MIRENA IUD

Kiara - posted on 10/02/2011 ( 81 moms have responded )

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I HAVE THE MIRENA THE ONE FOR 5YRS BUT I ONLY HAD IT IN ME FOR 2YRS AND IT GIVES ME ALOT OF PROBLEMS....im only 21yrs old i have 3 kids....im not interested in sex anymore ever since i have had the mirena....when i do have sex i cant enjoy it because it hurts and after i am done i would hurt for 1 day or sometimes 2 days.i just feel its been down hill with my relationship so i decided to just have it taken out on oct5th i hope im doing a good thing from removing it...what do you think?

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Sami - posted on 10/04/2011

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I definitely don't recommend mirena. Ive had mine out since april and i've had one normal period. I've also developed PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and had a D&C because now the lining of my uterus doesnt thin out and gets thicker than normal. Im now on hormomes to thin the lining of my uterus and have to be on clomid to regulate my cycle.

Lisa - posted on 10/03/2011

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I firmly believe that sex is for MY pleasure, so if it hurts you should for sure get rid of it! I have one - and I have had ZERO problems - no pain since the second day after it was inserted. Maybe a cervical cap or a diaphragm would be a better choice since your sexual activity is intermittent. My daughter had good luck with the nova-ring.....there are lots of choices so why suffer!

Amber - posted on 10/03/2011

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I have the mirana and i love it I've had it for about 3yrs now and the only problems I've had is bleeding the first few months

Sarah - posted on 10/03/2011

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I had my Mirena inserted in February, had a normal check up in April and then between April and August I gained 17 pounds. I'm very petite and looked as if I were about 4 months pregnant. My NP couldn't figure out why, so I had to have a pelvic ultrasound. After that, the OB/ GYN told me there was a greater than 30% chance that I had ovarian cancer because there was a large cyst on my left ovary. I then saw an OB/GYN oncologist who told me I needed to have it removed as soon as possible along with a complete hystorectomy. At 26 that was very scary to hear. She did the surgery and ended up removing a 12 pound tumor. She is almost certain. The cyst grew because of my mirena. So be very cautious with any weight gain.

Jocelyn - posted on 10/13/2011

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I absolutely love my Mirena, not a single complaint. But if yours is hurting you and causing you issues, have it removed!

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Jocelyn - posted on 10/13/2011

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Haha just read your post above mine, you did get it removed :P Good lol

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/12/2011

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Well still good luck. I like the Implanon because it's low hormone and I breast feed. I don't have to think about it at all.

Kiara - posted on 10/12/2011

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meggy i got the nuvaring instead i was too scared to get the implanon lols but im going to see how nuvaring works for me....

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/10/2011

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Also don't worry. The syringe for the Implanon looks scary, but the nurse or dr will numb your arm first so you won't feel a thing.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/10/2011

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It doesn't seem like it has. I'm breast feeding rigjt now though so I'm not getting any mentstral cycle. It shouldn't affect it though. My sex drive definitely isn't affected/

Kiara - posted on 10/10/2011

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i actually went to the appointment for nothing because my doctor dont remove i.u.d so they rescheduled me again smh this time it will be removed.....meggy regnier yes the implanon sounds like a good idea a lil scared but its for five years that will work for me :D

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/08/2011

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I'm still a firm believer in whatever works for you. But I have loved the Implanon since I got it 4 months ago much more than the Mirena. My sex drive is great (It'd be better if I wasn't waking up constantly with my 7 month old) and I know it's still in my arm.

I can't say anything about the bleeding yet because I'm breast feeding. I hope your dr appointment went well.

Nancy - posted on 10/08/2011

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Kiara; I'm glad you're going in to the doctor to address your concerns. If you do decide to try the Depo shot, please be careful! That one did NOT do well for me...I bled consistently 90 days and went back in to see my doctor, she convinced me a second shot should clear that up. It did not! I ended up bleeding for 3 more months solid , became anemic and ended up with fainting spells. My doctor was no help, she suggested one more shot...I refused and let the drug "wear out" of my system! I understand that I'm a minority having reactions like that due to the shot, but still be careful!

