Advice on the Mirena IUD

Alison - posted on 11/29/2009 ( 146 moms have responded )

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I have the mirena IUD. I have had it a little less than 2 months. I am still having some difficulty adjusting to it. How long did it take for you all to adjust to it? Is it worth it to wait it out? I am not sure if it is for me, and would like some advice to feel more comfortable about it..

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Anita - posted on 12/04/2009

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I am now on my 2nd merina. At 1st like others I had difficulty with bleeding for what seemed like non stop. I have now not had periods for approx 5 1/2yrs, I don't have trouble with cramping, & ladies, if your partners can feel it, go get the threads trimmed. I love it & would not be without mine. No pregnancy scares & no sickly side effects like the pill can have. It also has the wonderful advantage that you can't forget to take it! I have been using the merina for almost 7yrs now. Before the merina I like many others on here had problems with my periods. Yes it was uncomfortable to begin with but well worth the patience & perserverance. I would like others to know that I also have a heart condition & the merina has been completely safe.

Lauren - posted on 12/04/2009

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It took about 6 months before I was adjusted. And yes it is def. worth it!

Haley - posted on 12/04/2009

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Quoting Erica:

you do know that IUD's abort your baby if you do happen to ovulate and get pregnant right? most doctors dont tell you that part, but that's what happens.


 



Mirena and other IUD's are so favored because the use of condoms in a monogamous relationship are not necessary. Mirena does not "abort your baby". More specifically, the hormones in Mirena thin the lining of the uterus, which makes it almost impossible for an embryo to attach to the uterine walls. So, yes, if you have sex when you may be ovulating, an egg may become fertilized, and most likely will be unable to attach to the uterine walls, and with no attachment, that fertilized egg will leave your body naturally.



If this is your reason for not wanting Mirena, consider this: not all fertilized eggs make it to the uterus for implantation, even with natural family planning.



I offer this information to the women who are reading this thread, who will become scared at the sight of the word "abortion", when, in fact, that is not a correct description of the purpose or activity of Mirena.



The use of a device intended to prevent implantation is a personal decision, and women who are thinking about using Mirena should be properly informed. I used the Mirena for a year and a half  before I realized what the intention of Mirena is. When I added that knowledge to the new side effects I was experiencing, I made the decision to have it removed.

Holly - posted on 12/05/2009

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I also have the mirena. My doctor told me before I got it that some women have cramping issues. I have had one friend have hers removed for this reason. I, however, didn't have a lot of trouble with mine. I have had it for over 2 yrs now. It is amazing! I don't have a flow anymore so that is a big plus in my book. Also, I don't have any side effects from it whatsoever.

April - posted on 12/05/2009

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I have the mirena IUD and I LOVE IT!!!!! I have had it for over three years and only had minor problems with discomfort in the first few days told my dr and they cut the string and it helped out with the pain. then spotted for the first year about every few months now i dont have a period at all and my hubby is used to it by now. if its real bothersome then ask your doctor to cut the string back that is what helped me.

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Erin - posted on 12/05/2009

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My body rejected the Mirena IUD when my doctor was trying to insert it. So we decided to try to the copper non-hormone kind called Pariguard. Three hours later it was in and all I've experienced is a little more cramping and PMS symptoms (like when I was a teenager). But I don't bleed randomly or have any naseau or anything like that. Plus, it can stay in for up to 10 years! I love it!

Stephanie - posted on 12/05/2009

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I have had the Mirena and loved it! It took my body less time to adjust to the release of the hormone in mirena than it did for my body to adjust to the pill. My cycle got much lighter, then shorter, then just stopped all together. I would still cramp a little when it was time for my normal cycle but nothing major. My husband says he does not feel it at all. But the one big thing I really enjoy about this method is that is pretty much worry free for 5 years, but If during that time you decide to get pregnant again you can simply have it removed and fertility picks right back up making it relatively easy to conceive in a short amount of time.

Krista - posted on 12/05/2009

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Quoting Erica:

you do know that IUD's abort your baby if you do happen to ovulate and get pregnant right? most doctors dont tell you that part, but that's what happens.


You do know that your doctor is duty bound BY LAW to tell you that this is a possibility before you sign the paperwork so you can get it... you just have to listen to what your dr. says and read the paperwork they give you.

Krista - posted on 12/05/2009

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I have the Paraguard IUD, the copper one with no hormones since I have had a LOT of problems with hormone based contraceptives. I think it's great and would recommend it to anyone who meets the criteria and been approved by your doctor. If you can feel it or have pain and or bleeding for longer than a day or two you need to go to your DR. ASAP there is always potential of it piercing your uterus so be careful!

