(Closed) Mirena IUD experiences?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Everyone reacts differently, so I don’t know if anyone can tell you exactly what will happen to you.  All people can do is say their own experience.  🙁

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had the Mirena placed 9 days ago, and as far as hunger goes I can’t seem to want to stop eating. Now, I am not entirely sure if it’s because of the hormones, or the fact that I’ve been in so much pain. (I “treat” myself constantly to make myself feel better)  Heres my mrena run down

  • It HURTS!!! I cannot stress this part enough, because the doctors sugar coat it. I have not had any children, which causes it to hurt more, but I can not imagine the implantation procedure being pain free for anyone. They grasp the tip of your cervix, pull it down, measure it. Then DIALATE it and shove the mirena devide inside your uterus. My doctor was not at all rough, it just hurts THAT MUCH! I almost puked, passed out, and was forced to lay down and eat a sucker until my fiance could come pick me up because they did not want me to drive. My legs and knees had an agonizing aching/cramping pain in them for hours, and it dulled but continued on for a week. I had to take  800mg of ib profin 3x a day for the first 5 days, and it still did not take away all the pain. I now take the ib profin once a day, when the cramps (now mild to moderate) become too annoying. 
  • It seems worth it to me: If the pain disappears within the next month, and my periods are lighter, not as painful, or even non-existant this is totally worth it!  As much as I want to eat sugar and fried foods, I know that my brain is still stronger than cravings, and I just need to be strong. If anything, it’s just more incentive to take control over my food choices.

All in all, I think that Mirena can be wonderful for some women, but DO NOT go into your appointment without somebody to drive you home, ask for a major pain killer to take 30 minutes before hand if you have not had any children, And prepare yourself to be hungry, and make sure your kitchen is stocked with “smart choices” so your not so tempted to cheat.

Hope this helps! Whatever you decide to do, best of luck.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I’ve had my Mirena IUD since November of 2008. 

Here are a few thoughts:

I had it placed 6 weeks postpartum and I would not consider it a painful experience.  Sure, it was uncomfortable (feet up in stirrups, poking, opening, prying, inserting, etc.) but it was totally tolerable.  Also, I had some light menstrual-like cramps for the first night and none thereafter.

I had a bit of bleeding that night and continued to spot for the next few weeks.  After about a month or two, the light brown spotting slowed to nothing and I’ve had very little spotting since.  Every few months I will have a few days of spotting that don’t require a panty liner.  I’ve yet to have a postpartum period 17 months later!

My IUD has been a delight to have for its convenience and worry-free traits, however…I do firmly believe my IUD has contributed to the 15 pounds I’ve gained since I’ve had it.  My eating habits have not changed and I am breastfeeding my daughter, you’d think I’d actually LOSE some.  I also have some water retention issues that I think are a result of the hormones. 

My biggest complaint so far with it is my incredibly low libido.  I thought my breastfeeding (all of the hormones) was to blame but now that my daughter has started to wean a little bit, my sex drive is still in a lull.  

I’ve pondered having it removed a lot lately.  While I’ve mostly enjoyed having it, the weight gain and low sex drive are killers for me.  I know everyone is different so I’m coming from a “see for yourself” stand point but I did want to share my experience with you anyway. 

PS – I am very sensitive to hormones as is my mother.  She actually developed blood clots as a teenager from birth control so I wanted to choose a low dose, breastfeeding-friendly BC.  I’m thinking of switching to the copper IUD to get away from the hormones.  
 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

wow, recently giving birth naturally must really help with the pain. Normally I am  quite tough when it comes to pain, i actually look forward to getting my legs, arm pits, and brazilian waxed! I’m really glad it’s not as painful for other woman as it was for me.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Wow, I’m surprised you have Mirena, missbouvier! I’ve read that most doctors won’t give them to women that haven’t had children already. I was curious about it, but this point discouraged me and now I’m on Orth Tri-Cyclen.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The pills were too high in hormones and did not agree with my body very well, and when i”m not on the pill the cramps i get with my period can send me into vomitting fits, so the doctor thought this would be our best option, and the company has recently changed it’s tune towards non-mother’s using it. What it comes down to, is that everybody is different and what works for one girl of the same age, weight, lifestyle, and number of children, may not work for the other. An experienced doctor who is sensitive to your concerns should be able to help you find your perfect birth control.

