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post #181 of 451

so glad I found this thread! I am debating between paraguard and mirena. I still haven't decided yet, but I'm sure it will be one or the other. I didn't like hormonal BC, but the low amount of hormone in the mirena seems like a good choice. I like the idea of no periods, but I also don't like the idea of being on hormonal BC again. We'll see. I still have time. I'm 23 weeks pregnant :)

post #182 of 451

For what it's worth, I thought I would update. In my case Mirena was a disaster. If you have EVER had any auto immune anonmalies, I would avoid an IUD. Period. My immune system was immediatly effected, and what is worse my lack of immunity caused my  LO to suffer the effects right along with me. After two weeks he wouldn't even nurse, the next day he got a staph infection.   Since I had it removed, we have not had any new illnesses, baby is nursing again and  recovering well. Take care.  

post #183 of 451

I have had the Mirena for about a year now and it has been a horrible experience. I am 23 years old with two little ones. I had the Mirena put in about 4 months after my youngest. It was fine for about 6 months then I started havings severe depression, ovarian cysts, and thoughts of suicide. I am a very happy person, I love life and never ever ever in a million years would thoughts of suicide drift through my mind. I was scared to death, so my doctor put me on medication to control the hormones in my body. The side effects only came when I was supposed to have a period (never had a real period since started Mirena- which was soo nice). That medication worked for a few months then it really didn't combat the side effects any longer, so they increased the dosage. Now I feel like a whole new level of crazy. I never thought a person could be as emotional and at the same time distant as I am right now. I have an appointment to get the paragard put in next week. I am upset that I will have a period again because it was so nice to not have one. But I think that it will outweigh the craziness.  

post #184 of 451

I had a mirena for two years before I had ds and I loved it so much.  I was on depo for ten years prior but was beginning to get concerned about bone loss, and also wanted something more easily reversible if we decided to have kids.  Periods were maybe 4 days long, and just dribbles.  I only needed cloth pantyliners.  My acne was not bad at all compared to depo, no other side effects I could recgnize.  Got pg 2 months after removal- textbook.  I want another one but I had a leep done last march and want to get through one yr with clean paps before I go for it again.

post #185 of 451

Skimming to catch up on the recent posts, it seems like the Mirena experience has be either VERY positive or VERY negative.  Not much middle ground.  Either way, it would seem that if you are considering Mirena, a lot of research should be involved.

 

I decided to go with Mirena because I've always had problems with the Pill due to my (incredibly annoying) sensitivities to hormones.  With the Pill, terrible breakouts, awful headaches, nausea were always a factor.

A very close friend of mine, who has also always been the same with the Pill, opted for Mirena in the latter part of 2009.  She has done splendid, with the exception of weight gain.

 

I started some research following her experience & opted for Mirena in (Jan) 2010.  My experience has been the absolute WORST I've ever had with a medication. 

Apparently, I just didn't do enough research to find the extensive response of people that have had issues & negative responses. 

Most of what I initially found were warnings about pre-existing conditions that I didn't fall under.

 

If thinking about Mirena, please consider YOUR body & how well you know it. 

If something is nagging at your mind about it in any way, STOP, consider, research, consider again & go from there.

All of my original doctors, (I now have a new round of specialists I see due to issues that developed from Mirena), kept putting me off saying it was just my body adjusting.  But something just didn't feel right to me.

I've lived with myself for 30+ years.  I know when something isn't right!!!  I just finally needed to understand & trust that intuition and find doctors/support who would listen & help.

 

I had Mirena removed in August 2010.  Since I've been nursing myself back to health, (with some help, of course).  I'm doing much better at this point!  Still not 100% though.

I've had some previous posts about my issues, symptoms, etc, if you're interested in looking back a bit.  Feel free to email me if you'd like to discuss further.

 

post #186 of 451

Just thought I would add my Mirena experience since I'm especially frustrated with it today.

 

I had it placed March of 2009. Insertion was fine, absolutely no pain.

