I'm thinking about getting the Mirena IUD any thoughts?

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Jenna - posted on 01/19/2009

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I have one and love it.  I have not gained any weight at all.  Actually I am now thinner than I was before pregnancy.  Just make sure you asked to be numbed first.  They can numb with a painless spray and then with a needle and then you don't feel any pain during the procedure.  I have had mine for almost 2 years with no side effects at all!

Jennifer - posted on 01/15/2009

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The Mirena is a great form of birth control! It is a progesterone-containing IUD which acts to decrease the lining of your uterus, change your cervical mucous and prevent fertilization. The main side effect is amenorrhea (the lack of periods). No significant weight gain is associated. The major complait I hear (I'm an OB/GYN) is spotting, and this is typically a self-limited symptom that usually resolves by about 6 mos. of use. Be sure to tell your doctor if you think you are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases, as an IUD can increase the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease if you actively have an STD.

Erin - posted on 09/17/2012

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I have had my Mirena for almost 5 years here soon. I have loved it! Before trying it out like many others have posted I have tried many other way to prevent. condoms,Pills,shot, ring, and now this. Funny story about the ring. Once hubby found around him after and we both laughed after he said bulls eye!



Any way for me it hurt when they put it in. not for long luckily. It was like a mild contraction, but one that would wake you up for sure. It took about 2 years to have No period or any thing like it. Never have to count days and mark a calender, just paid the co pay and done for 5 yrs.



I would recommend it is worth it!!!!!

Tiffany - posted on 01/20/2009

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I have had Mirena for 2 yrs now, i absolutely love it. I've had no side affects what-so-ever!! My doctor's wife used it and he highly recommended it!!! Good luck!!

Mary - posted on 01/19/2009

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Ok, does any one else wonder if this is a gloried focus group, and the people at Mirena are monitoring responses? If so, it's great marketing material. (Is Big Brother watching?) 

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Lauren - posted on 01/21/2009

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I have the Mirena the placement is pretty uncomfortable, reminded me alot of after having my daughter when you have cramping from your uterus contracting back to it's normal size. That lasted awhile but i'm sure that varies from person to person, but i am very happy with it now! I have no periods occasional potting but otherwise very happy with it.

Hayley - posted on 01/21/2009

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hi i had the iud fitted in 2004 and thought it was great but got to get it changed in the middle of the year can only stay in for 5 years but i really do recommend it i havnt had any problems good luck

Jamie - posted on 01/21/2009

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I had the Mirena after my first child.  I LOVED it.  I also used to work for a gyno, Mirena is not for everyone.  I had some spotting for about three to four wks, then period free for 5 years!  No cramping, no problems... I had it taken out and started the pill.  three months after i stopped the pill i got pregnant again.  It is different for everyone though...i would reccomend it.

Demontica - posted on 01/21/2009

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I've had mine for 8 months and It's been great, except for the first month I was on my period for 23 days straghit and I cramped badly the day that it was inserted, but other than that is worth it you don't have to worry about a pill, a patch, or a ring. periods are ok for me they last 5-7 days but when I didn't have one it was 3-5 days but it beats taking a pill everyday, when you can be worry free for 5 years!! good luck on whatever bc method you use.

Eve - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hey, I have an IUD, not Mirena though. I did not want the hormones so I have the standard copper variety. I have had no issues with it. 

Amber - posted on 01/20/2009

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I had an IUD put in after my son was born, he just turned 3. I took it out 1 year ago, and have not been able to get pregnant. :( Even thoguh, the doctors have said it is not releated...I don't believe them.  It was great while I had it in. I didn't have very much cramping, however, when I would play with the kids on the floor, I cramped a bit. I also broke out A LOT! I am now starting Clomid this month to help things along. Good Luck, and really go with your gut!



 



BTW...It was murder having it inserted...But, I do have a LOW tolerance for pain. It was more of the after effect...it burned. However, my sister-in-law said that hers did not hurt.

Shannon - posted on 01/20/2009

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I liked using it but after a year it started coming out.  I would definitely do it again though.  Go for it.

Torie - posted on 01/20/2009

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Do it! I did it and have had no problems at all. It is one less thing you have to worry about which is something all moms could use more of!

Heather - posted on 01/20/2009

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I have one and I love it! I agree that you should do some research and talk to your doctor about it. Good luck!

Brenda - posted on 01/20/2009

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I got the Mirena about a year ago. For the first 3 months I had my period constantly. I think there was a total of 2 weeks out of the whole 3 months that I didn't. My husband hated it. But since then, I have very light periods monthly. I was afraid I would feel it but never did. I don't seem to have had any affects on my mood or body.

