Post # 1
My guy of 5 years and I have been talking about trying Mirena. I have heard both wonderful and terrible things about it, and I know that every woman is different. I’m on ortho cyclen now and it is great now that my body is adjusted. At first I threw up like every day, had horrible hormonal headaches, mood swings etc. I expect the same kind of thing if I switch because of the withdraw from hormones. What have been your experiences with mirena? If you’ve switched from another kind of bc did you keep mirena long enough for your body to adjust? Could your guy feel the strings and if so did they hurt?
Ps. I know it will hurt to have it placed, that doesn’t concern me. I’m talking long term stuff 🙂 thanks ladies!
Post # 3
@MissPatience: The biggest problems I’ve seen(I work in healthcare) is they aren’t placed properly about 60% of the time. Other than that I’ve never had one but that was just from observation
Post # 4
I have the ParaGuard IUD, and I love it. It is the copper one, and lasts longer than the Mirena.
I know 2 people with the Mirena, one loves it, one had it removed after a few months.
Post # 5
Do you have children? I don’t. I got it about 3 years ago. Had it in for only 2, I had major problems with it. First and foremost, once you have it an are clear for sex, your partner does have the possiblity of feeling it. In fact my Fiance described it as a hard fishing wire that poked him. He was in actual pain for a few days (no sex until it healed.) I had it taken out since I was so sick, almost fainting, and had the worst cramps I have ever had in my life (I have heavy crampy periods anyway, this way 100 times worse). I don’t want to freak you out, just trying to let you know my experience. Also if something goes wrong, the Mirena can actually pierce or become inbedded in your uterus. I am on the Nuva Ring now, I absolutly LOVE it!!! Good luck!!!
Post # 6
I just read abt this on Wikipedia and I do not like the sound of it. Comes with TOO MANY potential complications.
Post # 7
I wanted to get an IUD but my doctor wouldn’t consider it since I don’t have kids. I ended up with Nuvaring.
Post # 8
My doc pulled me from all estrogen BC’s because my body couldn’t take them and had lots of those nasty side effects at the end of pill/ring commercials. If you’re having problems on Ortho, I would look for an estrogen free bc since it has a very low dose of estrogen. I’ve had a Mirena coil since last November. I can’t tell you how much I love this little guy!
Like @RoyalLime: said, my guy had the fishing wire poking feeling. If he felt it, we just changed to a position where he couldn’t feel it. It went away after a few weeks to a month when the wire “softened” and just kinda curled around. He never complains about it anymore.
In the first few weeks, I did have cramping and sometimes it was bad but not worse than any period cramps I’d ever had. I think mine’s been in long enough to adjust and its great so far.
The piercing thing can happen and is obvious if you can barely stand up after walking but some silly women just keep on trucking to get out of the office. If you’re worried about that, ask your doctor how many patients he inserted one for. I can’t speak on the embedding thing since I haven’t had mine out yet. I know that there is a possibility but I read that its relatively low.
Mine was put in by a Planned Parenthood since my insurance wouldn’t cover it. My reg doctor wanted me to either get the Mirena or Implanon. I’m not good with needles and was scared by the stories I read online about your body calcifying it.
Any other questions feel free to ask!
Post # 9
I have it, never had kids and had a wonderful experience. Mine was easily placed, no complications and a year later I wouldn’t have it any other way. The wires a previous posted talked about you’re not supposed to feel so if that’s an issue talk to your doctor, they will fix itm either but cutting them shorter or tucking them. Definitely talk to your doctor about if it’s a good thing for your situation and your body. In my circle 3 childless women I know of off hand have it with no issues at all.
Post # 10
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Forgot to mention, I don’t have kids. My doc was willing to put mine in. As was PP. If you do want it and your doc won’t because of kids, PP will usually give it a try. You can also ask for a pill you take before the appt that will ‘soften’ your cervix so insertion is easier. The name of it is escaping me…
Post # 11
I had it for a little while …i had 2 major problems with it…one Fiance kept getting poked by the wire…we had the string cut a few times but he still felt it….also…and im not sure if this is related…..3 months after i got it i ended up with a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung) my doc associated it with the IUD…we immediatly removed it. However i did get 3 more clots over 2 years after that. I am now on blood thinners for the rest of my life ;(….
just do your research.
Post # 12
@MrsStrawberry24: Just curious, were you ever on any other bc??
Post # 13
@MrsStrawberry24: I have a friend from high school that ended up getting blood clots from taking the pill. I think it’s a more common side effect.
Post # 14
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Yeah, I ended up in the hospital my senior year of college with PEs from my BC (I was on ortho-tricyclen). Not fun 🙁
OP: My roommate in college had the Mirena for about 8 months. She suffered from 2 ovarian cysts during that time, one of which was the size of a grapefruit and had to be surgically removed. She had the IUD removed directly after that surgery to prevent any more cysts from forming.
Unfortunately, all forms of birth control have their potential complications. I would suggest looking into the nonhormonal IUD if you go that route, considering all the problems your pill gave you.
Post # 15
@jpalm13:i was on the the nuva ring when i was 18….took it out when i was 19….got preggo with DS….then got on the IUD at 22…got my first PE at 22/23.
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: it was the scary…i wouldnt wish that on my worst enemy
Post # 16
I have Mirena and I have mixed feelings about it. I don’t have kids, have never been pregnant, and for me the placement was really, really painful. However because it was so painful they did an ultrasound (I was at my ob-gyn) to assure that it was placed correctly. It was and I have to say that took a huge weight off to know that for sure, so that might be one benefit to doing it at the ob-gyn if that’s a possibility for you.
Now that I have it, my guy has never felt it or had a problem with it, and I love the mindless-ness of it- I’m set for 5 years! I do get awful cramps – stop everything and sit down cramps. My period is much lighter and shorter, which is nice, but the cramps I get around it are pretty painful. They are short-lasting though which is a plus.
There is definitely an adjustment period but the amount of hormone in Mirena is not a lot – for me the adjustment had more to do with my uterus being like “what the hell is that??” and then finally adjusting to it, haha.
I would say go for it – you seem very aware of what comes with it. It is great in that it lasts for so long but it is also easily removed if you have an issue with it – just enough permanency for me. Good luck!