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My Experience: Mirena IUD Birth Control

Updated on May 28, 2012

My Name is Stephanie. That's me in the picture on the right. I made the choice to use the Mirena IUD as my method of birth control back in June of '07. I researched everything about the Mirena birth control except actual mirena experience. Perhaps if I had I may not have chose to get the Mirena birth control due to all of the Mirena side effects there seem to be but nonetheless, I do not regret my choice.

I chose the Mirena IUC birth control because I am terrible at remembering to take medications. I wanted a no fuss, no work birth controlthat would allow me the security of knowing that for the next 5 years unless I decide otherwise, I will not be having any more children. I didn't want anything permanent but I do want the option to have children later on if I choose to do so.

IUD Birth Control

Mirena IUD Birth Control
Mirena IUD Birth Control

What is the Mirena IUC?

The Mirena IUC is an estrogen-free intrauterine contraceptive device that is 99.9% effective in preventing pregnancy. The small contraceptive device is inserted by your doctor into the the vagina, passed the cervix and implanted in the uterus. The Mirena IUD is a T-shaped plastic device that slowly releases small amounts of the hormone Levonorgestrel. It works by:

  • Block sperm from reaching or fertilizing your egg
  • Make the lining of your uterus thin (this may also result in benefits like less menstrual bleeding over time)
  • Stop the release of your egg from your ovary (but this is not the way it works in most cases)

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Mirena IUD

The 2 Month Mirena Spotting Period

Imagine your longest normal period. 7 days? 8? Now imagine having a period for almost 2 months and with constant cramping. I have never really had intense cramping during my periods, but during this 2 month period, there were many moments when all I wanted to do was lay down against the side of the couch.

MY Mirena Experience: Getting The Mirena IUC

The day I went to have the IUC inserted I had no idea what I was in for. I have dealt with some pretty serious physically painful experiences but this definitely found it self up near the top of the "Sh** that's painful" list. Put this one up for my first Mirena side effect Now, the Mirena Website says the following in their faq:

Q. Will it hurt?

A. Some women may experience some discomfort while Mirena is being placed. Uterine cramps, which feel like menstrual cramps, and dizziness may also occur, but typically disappear within a day or two. Notify your healthcare professional if pain and other symptoms persist.

The registered nurse at my doctors office was a wee bit more accurate and told me "some women say it just feels mildy uncomfortable, others will grip the table and scream" Which one do you think I was? I learned that day from my mirena experience that I am a gripper and a screamer. The nurses at the nurses station just outside my room, also learned this that same day.

It hurt, it was painful, and I was cramped up for hours afterwards. I could not tell you what the pain was, but I do remember saying the same thing I said during the 13 hours the doctors tried to induce my labor. They had incorrectly inserted the inducement medication causing the most extremely uncomfortable feeling I've ever had. My catch phrase? "I am never doing this ever again" Of course, in about 4 years one of these will happen again. Time will tell which one wins out.

I Am Happy With Mirena

After the 2 months of heavy spotting, my periods disappeared. Only once a few months later did I have any sign of a period and that was just some light spotting caused by a medication I was on. I terminated the medication for other reasons, and the spotting went away again.

Other then that, thanks to my Mirena birth control, my period is non-existent. I consider this Mirena side effects to be a good one. I never have any cramping anymore, and I rarely even think about my IUD contraceptive. I've heard some stories from women very unhappy with their IUD's and say they experience many Mirena side effects. Me, not so much. The first 2 months were an inconvenience, but I don't regret my decision to get the Mirena IUD contraceptive.

However, with that said, I hesitate to recommend the Mirena IUD birth control device to my friends. If you have serious trouble remembering to take your birth control, then yes consider Mirena for your contraceptive needs. If you can remember you birth control, do the research before you opt for this method

Mirena And Weight Gain

Have You Experienced Weight Gain With Mirena?

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Mirena Weight Gain

The Mirena site makes it very clear that "Won't cause significant Mirena weight gain". Significant must be subjective. Over the past 2 years, my total Mirena weight gain has been 25+lbs.. This most likely is also due to some stress experienced this past year, but I do beleive Mirena Weight gain plays a key role.

Mirena and Sex

I was lucky to have an understanding and patient boyfriend while going through this process with getting used to the Mirena IUD. More then once we had to stop because he could actually feel the plastic strings of the Mirena coming through my cervix during sex.

The Mirena strings are in place for removal and HAVE to be there, but they didn't have to be that long. The same registered nurse was able to cut them a little small and curl the ends. Only twice since then has he ever made comments about them.

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      Alison 5 years ago

      I have had the Mirena for about 3 years. The first year was tough - irregular periods, moodiness, some weight gain - but after that it has been smooth sailing. I can't even remember the last time I had a period. I still get the monthly breast tenderness, bloated feeling but it usually lasts a couple of days and then passes. I loved not having to worry about pills. I must say though, for less money the copper IUD worked just as well. No periods were great. I'm getting it removed in a couple of weeks and am looking forward to getting pregnant. Best part is I can start trying right away.

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      missy 5 years ago

      Hello all! So I've had the mirena now going on a couple weeks. During my initial visit to the doctor, he explained to me, considering i had never had a baby that it would be "very painful, but nothing i couldn't handle". So the day of the exam i went in with confidence thinking it would feel a little more like a pap! For the first minute, granted it did! Then... It was just the most terrible pain I've ever felt!!! He was having a hard time pushing it thru my uterus. When he finally pushed it thru was when i could hardlybare the pain. He then numbed the uterus with a gel, and the placement of the iud i couldn't even feel! I have had very minor cramping and bleeding. As he told me it would be much worse. So i just want to say, it's been worth it would(with the exception of a little grumpiness), but the insertion isn't the best! So good luck to all of you ladies considering it! I would recommend it if you think pain is worth not having kids/more kids just yet! :-)

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      lindsey 5 years ago

      the first time i had it i didn't gain any weight but i couldn't really lose amy either this time i have gained 20.lbs in 3 Months

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      Amber Carr 5 years ago

      I'm 25 years old with no children and I have mirena. I absolutely love it. The pill gave me acne, weight gain, mood swings, and nausea. The Nuva ring gave me blood clots. Mirena has been a dream.

      Insertion was no worse than a bad period cramp (again, I've never had kids and it didn't hurt that bad) and I spotted for a few days. No biggie

      I've had oily skin and acne my whole life but am able to control it. Mirena has not affected it. My skin is the same. I work out every day and have even been losing weight. So Mirena has not made me gain weight.

      I just want to be a positive voice out there for Mirena. Before I got it I read boards like these and it almost discouraged me from getting it. Thankfully it didn't because it's been the best birth control I've ever used

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      I got my mirena inserted two weeks ago, after being on bcp for nearly 15 years and devoloping chloasma. Also because I had heavy menstrual bleeding. Insertion was not pleasant, was done with local by a Obgyn. That was the worst part. Truly fit and forget!

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      angel 5 years ago

      i have only gained weight, have been moody and stressed all the time, now i had it taken out and bleading like after a baby... i would not do this again.

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      Kita Johnson 5 years ago

      I been on the IUD every 04-20-07 my 5years all most up i been have issues with IUD with my IUD every since i got the IUD my string come out & I wanna say 2009 than I had to get a ultarsound 02-2010 that take three hours they had to put it up and me because they couldnt found the string through my staomch but all my pregrant tests come back - but when I want to the Doctor today he said that I need another ultarsound because he said my uteius is & enlaged & missing IDU string so he really dont know what it is or whats going on I just dont know what to think is it a baby or sum promble with me PRAY FOR ME..... OR IT COULD BE A IUD

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      Caron Thompson 5 years ago

      I didnt find insertion sore at all ( gentle gyne?) After a few days of lower back pain and a bit of spotting my heavy periods didnt return! Tomorrow my Mirena is being removed.... will keep you posted!

