Is anyone else disappointed with Mirena?

Sakeena - posted on 07/16/2010 ( 129 moms have responded )

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I chose it because I was told that the period would cease after a period of time (about 7 mnths or so), and unlike the Depo shot, would not have any unwelcomed side affects like hair loss, weight gain, etc. However, here I am 10 months later, still getting a period every month AND the INCREDIBLY annoying spotting. I said I would give it until my daughter is 1 year old. If it's the same, I might as well take it out, it's almost like getting EXTRA periods (w/the spotting), instead of none!

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Kelly - posted on 07/28/2010

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Sorry to hear that you are disappointed with Mirena. After 8 months I stopped having periods and haven't had one since which has been awesome. Maybe your body might just take a little bit more time to adjust to it? Have you talked to your ob/gyn about it?

Sherryl - posted on 07/28/2010

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I have had mine 4 years and love it. First year my periods were very light - now I have none. I am planning to get another one when this one needs to be removed at the 5 year mark.

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I had the same problem... kinda. I had daily bleeding, and my periods increased the longer I had the Mirena. Finally I went to another doctor and discovered that my body just wasn't built for birth control, that it couldn't handle the extra hormones. Maybe you should talk to another doctor and see if there is a different opinion. I had steady, daily bleeding for 17 months after my daughter was born, after removing the IUD, and getting off all hormones and BC, I am back to normal!

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I've been using the Paragard for about 16 months and I absolutely *hate* it! Not only do I still have periods, but they are much, much worse than I've ever had before! I actually can't leave the house for 1 day / month because I can't seem to wear enough protection to prevent leakages!

Suffice it to say that my husband and I are now looking into the possibility of a vasectomy, so hopefully my days left on the Paragard are numbered.

I'd trade spotting any day for what I've been through...

Liz - posted on 07/28/2010

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it does settle i have mine in almost 3 years no periods no pains no spotting no worries

Jeanette - posted on 07/28/2010

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I HAVE HAD IT FOR 3 YEARS NOW AND HAVEN'T HAD ANY ISSUES. FOR A WHILE IT CUT MY PERIODS TO ABOUT 3-4 DAYS AND VERY LIGHT BUT IT'S CHANGED TO ABOUT 5-7 BUT STILL LIGHT. I WOULD STILL RECOMMEND THIS B/C IT WORKS AND I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT REMEMBERING TO TAKE SOMETHING

Beth - posted on 07/28/2010

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Here is a warning to all of you women with the Mirena birth control who would like to get pregnant again!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had one and loved it but then I had it removed to get pregnant with my second child and I ended up having a rare cervical pregnancy that ended up with me having to have a hysterectomy
Though there is no research to support my theory I think that the Mirena disrupted my uteran lining and that is what caused the embryo to implant in my cervix.
If you have the Mirena and plan on getting pregnant wait a few months please so that this won't happen to you!!!!!!!

Joni - posted on 07/28/2010

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I had one for five years before I had my daughter and loved it (did stop having my period after about a year) and then I got another one. She is almost 17 months old now and I still get a slight period for about a day but I love it. You don't have to remember to take a pill.

Keri - posted on 07/28/2010

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I don't have the periods but I got the weight gain and mood swings. It's aggravating that I was on a good track with weight loss and after Mirena it all came back and then some. I'm tired of feeling like I'm overweight and everything. I think it's worth it if you are lucky enough to not get the weight gain and what not... But are you willing to deal with the "new body"? As a birth control, it's doing wonderful, emotionally on me... not so much. Just depends on how strong of a woman you are and how wonderful your support group is.

Iptishaam - posted on 07/28/2010

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I know how you feel!I have mine in now for almost 3 years and nothing has changed.I was too told about the changes in my cycle but nothing has changed yet lol.I hope to remove mine in the new year.Good luck with your's. :-)

Courtney - posted on 07/27/2010

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I HATED Mirena. I was on my period (normal-heavy flow) for 3 MONTHS!!! I also gained weight while working out and dieting, I was extra moody, SO emotional, to the point my husband thought I had PPD. Everything went back to normal when I went back to traditional low-hormone b/c pills. Mirena is really not worth it!

Jennifer - posted on 07/27/2010

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after i had my second kid i looked deeply into these kind of things and the what ifs outweighed getting it plus my friend had and she got pregnant with it so i went with implanon had a small period for like week and havent had one since YAY!!!

