calling all women with the MIRENA IUD

El Centro, CA

#1237 Feb 21, 2012
I'm on day 5 of the Murena and am kind of worried. I get very specific centrally located pain 3 inches above my belly button. I've never had children and had to have it inserted during my cycle so that I would be adequately dilated. I'm in the Army and very outdoorsy, consider myself a tough broad...However, I asked the doctor to punch me in the face during insertion because it hurt so bad. (She declined). So far no mood swings but from what I've read I can possibly look fwd to those later. The spotting is terrible and frankly, unromantic. I don't know if I am digging this method of BC but I plan on giving it at least 3 months prior to any conclusions. These cramps are incredibly annoying and feel like the kind I would get on my worst, heaviest day of my period.

Salt Lake City, UT

#1238 Feb 21, 2012
idk1985 wrote:
I have posted on here about three different times now and i have had mine for almost tewo full years and i am at my ropes end here. I have mood swings soo badly that i am scared my marriage will wind up ending soon, i have a discharge, no sex drive, sore boobs for months straight, painful intercourse, acne like you wouldnt believe, hot flashes, heavyness in my abdoment,bloating too,i can also hardly carry my 19 m onth old around any more cause it is soo uncompfertable. I am only 20 years old too and i shouldnt feel this way. I am thinking about having the IUD taken out for good scared though cause i cant afford to winde up pregnant againand have had bad exsperinces with the pill but if it wwill take away all of the symptoms i have been having well then it is worth it to have to take the pill. I understand that every women is diffrent and so is there body and i am sure that many of you have had a really good exsperince with the IUD but as for me it is a nightmare that i want to end. I am just post my story one last time. And here is the list of known side affects of the mirena IUD:
Irregular vaginal bleeding (e.g., spotting), cramps, headache, nausea, breast pain, acne, rash, hair loss, weight gain, or decreased interest in sex may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication device because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication device do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: lack of menstrual period, unexplained fever, chills, trouble breathing, mental/mood changes (e.g., depression, nervousness), vaginal swelling/itching, painful intercourse.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: migraine/severe headache, vomiting, tiredness, fast/pounding heartbeat.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: prolonged or heavy vaginal bleeding, unusual vaginal discharge/odor, vaginal sores, abdominal/pelvic pain or tenderness, lumps in the breast, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, persistent nausea, trouble urinating.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
I also wanted to add that back in 2011 i had a pap smear done and it came back abnormal and that was my very first one. The pap that i had done before i got pregnant and then after i was pregnant came back normal. I find it very weird that i have been with only one partner my whole time and i wind up with an abnormal pap smear after i get the mirena iud in. The doctor also found white spots on my cervix when he did further test. But everything came back normal so i am hoping that in the next couple of months when i go back in for another pap it will come back normal. But i am deffinitly getting this thing out.

Salt Lake City, UT

#1239 Feb 22, 2012
I got it out today...9 hours after and i feel the difference already....i am freeeeeee! You don't know how happy i am!

Charlotte, NC

#1240 Feb 23, 2012
Dont do it!! I've had mine for two years (I'm a 28 year old, married mother of one) and will be knocking on my doc's door at 8am tomorrow! I'm loosing the hair I want but growing it everywhere else, fast, thick and dark. The mood swings are horrible! The sex, painful, my pelvis actually hurts 95% of the time...period. Back to the mood swings, it's worse than that, I'm really just mean..and hairy, and bald (how sexy is that?!) If you want to experience puberty all over Again but as a 12 year old boy, go for it!

Woodstock, GA

#1241 Feb 24, 2012
I had my Mirena placed 11 days ago. I was a bit nervous leading up to the insertion, but a healthy level of anxiety is good in my opinion. It meant I understood the gravity of the decision and the potential side effects. The procedure itself was...uncomfortable, but not excruciating by any means. Frankly, if you've had a child, it felt like low-level pain from contractions. And the cramps that followed only lasted a couple of days and didn't even match the worst menstrual cramps I've ever had. Again, everyone's experience is different, but a couple of days of cramps and light spotting seems a small inconvenience for peace of mind.

