (the constant spotting bugged me, but it's over now. yay!)
anna, yes, after each of my births, i did have bleeding for some time (up to two months, i think) so sounds like yours stopped rather quickly, all things considered which is nice! re the mirena... sounds like your experience has been a great one, too. and jsut to have some spotting is ok with me.. i think dh will just be over the moon to not have a condom and wont complain too much about feeling the string but i could be wrongwe have been using that since the birth of our third child and we are both just totally over it! lol! that is great it hasnt impacted your milk supply.. that is great news!


thank you everyone for your input (and if anyone has anything to add, that would be great, too!

sounds like overall it's great, some had cramping/spotting especially initially and now love it.i wonder if it will help with my migraines which are always worse before and sometimes during period time.. i am also worried about breaking out, weight gain/bloating, etc. i am not a fan of any of those things.but it sounds like none of these things happened for any of you..

how long for it to be effective? about a month ?

thanks so much, everyone!
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Old 04-22-2011, 01:15 PM
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Oh, I forgot to add that I am also prone to migraines and tension headaches, but haven't had either yet. I also haven't experienced breaking out, weight gain, or anything else other than the spotting. Also, at least according to my OB, the Mirena is effective the minute you have it put it. You are supposed to be on "pelvic rest" for a day or two, but after that, you are fully protected, and the info that I read said that the Mirena is more effective than even sterilization

I asked my OB what the most common reason is for women to take it out before the five years, and other than trying to get pregnant, she said the second reason she hears the most is that the women are annoyed with the spotting (one woman spotted every day for six months straight!).
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Old 04-22-2011, 01:29 PM
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omg, anna, i am so happy to hear that this has helped with your migraines/tension headaches!! my periods are super heavy and i have migraines which are worse around that time of month, like i mentioned before. i am thrilled to hear how effective it is(wow more so than sterilization.. that is crazy) and that everyone is overall pretty happy with it minus the spotting. i am leaning more toward considering it
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:29 PM
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All I have is the moodiness LOL Well, bad skin, but I'm starting to think that's from NOT being on the pill. I'm thinking maybe that's why my skin was so clear as a teen, being on the pill the whole time I realize now, looking back, that once I went off them to TTC and being pg, that's when the breakouts started, and they went away after Owen, when I was back on the pill. Guess I'm paying the price now for good skin as a teen I absolutely don't blame that on the Mirena, though.
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If you have a tilted uterus it will be a bitch to get put in. I had the regular copper IUD, and spotted for about a month after getting it, but had cramps daily for a year. They were really bad if I was active, running with the boys, walking, etc. One of my friends had the mirena one too, and had the same problem with cramping, I can't remember if she had a tilted uterus too or not. I got mine out after a year, I gave up on it working for me.

Good luck! I'm jealous of anyone that they work for, it's such a convenient BC!
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:16 PM
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I have had mine since last June and I absolutely LOVE it. I have never had kids, and I honestly still didn't feel any pain when they inserted it. It just felt like a little pressure like a normal pap/exam. I was so scared and worked up about it too, but it was no big deal for me at all and all I took was some tylenol beforehand. I have always had irregular periods and often would have a month long of spotting then skip a month even on the pill so this is great reasurance for me. I have noticed absolutely no side effects what so ever either. Occasionally I still get some light bleeding but nothing more than needing a panty liner. Hopefully it will work for you because when it does it is awesome!
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april, i think i a moody sometimes, too. so maybe that will be no change for me either with the mirena. lol!

stacy--i used to not have a tilted uterus (pre three kids) but now (since i had us in fall to ck out some other stuff) i do! i cant remember if it's tilted fwd or back (isnt that awful) but it is.. so i may have issues with insertion based on what you are saying... oh no! i am not even sure i want this, but just trying to gather info! thank you so much!

alicia glad to hear that your experience has been so positive. wow, only tylenol before the insertion. that is good to know. sounds like you give it a big thumbs up! i am glad to hear that.
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I'm one of the few that had a problem with it. I've had kids and am older than most members so that may contribute.

I really liked it at first as I had it to lessen the blood volume which increased when I got older. It did that.

A few months later, I ended up in the ER and a 5 day hospital stay from pains that were far more intense, yet felt very similar to labor.


The Mirena must have expelled but they couldn't find it. The biggest scare was if it had punctured and been floating around in my body somewhere that would cause some major damage and complications.

I resisted for many years because I didn't want something foreign inserted for an extended period of time. Plus, my mother had an IUD which eventually caused problems that led to a hysterectomy.

I'm one of the rare ones though. I do think it's great for many women. I wish it would have been for me.

Sorry, don't mean to scare anyone. Just sharing my experience because it was asked.
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If you have a tilted uterus it will be a bitch to get put in. I had the regular copper IUD, and spotted for about a month after getting it, but had cramps daily for a year. They were really bad if I was active, running with the boys, walking, etc. One of my friends had the mirena one too, and had the same problem with cramping, I can't remember if she had a tilted uterus too or not. I got mine out after a year, I gave up on it working for me.