Deb - posted on 07/27/2010

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It took me a good 7 months to finally have one day of spotting..i find it worth it compared to before.Good luck I hope it gets better.

Alana - posted on 07/27/2010

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I actually had to have mine removed after about 10 months. I started getting this horrible pain, and even though the ultra-sound showed that it was in the correct place my OB?GYM suggested we remove it. As soon as it was removed the pain was gone. I also had the spotting issue. It is too bad, because I liked the idea of the Mirena.

Melanie - posted on 07/27/2010

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I had mine put in about a year after my little girl was born, it's now been almost 2 years and I have never had a period, sometimes around the time of the month I should have it I get some cramping and hunger cravings but nothing bad, def the best birth control I've ever taken! Also for the lady asking if her husband can "feel" it, mine said he could at first but it didn't take away from the experience and now we don't even notice it, hope that helps.

Teresa - posted on 07/27/2010

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I have one and I get occasional spotting at that time of month. My only problem with it is that I have chronic thrush. I'm not sure if the Mirena is to blame but I can't get rid of it. Anyone else have that problem. Also I find that I'm paranoid when having sex in case hubby can feel it. He hasn't said so but I feel uncomfortable. My hang up I spose.

Laura - posted on 07/27/2010

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I got one and I was very iffy about the whole idea of having something like this in my body. However, with that being said my periods stopped about 1 month later and I have expereinced decreased cramping and PMS symptoms. So for me it's been good. I'm not sure I would wait to see your doc about this. You are not getting benefits from it so why keep it is my thought. Of course I am not a doc.

Edna - posted on 07/27/2010

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From the time they put it in to the time it was taken out i was bleeding My doctor wanted me to give it some time before i removed it so when my son turned six months that was it he had to take it out

Keisha - posted on 07/27/2010

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I had the Mirena and hated it. My period never stopped either and I also experienced things like hair loss and weight gain even though some will say that it wasnt caused by the Mirena. I've read about enough people experiencing the same thing to conclude that it was. Anyway I took it out and got the Paraguard and I absolutely loved it! Take that Mirena out and get the Paraguard.

Melissa - posted on 07/27/2010

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I am with you on that...its been 3 months for me and i still spot all month long. :o( i too was told that there would be less period. I wear a liner everyday its very annoying, especially with the summer here! I also have alot of hair loss although they say it's normal after having a baby...hopefully the nightmare would end shortly! good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 07/27/2010

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I chose to use it because of the same reasons...but then I figured out that I didn't get a full period every month...but i spotted EveryDay!! Which meant that I had to wear a tampon or pad every day..where did the freedom go? It was also very uncomfortable..I would feel a little poke once in a while from it hitting the side if I moved a certain way or during sex. I didn't care for it at all and I highly do not recommend it. I had them take it out and I am so much happier just living life normal.

Jennifer - posted on 07/27/2010

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Oh not to mention the mood swings and crazy emotional roller coaster I was constanly on. I acted like I was pregnant for those 8 1/2 mo. Cry over anything, go off the deep end over any little thing. I feel bad for my husband through that point. He at one point actually told me he thought I was pregnant because of the way I was acting.

Patty - posted on 07/27/2010

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I too have had Mirena for the last 6 years. I am due to have it replaced in November but have decided to tie my tubes instead since I do not plan to have any more children. The Mirena for me is WONDERFUL. I never suffered from heavy periods even before Mirena and because I always have a discharge, I wear a pantyliner everyday and have gotten used to it so spotting for me isn't an issue. As others have said, everyone is different. You need to weigh the pros and cons to Mirena and see what works best for you. Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 07/27/2010

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I got mine put in at my 6wk check up after having my son. I was breastfeeding still so I didn't have a period at all. I did have horrible headaches. A rather difficult time loosing the baby weight. And 8 1/2 mo. after it was put in I got horrible cramps, started bleeding alot and it feel out! This to me was a HUGE waste of my money. Then my Dr tried to get me to try it again. When I asked my Dr why it fell out, the answer was sometimes that happens?!?!?!? Really, I was told rejection was an issue for the first few weeks. Luckily I noticed it in the toilet, otherwise I would be pregnant now. I went with another option while I made my final decision to use the essure method of steralization. Good luck!

