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I'm writing this review to set the record straight. First of all, I'm a 20 year old college student who has never had a child before. My doctor and I made the decision to go with Mirena because of complications with the birth control pill OrthoTriCyclen Lo. After reading many negative reviews about Mirena- I was very hesitant to go through with getting it. I was so nervous I delayed getting ...
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I hate it! 17 months of a nightmare! Completely destroyed me physically and mentally!! Ruined my life!! Dont be fooled! At first you will be happy, and then find yourself like me!
I was very scared to get an IUD after reading all of the horrible reviews. I chose to focus on reviews that were positive and successful. I decided I'd try it for myself because everyones body is different. I have not kids yet but do have my eggs frozen. My doctor says if you want to get pregnant just come and have it removed. I got my Mirena installed on May 9, 2022 which was 6 weeks ago. The install was painful, but bearable. A few slow pushes and it was in, over, and forgotten about instantly. If you have a low pain tolerance it may help if you bring something to squeeze and hold during insert (although I did not do that) It goes by fast. Have your Motrin with you and take it on on time for the next 3 days with plenty water. This helped me a lot. So far I have only experienced mild cramping near start of my period. I have not experienced any bad symptoms at all. I eat healthy,I work out, and I drink plenty water; so no acne no weight gain, no mood changes. I had a gyno check up after the end of my period following install to make sure it was in place and it was. I will have my 2nd period since install in a couple of weeks and I just started super light spotting and mild cramping again. I took Motrin last night and it went away * Note hold your body still during install so that they can place it perfectly in the center which is where you want it to be. As far as me, Im loving my decision If any thing changes for the worst.. I'll be back to update. If all good this is my only post as a contribution to sister hood and paying it forward for the reviews that gave me confidence to try it for myself.Read More Read Less
I’m not going to give it a negative review just because of how I reacted to it, but I just wanted to share how painful it was for me. I am 22 and have never had a child. I was expecting it to feel like a period cramp, but for me it was much worse. I also didn’t know that them measuring beforehand was just as bad as inserting the IUD. It felt like I had it done twice. I ended up passing out. The pain did not calm down until the next day. For me, this was the worst pain I’ve ever felt.
I am 48 years old,I have had 6 kids.. I had tubel ligation failure twice, I was put on progesterone birth control September 2021.. started bleeding twice a month ughh that sucked... Then my fiance and I discussed it and we decided to have the Mirena iud put in..... And when i had the Mirena iud put in and it hurt like hell I'm not going to lie! It was worse than being in labor! I'm constantly having cramps from hell!! I don't care what anyone says until you have kids and have period issues sense you was 14 trust me I will tell you! Having this put in was the worst pain from hell.. I regret the tubel ligation to begin with... The pills are a pain.. the birth control shot im allergic too.. and now this is giving me issues!!! Read up on anything before you get it trust me... And then. Go with your gut feeling... But make sure it's what you want first...Read More Read Less
Used it for several years over the peri menopausal stage. Changed my life in the best possible way. No more pain. No more bleeding. No menopausal symptoms at all once inserted.
For the last seven months I have been heavy bleeding. It occasionally stops for a few days and then starts again. A few weeks ago I thought it had finally stopped when I had five days of no bleeding. It’s back again and heavy as before. No one explained to me that this was a possibility. I feel like I can’t go on. I can’t find help to stop it and I am so exhausted from this. I would never, ever recommend anyone use this device. No doctor can give me an answer. I am having it removed so I can have my life back but I am terrified of what it has done to my body. I can’t explain to enormity of what it has done to my mental health. I have put on 17 kilos. I regret this decision so much. Please don’t ever use this.Read More Read Less
Hormonal changes cystic acne after 1.5 yrs
I have been using the Mirena IUD since March/22 ever since I’ve had it inserted I’ve worn a pad everyday, I bleed/spot nearly everyday, it gets tiring honestly. I’m worried it might misplaced or is this normal? I’ve never had it before so I don’t the outcome, ANSWERS PLEASE!