 

The only positive for me is that it's very effective and I don't have to think about using it.


Negatives... it's made me even more reactive than usual right before my period, although that has been better since I've been in counseling - the physical symptoms are the same, counseling has just given me the tools to recognize when I'm feeling emotional and mentally take a step back and breathe instead of freaking out. I bleed about every two weeks, a normal period and about a week or so, sometimes more of spotting/bleeding when I ovulate. Periods are heavier than before, and I had quite heavy and long periods prior to this. Lots of clots, which is weird to me but probably not a health hazard or anything. Weird abdominal pains, they feel like very painful ovulation... twinges, I guess I'd describe them, or it could be pain from cysts, although my gynecologist hasn't found anything abnormal. Most of the time I have a weird feeling, the best way to describe it is that it feels like my pelvis is crowded, like there are too many organs in there.. very odd and unpleasant, and I've never experienced that before Mirena. The strings disappeared sometime around November, which is a bit disconcerting but again my doctor isn't too concerned.

 

I went on an estrogen-based BCP for three months to try to regulate the bleeding, finished that the last week of December and once again, sharp pains and bleeding between periods. I just spoke with my doctor this morning and I'm giving it two months to see if it regulates itself after the stint on BCPs and if not, I'm having it removed.. if it gets really annoying I may try to get in sooner. I really just want it out now.. I wish I'd done more research before going the IUD route, nothing that I was told about Mirena has been true for me and if I'd read all the negative experiences others have had I might have avoided all the discomfort and gone with a BCP and diaphragm for backup or something instead.

post #187 of 451

Thought I would add another opinion here. I had Mirena put in 9/10, 6 weeks after the birth of my son. The bleeding from the birth had stopped a week before and after they put it in I bled a lot for almost a month. I also had severe cramps, like my body was trying to get rid of it. Finally, things calmed down for a bit and then I started to feel pregnant again. I was getting headaches, feeling nauseous and really tired. I also didn't get a period for months which was not one of the side effects my doctor mentioned. Light periods, yes, but nothing about no period. Finally, after taking a couple tests to be sure, I came to the conclusion that the Mirena was the cause and I am getting it removed in two weeks. If I want to feel pregnant again then I will get pregnant again and have a baby to show for it. All in all, I would rather get the depo shot than an IUD again. 

post #188 of 451

Just got my Mirena out and THANK GOODNESS! I'm already noticing a difference in my acne (never had it as a teenager), I've lost 5 lbs, and I actually want to have sex with my husband! I also wonder if the hormones affected my milk supply because I've always had supply issues. Personally, I will never use a Mirena (or other hormonal birth control for that matter) again. If I feel the need to get an IUD, I'm going to try a copper coil next time. 

post #189 of 451
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Thought I would add another opinion here. I had Mirena put in 9/10, 6 weeks after the birth of my son. The bleeding from the birth had stopped a week before and after they put it in I bled a lot for almost a month. I also had severe cramps, like my body was trying to get rid of it. Finally, things calmed down for a bit and then I started to feel pregnant again. I was getting headaches, feeling nauseous and really tired. I also didn't get a period for months which was not one of the side effects my doctor mentioned. Light periods, yes, but nothing about no period. Finally, after taking a couple tests to be sure, I came to the conclusion that the Mirena was the cause and I am getting it removed in two weeks. If I want to feel pregnant again then I will get pregnant again and have a baby to show for it. All in all, I would rather get the depo shot than an IUD again. 

 

You know, there were a couple times where I really felt pregnant again, but thought that I couldn't possibly be since it's supposed to be so effective, and then I'd get a period so I was sure that I wasn't, and now I've been feeling crappy again the last few days. Looked up the side effects of the synthetic hormone in Mirena today just for kicks, and lo and behold: nausea, fatigue, weakness, headaches, dizziness, stomach pains.. Seriously, I have about 8 out of 10 of the list that I found going on. So not worth it.

