Mirena IUD

Discussion in 'Archived Discussions' started by Guest, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I have a question for anyone out there.

    Here is the history: I recently had a stroke (36 yrs old). I actually had a small hole in my heart that the clot got through. Doctors say that because I was ortho-tri cyclen (for 15 years!)that that is what happened. I am on Coumadin right now but will be off in January.

    I just got the mirena IUD. My doc said it was safe because the hormones were low and that it only affected the uterus without going through my whole body.

    I am still nervous about it. I am experiencing lower abdominal pain on both sides of my body (ovaries) and I am wondering if this is normal or if anyone has had similar pain?

  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I also had a stroke at 24, due to a latex allergy. The Mierna is progestorone, which isn not the same hormone as the pill. I have had mine for about 1.5 year. I am getting it taken out.I have constant cramping, moody, weight gain, no period in months, I feel like I am constantly PMS'ing. I dont need any birth control at this point, my SO has a vasectemy:) I have had crapming and discahrge as well,that is from this. That is my take.

  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Thanks. I actually wish my SO would do that. If these cramps continue etc. I will get it out too. The fact that I may not get my period every month also makes me a little nervous.

  4. MegsUK

    MegsUK New Member

    Hiya Audram, firstly, I'm very sorry you've had such a rough time already as a result of birth control - a stroke is a very serious thing.

    With regard to the Mirena IUS, I had it inserted late August and I've had quite a bit of trouble with cramping. The pain seems to be settling a lot now, in that I'm no longer cramping during my cycle between periods. But I still seem to be having very brutal leading up to my period. It's due again in the next week, and I'm dreading it and starting to have mild cramps already.
    I decided that if this doesn't decrease significantly by the new year, I'll be having the IUD removed, as it's been really rough on me.

    The no period thing is normal with Mirena, but generally doesn't happen straight away...takes a number of months until you can expect that you will stop menstruating. Not having a period isn't a bad thing, necessarily. Particularly if you've had problems with heavy and painful periods in the past when not using BC. I'll be glad to not have periods if there aren't any other nasty issues to deal with!

    I haven't had any weight gain or mood swings since the Mirena was inserted, apart from what I'd deem normal PMS, and no other noticeable side-affects to cause me any alarm. Maybe a little more discharge and spotting during the first month or so, but that's cleared up now.

    The only problem really has been the horrible cramping the week before my period starts, and if that stops, I'll be very happy with this form of BC.

    Good luck, I do hope it works out for you.

  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Well it seems that my Iud is not where is should be, I called the Dr today, and spoke to her, last Dr visit, another Dr could not find the string or the IUD. They are not sure where it is. It may have to be surgically removed. Great. So I called the Dr today, told her the problems I am having, the nurse seemed very concerned, and got me the 1st appt. I am really worriied,.

  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    am so sorry Taz thats terrible. I actually came to this forum read about women's experience with IUD and am already scared.
    I've stayed off sex for a whole year(after my divorce) and have recently decided to start dating again. The pill makes me feel really terrible and I am looking for other options.

  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I had the Mirena IUD for a couple of months and ended up getting it taken out. I stopped having a period which wouldn't have been too bad if it weren't coupled with suddenly starting to lactate and have really bad cramping. I had to do a serum pregnancy test to make sure I wasn't pregnant. It really scared me. I figured taking a pill everyday was better than the fear of a tubal pregnancy.

  8. Raunchy-Row

    Raunchy-Row Super Moderator Staff Member

    Hey Taz,

    Just to let you know--progesterone is one of the hormones found in the pill, most often the higher dose ones (minovral, depo) and is responsible for the moodiness, PMS, crying, etc. But it's the estrogen that's dangerous with stroke and clotting. Good luck getting it looked after! I decided to get the copper IUD because I'm very sensitive to progesterone--and even though there isn't very much in there, I have read SO many posts from people who have had emotional reactions to it.

  9. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Just to counter all the awful stuff being said. I'm 23, have had this IUD for almost 4 years and LOVE it. I got it 6 weeks after having my first child, and rarely have very weak, one-day type periods. (maybe twice a year?) I did have a little cramping for the first week or two, and it did hurt a bit going in, but it's soo worth it. Maybe having it put in soon after having a child is better, because your uterus hasn't contracted all the way, or maybe my dr is better at putting in IUD's than most, but I honestly think this is the best birth control available.

  10. the gryphon

    the gryphon New Member

    Hi Naomi I'm glad to read that you had a good experience with Mirena. I got one a few weeks ago, and while my period is heavier and with more cramping, I'm hopeful that I'll like this approach to BC. If the cramping doesn't stop after the period does, I'll make an appointment to discuss things with my doc. Here's hoping.

    I agree about insertion. I had mine done between periods, and I've **never** had a baby. I thought it was painful, but not nearly as bad as I'd expected.

  11. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I have had Mirena for 1.5 years. The first couple of months were rough, and the cramps were bad, but since then I haven't had any problems. I don't get periods anymore, just some spotting every couple of months or so. This has been perfect for me and my husband because were in our early 20's and don't intend on having children for many more years if at all.

  12. the gryphon

    the gryphon New Member

    Hi Jen. I hope you check back in. Glad to hear your issues resolved after a couple of months. I'm still cramping , and the period seems to be going on and on lol.

  13. the gryphon

    the gryphon New Member

    Hi Jen. I hope you check back in. Glad to hear your issues resolved after a couple of months. I'm still cramping , and the period seems to be going on and on lol.