Although the packaging technically says you're covered from the point of insertion, my doctor recommended using alternate birth control methods for 2 weeks to be on the safe side.

I will say that I have had some phantom cramping the day after sex. Nothing to match the cramping after insertion but enough to give me a friendly reminder that there's something foreign in my body. I'm hoping this is something that will subside over time, but if not, it is not unbearable.

I'm hoping this is a good solution for me. I've tried it all--pill, patch (my skin is too sensitive to the adhesive), ring (hated it!), and the shot. I actually was on the shot for 7 years when I was younger. I actually selected Mirena because of my experience with the shot and the fact that Mirena is a localized version of the same "stuff".

Good luck to anyone researching this. You're doing the right thing to get multiple opinions. However, realize that everyone's experience is going to be different and that only you can determine what is right for you.


#1242 Feb 24, 2012
I had the Mirena put it 4 days ago, I was taking Primolut 5mg twice a day up to the night before surgery, when i came out of surgery i felt great no pain no bleeding just a little spotting, 3 days later I am in great pain and have never bleed like this before, its just not stopping I have read its a side effect of coming off Primolut, went to my GP yesterday and he said give it 3 more days to see if the bleeding slows down, if it does not i will have to take Primolut again and go through this all over again when I come off it next time its a great drug stops the bleeding but you suffer when you come of taking this drug worse then before with cramping and bleeding that does not stop its like a tap has been turned on, I am very anemic and very concerned again of my blood loss deciding this morning should i go back on Primolut or continue to bleed, this is why i had the Mirena put in to stop my heavy bleeding.

Redwood Valley, CA

#1243 Feb 24, 2012
well first of all the insertion was very painful i got very hOt an dizzy an vomitted. by bout an hr later i felt alrite ..aftr a week first coupple times having sex was so painful had ta stop cuz cramps got SO bad . more vomitt.. other times it was ok . ive had the IUD almost seven months an i still cramp pretty bad , Often. LOSS of sex drive. More mood swings then normal im jus MEAN.. even more depressed..imiss Wanting ta have sex wich is the whole reason i got the IUD. now i never know if im gonna cramp or not .. the plus is i Stopped having periods Yay, but if im gonna cramp , mine es well have the Blood TOO..honestly i DONT think mirena is that worth it , not worth all the changes i Tolerate .. ive decided im going ta have it Removed as soon as possible .. it works fur sum ppl yea , but im not happy . Plus my partner says he wont miss those strings anyway . GOOD LUCK ta those who continue , its a risk fur a risk .. Sever common or uncommon side affects (diff fur every1) or possible pregnancy .the reason i say that is cuz ive also felt abdominal pain more then jus few times an im sure its mirena .

Columbia, MO

#1244 Feb 25, 2012
I have had mirena now for 6 months. The insertion was the easiest part of this whole ordeal. Yes, there was the expected bleeding and cramping after insertion, but I knew that would happen. The bleeding only lasted about 2 months. Since then, the cramps are getting worse and worse. At first it was concentrated on the left lower abdomen so naturally the Dr thought it was a cyst, ultasound showed fluid in my abdomen but he chalked it up to a recent cyst burting (though no cysts showed up on ultrasound). The cramps are now becoming unbearable, no sex at all since it hurts too badly for days afterward. I am reluctant to take out the IUD till my wedding in november. It just seems like too far away to live with this pain. Worst of all, my fiance thinks that all this pain is not frm the IUD....just seems like may other women are experiencing smilar pain after having the IUD for several months! The pain,cramps, gets worse when I have a gas bubble, am too full, am too hungry, or need to pee. So basically, only eat small meals all he time, never pee, never have a BM, never have sex, and don't put pressure on your abdomen whatsoever and you will feel no pain!

Columbia, MO

#1245 Feb 25, 2012
Made an appt for Tuesday morning with my gyno. Will post results to try to help anyone else with this awful pain.

