IUD = HELL ON EARTH --- for anyone considering an IUD plz read!

Jenni - posted on 06/23/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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ok so i was told by my gyno and my pregnancy books that mirena and other iuds are the best BC out there... virtually no side effects... LIES!! i had it inserted about 7 months ago... the first 3 months consisted of cramping and bleeding... which i dealt with b/c i was told that it takes 3 months for ur body to get use to it... fine... and it did... cept my periods were still lasting about 7-12 days which i didn't mind cuz they were so light... i thought everything was going swimmingly...

SUDDENLY... 2 weeks ago when my cycle was suppose to start i was experiencing normal pms symptoms... no prob there... but............ i waited and waited and it never came... not too worried about it b/c i knew mirena can cause your cycle to be messed up... i waited... my pms systems seem to get more and more severe and then new symptoms not associated with pms started to arise.... nausa, dizziness, irratability severe back pain, severe abdominal cramping (much stronger and more presistant than menstrual cramps), my whole body started feeling achey like i was getting flu, dark urine (a sign of liver problems associated with mirena)... i was 100% sure i was pregnant... no doubt... i felt my iud must have fell out or fell in and i got pregnant... negative home test... i didn't believe it... doctor's test was negative... so i'm not... so i started doing some research online and found forum after forum of women thinking they were pregnant on mirena and experiencing the same side effects as me... women having enuff of it and getting it removed...

well i decided to keep it in for just a little over one month since i was planning on getting it out around that time neways b/c we are going to try for our second... but the cramping is so SEVERE tonight i'm bent over in pain! every night for the last two weeks it's gotten worse and worse... every day a new side effect arises! i went from 6 months of virtually no side effects to every side effect imaginable in the last two weeks... not to mention the problems losing weight on it! so it is coming out!!!!!! i am going to beg for an appointment to get it removed tomorrow... so ladies before considering Mirena or any other iud take heed! i know what's happening to me may not happen to everyone who gets one but do a search for "mirena side effects" and read what other users are saying... at least if you do try it you can always get it removed at ne time... but i just wanted to let you know what you could possibly be getting urself into so you wont go through what i did... freaking out for the last few days that you're pregnant when it's just the mirena :P

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Jennifer - posted on 10/12/2012

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Good post Sister. I too had a Mirena and I suffered so many problems with it. I ended up with severe heart palpitations that progressed as I kept it in. The doctors that I went to diagnosed me with Anxiety but sent me to a Cardiologist because of the palpitations and bradycardia. It took over a year to figure out that everything, including the supraventricular-tachycardia, and the anxiety followed and got worse after the Mirena was inserted. I had it removed Tuesday. I still have to see a Cardiologist which is scheduled for next week. Now my period is so bad that I had to go to the Doctor and they are monitoring me for blood loss and anemia. The clots are so bad and scary, the size of base balls. Good luck to you dear. I am hoping that my estrogen storm abates. I have read about many girls who have to have D&C and go on birth control to try to stop the storm. For some this Mirena is a God send. But, from my perspective and many others who I have read through their posts, it can be a nightmare. If there is a class action, I would join it just because I was never given the full outline of possible complications.

Morgan - posted on 06/25/2009

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I think that every woman is so different that "the best" BC really is on a case by case basis. I don't think it is fair to tell all women to never have an IUD, or any other form of BC, because it affects each woman differently. The best thing to do for anyone is to read all the literature and information you can find on whatever method you are considering, and make the decision that is best for you. I also try to keep in mind that people are always louder about the bad things than the good, and that it is easy to get freaked out about medical things when reading them online. It is good to talk to people you know who have the type of BC you are looking at in addition to reading about them, because then you are getting information from a trusted source.

I myself have had the Mirena for almost 6 months and really like it. I haven't had trouble losing weight while on it, and my previously heavy periods have really lightened up. I do have some spotting/bleeding for a couple of days twice a month right now, but nothing that is very annoying. I am hoping that after a while my periods will stop altogether. My Dr. also does follow up appointments to ensure that the IUD is staying put.

