Mirena Contraceptive: I felt pain for 6 months

This is how the Mirena Contraceptive is supposed to look before and after it is placed.
This is how the Mirena Contraceptive is supposed to look before and after it is placed.

Some of you may know her as Mirena Contraceptive or Mirena IUD and after having an 11 pound baby September of 2009, she became Mirena the nightmare. After having my son I decided I wanted to get on birth control again. I have used Ortho Evra and Yaz before, but due to the health scares, I decided to try something different.

I heard about the Mirena IUD from my sister, who had my neice 8 months before I did. She said the best part about it was she did not have to worry about exchanging her birth control every week or worrying about a birth control patch not sticking to her body(this happen with Orthro Evra birth control), but really, the best news came when she told me I didn't have to worry about having another baby for at least another five years. This was very important to me, because at the time I was in school and I needed time to finish and get a job to help support my family.

Listening to her I thought this was perfect for me. So, let me tell you about my little experience with the Mirena Contraceptive birth control before and after and why I replaced it on October 5, 2012 after having it for almost 3 years.

My initial reason for wanting birth control...

I am a mother of two and like I mention earlier, with my last child I decided to go with the Mirena IUD.

From what I was told...Mirena is a birth control that promises to give you light menstrual bleeds and helps prevent pregnancy for five years.

Please Read My Story to see if this has happen to you

This is back in November of 2009

I have had the Mirena birth control in for eight months now. With my last baby being so big I had to have a cesarean. So, my doctor advise me to come back for a 6 week follow up to check my incision and I thought at that appointment he was going to insert the Mirena IUD, but he didn’t. He stated he wants me to come back in 2 weeks for another follow up and then he will insert it then.

I made it through the two weeks and the first thing my doctor asks me before he inserts it is have I been sexually active? I actually had, but I didn’t want him to know. They ask you to not be sexually active, just in case you get pregnant. Of course, if you do get pregnant, than you don’t need the birth control, but if you may be pregnant than the Mirena IUD can cause a miscarriage.

My 11 pound baby at about a month old
My 11 pound baby at about a month old

I felt like I was on my deathbed before even speaking with the doctor

Let me just tell you, before my doctor even rip the Mirena out of its package, I had to read and sign this very long pamphlet about all of the side effects that could take place. I felt like I was on my death bed. Some of the health scares listed on the list were:
*pelvic infection
*certain cancers. Less than 1% of users get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease.
*Mirena may attach to or go through the wall of the uterus and cause other problems. If Mirena comes out, use back-up birth control and call your healthcare provider.
*Although uncommon, pregnancy while using Mirena can be life threatening and may result in loss of pregnancy or fertility.
*Ovarian cysts may occur and usually disappear.
*Bleeding and spotting may increase in the first few months and continue to be irregular. *Periods over time may become shorter, lighter or even stop.

WOW!!!! I almost ran out of the doctor office, but my nurse came in by that time after I had already read the pamphlet for about the 5th time. I remember laying on my back and my doctor asking me to spread wide and relax. I felt this cold metal thing being placed in my vagina and a sucking on the inside of my privates. My doctor tried to take my mind off the uneasy pain by small talk, but it was not working. I swear it felt like he stucked whatever it was so far up me, it was in my stomach. Well, the good part about it is, it did not take long for him to get finish. I would say about 3-5 minutes, but it was the longest 3-5 minutes of my life. Afterwards, he told me I may feel abdominal pain, but after that everything will be smooth sailing. Thirty minutes later I felt that pain and it lasted for 6 months.

I felt pain for 6 months
I felt pain for 6 months

Mirena reviews from others like you and me

Over the course of these 6 months my stomach was hurting so bad.

I was bleeding constantly during the entire time (sometimes light, but most times very heavy).

I was fussy, agitated, cranky, and I would often bend slightly over holding my lower stomach, because it was hurting so much. I was in a lot of pain, but I stucked it out. I remember reading other mirena reviews before I got the Mirena IUD and I told myself I would never allow myself to be in pain for over 6 weeks.