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      tasha 5 years ago

      does the mirena loose some of the effectiveness the closser to the time it needs replaced?

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      JM 5 years ago

      I had every side effect possible from the mirena- after 3 years I decided to have it out- incontinence 20+pounds weight gain- hot flashes- night sweats- depression extreme anxiety finally I had it out to see if this was the problem- its been 2 weeks and finally I feel somewhat normal. I even had bladder surgery! Nobody could figure out whats wrong with me. My mom was the one that noticed all the changes and told me for 2 years that this is what it was - She was right!

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      Ellen 5 years ago

      I'm on my third Mirena iud and I swear by it, sure it's uncomfortable to have it taken out and put back in but it has been a real relief to have it. I used to have immensely painful periods and very heave and irregular, sometimes twice a month, sometimes for over two weeks straight. Ever since I got my Mirena I've been doing great. I have, however, gained +20 lb weight, I'm not sure if that is the cause but since it was remarked here that there could be weight gain I wanted to post it. My strings were cut shorter as well and my husband doesn't feel it at all. Getting no. 5 today, not looking forward to it but I'll be really happy when it's done.

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      Mkj 5 years ago

      I experience migraines since having mirena placed 8 months ago. I used to never get headaches, but experience them randomly now...and they are bad. I have also not been able to lose the baby weight. With my first child, I was back in my old jeans six months after having him. I used oral birth control. This time after my second child, I have Mirena and am no where near fitting in my jeans. (8 months later). It is nice to have the peace of mind that I have 5 years of 99.9% effective birth control... I just wish I could lose the weight and not have migraines!

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      stella 5 years ago

      i do not recommend mirena it all, it was painful, after a year still bloding, (heavy), i gain 10 pounds, dark spots on my face and a terrible pain on my legs every day. NO RECOMENDED>

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      Ashton 5 years ago

      I had my iud put in June 2011, and I love it, so far. I don't enjoy the weight gain but you got to take the good with the bad. I was put on the birth control YAZ, bad idea I know suffer from a heart problem caused by Yaz, so the pill wasn't a choice for me. I went with the mirena IUD , I have now had it for about 5 months. When They put it in it was not that painful because I was in labor for 26 hrs. I had my period the first 2 months and now I spot every now and again which is great for me. It may not work for everybody but it works for me!

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      nickxx 5 years ago

      I love Mirena! I've used it for the past 5 years and just had it replaced. yeah I had some cramping but I took 2 Advil's and within 2 hours I was fine. It is great not to have to plan around your period when going on vacation or doing anything or wearing anything. I guess everyone is different but have recommended it to my friends and family and they love it too.

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      Shalonde 5 years ago

      Ive only had mine in for a few days now and u guys are freaking me out! The insertion was no real pain I was actually fine shortly thereafter. Had a few cramps here and there but so far im fine. If anything change I will e sure to report back

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      mzlebeuf5 5 years ago

      the insertion wasnt painful at all just a little slight cramping and that was it but my period has been on for like 7 weeks now and im so moody i cant wait until my cycle goes off its becoming irritating

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      5 years ago

      I love my mirena. I have had absoultley no issues with it and I reccomend it to everyone!

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      Lexy 5 years ago

      I had my mirena put in after i had my son in 2009 my pre preg weight was 135 i went upto 180 after having him i went down to about 155-160 right away. I got the mirena put in two months after having him and immediately started to gain now two years later i have gone back to my pregnancy weight of 180 lbs i workout regularly i eat super healthy i have a toddler and i still have all this weight on me that wont budge just keeps going up. I am getting this thing out asap i have had enough!!

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      Tiffany 5 years ago

      I got mirena about a week ago and I have got to say that having it put in was the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. I had terrible cramps for the first 4 days and minor spotting. Sex was semi painful and my boyfriend finds the "guitar like" strings very painful. I am debating on getting the our taken out and am constantly worrying about it getting lost.

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      Michael 5 years ago

      I writing this comment on behalf of my wife Rose who had the Mirena IUD inserted about 8 mos ago. Although her experience was not as bad as some, we definetly would NOT recommend this form of birth control. She has endured alot of bleeding since its insertion with only small breaks in which she is not bleeding. Almost like she is on her period 3 weeks out of the month. Weight gain was about 10 -15 pounds during this time period also. Just this week she had an ultrasound which revealed an ovarian cyst which may have been caused by the IUD. Needless to say it has been removed. An absolute waste of money and time. I believe doctors must be getting kickbacks from selling these things because they heavily push them while downplaying their side-effects.

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      Stephanie 5 years ago

      I have had mirena for 3 years and dont have any problems with it.. I feel grate Ive had some spotting.. I recemand it to wveeyone.. I felt alittle pain nut nothing you cant handle Im very happy with this birth control and when my time is up Ill get another five years :)

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      TxToothfairy 5 years ago from Dallas

      I had a Mirena IUD placed 3 years ago... I have always felt like there is something in my body that doesn't belong. It seems that almost immediately I became very moody, sad, and anxious. I have also gained 25 pounds. Recently, I had severe lower back pain last week that was very deep into my lower back muscle, , then I started bleeding very heavy yesterday and the back pain subsided since I started bleeding ( I haven't had a period in 2 1/2 years... And I am having a very heavy period) Is it normal to bleed while the Mirena is in place?? I am convinced the Mirena has something to do with my symptoms. I just don't feel like myself anymore. I have

      an appointment on Friday because it's the soonest I can get in to my doctor. I want them to take it out!!!

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      Actually, its Awesome!! 5 years ago

      After reading all the comments on this site... I was extremely nervous about getting an IUD. I am not a fan of pain... I have never had a child, so I went in expecting the worse. I knew the IUD would be the best solution for me, I have been many years on the pill, and it was time to go off them for good. I talked to my doctor, told her I was freaking out... and she said it would be fine. She gave me two tiny shots to numb my cervix... then brought in an extra nurse to distract me. We chatted about weddings and kids, and before I knew it, she said it was in. I was like, really? Thats it? I have never been pregnant, and figured it would be worse, or I would scream and pass out... I passed out when I got my first tattoo... and I would say this is much easier. I had my husband drive me just in case... and it was fine! That was this morning... I will keep up on the Advil... but I think it will be alright. It was uncomfortable, with pressure... but no pain to speak of. I know everyone is different... but I HIGHLY recommend finding a doctor that will numb your cervix up a bit. I would do it again, and recommend it to anyone.

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      jeanobug 5 years ago

      I had mine in place 2008 and yes it did hurt when they put it in ......but later I was fine. Now it's 2011 I hear rumors people are getting pregnant on this IUD; so far this IUD worked for me and I will continue using it.

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      Tanya 5 years ago

      I had an IUD inserted about a month ago to help with heavy bleeding. I had really bad cramps that kept getting worst everyday. I felt bloated and my whole body began to ache after 9 days. When I checked it - I realized that it was falling out. I had to go to emerg. and have it removed. Ten minutes after having it removed I felt 70% better... My doctor wants to try it again, but I scared.