Insertion was very painful, it made me very light headed. A bit like like having a smear but the worst period pain you can think of but it only lasts a minute. The first 3 months my periods were so long that I bleed more than I didnt and I was very disheartened. I didn't however have any period pain what so ever which was amazing as I always get crippling pains and that's what kept me going. I kept telling myself each month just hang in one more month and I did and by the 3rd month my periods has disappeared I kept expecting it to arrive but it never did. I haven't bleed a drop since and it's been absolutely amazing. No periods, no pain. My advice is give it 3-6 months don't rush to get it removed it takes time for your body to adjust to it. It's not the same as the pill. Read More Read Less
This is my second go around having more a, right now I'm in the process of trying to get appointment to have it removed. I had a horrible time trying to remember to take the pill, and ended up with a surprise second child so I decided mirena could help solve that. I've not had a period in years... I'm 41 about to be 42. There has been times when I had mood swings and was able to control my emotions. Unfortunately very recently and almost everyday it is getting WORSE! so badly it's effecting my personal life, my family and my job. I have had extreme depression,anger, anxiety and weight gain. I plan on having it taken out and going back to regular birth control within the next couple of weeks. I have a friend who went through the same thing, recently had theirs removed and it's made a huge difference. Something has to change because my poor husband can't live with me feeling like I do much longer and my extreme mood swings. I do not recommend this product to anyone, if you do get it I highly suggest short term (2 years or less) because I think from my experience the longer you are on it the more it alters your body making natural estrogen like it should therefore causing your whole body to be off balance. You have to do what's right for you but don't wait to long like I have because it will just get worse! Read More Read Less
I suffered with endometriosis for 15 years, tried numerous birth control methods for relief to no avail. Most were detrimental to me hormonally. Mirena saved my life.
It’s been terrible for me. I was previously on birth control pills, which I loved, however I wanted to get away from added estrogen. My gynecologist and I discussed the Mirena IUD and all I heard was how much I would love it. The reality is, it really, really hurts to have it implanted (& I’m a half marathon runner.) I was not myself for a few days, but was relieved not to have to take a pill everyday. From there, I experienced severe depression, hot flashes and terrible acne. My healthcare provider asked me to “just give it some time”. 9 months later and the acne is still awful and I’m having the thing removed from my life. It’s so important to know all the pitfalls of this implant. It’s not a silver bullet and I certainly have not loved it. Read More Read Less
Do not use I know it gave me breast cancer !!
I’ve had this in near a full cycle now. Thought this really wouldn’t work out for me. As a teen I was given a harsh hormonal contraceptive pill and it caused horrid side effects, including severe mood swings and acne. Since, I’ve avoided anything hormonal but after suffering from very heavy periods (to the point where leaving the house would be difficult), my GP convinced me to have a Mirena in. I’m now 41 and haven’t had kids if this helps anyone. Honestly, I’ve had no massive issues with this myself although I do appreciate everyone is different and has their own experiences. I had a lot of anxiety beforehand, thinking that I was so sensitive to hormones as a result of my teenage experience with the pill. But the GP explained that the hormones with the Mirena are more ‘local’ rather than surging around your entire system/blood stream. The only side effects I have had are: Feeling a tiny bit emotional. Here and there. I can cope with that (as long as it isn’t low mood or intense anger - that’s fine with me). This is rather minor I.E I find I am more easily able to cry over silly things (such as a heartwarming news story). Being a music person, I have found it has improved the intensity of some of my fave songs lol. Today I was reading about how, if a goose leaves the flock and ‘V’ formation to land because they’re not well, how others in the flock will also land and stay with them until they’re better and I was ?????????? over this for a good 15 minutes when I wouldn’t have been previously ?? Headaches/migraines for the first two weeks which were quite severe. Easily managed by a couple of paracetamol. They’ve now gone thankfully. Nausea…I wasn’t expecting this. So, feeling rather queasy for the first couple of weeks after insert, which wasn’t pleasant but oftentimes solved by drinking some cold water. This was restricted to the stomach only (the rest of me wasn’t feeling ill, if you get me….it was almost like the feeling you have when you’re so hungry