Negative feedback concerning Mirena

Gabrielle - posted on 01/23/2009 ( 39 moms have responded )

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What are some of the negative feedback concerning the IUD> Mirena? Positive feedback is welcome as well...

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User - posted on 01/26/2009

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 IUDs prevent a fertilized egg from implanting, for those that think life begins at conception this is not for you.

Courtney - posted on 02/04/2009

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I loved having the Mirena! It was the safest for breastfeeding, but my issue is that I had it taken out in Oct 08 and it is Feb 09 and I'm still not able to concieve! I heard that 9/10 people that had no issues getting pregnant the first time get pregnant within a month or two of having it removed...and now it's been 3! Has anyone had any similar problems? My OBGYN said I should have been pregnant already! :(

Sara - posted on 02/04/2009

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Lots of good comments! I had the copper IUD and loved it! Had it for almost 5 years then I got pregnant! It was still in when I got pregnant and ended up loosing the baby at about 12 weeks. After that, which is highly uncommon, my doc decided I should try the Mirena. It was a while before I was ready for another IUD, but I decided on the Mirena. I have had it for a couple of months and I think I am starting to get past the constant "leaking." It has been rather tiresome, but I haven't had cramps or really heavy bleeding and that has been nice. I am looking forward to not having to wear a pantiliner every day! I really would recomment the copper IUD though.

Jolene - posted on 01/23/2009

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I have not expirienced any weight gain or mood swings. I feel much better on it then I did on the pill. My first period after having it inserted was long-9 days. And then some spotting for a couple weeks after that (only needed a panty liner though). And since then--nothing! I really like it so far.

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Gabrielle - posted on 02/04/2009

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Thank you Liz for that, I look forward to being educated more through the personal experiences of women. Thank you Sara for your opinion and your input... greatly appreciated!!

Carolyn - posted on 02/04/2009

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I had my mirena put in in late april last year and love it.  My son was 9 months old, i don't think i was still nursing then.  We were getting ready for a move, moved less then a week later, so i had it put in while we still had our medical insurance with my husband's old job.  At the time we were in Alberta, Canada, I didn't have to pay for the doctor visit to have it put in, but I did have to cover the last $90, I think my drug plan only covers up to $250 per precription.   When i first had it put in, like most of the other women, I had some spotting for the first little while (about 6 months in my case)  Then in Oct I had a light period then nothing until a few days ago.  I too find my period to be very like, I had a little bit of the breast issues, milk leakage off and on for a day or 2, but that was only if they got knocked too hard (toddler in my house).  I had a bit of light cramming, but nothing too bad.  Overall I really like it, but the more i hear about the copper one that is good for 10 years the more i think i might go with that when my five years is up.

Megan - posted on 01/26/2009

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I live in Australia and have just had the Mirena inserted, my only problem was that the Dr didnt cut the strings short enough so they were hanging down and i could feel them when i wiped after the toilet.



The Mirena would have to be the best and cheapest choice for me....

Gabrielle - posted on 01/26/2009

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Oh wow, was not aware that it could fall out. Thank you for the heads up... they don't mention that while you're in the stirrups, lol! Thank you Lee.

Gabrielle - posted on 01/26/2009

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Thank you Nicole, I appreciate the information, will definitely be on the lookout for those. Thank you Cristina for your well wishes... I hope the same too!!

User - posted on 01/26/2009

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I had it for a few years but didn't really like it - my skin was bad and I didn't feel good. Also, you must be aware that it can fall out! It doesn't happen often, but it can. When I had mine removed, it was actually falling out and I didn't know! Having said this though, I know quite a few women who have been really happy with it, and it's convenient in that you don't have to remember anything!

Nicole - posted on 01/26/2009

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Make sure to pay attention for recurrent yeast infections. I was one who had never suffered from these in the past and then had like 4 in a row. My gyn decided that we needed to take the Mirena out because it was the only thing that had changed "down there" so to speak. Turns out that after it was removed and cultured, that it was contaminated with yeast and that the device itself does not respond by taking monistat or other yeast prescriptions. Hence, the repeat infections. I loved the idea of no periods and rather cheap birth control -- I only had to pay the co-pay for insertion and removal -- but the infections made it miserable! Just an FYI though, my GYN did say that this is a very rare side effect, so don't panic -- just be aware of it!

CHRISTINA - posted on 01/26/2009

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i had it insert it and it was very painful for me. it felt as if i was having contractions again. i spotted for 3 weeks and than it stopped for a week and than i spotted for 2 weeks. after 2 months of having my period almost every week, it felt by itself. The Dr. didn't really give me a good reason for falling out. I hope you have a better luck than i did.

Gabrielle - posted on 01/26/2009

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Thank you Emily, I can rest easy without totally bombarding my doctor with phone calls, lol!! I appreciate the response...

Emily - posted on 01/26/2009

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I had pain in the same area right after insertion. It went away after about a week, you have to remember that your body is getting used to smoething totally different.

