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Mirena Contraceptive: I felt pain for 6 months
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...
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.
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:
*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.
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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
1. Uterine cramps
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.
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