 

Moved my appointment up to next week and hopefully I will be DONE with it after that (although I'm nervous that it will be a huge process to have it removed since the strings have disappeared). I totally agree, if I'm going to feel pregnant I want to actually BE pregnant and have something to show for it.

post #190 of 451

I had a Mirena, it was inserted in October of 2009 and taken out in July of 2010... I had it taken out because I was afraid I would get pregnant with it in, all signs showed I was still ovulating, I was still having periods, but I had a couple of cycles that were longer than they should have been so that's when I had it removed. My periods never went away with it in. They did get lighter to where they were pretty much just spotting, but then they lasted for almost 2 weeks at a time. After I got it removed, I had a cycle where I bled so heavily I was anemic after just a day and a half of bleeding (I use a Diva Cup, and had to empty it every single hour, full each time). Then I had a cycle where I was sure I was pregnant because it was so long. I also had large ovarian cysts after I had it removed that they found by u/s when I had the heavy bleeding, which I wouldn't be surprised if they were caused by that, since I had never had any issues like that before. But, I obviously didn't have any problems getting pregnant after I had it removed, since I conceived in October... I would never get a Mirena again though.

post #191 of 451


 

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I asked my doc about getting the IUD with progesterone in it, and she said that it would probably not be to good as I'm BFing still. I have a prescription for the paraguard, but haven't got it yet. I'm still wondering about these little contraptions (but definatly exited about perhaps not having another baby for as long as I want)
I had the Mirena and BF for three years without problems. Progesterone shouldn't affect supply; it's what's in the minipill, for pete's sake, and docs have no problem giving that to BF moms. A lot of providers have an irrational prejudice against Mirena that I don't understand. I loved it. three years of no periods was beautiful.


Some women don't have problems with breastfeeding and progesterone, but some do.  before using the mirena IUD it's recommended you try the mini pill so if you ARE one of the women who has a problem with supply you can just stop the mini pill as opposed to the time and expense it would take to get the IUD removed.

post #192 of 451

Well, I finally got the mirena out on Tuesday and all the pregnancy symptoms I had with it have disappeared. I'm so glad I decided to get it out!

post #193 of 451

Yeah, I am w/ you... I feel weird about having a foreign object in my body, It also seems to me like I can "feel" it.

I've had the mirena for about 6 months now - just after having my second child and feel like I'm going crazy with all kinds of side effects like irritability, mood swings, hot flashes (I'm only 29) weight gain and the desire to eat all the time ( I never had before), anxiety & feeling frustrated a lot - is is the mirena or dealing w/ a 4 month old and a two yr. old at the same time!?... it seems like the mirena or is it my imagination?

post #194 of 451


At first, all was fine with the Mirena and then about 6 months down the line, I started having bad migraines, feeling very depressed, extremely fatigued all the time, have decreased to non-existent sex drive (libido), dull abdominal pain (lower stomach), infections (such as recurring yeast and urinary tract infections), lower back pain, breast pain/tenderness, recurring upper respiratory infections (such as the common cold and bronchitis), on and off nausea, painful menstrual periods, weight gain of over 20 lbs (that I cannot seem to loose, no matter what I try), sinus infections and last but not least, my blood pressure went up...  way up (I am on high blood pressure medication)!  I thought I was nuts for feeling the way I was until I recently started researching online and found hundreds of other women experiencing the same or worse symptoms!  I am taking this thing out on Monday and hope, as some others, that the symptoms will subside soon.  
 

post #195 of 451

i have been an the mirena for a little over three years had never had any problems with it beside when you first get it put in there is some cramping and a little bleeding but over the past three years i have not really had a period and when i do it is for about 8 hours and very little spoting and over time it just stops  my sister is also on it and she has never had any problem with it eaither i would really recomend this one it works great

post #196 of 451

I haven't read this whole thread yet, but THANK YOU everyone who has contributed!!! I'm only a couple of pages in, but it's so very informative.

We feel like an IUD is the route we should go right now (we want to make sure we do not get pregnant this year and probably next...though somewhere down the road we're not sure... we do have kids (two bio) and DH feels done but we're not ready to commit to a snip yet...

