Mirena

Tiina - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 38 moms have responded )

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I got the Mirena put in almost five months ago now, and I have been having alot of wierd symptoms. I get light headed when I stand up, cramping all the time, always tired, headaches, breaking out, just haven't been hungry for anything, my back hurts sometimes, I feel like I am on a emotional roller coaster, bleed alot after intercourse (for a week) and I my lower stomach twitches (not all the time). I have been trying really hard to not just go and get it taken out, b/c the symptoms are 'supposed' to decrease after five months. But is it really worth putting my body through all of this? I don't want to get pregnant again anytime soon( already have three), so can anyone recommend anything? Or at least tell me if you have used the Mirena and the symptoms do decrease?

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LUCY - posted on 11/29/2012

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I know it has been years since this was posted, but I wanted to post my experiences in case someone else happens to come across this issue and tries to google for advice! I understand some women have had scary experiences where it turned out the Mirena had embedded or perforated their uterus. I was afraid that had happened to me.



I had a lot of nausea, fatigue, weakness, headaches even throat issues. I thought I was going to die and actually went to the ER. I spoke with my gynecologist and she suggested I speak with my primary care doctor about my symptoms. It turns out I had developed a stomach ulcer from all the pain medication! I was being careful eating and drinking a lot with every dose of ibuprofen, but for some reason I still developed one. I did not realize a stomach ulcer could have so many side effects. Stomach pain could be dismissed and attributed to cramps from insertion. Although I also learned that not every one experiences stomach pain or it can be very mild. Everyone is different and their body can have very strange reactions to the same illness.



Ulcers can heal on their own, especially when you stop the pain killers, but it's better if you can get medication to avoid complications or a longer recovery.

Amy - posted on 07/26/2009

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I had a really bad experience with Mirena, I had it placed when my son was about 3mo old. Lots of complications that resulted in 2 ER trips, and a wonderful 3day stay in the hospital on IV antibiotics. The IUD became dislodged and bounced around my innards, creating multiple lesions which got infected. Then for a total of a year I had to receive a cat scan every 6mo to ensure the inflammation from the infection had gone down enough to get a test done to check for scarring in the tubes....Did I mention, the IUD was removed at the first ER visit? I was also nursing before all of this, but after the hospitalization and antibiotics, I could no longer produce milk.
I don't want to scare, but I feel that since I was one of the "small" percentage of big mishaps, I should put out there what happened to me. I do have a friend, whom it worked for really well. I pray that your situation is temporary and that it works out for you, but if instinct is telling you to yank it...do it.

Sarah - posted on 07/26/2009

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Now I'm nervous to get the Mirena IUD on august 3rd when i have my next appointment. my doctor kind of decided this for me because she felt that the Depo Provera was having a negative effect on my post partum depression hormonally so she felt that the IUD would be better.

Cristina - posted on 07/25/2009

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See my insurance is almost up so If I dont find a doctor who can do this quickly I'm stuck with the mirena...I just dont know how easy its going to be.

Angela - posted on 07/25/2009

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i got mine 11 months ago when my daughter was 6 weeks old or so. my lightheadedness has been recent in the last 4 months, i cramp every 3 weeks or so like i'm going to start, but have only had one period, the beginning of this month. my daughter did nurse almost exclusively for exactly one year. i'm soooo tired, have some headaches, i've broke out a couple times, my back hurts quite often. i got the emotions going on, had extreme cramping with orgasms and the twitches scare me to death! i feel like i'm pregnant, but haven't taken a test cause my doc had told me, "as long as it's in, it's working." i was worried about even mentioning the twitches to anyone, until i read this and saw i wasn't alone. i would have mine removed, but my insurance was only during my pregnancy and ended when my daughter was 2 months old. i'm so emotional, that my 8 yr relationship ended with my kids' dad. i may see how much it costs to have it removed...

Cristina - posted on 07/25/2009

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I am really prone to getting symptoms of things easily. So I am going to call around this coming monday to see who will tie my tubes I just dont want to get something done and pay for it later when the doctors I talk to all say marvelous things about it but then again they are all male. I was on the pill and got pregnancty symptoms and took a pregnancy test and it was negative. So I think the method I want to chose will be the best for me.

Stacy - posted on 07/25/2009

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I am glad I read this I have had mine for 3 years now and just started getting the stomach twitching I had no clue if I was preg or not. my period stopped after a year and I get a few spots every now and then.I never lost my baby weight but I haven't gained either. other than that any birth control is going to do something to you it is messing with your hormones. for me it is working great, I will get it remove in the next few years have one more kid and get my tubes tied. they do it with lazers now a day so I can see how it is easily reverisible.

Cristina - posted on 07/25/2009

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I am now trying to find a new doctor I really am not for the mirena I had a personal friend tell me she is getting hers removed because she is having most of the symptoms everyone on here keeps talking about.

