Experiences on Mirena

Alexandria - posted on 04/21/2010 ( 60 moms have responded )

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I am thinking about getting mirena in the next week. And all i keep reading is horror stories. However my doctor said it was safe and effective. I guess i just really dont know and wanted to see if any other mothers out there have mirena or have used it and what your experiences were, the good or the bad. thank you!

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Danette - posted on 05/05/2010

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Hello,
I've had the Mirena for 2 yrs, and have never been happier. I use to have the copper IUD (10yrs) and I had very heavy periods. Lots of discomfort, But all that changed when I switched to Mirena. I have a period maybe once a year. I haven't had any side effects. The best part is that you can have removed when ever you want. Its great I would totally recommend it. Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 05/04/2010

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My experience was really bad too. I had one in for a year and had terrible mood changes with it. I kept thinking it would settle down after a few months, but I got crankier and more fuzzy headed. I blamed it on lack of sleep but wondered if it was the Mirena. When a friends psychiatrist told her never to get one cause of the moodiness it creates in so many people. I knew that was it!
When I got it out I quickly started feeling much better and thinking clearer and more optimistically.


I agree, look into a non hormone IUD instead!!!!!

Stephanie - posted on 05/02/2010

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i agree with most its different for every person. i hated it. when my doc clamped my cervix to put it in caused soo much pain i cried i felt it snap into place and the cramping never went a way. it caused me to bleed heavy right away and it didnt stop for six months.and the only reason it stopped was because i got pregnant. it also sllipped out of place alot

Melanie - posted on 04/30/2010

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I think the stories are just there to scare you, the chances of those things happening are slim to none. I've had it for 2 yrs now and have not had one single prob with it. Most of the time i dont even remember its there. I havent had a period since about a month after i got it.Its a blessing!

Elizabeth - posted on 07/03/2012

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I love the Mirena (and I am super sensitive to most medications and hormones, etc.) I even had it taken out for a while when I was having some gyn problems and thought maybe the Mirena was involved. But it turned out to have nothing to do with any of the problems, and, after suffering through a year without it (getting my periods again and worrying about birth control because I have so much trouble tolerating the Pill and all), I begged my doctor to put it back in!

I have had it so long since then that this past fall I had to get a new one because I had passed the five year mark (and, despite having given birth, the insertion process was really not fun for me each time--though most women have an easier time of it than I did), but I did not hesitate to do it anyway. My doctor recommends it to lots of moms, and says that he sees fewer complications (or unwanted pregnancies) and more patient satisfaction with it than with any other method. I couldn't agree more! Of course no method is perfect for anyone, but if you have a really good, experienced ob/gyn insert it and then follow up with you to make sure (as mine did) that it is still in the right place after the first month and that all is going well, I really believe it is BY FAR the best method out there. And, since it has much lower levels of hormones in it than all the other methods like the Pill or shots or implants, I have been told by a cancer specialist who follows me (because of my bad family history of breast cancer), that Mirena is much safer for me than those other methods too. So for me, its no periods, no worry, and I can't recommend it enough! Be patient with it for the first few months as your body adjusts, and talk to your doctor if anything doesn't seem right to you, but I bet you will wind up like most women who use it--they wouldn't go back to anything else! Good luck to you!

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Maysolis - posted on 01/21/2014

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Before getting this divice inserted. You have to have in mind the complications that this might bring.FOr instance if i could go back i wouldnt have chosen The mirena for the simple fact that now i cant find the strings and I'm. Scared. Im getting bad yeast infections.i dont feel any pain but i read that. The iud could travel to any part of the uterus and. You might need tsurgical removal.anyhow. i woulve never thought this could happen to me but it did .I had it placed about a year and so at first i had no problem finding the strings but now i feel fatiged moody my hormones are going bonquers ..but i guess thats just me it may be differen for someone else but this is my story

Sharon - posted on 07/05/2012

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I had the Mirena, and what I liked is my bleeding was nice and light. And more regular, once it settled. I can't really remember now, but I was having side affects, which I didn't realise was from the Mirena, it might have been severe headaches and Migraines etc, I had it removed after about 2 years or so and I know I felt a lot better, but it certainly did the job and I didn't realise the side affects were from the Mirena, until it was removed. Insertion was incredibly painful for me, removal was easy! I could never feel the string from the day dot!

