Mirena IUD

Stephanie - posted on 04/01/2010 ( 58 moms have responded )

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I'm looking for info from anyone thats had or has a Mirena IUD....what it felt like being put in....side effects....pros and cons!! Honestly please!!! Anyone found weight gain as a huge side effect???

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Patricia - posted on 04/07/2010

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I have it. I havent gained any weight. It didnt really hurt getting put in, no more than a cervix check during labor. I had a problem getting used to the hormones though and got really sick, but thats just me. Im weird like that. I haven't gotten a period since October 2008 which is SWEET! BUT... I didnt like the fact that no one told me that while you have it it is possible for an egg to get fertilized but the device miscarries it, and that kind of bothers me... its like an automatic abortion. I hate that

Janelle - posted on 05/04/2010

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I got the mirena IUD after my 2nd son was born. I had lost all my baby weight before my 6 week checkup. Then I got the IUD and gained it all back and haven't been able to lose it.

Jennifer - posted on 04/14/2010

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i got it put in at my first check up after having my daughter. it was a little uncomfortable but only because i was still sore down there.. i really like it, the only con is tht they said my periods would b shorter since i had it but mine are actually longer.

Shawna - posted on 05/04/2010

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I am currently using the Mirena IUD and it's amazing. I haven't had problems with my weight, I weigh less now then I did before I had my daughter. No problems, shorter periods and no hormones are being pumped into my body. I highly recommend it. :)

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Erin - posted on 04/19/2010

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I got the IUD four weeks after I have my daughter. I bleed for a week straight then just spotted every time it was time for my period. Now I dont get a period at all and I barely even cramp. I have noticed that Ive been gaining weight but I think that's mainly from the stress of going to college and being a full time mom. I think you would really like it....sometimes I forget I even have it.

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I have Mirena currently and Im not happy. The cramps are sporadic and thats whether Im on my period or not. It seems I am always wearing a tampon or pad because my period is always around. I can go about 4 days with no period then the moment I have sex...BAM it appears again :-(
I actually lost weight upon having Mirena inserted (about 10lbs) which happened in my 1st month. The weight has not come back yet. Sex is still pleasurable but some positions I cant partake in because it cause pain unlike before. Im now limited to certain positions which becomes boring to me and I feel insecure because I cant perform as I use to unless I just deal with the pain. My partner advised he can feel the strings which cause a slight pinching sensation to the tip of his penis.
I will have my Mirena removed next visit for sure!

Lolalutz - posted on 01/16/2014

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Me to Now I can't lose my baby fat after baby 5 I hate it I'm getting it out on Monday

Nancy - posted on 01/07/2014

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Here are the cons...
One of the most common, yet serious side effects resulting from the Mirena IUD is infections. Many of these can have life-threatening results, especially if they are not discovered and treated immediately. Many women have reported suffering with a pelvic infection from the Mirena IUD, which can be a serious problem, especially for women have never experienced childbirth. And there are a lot more side effects you can obtain.

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Allison - posted on 05/04/2010

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i love mirena! i've not had any problem with it...gettin it put in wasn't bad either..hurt less than contractions

Carol - posted on 04/29/2010

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I got mirena put in last thurs, was a bit uncomfortable as i had a section but after a few hours of cramping I was fine. If you can deliver a baby getting mirena coils inserted is like getting your eyebrows waxed. Best of luck

Dakota - posted on 04/28/2010

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I have mirena since september and its the best thing ever haha. I haven't gained any weight because of it, my periods don't happen at all, and i dont have cramps anymore either. When I had it put in it hurt a bit, not during actually getting it put in, but afterward it caused horrible cramps for about 2 days, but its so worth it to not have to deal with a period or cramps again afterward for 5 years haha. I definitely reccomend it to anyone :)

Sheryl - posted on 04/28/2010

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I just had this done last week. I don't think there are any weight gain side effects. I will say that my doctor warned me that women who have not had a vaginal birth find it VERY uncomfortable be put in and she was right. It is painful, however, it shouldn't be if you had a vaginal delivery. I had some light spotting for about 5 days and some mild cramping that first day. My dr. said that it could take up to six months for my cycle to regulate so I may have more than 1 period a month during that time, but after the six months then I would have regular periods or none at all. Hope this helps.