Lisa - posted on 10/07/2011

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Hi,

Go back to the doctor and have them adjust it until it is in the right position. If your doctor doesn't see a new one.

Amber - posted on 10/06/2011

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I had gotten the Mirena yeas ago and removed it after a few with no problems... got it again and i have had it for 4 1/2 went to the er because of extreme pain... i have a Urinary tract infection and the mirena made it possible for the infection to spread to my uterus.. so now I have Pelvic inflammatory disease and while running their test they also found a cyst on my right ovary.. the doctors at the er pulled the mirena because of those problems it had caused me.. they did that monday and i am still sick and in extreme pain... I am just going to find a dr. that will tie my tubes

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/05/2011

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Kiara, I still suggest the Implanon, you don't have to get shots like the Depo and it lasts 5 years like the Mirena. The OBGYN or a nurse will place it in your upper arm right under the skin. Honestly the worst part of that was the novacain shot I had before hand.

I have no problem with my sex drive (well, barring being tired from having a nearly 7 month old) or weight gain. I like it a lot better than the Mirena and like Mirena it can be removed before the 5 years if you decide you want more children. It costs about the same as Mirena, but it'll save you money instead of having to get shots or pills every few months.

Kiara - posted on 10/05/2011

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ANN KITCHEN.....FIRST OFF MY HUSBAND DO RESPECT ME....WE CHOOSE THAT BC TOGETHER THAT DOES NOT MEAN HE DISRESPECTS ME!! AND SECOND I DO NOT FEEL LIKE IM BEING USED FOR SEX ALL I SAID WAS THAT THIS BC MADE MY SEX LIFE DOWNHILL BECAUSE BEFOR IT I HAD A GREAT SEX LIFE!! THANK YOU LADIES WHO SUPPORTED ME AND YES I WILL REMOVE IT AND I AM GOING ON ANOTHER BC EITHER DEPO OR THE PILLS BUT I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED AND LET YOU KNOW THE RESULTS OF THE OUTCOME!

Carmen - posted on 10/05/2011

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You should discuss other options with your Doctor since you already have three kids and if you dont wish to have other kids at this time then try something else its great that your so young and responsable. Take care and many blessings to you

Tammy - posted on 10/05/2011

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All i have to say is I havent had any luck with Mirena. I had mine put in and it fell out without me knowing...YIKES!! I also had problems with my period and I was told that it would help and it didnt, so i ended up getting my tubes tied.

Chrissie - posted on 10/04/2011

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I have had my Merana for over 6 years now...onto my second one and it is the best thing I have ever had!! I would recommend it to everyone. I do know that you should have an ultrasound every year to make sure it is still in the right place but I have never done that!!

Kandie - posted on 10/04/2011

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I had one Mirena a few years ago, I bleed for a month, then lightly for another 2 months. After that, my periods were a single spot til I had it taken out 3 years later to get pregnant again. I have another one in now, and it's great!! If it's causing you pain though, then there is a problem. It's not in the correct place or something.

Sherelle - posted on 10/04/2011

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I think the slow release hormones in the mirena IUD and the implant (which is what I had) are horrendous. I had no sex drive, spotting all the time and generally just wasn't great. I think they are birth control devices because you don't want anyone to come near you! After children I had a coil (old fashioned IUD) implanted. I specifically said I didn't want the newer mirena. It still lasts 5 years and I haven't had any issues such as those above. I do have heavier periods and period pains which I never got before. That's the only side effect I have experienced. If you like the convenience of an IUD possibly ask your gyneacologist about a coil rather than the mirena.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/04/2011

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Sarah, first it was definitely more than a problem- it was in my abdominal cavity.

I'm using the Implanon instead. I like it better than Mirena because it goes in my arm and it's still 5 years. I'm getting it taken out in a year because I want more kids, but I plan on getting this or a longer one later.