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      Love Mirena 5 years ago

      I am on my second Mirena and I love it. My first time getting the Mirena inserted it hurt alittle and I had mild cramping after. The second time wasnt bad at all, I took pain meds about 20-30 min. before and I think that helped a lot. I didnt feel much at all and didnt have any pain after. The Mirena is a life saver, because with two kids I am very busy and I cant remember to take a pill everyday, plus its nice not having a period every month. I would highly recommend getting the Mirena to anyone. Yes, I have gained alittle weigh and had trouble losing weight but in the end its all worth it, I promise.

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      Amy 5 years ago

      Had it put in on Tuesday. I have given birth vaginally to three and by c-section one. When my five years is done if all goes well, I will not have another one inserted. I have to say it was one of the most painfull experiences without pain killers. Im sorry but it was like drilling teeth without novicaine.

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      Jen 5 years ago

      I had my Mirena for about a year and half. It has been an overall positive experience and I would recommend it to anyone. I cannot take regular birth control due to other medical issues, but this makes birth control so much more effective and you cannot "forget" to take your bill this way.

      It was VERY painful when they put the device in, but of course it is going to be. They are putting a foreign object into your uterus, so please don't let everyone's negetive reviews about the pain change your mind about this option. My doctor was able to numb my cervix which made it much easier on me. If the strings make it uncomfortable for your partner, just have your doctor clip they to make them shorter so that they no longer bother him.

      Everyone is going to have a different reaction to this, expecially since you are putting something different into your body, but the great thing about it is that you can take it out if your body doesn't accept it. It has been such a great option for birth control for me.

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      Lacie 5 years ago

      I just recently got my IUD put in Aug of 2011. I had severe pain when it was put in....and i don't blame this on the doc...its probably just my body type....i believe all women would be different in this case. I on the other hand had severe pain. She dilated me and measured my cervix, which both was painful. When i left the doctors office i was in so much pain that i was bent over as i walked to the car....i was grateful to have my friend drive me home. The pain lasted about an hour before it went away. (Just a suggestion...if you know ur getting this put in, wear some comfy pants!!) After I got home it more less went away...about a week after I had some pain but i figured it was just from the IUD being a foreign object in my body and my body was adjusting. I also had some spotting but only enough to have to wear a pantyliner everyday.

      I've had it in for 3 weeks now and I've been having serious cramps. It feels like someone is stabbing me in my pelvic area...

      I also experienced severe pain during intimacy with my partner. It wasn't during the sex that it hurt...but afterwards I got severe cramping that made me curl up in a ball and cry. This lasted about 30 mins (give or take) and it was non-stop.

      I figured most of the pain would have went away by now...but it is only getting worse. Which is causing me to debate on whether or not to get it taken out.

      I personally would not recommend getting this done. Of course, like i said before, every women is different so it's all up to you. But this is my experience with it. And I'm only 19 and I've never had children or any serious vaginal surgeries. This may also make a difference as well. Im not sure but i thought i would suggest it. Maybe the changes could be different with someone who has had children and someone who has not. This is just my own personal experience. I hope it helps. :)

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      nidia 5 years ago

      i am 7 weeks pregnant with uid in place ,i had have it since 3 and half years. i am not recomend it for any one .the risque is more often what you think.

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      aatifa 5 years ago

      I thank you for sharing your input on this device. This has helped me to make a better decision.

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      teresa 5 years ago

      i had my mirena put in a few days ago ; it did hurt i just hope i dont gain waight ;the way i was told it shouldnt i will let every one know how it goes thanks

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      Neko 5 years ago

      I wouldn't recommend this device to my worst enemy. The first insertion was very painful. In addition to that I bled everyday for the 7 months, then 3 weeks bleeding, few days of break, then 2 weeks bleeding, few days break, and so on so forth. After a year I went to the dr. and she explained that my period will get lighter. Now I had this device over a year and 5 month. I have my period every month and spot a week. Also I just found out I got the ovarian cyst which it states on their website that it may cause that. I am taking this out!!!!

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      clyde 5 years ago

      The string causes a great deal of discomfort for the male. Feel like you have beem poked with a needle. My wife had hers removed because sex was so painful for me.

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      Abbie 5 years ago

      I kind of walked into my situation with blinders on. I refused to read any of these reviews until I had my own experience, didn't want to be influenced by the negative reviews since I tend to freak out over medical procedures. I can't take regular Birth control because it makes me sick to my stomach. I've had mine for about 2 months and the first couple weeks I had mirena I hated it! I even called to make an appointment to have it removed, then changed my mind because I started to feel comfortable. I was so freaked out by having something foreign in my body. I did experience some anxiety, but I've always suffered with that anyway. I have lost some weight on it and actually I hardly think about it at all now. Sex was uncomfortable at first, but I think it's because I was tense and scared of it being there. When I relax everything is fine. I did bleed for about 10 days. I have normal periods now. I don't see how people on here can say they are in such horrible pain and have issues, but still have kept it in for 2-4 years. Get it taken out!!! why would you wait and leave it in if its so horrible??? It's not been the best birth control, but it's not the worst.

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      Pinky 5 years ago

      I just had my marina device installed yesterday and it was not painful at all. I had some cramping but I guess my tolerance may be high because I suffered with severe cramps from puberty until I had my daughter. I am glad you shared your experience. I will keep your page updated with my experience.

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      Nita 6 years ago

      I was on mire for 7 months. I had terrible cramps, acne, and bacterial vaginosis 3x. I do not recommend this to anyone.

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      Elaine 6 years ago

      I have had thiiud for almost 3 years and in those three years it has been hell. I started off at 115 and am now at 217.my acne is worse my depression is worse.and just two days ago i went to get it removed.......and they could NOT find the string....told me that i might have to get and ulta sound and might have to have surgery....i am 20 years old and they told me to pray i can still have kids....i am glad to hear i am not the only none having problems with this iud.

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      Cian 6 years ago

      I am ending my time with my first Mirena. I have had no periods, which was great and no cramping. Insertion was a breeze. I don't know whether I should thank my doctor for that. I have had 2 other experiences with IUD both were hormone free and both had severe side effects. One perforated and the other I had heavy, heavy menstual cycles. My biggest complaint with Mirena is the weight gain. I have managed to lose some weight with extreme dieting and extreme cardiovascular exercise, none of which is possible long term. I am looking forward to taking it out to see if I can lose the weight within a decent amount of time but I do not look forward to my period again:(

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      Meagan 6 years ago

      I've had Mirena for 3 weeks now. I spotted for 3 days after getting it inserted and that's it. The insertion was a bit painful but I only cramped the day I got it inserted. We'll see what lies ahead. I read the side effects after the fact but so far so good. It's very interesting reading what other women experience. I hope I don't get any of the bad side effects. But so far I would recommend it.

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      Ashley 6 years ago

      I have had the IUD for four years now. It hurt teribly when i had it put in and I bleed for about two weeks. Although for about 2 months in the beginning i had quite a bit of cramping and no periods. My doctor had me sent for an ultrasound and it showed the IUD caused a cyst on my ovary which they said would go away on its own in a few months. I then had about another month of cramping and pain then it all went away. I have had lite two to three day periods and not other problems what so ever. I will be getting another one put in and my doctor seems to believe that the second time wont be as painful. This i am unsure of at this time but will update you on the experience. I do believe that it may not be right for every one but if you are looking for a sure way to prevent pregnancy for long term then this may be good for you. Also know u have to deal with a few months of uncomfortable cramping. As for weight gain I am 110 now and before I got pregnant I weighted 123 and i do nothing differently then I did before. I hope this is helpful to anyone interested in the IUD Mirena

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      alison 6 years ago

      Hi, I had the Mirena inserted yesterday and im very paranoid. The cramping and pain has gone away and i feel normal, my period has subsided, but what worries me is i tried to feel for the strings but could not feel them (in the shower of course) Now i know it says to wait till after menstration to check because of all the swelling, but im just making sure, i didnt see it fall out but again apranoid. What should i be felling for and are the strings obvious to feel?