Ashley - posted on 05/20/2010

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I had Mirena in for a year. The first 3 weeks i bled and was sick of it already so i went to my doctor and he put me on the pill also for 1 month to regulate my period. After that i didnt have my period ever again the whole time i was on it! Awesome!! But i got it taken out because i thought it was making me very crabby all the time, turns out it was just bad anxiety. Wish i never got it out, big mistake :( It did hurt a bit when the dr put it in, but its completely worth it!

Kerry - posted on 05/06/2010

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I have the mirena since Sept 2008 and I think it's brilliant, especially not having any periods and PMT etc.I would really recommend it to you.When inserted it takes a few days to settle in put after that you can't feel a thing.

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My Mirena perforated through my uterus. I had to have it surgically removed. Although I am one of the few "lucky" ladies to have this happen to, I would never recommend Mirena to anyone...

Eva - posted on 05/03/2010

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I had Mirena and had quite a bad experience with it, but I guess I was a rare case. I had periods that would last for 3-4 weeks, be gone for a day or two and then come back. They kept telling me to give my body time to adjust, but after a year and a half of having it in I had it taken out. Since then I have been on Zovia, birth control pill and I am really happy with it. I didn't like having to remember to take a pill again every day, but at least I only have a real light period for 2-3 days each month.

Leigh Ann - posted on 05/03/2010

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I have the ParaGuard iud. It doesn't have any hormones and that was really important while I was nursing. I haven't had any problems what so ever. Periods and mood hasn't changed a bit. But I must say that it hurt a lot when it was inserted. A lot! But I would do it again. Good luck!

Janelys - posted on 05/03/2010

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I personally had it and then after bleeding heavily for over three months and having very bad thoughts and just feeling low and angry, I knew something was just not right since I did not feel this way after having my first child (which is usually a harder experience). I had to have it removed and I swear that the next day, I was back to being and feeling normal again. I would highly recommend that you look into getting the one that does NOT release any hormones, esp., if you are sensitive to hormones such as bc. I wish I had done that instead of having to revert to taking bc pills again.

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I have had Mirena for about a year and and half now and LOVE it! Had no problems whatsoever, and have such a security in knowing I can't ooops, get pregnant...until we want our next baby!

Jordan - posted on 05/02/2010

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Hi, I have the Mirena and i LOVE it. The only side effect I have is cramps. I have never had cramps.. but when I first had Mirena put in I got cramps each month for about 4-5 months. Then they went away again.. Also my flow has gotten much lighter, but for me its a good thing. I love that its just in there, I don't have to worry about it daily.

Jen - posted on 05/02/2010

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I had the mirena put in 6 weeks after I had my son. After the first 2 months the light spotting stopped. I've had it for 2 years now and have only had 2 very light periods lasting only 2 days each. :)

Katie - posted on 05/02/2010

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I got Mirena as soon as possible after my daughter was born.......she will be two in July and I have had NO problems so far. The best part is that my periods are much lighter and shorter and I no longer have cramps!! I'm a fan :)

Jenny - posted on 05/02/2010

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I had the mirena in for a Year...My experience wasn't the worst but it wasn't the best either. The bads: I bleed straight for about three months, had alot of aching and sharp pains in my uterus and I just got mine removed a couple weeks ago and found that my uterus was inflamed from the IUD...my doctor said it had irritated it. But the benefits of it was my period when i did finally get regular was on time every month and much lighter, sometime just had it for 3 days, 100% affective....lol, Very convenient don't have to remind yourself to take a pill or get a shot. So I would say just try it, Your body may have a positive response to it. Hope my story helped...lol good luck!

Haley - posted on 05/01/2010

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I have the mirena for almost 2 years now after I had my son. At forts I had my period for a year off an on but after that it. Stop and I have spotting ever now and then but I do have cramps and when I have sex it hurts sometime. Sorry to say that but its true

Christina - posted on 04/30/2010

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Mirena is FABULOUS!!! My boys are 18 months apart, not by choice, so i opted to get it...and i love it! i have had it about 2 months and some days i might bleed a little, but not enough to put a tampon in. I def say try it. If you dont like it, you can always get it removed!