you feel sick but more intense). Big learning point was - don’t take a hot shower when you’re feeling nauseous like this - it doesn’t end well ?????? Bloating before my period was due…that surprised me because I don’t usually experience this. Quickly went away by day 2 of cycle. Cramping on day 1 of cycle. But this is minor in comparison to when I didn’t have the Mirena - but enough to feel uncomfortable still. This lasted for about half a day. My period came in as usual but it was so light (more like a brown discharge - sorry if that’s TMI). This has been an absolute game changer for me. On day 3 of my cycle where I am now, without the Mirena, I would have to change my tampon every 40 minutes to keep on top of it. I would also be confined to the house for 2/3 days because the period was so heavy, it was difficult to manage. Now my period is barely there, and if that remains then it’s improved my quality of life beyond measure. Previously, I couldn’t go out, couldn’t go walking, would have miss out on social events, would have to plan holidays and other things around my period. Looks as though I don’t have to worry about that now. No acne, no weight gain from what I can see although I am a tubster anyway tbh so if a few pounds has gone on, I probs wouldn’t notice ha ha. No mood swings or anger. Insertion was very quick. I felt a slight cramp as it went in but that was pain scale 2 out of 10. Brown discharge and some bloody spotting for a couple of days after - very easy to manage. The worst part of the insertion was the horrid device thing that goes in first to hold everything open. It never works for me because I’m tall and long inside ?? so there’s a lot of wriggling about and then having to take it out and start again with a longer one. I don’t know why I don’t say to the nurse when I have lady procedures done “you’ll need the longer one” - if this is you, perhaps you may like to consider just outright asking for it to reduce as much discomfort as poRead More Read Less
I had the IUD in for 48 hours before removing. I became extremely ill! I had server cramps, nausea, chills and brain fog. I would rather deal with cramps for a couple days a month, then to ever feel so poorly and physically helpless.
I had a Mirena placed in 2017 because my pre-menopausal periods were heavy and almost constant. The plan was to have this device placed to get me through pre- menopause and into menopause. I had already had a tubal ligation so this was just symptom relief. For the first 6 months I experienced very light periods and some lightly tinged with blood discharge between periods. I did have light periods for about two years with no regularity. After that I stopped menstruating at all and enjoyed about 3 years period free. This device did exactly what I needed it to to get me through peri-menopause. I had it removed today because my bloodwork shows I am menopausal and should no longer menstruate. I really hope that is true because I have really enjoyed being period free. I highly recommend this product to anyone experiencing severe discomfort and heavy bleeding from periods during a pre-menopausal time. I am not just a patient I am also a registered nurse and want to strongly endorse mirena as an option for women experiencing excessive bleeding on their journey to menopause. Read More Read Less
I got the mirena put in a couple days ago because all my friends said they love the IUD. I have been taking Yaz birth control pill for 10+ years to help with hormone control. My experience with getting the IUD was not extremely painful and I have not had children. I was told to take ibuprofen and eat a big breakfast before going. Also I was on the second day of my period. I did have cramping but once it was in place the pain was gone. I drove myself home and even worked that same day. I walked slow and bending over was uncomfortable but manageable. The bleeding is light but I need a pad 24/7 because I was told no menstrual cup and no tampon for 30 days. I am hoping to be one of the lucky ones to get no period but I am in that waiting zone right now. I have been told irregular is normal for 3 months. My doctor recommended mirena even though I haven't had children and in my experience, right now, it's worth itRead More Read Less
Hello Im on mirena since 3 days . First day i had a very bad cramps but its gone the second day I had some light discharge the first two days , now there’s nothing I was very bloating before mirena and its gone now The procedure was very easy i felt nothing my doc was very gentle & explain every detail for me. I hope my period will be lighter than before hopefully because i have a very very heavy bleeding during my period I will know the next month
I had this in for 11 months. The placement wasn't painful for me, unlike many women. However I experienced unfavorable changes in clitoral sensation after several months. Also I gained 33lbs in that time according to the doctors scale, even while dieting. After it was removed i was able to lose the weight with diet alone and have not gone back up to that weight in a few years since.