What kept me from taking it out was my sister kept saying she did not experience anything like I had. I remember going back to work after I had my baby and asking my coworkers about their experiences and some would say it lasted for 6 weeks, 3 months, or they didn’t feel the pain at all. So, hearing all of these things from them, I just did not want to give up. Alongside with the comments and suggestions from friends, I would tell myself this would help prevent a baby for the next five years.

Here I am 8 months later and on occasions the Mirena may be uncomfortable, but never like the pain I first encountered. You do have to feel for the strings with the Mirena IUD , but I usually just ask my husband does he feel them when we have sex. For the most part I am enjoying the Mirena birth control. Previously, I had a very heavy menstrual, but I don’t have them as often as I did. I usually have them every 2-3 months and I think that is just my body adjusting some things in there. If I do get a menstrual before that time, than it is usually very light. What I do like about the Mirena birth control is the ability to adjust it if I want to have a baby sooner than five years or if I want to go another five years or so, I can simply have it replaced with another Mirena IUD.

I hope your experience is much better than mines when deciding to use the Mirena birth control contraceptive. All I can say is some people love it, but some are also going to hate it. Be sure to go online to read other Mirena reviews like this one. There are many women who has posted their own experiences and it's always good to have a second or third opinion before deciding on the perfect birth control. Also, go with what your body is allowing you to handle and prayfully you should be okay.

Although my experience was so bad at the beginning, I can honestly say Mirena promised what she said. I am not pregnant again, and I hardly get a heavy menstrual. I was also told I would not gain any weight with Mirena and unlike other birth controls I have tried, with this birth control it has not contribute to any weight gain.

It's 3 years later and the Mirena is O.U.T

My doctor took my Mirena out just a couple of days ago (October 5, 2012 to be exact). I'm in such much pain right now, but I was in even more pain just 3 days ago, actually right before she took Miss Mirena out. But before, I jump into my experience from the last year and half, let me first explain why I took my Mirena IUD out before the five year mark

October 4, 2012 I woke up at 4:47a.m. with very sharp pains in what I thought was my abdomen, but later I found out it was actually my cervix. I didn't rush to the emergency room right away, because I felt this similar pain a year and a half ago (around February of 2011). So, I laid in my bed in a ball over the course of five hours holding my stomach, until my husband finally tells me he is taking me to the emergency room. We both hesitated before going, because I had these same symptoms over a year ago. The last time it happen, the pain was much more severe. I was running a fever of 102, had chills, trembling, and just crying my little heart out. When I arrived at the hospital the last time, I was immediately admitted into the hospital and my stay ended up being three days. The doctors took a pregnancy test, did lots of blood work, and even put a camera down my throat to see why my pain was so severe.

The good news is I got better by lots of antibiotics, very strong pain medication, and rest. After my stay the doctors were speechless. They has no ideal what cause such pain, and simply told me to follow up with a gastrointestinal doctor, in which I did. My visit to that doctor was a waste of time. He told me all my x-rays and test had come back normal, which was really great news to hear, but in the back of mind I was so scared that this problem would reoccur again....and it did, but this time not as severe.

So, as I was saying...my husband finally tells me he is taking me to the emergency room. We get there and we're called back. I'm told to undress and the doctor comse in and does a small check in my vagina. He then orders an ultrasound and a pregnancy test. I'm taken to the ultrasound room where the nurse does two types of exam. After, the doctor gets all the blood work, x-rays, and specimens test back, he tells me he sees nothing. I'm like oh my god, here we go again. He says the only thing that he sees is my IUD has slightly punctured my cervix and recommends that I have it taken out immediately since I have had a few abdominal aches and pains. I call my gynecologist and she sets me up for an appointment the next day.

So, I'm at the appointment, get called back, speak with the doctor, and she tells me let's get it out today. I'm thinking yeah!!! This is the resolution to all the problems I have had over the course of three years. As she is pulling it out she notice some yellow discharge and tells me my cervix does look inflamed, irritated, and this could be the reason for my pain the last 48 hours. But, here I am three days after the doctor visit and I am still in pain. Before I left the doctor's office she told me I would feel some cramps, but they should be gone over the weekend, but that is not the case...

