I recently posted some Mirena thoughts on my other blog, Bad Mommy Moments, and quite a few women responded with positive feedback on their Mirena experience. I’ve thought I’d compile their feedback here, along with other pro-Mirena comments I’ve received over the years. (I’ll continue adding to it as I glean through old posts, or receive new happy Mirena stories, even though they’re obviously not mine.)
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I have had the mirena in since 2010 and actually love it. No strange symptoms except that I had my period for 3 weeks straight after insertion. My doctors considered it normal since I took a BC pill that kept my period away for almost two years. I also only get my period every 6 weeks. Two of my friends also have a mirena and they love it too. We have often chatted about strange side effects and they also have none.
Just thought I should share a positive experience, because not sometimes the mirena can be the right choice. Every woman is different!
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CK, I found your blog nearly 2 1/2 years ago when I searched for Mirena side effects, and I have been a dedicated reader ever since.
I got my Mirena inserted 6 weeks after the birth of my third child (10/20/08). And for the first 6 months I had wierd side effects. I got shooting pinching pains radiating from my uterus all the way down my right leg. And these pains would come and go much like contractions. But, regardless of how many times I called my OBGYN they said that it was NOT from the Mirena. And, because I have Sciatic nerve damage from my second pregnancy I kind of assumed that was what was causing the pains.
Then as these pains gradually got worse over the course of 3 months I realized that if i put pressure on my lower abdomen the pains would go away. So I KNEW it was the Mirena. I went into the Doc and had them check it, and everything looked good. And after 9 months of NO period, I was not ready to give up that freedom and get rid of it yet.
I stuck it out, and that is when I found your blog. I was looking for people with similar experiences of pains, and I saw your “horror” story. I was so tempted to go have mine taken out right then and there, but then I realized that I had the least horrible symptom out of them all. And I got the benefit of no period. So again, I stuck it out. After 1 year I got horrible cramping pains, and I went in to see my GYN again, and they said that because my uterus is tilted there would always be some discomfort. But I was still not quite ready to give up.
And, 3 years and 4 months later I am so glad that I stuck it out. I havent had a period since my youngest daughter was born, and I dont have to worry about pregnancy. And even though occassionally (like once a month around the time I should have a period) I get cramps, which rarely turn into that radiating ache down my leg, I consider myself to be basically symptom free.
The only issue I have now is that I am experiencing very high anxiety about the removal in just under 2 years. I have heard that after having the IUD for such a long length of time, there is such extreme bleeding. In one story I read, the girl said that she had to be admitted to the hospital because her bleeding was deemed to be on the dangerous side of blood loss.
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Love my Mirena…NOW…insertion was awful…male MD said, “hey this is an easy in and out deal”. OOOHHH the desire to do REALLY BAD things to him are almost uncontrollable when I see him at parties…Oh yea, will be hog tying my husband and bringing him to MD to get clipped…This or he can go on his own. He has 2.5 years before this thing expires
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I gotta say, I love mine. No periods anymore. Bliss.
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Okay. I love, love, LOVE my Mirena. Except that I just hit the 5 year mark and technically it needs to be replaced. And that part I didn’t love…
Faemom, where were you when I had this done? I made the same mistake as badmommymoments and figured I’d birthed four children — how bad could it be?! When I mentioned to the nice lady nurse that she was kinda sorta killing me she asked if I had read the pamphlet. Ummm no. She then told me there would be some discomfort. There’s that code word again….
Anyway BM (before Mirena) I had wicked cramps, regular periods, and bitchiness. AM I am all but period free, COMPLETELY free of cramps, and mostly free of bitchiness. The remaining bitchiness is not attributable to PMS or IUD’s
I could be a spokesperson for this contraption. I LOVE it!
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Had the Mirean installed 6 days ago and my 2 year long period, yes 2 year long period stopped the very next day!!!!!!I still have some of the Hippo-Vera (depo) left in me untill Feb 2012 so that mgiht be why I have stopped. 9 mo on the hippo Vera didnt do anything but put 10 lbs on me. A little cramping but livable. I see that I am an exception so wanted to share that good things ( thus far) can happen. We will see once the other hormones run out? Nothing was as bad as the little pill i had to take the night before. Cramps and bleeding like i have never ever had. No warning of that kind of pain. never given birth and am 40.
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Perhaps some good news on the horizon – I had my Mirena inserted in 10/08 – no ill effects, only the pain of a local anesthetic being shot into my cervix – HELLO!
Anyway – During the first two months I had exactly 7 days each month of no bleeding/gunk. Then month three I got 14 days, then back to 12 during month 4 – during all of this my period was coming regularly with no change. Then month five – cue the angels – my period was three days VERY light then gone – then a couple of days of spotting around day 14 (ovulation). Month 6 – no period at all – nothing – nada! then started light spotting at day 14 which has now been six days out of the last 8. Clearly things are getting better and I have three friends that have the Mirena and swear by it – claim they are period free – a total non-event. I keep holding onto the hope. Good luck.
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i also have the mirena 5yr iud. it did really good after my first pregancy for the fist 3 yrs and then the leg cramps and feet cramps came back. i had to have it removed and had my 2nd child. after my second was born we i chose the mirena again and haven’t had any problems yet and almost going on 2 yrs again. i find it’s comfortable and the dr i had was actually a midwife and understood the female body better than the male doctors. it took less than a minute to put it in and say ok here ya go see ya next year.
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