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      Very happy  6 years ago

      I have had it in for 3 years and am very.happy no pain going in I wad told to taken tylenol right before my appt and it felt fine my periods have stopped and honestly I dont even know its there some times I wonder if I still have it or has it fallen out... So I love it and have no complaints what so ever and I personally do recommend it...

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      Nick a pooh 6 years ago

      I think I may have made a huge mistake!!! My Dr said this would help with periods and fibroids. I had surgery last week and at that time I was implanted with the Mirena. I have had constant cramping ever since. Had a pelvic exam to make sure string where were they need to be and thought I would die on the exam table!!! And after a week I feel horriable I thought this was to help were did I make my mistake am thinking about having it taken out or is this normal to cramp after so many days? I hate being a big baby but it HURTS!!! Thanks any info on how long this will be would be a great help Thank You.

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      Sara 6 years ago

      I have been on Mirena for six months. Putting the darn thing in and the first month of cramping and spotting was the worse effects I encountered.

      Currently, I have been doing fine despite my fatigue. I like Mirena because it's 99.9% effective and not a pill. I became pregnant with twins on the pill and chose this method because it seemed safer for me.

      Recently I have read that birth control of all sorts can cause depression and hypothyroidism, mainly due to the cause of deficient calcium and magnesium.

      I am hoping by increasing my vitamins and supplements and dieting by depleting sugar, alcohol and yeast foods I will regain my energy. If this doesn't work I will conclude that my weight gain and fatigue is definitely from Mirena.

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      MAYBE 6 years ago

      Anyone ever get pregnant while on the IUD? N how did u know u wer? Im in worry,had mine in for almost 4 years n had my period for one day n two months n every once in a while I feel like I have butterflies... Worried...

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      Naran 6 years ago

      Please let me know how much it costs in total /including the device and its insertion/ if you want to have it done in UK.

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      Martyna 6 years ago

      Hi.

      I have Mirena for 1,5years now. I have 1 boy, but do not want any more children. Fitting was unpleasant. Have some spotting for couple of days after, very light periods every 1-6weeks, and after around a year, it stopped, completely. Had no period for couple of months now.

      Weight... well, that was a problem... I had it fitted in February 2010, in May I was massive, swollen everywhere. In June I saw on my scale nearly 91kg and I went on a hard diet. Lost 22kg. Now it's ok.

      Sex... My husband cannot feel anything, but I think I do. I'm not sure is it the post-labour thing, or post-mirena thing, but some positions are not for me now. It hurts a lot...

      Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

      All the best

      Martyna

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      Natalie 6 years ago

      I've had mirena for 2 years now and have experienced very little problems. There was cramping when my Dr. put it in but once it was in place the cramps went away. I had spotting and a light period after that, then my periods were actually pretty normal until they eventually just stopped. No sexual side effects and no more than 10 lbs. of weight gain, but my weight gain is most likely due to lack of exercise and too much comfort food. (: Mirena has worked for me so far. (I am 31 and have 2 kids.)

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      Pregnant 6 years ago

      I've had mine in for almost 2 1/2 years and just found out that we are expecting a baby! I was happy with it until we found that out. No periods, no cramping but, now it is still in and I'm worried about how it will effect the baby growing in there with it! Thanks alot Mirena!!!

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      Cassie 6 years ago

      I got the Mirena today and u have to say the pain upon insertion was almost unbearable. I almost passed out at the checkout desk and had to lay down for about 30 min. Even then the cramps were so bad I thought about calling someone to come get me. I think I should have dine a little more research on this before getting it. I'm not really worried so much about the spotting.... I'm worried about the fact that everyone is saying they have no sex drive at all. That is NOT an option in my relationship. He complains about only getting sex 2-3 tines a week so I think he would freak if my sex drive decreased. Is there anyone out the that has had no change in sex drive? Or maybe even have had it increase?? I really dint want to have it taken out after all I just went through.

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      Angel 6 years ago

      I am 25 and I have one child who is 5. I got my first Mirena when I was 20, and am now on my second one. I love mines, my periods disappeared after the first 6 months! I think everyone's body is different because I didn't experience any discomfort other than a few hours of slight cramping. But after having a child and going thru labor it didn't bother me. I've tried other forms of birth control and ran into many issues. Initially I wanted my tubes tied because I do not want to have anymore kids. But, my doctor recommended this IUD and I'm glad he did because I love it! Like many other post I have experienced weight gain which I believe is because I don't have a period, but I'd rather deal with a few pounds than to have an unwanted pregnancy! Overall, I say do what's best for you after your own independent research.

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      Rachel 6 years ago

      I loved mine, had it for 3 years after my 2 kids. no weight gain, mild to moderate acne but not sure if it was the Mirena or not. Had a few crazy nights with the husband and the strings are now missing. An ultra-sound confirmed it was still in the right place but now will need another one put in just to be sure it stays where it should.

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      wilma 6 years ago

      I had the marena put in several years ago, I had always used the copper 7, the original type of IUD's. I used the copper 7 for more than 25 years with no problems whatsoever. The Dr. convienced me to try the marena, so I did. No probem going in, no cramping, no pain at all. . . except I started having pains in my legs, bad pain especially at night when I went to bed, it scared me really bad, cause I thought it may be blood clots so I called him and made him take it out and insert the kind I had always used and I never had those pains in my legs again. He was surprised because he said that was not listed as a possible side effect but it did happen, was very painful and scarey. The only thing that I changed was the IUD. So it had to be that. And if you think about it. . . just how healthy can that be in the long run to mess with how our bodies were designed to function. It really has not been around long enough to let us know the long term side effects are of messing with mother nature...

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      Stephanie e 6 years ago

      I had my mirena put in in january of 2010 after having my son on december of 09. I have gained about 40 lbs since having it put in and I can't do anything to make the weight fall back off. 4 days ago I felt a major discomfort in my vagina so went to take a shower. I felt down there and the wires were actually hanging out of me. I immediately called the doctor and he said it had come completely out of place and to just pull it the rest of the way out. I'm wondering how long it had been out of place and if I could be pregnant. A friend of mine also had trouble with hers. It had slipped halfway out so had to get gets removed!! I honestly don't recommend this iud to anyone

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      chany 6 years ago

      So not to sure but i am on my second iud and not haveing to much trouble . The first time was bad though i had to have it removed due to it being put in wrong!!!!

      They had it sitting on a slant and it was digging into the one side of my cervics so for all of you who are spotting really bad i was 9months straight , go in to your doctor and get that checked . I had my doctor put my second one in and it was a totally different feeling.

      I didn't grip the bed in pain but it was very unconfortable more like a pap test and it only takes about 7 minutes so try it for your self and listen to your doctor. Talk alot with them and get the info that you need!!

      GOOD LUCK!!!