Michaella - posted on 04/30/2010

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I have the mirena for almost 2 years and love it! I havent had any problems with it at all. I havent had periods either since being on it which I love.lol I dont even notice its there. I check it once a month to make sure its still there and im done. Hope this helps with your decision. Good luck

Jessica - posted on 04/29/2010

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I'm on mirena...about two years now...just a little less...i have discharge everyonce in a while but nothing to be concerned about....other than that...i have no problems with it...i like it...and i would suggest it...no second baby yet...and when I am ready for a second all i have to do is get it taken out...

Deetra - posted on 04/29/2010

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I guess you and I are in the same boat. I am scheduled for about two weeks out. My ob/gyn recommended mirena over the implanon. His reasoning was the chances of breakthrough bleeding and frequency of bleeding would be higher with the implanon. I am praying that I have a positive testimony like the majority of these women.

Misty - posted on 04/29/2010

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I got the Mirena 3 months after my son was born. I had original bleeding for about 2 months and they kept getting lighter, After about 9 months The Bleeding has pretty much stopped... I have slight spotting during my period time, nothing much though just to let me know that I still bleed at that time... It will be 2 years in July I have had it and I absolutely have enjoyed not having to deal with the pill everyday or the shot every 3 months... The good part if you change your mind and want a kid before the 5 years, it can be easily taken out and you can get pregnant right away... Its a good way to go especially if you don't like the daily pill, the 3 month shot, etc...

Molly - posted on 04/29/2010

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I have a Mirena and I love it! I do however believe that it is stopping me from losing all of the baby weight I gained. but I don't have periods any more and so far it's been good for me. On the Implenon, my sister has one and she's been bleeding nonstop for 5 months now. BUT I have friends that have gotten pregnant with an IUD in but I DONOT know if it was Mirena.

Alta - posted on 04/28/2010

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Well Alexandria, I have the mirena in now for almost 2 years and it is working fine, my one friend had one in for 5 years and actually went for her second one recently, the thing is, I think you will always hear the bad things, but the people that does have it in, have no worries and dont have a need to put it on the internet,..

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2010

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i had a horrible experice. i have always had experiences with birth control, my doctor actually thought this would be the one. i had so much cramping and my body rejected it. i had dropped 1 cm out of my cervix. the most painfull thing in this whole world!!! my sister has one and she loves it. there is really nothing you can do but try it. its different on every person!!

Jaime - posted on 04/28/2010

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I had Mirena inserted about 2 months ago. My OB told me that I may have some spotting during the first few months. I had an extra long period after I had it inserted which lasted bout 2 weeks. Since then I have had no spotting and the last period only lasted 3 days and not heavy at all. I dont feel any differently and have had no skin probs. So far so good. But like someone else said, obviously not everyone is the same, and people will have different experiences.

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I had it in for just under 2 years. once I got my "regular" cycle back after breastfeeding things started to go wrong. I had pretty consistent bleeding, light but annoying, and seemed to have a cycle approximately every week and a half, which meant my skin was constantly spotty and I seemed to be pre-menstrual the whole time. There is a risk of depression associated with it's use. I had it taken out a couple of months ago, and things improved instantly. Hubby is now looking at having the snip...it's his turn after all I've done!! I had one friend with similar problems, but another who loves it. It is effective, but just be aware of the things that can happen, but know that if you do have problems, it will all be ok pretty quick again after it's removed.

Amber - posted on 04/28/2010

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Well, I guess it depends on a person's experience as to whether or not they have a horror story. I am one of the people with a horror story. I got mine put in 8 weeks postpartum in September 2008. Four weeks later I couldn't feel the strings. Since it was close to my recheck I decided not to call in and just wait it out. Went in and she couldn't find it either (and trust me, she was digging pretty good *cringes*). Next day I had to go back for an ultrasound and they couldn't see it anywhere, so I had to have an x-ray which found it floating around in my abdominal cavity. Two days before Thanksgiving I had to have surgery to have it taken out. They offered to put a new one in during surgery. I said no thanks! Went back to the NuvaRing and have been happy since!

Kristie - posted on 04/28/2010

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I'm not sure what happened to the post...but to the woman wanting to know about Mirena, I don't have any helpful comments for that particular IUD. I have an IUD, it's paragard. It's a non-hormone IUD. I was diagnosed with Breast cancer, so I can't have the hormones. But it's nice not to have to worry about taking a birth control on a regular basis. It last for 10 years. You do have a slight increase in discharge, but they tell me that is normal.

