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post #381 of 451
I just wanted to share my experience. To start of I am 19 with no kids but decided to get mirena because I was very forgetful with the pill. I have had it for about 10 months, and I am not happy. Insertion didn't hurt too bad, but my Dr gave me pills to stick up my vagina the night before to open it up for easy insertion. I was fine right after and didn't bleed much. I have had my period every month but it only last about 2 days and is extremely light. But a week before my period I get cramps that make me bend over in pain and cry, its awful. I have also had problems with acne and weight. I have been trying to lose weight and just can't no matter What I do. I have tried diet pills, exercise plans, and counting calories. Nothing has worked. Although I haven't gained weight, I have gotten bigger and always look swollen and bloated. Another problem that i have had is a complete loss of sex drive, which is not like me at all. It has effected mine and my boyfriends relationship. I do not recommend it and plan on getting mine out VERY soon.
post #382 of 451

Hi, I have had the Mirena for 3 years. Initially, I had a lot of pain and spotting but no period for years now. The convinence is wonderful but the weight gain I can't stand anymore. My partner and I noticed it immediately. I am thinking of replacing it with the paraguard but I am nervous about the bleeding issue. After reading everyones responses, I am thinking other methods might be the way to go for me.

post #383 of 451

I have had both, the mirena and the paragard. I had th mirena for approx. 18 months and gained so much weight (30lbs) and had the worst mood swings. They say that it only has a small amount of hormones but when you are eating the same and working out on a constant i knew it had to be the iud. After removing the mirena within the first week I'd lost 10 lbs after doing minimal exercise. I had the paragard inserted a few months later. Well like they say you do have a much heavier period, which to me was the only upside of the mirena that I loved. Well there are months that my cycle lasts as long as a week and a half, but I'm now starting to have a heavy discharge that a cousin of mine is saying that she is having also. I went to get a check up and nothing was found abnormal so i can only assume it's the iud. I say you have to make the choice that's best for you. Not everyone has the same side effects or symptoms at all. Other than the heavy cycle, which I can leave with I love the paragard but iuds or birth control for all that matter isn't for everyone.

post #384 of 451
Originally Posted by kdiggs12 View Post

The great thing about this thread is that there are so many different opinions and views.  The not so great is that many conclusions are based on faulty logic.

Weight gain is largely  psychosomatic  in birth control users, regardless of type.  In a small percentage of women, there is an increase in fluid retention which technically can cause weight gain.  But we're talking 1-3lbs.  And even in those few women, the weight goes away after a few months.  Women simply do not gain weight "because" of birth control or the hormones in it.  There was a review of over 44 studies that show birth control does not cause weight gain.  So disregard posts swearing their IUD is to blame for weight gain issues. Convenient, but the IUD is no more responsible than a condom would be.  


Also, nearly all women who haven't gone through menopause have ovarian cysts.  Cysts continue with the placement of an IUD.  Whether they rupture or require attention (most cysts are benign and not treated) has not been linked to any birth control.


Less than 8 in 1,000 women get pregnant while using Mirena.  that is less than 1%


I have a wonderful OBGYN and do my own research and I would just hate for women to make a decision based on incomplete information.  Hearing from anonymous women is one thing but also talk to professionals, read scientific studies, and compare info from the ACTUAL manufacturers.

I have the mirena...late 20s and have never been pregnant.  My doc had me take a cervix softener before hand.  It was uncomfortable and painful but not as bad as it sounds by some accounts.  I had cramping for a few hours afterwards, similar to what I have on periods.  So far so good.


I had the IUD for nearly 2 years after my second birth and I had painful cysts nearly every month.  Yes, they occur in most pre-menopausal women, but not to that extent. The makers of Mirena claim that cysts are a side effect.  I also suffered several chemical pregnancies, which means that I would get pregnant and miscarry within one cycle.  (And yes, Mirena acknowledges that chemical pregnancies are another side effect). Can you imagine what that does to someone's hormones?!?  In addition to all of that, I had terrible migraines, although hormone bc usually does that to me.  The day I had my Mirena removed I felt like me again, it was amazing.  That was about 2 years ago, and I have since had a third child.  I know the downsides of Paragard, but I really don't want a 4th kid now and I'm so paranoid about getting pregnant, I don't feel comfortable relying on condoms.   