I am sorry to hear that some of you have had such bad experiences with the IUD, and I hope that you find another form that works better for you.

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Ez - posted on 06/25/2009

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Quoting LaCi:



Quoting Elizabeth:

My mother almost died from a copper IUD. Of course, this was back in the 1970s, but it sure left an impression on me. After my number 4 son was born, a couple of midwifes were really pushing Mirena, but I still have the image of my mother standing in the bathtub full of blood, pulling out fist sized blood clots. I was 5. Quite a thing to see. I have had great luck with pills, but if I couldn't do that anymore, I would not even consider and IUD. The possible side effects way outweigh the chance of getting pregnant.





My mother had to have a hysterectomy after an iud was inserted incorectly- copper kind 1980's. She was concerned when I thought about getting one, I ended up not getting one because it was expensive and my insurance didn't cover it. But given the issues I have had with every hormonal method I've since having my son and not getting the iud, and the issues she had with iuds back then,  I'm very glad I didn't get something like mirena. It may be small and flexible, but i just don't trust it. 





My Mum had an ectopic pregnancy with an IUD in 1980. It ruptured, she was rushed to surgery and she lost so much blood she nearly died. One tube and ovary were so damaged they had to be removed. Luckily she fell pregnant with my brother and I easily and naturally even with only one tube and ovary, but I will NEVER even consider an IUD. The risks and side-effects are very real and very scary.

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Quoting Elizabeth:

My mother almost died from a copper IUD. Of course, this was back in the 1970s, but it sure left an impression on me. After my number 4 son was born, a couple of midwifes were really pushing Mirena, but I still have the image of my mother standing in the bathtub full of blood, pulling out fist sized blood clots. I was 5. Quite a thing to see. I have had great luck with pills, but if I couldn't do that anymore, I would not even consider and IUD. The possible side effects way outweigh the chance of getting pregnant.


My mother had to have a hysterectomy after an iud was inserted incorectly- copper kind 1980's. She was concerned when I thought about getting one, I ended up not getting one because it was expensive and my insurance didn't cover it. But given the issues I have had with every hormonal method I've since having my son and not getting the iud, and the issues she had with iuds back then,  I'm very glad I didn't get something like mirena. It may be small and flexible, but i just don't trust it. 

Mellisa - posted on 06/25/2009

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i just had a mirena put in about 3and a half weeks ago i spotted 4 the first 3- 4 days then everything was fine 4 a couple of days then i've done nothing but bleed its been 11 days of it now and its starting 2 slow i'm hoping that it stops soon and everything will be ok i really want this to work 4 me as the implinon didn't. the normal pill did but i would love 2 continue breastfeeding which means that i would have 2 go on the miny pill which i will not do as thats how my 3rd was conceived i'm really just wanting it 2 work as i wont really have any other option but 2 stop breastfeeding and go back on the normal pill as my children are 3,1 and 12wks old so i do not really want 2 fall pregnant again atm but after hearing some of ur other stories about the mirena i'm thinking that i might have 2 get it removed as i'm getting bad back aches, head aches, cramping and feeling impatient!!!

Mellisa - posted on 06/25/2009

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Quoting Kelli:

My body can't take the hormones, so even oral BC doesn't work with me; however, after my second was born, my husband and I had talked about ParaGard - it's and IUD but it's copper and doesn't have the hormones. Well, we found out through other research and my husband's command - that too many of the women having IUD's put in are needing to have them surgically removed because they get lost and so many other complications arise - so we decided against it. Now, since we are done having kids (at least biologically), we decided when he gets back from his tour, he's going to get a vasectomy and later on when I'm medically cleared, I'm going to get my tubes tied as well.



hi kelli, just reading ur comment and wanted 2 let u know that a friend of mynes husband had a vasectomy and she said that if ruined there sex life he just can't get arroused very much and more, but others swear by if but i just wanted 2 let u know that as i had never heard of anything like that before!!!