Post # 10
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Worker bee

I’ve had a really positive experience with the mirena.  I have endometriosis, so had years of serious pain and heavy periods. I was on the contraceptive pill from age 16 – 22 and hated it! I gained weight, was hungry all the time, and had lots of headaches.  When I went off the pill I went from 65 kilos to 51 kilos in 6 weeks!  I didn’t change my diet/exercise, it was all excess weight from the pill.  I’ll never go back onto it again!  Sounds like you’re sensititve to the oestrogen hormones in the same way I am.  I’m never hungry like that anymore.

Anyway, I had an operation to remove endometriosis 3 years ago.  My surgeon recommended the mirena as it has the beneficial side effect of slowing/ceasing menstruation.  I haven’t had children but the mirena is fine so long as you’re monogomaous.  The risk is that if you have sex with multiple partners and catch an STI, you can get an infection and it can ruin your fertility.

I was worried about the hormones, like you, and he said they don’t really get into your bloodstream.  I had no pain during insertion as it was placed under general anaesthetic, but the next day I had really strong cramps and felt dizzy for 2 days.  I’d definitely recommend having it inserted under anaesthetic as it sounds like it really hurt the other girls who’ve commented. 

i love the mirena!  I don’t get my period at all anymore, so for me, that means no endometriosis pain.  I have not had any side effects from the hormones – my weight is totally stable, not like the pill at all.  If you’re in a monogomaous relationship and not at risk of catching a STI, I’d recommend trying it.  They can always remove it if you don’t like it.  Good luck!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m in the last year of a three-year medical trial for a newer version of the Mirena. It’s smaller with lower doses of hormones. (I’m not sure when it’ll be released to everyone). I’ve not had children before and the insertation certainly was painful. I think it had to do with my cervix never being dilated before. I cramped and spotted for the first 4-6 weeks, but have had steady and very light periods since then with limited and mild cramping monthly. I haven’t noticed weight changes that can’t be attributed to my own behavior! Anyway, I love my Mirena and while it’s coming out this summer, I will probably get one again, post lots of babies! Hope that helps!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am not able to use most hormonal birth control because I have a history of blood clots – however my doctors all agree that the Mirena is safe for me because the hormones are very localized. I have had it for just over 5 years now and have had no problems with the hormones. As horrible as the insertion was (I completely agree with missbouvier about that!), having the Mirena has been fabulous. I haven’t had any issues with weight gain with it.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Everyone is different and some of my friends had great experiences and some awful. I personally can NOT wait to get mine out after our wedding. I got it inserted last Aug. and I gained 15 pounds even though I eat exceptionally healthy. I also now get cramps which I hardly ever got before. Also, I have had 1 UTI prior to Mirena in my life….since getting it inserted… I’ve had 3 more!!!! my pd. is way less but way more painful. I’m not a big fan but I’m not allowed on other bc methods because of a certain type of migraine i get….raising my risk for a stroke if combined with certain bc methods or i’d go switch it up for the last few months before the wedding.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

MissBouvier, I’m sure the fact that I had given birth 6 weeks prior helped alleviate some of the discomfort during insertion, but I must say, my OB/GYN did have to use some silver nitrate to stop the excess bleeding from my cervix — it was mighty irritated.  I recall a few moments where my butt wanted to leap off the table but overall it wasn’t so bad.  I think maybe the freshness of labor and delivery was still ringing high on my pain radar! 

I truly like the concept of Mirena and really have no complaints other than the weight gain and libido issues.  Undecided

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Put me in the “love it” category!  Agree that the insertion was very painful (no kids for me yet) and the rest of the day unpleasant, but fine by the next day.  It’s been about 6 months for me.  I’ve had no problems with weight gain, no unusual hunger or cravings, in fact I think I’m eating better than ever (a coincidence I’m sure, but just demonstrating the lack of the side effect you’re afraid of!).  I was using Nuvaring before Mirena, then pills before that.  I think the libido is much better with Mirena than the other forms due to the lower doses, but I’m sure it can’t compete with hormone-free existence.  Also a great side effect, for me, has been that I rarely get headaches anymore.  Pre-IUD (basically since I was a child) I had a headache for 15 days of the month.  Migraines only once or twice a year, but these were just nagging headaches.  Post-IUD, maybe one a month?  If that?  It’s pretty astounding, if that’s what it is, or maybe just a coincidence 🙂

Frankly the only negative for me is the total loss of period, part of me wants at least something to reassure myself month after month!  So I just have to get used to the idea that “if it’s in there, it’s working”.  And of course everyone’s different, but since usually it’s human nature to only speak up when something is bad, I wanted to add to those who have had it go well to balance the scales!

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