mirena - good or bad??

Cathie - posted on 10/19/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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mirena - good or bad, i cant decide, can anyone help??

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Sal - posted on 10/20/2011

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i am going to play the devil advocte for you, i was heavily infulanced by a couple of good friends who couldn't recomend it highly enough.....but i was never a fan, i think the hormone in it just didn't like me, i was vomiting and ill when i got it in, and we assumed it was just a tummy bug and not realted, then i had a period after a year or more (no pun intended) where i bled so much they though i'd managed to get pregnant and miscarry (i hadn;t) and finally i got such bad mood swings i have had it taken out to see if that was the prob, and since even though i have had a period my mood is level and normal again.....(but it is sunny and beautiful here and not cold and shitty and that might be something to do with it)
personally i would give it a try if i were you, people who love it really love it and couldn't imagine life without it, i just wouldn't wait the best part of 3 years to have it removed if you were feeling unlike your normal self...

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Sal - posted on 10/24/2011

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i have fallen preg on the pill twice so also terrified of falling preg and i have had 100% sucess in that respect with the iud, (even though the other parts were an issue for me) so no condoms probally aren;t required

Jenny - posted on 10/24/2011

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I am not a fan of hormones so I went with the copper IUD as well. The $50 price tag was a bonus too. I had it in for 5 years before taking it out to have our son. I was pregnant 3 days after I had it removed.

The insertion was not pleasant but was over very quickly. I had spotting but that was about it. If I hadn't had a tubal ligation at the same time as my C section I would have gotten another.

I do agree it's not for everyone but it did work well for me.

Cathie - posted on 10/24/2011

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shocking spelling sorry, should've spell checked lol, really, my first language is English!!

Cathie - posted on 10/24/2011

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thanks everyone, your comments are all really helpful. i think i am going to give it a try, and if there are bad side affects then have it takenout 6 months later. I get bed mood swings monthly anyway, so hopefully it doesnta make them worse. Am very paranoid about getting pregnant, so should i use condoms aswell, or am i just being to cautious??

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/23/2011

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It wasn't good for me at all. I had Mirena placed in April of this year. I had to have it removed in June because the IUD had traveled from my uterus to my abdominal cavity. I hope the little bugger enjoyed the trip.

I use implanon now. It's much better IMO because you don't have to check the strings, just feel your upper arm every once in a while.

Jennifer - posted on 10/23/2011

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I know everyone has their own thoughts opinions and beliefs as to what is the right or wrong method of birth control, ultimetly it comes down to what is right for you and your situation at the time. To Sara B who posted about getting a paragard copper IUD, please be careful of those and on top of your health, the few people I know who had a copper IUD all had serious health problems with them. If it works for you and you have no health issues, that would be wonderful, but please just be careful and on top of every thing.

Sara - posted on 10/22/2011

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I have a friend who has had one for 3 years and loves it. I have always hated hormonal birth control, so I am getting a paragard copper IUD put in next week.

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It can be good for some and bad for others. I have it and I love it. My SIL had it and loved it. I have a friend who had problems with it though.

Ez - posted on 10/21/2011

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I will never get an IUD. My mother had one, had an ectopic pregnancy (which is an associated risk to an IUD) which ruptured. It nearly killed her AND she lost one ovary and one fallopian tube. I realise this was 30 years ago, but it's just not something I am comfortable with personally.

For others, you will never know how your body reacts unless you try it. Some people absolutely rave about them. But even 'trying' it could mean months of unpleasant side effects, because like Kelly said, it takes that long for things to settle down after insertion.

Charlie - posted on 10/21/2011

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I REALLY want one but apperently they couldnt fit it without worrying my body would do something weird to it like grow into my wall.

Jennifer - posted on 10/21/2011

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I have had mine for almost 2 years,February, and have had no problems, slightly uncomfortable to have put in and very light spotting for a month or so but not anything I had to wear something for. My midwife has likened it to the depo shot I had been using for 5 years. She said said since I hadn't had a reaction to that I would be good with the mirena. I do know of other people who have had problems with it but ultimately if you know your body and feel something is "off" then you can go to the Dre and have it checked out and removed if needed. Hope it helps and good luck!

Elfrieda - posted on 10/20/2011

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I think you're the only one who can come up with an answer to that, because people have such different opinions of them. For me, the very idea freaks me out, especially when I hear people getting such bad reactions to it.

Laura - posted on 10/20/2011

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I just got mine this past February and have had no real issues with it. In the beginning I spotted here and there which was a little annoying but now I don't get a period at all. I used to suffer from real mood swings before I got mirena and they have pretty much subsided completely. I do get some acne on my face sometimes but nothing I can't deal with at home. That's actually starting to not happen anymore also. Come to think of it, I haven't broken out at all in the past month or two. I think my body has finally adjusted and it was worth the wait. I will say it did hurt going in but it was over in less than a minute. Overall, glad I got it and totally worth it! Hope this helps.

Jocelyn - posted on 10/20/2011

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I love mine ♥ It was easy to put in (a bit uncomfortable) I had a couple light cramps after, and some really light bleeding for the first day. That was it! I've had mine for almost 2 years now, my period consists of one "spot", I've had no side effects what so ever. No milk supply issues, no weight gain, no crazy emotions, my sex drive is just the same as it was before. The only bad thing I can think of is that hubby can feel the strings on occasion when we're doing the dirty, but a quick position change and we're good to go. When my 5 years are up I am definitely going to be getting another one (hubby's future vasectomy or not lol)

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Personally, I love mine. I've had one for 7 years (They only last 5 years, I had my second one put in 2 years ago). I had strong headaches and cramping the first 3 months, but they were less severe with the second one. I have no monthly bleeding, cramping, or other menstrual symptoms. I originally chose it because it is very cost effective (less than $2,000 for 5 years of protection), it is completely reversible at anytime--you do not have to wait the entire 5 years to take it out, it had a low failure rate, and was very low maintenance once in.

It is not for everyone though, some people don't react well to it. I don't do well on pills or implanon, while others love those--you just have to try it to see if it works well in your body. If it doesn't, you can always have it taken out.

(btw, Vicki, if your friend was in the US, she can sue that Dr. for refusing to remove it. They can advise her to wait a little longer, as implantation effects to last 3-5 months, but the decision is ultimately hers, and if she wants it out, and is willing to pay for it, they must take it out. Not sure about other countries though.)

Vicki - posted on 10/20/2011

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My Mum loves hers, no monthly bleed and her body adjusted to it really quickly. I've had friends though who have had very heavy bleeding and cramps, one who had a perforated uterus from it. The pros? Once in there's nothing to do; it's a very low dose of hormone compared to oral contraceptives; long lasting but not permanent. The cons? Some people just react badly to it.

Personally, at least at this stage, it's not an option I'm looking at. A friend had a bad reaction and then her doctor refused to take it out and told her just to wait it out. She had to look around for a different doctor who would.

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