Tara - posted on 07/24/2009

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I used the mirena a had bleeding for 7 months straight. After that i stopped. No more bleeding or anything i had it for almost 3 years and it was wonderful. Never had any problems

Nichole - posted on 07/24/2009

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Cristina, find a new doctor. Their are doctors out there that will tie your tubes. Most doctors say they wont until you have had 3 kids or your 35, blah blah blah...I am going next week to have my mirena taken out (cause I have had ALL these side effects) and talk about getting mine done and if that doctor wont do it, NEXT!!! It is a 95% reversible anyway.

Cristina - posted on 07/24/2009

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Hmm I'm now having second thoughts about getting mine next Thursday..Is there anymore positive stories? I didnt really want children ever but now I have my 5 week old and I love her to death but I really dont want to have another child at all. I asked about getting my tubes tide but they will not let me. I'm a bit worried about the mirena now.

Alison - posted on 07/24/2009

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I have had mine for like 7 months and I break out a lot and have those stomach twitches almost feeling like early pregnancy flutters but the most pain I have is an occasional sharp sensation never lasting more than a second or two. I have also not had even a spot of a period.

Jennifer - posted on 07/24/2009

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I've had Mirena over 2 years now. Love it!!! Spotted a bit at first, but that went away quickly. I've had no issues the entire time and I love not having to remember pills or shots or patches!! This is the first BC I've ever been on and it's great!!!

Ashley - posted on 07/23/2009

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This seems pretty helpful..I am suppose to get one put in at the end of August. Right now I am the Nuva Ring and I loooove it! Its so easy, they say somtimes it falls out but mine never has and I have been using it for almost 1 year. I am only thinking about switching to Mirena because I will be cheaper in the long run

Amber - posted on 07/23/2009

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ive had the mirena for 2 yrs and i havent really had any bad side effects. i do get headaches and lower back aches sometimes. my periods are really light and only last a couple of days so thats good. i was thinking about having it removed because i cant seem to loose any weight and before i had it i never had a problem they say it doesnt effect your weight but im not so sure about that. but i think its like any birth control method sometimes it just doesnt work for everyone.

Jessica - posted on 07/23/2009

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I used Mirena after my second child. I know it may sound crazy but I had some symptoms that other people wouldn't think was so bad. I never had a period which totally threw my life off track. I breastfed my daughter for about six months but continued lactating until I had the Mirena removed a year later. I think if you are really uncomfortable with the Mirena you should consider another method of birth control. I got one because I was breastfeeding but after I stopped breastfeeding I had to go to another method.

Amber - posted on 07/22/2009

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I have the mirena and this is the first time I have heard of the stomach twitching as a side effect, I have also had it and of course took a pregnancy test, it was negative! Thank god. But I was having other symptoms too, I went to the doc yesterday and have gained almost 10 lbs since I got it three months ago, not happy about that. But I never get my period and never have the horrible cramps that I used to get with the paraguard, do get slightly moody sometimes though. I guess it's all about weighing out the pros and cons, I definitly like this more than the copper!

Theresa - posted on 07/22/2009

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i have the mirena in and it is working wonderful. Myperiods have gotten lighter and i have had no other real symptoms. The only issue i have ahd is checking it and feeling the strings. I cannot but my dr said its the position of my cervix that stops that. I would call my dr and find out what they recommend if you are having such server symptoms after having it inserted. They will probably want to check it and see what is going on. It may have jsut moved or something so that would be something you should get looked at. I have heard lots of stroies about the mirena and know it works different ly for everyone.

Victoria - posted on 07/21/2009

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I dont rememeber having those sort of symptoms passed the 2nd month at most. And by 6 months I had very light a 2 day periods no cramps. (i had Horrid craps before) and buy 12 months no periods at all... I would talk to your dr. if your body is rejecting you could end up with PID.. pelvic inflammitory disease. I did, after 3 yrs of having it. it caused me to have LOTS of pain that's been going on for almost a year now and i now have CPP cronic pelvic pain...( it's excruciating!!! lots of pain killers).... I loved my IUD... but dont ignore the symptoms. If something doesnt feel right.... it's probably not. Good luck.

Tiffany - posted on 07/21/2009

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I had the Mirena last year, at first I loved it so much.. well I guess I thought I'd love it after the symptoms were gone (which they never were), I had alot of the same symptoms as you. After 6 months I finally made an appointment with my doctor because I also began to have a horrible pain in my left side, she gave me a sonogram and saw 2 cysts one the size of a plum and the other the size of a walnut. I had to be sent in for a special sonogram to make sure they weren't caner, they verified they were not as I was sent back to my doctor who assured me the Mirena was not the cause. I went home and saw a Mirena commercial and read all the info I could find and it clearly says it does cause cysts, I went back to the doctor an had her remove the Mirena after almost 9 months and like magic the cysts and side effects were gone. It was horrible.

Julianne - posted on 07/21/2009

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Nichole: I don't get light headed thank god, but I'm still seriously thinking about setting up an appointment to have it removed. I have a check up the end of this month where my OB is going to check on it.
But the stomach twitches really freaked me out when they first happened. I know I went to a lab and they confirmed that I was 100% NOT pregnant an hour before I had Mirena inserted, but I was so freaked out that I was considering a pregnancy test. lol! Thank God for this site where I found out it's a pretty common side effect! The only main concern of mine is that I've been spotting continuously for a month now since I had the IUD put in....I'm going to mention it to my OB, but is that normal?

