Mirena/Skyla (non-insertion related side effects)

posted 2 years ago in Beehive
Post # 16
70 posts
Worker bee

I have had 2 Mirena’s (total of 8 years) loved being on it! Initially I thought the breakthrough bleeding would do me in but it only lasted 2-3 months. Then nothing for the next 8 years. Insertion of the second one was not at all painful beyond a sharp pinch. I didn’t notice an issue with sex drive; however, I think it was better on Mirena than on the pill. Weight gain wasn’t an issue and the best part was no more periods! However, in February I had a miscarriage at 6 weeks 1 day. I did not know I was pregnant. I had all the other symptoms but simply didn’t believe them as the Mirena had worked so long for me! It can happen though, just like with any other form of birth control. I just wish I would have taken a test sooner and maybe have been able to save the pregnancy. My only advice is to stock up on the cheap walmart pregnancy tests and take them every few months or when you have pregnancy symptoms.

Post # 17
277 posts
Helper bee

I had insertion pain, but it was quick. The next year that followed came with severe cramping on and off along with bleeding. I would say I had bleeding nonstop for six months and then off and on until the year mark. My chest gets SUPER swollen every month and I still get severe cramping randomly, but my periods are more regular. For me, it’s more about the effectiveness. I am willing to put up with the side effects because of how effective Mirena is. I will most likeely get another one in two and a half years (I am two and a half years in right now).

Post # 18
730 posts
Busy bee

I really haven’t had many side effects with my Skyla. No acne issues, no irregular bleeding. The only thing I guess is that you do ovulate with an IUD so I kinda forgot all the symtpoms that come with that since I had been on the pill for so long prior to getting the IUD. So I guess my PMS has been more noticeable with the IUD (breat tenderness, bloating before AF etc). I guess I also do have occasional period like cramping throughout the month but its like a twinge here and there, nothing I have ever needed pain meds for or anything. My boobs also didnt shrink or grow since getting my Skyla. 

Post # 19
730 posts
Busy bee

Oh and also I started getting migraines with aura while on the bcp and thats why my doctor made me get off estrogen. Happy to say I haven’t gotten a single migraine for almost 2 years now since switching! Will never be going back on the BCP, that’s for damn sure! 

Post # 20
14 posts
  • Wedding: June 2018


I’ve got the Mirena and have had it for about a year and a half now. Yes, the insertion was not a fun process, but now i’ve got it for as long as I want to be protected (up to 5 years, obviously).

As far as side effects after the insertion, they haven’t been too bad. The day after the insertion was rough, I worked from home and laid in bed with a heating pad most of the day. By day 2 it was signiificantly better.

Some people see their periods go away completely with an IUD, however I was not one of them. It still comes regularly but much much lighter. From day 1 I could probably use a thin panty liner and be good.

The only side effect that I have noticed is that I will cry a little easier at movies or books, but I noticed this on the pill too so it might just be me! Beyond that I haven’t had any issues with it.

I seriously can’t recommend an IUD enough! It’s nice to not have to remember about taking the pill all the time. I won’t take it out until FH and I are ready to TTC.

Post # 21
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

I’m almost 2 years into my 3 year stint with Skyla. My periods have gotten lighter, but not shorter (I usually get 7 or 8 consecutive days of spotting around the same time each month). In the beginning I thought I was having some hormonal acne, but it’s cleared up so I’m no longer sure that those two things were linked.

Not to scare you, but I have had bad cramping pretty much the entire time. They’ve gotten better in the past 6 months or so but for a long while I would have cramps just before my period that were so painful I couldn’t talk through them. Now they tend to hit me in the days leading up to my period, though not as long and hard, but still worse than I ever had before. For now though, the convenience of the Skyla outweighs the couple hours a month of discomfort – though I did seriously consider getting it taken out during my first year. And it’s been enough of a hassle that when my 3 years is up, I don’t think I’ll go for another IUD.

That’s just my experience. I don’t think you can really know how it will affect you until you try it.

Post # 23
4098 posts
Honey bee

orchidbee :  my cramps have gotten a little worse and my periods have been wonky, but I had it inserted only about 5 months ago. They say it takes at least 6 for your body to get totally used to it, sometimes up to 9. I have been more hungry since having it inserted. I probably have gained a few pounds, but not too much. I haven’t gotten acne from it. 

Post # 24
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I have had the Mirena for a little over a year and a half. I love it because of the near certainty of not getting pregnant, and my periods are actually more regular than they were on the pill (slightly heavier but still light).

That being said, my first year was awful. I had NO sex drive. Even when I was mentally in the mood, I couldn’t get a physical response. It got to the point where my partner and I decided we’d give it a year and if things didn’t improve, I’d have it removed. Almost a year to the day, my sex drive came back. It’s a little lower than before, but that could also be caused by time in my relationship/stress at work/etc. I was also incredibly emotional and cried almost daily for about 3 months after insertion, but that happened to me when I started the pill, too. 

I don’t think you ever know how it’ll affect you until you do it. My only advice is to give it time if you do have negative side effects, but also come up with a plan (i.e. I will have it removes after X months if things don’t improve). That helped me a lot. Good luck!

Post # 25
1387 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m on the Mirena and other than a month of light bleeding and cramps I love it. Sex drive is high and I think it also helped me lose my baby weight. No acne. I can’t speak of breast changes since I’m breastfeeding – they’re just big in general now, haha. I have never had issues with birth control and weight gain, though. I love that I don’t have to think about it. I’ve had it 8 months. 

Post # 26
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I got Mirena at the beginning of May. Before that I had tried tons of BCPs and nuvaring over 6-7 years. In the end, I had to go off the pill since I was getting migraines. I spotted and had pretty bad on and off cramps for about a month and a half, but at around 2 months, they immediately went away. Sex drive is better than when I was on the pill and it’s fantastic to not have to remember to take anything. I had been dealing with some hormonal acne since going off the pill (estrogen does wonders for the skin), which continued when I got the IUD, but I don’t think it’s gotten worse. Overall, it’s definitely been worth it so far. No heavy periods or cramps and super effective birth control. 

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