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Can I get some feedback on your IUD Mirena experience.

Did it throw off your hormones? How long did you “spot” for? Good reviews, bad reviews.

I’m 37 and currently thinking about getting one. The dr totally hyped it up saying it’s the best contraceptive ever, when I really just wanted to go on oral contraceptives.

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Help me make this decision, just wanting to hear from real people and experiences before I get the procedure.

Thanks y’all 🙂

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  1. Jules Maria Jules Maria says:

    I swear to God they get some kind of referral fee on this. I was on it. It was horrible my Dr. Keeps telling me to get back on it. Painful in and even more painful out.

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  2. I know a couple girls who have had terrible pains and a few that swear by it, I’d say try it and see

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  3. I had one and never again. I took it out. Totally threw me off with hormones and mood swings. I ended up with migraines which I have never had and now experience on and off. However everyone is different. From my experience I wouldn’t get it again. It wasn’t comfortable for me either. Do your research before getting it and talk to your doctor what other options and if this is the best option for you.

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  4. I had one after my daughter. It was a little uncomfortable getting it put in, but nothing major. I spotted for about a week. My monthly started getting lighter then 6 months later it stopped for a month or two then went back to normal. I did get cramping the whole tome I had it (3 years) and still had some after for a few months. Getting it out was fine and it helped with my hormones, I think. It did make me bleed a few times but nothing major. Honestly, for me I only did it cause pills aren’t my thing.
    Otherwise, I’d say just save the hassle and get the pill. It had it’s conveniences but I kind of regret getting it. I’m lucky I didn’t have any problems, like lots of women do!

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  5. I had a so so experience with mine. Hurt like hell going in but it was fine coming out. I didn’t get a period often just spotting every few months but when I did get a period it was awful and I was in bed for a week with horrid cramps. I can’t take most birth control because of the hormones and this was a good option for that as it didn’t affect me. But I wouldn’t do it again.

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  6. Loved my Mirena. Got it in when my son was 2 months old. No pain, no periods, no mood swings, and no weight gain. Great experience for me personally.

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  7. Tara Adams Tara Adams says:

    ..I would not recommend it. .ever…almost a full year of having my cycle daily…no breaks except for a couple days a month..I never felt worse.

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  8. I personally have never had one. Some of my friends have and more of them had complications then not. A couple of them even had to have it surgically removed.
    I have opted to not get one ever because of the bad experiences my friends have had. But everyone is different – it could work great for you and be painless. Me? Not worth the risk lol

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  9. Jill Turner Jill Turner says:

    I have a cousin who had it move out of place and get embedded inside her who had to have it surgically removed and another who got pregnant cause it moved out of place. That was enough for me to be turned off of wanting to try it for myself

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  10. Hurt getting it put in.. first few months really sucked.. lots of spotting and cramping but I love it now!!

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  11. I’ve read many, many horror stories on Facebook posts in the comments section from women who had one and also on certain forums.

    I was offered one to help with my ovarian cysts but I refused and just took birth control pills. I never had a problem with the pills. Never had any kind of side effects with it. If you decide you want the pills and want to take it for birth control, make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions on how to take it properly. I know too many people blaming the pill for accidental pregnancies but in fact it was taken incorrectly. It is 99.9% effective when taken correctly. I take Mirvala if it matters

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  12. Don’t recommend it either! I had the Jaydess one (I haven’t had children) as it was the sampler version. Hurt like hell getting placed, and did nothing but increase my migraines, my cramps, and my period. I was told it was going to help alleviate all of that. Nope! Worst cramps of my life, and I had never really had cramps before that. I took mine out a year into it because I actually couldn’t handle it anymore. Definitely made my life worse!

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    • Amanda Mae Amanda Mae says:

      I’m curious, your migraines… With aura by chance? And are they connected to hormones for you?
      I ask because I get hormonal migraines and being on the pill increased them an insane amount. But my doc recommended mirena anyways, saying it would regulate the hormones and stop migraines all together. I’m terrified of them so I haven’t tried.

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    • I do not get an Aura with them :/ and they are for the most part hormonally brought on (going on day 3- it sucks!!) But I also get them with a variety of triggers. Weather, too much sleep, too little sleep, eating patterns are off etc. Had them my whole life unfortunately. I can only speak from my experience though, not saying it wouldn’t work for you!