Stephanie - posted on 04/28/2010

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Thanks you so so so much for the feedback ladies! I'm seeing my doc today to chat a bit more and then I have to have a biopsy next week so I have to hold off on having it put in...I've never had weight gain til I used Micronor....so maybe I'll get lucky with Mirena!!!

Valerie - posted on 04/19/2010

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Hi, do you have very long and heavy periods with Para gard? I went from 3-4 day periods with Nuva Ring to 10+ day periods with Para gard! The first month was AWFUL cramps. I would have rather went through labor again! haha but the cramps aren't so bad and i'm going on my third month! If you can handle long periods, I would totally recommed para gard to anyone! I have herad some people say that their period slow down after 6 months to a year. Hormones didn't like me after I had my second daughter, so I had to go for something that was hormone free!

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2010

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I had it few yrs ago,it hurt alot being put in but i think its better if you've had a natural birth(i've had 2 c-sections).There was abit of cramping for a few days,i had no bleeding at all and i lost weight but every month when i would be having my period i got a lump in 1 or both breasts,had 2 go to hospital to get them checked out(thankfully nothing to worry about) but it started happening every month and was too much of a worry all the time so i had it removed after about a year.As soon as it was removed,the lumps stopped so i know it was conected to that. I dont know anyone else that this has happened to nor did my doctor but just goes to show everyones different!

Ann - posted on 04/19/2010

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yeah, I had mine put in about a month ago and I have had 2 or 3 days that I haven't spotted or something. It is irritating.

Danielle - posted on 04/16/2010

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I loved it! I have had it twice, you may cramp a little the first day it is inserted. I had no cycle while it was in place. No weight gain like when I did the Depo. nore facial hair growth....grrrr. The first time I had it removed I got pregnant that next month, however when I got it removed the 2nd time it took 4 months....just a little plan parenting insight! GOOD LUCK!

Meghan - posted on 04/15/2010

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I went into the dr wanting the Mirena IUD but once I was told the pros and cons of both I picked the copper one. Since Mirena produces hormones your body can go through A LOT of changes, good and bad! I have so far had no major changes with the copper one and my menstrual cycle has gotten a lot easier to handle. I had it in since 6 wees after I had my daughter, so about 8 months. I chose the 10 year one as well!

Ashley - posted on 04/15/2010

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ive had mine for 7 months already and its been great! the only thing that worries me is that a few of my friends have it and when they went for there check ups they couldnt find them and the have to get it removed by having surgery but ive never had problems with mine and no spotting for me but the periods last a little long then usuall which is about a week now but i say you should get it if thats what you think is best.

Kiffany - posted on 04/15/2010

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best birth control i have used and i have used most out there this is my second one. and after i have my next baby i will get it again! just some cramping when put in and random spotting after and almost no period at all while i have had them. first one i got it stopped all together. should not use if you have a tubular pregnancy

Wendy - posted on 04/15/2010

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My daughter is almost 9 months-I had the Mirena at my 6 week checkup- It wasn't bad at all having it put in. Was like a little cramp and done- Literally took like a minute- Doctor said for me to cough..lol.. then it was over..I am still nursing but I haven't gained any weight with it at all..I spotted for a few months- just on and off though it wasn't bad. This is the easiest birth control Ive ever used. I am so happy not to worry anymore! good luck!

Dakota - posted on 04/15/2010

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i got mirena about a month after my son was born and i only spotted for about a month but my doctor told me i could have spotted for up to a year. also i only have my period about every 2 or 3 months which sounds good but it freaks me out becuase i dont you cant tell if your prego or not. im worried about that not having my period for 4 years after the first year. sometimes it hurts when haveing sex if im were in certain positions. when i do have my period it only lasts for about 4 or 45 days and its very very light, used to it would be heavy and last for 7 days. but mostly i dont even have to think about it. its so much better than the pill i would think. weigh gain isnt a side effect for me i just havent been able to lose any weight

Christina - posted on 04/15/2010

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its awesome> 0 issues and barely felt itno cons here. no weight gain or side effects

Sarina - posted on 04/12/2010

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i got mine in in sep and i love it i have not had any side effects and it felt a little odd the frist day but i got use to it fast

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I had the mirena put in about 7 months ago. There was little to no pain when it was put in and VERY minor cramps that afternoon. The only major side effects that I notices was constant spotting for the first 5 months. now my period are regular and very light. I have noticed though that I am more emotional for a few days before my period than I am used to. I never really had PMS before.