My Tummy HURTS

It's been a total of six days and I'm like what else can I do? There is so much cramping going on that it literally feels like contractions. I was joking with my sister last night and told her my contractions are five minutes a part, but on a serious note ladies I don't know what to do. Mirena promised what it said it would prevent, which was pregnancy, but was it worth it? My menstrual have been at least 14 days over the last year, I haven't gain any weight, but I have had some unexplained health scares in less than 2 years time.

I was reading an article from "About Lawsuits," and found out there are a bunch of complaints. Some of them included but are not limited to

1. pevic pain

2. back pain

3. weight gain

4. IUD is lost and can't be found

5. pregnancy that was suppose to prevented while using the IUD.

A Happy Farewell :)

I'm a little nervous having my birth control removed, because it means I will most likely convert back to the pill. However, considering everything I have been through the last couple of years, I'm relieved to have it removed, but my experience alone help me to make that decision. Even all that I have mention, I am not against Mirena, because there are hundreds of other stories out there that celebrate the product, because of what it has done for them. Please carefully evaluate your own opinion and feelings. A lot of what I have read on the internet holds very true to my own experience with Mirena, but I have also had several friends to say they have not heard or went through any of the pain I have felt for the the last three years.

I want to thank all of you who have posted comments to share your story and want to encourage others to continue to do the same, whether it be good or bad. As far as the aftermath of Mirena, I'll keep you posted.

Mirena side effects

Mirena side effects can vary. Some of the symptoms listed are what I have pulled from the actually website, side effects from others, or what I have experienced myself.

1. Uterine cramps
2. Bleeding
3. dizziness during and right after Mirena is placed (To help minimize the cramps, ask your healthcare provider about medications that may be used before placement. If these symptoms last for more than 30 minutes, let your healthcare provider know. Mirena may not have been correctly placed and your healthcare provider should examine you.

Just like with any medication do not ignore mirena side effects. In my early stages of cramping and heavy bleeding I was always told my body was adjusting to this foreign object placed in me, and I listened to what my doctor told me, because I trusted them.

Read Mary's Mirena side effects story and see how she battled with a side effect of weight gain and how the doctor didn't believe her at first and instead diagnoisis her weight gain as a thyroid problem.

Visit your healthcare provider shortly after having Mirena placed
As a follow up, you should visit your healthcare provider once in the first 4 to 12 weeks after Mirena is placed to make sure it is in the right position. After that, Mirena can be checked once a year as part of your routine exam.

Your periods may change
For the first 3 to 6 months, your monthly period may become irregular. You may also have frequent spotting or light bleeding. A few women have heavy bleeding during this time. After your body adjusts, the number of bleeding days is likely to decrease (but may remain irregular), and you may even find that your periods stop altogether for as long as Mirena is in place. Around the end of the third month of use, you may see up to a 75% reduction in the amount of menstrual bleeding. By one year, about 1 out of 5 users may hay have no period at all. Your periods will return once Mirena is removed. If you do not have a period for 6 weeks during Mirena use, contact your healthcare provider to rule out pregnancy.

Mirena does not protect against HIV or STDs.

Mirena (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is a hormone-releasing system placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy for as long as you want for up to 5 years. Mirena also treats heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.

Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

BAYER, the Bayer Cross, and Mirena are registered trademarks of Bayer.
myMirena and Keep Life Simple are trademarks of Bayer.

Comments 24 comments

carroll 6 years ago

like my mirena...my flow is ify i may spot some times i skip . but if i skip the naxt month i cramp so bad. then i feel like i am pregnant sometimes . naus head ache. didn't hurt much when i got it . it was very suprisin like wtf but i love it my first bith control after the birth of my 1 1/2 old baby girl. i wanted this also cause im terrible at remebering to take pills.

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Best MOM Ever 6 years ago Author

Hi Carroll,

My flow is the same. I don't cramp that often anymore, but when it does come I am on like 7 days or more!!! Thanks for responding I appreciate the feedback.

noel 6 years ago

just got it today cramping sooooo bad like contractions ,pain in my thighs .im regretting getting it.