Cassie - posted on 10/04/2011

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I think you should speak with your obgyn, the string may just be too long and if so ur obgyn can shorten it which may fix your problem.

Sarah - posted on 10/04/2011

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To all of you who are having problems with Mirana ... Have you tried the ten year one Para Gard its no hormone but it blocks anything from getting through. I got it and it was slightly painful at first but after the second period everything evened out and is great. also my sex life has gone back to how it was before my kids came along!

Michelle - posted on 10/04/2011

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Definitely doing the right thing. You're listening to your body. Remember to ask about other contraception though.

Amanda - posted on 10/04/2011

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Some people do not tolerate them well. I didn't. It hurt, I would bleed randomly, I gained 30 pounds with it, I was moody, and my new GYN is convinced that is what led to the current ovary cysts I have. I would not recommend it, but only you can decide if it is worth it to you. If the side effects are as bad as you say, then get rid of it. There are too many other options to consider. Mirena may seem the easiest or most convient, but if you have issues like I did, you wouldn't go near one.



On a side note, I had it removed and we have been trying to get pregnant since. That was three years ago. I'm not saying that it caused my fertility problems, but they sure don't run in my family, so who knows.

Kylie - posted on 10/04/2011

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Ive had the mirena in for almost a year now and for the first 7 months very light spotting on and off, no heaviness or anything. Im finding it great, but yeah it shouldnt hurt while having sex at all. Im now not having periods at all, so im one of the minority that its working for. Ive not gained weight in fact ive lost some. But deffinately get it checked and removed if its causing pain.

Diana - posted on 10/04/2011

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I would have it taken out...It sounds like it is not in properly. I have had mine for six months now. I am 22 and have two kids. I bled for about four months and now I don't bleed at all. Mine has been great so far

Anne Marie - posted on 10/04/2011

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I am on my second Mirena. The first one I had for the full 5 years. I had it taken out, I had my son and had another one placed. I definitely bled more and longer with the second one, but just like before I now get no period at all. I did gain some weight with the first one, but when they took it out after 5 years, the weight didn't start to come off, so I guess that was it was just me gaining the weight...not the Mirena causing it. I know some people who have had problems, but I personally highly recommend it to anyone that is as forgetful about BC pills as I am. The hormone in the device is only supposed to act locally on the uterus and not a whole lot gets into the blood stream. That is the biggest reason I chose it over things like Depo, which dumps loads of hormone into your blood. I did need to get the first one adjusted a bit, because it was uncomfortable and a couple of years later, they couldn't see the strings at a routine GYN visit, so they located it with an ultrasound. It was in the right place and not bothering me, so it stayed. It should not hurt and you shouldn't even know it's there.

Meri - posted on 10/04/2011

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Seriously, Ann... what on earth are you talking about? I'm anti-mirena, but to imply that she's got emotional sexual issues because she and her partner chose that bc based on the advice of a doctor... makes her husband a controlling freak who doesn't respect her. WOW. I have no idea how you arrived there, but I feel sorry for you that you would go there. Just, wow.

Meri - posted on 10/04/2011

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I had it removed nearly three years ago, and everything went away within 3 weeks. It was crazy. I guess the good thing was that I didn't pay more than my $15 co-pay for the device, I would have been pretty frustrated if I'd paid cash for it.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/04/2011

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Anna... what now? The OP never stated she felt used for sex because her partner makes her use a contraceptive. And the natural method is nearly impossible to use unless you track everything. She said she doesn't want any more kids and that is a risk with the natural method.

If the Mirena is causing pain, it could be in wrong or somewhere where it isn't suppsed to be. Have your OBGYN check the strings and get an ultrasound. That's how they found mine

Alicia - posted on 10/04/2011

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Just wanted to add that if you truly feel that Mirena is the problem , get it out and choose another BC. Please, do make sure to keep up with symptoms afterwards incase. Again, best of luck.