Overall, once you make it through the initial time frame, I am happy with this type of birth control. You don't have to think about it for 5 years.

Jamie - posted on 04/12/2010

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I have the Mirena IUD i like it other than the spotty quite frequently but i have only had it since The end of December. I felt hardly any pain at all during the procedure like others said it felt alittle more uncomfortable than a papsmear...Well I hope this helps good luck i would choose anyother form of birth control now i have this...

Rebecca - posted on 04/11/2010

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Hi there Steph,

I had a Mirena IUD put in about 2 months (September 2009) after i had my little girl and I had spotting for 3 weeks a month for the first 4 months after it was put in, It was just like having a pap smear done.
I have had no weight gain my periods have now lighted and sorted them selves out.
I would highly recommend doing this if you can put up with the first 4 months (not the same for everyone).
And I am still breast feeding with it.
My Husband said he can't feel it I have felt it (was told to check the position after2 months), it's just like a wire string but unless you go looking for it you can't feel it at all best thing I ever did, no pills to worry about, no metal rod in your arm & it lasts 5 years.

Hope this info helps, it's one of the best Contraceptives i've had and i've tried my fair share.

Rebecca.

Corinna - posted on 04/10/2010

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the only pain i felt wasn't much and it felt just like menstral cramping, i have only had it for about a month in a half , and so far the only side efects i have had was my menstration lasted two weeks and i am spotting every now and then, i recomend it to all my mommy friends to check into it hope everything goes great for you. God bless!!!

Meghan - posted on 04/10/2010

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I had the OTHER IUD, Copper T IUD, and it was about as uncomfortable as a regualr pap smear with a few extra pinches for good measure. They work for 10 years vs the Mirena working for just 5 years. You would most likely spot for a few days etc after having it put in. If you have heavy periods, I wouldn't recommend either IUD. They have a large chance of falling out with heavy flow. You'd want to reach in or have your partner check for the little string that hangs through your cervix. My husband, after I got it put in, said he could feel the string. It was not very comfortable to him. I had mine put in April of 2008 and ended up pregnant by October 2008. Mine fell out after about 3-4 months and I didn't know. Mirena generally has low effect on weight compared to other forms of birth control, but like all hormonal BC, it IS considered a side effect and each person's body is different. One person may gain significantly and another might not gain any. The copper T IUD does not have that listed as a side effect.

Kerri - posted on 04/10/2010

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I have had mine in since Aug and I love it. I have had no side effects, I don't have to remember to take the pill, AND I haven't had a period since October. I like the fact that the Mirena can stay in for 5 years, where the other ones can't (I believe it is 1-2 years) I haven't gained weight because of the IUD, but I think because of my eating habits. I would totally recommend it to anyone.

Christine - posted on 04/09/2010

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Kelly, I did the same thing and was told it would settle down. I was also put on a regiment of 800mg of ibuprofen a day to control the cramps and bleeding. It did slow it down, but anytime I was intimate, I was off to bleeding again. I finally had mine removed yesterday after 7 months because I had enough.

Christine - posted on 04/09/2010

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Sally, what you are talking about is called a Paraguard. I had that. It is copper which reacts with your bodily fluids to create a natural spermacide. It worked perfectly for me. The spotting went on for 7 months with me and I had hellacious cramping, so I had it removed.

Emer - posted on 04/09/2010

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iv had the mirena put in&i find it grt it was painless & quick bein put in id slight spottin 4 d 1st 3mths now i get no periods at all

Erica - posted on 04/08/2010

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I got mine in September. it was a little uncomfortable when the doc put it in. like most of the others I had cramping for 2-3 weeks and some spotting which was almost period like for a day or two and then very light. I've gained weight but I don't think that mirena is the cause.no other problems. I love it cause I don't need to worry about remembering a pill. If you choose the copper one they say that over time your cramping and bleeding can get worse. Oh I haven't had a period since insertion bonus!

Natasha - posted on 04/08/2010

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I had tha iud an I luved it u can feel it at all!!!!! Tha only con wuz mine got imbedded into my skin an had 2b removed otha than that it wuz great an I didn't not gain any wait

Kristen - posted on 04/08/2010

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I had to get mine removed because it slipped out of place so i had to get surgery and get put under, but everyone is diff.