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Best MOM Ever 6 years ago Author

@ Noel. Just stick it for a couple of days. I would say about 7 to 10 and if not feeling any better call your dr. office. But I do understand what you are going through, hope you feel better.

fly mom 6 years ago

The Mirena is good but oh lord did it make me gain weight. I would get on a diet and still gain weight. I have gain like 30lbs on the Mirena. I do not cramp I did have a light period for a year and now it has been almost 3 years and i barely spot. No cramps No blood But a whole lot of WEIGHT GAIN

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Best MOM Ever 6 years ago Author

Hi Fly MOM,

Thanks for your reply, this is very good information for women who are looking into what birth control they would like to use.


lashanda cole 6 years ago

I like the fact of not having to remind myself of birth control...I had a set of twins 8 mths ago and decided to try the mirena out and now it has been 3 mths,the only downfall is that I have irregular periods and they last a lot longer than what they usually do..very unpredictable I would say

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Best MOM Ever 6 years ago Author

Hi Miss lashanda cole,

Thanks for responding to the post! Congrats on you your twins! It's good to know how others feel about the Mirena birth control. I'm glad you and I are able to share our experience for other ladies to read about.

Best Wishes!


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Best MOM Ever 6 years ago Author

Hi Miss lashanda cole,

Thanks for responding to the post! Congrats on you your twins! It's good to know how others feel about the Mirena birth control. I'm glad you and I are able to share our experience for other ladies to read about.

Best Wishes!


Mayada  6 years ago

I have the marina for over 2 years I was happy tell this month o have my flow twice and bleeding I can say the bleed is heavy and very red to black color before was brown

I have severe back pain going toward my right thight I don't know why the pain on my right side

I can't bend down to pick up stuff I don't know wht s wrong I always have Mariana even before my third child

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Best MOM Ever 6 years ago Author

Hello Mayada,

I am so sorry to hear you are going through a few things with Mirena. She can be a tough cookie sometimes,can't she? In my article above I mention about the Mirena may have to be re-adjusted and you should consult your doctor. I have had mines in for about one year and two months and I haven't had any major problems except for bad cramping around the time my period starts. I really think you should get to the doctor to explain your symptoms and see if you can get some help. I appreciate you for taking the time out to respond, because we all want to know how other women feel about some of the same products we all use.

Best Wishes


claire 6 years ago

omg mayada.i've had it now for about 9mths and all the symptoms you're experiencing, i am too. the bleeding in all.i've done ultrasounds and er visits and still no answer.the drs say they dont see why im bleeding so much.....i honestly do dnot know what to do anymore....any suggestions.....ANY1

Kelsey 5 years ago

I'm twenty years old and a sophmore in college. I started mirena over 5 months ago and I recommend it to all of my girlfriends. It hurt at first, since I have not had a child I did not know what to expect and gained a ton of respect for all of the child bearing women out there. contractions hurt! However, after about 30 minutes the worst of the pain stopped. Now, I'm happy to say I am back to a regular, even lighter period and love that I don't have to take that little pill everyday. I check the for the string regularly, just to be safe, and only get a little crampy when I'm menstrating. Over all, its worth a little pain, even for a woman who has never had a child. :) All i have to say is mirena is great and don't be afraid to try it if you are frustrated with your current birth control method!

Dominique 4 years ago

I had the iud for 3 1/2yrz nd they put it in wrong....u dont recommend iud..depo

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Best MOM Ever 4 years ago Author

Hi Dominique,

Every woman has their own experience with Mirena, but for the most part we experience the same symptoms. I have been on the MIRENA for almost 3 years (it will be 3 years november of 2012) and for the most part I am still enjoying the birth control.

I will be doing an update pretty soon to let you know how I am progressing with Mirena. Somethings has change and I can't wait to share them with you all.

Hang in there Dominique, it's gets better. I acutally encourage all the women out there to at least try Mirena if you are trying to avoid pregnancy.

Please keep checking in for an update very soon.