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  13. Fallon Paul Fallon Paul says:

    IUD are the absolute worst they migrate as Rip holes inside you. But I mean if you wanna end up in emergency surgery go for it lol, I personally prefer the Nuva ring

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  14. Never had an issue with it. I’d definitely recommend

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  15. iuds are good if you have had kids. It helped with my endometriosis. No hormones to mess with, just free and easy. I was in my 30s when I did this. I did try one of the inject able bc, That is where I had issues with hormones, bleeding, mood freakin mood swings. Good Luck

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  16. Jill Morin Jill Morin says:

    I have had two now.(mirena)
    I used to have the worst periods (HEAVY periods, where I would bleed through a super plus tampon in 20 minutes, and would last for 10 days. And super bad cramps)

    With the first one, I had heavy bleeding and cramping for months. I ended up getting an infection and getting it removed.

    The next one, I got a year later. It hurt like 10x more going in, but the next day I was back to normal, and only had spotting for a few weeks.

    I’ve had it for 2 years now. My hormones are normal. No mood swings.
    Now my periods are amazing. I spot for 3-4 days, and maybe have to use 1 tampon for the whole period. Sometimes I don’t even spot. My cramps are almost gone. The only thing that sucks is my breasts get tender now, but I’ll take it! Lol

    My wife-to-be also has had an IUD for a couple years.
    She had similar problems to me, but she hasn’t had to use tampons in over a year.
    She had cramping for a few weeks, like I did in the beginning, but hasn’t had any hormone issues either.

    I’m a huge advocate for IUDs. Just make sure you get it put in by a gyno that knows what they’re doing.

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  17. Jenna Unrau Jenna Unrau says:

    I got mine in 2 months ago (september) I felt like smashed assholes for the first 2 weeks. Hormonal and physically
    But now i dont even think about it. I had my “first” period in october and it was so light.
    I got mine in for very heavy bleeding and so far its good. We will see this month.
    I did not have spotting but i think thats a fluke.
    Cramps..ya probably for a week.
    Of course docs get a cut of that money. Who do you think pays them?
    I think its to early for me to give a proper review , but so far so good.

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  18. I love mine! I did spot for almost a year very sporadically. I have mine to treat endometriosis. It was that or hysterectomy. It has even helped my complexion. I personally love it and don’t even remember I have it most of the time. I was terrified to get it and waited almost a year. In hind sight it wasn’t worth all the fuss. Insertion was done during my period and I was given a pill to dilate my cervix. It was only a slight pinch that was over in seconds.I have read all the bad reviews but still think it was still the better choice for me.

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  19. Spotting for about a year. Hormones levelled out awesome throughout. Almost forgot what that time of month did to me, great experience!

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  20. I hated the Mirena! Was fine going in, but eventually I “lost it”, had to go get an ultrasound to make sure it was still in there. Found my cycles were all over the place too.

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  21. I just had my second one removed… I had some occasional cramping at first and some spotting… it was nice not having to worry about a monthly period… I would have had another put in except I don’t need contraception right now

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  22. I’ve had mine for just over four years now…I love it! I’m never going back to anything else if I can help it.

    I didn’t find it was very painful during the insertion. I did have cramps for a solid month or so and almost had my doctor take it out, but she convinced me to wait it out a bit longer. A few weeks after that, no more cramps. I also have IBS so it’s difficult to say if the IUD aggravated all that.

    I used to have horrible periods…very heavy flow, cramps so bad I thought I’d pass out, and some other symptoms I’m not going to even mention. Since I’ve had the IUD, I haven’t had anything in almost 4 years. It’s made my life a lot more bearable.

    You’re going to hear all sorts of things about IUDs, and it’s great to get opinions, but as with any kind of birth control, you just really don’t know if it’ll work out until you try it.

    In my experience, some women have had issues like it moving or whatnot…but when asked about it, sometimes (not all, before anyone jumps down my throat) women haven’t had their regular checkups with it to ensure it’s still in place properly. If you do decide to try one, make sure to listen to your doctor and come back to check the strings and whatnot.