Niki - posted on 04/08/2010

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It was VERY painful, in my experience, getting it put in, but most say it is just uncomfortable. I just recently had mine removed(no pain). I had it in about 6 months, I liked it but, I spotted the whole time, and was not seeing any chance of it stopping. It just got to the point that it was more of a pain in the butt then helpful. Though the whole time I did have it in all I had to wear was a pantie liner. I didn't have any problems with weight gain, I actually lost weight, but I am working out and I also breast feed my 8 month old. My husband did say that he felt the string most times, though it didn't hinder things. I also had problems with the string irritating the vaginal walls, which made for uncomfortable intercourse, once the string was shortened it was better. There are many side effects and possible complications, if you go the the Mirena website it tells of what can happen. I hope some of this helps.

Alyssa - posted on 04/08/2010

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I had Mirena put in last January. It was uncomfortable for a day and then I forgot about it. I only spotted for a week and have been period free since! It's nice to not have to think about taking a pill everyday and worrying about having your period during special events! The benefits to me are worth it.

Lanette - posted on 04/07/2010

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I got the Mirena IUD in November after having my baby in July. It wasn't nearly as painful as the epidural, but still uncomfortable. Partly because most doctors prefer you to be on your period. There's a pinch that doesn't feel very nice when they open your cervix, but the insertion itself is painless. My doctor put me on an antibiotic for 5 days to make sure I didn't get an infection (which I didn't get) and I haven't had an issue with mine. Hope this helps :)

Bethany - posted on 04/07/2010

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Hi! I have the paragaurd 10 year IUD no hormones involved. You have it taken out whenver you want and get pregnant again without a wait time. Its the best!! This is the second one i've had and would never use any other form of birth control aside from it!! The insertion is a little uncomfortable like bad menstrual cramps...but after that you don't feel a thing. There is no maitenance...best thing ever...highly recommend

Sarah - posted on 04/07/2010

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I started the Mirena in October of 2009. no pain with insertion, light cramping for about 2 hours afterward. I had a few acne breakouts in the beginning ( first 3 months) as well as spotting for a solid 3 months ( like a pp said, nothing serious, always wore a liner). No complaints from DH, says he can't feel it, and neither can I. I tried the progesterone only pill after 1st DD and had horrible side effects, Mirena on the other hand has been a dream come true!

Colleen - posted on 04/07/2010

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I had the Mirena put in about 4 weeks ago and I have not gained any weight, Insertion is a little painful but doesn't take long at all.

Stephanie - posted on 04/07/2010

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Thank you so much for all the response. I actually just found out that I have to have a biopsy done on my cervix so the IUD things is put on hold for now...actually taking my self off everything till my hormones can sort themselves out and we figure out what is going on!! back to condoms it is LOL!!!

Carrie - posted on 04/06/2010

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I had the Mirena IUD put in at my six week check up after having my first child. I also had a c-section so the insertion was painful. I had HORRIBLE cramps and spotting for two weeks after. The cramps were so bad that I worried myself sick that something was wrong. I also felt like I was pregnant again. I might be overly sensitive but the hormones and cramps were too much for me. I had mine removed the third week.

Sabrina - posted on 04/06/2010

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I have the Mirena IUD. I had it placed about 2 months after I had my first child. My experience is most likely completely different from most people but here it is. I had my baby via C-section and never dilated because I never really actually went into labor. But that is a long story. However, because I never dilated, the placement of the IUD was very painful for me. My doctor had to dilate my cervix by using metal rods that were 1 & 2 cm. Once she got me dilated enough then she placed the IUD. The other reason my situation may be different is that I have yet to get an actual period because I am breastfeeding. My doctor had suggested I come in while on my period because it makes placing the IUD easier and would be less painful for me. I didn't want to take the chance that because I was not having a period, that I was not ovulating as well. Too risky for me and so I had it placed "dry" and in a cervix that had not dilated. I have had no problems with it, but I do not plan on getting it placed again after my next child. The pain that I went through to get it placed was awful and even if the circumstances are different next time, I am not so sure I could do it again. The pill has always worked just fine for me, and I may just have to go back to that. As for weight gain with the IUD, I have had none. In fact, I am about 5 pounds lighter than before I got pregnant.