Michelle - posted on 12/05/2009

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I have the SAME symptoms happening and mines been in for like almost 5 months now...I have hella pain during sex at the cervix area. and crampy all the time. i keep losing and gaining 6 pounds every couple weeks. and im exhausted even though my son sleeps mostly through the night now. I've been debating on whether to stick it out or not. Im making a dr appointment asap.

Amanda - posted on 12/05/2009

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I've had it since June and get terrible cramps and head aches not to mention mood swings. I got Mirena to control a bleeding problem and it does work well for that after about 4 months I barely even get spotting but I know when its period time cause the cramping is unbelievable. My husband can't feel it or at least doesn't say so. I do however always get spotting after sex which can last about 2-3 days. I'm not in a rush to get it out only because the problems I had without it out weigh the ones with it I will however be talking over other options with my Dr. when I see him again.

Tricia - posted on 12/05/2009

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they say it takes 6mo -1yr to adjust. I have had mine for 1yr two mo and i feel like i am finely adjusting I have thought about getting it out more than once. I am gld I waited.

Drew - posted on 12/05/2009

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i bled for 3 months on it then one day it stop and i havent had any side affects like wight gian or mood swings that i woiuld get on other birth control i almost didn't wait it out but believe me its worth the wait and havent even had much of a period either good luck

Mindy - posted on 12/04/2009

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I got the mirena IUD and had sever complications and had tohave it removed about three or four days later. And as soon as they removed it the problems went away

Denice - posted on 12/04/2009

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I dont approve of it because if you trying to concieve then it will be a harder time to get it done.

Erica - posted on 12/04/2009

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i guess it really depends on when you believe life begins. it's true that not all fertilized eggs implant, but how would you know if you never give it a chance?



Quoting Haley:



Quoting Erica:

you do know that IUD's abort your baby if you do happen to ovulate and get pregnant right? most doctors dont tell you that part, but that's what happens.





 






Mirena and other IUD's are so favored because the use of condoms in a monogamous relationship are not necessary. Mirena does not "abort your baby". More specifically, the hormones in Mirena thin the lining of the uterus, which makes it almost impossible for an embryo to attach to the uterine walls. So, yes, if you have sex when you may be ovulating, an egg may become fertilized, and most likely will be unable to attach to the uterine walls, and with no attachment, that fertilized egg will leave your body naturally.






If this is your reason for not wanting Mirena, consider this: not all fertilized eggs make it to the uterus for implantation, even with natural family planning.






I offer this information to the women who are reading this thread, who will become scared at the sight of the word "abortion", when, in fact, that is not a correct description of the purpose or activity of Mirena.






The use of a device intended to prevent implantation is a personal decision, and women who are thinking about using Mirena should be properly informed. I used the Mirena for a year and a half  before I realized what the intention of Mirena is. When I added that knowledge to the new side effects I was experiencing, I made the decision to have it removed.





 

Shalonda - posted on 12/04/2009

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I had the exact same problem as Alicia. I bled for 3 months. My doctor tried everything from estrogen pills to putting on 3 birth control pills a day. We finally figured out that my uterus was contracting from the rejection and I had to have it removed. I now am on the Depo and am not having any complications.

Karyn - posted on 12/04/2009

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I say wait it out. After I got it, I bled for a month and a half stright and i experienced a lot of stomach pain. I waited a little longer and it's now been 2 and a half months and it's great. Talk to your doctor though if you're really concerned

Alyssa - posted on 12/04/2009

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i have had mine for about 10 months now.my periods are much shorter [i just had one that was 3 days yay!] when i first got it, it felt like i had bled forever but it was about 3 weeks then it got lighter and eventually ended. ididnt have cramping problems and i still dont.the first few times my boyfriend felt it but now he doesnt. over all i love mine.it has made my life much easier

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I had it for 1 horrible year. then switched to nuvaring which is awesome and it doen not get in the way (if you know what I mean). I had excessive discharge with mirena and it hurt my husband for us to have intercourse. I also experienced for that year UTI infections on and off. if I were you I'd get off it if it's giving you problems.

