Merina IUD, good or bad?

Carrie - posted on 11/12/2010 ( 102 moms have responded )

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Two years ago I decided to use a birth control called The Merina IUD. It now feels like the worst thing I could have done. I am in pain constantly, especially after sex. I am tired ALL the time. I suffer from mood swings and nearly constant migraines. I weigh more than I did when I gave birth to my daughter. I am even starting to grow small bits of facial hair.

I guess my whole point of putting this up is to see if any of you ladies are using this birth control and to see what you have to say about it.

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Merry - posted on 11/22/2010

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Christi Thompson you said

"And to the comment about it being basically like an aboriton, you must have been misinformed. It simulates a pregnancy so that your uteran wall is to thick for an egg to attach to, that's not an abortion. But if you are not having periods at all, then there would not be an egg to even try to attach, which is what happens with almost every woman."

Mirena works by thinning the lining of the uterus so if you were to conceive the embryo could not implant in your uterus because its too thin, therefore it sometimes tries to implant in the falopian tubes which can cause a rupture, otherwise it simply dies and is passed in your next period.

Very much like abortions,

an egg wouldnt be trying to attatch to your uterus, only an embryo you already conceived would be trying to implant. By then its what most women consider a baby, as its a living organizm with specific DNA and its sex, features, etc are already determined before it implants

This is also tue for any hormonal birth control, all hormonal bc cause thinning of the uterin lining which causes conceived embryos to die.

as i said the commercial even says out loud, "risks include loss of pregnancy, Loss or fertility"

sad, but true.

if you have mirena theres no way to know how many times your conceived and the baby miscarried.

Amanda - posted on 11/21/2010

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i have the weigh again and the mood swings and im also tired all the time so about a month ago i got it taken out and im doing a little better

Meaghan - posted on 11/20/2010

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wow that really hard to deal with!! Have you ever thought of going natural? I use a lady comp. Its a small computer that takes me basil body temperture every monring before I get out of bed and tells me if i'm fertile or not. If i'am no sex, or we use a barrier method like condoms. Its more effective it you absatine during your fertile days. I think its totally worth being natural and hormone free. Look into it! You can read really good reviwes on amazon.com. I pruchesed mine on Naturallyforher.com

Nicole - posted on 11/12/2010

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I personally will never get an IUD. Their is a risk of it migrating which would be painful and even dangerous. They also can cause tubal pregnancies which is life threatening. I also feel that the way they work is like having abortions, which of course is debatable.

Tabby - posted on 11/12/2010

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I got mine in July 2010 and I hate it!! I loved it the first couple months because I didn't have to worry about anything... then in August the migraines started. Soon after I started being nauseous all day, back aches, I have NO interest in sex or even being close to my husband, mood swings, fatigue, no period (but I still get the cramps), and weight gain. I actually went to the ER yesterday because I thought I might be pregnant. Turns out I'm not, what I'm feeling is just all side effects of Mirena. I'm going next week to have it removed. I'm more than willing to take the chance with a less effective birth control. I have to take care of my 10 month old all day and right now that's near impossible.

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Katy - posted on 11/22/2010

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Oh wow! I'm on it too and its doing the same thing to me! I thought maybe I was just going threw some post pardom stuff. Yeah does anyone have any better ideas)

Merry - posted on 11/22/2010

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the commercia says quite clearly that risks include loss of pregnancy and los of fertility so essentially enough women became infertile after mirena that they have to warn women in the commercial that its a possibility.
NOT WORTH IT!!

Merry - posted on 11/22/2010

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i would NEVER get it.
not worth the risks to me.
Id NEVER recommend it, and Id try to talk anyone out of getting it.
sorry, but i think its overused, and really dangerous.
most hormonal birth controls are really quite dangerous, just no one really likes discussing their side effects.
try a diaphragm, or condoms
risk free, side effect free.

Julie - posted on 11/21/2010

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I had It and I experienced the exact same symptoms and I had it removed. I do not like that thing..

Jasmine - posted on 11/21/2010

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I have had my merina for almost and a half years with no real issues. I spot every once in a while. I would speak with the doctor if you are having pain.

Lisa - posted on 11/21/2010

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I had mirena in for a little over 2 years. I had it removed because I had severe hair loss, night sweats, hot flashes & acne on my back & chest. I researched online & numerous women complained about the same symptoms so I had it removed. Within a month, I was symptom-free. Since then, I had a baby, & had a tubal ligation. Good luck!!