Jill - posted on 01/19/2009

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My sister had Mirena. She had severe cramping on and off for a few months. When she got it out she had a hard time getting pregnant, 3 yrs hard! She had also had cysts that ruptured and had to have surgery. She may have had pre-existing endemetriosis which the Mirena amplified. I would say if you've ever had endemetriosis/bad cramping/irregular periods, or any other problems, don't get it. Otherwise you might be fine.

Ashley - posted on 01/19/2009

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I considered it, but I decided to go with the Implanon. It's an implant that is placed into your arm. It's good for up to 3 years without having to worry about taking something daily. I absolutely love it! My cousin tried the Mirena IUD and had to have it removed. She got in the shower one morning and started bleeding so bad that we had to call an ambulance to come get her. But I also have a friend who uses it and hasn't had any problems at all. All you can do is try.

Laurena - posted on 01/19/2009

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I am on my second Mirena and I love it. I had one between my children and got another after my second child. I have almost no periods, it is just some light spotting every couple of months.

Natasha - posted on 01/19/2009

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I got it in Oct 2008 and have no problems.. I love the fact I don't have to remember to take anything... best thing ever!

Natasha - posted on 01/19/2009

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I got it in Oct 2008 and have no problems.. I love the fact I don't have to remember to take anything... best thing ever!

Natasha - posted on 01/19/2009

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I got it in Oct 2008 and have no problems.. I love the fact I don't have to remember to take anything... best thing ever!

Mandi - posted on 01/19/2009

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I have had mine for almost two years.  I hated it at first. My face broke out, I had horrible cramps, but that may not have been the IUD. and my husband could feel it when we had sex.  But after the first 3 months I kinda started to forget about it.  My skin has cleared up, I was able to loose all 78 lbs of baby weight and  an extra 10 lbs.  I will have to say that  I do have all symptoms of my period just no bleeding.  Which is a blessing, but when I was on the depo shot I never even had cramps. I would recommend it.

Sarah - posted on 01/19/2009

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I absolutely love mine! I had it put in at my 6 week check and have not had any problems with it. I was lucky and have not had much weight gain with it at all, but I've been really watching my diet trying to take off my baby weight. I know some woman have complained it was painful to get, but I didn't have a problem with it at all. It is so nice not to have to remember to take the pill every morning!

Christina - posted on 01/19/2009

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I have one.... for just over a year. I really like it. I have no period and I haven't had any weight gain. I've actually lost weight! I am going tomorrow to get it removed because my husband and I have decided to try for #3. If it wasn't for that, it would be staying in there. Getting it in was very painful I found and the next day I had cramping that, in my opinion, was worse than contractions. I couldn't move from the couch. Tylenol would have probaly helped but I was breastfeeding at the time so I really didn't want to take anything. After that though, no pain and my period didn't come after about 2 months. I'd probaly get another one after #3 is here but husband is getting a vasectomy so there will be no need. Everyone will react different, but I love it!

Mavia - posted on 01/19/2009

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I have had it for a year already.. no regrets . The only thing is that you bleed at the beginning (or spot) for about the first 3 months, and thats expected. They say that eventually your menstruation may disappear all together...Im still waiting!! but I still get my monthly periods, mainly spotting... no complaints.. I love it!

Melissa - posted on 01/19/2009

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I had mine put in Feb 2008 and I am thinking about removing it. I have gain so much weight since being on it, and I watch what I eat and chase after 3 kids daily. My periods are every month still, sometimes they are heavy  other times they arent but they last for days at a time, I never know what will be going the next month. My best friend also had one put in her and she gained so much weight she is waiting for her appt to have hers taken out as well. I guess everyones body takes to it different as any birth control. My sister in law had the 10year IUD put in her and loved it, she just recently had her taken out after 8 years. So its just something you really need to look into and remember your body may take it well or it could reject it. Also make sure your insurace covers it, its about $1000 for the IUD and the appt fees (mine only paid 80% which is still a great chunk)

Melissa - posted on 01/19/2009

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I had mine put in Feb 2008 and I am thinking about removing it. I have gain so much weight since being on it, and I watch what I eat and chase after 3 kids daily. My periods are every month still, sometimes they are heavy  other times they arent but they last for days at a time, I never know what will be going the next month. My best friend also had one put in her and she gained so much weight she is waiting for her appt to have hers taken out as well. I guess everyones body takes to it different as any birth control. My sister in law had the 10year IUD put in her and loved it, she just recently had her taken out after 8 years. So its just something you really need to look into and remember your body may take it well or it could reject it. Also make sure your insurace covers it, its about $1000 for the IUD and the appt fees (mine only paid 80% which is still a great chunk)

Melissa - posted on 01/19/2009

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I had mine put in Feb 2008 and I am thinking about removing it. I have gain so much weight since being on it, and I watch what I eat and chase after 3 kids daily. My periods are every month still, sometimes they are heavy  other times they arent but they last for days at a time, I never know what will be going the next month. My best friend also had one put in her and she gained so much weight she is waiting for her appt to have hers taken out as well. I guess everyones body takes to it different as any birth control. My sister in law had the 10year IUD put in her and loved it, she just recently had her taken out after 8 years. So its just something you really need to look into and remember your body may take it well or it could reject it. Also make sure your insurace covers it, its about $1000 for the IUD and the appt fees (mine only paid 80% which is still a great chunk)

Sarah - posted on 01/18/2009

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I just recently had the Mirena put in place.  It was simple!  A little discomfort while the dr. put it in.  Sort of like a small cramp.  No biggie.  Since then my periods are much lighter.  Other then that I don't even notice it.