Angela - posted on 07/27/2010

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Wow, that's too bad that you are having an unhappy experience with Mirena. I actually had my second one put in last Wednesday- I can't believe it had been 5 years already. I have occasional very light spotting, but have not had a full blown period since the first one was put in. If I recall, it was almost immediate. I know everyone is different, but have you talked to your doctor to make sure it is in correctly? Good luck to you-

Krystal - posted on 07/27/2010

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Yes!!! I am getting mine taken out today! I got it as a measure of birth control until my fiance' got fixed. Here I am two years later STILL getting my period and the spotting...ugh! I am done, my fiance' finally got fixed so I am getting it removed ~ happily! It was like being on a period for almost two years between the spotting and the period.

Tina - posted on 07/27/2010

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I've had mine for about 2 years now and overall I'm happy with it. I get a little spotting maybe once every couple months and a normal period about once a year. That is so worth it over the depo (gained 40 lbs), the pill (kept forgetting it), the patch (left rashes on my skin). There's always the slight possibility that it wasn't inserted quite right. It's rare but it does happen. Talk to your doctor about all this and remember everything will have side effects, it's just a matter of which side effects you'd rather have.

Baily - posted on 07/27/2010

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Yes I have the same problem. I'm goin on having it about a year and a half now and still get periods evermonth, and some just out of the blue spotting. Also when I get cramps now, they are HORRIFIC. That was part of the whole reason I got it too was cause you didn't have your period; and also the fact of not having to worry about birth control.

Anastasia - posted on 07/27/2010

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Not only did I still have spotting but had many other symptoms. They include weight gain, irritability, low sex drive and worst of all I had chest pain for almost three moths within a month of getting Mirena. I had it taken out and within weeks all the symptoms ceased. I prefer my health to taking that kind of chance with this type of birth control.

Amy - posted on 07/27/2010

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It works different for everyone, I have had Mirena in for 4 yrs now, I had spotting for the first month and have not had my period since, but my flow was always light, mine never lasted more than 3 days before so that could be why mine has stopped completly. if your flow was heavier at the start it might only cause your period to be shorter or lighter

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Yea, i can't complain about the period thing; guess i got lucky in that aspect but i was extremely disappointed in how i busted my but while on mirena to lose the extra baby fat and what do you know, once removed, i started losing weight accordingly. I switched to paraguard and i was much happier with the outcomes of that iud than with mirena. Don't waste your time anymore with it; just switch. I know i was much happier all around!! Goodluck

Jen - posted on 07/26/2010

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I had some spotting for a couple months afterwords but within 5-6 months my periods were gone, as was the spotting. Now if I have rigorous sex then it will irritate it and I might spot (only see blood when I wipe not in my underwear) for a couple days. But I don't have to think about it! Besides, with a child already, work, and school, I've got plenty on my plate!

Tiffany - posted on 07/26/2010

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I have had it for 8 months and I am still having periods, although they are scattered and last longer than usual. It's almost like I have 2 back to back. It will cease then another will start. I was told that you would have spotting and periods up to a year but it all depends on your body. Everyone's body is different.

Valerie - posted on 07/26/2010

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I love my Mirena !! I still get a very light two day period but it is not as bad as it was without it. I've lost 44lbs since I've using it and my hair has almost completely stopped falling out . If I had a choice between Mirena and Depo I would take Mirena any day.

Valerie Brown

Tiffany - posted on 07/26/2010

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I had it put after my son was born in July of 2009 and I had to have it taking out March 2010 because I found that I was expecting baby #3 in Oct of 2010. So yes, I'm very very disappointed with Mirena.

Andra - posted on 07/26/2010

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Clearly every one is different, but I think you should do a bit more research and look into other forums that discuss side effects including severe headaches and migraines, serious mood swings, feeling like an emotional wreck (basically ready to cry all the time), a total dizzy haze that you feel like you are in all the time, weight gain, loss of sexual appetite, and others.

I had mine for 10 months. I spotted for 3 months than had very light periods. I have a history of migraines but once I got the Mirena they got worse and worse and worse and I started having headaches basically every other day. Apparently headaches and migraines happen in a very small percentage but if you are in there, it it miserable. I had it taken out and 2 weeks later feel like I am becoming myself again- not the headache afflicted, emotional wreck who was never in the mood to have sex!