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      Jenn 6 years ago

      I have had my IUD in for going on 4 years now.. Lately I've been experiencing longer periods, maybe 18 days in total, I've been having anxiety/panic attacks, I was 120lbs before having in put in and now Im 147lbs and can't get rid of it no matter how hard I try, and acne.. mine is embarassing, I've never had any of these things happen and didn't know why, until I read all of these comments. I just want to thank you all so much for sharing, and hopefully when I have mine removed, everything in my life will change..Thanks again

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      Jessica 6 years ago

      I've had mierena for almost a year when i got it, it was the worst pain i ever felt i threw up and got dizzy and went home and slept forever to tryto forget the pain. I have not stopped having periods and the cramps still happen sometimes to where I have to sit down or crawl into a ball.

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      Eileen L 6 years ago

      Unfortunately you can abort up to 4 of your children per year using any type of hormonal birth control.

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      janette 6 years ago

      this product was the worst thing I have ever use! It was extremely painful going in...had cramps for a week and bleed for the entire time I had it 2 months! it fell out one night after making love to my husband! in witch he said was the worse time ever! it hurt us both!! THIS PRODUCT SUCKS!

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      abeer 6 years ago

      mirena caused to me iregular bleeding for four months after insertion it also lead to some increase in my weight but it saved me from long periods of bleeding

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      Hi Stephanie.

      I am in the 'research' stage of getting a mirena. My case is a bit different from the other comments I think.

      I am 18 and am currently on the pill. But I am so busy and often stay the night else where, I honestly havent been able to work out a system where I keep up with my pill.

      I am almost always behind. WAY behind and it is extremely frustrating because I love my partner to pieces and always feel unbelievably guilty when I tell him I'm behind.

      There are other things I am looking for. I really am at the point where I just dont have time for periods! That sounds so insane but I do a lot of performing and am a part of scouting New Zealand and go on a lot of camps. Also, I work very long hours around university and it gets very difficult havein my period when I am in the middle of a season of shows or am on a camp or am constntly needing to dash off to the bathroom at work.

      You sound like you know most of what there is to know about the mirena!

      Is it the right option for me? At some stage I will be seeing my GP about it but I woundered if you know, does the mirena always stop periods completely? are there other options that do this?

      If you have time, send me an email!

      sarahvenville@hotmail.com

      enjoyed reading about your expreience, sounds like it all worked out in the end and i hope it will do for me too!!

      thanks :)

      Sarah

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

      thanks for sharing your experience, i felt pain when it was first inserted but have shown no signifant weight gain because of the mirena...although i did bleed for about seven months after having it inserted...though now my periods are very sporadic and light and only last about two days...so overall, mirena is a good thing for me! thanks! :)

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      polly bowman 6 years ago

      I got my morena about 7 months ago and from the very beginning I thought this was a good choice after two months my periods would stay on for two weeks every month my doctor also told me the mirena would help my fibroids and bleeding not true after 7 months of this and 14 pounds of weight gain I had it removed I was very unhappy with my results

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      Penny 6 years ago

      Ive had mine in for nearly 5 years. Use to have painful periods and also for birthcontrol. Didnt hardly hurt getting it put in, a bit of a hassle for the first 2 months (period every couple of weeks) but since then perfect. No weight gain - other than me eating too many chocolate biscuits - but I exercise and lose it and really it is the same as before. Just starting to get periods again now so will get another done. It has been absolute bliss to be free of intense period pain which I have suffered from for 20 years.

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      rose 6 years ago

      i had mirena for 3 yrs i was happy that fat i didn't have my periods no more but when i decided to have another baby and they said when you want to have another baby you be ready the lies until now i still can get pregnant so i don't recomend it because of my experience

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      de 6 years ago

      I had mine inserted on my lunch hour and went back to work

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      Nancy 6 years ago

      My mirena makes me change emotions like if was bipolar my boyfriend and I fight alot beacuse either me cramping alot always having headake and I have gain slog weight my mom thinks because of the mirena I had for 4 years and I gain over 50 pounds......if any of y'all fell the same then I think is normal then......

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      sssss 6 years ago

      I have mine for about two years now and overall I am satisfied with it, except one thing. My periods are very light and irregular. I'm very concerned about this, and I am thinking to have it removed. I don't believe when they say that it's ok to not to have your period. That is not a normal thing to me.

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      crys 6 years ago

      i am 21 never had kids and do not plan to have children anytime soon. but have a question...i know some of you women got mirena..but was this with the 5year or 10year..my doc (she delivers babies so maybe that = equals a good doctor who knows not to screw my uterus..she told me about that problem with bad doctors) she did however explained it like its completely painless!!! she said i could have cramps..but not that they would be unbearable. she also did not mention weight gain possibility.. but said with the 5year some women have lighter periods and 10year heavier periods. idk whether to associate these problems i'm reading with the 5year (which i was considering) or with the 10year. or if is just both. help help ladies...[although after reading this i say to myself..."mirena HELL NO".] still wondering though.

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      Emily 6 years ago

      I love mine :)I'm on my 2nd one. I'm 25, no kids. Got my first one when I was 17 due to some antibiotics canceling out my birth control pills and me getting pregnant (I miscarried, thank God). CONS: It was one of the most painful things I've ever felt when it was inserted (and removed)but I survived it. The nurse said "discomfort" and acted like it was no big deal...until another nurse was called in to "hold me down". I was dizzy, cold sweats, eyesight blurry. Dr. told me it was called "Cervical Shock". I was out of it to the point of not being able to drive and having to have a friend pick my up. I curled up in a ball with a bottle of Ibuprofen and I was still pretty sore the next day. I'm really dreading getting this one taken out, I'm going to request some pain meds beforehand.

      PROS:

      I haven't had a period in 8 years, just a little spotting every other month or so. I get moderate cramping when I'm spotting. I'm very physical and have not had any weight gain in the long span of having the IUC. I'm also medicated for depression. For those who said they felt sad, go to a doctor and get some happy pills. You and your partner will be thankful. The only thing I can personally say I have is NO SEX DRIVE.

      I've recommended it to several girlfriends and they've all been super happy to have made the decision to get one.

      Lastly, GET IT!! You'll love it afterwards.

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      Angela  6 years ago

      I just had mine inserted 5 hours ago and they actually had to insert two, since the first one malfunctioned. It was not bad at all, a slight discomfort. Nothing like labor pains or kidney stones, which I have had both. It seems some people are very sensitive or didn't get it during their period like standard protocol.

      I have fibromyalgia and a herniated disc, so I would have 100 IUD's inserted a day rather live in actual pain everyday.

      For those of you who are reading this and are getting scared, please do not get scared. Not everyone grips the table and screams...well, I didn't even scream when giving birth to my 9 pound babies or when I had kidney stones, so I sure wouldn't scream with having a skinny tube inserted into my cervix...just saying.

      My girlfriend also had one a few months ago and she felt just slight discomfort as well. Another girlfriend just got her's 2 weeks ago with only slight discomfort as well.

      I took no prior pain pill or tylenol. My doctor did not use any numbing solution either.

      Don't be scared!

      I have not had any major cramps either, just slight cramping and pressure. Nothing like my bad period cramps at all...but, I am only 5 hours post insertion, so it might get worse.

      *Just make sure you do it on your period when your cervix is already naturally dilated, at least that is what I did and I felt no pain!