Good luck! I'm jealous of anyone that they work for, it's such a convenient BC!
I have a tilted uterus and I got a copper IUD 5 months after I had my daughter. It went in easily & I only had cramps for a few hours after. I didn't have any irregular bleeding or really painful cramps. I had it taken out because over the last year or so, my periods got quite heavy and when AF came I would feel a huge gush, like out of nowhere, had no idea AF was about to start, and it always happened at the worst time!. I didn't really get cramps but my flow got increasingly heavier until I had it removed. I didn't get PMS symptoms either other than being really hungry about a week before, so I never knew exactly when AF was going to start which was a real pain in the ass. A couple times I was walking through the airport, always as soon as I got through security and BAM! Huge gush and AF was here Also, running on the treadmill would cause AF to come a few days early! I would be running and a few minutes later, I'd have to jump off and make a beeline for the bathroom! I finally had enough and got it removed 5 months ago (and also because my hubby agreed to try for #2 but if even he hadn't, I would of still had it removed) and now my periods are very very light and running hasn't had an affect on when I start. Sorry...that was way too much info but yeah...IUDs are great, but sometimes the side affects make it unbearable to live with.
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^ Geez, that sounds horrible! I have a hard enough time knowing when mine is going to show up, w/o help from anything! Thankfully my AF didn't come back until about 6 months after I got mine removed, so I have no idea if it would have affected me or not.

Linda, that would have been scary! I had worried about that too. Same with the Implanon that they put in your arm.
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I'm on my 2nd Mirena and I love it! I got my first put in during my post-partum visit 7 years with my younger son and I often wonder if my uterus wasn't a bit tilted b/c the NP that put it in had to stop mid-procedure and change out the speculum and it hurt!! I was in pain at work afterwards. BUT, I never had more than light spotting when I had it. No more horrible periods, cramping, etc. I didn't notice any improvement to my skin; I've always dealt with acne and it didn't clear up.

I had it removed when my current husband I were ttc and I can't really comment on whether the Mirena helped to contribute to our fertility issues but I had some really AWFUL cycles after having it removed. Heavy, painful, long and very irregular. I don't want to place the entire blame on the IUD b/c I did have long cycles when I was ttc the other 2 times and often had annovulatory cycles. When it was determined that I could ovulate with the help of drugs but my husbands issues required surgery, we stopped trying and I had another put back in. I discussed the Paraguard/copper one and b/c my cycles could be very heavy, my OB advised against it and b/c I have (infrequent) migraines and due to my age (will be 39 this year), it was recommended to put in another Mirena. Insertion was much easier the 2nd time (different nurse too lol) and I had mild cramping. I did have periodic spotting/bleeding but fortunately, it stopped before our cruise. LOL
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I have a tilted uterus and I got a copper IUD 5 months after I had my daughter. It went in easily & I only had cramps for a few hours after. I didn't have any irregular bleeding or really painful cramps. I had it taken out because over the last year or so, my periods got quite heavy and when AF came I would feel a huge gush, like out of nowhere, had no idea AF was about to start, and it always happened at the worst time!. I didn't really get cramps but my flow got increasingly heavier until I had it removed. I didn't get PMS symptoms either other than being really hungry about a week before, so I never knew exactly when AF was going to start which was a real pain in the ass. A couple times I was walking through the airport, always as soon as I got through security and BAM! Huge gush and AF was here Also, running on the treadmill would cause AF to come a few days early! I would be running and a few minutes later, I'd have to jump off and make a beeline for the bathroom! I finally had enough and got it removed 5 months ago (and also because my hubby agreed to try for #2 but if even he hadn't, I would of still had it removed) and now my periods are very very light and running hasn't had an affect on when I start. Sorry...that was way too much info but yeah...IUDs are great, but sometimes the side affects make it unbearable to live with.
holy moly, that was definitely not a good experience and i am glad you shared it w me. it is good to hear all of the info/experiences, good and bad. that is how my af is now.. super heavy and it's awful. your side effects were certainly not worth the benefit, i suppose. how is the copper iud different from mirena? i clearly need to do some more homework thank you for sharing!
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I'm one of the few that had a problem with it. I've had kids and am older than most members so that may contribute.

I really liked it at first as I had it to lessen the blood volume which increased when I got older. It did that.

A few months later, I ended up in the ER and a 5 day hospital stay from pains that were far more intense, yet felt very similar to labor.


The Mirena must have expelled but they couldn't find it. The biggest scare was if it had punctured and been floating around in my body somewhere that would cause some major damage and complications.

I resisted for many years because I didn't want something foreign inserted for an extended period of time. Plus, my mother had an IUD which eventually caused problems that led to a hysterectomy.

I'm one of the rare ones though. I do think it's great for many women. I wish it would have been for me.