I know that everyone is different and reacts to medications differently, but to anyone considering the Mirena, I'd say, prepare yourselves for hormone hell. 

post #385 of 451

I like your response. I'm thinking of getting the paraguard and you made a lot of points that relate to myself. I'm alittle excited to be trying a birthcontrol that won't give me mood swings or headaches. I have been trying different hormonal birthcontrols for almost 8 years now and i feel that i know my body well, so i don't think that the bleeding with this device would effect me too much. I am a normal/average healthy woman. Feels very empowering to discover that i can be more in control of my body and baby choices. I have two children and this IUC device gives me plenty of time(up to 10 years) to think if there is a third of more in my future! :)

post #386 of 451

I havent posted in a while so figured I would update... I have had my Paraguard for 8 months.  My periods are a steady 6 days long from start to finish, nothing too heavy, no cramping, regular light PMS symptoms.  I stay away from sex during my fertile days, just in case, but havent had any adverse affects from the Paraguard to date.  My cycle length is approximately 31 days.  I use a handy android app to track my period start and end, fertile days and PMS signs so that I don't have to worry about it throughout the month.  My cycle length is still a bit long at 31 - 34 days in total length, but thats ok with me!  I am thinking about getting my strings cut back a bit since they are really low when my cervix drops each month.  We'll see what the OBGYN says during my annual exam at the end of the month.

post #387 of 451

Hi there-


I am curious to hear about your experience.

I am looking to change to a copper IUD because I am having side effects from Ortho-Cyclen Birth Control Pills. 


Since most of these reviews are negative, I just want to be sure I am making the right decision.


I have not had children, am 21, and most likely won't be ready to have children until I am in my 30's.  So, the IUD sounds like a good idea.  I have been having recurrent UTI's and Yeast infections, so am hoping to get my body balanced again without using hormones.\


Thank you so much for your feedback!

post #388 of 451



I want to share my story with you ladies - hopefully you will find it useful!


Before getting the Paragard, I read through most of the reviews on here.  I was scared silly to do it because of some of the horror stories I read, but I ended up doing it anyway, because I really couldn't find a better option.  Plus, I figured, if it didn't work out - I could always have it removed.  I am *hopefully* done having children and I was planning on getting the Adiana, but they stopped manufacturing it before I could get one.  There were too many negative reviews of the Essure for my comfort and I am nervous about the possibility of early menopause sometimes associated with tubal ligation.  I do NOT respond well to hormones at all...so that left me with very few options.  Condoms were getting old, fast!  And frankly I am not disciplined enough to not have sex when I'm ovulating so that eliminated NFP.  My husband did not care to get a vasectomy, but if this doesn't work out, that is the next step.  :) 


My experience is as follows:


Insertion: (Note: I took 4 Ibuprofen an hour before the procedure and this was 8 weeks post-partum).  Some women said it was very painful...it was not painful for me at all.  I have had paper cuts that hurt worse, and I'm not kidding.  Granted, I have done childbirth naturally three times, so my pain tolerance may be higher but it genuinely was not painful for me.  Slightly uncomfortable, but only because I find those clamp things the OB GYNs use annoying.  I'm not minimizing other women's pain...just saying that my experience was relatively pain free.


Bleeding: I began bleeding immediately upon insertion and it continued on for 4.5 days, with the last .5 day being more spotty than anything.  However, that said, on Day 2 the bleeding was so heavy that I felt weak and almost unable to care for my three kids.  I have never bled that heavily during a period.  It has been a month, I have had no more bleeding since then (but I am breastfeeding, so I normally wouldn't have a period right now). 


Cramping: I had some minimally uncomfortable cramping for about a day post-insertion.  Nothing since. 


Sex: Sex is comfortable, no pain or cramping at orgasm (as some have experienced).  Genuinely appreciating the freeing feeling of not having to worry about pregnancy again! 


Moods: I have not noticed any change in my mood at all, which is a huge bonus.  I was miserable on hormonal birth control - this has been very nice. 


Efficacy: I cannot yet attest to how well it's working.  Firstly, it's only been about a month.  Secondly, I am only 3 months post-partum and am breastfeeding, so odds are decent that I wouldn't get pregnant anyway.  Hopefully their 99.8% record doesn't leave me in the .2% of failures!  :P


The Strings: My husband has not complained about them yet. 


Convenience: This is amazingly convenient.  If it works I will be SO pleased.  I am not uncomfortable, I don't have to think about it, I don't have to stop and get a condom...it's  dream come true so far! 


I hope this helps some of you!  Please feel free to ask any questions you may have!