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      kate 6 years ago

      I am on my first one and i like it for the most part. It was sooo painful when i got it. I have noticed that i have more cysts since having it. I am 2 years into it and it was worth the pain, which by the way was worse than giving birth to my daughter. but anyways, my doc said she would leave the strings longer so they wouldnt poke my s/o He still gets poked all the time. I have noticed that i cramp like i am going to start my cycle, but i never do. I'm okay with it for now but i might have it taken out in the next year or so

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      EJ 6 years ago

      It is so great I am not alone!! I thought getting Mirena would be be the best choice for me lighter or no periods, not having to remember to take a pill everyday, but I think I was wrong. I am having periods about every 24 days that last 10-12 days. They aren't really heavy, just enough to be annoying. My acne is much worse than before and I've gained about 15-20 lbs that I just can't get off. I have never had a problem with weight, but it is like everything I eat just stays on me.

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      Becca 6 years ago

      I have had the mirena birth conrol for two years now. The experiance has not been bad; however, is it normal to experience somewhat intense cramping after sex?

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      ash 6 years ago

      Mine is fine. I cramp, have no period, no weight gain, no headaches, no nausea, not sensitive with smells, normal libido, teeeeeny bit of spotting, no acne...NIENTE!!!!

      I just can't find the strings. That's all

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      Lindsay 6 years ago

      I'm 25 years old, and I've never had any kids. I just had the Mirena IUD inserted yesterday, so I don't know too much about the effects yet.

      I was completely terrified to get the IUD inserted after some of the horror stories that I read, but (trust me, ladies) IT'S NOT THAT BAD. I had no numbing injection. As she was inserting the Mirena, I simply concentrated on my breathing. I felt a little pinch followed by what I would call a pretty moderate cramp. Nothing that I haven't had before with my menstrual cycle. Before I knew it, it was over. Probably took about 2 minutes. I was a little bit dizzy sitting up. I cramped a little pretty much all day yesterday. I just lounged around with some cupcakes and a heating pad on my stomach. lol.

      I'm a tiny bit crampy today, but it's really nothing.

      Best of luck if you're thinking of getting one! So far, it's been just fine. It will be so great to not have to worry about birth control for 5 years! :o)

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      Eve 6 years ago

      I just had the mirena put in 4 hours ago. After reading the posts on here i was very scared that it was going to hurt. The procedure took a few minutes, my doctor inserted the clamp like they do for a pap smear, which isn't very comfortable, but doesnt hurt. I saw her go in with the mirena, and i didn't feel a thing! No pain at all. Driving home from the doctor i was bleeding some, nothing crazy, and i felt some very slight cramping. Honestly, if i didn't know i had it just put in, I wouldn't have noticed the cramps. I definitely recommend going to a good doctor, i think that must make all the difference when it is being put in. It doesn't have to hurt! Talk to your doctor, i did, and she reassured me a lot and thank goodness i listened to her because so far i'm thrilled with this! This site almost scared me into not doing this, so if you're thinking about it, definitely ask your doctor!

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      raystiffany 6 years ago

      I had my first iud when my first child was 8mos old. I had been on birth control upto that point. which did allow my hormones to "settle" and balance out. It was very painful having it inserted but I had very little cramping and only spotted for about a week. Then I was without a period until I had it removed for our second child 3 and a half years later and was able to get pregnant after one period. I was very please with the iud. After looking back I realize the iud did cause my sex drive to drop and I did gain weight.

      After our second child I had the iud when she was 4wks old. (c-section) It was painful the second time as well. I didnt take birth control at all. I gained weight immediately. My faced started breaking out, I was moody, and absolutely no sex drive. The only good thing was no period. My doctor suggested my hormones were out of balance so I did try birth control and it didnt seem to help. Over a period of 18mos I gained 25lbs. Even with exercise and a good diet. I had the iud removed and we did get pregnant right away just like before. Within days of having the iud removed my sex drive was back and my face has started to clear up. I have also lost a few pounds. Unfortunately, I do not think I will have another iud after this baby. More than likely I will go back to regular birth control pills.

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      Tory 6 years ago

      I had open heart surgery a year prior to having the mirena inserted and thought all was going good. When I had it inserted I weighed 170 lbs. I have had it for 6 months and cannot stop putting the weight on and having those monthly cravings all the time. I now struggle with trying to lose weight as I have reached 215 lbs. I have been dieting and just cant loose more than a few pounds. I have now told the Dr I want it removed and am just waiting for my appt. I am so depressed about my weight I am just ready to rip it out myself. If you have put on a few lbs before from the pill, DO NOT, use this.

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      PK'sMama 6 years ago

      I had the mirena inserted in August at my 6 wk. post delivery check-up. I experienced mild discomfort during insertion, and bled for 4.5 months straight. NON-STOP. Also, anytime I have intercourse with my husband, I shortly begin to bleed afterwards for a day or two. Anyone else experience that? The great thing is, I don't have to worry about taking a pill. I'm not ready for another child....bad thing, I have had some weight gain. I'm working hard at keeping it under control.

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      mirenauser 6 years ago

      I had my first child ten months ago. When he was 2 months old, I had Mirena inserted by my OBGYN who does a lot of these IUDs. I had mild abdominal pain, no more than my usual menstrual cramps.

      Since insertion I've had two co-workers with it have problems. Both had previously had children and placed it to keep the size of the family they had. Both had to have invasive surgery to remove it as it had implanted in the wall of their uterus within two years of insertion. One even was made fertile because of the damage the IUD Mirena did. Therefore I always figured if I had bad abdominal pain, I would get it taken out ASAP. However, mine was another story.

      I never had my period 'go away.' I always had spotting for one time of the months, different than my period had been. The last two months I've been getting heavier periods and even this past week the Mirena came out with a tampon. String, t-bone piece in all, it came out with no pain. However the next day after it came out I had worse abdominal cramping for 2 hours that I've ever had in my life. After day 2, no side effects, but now no more birth control and I didn't want to be rid of it at this time!

      The moral of my story is read all information and look up previous experiences before paying too much for the procedure and IUD device so that you know what you are getting it into. It works with some people, but for the cost I paid, I could have been on birth control pills much longer than ten months with less possible side effects. Enjoy!

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      bammykid 6 years ago

      HI GUYS I WONDER IF ANYONE COULD GIVE ME ANY ADVICE?....

      I HAD THE MARINA COIL IN FOR THE FULL 5 YEARS AFTER THE BIRTH OF MY TWINS.. WHEN I HAD THAT ONE REMOVED I CHOOSE TO HAVE ANOTHER INSERTED THE SAME DAY... IVE HAD THE 2ND ONE IN FOR 3 YEARS & HAD IT REMOVED NEARLY 3 MONTHS AGO... MY HUSBAND AND I ARE TRYING FOR A BABY AT THE MOMENT..THING IS.. AFTER I HAD THE MARINA REMOVED I HAD A FULL PROPER PERIOD THE FOLLOWING MONTH I ALSO HAD A FULL 5 DAY CYCLE AS I DID BEFORE I HAD THE COIL INSERTED... ITS NOW 7TH FEB 2011 I LAST HAD MY PERIOD 31ST DECEMBER.. IVE TAKEN TWO PRENANCY TESTS BUT THERE BOTH NEGATIVE CAN ANYONE TELL ME IF THERES A CHANCE I COULD BE PREGNANT OR IS IT JUST THE HORMONE FROM THE COIL STILL IN MY SYSTEM..HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE HORMONE TO LEAVE YOUR SYSTEM? ITS GETTING ME DOWN PLEASE HELP :)

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      magross08 6 years ago

      So far, I love the Mirena! I received mine two months ago and have had very few issues. The insertion was extremely painful, in fact probably my most painful experience to date. I was in tears and had to lay on the table for 10 minutes due to dizziness and nausea. I had some pretty bad cramping for about an hour after the procedure and moderate cramping for another day or two. I had light spotting for about a week.