Sarah - posted on 12/04/2009

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it took me a couple of months to settle down and my body get used to it but ive had it for 18 months now and havent had a period months which is a bonus because they were so painful even when i do now its very light and no where near as painful as before i'd stick with it til at least 4-6 months and if no improvement then go back to your doctor. Good Luck

Carmen - posted on 12/04/2009

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It completely depends on your body. I'm lucky and my mother is an OBGYN, so I get to try different birth controls. I used Mirena for about 6 months, but continued to have a period even though many people completely stop having one. I didn't have any cramps or anything with it. But I had it taken out because I was looking for something to make it so I didn't have a period at all. I switched to Seasonal, so I only had one every 3 months. I missed 1 pill while I was on vacation and got pregnant.

Beth - posted on 12/04/2009

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Quoting Alison:

Advice on the Mirena IUD

I have the mirena IUD. I have had it a little less than 2 months. I am still having some difficulty adjusting to it. How long did it take for you all to adjust to it? Is it worth it to wait it out? I am not sure if it is for me, and would like some advice to feel more comfortable about it..



I have had Mirena since MAy of this year! I LOVE IT! I don't use any other type of contraceptive! It does take a while to adjust to! Period wise. I had my period for 5 mths straight-no stops- but now it's almost completely GONE! It is worth it my opinion but not every girl has the same body function! What right for me may not be right for you- but this is my advice on it- wait a little longer- say 6 mths and you still have problems talk to your dr.



Beth H.  ~CNA

BRie - posted on 12/04/2009

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i had the mirena for 3 years. it was wonderful. it took awhile to get used to it but my periods got lighter and i never had any problems with it. be careful though, some women do develop ovarian cysts with IUD's. if it is hurting you, you might want to get it checked out.

Jeni - posted on 12/04/2009

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I HATE IT!!! I have had it for about 7 months. although I barely get my period. I get bad cramps even when I'm not on my period. any sudden movements that I make I get sharp pains in that area. my husband can feel it, I went to the drs to have it removed and she couldn't remove it because the person who put it in, put it to far up and cut the strings to short, now I need to get a procedure done and if that doesn't work i would need to get surgery...this has been awful for me.

Erica - posted on 12/04/2009

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im on my second one.the first one caused me to bleed for a few months but then it stopped and i sometimes get small sist on my ovaries but they go away on thier own.when i had the first one taken out i was pregnant within a week(seriously)theyre worth keeping if you can hold out alittle longer

Jennifer - posted on 12/04/2009

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well iv had it for almost 3 yrs now and its fine to me i dont have a period. And its great my fiance' never feels it so it works it just takes time but if it gets to unbearable then talk to ur doctor but for me its so worth the wait.

Bailey - posted on 12/04/2009

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Ok I had mirena after I had my son. I got it on the 1st of April......I just started Depo last month I was in a "cycle" since about 3 days after I had it in.......They kept telling me to give it some time "wait til August...." august came around still miserable been to the bahamas & everything went all summer long in a cycle well I call & go in & my doctor says well we like for everyone to at least give it 6 months.....October rolls around & I can't take it anymore so again I make an appointment & go in. Now the doctor tries to tell me.."We tell everybody to give it a year at least." Well of course being hormonal & emotional I said listen I've been givin this crap a try long enough it was til august, then 6months, & now a year well I don't want to I won't live like this I'm miserable so a couple wks go by & I had it removed & have started Depo & I am lovin it No cycles YAAAAAY!!! So good luck to you I hope it works better for you than it did me!!!

Heather - posted on 12/04/2009

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I just went to the doctor to have mine checked, I got most of the normal symptons, head aches and as my husband puts i get bitch from 1-3 and act like i'm pregnant again and spot for a month then stop for a month, my Dr said your body should get use to the drug in between 3-6 months and if I don't we'll have to try something else *sigh*

Saleemah - posted on 12/04/2009

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It didn't take long for me to adjust--but then again, every woman's body is different. I did have a lot of weird side effects though. Did you? I bled a lot and then there was the cramping. And then I had an allergic reaction to the Amoxicillin that you have to take before and after you get the IUD and I didn't even know it!. But all in all, (to me) it is worth it because I haven't gotten pregnant yet and that's a good thing! lol

Shree - posted on 12/04/2009

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I have had the mirena for a year and a half. It took about six months for my body to adjust to it. I would give it some more time and you will love it.

Lauren - posted on 12/04/2009

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It took about 6 months before I was adjusted. And yes it is def. worth it!

Erica - posted on 12/04/2009

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you do know that IUD's abort your baby if you do happen to ovulate and get pregnant right? most doctors dont tell you that part, but that's what happens.