Heather - posted on 11/20/2010

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I am a pharmacy professional.. well educated in birth control. while i understand the convenience of an IUD, I would NEVER get one. for the reasons you are describing, and also it takes you body a long time to readjust after getting it out. I have always stuck with the pill. while you may not be one to take a pill daily may i also recommend the nuvaring? it is a monthly thing, you leave it in for 21 days take it out for seven, however after the first three month of using this, you can leave it in for 28 days and then switch with a new ring. It is easy to put in , and is the lowest does birth control, so most people do not experience any side effects. and when your ready to try for more babies, it is possible to get pregnant the first month off depending on your body,, just a recommendation, I have heard of many people with these problems from IUDs. good luck!

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I was on mernia for 3 years and i had constant stomach pains. I went to hospital and told me that mernia had turn and was laying in the lining of my utrus. i went to my OB/GYN and he took out but told that mernia scratch the lining of uterus a little bit and now i maybe infertile so i understand how you feel my advice is to get off that

Rachael - posted on 11/20/2010

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You should go to the doctor. I am on it and I love it but a lot of women are known to get pelvic inflammatory disease from it. The worst that can happen is they have to take it out.

Khamisha - posted on 11/20/2010

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I have the mirena iud and I love it. I have had it for three years and no problems... Not everyone is the same there are some side effects that affect some women so you need to get it out asap. Im sorry you are going throught that and I hope you can find a suitable replacement. Not all iud's are the same so talk to your health care provider and do some research on your own and you will be ok. I hope this helps.

Rachael - posted on 11/20/2010

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I have had Mirena for a year and a half, and I have migraines alot, but I was having them before I got the IUD. I am not sure if it is worse from the Mirena or not. I am tired all the time too, but we have babies to keep up with, and I am going to school and all. I don't think the lack of sleep for me is from the Mirena, but I didn't think about that either until you brought it up. (?) I don't have pain from it, even after sex, and I don't have a period anymore. Sorry you are having so much trouble with it. Good Luck!

Jill - posted on 11/20/2010

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Carrie, these side effects are definitely common with Merena. Were you ever on a birth control pill with hormones before? IF you were did you ever have side effects? Some women are very sensitive (myself included) to hormones in birth control pills (which is also in Merena) That is why for my IUD I got the Copper one with no hormones, other than super heavy periods for the first 8 months I haven't had problems other than spotting and periods that are so sporadic. But I have the protection and I have it for a long time, so I was ok with that. Talk to your doctor asap and let them know the side effects you are experiencing. Sounds like you might need a low dose birth control pill instead. :( Good Luck!

Jemma - posted on 11/20/2010

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I have had the merina in for around 9 months now. Although i bled for 1 month after i had it put in, it soon settled and i have only had 2 bleeds since but very heavy bleeds. For me i experience pain after sex and lower abdominal cramping around the time i would normally be due for my period. Facial hair for me seems to have increased but that can be delt with. If anything more major should arise i would not hesitate to have the merina removed. Unfortunately for my my Gyno would not do a tubal ligation as i was only 28 at the time, despite having 3 children and really really not wanting a 4th. To others who have had it removed, does it hurt? I have been told it is like a papsmear, is that true?

Stephanie - posted on 11/19/2010

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I had mine removed I had similar. problems as you did but now that its out my hormones are way imbalances I wish I never got mirena in the first place

Jessica - posted on 11/19/2010

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im on mirena as well (a lil over a year) and have always gotten migranes, however, ive noticed ive been getting them a lot more often now, along with crazy mood swings and ive recently started getting hives. im going to call my dr. and see whats going on. i like that i dont have to deal with my period any more but once a month for a wk im a complete bitch and hate it.

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Every BC reacts different with every person. I have heard the nuva ring is really good. You may want to see your gyno though bc you may be having a hormonal imbalance.

Katy - posted on 11/19/2010

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I would talk to the dr about it. Those don't all sound like normal side effects. I've had the Mirena IUD in for almost 2 years, come Febuary The only side effect is that I have very slight, almost non existent periods. I'm a nursing student, and I come from a family of nurses, phlebotomists, & pharmacy staff, and what does sound like normal side effects are: Pain after sex (most often caused by impropper placement or dislodging the IUD), mood swings & facial hair (caused by low traces of hormones in IUD, and normally don't effect women to that degree). Weight gain could be caused by IUD, but other things too, including changes in appetite/excercise, diet was not changed when breastfeeding stopped (remember breastfeeding helped to loose weight, & we could eat whatever), depression, and/or busier/more hectic/more stressful lifestyle.

So again, talk to your doctor.