Sorry, don't mean to scare anyone. Just sharing my experience because it was asked.
i am realizing i need to figure out how to multi-quote in one post..

linda, omg, that is the most horrible, scary thing! i cannot imagine what that must have been like for you.. sounds super painful and quite scary. i am older, too, (38 next month) and have had kids, tilted uterus, etc so i am just trying to weigh all of the options and help us make the best decision. is their higher risk associated with being *ahem* older? bc i am def in that age bracket of being considered older i keep going back and rereading your post and it just scares the shit out of me..i am so sorry you had to go through that and thank goodness you are ok and it didnt cause infection, etc. ty for sharing. i really appreciate it!

christine thanks for sharing, too! sounds like your insertion process the first time was very painful. ouch! so your gyn advised against the copper iud bc of age and migraines? that would be out for me, based on that bc we are about same age and i have migraines, too. i am glad the second time insertion was better for you! and that you love it! thank you for your insight.
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christine thanks for sharing, too! sounds like your insertion process the first time was very painful. ouch! so your gyn advised against the copper iud bc of age and migraines? that would be out for me, based on that bc we are about same age and i have migraines, too. i am glad the second time insertion was better for you! and that you love it! thank you for your insight.
I probably should have clarified a bit better LOL My ob advised against the copper IUD b/c of heavy periods. The copper can make periods heavier so I couldn't have handled MORE hahahah. The migraines and age stopped me from getting BCP so the Mirena was the only other optioin I would consider.

And you're welcome!! I think my insertion issues had a lot to do with the NP. That one still is in my dr's practice and is very abrupt and not super friendly and I think that was part of the problem.

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linda, omg, that is the most horrible, scary thing! i cannot imagine what that must have been like for you.. sounds super painful and quite scary. i am older, too, (38 next month) and have had kids, tilted uterus, etc so i am just trying to weigh all of the options and help us make the best decision. is their higher risk associated with being *ahem* older? bc i am def in that age bracket of being considered older i keep going back and rereading your post and it just scares the shit out of me..i am so sorry you had to go through that and thank goodness you are ok and it didnt cause infection, etc. ty for sharing. i really appreciate it!

christine thanks for sharing, too! sounds like your insertion process the first time was very painful. ouch! so your gyn advised against the copper iud bc of age and migraines? that would be out for me, based on that bc we are about same age and i have migraines, too. i am glad the second time insertion was better for you! and that you love it! thank you for your insight.
I can't lie. It sucked. I honestly have never been through that much pain, and scare, ever.

BUT, I think it was just my bad luck.

It was a bad experience, of which I won't even totally share with you.

However, I can't discount how much it was beneficial for me when it was in. It helped regulate and lessen the volume. I had become anemic from almost a year of heavy bleeding. So, that was a logical step.

I'm even older than you. I don't think age plays into the risk though. You need to discuss it with your GYN.

My GYN has inserted many and I think I was one out of 3 that had complications.

Oh, and I do have a tilted uterus. So, it wasn't a comfortable insertion but not really bad at all.

Good luck with whichever you choose. I do think it's great that we do have options and you're very smart to educate yourself on them.
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6 children + tilted uterus = NO Mirena for DQ.

Linda, I'm glad you shared your story; I thought of you when I read this thread and I remember when you were going through that. Although your story is rare, it's a great thing to have it known that it IS a possibility. Knowledge is power.
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6 children + tilted uterus = NO Mirena for DQ.

Linda, I'm glad you shared your story; I thought of you when I read this thread and I remember when you were going through that. Although your story is rare, it's a great thing to have it known that it IS a possibility. Knowledge is power.
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linda, what i didnt share is that i have also been anemic for about six months.. my internist and gyn think it's in large part due to heavier cycles ( i was annovulatory pre kids then became regular after each child but w very heavy periods). i also notice my migraines to be worse around this time.

however, i am also having some tummy issues and have a hard time taking iron due to the way it impacts my tummy issues(increases constipation, etc) so it's tricky. we have to get tummy issues under control/better (we are getting there) and then i will be open to iron, etc. we even talked about getting iron via iv..

anyway, i thought it must have been pretty horrible, awful and painful for you to have stayed in the hospital for that long. they dont even keep you that long after babies so i cant imagine how sick you must have been.. and i dont even know the whole story. thank god you are ok.. i thank you for sharing again.

i really do just want to educate myself and weigh all options before we decide. my vote is for dh to have the big v!! but he is not 100% on board w that yet

it is helpful for me to hear all of the + and - for mirena so i thank all of you for sharing your opinions and insight!! it means a lot!
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I just recently had mine removed after 3.5 years and I loved it!! I have no children. Insertion was kind of painful, with cramping for 1.5 days, but after that, none. I did experience 1 per month "period" symptoms with no period except spotting sometimes. I did not purchase a single box of tampons or pads (except liners) for 3.5 years!!! For the first few months I did have irregular periods, with spotting 2 times per month but after that it leveled off. I had no issues with it in. I have a tilted uterus also. Removal was easy and pain free. I have several friends with it in and no issues. I recommend it because it beats taking a pill or using condoms etc. Oh my periods are also extremely heavy and I bleed for 6 days and with mirena nothing of the sort. And I used to get headaches all the time and they went away (except a few here and there). Now that its out, I miss it!!!
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wow, marie, your experience seems to have been a good one, overall, minus the month-long period symptoms at the beginning. thank you for providing your insight/experience. all of this is helpful!
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