  14. Juliena

    Juliena New Member

    I just found this website and registered because I was worried about the Mirena IUD and cramping, I had it placed 3 days ago and have had cramping strong enough that its still painfull even after taking 1000 mg of Vicodin, I have had only spotty bleeding and the cramps are not constant but I wanted to make sure I wasnt the only one, I had it placed 8 wks post pardom and the doctor had a hard time getting it in, so maybe that is the cause. I am wondering if I should call my doctor and see if this is something I should be concerned about. any advise would be greatly appriciated.

  15. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Mirena reports that most of the side effects go away after 3 to 6 months. This makes me hopeful as I've had strange pelvic bone pains - 1st week my hips ached really bad, 3rd week - felt like my "butt bone" was busted! I really think the idea of an iud is brilliant so Im hanging in there and staying very hopeful that my body is sorting it all out! One month in.

  16. mindy1955

    mindy1955 New Member

    I had my mirena inserted on November 7. Unlike many of you - I am not using it for contraception, but in the hopes that it will minimize or end my horrendous bleeding. This has worked beautifully on 2 of my friends, but my experience so far has not been so good. I had spotting for the first 3 days after insertion, then I started to bleed. I have been bleeding non-stop ever since. I had a heavy bout of it for a week or so which I'm assuming was my "regular" period (hard to tell when you bleed continuosly where your period begins and ends). I have an appt next week to have it removed, but after reading some of the posts, I'm thinking perhaps I'm being too hasty and should try and wait the bleeding out to see if it will eventually slow and/or stop. By the way, insertion was not a problem for me and I only had about 1 or 2 days of cramping afterwards so that has not been my issue, just this darn bleeding!

  17. Firecracker

    Firecracker New Member

    Hello All,

    First of all, thank you all for taking the time to share your experiences with IUDs on the

    web. Until today, I felt that my weight gain was completely my fault. I've also had some other changes which I'd like to share.

    Here's my experience/details:

    Age: 34
    Children: 1 (6.5 years old)
    Ethnicity: Asian/Indian
    Height/Weight Before Mirena: 5'0"/100-103 lbs
    Date of Insertion: March 2005
    Weight After Mirena: 110-111 lbs
    Other symptoms: increase in acne (face), pain in groin (sharp, piercing)


    Workouts: 5 days a week, minimum (stretching, crunches, lifting, 30 minutes of aerobic


    Fitness: very fit; run 3 miles on treadmill, leg press 200lbs, etc. Very active, apart from

    time at work...in front of computer ;-)

    Eating: no deep fried foods, desserts rare (once a month), lots of vegetables and protein,

    no more than 1 diet 7Up a day, pomegranite juice w/ seltzer, etc.

    Diet shortcomings: not enough fruit, glass of wine daily, 5 days a week

    Current Status: Cutting out the alcohol completely for 1 month to see if it makes a

    difference. My boyfriend is very supportive and thinks I look great...my weight gain is

    mostly muscle to him (true I pack on muscle easily), but I carry all my weight in my hips

    and thighs, and this is heavy even for me.

    I'm eating a big salad every day w/ spinach and fruit to see if it results in any changes,

    but I'm not sure.

    I haven't called my doctor about the weight gain b/c I thought it was a coincidence, but now I'm not sure.

    Pain: This pain in my groin (both sides at different times) is sharp and feels like a severe muscle pain with a burning sensation, well inside/under my skin. I actually told my OB about this and she said it wasn't related.

    Similar Experience Anyone?
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  18. mindy1955

    mindy1955 New Member

    Thanks for your message Firecracker. I have a some similarities with you. I am 5'2 and my weight varies between 116 and 120 - fluctuating 1 - 2 pounds daily. I work out 6 days a week - 3 mostly all aerobic currently - 3 days of running 4 - 6 miles and 3 days of eliptical for 60 minutes each. I have let my strength training go a bit - just can't find the time. I have one child. I am quite a bit older (50) and have been peri-menopausal for about 7 years with my periods getting heavier and heavier. I thought I noticed a small weight gain also (I haven't been up to 120 in over 2 years and just hit it the other day) but I'm attributing most of that to too much holiday sugar. I have had a bit of pain also and in fact went back to my dr within 3 days because I was having sharp stabbing pains and couldn't find the string. My doctor said the iud was in place and the pains were pretty normal given my activity level. (I went out for a 6 mile run the morning after insertion and he told me it would have been a better idea to let it get "settled in" before I returned to my exercise regimen. I have some dull lower abdominal pain but nothing so bad that I thought it warranted a trip to the dr. It's the non-stop bleeding since November 7 that has me concerned. How have your periods been since your insertion? Are you still getting them?

  19. Only Me

    Only Me New Member

    I'm having a levonorgestrel-releasing IUS inserted because I have really heavy periods called hemorrhagia. They are long and painful. I became very anemic in November and almost had to be transfused. From what the specialist tells me, it can take up to a year for the periods to lesson once the IUD has been placed. There is only slightly over 60% chance that my periods will be reduced enough that I no longer hemorrage. I do not want to have a hysterectomy. Mindy1955 are you taking iron? Anemia is pretty bad. I got headaches and couldn't think. I used to be very active, working out 3 to 4 days a week. It will be a year in March that I've gone to a gym. The more energy I exert the worse pain I'm in.

  20. Firecracker

    Firecracker New Member

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