Christina - posted on 11/19/2010

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I used the mirena for 2 years as well and then had mine removed because i want to have another baby, but while i had mine in i had some side effects some terrible cramping during periods and after sex and almost no sex drive. Now i've had it out for 2 yrs and still have not been able to produce a baby.

Martha - posted on 11/19/2010

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Oh wow! I wouldnt use anything else. I do not have any pain, side effects and best of all no periods. I had it in for 4 years the first time, had a baby, then went back to Mirena. I have had it almost two years this time and its best thing.
I would go to your doctor right away and let her know what you are experiencing.

Kate - posted on 11/19/2010

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I hated my Mirena. I only had it for 6 months and it really messed up my body. I had dizziness, tingles in my left side; put through range of testing for MS, etc... decided to have IUD taken out just to rule out another things and within 2 months all symptoms and issues were gone! After discussing this with my primary doc(my OB/GYN suggested the mirena since I have trouble with other birth control methods), she said most of her patients who had it put in hate it.

I say get it out! I had all same issues as you stated above plus so much worse.

Angela - posted on 11/19/2010

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Hi Carrie,
I got the IUD on my postpartum visit after having my son. 1 year later, almost to the day, I was rushed to the ER in more pain than I could possibly describe. It turned out that my IUD had become displaced and embedded in the wall of my uterus and I had gotten pregnant. Pregnancy with an IUD typically is ectopic or tubal (which I didn't know) and the pain I was experiencing was from the fetus (8wks old!) had ruptured my fallopian tube and caused internal bleeding. I was taken to surgery, lost the 1 tube and miscarried but the worst part is that due to the position of my IUD, the surgeon wouldn't remove it because he was worried about tearing & more bleeding. So now I have another surgery to look forward to, to finally remove the IUD, until then I have horrible cramps during my periods that feel like something sharp stabbing me and constant migraines (which I was always prove to but never with this frequency). If I had it to do all over again, I would've avoided the IUD like the plague! My advice, get it removed, pronto, before it moves itself! Look into the Depo shot which works well with women prone to migraines. It's a shot that you get every 3 months and, with me, no periods!! Hopes this helps!!

Renyel - posted on 11/19/2010

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Wow, I'm reading all the posts now and didn't realize so many people have had painful issues with the product. Guess I am fortunate. I didn't lose or gain anything more than 2 lbs for a whole year after giving birth, but was stuck as overweight, so I finally had to join Jenny Craig and have lost 17 lbs so far (in 2.5 mo). It definitely takes more work to lose weight now, but I figured that was a post-birth thing but it could be the IUD too I guess.

Keri - posted on 11/19/2010

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I got the Merina IUD after I had my son in August of 2010. My OB swore by it and told me that it was the best thing since sliced bread... boy was that far from the truth. I think it does work for some people but I bled for 7 months and constantly had irregular periods after that accompanied by migraines, irritability and constantly being tired. My pregnancy mask never faded after I had my son either and I found out later after I had it removed that it was because of the progesterone in the IUD! Since I have taken it out, I lost 9 lbs in one month and I'm happy to report that my melasma is almost totally faded! TAKE THAT SUCKER OUT!

Renyel - posted on 11/19/2010

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I got the Merina almost a year ago and don't have any noticable side effects. The normal "spotting" once a month and that's it. Everyone reacts differently to the hormones so I would ask you doctor a better alternative for you!

Roseann - posted on 11/19/2010

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I had Merina for a year and had to have it removed. I had the worse of the side effects. I even hurt to have sex. I would say please don't use it! But then again, everyone and their body is different.

Brittany - posted on 11/19/2010

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Just read through a lot of the posts on this page alone- I want to know why this IUD has treated me so differently than everyone else?! I mean I'm glad it's worked out for me (no weight gain, no bad headaches or cramping, just the usual)...I may have more difficulty in losing the baby weight because I weigh the same as the day I left the hospital...but I'm not trying too too hard to get rid of it either...

I know it's working because I have yet to have become pregnant all year, but wow...it looks like I took quite a risk in doing so. (I was moody before the Mirena though- doctor diagnosed me as bipolar, so I can't even blame that on it!)

Not only good luck to Carrie, but to all of you.

Brittany - posted on 11/19/2010

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REALLY! Ms. Potocki!!! You would think having such symptoms that are getting in the way of your everyday life would be considered a medical reason!? Aw... :-( What kind of things are considered "medical" in this case?...if you don't mind my asking of course.

