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Pros & Cons on the Mirena

diannamerritt

I'm new on the Mirena what are your pros and cons on it? I don't want anyone's opinions if they never ever tried it.
Jan 17, 2018 @ 09:28 pm

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fredamans

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What is it?
Jan 18, 2018 @ 11:38 am
diannamerritt

Hello

It's a IUD birthcontrol
Jan 18, 2018 @ 01:34 pm
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I had it for a year and a Half. I bled almost the entire time And everyone kept telling me that my body was adjusting. Eventually I said screw it because it shouldn't take that long to adjust. I didn't get pregnant though, I couldn't have sex lol so I suppose it did it's job, just not in the way it should have lol I wouldn't recommend it just based on my experience with it.
Jan 19, 2018 @ 03:05 pm
fredamans

@diannamerritt

Thank you for clarifying.
Jan 19, 2018 @ 04:11 pm
Tomublog

20 years of Mirena was great for me

I had Mirena fitted many years ago after suffering very heavy and long periods. It worked like a dream for me, so much so, I have had four of them over 20 years. During this time, I never had a period, other than for a few weeks after replacing the device. No side effects and I personally thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. However, my last Mirena seemed to cause problems, that I did not associate with the device at all - hair loss.

Suddenly about four years ago I started to realize my hair was thinning quite badly and I was losing excessive amounts when I brushed my hair and washed it. After starting to get a bit upset about it I did some research on hair loss and found that lots of women also suffered from this with Mirena.

When my Mirena came up for replacement last year, I decided to have it removed and not replace it. I noticed after a week or so that I was losing far less hair. Even my husband commented that there wasn't so much of me left around the house! I have now been Mirena free for four months and my hair loss is definitely less, although I haven't noticed new growth yet.

I've had no other side effects from removing it, other than a week of cramping immediately after. I also haven't had any bleeding yet, although I'm in my early 50's, so that may be why!

But for me, after suffering horrendously in my teens and 20's with heavy, constant bleeding, the Mirena literally changed my life for the better.
Jan 19, 2018 @ 05:02 pm
CarrieP

One year later

I got mine because of very-heavy flow that interfered with lifestyle/work. The first one came out the day after insertion... on day 1 of my cycle, using the Diva cup. The company sent a replacement, and I had some adjustment challenges for several (4-6?) months: spotting, cramping, clotting, general abdominal discomfort and bloating, more days per month with (lower volume) flow.

I stopped using Diva, for fear of losing Mirena due to suction. It's now been almost a year. I bleed more days, less volume. My OB/Gyn thinks flow may eventually completely stop, but so far it hasn't. She said side effects are rare with this device, partly because the hormone is locally released only to the area to be treated.

I hadn't realized that hair loss could be a side effect. Interesting feedback, @Tomublog!
Mar 13, 2018 @ 10:02 pm
Tomublog

Facebook groups

there are a few FB groups for Mirena. They tend to be more negative than positive, just because people tend to moan about things that go wrong, rather than when they go right. But they are helpful to get other views and opinions. I never realized that hair loss was an issue, it it definitely is.
Mar 13, 2018 @ 11:54 pm
MorganThorne

About to get my second

I'm nearing the end of my first one and will be getting a second one soon. Needless to say, I love it.

I was on Depo (the shot) before because I prefer long-acting bc and estrogen doesn't do good things for me. I end up as a basket case on bc pills (never did try the progesterone only ones, since I'm also bad at remembering to take a pill at the same time every day). I had to stop the shot because it was negatively affecting my bone density (I was in my early 30's at the time).

It was painful to insert. I have never had a child and because of the depo, I didn't have a period (two things that should make it easier to insert). My doctor was also new and learning how to put them in. She was good, but I think a more skilled hand could have been quicker!

I had cramping for a couple of days, which is typical. I haven't had any bleeding or anything since I got it (I bled for maybe a day).

I haven't had any hormonal issues at all. One of the reasons I like bc that takes away my period is that I have bad chronic pain. Periods would cause my pain to flare up, so this works like a dream. I love only having to worry about it every 5 years.

Really, the loss of period is the only side effect I've had.
Mar 13, 2018 @ 11:55 pm

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