Post # 1
I got my Mirena IUD inserted back at the beginning of February, so I’m coming up on 6 months in August. It hasn’t been the worst thing ever so far, but it also hasn’t been awesome. I am glad to be protected from unexpected babies, BUT inbetween my periods I experience spotting. Lots of spotting. Spotting to the point where I might as well just be having month-long, super light periods because it requires a thin pad at all times.
Right now, blessedly, I’m getting a few days off. But I’m not sure how long it’ll last. The longest I’ve gone without some amount of bleeding since insertion in February was 8 days. I’ve done a lot of reading and talked to my gyno, so I know that this is relatively normal. BUT argggg. I want it to stop. It’s seriously hampering my enjoyment of sexy times (no way am I letting SO’s face anywhere near down there when I’m always bleeding ;_;) and I just feel kinda gross always.
SO: I am wondering what your experiences were 6-12 months out from insertion. If you had spotting problems like me, did they clear up?
My periods absolutely have shortened and lightened, which is awesome. Also less severe symptoms overall, thank goodness. But arg this spotting.
Post # 3
Commenting to follow because I am looking into Mirena after I have my baby! Very curious to know.
Post # 4
I am approaching my one year of having the Mirena. I did have spotting here and there for the first six months with light and short periods as you also mentioned. However, now I don’t get my period at all. I get my usual symptoms such as being emotional, sore breats, mood swings so I know it’s usually my time but there’s absolutely no period.
Post # 5
I have had mine for like 18 months, but my period is still totally weird. I get spotting and cramping usually on and off for a week, and one day in there will be a real period day. Sometimes I also spot occasionally a few days later as well, it definitely sometimes feels like I have my period all the time but that passes.
Post # 6
@MissCalifornia: I’m 6 years out and on my second Mirena, but yeah, I ha spotting on and off for close to 9 months. My bofriend got over it, haha!
I’ve been period-free for the rest of the time, though I do occasionally get the physical/emotional side effects of a period without the bleeding. The no-period aspect is totally worth the breakin period, IMO– but mine were awful and the primary reason I switched to Mirena.
Post # 7
I’m coming up on 2 years in August. After about 7 months in my period stopped all together, minus less than a days worth of spotting maybe every 3rd month.
Up until that 7 month mark I had random spotting and 2-3 week long periods (light, albiet, but a period nonetheless)
Prior to insertion I had really bad periods, they were heavy and crampy. I’m overall very happy with Mirena and would probably get get again in 3 years when my mirena needs replaced.
Post # 8
You know what, I was just coming to the Wellness boards to make my own post asking about Mirena removal experiences. I got mine in November, and after bleeding a bit for about 3-4 weeks after that, I have not had a period or any spotting whatsoever. It was totally awesome! But my skin started getting weird… I’ve always had clear skin, no issues. But since the Mirena it’s been breaking out sometimes. I’ve kept the Mirena this long trying to convince myself that the awesome of no periods ever is worth the hassle of looking after my ‘new’ skin. But I recently decided it’s totally not worth the constant vigilance. I’m getting it removed in 2 weeks and going back to the Nuva Ring. Pain in my ass thinking about replacing/refilling prescriptions all the time and not skipping my periods entirely, but I don’t want to have to worry about my complexion with a wedding coming up!
Post # 9
I am at the 8 month mark and its smooth sailing for me! The first six months were HELL: month long heavy periods, funky odor, yeesh. But its all cleared up now, no more odor or bleeding. Love my Mirena!!
Post # 10
@MissCalifornia: I’m 4.5 years in with mine, and I’ll be getting another very soon. I haven’t had any period at all – maybe 1-2 days total of spotting but that’s it. I had a D&C at the same time as insertion, but previous to that, I had been on Implanon which thins the uterine lining. So that, coupled with the D&C, as well as the Mirena (which also thins the lining) means that there’s no uterine lining to shed = no periods. So it can take up to a year to stop bleeding altogether – but this may not happen for everyone.
Post # 11
@Pinkmoon: I had the same issue with pimples! But my GP gave me a script for acne cream, and after a few days of using that, the angry red pimples were gone! I don’t use the cream anymore. Might be an option for you, especially if you love the Mirena otherwise.
Post # 12
I had my mirena removed in April after 4.5 years. I’d say I spotted off and on for 9 months or so and had random cramping for over a year. I did love the thought-free contraception, but I had a lot of negative affects I eventually linked to the IUD. Upon having it removed, I felt a million times better… It was nice not worrying about BC and not having a period (once the spotting stopped, EVERYTHING did) for 4 years, but I also enjoy feeling good, not having awful acne, not having stabby cramps, not having migraines… The list goes on. Good luck!
Post # 13
i’ve had my iud coming up on 2 years this fall. i can’t say enough good things about it. i spotted for the first month but after that haven’t had any issues with it whatsoever….no spotting or period for essentially at least 1.5 years. i’ve had the strings trimmed down because they unlooped a bit inside but haven’t had any official problems with it. i’ve never had a kid and insertion was still super easy, virtually painless.
Post # 14
Thank you all SO much for the feedback! Seems the general consensus is after about 8-9 months anything weird clears up, at least so far as random spotting goes. I will keep trucking and look forward to that. Currently in a state of crossed fingers – I haven’t had any bleeding since last Saturday, which is the longest it’s been in over 2 months. Woohoo!
I do think that the benefits will likely outweigh the negatives. Fortunately, my skin stayed about the same but I do have random cramping like @OldMrsMcDonald: mentioned.