Gabrielle - posted on 01/26/2009

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Thank you all for your responses, I appreciate hearing everyone's experiences. I am currently still having the cramping, but its been since Friday that I got this inserted (today is Monday) but I'm having some pain in the left side of my lower back... is that normal?

User - posted on 01/26/2009

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I live in the US and my IUD was covered 100% the only thing I paid was my co pay.

User - posted on 01/26/2009

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I got it a year ago this week and the first 8 months was frustrating because there was no consistency and there was random bleeding. I considered removing it. But the past 4 months has been spot free and wonderful. So I am glad I am using it!

Amy - posted on 01/26/2009

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Quoting Elizabeth:



Does anyone know if you can continue to nurse with this in? I just had my second child and am considering this form of birth control. We aren't ready for number 3 just yet! Our first 2 are 16.5 months apart and that is enough for right now! LOL






Hi i nuse with it in, the doctor told me it`s fine,

Jolene - posted on 01/26/2009

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I was just reading Taras post...and as for IUD not being coverd for the actual device, insertion and removal it just must be a difference in health plans. Mine was completly covered and I don't pay for medical procedures.

I also live in Canada so I don't know how it works in the US.

User - posted on 01/26/2009

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 IUDs prevent a fertilized egg from implanting, for those that think life begins at conception this is not for you.

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Quoting Gabrielle:



Quoting Jennifer:




I've had it for just over 5 years (got it replaced last fall) and I love it.  The only problem I've had was with my period.  They used to last for 2 weeks, but they weren't actual "periods".  I didn't have any cramps with them and just had to wear pantyliners because it was so light.  Although now my periods are pretty much non-existant (just a little spotting), which I am thoroughly enjoying!  Other than that small thing, I think this is the best form of birth control ever and I totally recommend it!










Did you/ Are you suffering from this reputed weight gain, mood swings and bleeding too??





 



I've gained weight since I got it put in, but I'm pretty sure that's just because my body has changed and I can't eat and not exercise the way I used to when I was younger!  I really don't think it has to do with Mirena because I actually lost a bunch of weight after I got it.  As for mood swings, I haven't noticed anything that wasn't normal for me pre-child : )

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Quoting Gabrielle:



Quoting Jennifer:




I've had it for just over 5 years (got it replaced last fall) and I love it.  The only problem I've had was with my period.  They used to last for 2 weeks, but they weren't actual "periods".  I didn't have any cramps with them and just had to wear pantyliners because it was so light.  Although now my periods are pretty much non-existant (just a little spotting), which I am thoroughly enjoying!  Other than that small thing, I think this is the best form of birth control ever and I totally recommend it!










Did you/ Are you suffering from this reputed weight gain, mood swings and bleeding too??





 



I've gained weight since I got it put in, but I'm pretty sure that's just because my body has changed and I can't eat and not exercise the way I used to when I was younger!  I really don't think it has to do with Mirena because I actually lost a bunch of weight after I got it.  As for mood swings, I haven't noticed anything that wasn't normal for me pre-child : )

User - posted on 01/26/2009

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yes you can nurse... You may want to double check with your doctor but mine said it was OK to do

Shannon - posted on 01/26/2009

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I was told by my mid wife and my OB that i could not get this while nursing.... they recommended I wait till I was truely ready to give it up because there was no actual tests that show if the birth control chemicals can be passed at this time... so I believe that you need to speak to your own doctor to see what they say on tis matter.

Tara - posted on 01/26/2009

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I have also been thinking about getting an IUD and recently discussed this with my doctor. There are 2 options for IUD's. There is Mirena which releases a small amount of Progestin. This IUD is recommended if you have an irregular period, as the Progestin will help regulate it. This one is good for 5 years. Then there is ParaGard, which is made from copper and has no hormones. This one is recommended for women whom don't need to regualte their periods. This one lasts up to 12 years. I know there is a string that hangs down inside you that you may have to check to make sure the IUD has stayed in place, but is not felt at all during intercourse. Now IUD's are expensive, and most insurances don't cover them at all or possibly a small portion of it. What they are charging you for is the actual divise, the insertion and the removal, which they most of the time require up front. The precedure takes place in your OB's office and is similar to the pain of a papsmear. There is cramping afterwards. This is the information i got from my Doc who is awesome. 

Emily - posted on 01/26/2009

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I've had Mirena in for a little over 2 years now and haven't had any major problems. Recently, though, I had a lot of abdominal pain and found that I have a couple of tiny ovarian cysts. That is one of the side effects listed, and I've had them before (as in before the implant) so I'm not really that worried about it anymore. Now when I first had it put in, I was the same as Emily regarding the not wanting to have sex part, the bleeding as well. Mine all stopped in the first two to three months that I had it in, and once I stopped having mad hormone fluctuations, Mirena has really been the best method for me personally. Good luck with yours, Emily, and hang in there!