      My first period post-Mirena was light and short and my second period I had no bleeding at all. That said, during both cycles I had the normal cramping, bloating, sore breasts and moodiness associated with my period. In fact, the cramping now seems to start sooner and last longer than pre-Mirena.

      I choose Mirena not for birth-control, but because I have severe menstrual pain due to endometiosis and fibroid tumors. My doctor told me that Mirena could help by eliminating my period therefore eliminating the painful cramping and might even cause the fibroids to stop growing and/or shrink in size.

      I love the thought of not having a period, but don't like the idea that I'm still going to be in pain every month. Is there anyone with similiar medical issues that has had Mirena for an extended period of time that can share thier experience? I'm curious to know if the cramping fades with time.

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      laura 6 years ago

      LOVE IT! I decieded to get the mirena about 3 years ago. I hae 2 children and felt my family was complete. I had a small amount of discomfort the day it was implanted and for a couple of day after that - but nothing more than you feel with a bad period. That was 3 years ago since then clear sailing. NO PAIN - LIGHT PERIODS - NO WEIGHT GAIN AND NO MORE BABIES FOR ME. I have heard other people with problems - if I were to have a problem I would take it our immediately but for now I recomend it and love it. It may not be for everyone but if you dont try it you'll never know.

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      Christine 6 years ago

      I am twenty years old, have had no babies and I had my mirena inserted about a month ago. I went directly from taking yasmin birth control pills to getting the mirena inserted while i was on white pills. The insertion was extremely painful. My doctor in no way prepared me for it and made it seem as though i would feel no pain just discomfort. I was not prescribed or given any pain meds before. I gripped the table and screamed during the procedure. After the procedure, i had to call for a ride because the cramping and the dizziness was too much for me. After about three hours the pain went away, but those three hours sure did suck. Since then, I spotted regularly for about two weeks or so, then it went away. I am now on my period and it seems normal except not as heavy as it was while i was on yasmin (with no birth control pills my period is terribly heavy). Only other side effect i experience is slight hair loss. I am noticing more hair than usual in the drains, and Ill always be finding strands here and there while going throughout the day. I have long hair and never noticed anything before. Other than that it seems to be worth it as of now. I like not taking any pills. it has lowered my sex drive as well. not significantly, but it may also be because I have not gotten used to having sex while on mirena yet.

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      Laura (on my second IUD) 6 years ago

      I have a few comments about Mirenas which I think will be useful.

      1) It hurts getting inserted. It's rare that it doesn't hurt. I was woozy the first time, I shouted and later threw up after the second. It's terrible, but with my first IUD, I had 5 years with no problems, no periods, no cramps, I lost weight, all was good.

      2) Get your IUD inserted by someone who does it ALL THE TIME. Better yet, get it done by the best doctor (who inserts IUDs) in town. And make sure that you can get an appointment quickly when you need it.

      My first one was with a well known, super experienced doc. For my next mirena, I was in a new town, so my second was done by a more junior doctor at a not so fancy clinic, and this Mirena is now sitting low and now must be adjusted, which apparently hurts as much as insertion. Despite her reassurances from this young doctor that she was awesome, my Mirena is not sitting properly and it may be thanks to her.

      3) Go to a clinic where they check your IUD with ultrasound. This may make me a bad IUD candidate, but I've NEVER been able to feel my strings. NEVER. My boyfriend did it once for me when I pestered him, but I have NEVER felt them. My good doctor would just use her little ultrasound thing, see where it was situated, and we knew it was good. I saw this doctor recently, who was able to determine why I was having so much pain with this new mirena. So much more comfortable having a doctor that can SEE my IUD. This would have never been diagnosed by my other doctor who did not have this equipment!!

      4) Cramping is normal after insertion for awhile. My first IUD gave me cramps on and off for a month and some spotting. If you're ever doubled over in pain with severe cramps 6 weeks after getting it inserted, then it's probably on its way out. Arg. But bad cramps are sort of expected the first day or two when you get it in.

      5) Ask questions when you are getting one! I was always worried about it puncturing my uterus--but this is a risk for women who have recently had a baby. If you haven't had a baby, or not in awhile, then don't worry too much about that one. It's more likely to not be situated properly (as with my case) and, at least for me, the only bad thing to come of this is that I have to get it popped back into place and it may not be as effective as birth control until it's re-situated.

      6) Removal doesn't hurt. No cramps. Nothing. Less pain than a pap smear. Easiest thing I've ever done.

      7) The Mirena is great. No more periods. No more pills. I didn't gain weight, I had no weight gain or moodiness, and, if anything, I think it increased my libido (unlike the pill--boo!) I think the pain of insertion kind of frightens people away, as with the potential risks. Learn about the risks, don't read too much about people's insertions online, and go in there *excited* about the positives (no more periods, cramping, bloating, horrid birth control pills, worrying about anything birth control for 5 years--no more being on vacation and having your period!). And don't buy into the whole "this is more for women who have had kids"--I got my first one at 21 and had never had kids and it was a dream!

      --> Come up with a strategy for insertion: make sure you have someone to take you back home; ask your doctor what you can take if cramps are bad and Advil isn't cutting it

      --> Be excited about the Mirena! Don't get too focused on the pain, which some women don't even feel anyway (I heard one woman at my clinic thought her PAP smears hurt more. I wish!!)

      8) Lastly--be really careful about having multiple partners, etc. The only bad mirena story I have heard is from a friend of mine that wound up with chlamydia with hers, and it did indeed lead to a PID, which despite months of antibiotics, is still causing her grief and pain. So please be mindful of that!

      Good luck!

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      Laura (on my second IUD) 6 years ago

      I have a few comments about Mirenas which I think will be useful.

      1) It hurts getting inserted. It's rare that it doesn't hurt. I was woozy the first time, I shouted and later threw up after the second. It's terrible, but with my first IUD, I had 5 years with no problems, no periods, no cramps, I lost weight, all was good.

      2) Get your IUD inserted by someone who does it ALL THE TIME. Better yet, get it done by the best doctor (who inserts IUDs) in town. And make sure that you can get an appointment quickly when you need it.

      My first one was with a well known, super experienced doc. For my next mirena, I was in a new town, so my second was done by a more junior doctor at a not so fancy clinic, and this Mirena is now sitting low and now must be adjusted, which apparently hurts as much as insertion. Despite her reassurances from this young doctor that she was awesome, my Mirena is not sitting properly and it may be thanks to her.

      3) Go to a clinic where they check your IUD with ultrasound. This may make me a bad IUD candidate, but I've NEVER been able to feel my strings. NEVER. My boyfriend did it once for me when I pestered him, but I have NEVER felt them. My good doctor would just use her little ultrasound thing, see where it was situated, and we knew it was good. I saw this doctor recently, who was able to determine why I was having so much pain with this new mirena. So much more comfortable having a doctor that can SEE my IUD. This would have never been diagnosed by my other doctor who did not have this equipment!!

      4) Cramping is normal after insertion for awhile. My first IUD gave me cramps on and off for a month and some spotting. If you're ever doubled over in pain with severe cramps 6 weeks after getting it inserted, then it's probably on its way out. Arg. But bad cramps are sort of expected the first day or two when you get it in.