Sarah - posted on 07/21/2009

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Do you ladies stil get your period? The IUD seems to make me stop getting mine :/

Sarah - posted on 07/21/2009

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Did you have the positino checked a few weeks after having it put in? I've had Mirena twice now, once after my daughter and now after my son. The first time I got it I had A TON of sympotoms and had it removed earlier than I was intending. This time around I haven't had ANY symptoms. So I wonder if it has to do with the position of it? OR maybe it has to done with your body getting use to the hormones? What does you're doctor say about it?

Jessica - posted on 07/21/2009

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i am wondering about the stomach twitches also. it seriously feels like a baby moving around inside! so wierd...well i have had my IUD for 2 years now. all of those symptoms went away after abot 6 months. i do still get bad cramping before my period but other then that no complaints. plus most women who have the first off symptoms ALSO just had a baby. your body is also recovering from that too. good luck to all with an IUD i hear mixed reviews all the time

Dena - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hi, I am new here. But I've had Mirena since Dec '08 and some months I have spotting and one more I actually missed bleeding. I also have experienced the twitches. I think I've kept my pregnancy eating habits, I feel like I can't eat enough some days but that might also be stress. My emotions are all wacky too, everyone who's had babies tell me that it takes at least a year or more for you to feel "normal" or like you did before you got pregnant. Sorry I wasn't much help but I am considering getting mine removed too, I just don't want to end up pregnant anytime soon.

Nichole - posted on 07/21/2009

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Julianne, I have the same exact side effects and mine is coming out next wednesday. I also have a 4 month old(well almost 5 months). Do you get light headed too? I get really light headed all the time.

Julianne - posted on 07/21/2009

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I didn't mean taking it out myself...I'll go to my doctor to have him take it out is what I meant :P

Julianne - posted on 07/21/2009

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I have Mirena and am thinking about taking it out myself. I have been spotting ever since I got it implanted, have bad backaches after bending over(not good especially since I have a 4 month old,so I'm always bending down to pick him out of his crib/bouncer/bathe him), cramps, blemishes, and stomach twitches. I orignally got it because all my friends raved about how awesome it was... I SO wish I just would of stuck to the NuvaRing I was using before. The side effects are just not worth using Mirena!
PS: it is an IUD

Ryan - posted on 07/21/2009

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haha that twitch in the stomach ya i take a test almost every month cause i am nervous that it may not just be a twitch is tht normal? lol i don't think so but i do enjoy not having my period every month!!!

Courtney - posted on 07/20/2009

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I have had the mirena for a year and a half and the only side effect i had was acne which has significantly decreased now. I only have to wear a pantyliner when i get my period. I had severe cramps due to endometriosis before having my twins and then getting the mirena placed and now i don't cramp at all, it is great!

Sabrina - posted on 07/20/2009

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I used Mirena and within 6 weeks it "fell" out and I got pregnant with my now 2 1/2 mnth. old. I use Depo-prevera. I gain some weight but don't have any funny symptoms and it's the only birth control that works for me. I can just work hareder to lose the extra pounds. Plus, you might not get your period.

Amanda - posted on 07/20/2009

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I have mirena and have no problems except cramps when i should get my period.

Nichole - posted on 07/20/2009

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Mirena is terrible and mine is coming out on the 29th and I am getting my tubes tides. I have severe headaches all the time, I am losing all my hair(thank god I have a lot of hair or I would die), I bleed for weeks at a time, I have terrible mood swings, my hubby feels it when we have sex. I wish I would have never ever gotten this thing placed it me. If you want more children getting your tubes tied is still an option cause its 95% reversible. Who ever invented sucks and I really think men should have to go on bc, why should we go threw all this crap all the time. lol

Tiina - posted on 07/20/2009

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And I did forget to mention my friend told me that her friend just found out she was pregnant............yeah she was using the Mirena!! So now everytime my stomach twitches, well you know what I think...ha! Thanks for your help, if you ever get any new info please let me know! ;)

Ryan - posted on 07/20/2009

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i would like to reply to amanda doyle i had that shot and i got two because i thought that my body had to get used to it and it made me bleed for six months straight i would not suggest that to anyone but obviously all these methods affect us all differently...

Ryan - posted on 07/20/2009

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i have the mirena i have that stomach twitching symptom still, and i got mine 10 months ago, as for the other symptoms mine only took about three months to go away so i am not sure y u r still having them, it doesn't sound pleasant you may need to go to your doctor and make sure its not dislodged that could be causing imbalances in turn causing your symptoms of bleeding, back paing, cramping all that... i would def. get it checked out!

Amanda - posted on 07/20/2009

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Is Mirena an IUD? I've heard of a lot of people not reacting well to IUD's and switching to a new method. I am on the Depo Provera shot. It's really great. I had a few side effects for the first few weeks, but I was back to normal in no time. You only get 4 injections a year, so it's very convenient. I'm sorry you're having such a hard time! I hope everything gets better soon!!

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