Edited by wbutterfly - 10/7/12 at 4:51pm
post #389 of 451

Checking in, it's been a year since I got my Paragard and I still have had no adverse effects. I'm still breastfeeding frequently enough to keep AF away (which is just fine with me!) but no crampies, anyway. Sex without worry of pregnancy is AWESOME.

post #390 of 451

No disrespect intended, but are you a spokesperson for Mirena? Clearly, hormones will effect every woman differently. NO, weight gain and several other side effects that hormonal imbalances cause are not listed on Mirena's side effects (i.e. depression, migraines,etc). However, if you look up the hormone that is in Mirena, levenorgestrel, strangely enough you will see all those side effects listed. I have had Mirena for a little over a year, right after I had my third son. I have never had a problem losing weight and despite working out (hard) 4-5 times a week and writing down all my food intake, I will lose a pound, then gain it right back. I also never had headaches. Suddenly I have daily migraines that I have to take medication for. I became depressed to the point of being suicidal. The Mirena may work for some whose body chemistry will tolerate it. But to simply dismiss the symptoms that women are having from this thing because some drug company or doctor says it's "not possible" is ludicrous. Those people are in the business of selling drugs, your interests come second. It is very naive to blindly trust pharmacutical companies.   

post #391 of 451

RemmusP, who are you responding to? I had the Mirena for a year and discontinued it because I had clearly hormonal side effects- quickly went up a cup size and my breasts were really tender. Crazy cramps. Sex drive down the crapper. (I told my care provider all these things and she tried to tell me it was from stress, to which I replied, this is the first time stress made my boobs bigger.) I tried to hang in there because I liked not having a period but eventually I had it removed. I just know I'm more the exception than the rule. It's a really low dose of the hormone, but obviously there are some of us out there whose bodies didn't get that memo. I'm definitely not a shill. I'm a fan of my Paragard, though, and I'm a CNM who really likes women to have birth control methods that are effective and minimally irritating. I thought I'd share my good news, especially since a lot of American women are afraid of IUDs.

post #392 of 451

My friends had Mirena. They both liked it very much. There's no bleeding and cramping. It takes only 2 minutes to put it in place. The only bad thing about it is you can still have a bad attitude when it comes to your time of month. Right now, I have Paraguard. I will let you know in a month.

post #393 of 451

I personally have had both.


Paragaurd made me bleed super heavy and have terrible periods, coming from a person who never had cramps or PMS in her life. Amidst other health issues I had PID like symptoms and had it removed shortly after it was put in.


More recently I had the Mirena inserted four months ago. I bled heavy pretty much everyday, my hair fell out, I gained weight and struggled with really bad moodiness. My milk supply tanked despite pumping like crazy, changing my diet , taking supplements etc etc. I ended up weaning at 5 months:( I had PID like symptoms about three weeks ago and had it removed. Within hours and days most of my symptoms went away. Still working to get the 30+ pounds I gained off, but much happier. Prior to this insertion I had been on the pill for 5+ years without any real issue and virtually no period.


I should add though that it appears I am sensitive to foreign objects in my body (I had those new dissolvable staples during my c-section and they have caused no end of problems for me!) so I am one of small number of women who wouldn't do well with internal implants. 

post #394 of 451

I have had the Paragaurd and I have the mirena now.. Personally, i like the Mirena better! I have the paragaurd for 5 years and I was misserable, I had a period practically a whole month every month, when i stopped bleeding I'd get it back within a couple of days and it was a never ending cycle, I never got preg bc I rarely had sex, I never stopped bleeding long enough to have sex..lol..But now the Mirena, I love it... I have a period that lasts about 4 days and most months I dont have a period at all. I have a sex drive now and when i had the paragaurd I never wanted to be touched lol. I have had the Mirena now going on 2 years, no problems yet.. Best wishes to ya, hope this helps you

post #395 of 451

i have also had both iuds.  The paraguard i had in place between my second and third child, so about 4 years.  i did bleed longer - about 5 days of regular bleeding, and about 5 days of spotting.  Cramps were noticeable, but i never had a heavy period or huge cramps before the iud.  All in all this iud worked well for me.


After my third was born i thought i would try the mirena because the thought of not having periods appealed to me!  i had it inserted at the end of january, and have been pretty much spotting the entire time.  i thought my cycles were starting to level out, had about a week with no spotting, and then my period started!!  it has almost been two weeks!!!!  So i have an appointment this friday and am going to ask to have it removed.  Dont' know what we will do for bc, but i would rather use condoms then be bleeding all the time.


-No apparent weight gain or hormonal imbalances on either, but after reading threads like this, you just never know how it will affect your body.  i was on depo when i was younger and didn't have periods, but did gain weight slowly.. as soon as i stopped getting the shots i lost weight..

post #396 of 451

I am only getting back here in October to respond to your post.  there are several hormones to be checked, not just one.  also, your pituitary controls the thyroid.  you should go back and be thoroughly checked by an endocrinologist!  i have hashimoto's thyroidits and it is a tricky thing to get your tsh levels right.  the synthetic hormone works great and i feel so much better!  when you first get on it, they start lower.  they retest your blood and may need to adjust the levels throughout time.  the medication is very inexpensive.  here's a helpful link, http://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/thyroid/thyroid-goiter

post #397 of 451

i would say no hormones.  do the paragard or get a hysterectomy or tubes tied.  if you get a hysterectomy, they can leave your ovaries so that you do not need to do fake hormones until you are much older.

post #398 of 451

To all of you ladies considering Mirena..... I heavily warn you to research this type of birth control. I have 3 children,after my last 2 daughters I wanted to have my tubes tied I'm now 30 and I have no desire to have anymore little ones but my ob said NO that it was too permanent so I went with the Mirena... here are my side effects as of the past 2.5 yrs....