Emily - posted on 01/26/2009

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I have had the Mirena for a month and am considering getting it removed.  I know that sometimes you have to wait for the breakthrough bleeding to stop, but I have had to wear some sort of tampon or panty liner all the time since insertion.  Also, I think that I have been moodier/sadder/short tempered since insertion.  I am only 3 months postpartum so I have a hard time determining if it is from the Mirena or normal post-pregnancy hormones.  Also, I feel like I have had a decrease in my sex drive.   I know other women who have it and love it but I just don't know that it is right for me...  Good luck!

Angie - posted on 01/23/2009

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I have one and I absolutley love it!! I don't really get a period, maybe just light spotting once a month. No craps either!!! It's great because you never have to think about it, and you're not going to accidentley get pregnant. If you do decide to have more children, it's easily removed and your ready to go

Gabrielle - posted on 01/23/2009

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Quoting Elizabeth:



Does anyone know if you can continue to nurse with this in? I just had my second child and am considering this form of birth control. We aren't ready for number 3 just yet! Our first 2 are 16.5 months apart and that is enough for right now! LOL






Yes, you can. I am still nursing and plan to until my little one is at least one year old. We chose this as well because we weren't ready to add more to the family until this one got a little older, maybe even preschool. But, yes, nursing is totally fine with this form. I just got mine two hours ago... hence, all of my questions that the doctor couldn't answer for me.. which was personal experience!!! Thanks to all who are contributing...

Gabrielle - posted on 01/23/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:



I've had it for just over 5 years (got it replaced last fall) and I love it.  The only problem I've had was with my period.  They used to last for 2 weeks, but they weren't actual "periods".  I didn't have any cramps with them and just had to wear pantyliners because it was so light.  Although now my periods are pretty much non-existant (just a little spotting), which I am thoroughly enjoying!  Other than that small thing, I think this is the best form of birth control ever and I totally recommend it!






Did you/ Are you suffering from this reputed weight gain, mood swings and bleeding too??

Gabrielle - posted on 01/23/2009

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Quoting Danitra:



negative feedback?  that women are always have spotting and intermediate bleeding.  So if you may have that issue for  awhile.  Especially if you just had a baby.  Your body has to get use to a foreign object.  So give it a few months to adjust.  Cramping yes...but shouldn't be to bad.  And i have heard for some rare causes (headaches and bloating).  And it has hormones.






Good is that its 5yrs.  No menstrual periods!!!  spotting yes, but no cycles. and you can take it out anytime you want too, if it doesn't work out for you.  It's something that won't take months to get out of your system!






I had my second born seven months ago, and I'm exclusively breastfeeding, so I haven't had signs of a period (as with my first). I only had three cycles before I really wanted another baby, and thats all it took for us to be blessed again!! The harmones are low dosage, so I was to the understanding that it was safer... anyone correct me if I am wrong.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/23/2009

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Does anyone know if you can continue to nurse with this in? I just had my second child and am considering this form of birth control. We aren't ready for number 3 just yet! Our first 2 are 16.5 months apart and that is enough for right now! LOL

Gabrielle - posted on 01/23/2009

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Wow... all very different experiences! I'm a bit nervous as to what to expect for myself being that I just got this inserted today!!! Thank you all for your responses, although I hope my experience is nothing close to April Watters', I know that with anything such as this, it effects people differently, I was just curious.. and eager to other people's experience and opinion on it. I still would love to hear more experiences, so keep them coming...

April - posted on 01/23/2009

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I had the Mirena placed after my second child. It shortly after perforated my uterus. I had to have it surgicaly removed and was informed I my have to have a hystercetomy. I luckly did not have to have a hysterectomy. Another down side to the Mirena is weight gain and mood swings which I also suffered from. This event took place over a year and a half. With multiple doctors visit's and ultrasounds and x- rays. I don't remember the total cost of all of these procedures but it was well over 3,000$. I would not recommend this product or form of birth control to anyone!!!

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I've had it for just over 5 years (got it replaced last fall) and I love it.  The only problem I've had was with my period.  They used to last for 2 weeks, but they weren't actual "periods".  I didn't have any cramps with them and just had to wear pantyliners because it was so light.  Although now my periods are pretty much non-existant (just a little spotting), which I am thoroughly enjoying!  Other than that small thing, I think this is the best form of birth control ever and I totally recommend it!

Danitra - posted on 01/23/2009

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negative feedback?  that women are always have spotting and intermediate bleeding.  So if you may have that issue for  awhile.  Especially if you just had a baby.  Your body has to get use to a foreign object.  So give it a few months to adjust.  Cramping yes...but shouldn't be to bad.  And i have heard for some rare causes (headaches and bloating).  And it has hormones.



Good is that its 5yrs.  No menstrual periods!!!  spotting yes, but no cycles. and you can take it out anytime you want too, if it doesn't work out for you.  It's something that won't take months to get out of your system!

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