Mellisa - posted on 06/25/2009

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Quoting Kelli:

My body can't take the hormones, so even oral BC doesn't work with me; however, after my second was born, my husband and I had talked about ParaGard - it's and IUD but it's copper and doesn't have the hormones. Well, we found out through other research and my husband's command - that too many of the women having IUD's put in are needing to have them surgically removed because they get lost and so many other complications arise - so we decided against it. Now, since we are done having kids (at least biologically), we decided when he gets back from his tour, he's going to get a vasectomy and later on when I'm medically cleared, I'm going to get my tubes tied as well.



hi kelli, just reading ur comment and wanted 2 let u know that a friend of mynes husband had a vasectomy and she said that if ruined there sex life he just can't get arroused very much and more, but others swear by if but i just wanted 2 let u know that as i had never heard of anything like that before!!!

Jenni - posted on 06/25/2009

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well i got it out! ya! maybe now the mood swings, pain and discomfort will go away... i'm glad to hear that a lot of you have had good experiences with mirena or other iuds... guess it just wasn't for me... thank you for sharing all ur experiences

Heidi - posted on 06/25/2009

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I am so sorry to hear of your bad experience with Mirena. I had my FIRST one inserted just after I had my son. That was in 2003. In 2008 I had to have it removed because they need to be removed after 5 years, and I had my SECOND one inserted at the same time. I absolutely love it. I will continue to have it removed and another inserted as long as my doc will let me. It has saved us so much money too, no prescriptions, no personals products and no monthly mess. I have not had a real period in about 5 1/2 years, I do on occasion have small spotting and get cranky but normally this is the only way I know it is "my time of the month"

Misty - posted on 06/25/2009

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Thats awful, but I believe it is different for everyone! I used the IUD for 2 yrs w/out any problems! Had it removed to TTC & I got pregnant 2 month after having it removed! Im now 35wks!!

I also have a friend that can't use any BC because she has such negative effects! And another 2 who are currently using IUD's with absolutely no problems either! So, really it is different for every woman!

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Sorry you had a bad time with it. I thought it was great until I had really bad depression for weeks and thought I was pregnant on top of that because it produced fake symptoms. That only lasted for a couple of months though. Had no problems before or since. I do struggle with the morality of it in some ways, but not since it stopped me ovulating completely. I have no cycle and no PMS anymore. It has rendered me a woman in name only and every day is great.

Nelly - posted on 06/25/2009

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Sorry you have soo many problems.

I have ParaGard. I had no problems at all from day 1. I actually highly recommend it for everyone. My friend had it for 10(!!) years without any problems. THen pulled it out and inserted new again. Works perfect!

Elizabeth - posted on 06/25/2009

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My mother almost died from a copper IUD. Of course, this was back in the 1970s, but it sure left an impression on me. After my number 4 son was born, a couple of midwifes were really pushing Mirena, but I still have the image of my mother standing in the bathtub full of blood, pulling out fist sized blood clots. I was 5. Quite a thing to see. I have had great luck with pills, but if I couldn't do that anymore, I would not even consider and IUD. The possible side effects way outweigh the chance of getting pregnant.

Kelli - posted on 06/25/2009

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My body can't take the hormones, so even oral BC doesn't work with me; however, after my second was born, my husband and I had talked about ParaGard - it's and IUD but it's copper and doesn't have the hormones. Well, we found out through other research and my husband's command - that too many of the women having IUD's put in are needing to have them surgically removed because they get lost and so many other complications arise - so we decided against it. Now, since we are done having kids (at least biologically), we decided when he gets back from his tour, he's going to get a vasectomy and later on when I'm medically cleared, I'm going to get my tubes tied as well.

Cherie - posted on 06/24/2009

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I had a Mirena inserted and it last 1 month. My body couldn't cope with the hormones. I was angry for the whole month. I went to my GP and had her remove it. I felt better within the week. A friend of mine has one and thinks it is the best. She has had no problems what so ever and has had it for over 5 years. I think it depends on your body and how it is able to cope with what it does.

