Post # 1
Hey Bees! Some of you may remember that I got a Mirena IUD inserted a couple of weeks ago. Insertion wasn’t bad – hurt like a bitch but I only cramped for a day after and was back to normal by 2 days later.
Anyway, I started getting my typical period symptoms earlier this week and started yesterday. And it’s… weird. Usually, I have a semi-heavy flow for the first 2 days and then go light for the other 3-4. This is pretty light altogether, to the point that I’m sleeping in a pantyliner w/o a tampon. The weirdness, though, is that most of the blood has been very brown and the clots that I’m passing are kinda… stringy? One kinda resembled paper almost, instead of the red jelly I usually get.
Sorry if that’s gross, but I’m trying to decide if this is worth calling my doc about. But maybe it’s a lot of old blood or whatev from the insertion? Not sure. I know IUDs can lighten your period, but my understanding was it’s a gradual effect and not immediate.
So I guess I’d just like to hear what others experienced and maybe see if this is worth being concerned about (right now I’m not, just kinda fascinated haha).
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@MissCalifornia: I have the Paraguard so it’s probably different. Mine was suuuper heavy and like WHOAH CRAMPS!
Maybe try googling it? The way you’re describing yours is how mine was sometimes on birth control, which also reduced your flow, if that helps…
Post # 4
i can’t remember. i’m sorry! it must’ve been normal looking or i’d remember it. if you’re worried, i would just call the doc and ask. it’ll give you peace of mind.
Post # 5
I am on my second one, and this time around was pretty non-eventful, and I actually have periods now.
The first one was terrible, I bled non-stop for about 9 months. I was so ready to give up, my doctor convinced me to give it some more time, and after that, it slowed down to irregular spotting, then a light flow, then nothing- NO periods for the last 3 years. I was in heaven!
Post # 6
I don’t recall having a period for a very long time (like a year or two) after insertion. I just started having light spotting every few months.
Post # 7
Yep, sounds just like mine when I first had it inserted. My periods are usually 3-4 days long and semi heavy the first two days too. The first period after the insertion was two weeks late and just like you, it wasn’t really a period. Just some spotting here and there. Pre-inserstion I never experienced cramps and I still dont. I haven’t had my period for about 4 months now. I do however get the symptoms though, sore boobs, getting emotional, etc.
Post # 8
That’s what mine was like and I get those periods every 4-6 months for a few days but that’s it.
Post # 9
Ah, that’s a relief. I mostly was just curious if anyone had experienced something similar. Oddly, I’m usually SUPER irregular and this is the first “normal” 28-day cycle I’ve had in a long time haha. Apparently being stimulated caused my uterus to behave for once. I’m hoping that this doesn’t last forever like the 9-month one mentioned above o_o
My definite hope is for them to go away completely. That’d be SO nice! My period screws my body up SO much and really interrupts the flow of my workout schedule ’cause I get such terrible cramps and bad anemia.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
@MissCalifornia: sounds about right. with my first mirena my periods got lighter and less red colored really soon, and it took only a few months before they stopped. I have not had a period in 7 years! (I’m on my second mirena now.)
however, I had spotting that was super random (but light enough to not need a pantyliner) for over a year. it was completely unpredictable. it got lighter and lighter but still — I had to throw away all of my light colored underwear and start wearing dark colors only. sorry, I don’t mean to be gross! just some practical advice.
I think your period is changing so quickly becaue there is a nonstop flow of hormones going into your system now. if you had started taking BC pills and skipped the sugar pills, the same thing would happen.
Post # 11
@MissCalifornia: I was really paranoid in the beginning too with every little change in my body, especially since I don’t actually have the Mirena but am part of a study of a new very similar IUD to the Mirena. Basically a generic kind. So I was really scared but just give it some time. 🙂 I have failed every BC there practically is and so far, I’m loving the IUD.
Post # 12
I had my IUD inserted August 30 2013. I’m 24 yrs old and have never had children. Insertion was one of the most painful experiences in my life. Post-insertion I cramped badly and especially on my left side for five days after. Sometimes the pain shot into my upper left thigh. Went back to GYN who did an ultrasound and said everything was perfect. I had my period early on the 6th day post-insertion. My period usually lasts for 5 days (heavy 2/3 days and ending on the last two) but today is my fifth day and I’m still cramping (albeit mildly) and bleeding heavily. I don’t plan to remove Mirena out yet because i want to watch and see how it turns out. I’m a bit worried.