Melanie - posted on 01/18/2009

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Quoting Shandy:

I'm thinking about getting the Mirena IUD any thoughts?



Mirena is great. I have had for several years. I highly recommend it. Melanie. Jakarta.

Tamika - posted on 01/18/2009

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I have the Copper-t IUD and I love it!!! I have had it 7 yrs now. It last for 10yrs... It also has no added hormones!  Getting it felt like a mild contraction, but it is totally worth it.  At first I thought my husband could feel it, but it was totally mental. I suggest it to all my friends thinking of birth control.  But still do your research to make sure it best for you... Good luck!

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I breastfeed with the Mirena.  The midwives and I spoke extensively about this.  I know several other breastfeeding mothers who have taken this route.

Margaret - posted on 01/18/2009

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Remember Ladies, you Do NOT have to have the Mirena IUD... There is the traditional IUD which has no hormones. It is the old copper IUD. Yes it causes longer & heavier periods....but it is also the only birth control that can be used with breast feeding. You have to know what is best for your life style & your body. There is a lot of information out there. Find out the risk...the side effects.
On a secondary note: The pain during insertion or removal of any type of IUD is totally related to how your OB or nurse practitioner was taught. The dizziness is a reaction each woman may or may not have. It is due to the IUD passing across a particular nerve... this is not what causes the pain...but it can cause a women to become dizzy or even pass out. You would not know if you would react unless you have one. By my 4th IUD I became accustomed to telling my Dr. I did not have that reaction.

The type of Birth Control you choose should be what is best for you and your partner and your life style.

Tynisa - posted on 01/18/2009

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I don't know if it's really my place to throw my 2 cents in but, the Mirena caused me serious pain and an cyst growth which caused an infection once I had it removed all was good again, no issues, I have heard this happens with some women, my best friend also had it and also suffered severe pain as well.

Linda - posted on 01/18/2009

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I received the mirena then I was not covered by my health plan and did not have a follow up appointment. I ended becoming pregnant from a misplaced iud....I was never in any pain. They say you can go inside and feel a cord also I never wanted to try....I know this sounds foolish of me though it's important to share.

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For a lot of people, no periods, but not for all.  Some have quite an opposite effect and you can't know until you do it.  I have the Mirena as well as mixed feelings.

Susan - posted on 01/18/2009

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I did not like the Mirena at all.  They said that very little hormone gets into your bloodstream, but I felt depressed on it.  I also easily gained weight ( a few pounds) and was extremely bloated all of the time (the hormone is released locally, so more bloating naturally occurs).  If you are sensitive at all to hormone, I would not suggest this one.  I decided to go on a low hormone birth control pill instead of trying the copper IUD since I had such a bad experience with the Mirena.  Hope this helps!

Christine - posted on 01/18/2009

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I got the Mirena over a year ago and i have really had no problems with it. I had a lot of cramping at first but now i dont even know that its in. I dont even get my period anymore.

Kelly - posted on 01/18/2009

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hi i have recently had the mirena coil fitted just last month, initially i felt some discomfort & a sharp pain when the coil was first inserted but nothing major (hey we gave birth right! what can compare!) i dont even know its there cant feel a thing ive had no pains whatsoever & my first period has just lasted 13 days but very light, i was told by the doctor that this is quite normal & the bleeding will get less in the next few months all in all id definately recommend to any1 on having this! As for weight gain i was told that this mirena coil will not make you put on weight & so far it hasnt! Hope this helps Good luck!

Mary - posted on 01/18/2009

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Hi Shandy! Yes, I'd recommend it. In fact, I wish I would have tried it years before I did. I struggles with different kinds of birth control pills that caused a lot of break-through bleeding and other symptoms. Once I had the IUD, I become much more comfortable and "level headed." Good luck and let me know if you give it a shot. I think it's a lot safer than the pill too.

Holly - posted on 01/18/2009

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Hi, I have had the Mirena for just about 2 1/2 yeaI rs now...I absolutely love it! The ease of it, not having to take a daily pill, the ability to have it removed at any time.....I plan on replacing it every five years! :) I have not really had any side effects with it either and love that I haven't had to deal with the monthly visitor!

