Post # 1
I’ve had a Mirena IUD for 9 years (reinserted after the initial 5 yrs) and my husband and I are thinking about starting TTC at the end of the year. Just wondering how long it took those of you who had a Mirena for a significant amount of time to conceive? I know everyone is different and there are a bunch of other factors to consider. I’ve never been pregnant and am in my mid 30s.
Post # 2
I am probably not the most helpful but I had my mirena taken out in November (2019) after 3+ years and have had 3 normal (seemingly) normal cycles since it’s removal. We have been TTC for all three cycle and we haven’t gotten pregnant yet but we really only got good timing with this last cycle. And it’s all about timing! My OB said that everything should return to “normal” within a year and if I didn’t get pregnant in 4-6 months to come see her, I am 35 almost 36. My period returned to “normal” pretty much right away. I’d suggest tracking your BBT to help figure your cycle off the mirena, it’s been really helpful to me to at least know that everything is “working” or at least it seems to be.
Post # 3
frenchtoastvegan : thanks so much. This is helpful!
Post # 4
runsauce : I don’t want to scare you, but I had a mirena for 11 years and I strongly believe it is the cause of our infertility. We’ve been TTC for 2.5 years and did ivf and I have a very thin lining (something mirena does on purpose as part of contraception). It took three tries to even get to have an embryo transfer.
I know at least one other person who has lining issues and had longterm mirena iud (which is considered the cause of infertility in <2% of infertility cases). In hindsight I would have removed my iud ages before actually TTC and just use alternative (non hormonal) forms of bc in the meantime. On the flip side I do know some people who had mirena for 10 years and conceived first cycle.
also a note – my period never went away during my iud years and I continued to cycle normally.
Post # 5
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Following! Had mine for 6 years and just took it out. On the first cycle now – didn’t have periods with Mirena and had one a few days after it came out (at least I think it was a period!). In early 30s, will keep updated.
Post # 6
I had the Mirena for 5 years and got it removed last October. My period came back to normal almost immediately (had occasional spotting with the Mirena that I thought was a very light period, turns out it lined up perfectly with my first post-Mirena period). We have been TTC since the removal, so this is our fourth cycle since then, with no luck so far. I know this is still within normal, and my mother said that it took her two years so who knows. I am 27, for reference.
Post # 7
I had it for 5 years & have PCOS. Removed in July 2018 and pregnant by April 2019 with only sporadic trying and no charting or anything.
Post # 8
runsauce : my best friend had it and got pregnant the month it was removed – didn’t even have a period first. She was 32 and it was her second baby. There is really just no way to know until you try!
Post # 9
LilliV : for sure there’s no way of knowing until you try… but I imagine your friend TTC #2 probably didn’t have her iud in for 9-10 years. I do think there’s a correlation between longterm hormonal iud and infertility (especially unexplained or the new “endometrial factor”), and I think it will be more apparent in the next 5-10 years (I was 21 when I got my iud, and had it removed when I was 32, I’m 35 now). I think a lot more people have chosen the iud as birth control in the last 10 years (and like it, so they get it renewed after 5 years, and since there’s no proven link with infertility there’s no counselling by doctors placing it that it could be an issue down the road). It seems people that have them for 5 years or less have no issues conceiving (as long as no underlying factors like mfi, pcos/not ovulating, etc)… but that’s just my observation after years of scouring the internet and infertility boards.
i still think anyone with an iud 5+ years thats planning to TTC soon should take them out as soon as possible and use other means of contraception until they are ready, and I really wish someone had suggested that to me.
Post # 10
I had mirena for 7 years, it never really made my period go away. My doctor told me that I should be able to conceive right away after having it removed.
At 33, I had it taken out to try to conceive. I had a period about 10 days after the removal and then I was pregnant on my next cycle.
If you have concerns definitely talk to your OB. When I went in to have my mirena removed my doctor had me set up an appointment for 3 months after the removal in case we had trouble conceiving- so that we could address any issues early on. Luckily, I was able to cancel that appointment and change it to a prenatal appointment.
Post # 11
I had my mirena for about 12 years. I had it removed Nov. 2017 and my period came in about a week later. I wasn’t really trying to get pregnant but we weren’t preventing it either. By Nov. 2019 I got my positive pregnancy test but I miscarried in January. Before getting pregnant my doctor had me go for bloodwork multiple times because my progesterone was low. Not sure if that’s why I wasn’t getting pregnant or why I miscarried.
Post # 12
I had 2 over the course of 10 years, it took almost exactly one year to get pregnant. I took it out on November 11th and then found out I was 2 weeks the following November 13th, it seems that most women get pregnant around a year after long term use of the IUD
Post # 13
Unfortunately it seems like a crap shoot. My cycles came back right away after I got mine out and we didn’t start trying right away, but did get pregnant within 6 months once we did. I’ve heard of LOTS of people getting pregnant riggt away after it comes out and lots of people who it took awhile.