Sharmaine - posted on 12/04/2009

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i had it and loved it... n only bleed once the hole time i had it and that was nearly 3 years.. n i will be geting it again!

Samantha - posted on 12/04/2009

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I've had it for almost two years, no problem in the beginning just some spotting for awhile, but at my 1 year mirena check I've noticed I gained 6 pounds, then 2 months later I gained almost 4 more lbs. I knew others who had it for almost 2 years and they said the same thing happened to them! So be careful...

Katharine - posted on 12/03/2009

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Hi Alison! I've had th IUD in for nearly a year and I have found that sex hurts sometimes, bleeding is heavier and I am bloated before and during my period. I never thought that it was the IUD. I thought my system just changed after I had my baby. Sorry for the gorry details. I think that if it is affecting your lifestyle and the pain is too much to bear, that you should speak to your doctor. No woman should have to go threw more pain after bearing a child. If you cant bear it anymore then get it out. I've been procrastinating too and I think it's back to the pill for me.

Christina - posted on 12/03/2009

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I liked it when I had it for about 1 and 1/2 years before I got divorced I had it removed. My periods were shorter and cramping was actually less for me which was great being that I had problems with cramps since teenage hood. I have been off it for over 2 years my cramps are back :( My husband did feel it though.

Alicia - posted on 12/03/2009

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I got mine the last day of August!! It took me a couple months to get adjusted to it.. Because, like most foreign objects in your body my body tried to reject it.. But I stuck it out and now I love it!! My husband said that he has never felt it!!! I love it I'm horrible at taking pills so this great for me!!! My doctor told me it could take at least 4 months for my body to get completely used to it!!! They also have a new kind of IUD it's a 3 year and it doesn't go "down there" it goes in your arm!!! If you would like to know more just ask!

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I have the Mirena also, and it took me several months before I got used to it. I seriously bled every day for about 2 months, and then would spot on and off for another month or so. But now (8 months later after insertion), I don't have a period at all. I don't know if that will change after I stop breastfeeding, but I'm lovin' it for now.

Annissa - posted on 12/03/2009

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i've had mine for a year and 4mths...its very difficult to get use to at first...but i just let it flow after the first few months u forget about it. take tylenol for the discomfort and you'll be okay. :)

Erika - posted on 12/03/2009

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I adjusted immediatly, I often forget it is there.  Maybe you should go have it checked out and see if it was placed correctly.

Leighann - posted on 12/03/2009

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i got mine october 19 an bled for about a month which didn't bother me. what got me was the fact that when i was pregnant the acne i had went away then when i got the Mirena it came right back. not nearly as bad, but that was almost enough 2 make me get it taken out. on the up side, i know i can finish things in life w/ full confidence that im not getting pregnant for at least the time i don't want 2.

Lore' - posted on 12/03/2009

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Mine fell out and i just had my 3rd baby. i was done with having kids my other 2 are 13 and 11 and now i have a 9 month old. Its nice having a baby in the house again but it was a big shock. I had my put in on my birthday and by the next year Feb 15 is my birthday and my sons is Feb 17 so mine fell out right away or at least within the first two months

Sara - posted on 12/03/2009

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It all depends on your body. I had mine for a year before my problems started. I loved it the first year. After that, I started experiencing a ridiculous amt of side effects. Breakouts, painful ovaries, mood swings/depression,no sex drive(at all!) extreme fatigue, just to name a few. Look up some info online. I was surprised and relieved to find out that there are thousands upon thousands of women who are dealing with the same things with Mirena. My advice would be to do your research so you can make the right decision for you. Many doctors recommend Mirena right off the bat, without really discussing any of the side effects. Mine didn't mention anything about the SE at all. It either works! for your body or it doesn't. Good Luck

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I got the mirena in july 2009. I don't have a period anymore; just sporadic spotting..I don't have a sex drive...I'm moody....can't concentrate most of the time...and my hair fell out the first month I had it in....I am waiting for my spouse to get himself 'fixed' haha...so i can get this taken out of me...i don't think it was meant for me...my hair has now started growing back...I used to have thick thick hair and now it's thin...

Adjustment takes time and varies from person to person. Talk to your doctor to see if you should get it taken out.

Michelle - posted on 12/03/2009

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I was diagnosed with a severe thyroid problem 2 months after I got the Mirena.
I had severe headaches, weird spotting, mood swings, and rapid weight gain and loss.
I never had any problem with my thyroid until the Mirena.
All my symptoms of hypothyroidism showed up about 7 weeks after the Mirena was put in.
If you have any of these symptoms I would get your thyroid checked because it can be a very big problem if not treated.