Chauntel - posted on 11/19/2010

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I have had two of these. both removed. the fist one was not placed right and the second one slid on my left side... I had that one in for a year and a half. I had it removed and I felt 'tugging in TWO places" I felt better after getting the second one remved and told myself never again.. I have also been on the pill and patch. out of my 5 pregnancies( am currently pregnant with my 5th now) I have had the last 4 be from birth control) My husband has recently gotten a vescetomy done back in oct this year to help stop me from getting pregnant anymore after this baby.

Also- I gained weight fast as well. though I never had a period for the year and a half that the second one was in for. and the reason for the tugging of it being removed in two places was because it had grown into the sides of my uterus! i have a scar on my left side of my uterine wall......

Stephanie - posted on 11/18/2010

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I've been on the mirena for the last two year with no problems. I love it. if it's causing too much pain for you, then you need to go see your doctor.

JoAnna - posted on 11/18/2010

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I got the Mirena on Aug. 16th. I have bled since then. I am always tired, have had migraines for the past week, and am super moody! I am seriously considering having it removed! :(

Sarah - posted on 11/18/2010

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Now that I am reading some of the posts, I feel like I have put on ALOT of weight and it is nearly IMPOSSIBLE for me to get it off... I just thought I was doing something wrong... Ive gone to the point of almost starving myself (not really, but you know what I mean) and I am still thick as ever!

Sarah - posted on 11/18/2010

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I have been on the Mirena IUD since September 2008. I havent had any side effects that I have noticed. I have been a little more irritated in the past two years but I think it is just from a hectic life. Have you spoken to your doctor about it? You shouldnt be feeling any pain and they usually say that you should talk to your doctor. I would say get rid of it if it is doing that to you.

Cortney - posted on 11/18/2010

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I am getting mine taken out the week after Thanksgiving and I seriously couldn't be happier about it! I have had the worst time with it, I think it just effects some women defferently. Good luck!

Cristal - posted on 11/18/2010

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hi i trailed the marina last year and i only had it in for a month because i was in so much pain and bleeding really heavy and very moody just really drained so i went backed to the doctors and she checked it and my body had rejected it so it was just sitting there very gross soo i get the depo every three months and i am very happy with it so maybe go get a check up

Megan - posted on 11/18/2010

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I used Mirena after my first daughter and within 3 months of putting it in I gained like 30lbs. I weighed more than I did when I was pregnant. And losing the weight after that was impossible. Not to mention the lack of libido, the headaches, and the on and off periods. No thanks! I got it taken out even though the doctor that I had at the time swore it was not the Mirena. Once it was out things started to go back to normal until I was pregnant 3 months later.

Lisa - posted on 11/18/2010

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Hi. I had an IUD after I had my first child. It was just the basic one (with no hormones) I liked it didn't have any side effects.
Unfortunately (while depending on perspective) I did end up getting pregnant even with it in. So It was taken out.
After my second one I decided to go back to the oral contraceptive (pill) because I haven't had any problems with it at all.

Kim - posted on 11/18/2010

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I hate mine... I've had it in just under 4 months and I'm experiencing almost all of the symptoms that other people are talking about. The only thing that it has helped with is the frequency of my migraine headaches, but the progesterone only pill did that as well. I am seriously considering having the IUD taken out but our insurance won't cover the removal unless its for a 'medical reason'... how long do I just deal before I call it quits?

Brittany - posted on 11/18/2010

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I have been on this IUD since Jan 2010. I love it! I haven't had any side effects, everything is the same as before. We'll most likely start up on it again after we've gone through with having our second child.

This IUD truely fits into "the different bodies, different reactions" genre. I hope things clear up for you and if you change methods of BC, hopefully you'll be more comfortable.

Good luck!

Patrica - posted on 11/18/2010

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I had the Mirena for three years, and while I didn't have any side effects, it became a HUGE problem once we decided to have another baby. I was told (when I got it) that fertility would return nearly as soon as it was removed. The day I had it taken out, I learned it can take up to a YEAR before fertility returns. And it took us 11 months before we finally conceived. IUDs are a form of birth control that truly need to be researched, don't go by what a doctor tells you, as it might not be completely accurate. If you're having that many problems, have it taken out. Try the Nuva-Ring (I loved it)...something with less potential side effects.

Heather - posted on 11/18/2010

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That exactly what happened to me. My oldest son was 2.5 when i finally switched to the patch. It works well as long as i didnt put it on my belly (i would get bad cramps on the one side the patch was on). I f it is giving u so much trouble switch to another B.C. Good Luck!!