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  23. I’m on my second one. I’ve never had children. It hurt really bad getting put in and taken out but it has been so worth it otherwise. I got really bad side effects on the pill, to the point where I couldn’t take it. Mirena has only a tiny dose of either progesterone or estrogen (can’t remember which) instead of a giant dose of both, like the pill. I had really awful, heavy and always painful periods but now I spot for a couple days a month and that’s it. I was told by the Birth Control Centre that the cases of it perforating are instances of improper insertion, so make sure you go to a Dr that really knows what they are doing. Some people barely feel it going in, it was horrendously painful for me both times. It felt a little odd for a few days then I barely noticed it. Took my body a couple months to balance out, where I still had heavy, painful periods and some intermittent spotting. It your pH balance is really sensitive be forewarned you might have issues with a cycle of imbalance (yeast infection to BV and back and forth) but I was told this was a more rare possible side effect. If you don’t feel it’s right for you definitely don’t let your Dr push you into it. Oh and it’s EXPENSIVE. I think almost $400 and I’m not sure who all covers it. Best of luck!

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  24. I started on the pill for years and moved to the mirena last year. They both have pros and cons. My cramps are worse on this. But my actual period is a lot less. I spotted for about 6 months. Hurts getting it inserted. Downside is that I can’t control when I get my period which was a huge plus for me prior.

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  25. I love my mirena and am always recommending it to ladies. Period was practically gone within a few months of having it. I was a bit crampy the first week after having it put in but that was nothing really.

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  26. Mine is great. Ive had it almost 4.5 years I think. Hurt going in. Spotted for a while and then zero side effects. I have no complaints.

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  27. Had Mirena IUD for past year and a half. After insertion, had one regular period, then very light spotting once a month for about a year. Past six months not even that. It wasn’t my first IUD though, been using IUD as birth control since 1992. If you get it, get the doctor to do it the last couple days of your period when your cervix is more open

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  28. Kerry Lynn Kerry Lynn says:

    My experience has also been a good one. I chose it because I’m peri-menopausal and it’s been shown to help with the upcoming changes.

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  29. Got one haven’t had a period in 1 1/2 years

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  30. Got mine in June, had 2 months of non-stop bleeding, almost wanted to get them to take it out, but one day they stopped. Now I get light periods once per month 🙂

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  31. Lisa Boyd Lisa Boyd says:

    I got mine 4 months ago (Mirena). It’s been great so far. Had it inserted shortly after giving birth so apparently wasn’t as painful to be put in. Just had cramping that day. Had spotting the first 3 months & nothing the last month. Had horrible side effects with the pill & now feel great. It was recommended to me by my GP but had my gynecologist put it in. She was shocked to hear that GPs were inserting them & recommended they only be put in by gyne. It was $400 but our 2 insurance plans covered the entire cost. I suggest you try it for yourself.

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  32. i’ve only had mine for a few weeks so i can only really comment on insertion. i googled it and all i found was horror stories so i was extremely nervous to do it. honestly it was super painful for maybe 4 seconds during the insertion, then felt normal. then about an hour later i had cramps (totally tolerable cramps). i spotted for a few days but i feel fine now. no symptoms or anything and it’s been 2 and a half weeks. honestly it was a piece of cake and i’d recommend it.

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  33. I love mind, I’ve had it for almost 4 years. I got it a couple months after my twins were born. It was uncomfortable for about a week or two after getting it. Now I have little to no period monthly

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  34. My girlfriend got it…punctured her uterus, resulted in a blood infection and almost a year later she is s till suffering side effects.

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  35. Never had an issue. I used them to control endometriosis as well. Had one inserted during surgery and the second one while awake. It wasn’t that bad, honestly. I immediately had no periods and it helped with the endo a lot! But, again, everyone is different…

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  36. I didn’t like it. Had it for 2 years. It messed with my hormones quite a bit so my mental health was all over for awhile. Noticed I gained weight & my hair was starting to shed more than normal. It took about 6-8 months for me to really notice it to start working. So I was having normal periods in that span but after about the 8th month of having them they stopped completely. I would still notice the normal period symptoms eg. Fatigue & break outs, cramps. I did notice I got migraines quite often toward the end & ultimately it’s what made me change my mind. After being off of it for 3-4 months I had extremely high blood pressure & was getting nose bleeds. Not 100% if it was because my body was getting used to not having the extra hormones in or what but thought I’d share anyway.

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  37. Love it. Small pinch to get inserted. Ultrasound to make sure it’s in the right place.. and boom good for 5 years no worries. I’m on my second one now

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