Meri - posted on 10/04/2011

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I had the Mirena for about a year. It was HORRIBLE. I got it 8 weeks after my daughter was born... and never lost an OUNCE after having it put in--no matter how much I dieted or exercised. I became super paranoid about my husband traveling on business, I couldn't sleep while he was flying, because I just KNEW his plane was going to crash. I had heart palpitations on and off for months. I would experience morning sickness like queasiness, even though I took acid reflux medications. I had muscular pain that none of the doctors could explain or rule out. I spotted for an ENTIRE YEAR.



I had it removed and within 4 hours time, my head was clear for the first time in two years (a year of pregnancy and 2 months of post baby in there..). The heart issues stopped immediately. Once I had my first HORRID PERIOD, I was down 12 POUNDS, and my pants all started fitting around the waste from the swelling going down.



I would NEVER recommend this birth control to ANYONE. The doctors all insist that I was imagining these side effects. It is INFURIATING.



P.S. I am not a big user of caps, but situation totally calls for them.

Amber - posted on 10/04/2011

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After my first son was born, I had a copper IUD as BC. I loved it. Still had my period, but no hormones, no side effects, nothing. Unfortunately, after a surgery, it started to fall out. Against my better judgment, I allowed my OB/GYN to talk me into the Mirena. I hated it. I gained weight, lost my sex drive, cycles became nonexistent (the only good thing). When my husband and I decided to try for another baby, I had it removed. It still took 2 years of trying for us to get pregnant. In all that time, I had no libido, my periods were very irregular, and I was still gaining weight. Anyone who is thinking of getting the Mirena, I always caution them to try the regular copper IUD first. It does the same thing (irritates the lining of the uterus to stop pregnancy), but there's no hormones, cycles stay regular, no weight gain, mood swings, nothing.

Alicia - posted on 10/04/2011

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I would get physician to check position of Mirena and also do exam to make sure that there is not another problem going on. I had one for the 5 yrs with no problems and would have gotten another if could afford it. Now I have to remember the pill everyday and forgot how aggravating that is. Just be sure. The symptoms your having could be result of other female problems. Best of luck !

Rachel - posted on 10/04/2011

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That's just so crazy! I had mine for 5 years and never had any problems. I had it removed in January, (the end of the 5 years) and became pregnant shortly after, which was our plan. I absolutely loved mine, a lot of my friends have mirena also and I have never heard any of them having the problems some of you ladies are describing. But if it was causing me pain, I would definitely have it removed, that doesn't seem normal at all. Good luck, I hope you find something that works for you!

Sheena - posted on 10/04/2011

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I used Mirna for about 9 months. During the first few months I loved it. The last 6 months were horrible. Sex hurt in every position we tried, my mood swings were worse than when I was pregnant, and I was in pain more than I was comfortable. I was in the emergency room a couple times because of the pain. I had absolutely no sex drive either, and that started before the pain got to be too much to handle. I finally had it removed and then was diagnosed with bilateral ovarian cysts. My pain level has significantly decreased since having it removed and my sex drive is getting closer to normal. I've tried the NuvaRing and it was ok, but now I'm on my 3rd different form if BC after having it removed. It's been out for about 4 months now and I'm getting closer to what ny normal was. Be patient with your body as you recover, remember you had a foreign object in you. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you start getting back to your normal feelings soon.

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look into Natural Family Planning. I like the Billings method. Our bodies can tell us when we are fertile and when we are not. We just have to learn to recognize the signs. You may not be interested in sex anymore because you feel used for sex. Your partner is not respecting you or your body by encouraging you to be on contraceptives.

Jennie - posted on 10/04/2011

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I have had the mirena for 2 years as well and its the best thing I could have done. As a young mother with 3 children, I highly recommend to speak w/the doctor first about alternatives. You are risking getting pregnant once again, unless you will be using condoms 100% of the time or using another contraceptive like the pill.