Trisha - posted on 12/03/2009

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i hated it....it made me feel like crap...I sucked it up for a year and then when i went to the dr she couldn't find it....I was about two minutes away from a surgical removal when they were finally about to grab it and get it out..it had obviously moved which decreases its effectiveness...Talk to you dr and make sure its still in place!

Roxy - posted on 12/03/2009

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I have had mine about 8 months now. In the beginning (the first 3-4 months) sucked. I bled all the time, very erratically but I knew that was normal because of the advice from my doctor. It's different for everybody but I think it's well worth it. I don't have any crazy side effects from it. The only slight downfall, is that my husband can feel the string. It doesn't bother him every time but some occasions he says it gets annoying. I do experience a lot of sweating which could be from hormones changing I am not sure.. if that is normal 9 months after giving birth but so far so good. I LOVE the fact that I don't have anything to worry about for 5 years or until I am ready to have another child. I LOVE that I don't have to remember taking a pill every single day and risking the chance I'd forget to take a dosage (very likely with me) and I LOVE that it's not a shot and would make me gain a bunch of weight.
I think you should just give it time, like I did. Your body has to adjust and it will

Kat - posted on 12/03/2009

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Mine gave me severe cramps and spoting for about 6 months.I waited it out and have now had it for about a year and a half and I love it. I don't even think about it anymore, but in the beginning I was really uncomfortable.

Samantha - posted on 12/03/2009

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I also have the mirena I have had it for over a year. I have a love hate relationship with it! lol. It took me 2-3 months to adjust to it, my cramps were worse and i couldnt keep track of spotting because it was so sparatic! For a few months after that i still had a few problems keeping track but the pains seesed. I do notice when its supposed to be that time of the month I can feel it, the dr says its because it moves down, but it doesn't bother me. Now I love it, I'm protected, my cycle is normal and i don't feel like I'm going to curl up and die! lol give it some time, but if the problems continue contact your GYNO

Wendy - posted on 12/03/2009

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I have had Mirena for 3.5 years now. I stopped having periods about 6 months after I got it. Lately though every couple of months I have some very light spotting. The only trouble I have had was the Dr. cut my "string" to short. About a year ago he sent me for an internal ultrasound to check if it was still in place and found a cyst, which can be caused by Mirena. Later returned for another ultrasound and cyst had dissolved. It took about 4 to 5 months for me to adjust, Hang in there for a little longer, For me its the best ever, I will have another put in place when the time comes.

Haley - posted on 12/03/2009

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i had the mirena. after insertion i cramped for a few days, then had cramps with my period the next two cycles. after that the cramping and period where almost non-existent (just a little spotting!). mirena was the only form of contraception that my husband and i used for over 1.5 years, and it worked like a charm. eventually, some people may develop a bad reaction to any medicine or hormone, no matter how long they have taken it, and i certainly did. after having the mirena for over a year, i started developing these crippling migraines, at least one per week, and didn't know why. then i read a lot of information on mirena and found that some women experience migraines with it. i had mirena removed in august, and i haven't had a migraine since about a week after that. even more impressive, my previously irregular painful period is now completely normal. : )

Erin - posted on 12/03/2009

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I'm not sure what you mean by "adjust to it". In my experience, I got mine on June 26th and had some spotting that day and maybe the next day. Since then I have not gotten a period at all. I was worried I might be pregnant again but three tests later and a few conversations with some trusted nurses and I guess I'm just a lucky lady that doesn't have buy tampons anymore. I'm not exactly sure what your concerns are but I can definately try and be of help. I love it because I don't have to worry about getting pregnant and taking birthcontrol pills and getting shots. It's good for 5 years and I'm very happy with it.

Rachael - posted on 12/03/2009

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I adjusted right away. After 6 months of having the IUD, I quit having periods completely. However, I got extremely stressed out in my 2nd year of having it and in return bled for 2 months straight. After that I had problems, but I'm not sure if it was because of the IUD or because of my body. Also, when it came time to remove mine, after the full 5 years, it had moved out of place way high into my uterus. I can tell you it did NOT feel good to have it removed when it wasn't in it's rightful place. Always do your monthly checks to make sure it's where it needs to be. It's a wonderful birth control if it works for you. I would suggest talking to your doctor to make sure that what you're going through is normal and not the result of something else wrong.

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