Amanda - posted on 04/06/2010

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My daughter was born July 4. I had the Mirena inserted in November. Its been 5 months now i guess. I haven't had any issues with weight gain. I didn't feel anything when the dr put it in. I am breastfeeding, so I still hadn't gotten my period before the Mirena was put in. Once it was put in , less than a week later I started getting some spotting, which lasted on and off for a couple months. But as of now, I haven't had anything. It sometimes takes a few months before your body adapts to the hormones, so you can have irregular bleeding and spotting for a while. I thought perhaps something may have been wrong because I was getting some cramps that lasted about a week...but then I remembered I haven't had a real period in over a year and a half so I guess I must have forgotten what it was like...my body was likely supposed to be having one at the time. I've been losing weight fine with it. I exercise and eat moderately well. I've lost all my pregnancy weight and am working on losing a few more pounds and don't see me having any trouble regardless of the mirena. Mirena is supposed to be less likely to cause weight gain then the depo-provera shot and other birth control pills. There are pros and cons of course. And as for the Copper IUD, there are more risks of infection with that one than there is with the Mirena. For losing weight, I've eliminated most sugars out of my life, like..soda, sweets, chocolates, candies, desserts, juices....Other than that, try and exercise, and stop late night eating. Drink lots of water. If you drink a glass of water before you eat you will feel more full and not eat as much. Sometimes it works. I take my daughter out for 1-2 hour walks every day and I have a dance class once a week. Hope some of this helps you

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I had it put in right after my son was born at 7 weeks so sometime in August. I bled for a while after it was put in, it felt like a pinch. Sometimes I have occasional cramping. I was going to have it taken out because at some times it would start pinching me and it was a really bad feeling. But it hasn't done it since. However the weight is a problem. When I try to lose weight I can't. And I've actually gained a lil over 10 pounds since having my baby and since I was already over weight being pregnant with him I think it's a problem and I hate it. So I may have it taken out. The only thing is that I'm allergic to condoms and I have been on the patch, the pill and they've all made me gain weight. I was at 140 and when I got on the pill I gained like 40 pounds and stayed at that weight until I had my first child, I lost some and weighed my pre pregnancy weight when he was born. Then I lost weight with my second child and after having him I've gained it back and then some. And I have tried. I quit drinking cokes and quit snacking and after taking a 3 hour walk I gain a pound instead of losing. It's a battle I just can't win!

Heather - posted on 04/05/2010

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I have had mine since February. I love it. I have had a little spotting but as a whole not bad. Now the first period I had I thought I was going to die because of cramps but other than that it has be fine. When they put it in it was a little pinch but not bad at all. I haven't gained any weight.. I Haven't had any noticable side affects either. But definately talk to your doctor.

Kelly - posted on 04/05/2010

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I got mine in October, putting it in wasn't awful and I'm pretty sensitive, and it didn't really bother me much. What is driving me crazy is the damn bleeding. I litterally spot for 2 weeks, bleed for one and have maybe one week where I am not doing much of anything, but the minute my husband and I are intimate I start bleeding again. My Gyn said it's normal and to wait it out. But I am starting to get pissed off with the whole thing.

Amanda - posted on 04/05/2010

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I had mine put in at my 6 week appointment and have had no problems at all. A few times my SO has felt it but thats it. I habe barely even had a period since. i have had some weight gain but i also went to work at mcds at 8 weeks!

Chelsea - posted on 04/03/2010

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i couldnt feel it when it got put in but i had a period for like a month afterward, and now my periods are crazy, sometimes they'll be 10 days long and other times only 3. but other then that i haven had anyother other side efftects, no weight gain.. maybe weight loss but i cant say if its from mirena or not.

Stephanie - posted on 04/03/2010

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Thanks ladies keep the feedback coming!! I'm hoping that all goes well with it..I'm not having it put in for a little bit so I still have some time to weight my options.... :)

Ryen - posted on 04/03/2010

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I had the IUD placed in late October 2009 and have had no problems with it. I still spot here and there but nothing major. I researched Mirena and the copper IUD and have heard with the copper one you can feel it more and can be very uncomfortable. As for weight gain or loss I have not had a problem with it at all, I do however agree that everyone is different and will affect everyone differently. Good luck!

Rebekah - posted on 04/03/2010

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I haven't had any side effects at all, i even lost 5lbs in a week and a half. the only thing thought i guess you could call a side effect was light cramping, barely noticeable, and one spot instead of a full period and i've only had mine in for a month. BUT not everyone is the same. Also my doctor left the strings too long and my husband could feel them, easily remedied by getting the strings trimmed, but if your doctor cuts them too short they have to use forceps to take it out in the future. it's really up to you.

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