Julie - posted on 04/27/2010

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I think it really depends on the person & your own chemical body makeup. Myself, I will NEVER get it again! Within a week of getting it I had an allergic reaction so bad I was almost hospitalized. I couldnt breathe the day after I had it put in & kept getting worse every day. i broke out all over my body & my skin felt like ti was on fire. it took everything I had to not claw my skin off. My vision changed and I started getting dizzy spells. needless to say I called my Dr and told her I wanted it removed. Now the Dr still thinks there is NO way it could have caused all my symptoms, but I beg to differ. I NEVER felt that way in my whole life until I got that thing put in. I got it taken out and in 2 days I started to feel better. It only took me about 10 days till I was back to my ol self. Then I got on Seasonale...another bad move on my part, as I started getting migranes, severe migranes. it got so bad that I got at least one a week where I couldnt walk, couldnt see etc. Went to Dr and this time she told me that indeed was an effect of the b/c. Soooooo, learning my lesson it looks like my body hates any form of B/C, so now I use a diaphram. Everything has been good since.
That is my story. not every woman is the same, so what I would suggest is to listen to your body and know the side effects of all forms of b/c that way you are informed.

Arlea - posted on 04/27/2010

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I have the Mirena in and other than some hot spells, I haven't ha any problems. Freak out about getting pregnant but thats coz i had 4 kids 3 while on the pill. Would recommend it especialy to those who are hormone sensitive like me I go psycho on the pill, grrr, thanks kids. Hurts sometimes in bed but thats coz my cervix sits quite low. It is great otherwise can be relaxed about it all.

Mandy - posted on 04/27/2010

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I had mirena a few years ago and had to have it removed after 3 years because it hurt and because I suffered severe migraines. But I also started having severe acne for the last 6 months of it. However, there is some positive to it: I didn't have a period after the first 9 months. :) Any questions, please ask

April - posted on 04/27/2010

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I've been on Mirena for 1 1/2 yrs and no problems i love it! I just get cramps and no period..

Melissa - posted on 04/27/2010

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I loved mine... I have had one put in after both my younger daughters! no problems, no periods, no weight gain, great for someone who has lost going on and it's good for 5 yrs. I would definitely say go with the mirena! I haven't heard one bad thing about it... and my dr actually has had hers for about 6 yrs (she's on her 2nd one!) if you have any questions about anything shoot me an email or you can call me ( i've got free mins lol ) 618-567-1392 hope this helps!! ttyl melissa (mommy of three)

Vauny - posted on 04/27/2010

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i have had the mirena for almost 2 years, the only problems i have had with it, was a little pain a few months ago, but that was do to some other problems in my body at the time, I do get the some times ver yheavy times of the month but for the most past it is spotting about ever 3-4 months, i love it and its awesome. i had 3 child all when i was on birth control, so i was worried that i would still get pregnant on the mirena but it has been great and no more kids. i would get it, its hte best thing possible besides getting tubes tide but thats too much pain and damage, this is no damage and no pain.

Maria - posted on 04/27/2010

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I have had Mirena for a year and have had no problems. Its good for 5 years and then my Dr will put another one in. My periods where a little crazy in the beginning but now they are very lite almost gone. Good Luck!

Karina - posted on 04/27/2010

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Hi, I had a Mirena put in about a month ago and I have had no problems. It is different to other contraceptives because the minute amout of progesterone works locally which is why you can experience much less bleeding and you have less side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness etc. I had the standard cooper iUD after I had my son but had it taken out a few months ago because my periods became really heavy and decided that natural contraception was just too much hard wrok. Thats when I decided to get Mirena and had it done through family planning they are very experienced and i had no problems. Just slight spotting at first and now a much lighter period. Hope this helps

Colleen - posted on 04/26/2010

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I have had Mirrena for over aa year now and...I LOVE IT!!!! I recommend it to anyone I talk to. There is some discomfort when they were putting it in and cramping for an hour or so after. Nothing a heating pad & motrin didn't help. I did have some irregular spotting during the first month & a regular cycle the 2nd month but I haven't had a period since. It's so much more convenient then worrying about the pill or patch.

Tanya - posted on 04/26/2010

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warning may be tmi
I have had mine for a year and a halfish. In the begining I had some uncomfort and longer but light periods. I have had no problems the past year. For me it has been a great choice.