Nancy - posted on 10/04/2011

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I'd discuss it with your doctor before having it removed. I had the Mirena for a full 5 years and had almost a day of pains afterward as well...until I tried a few different positions... missionary just didn't work for me, I was guaranteed pain afterwards. The spoons position worked the best. We experienced a temporary decline in our lovemaking for the first while when I had the IUD because I'd shy away due to the pain, as I previously said, changing positions helped a LOT. Enough that we were able to re-kindle our intimacy. I hope whatever decision you make brings you and your sweetie closer together! Best of luck!

Jodi - posted on 10/04/2011

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I'm on my second one. I had it placed for heavy bleeding after my second child. I LOVE it... haven't had a period in 7 years. No hormonal side effects. I highly recommend it.

Stacie - posted on 10/04/2011

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I too had the Mirena and thought it was great until this past June when I suffered from an ectopic pregnancy. I had the Mirena in for 3.5 years prior to this. My libido had decreased but I thought it was because I was stressed and getting older (I'm 35). I was actually headed out of town on vacation when I started experiencing excruitiating pain. I have a high tolerance for pain so I tried to work through it til my vacation was over, but my husband ended up rushing me to the emergency room where I was diagnosed with the ectopic pregnancy. My not so happy vacation was extended by a week due to hospitalization and after care. They told me that this was just a rare occurance and that my Mirena was still in place, but I decided to have it removed.

Emily - posted on 10/04/2011

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I have the mirena and am on my 4th year with it. I love it... At about year 3 I got 2 ovarian cysts that had to be surgically removed. But I swear by Mirena. I am not an organized person so remembering to take a pill at the same time every day just doesn't work for me (my 4 year old is proof of this). I haven't had a period in about 31/2 year...I love that! It has not caused me any pain, nor have I had any decrease in my libido...Talk to your doctor before you have it removed....

Caroline - posted on 10/04/2011

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hi hun i have 5 kids and wanted somethin that wouldnt let me get pregs and agreed with me tried a lot over years now im on a patch called evra u apply like a plaster every week then 1 week off i have very light periods now and all else ok to i have adviced some of my mates to whom now have it and all love it good luck

Kathy - posted on 10/04/2011

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OH MY GOSH! I am going through something similar. I have had Mirena in since 2009. At first things were fine my bleeding became light and in the past few months I have been having heavy bleeding, severe pain in my vaginal area as well as back and hips. It is very difficult for me to sit for long periods of time. I have gone to my doctor which did an internal exam and sent me for an ultrasound. Test came back normal. So I was feeling completely crazy like maybe it is all in my head. I have a job where you sit for at least 8 - 10 hours a day. So I have not been able to work or pick up my son like I use to. I just called my doctor again on Friday because now I am bleeding again. After reading different moms experiences I am not feeling so crazy anymore. I want this thing out now! I want my life back. Thank you so much for the this information. You just dont know how much you have helped me.

Heather - posted on 10/04/2011

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I had mine in for 2 years. I had to get my first one replaced after 1 year because it had fallen out (or down, not completely out. They say to check the strings, I had a problem doing so and it always felt fine) It was always a bit uncomfortable for me. When the second one went in it was really uncomfortable. I felt lots of cramping and discomfort. To each there own, if it doesn't work for you, take it out. There are other birth control methods.

Chris - posted on 10/04/2011

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You should not be experiencing any pain from having the coil fitted. I bled for over a month when I first got mine but eventually the periods stopped completely which is what I had it for. Yes, I have gained weight but I wouldn't blame that entirely on the Mirena, part of it is to do with age and eating late. I was recommended it by a friend who also had no trouble whatsoever.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do, but certainly get yourself checked by a doctor.

Amber - posted on 10/04/2011

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i just had mine removed because it gave me problems. if u dont ever want more kids just get ur tubes tied...

Anne - posted on 10/03/2011

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I am 34years old and have 2 kids. I had the Mirena for 4 years and recently had it removed. I now realise how it affected my libido and desire for sexual intimacy. I'm sure you will feel a difference when haaving it removed. You will just have to find another form of contraception which I recommend is not another hormonal based product.

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