Jenni - posted on 06/24/2009

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yes i've heard of many problems with it moving and people getting pregnant and then miscarrying or not able to have it removed b/c of the risk of miscarrying... if they cannot remove it and you get pregnant you risk miscarrying or early labour... scary... also it increases ur chances of etopic pregancy...
btw i have an appointment for tomorrow at 11:15 to have it removed... had to beg for that appointment b/c my gyno/ob is always super booked, at first i was told the earliest appoint i could was july 14th... i had to beg for an emergency appointment... thank god the receptionist got me in for 2morrow... i could not go another 3 weeks of this!!!!

Nichola - posted on 06/24/2009

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i just had the mirena put in and so far i have had no side effects what so ever not even cramping and my doctor talked to me alot before she put it in and she said she has never seen a pregnancy with the mirena in unless it moved out of the correct position....she also does a check up 4-6weeks after its put in i dont know if anyone else had that...but hopefully it goes well for me as i can not be on the pill becuz the estrogen makes my blood pressure high

Emily - posted on 06/24/2009

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The thing with an IUD is that it doesn't really keep you 100% from conceiving, but it stops the embryo from implanting to the uterus. So it could just like be floating around. Those things are just evil.

I couldn't take oral BC because I have MTHFR and the hormones going through my system would raise my stroke risk.

?? - posted on 06/24/2009

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My mom and I were talking about IUD's last night because a friend of my sisters had an IUD in, she found out she was pregnant, went to get it removed, found out that it had fell in, had to be put under while it was removed, in the process of the removal appointment while she was unconcious there were complications and they ended up (im not sure if it was accidental or intentional) aborting her pregnancy, in the end having it be too complicated for them to remove at that point and having to schedule surgery for her to be cut open from her tummy to have it removed.



I'm sorry you are having such a horrible time with it. I plan on sticking with the pill. I want another baby, but I want the next to be 100% planned out... I've heard of WAY too many cases of women ending up pregnant, having sever symptoms while using an IUD. It's just not for me. I hope you are able to have it removed and this will end for you!

Jennifer - posted on 06/24/2009

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Sorry to hear about your bad experience but thank you for sharing! I am still deciding what form of BC to use after this baby is born (8 1/2 weeks or so) and have thought about an iud but am really hesitant on what to use! I really don't like the idea of putting any sort of foreign object or taking hormones that my body does not need! I am not against the idea of birth control perse but think taking those things are very unnatural and probably not good for you. I had a nuva ring for about a month after my daughter was born, it dried up my breastmilk i decided to take it out and it was already gone! Sure enough I got pregnant right after that and am having my second when my daughter will be only 11 1/2 months old. I will stay away from mirena! I am considering implanon (sp?) the thing that's inserted into your arm but don't know of anyone who's used it.

Emily - posted on 06/24/2009

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I had an absolutely miserable time with Mirena-it ruined my skin, I'm now acne scarred and having to have expensive microdermabrasion, I bled the whole time I had it, and it took me nearly TWO years to get pregnant after I had the stupid thing taken out (I only had it for six months). It was miserable!!!

Jenni - posted on 06/23/2009

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i loved it up till now...but my body just feels like it's suddenly trying to reject it... it is making me seriously ill :(

Betsy - posted on 06/23/2009

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Sorry you have had such a negative experience. Mine has been the opposite. I have had Mirena since July 07, and never had any issue...not even a tiny cramp. I was also told beforehand that my periods should cease since I normally have very light cycles (a day, 6-8 hrs on the pill) and haven't had one since I had it inserted about 2 yrs ago. Everyone I know in real life and some long time internet friends love it and have another put in after their 5 yrs is up, never having any issues and loving it. We were saying we wish they had IUDs like Mirena years ago. Sorry it didn't work well for you. Hope you find another method that works better for your body.

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