      5) Ask questions when you are getting one! I was always worried about it puncturing my uterus--but this is a risk for women who have recently had a baby. If you haven't had a baby, or not in awhile, then don't worry too much about that one. It's more likely to not be situated properly (as with my case) and, at least for me, the only bad thing to come of this is that I have to get it popped back into place and it may not be as effective as birth control until it's re-situated.

      6) Removal doesn't hurt. No cramps. Nothing. Less pain than a pap smear. Easiest thing I've ever done.

      7) The Mirena is great. No more periods. No more pills. I didn't gain weight, I had no weight gain or moodiness, and, if anything, I think it increased my libido (unlike the pill--boo!) I think the pain of insertion kind of frightens people away, as with the potential risks. Learn about the risks, don't read too much about people's insertions online, and go in there *excited* about the positives (no more periods, cramping, bloating, horrid birth control pills, worrying about anything birth control for 5 years--no more being on vacation and having your period!). And don't buy into the whole "this is more for women who have had kids"--I got my first one at 21 and had never had kids and it was a dream!

      --> Come up with a strategy for insertion: make sure you have someone to take you back home; ask your doctor what you can take if cramps are bad and Advil isn't cutting it

      --> Be excited about the Mirena! Don't get too focused on the pain, which some women don't even feel anyway (I heard one woman at my clinic thought her PAP smears hurt more. I wish!!)

      8) Lastly--be really careful about having multiple partners, etc. The only bad mirena story I have heard is from a friend of mine that wound up with chlamydia with hers, and it did indeed lead to a PID, which despite months of antibiotics, is still causing her grief and pain. So please be mindful of that!

      Good luck!

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      Chrissy 6 years ago

      I had mine for 5 years with no problems. Or so I thought. I have gained 40 lbs since then and can not lose it. I have a trainer and work out 5 days a week and have a limited diet but not a pound drops. My lab tests all came back normal. I also have had really bad issues with smells. I gag really easily now.

      I am now on acne meds and a depression medicine because I cry at everything. I am always sad. The littlest things make me cry. I have swollen ankles and fingers.

      I have never had problems with my weight but the last few years I gain, gain, gain.

      I went to have my IUD replaced one month ago and never put two and two together until I had sex for the first time after. I almost died. It hurt, and for the next two days I wanted to just lay down in a ball. I started looking it up on line and noticed all the people who have had these problems. I had my 2nd one removed today. I will wait a few months and see if anything changes with me. If so, I know it had something to do with my IUD, if not, who knows.

      I must say that I had it inserted after I had an ablasion due to a blood clotting issue and never had a peorid or a problem (that I thought was related to the IUD). But now that I know there are other people who have the same issues that I have been suffering from I will NEVER have it put back in. I will find other forms of birth control.

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      ashley 6 years ago

      I have had it now for 3 years. I thought it was ok until I started reading some post, and see the same thing. I am moody, I do have depression. I had that before I got this though. I would say it is worse though. I haven't experience any weight gain, but I do have 20 pounds I can not lose. My husband can feel it if we have sex. That is a big thing I have no sexual drive at all. If it never happened I would be ok. That is the one thing I'm concerned with and why I started reading post. Before I got it I did have a drive.

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      plain fat 6 years ago

      I had the mirena removed almost a year in march. however when i first got it everything was fine. some discomfort during insertion but thats all. my periods stopped almost instantly. i beleive i had the IuD for about 6months before i began to gain weight. i gained a total of 25 pounds in 8months and I still havent been able to loose it. It was to the extreme that i had to buy all new clothes!! even to this date i my body is still acting strangly my periods are still irregular. I also noticed a lot of bacterial infections as well. i would'nt suggest the mirena to anyone as a birth control option!! There is definetly a lot of side-effects not discussed

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      dawn 6 years ago

      I had mirena inserted when my son was 5 months old. first 3 weeks constant period like flow, and first year random spotting, very annoying. and once after 14 months after sex i had bad abdominal pain and bleeding and went to doc, they sent me for ultrasound said I have benign cyst and iud is still in place. tonite 20 months in I have achy muscles so put pjs on and felt bit blood come down. am aching in my abdomen, butt and partial legs and hips, n lower back. :( I hate this IUD. I've never had one til this one....the initial insertion was painful and had to take extra strength tylenol. I've told diff docs how I felt pain where it was- like fork stuck in your abdomen so certain positions were uncomfortable and the random spotting but they said its normal. :O so horrible. I will never get IUD ever again once I get this out...I dont know if I should go to the doctor tomorrow or if I am just getting a period. and yes the weight gain is kinda scary I would hate to become over weight. normally my metabolism is very fast. sex drive was gone til the IUD settled (1yr in).

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      cjustesen 6 years ago

      to all females out there whom are considering using a mirena iud. DO NOT HAVE THIS IUD INSERTED...IT IS NOT SAFE...MANY SIDE EFFECTS TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION... FDA NEEDS TO REMOVE THIS FROM THE MARKET. i seriously want all of you to know this evil monster is not safe and will affect your health.

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      ash 6 years ago

      I had my Mirena inserted afew weeks after my 3 child was born.I thought my Dr ripped my insides out. T crapped for a week or so. My husband can feel it during intercourse.I still have my regular monthly vistor,just lighter and shorter.I have gained 20-25 pounds,thinking of getting it removed.

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      Jill 6 years ago

      8 days ago My experience with Mirena was not good. Having it placed was no problem and I was getting better after two days. About 5 days later the pain started over again but it wasn't just pain. My uterrus started contracting just like labor pains,once the contractions started it got worse and would not stop till I was doubled over and had to have it removed. After 48 hours of pain. I knew that my body just would not except this forein object.Getting it removed hurt more than getting it put in. I don't know why my body couldn't deal with Mirena. I did have trouble with delivering early with my last baby. The doctor said if I chose to have another child I would have to stay down so I didn't have any more chilren.

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      painfree mom 6 years ago

      I got the Mirena IUD put in on Monday Jan 17, 2011. I asked the nurse and the intern and the doctor is it going to hurt and they said some women feel very uncomfortable, but for me it felt like someone was pullin my insides out but the pain was over fast and i had taken extra strength advil about an hour befor and one right after so there wasn't much cramping at all. I got light spotting for a few days and now i think i'm getting a period. I haven't had a period in four months because of other treatments my doctor had me on, so of course i'm not happy to see this one. Its heavy for me but no pain no crapping like befor but i did notice that i can't feel the strings at all what do they feel like? are they thin or do they feel like plastic or floss? Should i be concerned or maybe the intern just cut them very short.

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      kathyria 6 years ago

      i got the mirena put in a month ago I JUST HAD MY SECOND CHILD 2MONTHS AGO AND TO BE HONEST I GET CRAMPING SOMETIMES WHEN THEY PUT IT IN I SAW HELL IT HURTED SOOO MUCH I CRIED BUT I GUESS IT IS WORTH IT AT THE END

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      Kayleen 6 years ago

      I've had the Mirena since June 0f 2009, and I haven't had any real problems. I've noticed that still haven't lost all of my baby weight, I am still about 5-10lbs over it, and it could be due to the Mirena. I still have sporadic periods that last 2-3 days of light bleeding every few months. I didn't have any real pain when it was inserted, and from what I recall I only had light cramping. I'm happy with the Mirena so far.

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      Courtne 6 years ago

      i had the iud or (iuc) put in a about an month and a half to two months after i had my son due to i had to go onto treatment. I do not like the Marina because i had horrible cramping, heavy periods. i just do not recomend this to any of my friends or family.