Nichola - posted on 04/26/2010

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I have had the mirena for almost a year now and I have had no problems....periods are a lil weird time to time but for the most part normal...the only thing is its not to comfy when its put it!

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I had the Mirena installed when my son was 10 months old. I had spotting for the first 3 weeks but it was light. Periods are fairly regular but light and last longer (6-7 days instead of 4 days). Agree with some of the other posters out here - it is good to know I will not get pregnant. I'm going to have my first full physical soon and will get the Mirena checked out since the last two months I've been having "periods" more often. No other issues though.

Christina - posted on 04/26/2010

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i got mirena 6 weeks after having my son and i love it i dont have to remember to take pills and i had a bad experience on the shot i bled 5 out of the 6 months i was on it and it dropped my white blood cell count but with mirena i have had no problems and i have had it for almost 2 years i have a little spotting every once in awhile and thats it i love it but to each her own :) good luck

April - posted on 04/26/2010

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I love my mirena. I had spotty periods at first, now they come randomly every couple of months. I have zero doubt in my mind that I will get pregnant, and that is a really good feeling. Even if it means random 4 day periods.

Renie - posted on 04/25/2010

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Have had Mirena two different times now, each time with different effects. The first time it became imbedded after 3 years and I have now had it again for 2. No issues this time except some discomfort now and then. Nothing major though.

Tanya - posted on 04/25/2010

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I have it and I LOVE it. September will be 2 years. I've had no problems out of it and my periods are so light, sometimes I dont even have one. I've had the in the arm birth control before and it hurts very bad when they have to take it out. good luck in yyour decision.

Beth - posted on 04/25/2010

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I got the Mirena put in shortly after my son was born. I have had no issues with it, and no period, which has been fantastic! No spotting, no pain. It is WONDERFUL! I don't have to remember to take any pills, it is just there and doing it's job. Can't recommend it enough! :)

Claudia - posted on 04/25/2010

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I had the Mirena shortly after having my daughter and it's been almost 2 yrs. I have had some side effects (heart palpatations), but have chosen to keep it in.

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Hello! I got the Mirena put in after I had my daughter. The process of putting it in was quick and easy. I chose the Mirena because I am NOT good at taking pills and there was no way I wanted to get shots every few months. My experience so far has been very good. There was one issue in the beginning- I had bleed for 2 months straight... Went to my doctor and he gave me some medicine and after taking it, I was back on track! I used to have horrible cramps and heavy/irregular periods before my pregnancy, but now little to no cramps and light periods!

Maya - posted on 04/25/2010

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i had the mirena and bled for 6 mths straight, and my skin went horrible, and i had a lot of discharge while it was in. But i kept it as it was the easiest, most fail safe contraception i could think of ( i need to finish my medical degree before i have any more kids! and i cant take things with systemic hormones eg pill, implanon). just had it taken out and i feel so much better, but i would still recomened it if you realy need fail safe contraception. one gynaecologist told me it has a better fail rate than tubal ligation! anyway, i think the moral of the story is everyone seem sto have a different experience so you need to be prepared for anything, and decide what you will put up with and what you wont.

good luck with it though!

Maya

Emma - posted on 04/25/2010

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i had a terrible experience with the mirena, which ended up with me in hospital suffering a miscarriage. although i must point out that it had nothing to do with the coil itself, i let a trainee insert it while the doctor watched and it wasnt fitted correctly in my womb. It didnt put me off having another coil fitted and i now have the copper coil.i have no problems at all. my periods are very light with hardly any pain which is the exact opposite to what i had previously.

Saska - posted on 04/24/2010

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the copper iud is another option...no hormones. you can have some increased cramping with your periods and a bit heavier, but it has worked well for me. i have had it for the past 2 years. as well, you can leave the copper iud in for up to 10 years if you really needed to.

Rachel - posted on 04/24/2010

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Ive had the Mirena in for almost 2 years and its been great, i haven't had any bad experiences with it what so ever, i was very hesitant at first because when i was researching it all there ever was posted was horror stories, but i had some minor spotting for the first two weeks, and a few nuisance cramps that that's it... haven't had a period in a year and half, so its all been great, and again once its in its effective straight away, and you only have to get it changed every 5 years, im about to have it take out at the end of the year to start trying for another bub, ... Hope it helps..

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