Amanda - posted on 11/18/2010

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Get it removed! Some people cannot use it and you sound like one of them. I had one and had problems from the day it was put in. I finally gave up and had it removed a year later only to find out it caused me to develop ovarian cysts and now I have fertility issues. Sure it is nice for those whose bodies can handle it, but not all of us can.

Darci - posted on 11/18/2010

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Oh wow I would definetely get off that. That sounds terrible. I am not on that but I have only heard bad things about it. My friend was on it and developed a cyst the size of an orange because of it and woke up one morning in extreame pain she went to the emergency room and had to go in for surgery her cyst ruptured during surgery and damaged her overies she no longer can have babies and was only 20 when it happened so does not have any kids and no will never unless she adopts. So Yeah i say get off that. Thats only one bad story i have heard about it. I have heard all kinds of bad things about it and I am no doctor but from what I have heard I dont recomend staying on that. One thing for sure I hear you shouldnt be on it if you arent done having kids.I talked to my doc about it at one point and thats what he told me. So good luck. I would take it out

Nohblee - posted on 11/18/2010

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Oh my goodness u need to get ur thyroid checked for statrters and u need to most likely get ur merina removed. See your doctor to discuss these procedures. You poor thing it sounds as though ur hormones are out of control. My experience with the Merina was extreme. It wasnt just agonising when my gp put it in but i had my normal ultrasound the week after and they couldnt find it in my cervix, it wasnt even in my uterus. The radiologist who was in charge recommended an x ray and they found it had perferated my uterus and it was floating in my abdomen making its way towards my diaphragm. I needed to have lacroscopic surgery to have it removed. It was horrid and i wont recommend it to anyone. Like i said though, my situation was much different and more instant than yours. Im definitely sure u r merina is causing ur pain as its in that location. They do move and because of their shape its easy for them to perferate ur uterus or vaginal wall, you may have an infection and u will most likely need to have an internal exam as well as ultrasounds (including a trans vaginal). All i can say is GOOD LUCK, and i hope the outcome is good for you. All the best.

Autumn - posted on 11/18/2010

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I know the feeling all to well. I got the Merina about 3 months after my son was born. I had so many side effects, from horrible pains to lack of sex drive, as well as having horrible headaches and gaining weight. The sad part is that they didnt tell me that if you have a backward uterus that there is a high chance of it falling out. Mine didnt fall out but it slipped down and ended up being wedged in my cervix. I couldnt move I was in so much pain but it still took me a month to get it removed. On top of that it gave polycystic ovaries as well. After a week they wanted to put one in again but I refused. I honestly think its horrible but than again some people say that its the best thing they ever had. If its giving you problems perhaps its best to look into other options? Good Luck.

Carla - posted on 11/17/2010

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I have the Marin IUD after I had my 3yr old. I'm going on my 4th year and I haven't had any problems. The only thing I did at first was that I had a period for about 6 wks strait. I have a friend that one and she had a lot of trouble with hers and had it removed. I'm sorry your having so many problems with yours, hopefully you will find something that will work for you.

Krystle - posted on 11/17/2010

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If you have pain after sex you need to get checked out weather it has slipped down??? I have the merina iud, i started taking Vb suppliment tablets that helps the tiredness and headaches and mood swings

Shantelle - posted on 11/17/2010

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I have had mine for over a year now and I absolutely LOVE IT!!! No side effects like you are having! I recommend going in! I am so sorry that you are going through this! I hope that you feel better soon!!

Deborah - posted on 11/17/2010

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this caused me to have cervical cancer and now can not get prego again i say bad

Tabatha - posted on 11/17/2010

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i have had my Merina in for 4 years (since 2006).. I didn't have any periods till about a year ago.. which is also caused by stress.. i HATE having sex but i make myself for my Fiancée. After sex though i do spot which is odd too.. When i get my periods they are very light and yet heavy just for a light pad.. but i can't wear tampons no more.. it sucks.. I have had some weight issues with it also. gaining and looseing.. .. i honestly feel "fluttering" around in my stomach but i aint preggo.. it freaks me out!! This is my 2nd time on it though.. i had it pulled out back in December 05. got preggo in Jan 06.. had my little boy in October 06.. I was on the shot before that and i didn't like getting shot in the ass every 12 weeks!! it wasn't my thing thanks.. soo i went with this and its GREAT excepted i am get my days where i just wanna damn sleep and sleep and sleep.. ugh it drives me crazy.. I am thinking bout not getting it replaced next year due to that my Fiancee and i wanna have another baby(my 3rd, his 1st)... I will most likey go back on it again.. unless i ask my OBGYN about something different.. yeah every womens body is different.. Good Luck on the Birth Control search..

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