Pocatello, ID

#1246 Feb 26, 2012
I got the mirena placed a week ago and it was so painful, even though I have 3 children. My biggest concern is that I am so tired and I can't seem to get it to go away. Did anybody experience this and have it get better? I am already ready to get this thing taken out. Help.....:''-(

United States

#1247 Feb 28, 2012
Ive had mirena for about eight months and as far as not having to take a pill every day and not having to think about birth controll its great. But as far as the side effects its not so great. For about seven weeks after it was inserted i was bleeding very heavily and had cramps. Then i didnt have a period for about two months. Now i have spotting every now and then. Not enough for a tampon, maybe a light panty liner. I have awful mood swings, and absolutely no sex drive. And thats a problem for me and my husband. My feet swell on occasion and i have frequent headaches. More than likely im going to have it removed soon
blue 32

Chicago, IL

#1248 Feb 28, 2012
i just had my baby 2 months ago had mirena placed on my check up. i have been having cramping out of no where. bleeding still 2 weeks later, it is nice not having a pill to take plus my body does not react good to the pill. i havent felt myself lately nauseated and as im reading comments it may because of the mirena im still deciding if i made the right decision.

United States

#1249 Feb 28, 2012
Turns out I have a massive infection in my abdominal cavity. If not better by the weekend after doing heavy antibioticd, then going for laproscopy.

Leiderdorp, Netherlands

#1250 Feb 28, 2012
This is very disconcerting for anyone who is already suffering from Endo metriosys... I've had my Mirena implant 9 months ago. I still experience cramping and some light red bleeding every month. I was told this will go away and it has not. It seems that it is very important to be monitored regularly if you're using this form of contraceptive!

Clayfield, Australia

#1251 Feb 28, 2012
Its been a week after having my Mirena in the cramping is not as bad, and the bleeding has slowed down, I have been very tired since having the Mirena put in, i did some research on remedies to slow down the bleeding and I came across black strap molasses unsulphured I am taking 2 tablespoons morning and night and Apple cider vinegar braggs with the mother Iam taking 2 heaped tablespoons 3 times a day that has helped my bleeding and cramping do some research for your self another thing I have just started this morning is Macca powder gives you energy and balances your hormones and builds up you libdo, today is the first day i have energy and have cleaned my house.

United States

#1252 Feb 29, 2012
I am undecided about Mirena. I've had it placed about 8 months ago. The insertion wasn't too bad but I immediately experienced cramping that lasted until the next day. I then had the spotting which lasted about 6 weeks. I though it was great that I wouldn't have to worry anymore, but then I got fevers more often and pains near my ovaries. One night it was so bad I couldn't sleep i massage the area and then the next day I had a really heavy flow. So i though I had a cyst and it ruptured, or something. I still feel that happening. THe moood swings are insane. I'm crying all the time just like when i was pregnant. I've gained a lot of weight and I hate these two things the most, I'm always angry and sad. I love the fact that I don't have to worry about the pill though. because in it's main function it is dong it's job correctly.

New Castle, PA

#1253 Mar 2, 2012
Ok I thought i was the only one to have pain after insertion...yes i had the depo but other than a little weight gain i had no period and no other side affects it was great i only got off of it on the recomendation of my obgyn because i had been on it for 6 consecutive years, I loved it

Clayfield, Australia

#1254 Mar 2, 2012
I have had my mirena in for 2 weeks now, I had very heavy bleeding cramping, I started taking black strap molasses unsulphered 2 table spoons morning and night, apple cider vinegar with the mother 2 table spoons 3 times a day, my heavey bleeding has stopped just a little spotting and no more cramping try these remedies and give it a go.

Clayfield, Australia

#1255 Mar 2, 2012
also you will loose weight the apple cider vinegar gets rid of excess fluid.

Escondido, CA

#1256 Mar 2, 2012
My wife just had hers put in 2 days ago. She says she feels bloated and moody all the time. She has not been in a very good mood for the past 48 hours. She does have indometriousys (not sure of the spelling) so can that account for this? I could care less about the mood swings I just want her to feel better/not have a negative impact on her self image. Does the swelling/bloating go away? Anything I can do to help her? Any help would be awesome.

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