Jennifer - posted on 01/18/2009

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I have the Mirena and I'm going on my 4th year. I actually stopped having periods after about 6 months. I still have all the symptoms of a regular period - cramps, bloating, break outs, moodiness - but very little if any "show" comes out. I haven't bought tampons in years! It hurts considerably during insertion but the pain subsides. I have no problems with mine. The only con to me is that I'm very hormonal and have a little bit of acne breakouts during the month. With the pill, all of that was under control. My doctor informed me that you can keep getting it replaced till you're 55 years old. You can quite possibly go from having no periods to menopause! Even if your insurance doesn't cover the whole expense, in the long run it's cheaper than paying monthly for the pill for the next 5 years.

Tracey - posted on 01/18/2009

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I had a Mirena IUD for seven months and was really disappointed. I spotted almost every day of those seven months which was really annoying. I had no pain with the insertion or removal of it though so if you get the more positive side effects, ie light/no periods, I can see it would be an ideal form of contraception.

Colleen - posted on 01/18/2009

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I've been thinking about it too. I'm due in May and I want to research it before then! If I find out anything I'll post for you! My girlfriend has had it for a couple of years now and she loves it!

Kathryn - posted on 01/18/2009

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Now that I think about it, I did.  I had the flu right after I had it inserted and had to take some medicine and I attributed that to my milk drying up but I suppose it could have been the IUD.  I go back on thursday for my 1 month ultrasound so I will update you on what the doc says about that.

Amanda - posted on 01/16/2009

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I got the IUD right after my daughter was born. At the time, neither of the doctors I consulted mentioned that it could affect my ability to breastfeed so I was devastated when I just abruptly stopped producing milk. Definitely do not get Mirena if you are breastfeeding. Aside from that, I have had no significant side effects, in fact I have had no periods since having it put in. I have minimal spotting and very mild cramps at times but that's it. I know the side effects differ for everyone, but because it's so easy to have put in or taken out if necessary, I would definitely recommend it.

Kathryn - posted on 01/16/2009

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I have had mine for about 2 months, having it put in was not the most pleasant thing in the world and the month following was not either but after that it is working well for me.  My doc says it can take 6 months or so for your body to adjust to it.  I would reccomend it.

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3.5 months of spotting after it was put in. now i have spotting on and off about every 3 weeks, with no real period. sex drive has tanked. but still nothing has made me want to remove it.

Erin - posted on 01/15/2009

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I have had mine fore almost a year and I LOVE it! There was some discomfort the first day but nothing Tylenol didn't cover. I have no period and no weight gain. My husband and I like the comfort in knowing that there is no risk of pregnancy (both our kids were concieved while on the pill) and there is a whole lot of spontenanity. Best of luck!

Jesi - posted on 01/15/2009

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I have it w/o any problems. My Dr did say that some people have nasty cramping after its put in. I was dizzy for about five minutes and then fine ever since. Good luck!

Kim - posted on 01/15/2009

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I did it, I LOVE it!!!!! It is pretty uncomfortable when they place it, but after a few hours of cramping it is practically forgettable, for me anyway. I have had it for about 4 months and have not had any problems or weight gain, and pretty much do not have a period.

Lisa - posted on 01/15/2009

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I have the Mirena IUD...LOVE it!  I've had it for just about a year now...the insertion was rather uncomfortable, but very brief...30 seconds maybe?  And cramping afterwards...but I didnt take any Motrin, so that probably didnt help!  I had breakthrough bleeding for a few months...which can happen...but I was also decreasing mybreastfeeding-so I think my body was confused.  I get almost NO period- yah!!!  I know it lasts at least 5 years, and I believe they've actually extended that...which is great...I did have to pay out-of-pocket to cover some of the expense...so, check with your insurance...but WELL worth it not to have to be 'responsible' for birthcontrol.  (And you husband can not feel it, by the way!!- that was a concern of my husband!!)  I highly recommend the Mirena.  It's been great! 

Lisa - posted on 01/15/2009

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I have the Mirena IUD...LOVE it!  I've had it for just about a year now...the insertion was rather uncomfortable, but very brief...30 seconds maybe?  And cramping afterwards...but I didnt take any Motrin, so that probably didnt help!  I had breakthrough bleeding for a few months...which can happen...but I was also decreasing mybreastfeeding-so I think my body was confused.  I get almost NO period- yah!!!  I know it lasts at least 5 years, and I believe they've actually extended that...which is great...I did have to pay out-of-pocket to cover some of the expense...so, check with your insurance...but WELL worth it not to have to be 'responsible' for birthcontrol.  (And you husband can not feel it, by the way!!- that was a concern of my husband!!)  I highly recommend the Mirena.  It's been great! 

Lori - posted on 01/15/2009

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I have had it for a year and a half. I have had no negative side effects. I absolutely love it. My period stopped completely after only having the IUD in for three months. No spotting or anything! It's great! You can have it taken out at any time.

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