I have never done anything besides NFP before. I do think I have some hormonal imbalances (no tests show anything, but I know my symptoms and they say something is off!) So I don't want to mess with patches or pills or shots... I'm not good about remembering to take pills anyway.  Like I said, I've always just done NFP, but my 15mo son is nursing at night and my charts are all over the place, plus I don't have PPAF yet to use for educated guesses about fertile times, so I don't dare rely on them when we're not ok with an 'oopsie' this year.

I took the "which birth control is right for you" quiz on planned parenthood's website (just to verify whether their recommendation would align with my own feelings about what form of BC was going to work best for me at this point) and they recommended an IUD for me.

 

ANYWAY, I've been reading everything I can get my hands on about both mirena and paragard. Initially I was drawn toward mirena because I was scared of the 'heavy cramping/continuous bleeding' things I was hearing about paragard. However, then I started reading about some of the hormonal issues with mirena--particularly the depression and lost libido. I already have low libido, and it crashes when I'm pregnant (we're talking negative, like 'get your hands off me' kind of anti-libido). NO WAY am I going to sign up for that if there's no baby prize at the end!!! I also get depressed when pregnant, so I'm concerned that mirena might be all kinds of bad for me.

So I'm now leaning toward the paragard...but still feeling a little nervous. I have never had heavy periods or much cramping before (some months I get some, but not bad). I'm not sure whether past history is relevant or not.

post #197 of 451

I have had the Mirena for almost 2 years now and I loved it... at first. The first year I had no side effects and did not have a period anymore. After that first year I have had back and hip pain to the point of tears as I am changing diapers because it hurts so bad to sit down. I have also had bad hair loss. I always had thin hair but now I can use my daughters little elastic hair binders and wrap it 3 times with out it being even close to breaking. I have really bad anger mood swings that last a week or so. I am very distant from life which is not like me at all, and I have had depression issues. I like not having a period and not having to worry about birth control, but the side effects are NOT worth it! I plan to have mine removed. 

post #198 of 451

Hello all. I had Mirena for 3 years and gained a ton of weight and that lead to high blood pressure and at 25 years old with high blood pressure isnt normal. I would get bad acne, kinda like cysts and they were really painful. That was because of the hormones. I tried repeatedly to try and get it removed....doctor after doctor said my issues weren't caused by Mirena until I found the right doctor. I had Mirena removed 4 months ago and had Paragard put in. The acne has slowed down (wont happen overnight) I am happy as far as that goes. I lost alot of my weight, thank God and I am off of my blood pressure medicine=) Women know their bodies and if you feel like something's wrong it usually is. Paragard is nothing to brag about either. I have heavy bleeding and constant spotting lately. I have alot of abdominal pain, lower back pains too!

post #199 of 451

I have had the Paragard for 4.5 years now and am so happy I got it! I'm 33 and married, with no children. I chose the Paragard to avoid hormones, but was a little nervous about the heavier bleeding and cramping. I always had light periods with little to no cramping. I was told by my nurse the first year with Paragard would be the worst, then my periods would go back to normal. She was mostly right! The first year was hellish, but period #13 after insertion was almost back to my old normal. I still had a heavier flow than before, but no more cramping. And six months ago, almost four years to the day after getting it in, my period returned to its old light bleeding with no cramping style. I recommend Paragard regularly, but I always warn the woman that the first year will be pretty awful. I reason, though, that I still have at least eight worry-free years ahead of me.

post #200 of 451

I had my daughter sept of 2010 it is now march 2010 and I am pregnant again, YES i am on the paragard, what else do you do when you think you are protected and you are not, please i strongly recommend you do your research on this, so many threads that i have read have said i was on it two years, one year, six months, i was on it four months and i got pregnant again, im so angry i just want to sign up for every thread available and post negative comments about it, and if you do decide to get it and end up pregnant it could cause a 30% chance of miscarriage, i just want other women to know about this because i feel like it is the worst mistake i have ever made 

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