I am not saying dont get it because you might react differently- most who posted here did- but do consider the possibility that if you become moody, pissed off all the time, experience migraines and loss of lidibo, it might just be the Mirena.

Heather - posted on 07/26/2010

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I've had Mirena in for about a year now, and still have my period. I talked to the doctor and was told most woman have either decreasing periods or may stop but some may still have the effect and continue to have them. But I have notice that it helped with the flow, where its not as heavy or as long as it usually was. My main disappointment with it is I always have horrible cramps all the time, and I never know when to expect them they just come out of the blue. Also when I first had it put in I had trouble with the strings, they were too low but the doc trimmed them.. BUT all in all its such a easy way to just forget about it and not have to worry for FIVE years or when you want to take it out.. I dont do well with taking pills so its way simpler for me.!

Amanda - posted on 07/26/2010

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i was told it takes a year to a year and 1/2 until you stop getting your period. and i only get spotting if i start getting stressed or drinking.

JoAnne - posted on 07/26/2010

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I recommend you check out www.drjoycejohnson.com I seem to be without some information on Mirena's topic, and since it seems to be a question of side effects of medication,I offer my opinion. I prefer natural over chemical healing. My mother, who has severe dementia, is in Dr. Johnson's program and I'm seeing improvement already. At the very least, it's an alternative. Blessings upon you.

Casey - posted on 07/26/2010

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Mirena obviously acts different for everyone. I was sold on it from how great it worked for my sister (she just had her 2nd put in), so I had it put in after my son was born. I ended up having it taken out 6 months later, I had horrible bleeding, nonstop spotting as well we miserable cramping. It's like any else, you won't know if it's right for you until you try it.

Naomi - posted on 07/26/2010

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This is my third mirena and I love it! Had it before my son, took 2 months to fall pregnant, had it in after him and just had it replaced, He is now 5. I havent had a period since having mirena, sometimes got some spotting, but very little. The security that it brings is really worth it. Persevere, it is worth it!

Christina - posted on 07/25/2010

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I have had Mirena for 3 years. For the first 2 years I had almost no period. Just a few days of spotting each month. Lately, however, I am getting a more regular period, generally for about one week each month. I actually have very light periods, much lighter than I did while taking the pill. I am very happy with it. Not only is it probably the most convenient form of birth control, I feel like it does not dampen my sex drive as much as the pill did. I plan to keep it in for another 2 years and may get another after my next child is born.

April - posted on 07/24/2010

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I had to have mine taken out. It crashed my milk supply and I wasn't able to continue breastfeeding my daughter because of it. I also had weight gain, complexion, and mood issues and the spotting never quit the whole time I had it in, about 5 months.

Nicky - posted on 07/23/2010

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Hello...had mine in for almost 5 five years now-would recommend u persevere with it as has been great for me. My hubby occassionally complains he has been 'stabbed' but I just laugh and think bout time he had some discomfort-men have it easy with a pic-nic tool!! No internals, smears, D n C's etc!!

Esme - posted on 07/23/2010

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I've never had one , but I wanted to mention that my friend had one and it migrated. She said it moved way out of position, what that exactly means I'm not sure, but she did say it caused more spotting than she had normally with it and she had cramping as well until her OBGYN fixed it. Could that be what your going through? Maybe it has migrated out of position.

Kelly - posted on 07/22/2010

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wow...Mirena reacts differently with everyone.. I too am thinking of getting it implemented in my next period..Very anxious but I think its worth it as long as I dont gain too much weight am happy!!!

Jessica - posted on 07/22/2010

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I got the Mirena put in after having my son and while I had spotting and mild cramping initially (ok the cramping went away sooner than teh spotting) I have had only 1 period (in May and had it implaced in FEB) I have had to go in and get teh strings trimmed as my husband could feel them but since then everything has been great! I love not having to worry about taking a pill or replacing a patch (forgetting the pill is how we ended up with our son...not a bad thing as he is the best kid ever!!! :P) As with any B/C every woman's body reacts differently and while time may make someof the symptoms lessen or go away it may not. Be patient and talk to your OB/GYN about it. Ultimately you are the one who deals with the side effects and only you can determine if its worth keeping it in or changing your B/C method

Candi - posted on 07/22/2010

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I've had mine since April and I had a period for 5 weeks following that. I still have a period evey month and have spotting for about a week after my period.

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