Worked well but side effects were too much. I got the Mirena inserted October 2017. My period never stopped, but it was lighter and shorter (4-5 days compared to 7 pre-insertion). I experienced bacterial vaginosis that would be treated then would return. My hair started to thin towards the end of the 1st year on it. I assumed it was because of my diet, but nothing changed after changes and seeing my doctor and nutritionist for 6 months. I developed hypertension 3 months after insertion. I attributed it to a poor diet and high stress job. Once I got a new job and started working out 5 days a week in 2019, my blood pressure was still high. I finally had the IUD removed July 2020. My blood pressure has gone down, but it is nowhere near the 110-115/70 that I typically would have pre-insertion. Read More Read Less
Hi there! I'm 28 and this is my experience getting the Mirena IUD. Just like a lot of people have already said, everyone’s experiences are different. My advice for those who are worried about getting the IUD, don't let fear or someone else's experience stop you from doing something that could turn out perfectly fine :) INSERTION - The insertion process was a MILLION times better than I expected. I had heard someone describe it online as getting your cervix “hole punched”…so naturally I was nervous lol but for reference, I think if you’ve gotten a tattoo(I haven’t) this is probably a lot less painful. I attribute the smooth insertion process to my GYN. She made me feel super comfortable and she's a great listener. I would 100% recommend you to try(if you have the option to) to find a doctor that makes you feel comfortable. She talked me through the entire process and before I knew it it was over. I took 800mg of advil before going as instructed and I drank a lot of water and ate a filling breakfast, which I think helped. *note* I was on the 2nd day of my period when I got the IUD inserted. POST INSERTION - Immediately after, I felt completely fine. The cramping from the procedure went away relatively fast. I didn’t feel light-headed or dizzy. My boyfriend drove me, but I would have been 100% fine to drive myself to and from. Later that evening and in the next few days, I did experience some cramping. It was the worst the night of the insertion. I took Advil and used a heating pad and was fine. I got it put in on a Thursday morning and worked from home that afternoon and that Friday. Overall, the pain was manageable and short lived. Sunday night though I did wake up with really sharp pains in my front right hip, sort of near my hip flexor and in my lower right back/butt area that almost brought me to tears. I do struggle with sciatic pain and my GYN believes the nerve may have been a little irritated and was probably still getting used to the IUD being in my cervix. I’m at week 5 now of having the IUD and the pain has since gone away for the most part. Taking advil has helped a lot and I’m hoping over time this will go away entirely. PERIOD REGULARITY - I got the IUD on the second day of my period. My period is typically 5 days and spotting on the 6th. After the insertion, it lasted for about 4 days and I had spotting for a remaining 5 days. I was blood free for about 10 days but sadly started spotting from that point on and that lasted for about a week. Prior to the IUD I had absolutely zero breakthrough spotting and my period was very regular, so this is something I’m still getting used to. After a week of spotting I got what I believe to be my actual period (bright red blood w/ clots) and that lasted for about 6 days. It was a pretty light/medium flow. I’m on day 7 of my cycle now and I’m having light spotting. Overall, I’d say it’s manageable and even if this lasts for a few months, it wouldn't be a reason for me to get it removed. MOOD/EMOTIONS - I’ve had no changes to my mood/emotions, which is a relief. Not to discredit reviews that claim otherwise, but you have to remember that the IUD is an easy target to blame when it could have little to no correlation. Just something to keep in mind. Also just a note that I’ve struggled with anxiety and mild depression in the past, which I mentioned to my GYN prior to getting the IUD, and she stated that mood changes are rare but if they do occur it's typically with 2-4 weeks after getting the IUD. So you should know pretty early on if you’re experiencing that and you’ll be able to talk to your doctor on ways to manage that or to have the IUD removed. SKIN/ACNE - I haven't seen any changes to my skin! I struggled with cystic acne for years through college and years after. In January 2020 I started taking a hormonal support vitamin(Borrage w/ Saffron via Persona Vitamins) which completely cleared up my acne. SEX DRIVE - I've seen no change to this either :) WEIGHTRead More Read Less
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