My DH has complained to hitting it during sex... and there are times when I feel it hit my uterine wall... leads to bright red spotting



SIGNIFICANT hair loss!!!!!! I've lost 50 percent densenity of my hair and it looks like PP shedding on a hard core bender... usually I wouldn't have freaked out about this but everytime and I say EVERYTIME I wash my hair or brush it I'm loosing 10- 20 strands and its "texturizing its self" that's my stylist talking. I have seen her for the past 8 yrs so she knows my hair very well now and she refuses to put my layers in because you can see through my hair... very depressing since I've always had a thick head of hair. I have been fighting with my hair since its insertion with taking prenatals, fish oil vitamins, vitamin E, increasing my protein in my diet... all for naught and then I looked up side effects of Mirena and I am by far not the first.


Massive migranes especially as the Mirena ages.... I've had this thing for 2.5 yrs and now I'm getting massive migranes on average every 2-3 days.. and NO I do not have a history of migranes or high blood pressure


yes it is effective, I will not argue that with you... however because of the hormones in the Mirena this is what I'm dealing with and getting this damn thing out of my body. Oh did I mention on top of this its going to cost 106.00 to get this removed???? Grill your OB about all of the side effects with these because you might wind up getting baby free at the expense of your health...


PS I am intrested in hearing from anyone who has had the Mirena taken out because I've been reading on The Mirena Crash after you had this thing removed... seriously upset over this!!!



post #399 of 451

I have had both the Mirena and the copper iud .... my first IUD was the Mirena it was 4 years ago, and it was 1 month after i had my oldest son, the DR suggested it for a wonderful birth control WORRY FREE as he put it, well i had bounced right back after having my son i basically lost all of my pregnancy weight during delivary i had never had issues with my periods they were to the T every 28 days for 5 days nothing heavier then a super tampon couldnt handle, i didnt really have cramps and all of that. after i got the Mirena i bled for 45 days lightly but non stop, in 3 months i put on 15 lbds  and started developing depression and severe mood swings i wasnt able to think rational, my dr said it was post partum but i told him i had been fine after my baby was born and i was totally happy with him, i had lost a bunch of hair and began to get migraines so bad i would wake up from them in my sleep .. i eventually starting reading the post online and i saw that a million other people had the same issues, so right away i made an appointment to have that thing removed after 6 months of drama and my dr said that it was me that the mirena wouldnt cause those issues, i actually had to switch DRs offices,i got it removed  i would say i had a rough adjustment for a good month but then after i felt 100% again, i started loosin weight and feeling more positive without it and after wasting money on therapy we realized it wasnt post partum depression,


i swore off birth control for 2 years and i got pregnant with my 2nd child, about 4 months after he was born i thought i would try the copper IUD considering it has no hormones and me and hormones dont mix, well everything went totally great it was not painful to have inserted i felt nothing more then a slight pinch i think maybe it depends on the DR.  i had some light bleeding but nothing really, and some cramping but nothing  to die over  took some tyleol, because i Ibeprofen makes u bleed more if you are bleeding.  i loved it i didnt feel a difference at all, i had slight cramps during my cycle the downside was that my periods began to be horribly heavy so bad i would need to wear a tampon and a pad but an overnite pad for the first 3 days then it would taper off,, usually would end after 7 days. but i pushed thru it because i loved the freedom of not getting pregnant and not dealing with hormones, nothing happend to me other then the heavy bleeding for a few days, eventually i had to take it out because i couldnt tolerate the gushes of blood, it was to much, it was like i was having a miscarriage. i took it out 7 months after i got it in. i have triend numeros other BC but nothing works for me, im thinking of just putting it back in and dealing with the heavy periods because i know right now i dont want to have another baby at all.


i would deffinatly recommend the Copper IUD over Mirena any day.

post #400 of 451
I have had the Paragard for about 4 weeks now and my period should begin on the 16th but I started spotting on the 11th and now I am bleeding but still not my actual period if that makes sense. I plan on sticking this out for a few months in the hopes that I will adjust but if I am going to full on bleed for 2 weeks a month it's not worth it. So frustrated with it so far. :/
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