Best Wishes,

Best Mom Ever

Kadijah J. 4 years ago

Hello and thanx for posting thus. I thought I was the only one going through this. The unpredictable cycles. Tge extra days of my cyckes. This really has me puzzled as to why my dr recommended this because I can't afford to lose any extra blood. I am a severe anemic. So bad until it cause me to develop Congestive Heart Failure. I have had mines for 9 weeks now. The pain is the worst. Its like contracting. I also have gained weight. Before the placement my tummy was flat ( with a small pouch) HA! Not anymore I have had people ask me when was my due date. I have some serious mood swings. I say an extra pray for my hubby and kids every night. I feel so out if sorts sometimes like when I wad pregnant. Oh the nausea and spinning head is awfull as well. I have decided to give it 6-8 more weeks if it doesn't change or get better I'm going to have it removed.

Kadijah J. 4 years ago

Sorry for the typos. This dumb smart phone.

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Best MOM Ever 4 years ago Author

Hi Kadijah J.

That is awful to hear. I think your symptoms are the worst I have heard about lately. The best advice I could give you is to go with your gut instinct. I am posting an update today about my recent experience the Mirena birth control.

As a mother I feel my health is very important to me, but also my kids. We all need and should want to be healthy for our family and most importantly ourselves. With you having so many problems Kadijah, I first want to say I am not a doctor, but sometimes we have listen to the signs our bodies are telling us.

Em 3 years ago

Hi all, I am 7 weeks in and I can honestly say I have had only a handful of pain free, blood free days. The fitting was fine and was surprised at how easy, the doctor I had was great and would recommend her for fitting.

However an hour or so later I started to experience the cramping, I knew to suspect this so took some pain killers and got on with things. After 4 weeks I was starting to worry as I hadn't seen any improvement, I had an ultra sound and the doctors said it was in the right place and not to worry and trust it. It's now 7 weeks and I know that it can take time to "settle" but honestly feeling pain every day is getting rather tiring and frustrating, I do feel sorry for my boyfriend. He has been great and we have been able to pick moments between the pain but they are few and far between. I can cope with irregular bleeding for a while but I am worried the pain could be something more. I have no idea how long to persevere with it. I am going away on holiday in 2 months for the first time with my boyfriend and I don't want to be stressing and upset about this while we are away.

The pain is different from period pain, more like an inside intense almost stabbing pain, quite low down, sometimes it almost feels like I am being scratched from the inside (I have never had children). What is everyone else's pain like? I have also read that the pain for some people doesn't go away. I'm happy to give it longer as 5 yrs without worrying would be perfect but I just don't know how long to give it.

kira 3 years ago

Ive had mine for about 5 months and im starting to get bad sharp pains in my lower abdomen. ....

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Best MOM Ever 3 years ago Author

Hi Kira,

Those pains can be contribute to a number of health problems, but if you recently started experiencing them since she got the Mirena Contraceptive placed, then I would suggest going to see your doctor (either way you may want to see a doctor). I don't believe sharp pains are one of the side effects. My lower abdomen pains were more like menstrual cramping and it was constant for the first couple hours after having the device placed.

I'm sorry to hear you are having a bad experience. If you have read my story, then you know I completely understand what you are going through. By going to the doctor I hope they can provide you with some relief and comfort for you pain.

Best Wishes,

Best Mom Ever

ShaLady 2 years ago

I had hemorrhagic, terribly heavy periods and was anemic and passing giant black and dark red blood clots with lots if pain and premenstrual migraines. I have multiple large uterine fibroids. I had Mirena put in, had minimal pain and can feel it inside me but it doesn't bother me. First period after 1 month with Mirena was lighter and normal. I have tiny occasional cramps but I am very excited to have this birth control and an end to my horrendous bleeding.

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Chi 2 years ago

Hello I put mine in a few months ago and I found im adding weight. Its not an awful lot but its enough to make me coniser taking it out.. I also have a big pouch and nothing fits anymore..I just feel strange..funny thing is that I always thought I would not mind the weight gain..but I do..also my tummy hurts

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