Mirena is an IUD (intrauterine device) that's put in place by a doctor and can last for up to five years. Lots of women on CafeMom are using this method of birth control—with varying results. Some women love using it and have had no problems at all; others report horror stories of cramping, mood swings, and other painful side effects. I've asked two CafeMoms to share their very different experiences with Mirena...
I got my Mirena on Feb. 1, 2009—about 14 months after I had my baby. My husband was getting out of the military, and we would be loosing our insurance. This was a way to have dependable birth control without having to worry about how I was going to pay for it. Also, I am terrible at using the pill. I used the patch before Mirena and that worked well, but with Mirena there is nothing that I have to remember. I am planning on having it removed in April of next year so we can have another baby. I love it! I did have some slight cramping the day I got it placed and some discharge the first week but nothing negative since them. My "periods"—if that's what you want to call them—are like maybe two days of spotting and that's it. My partner says he can't feel it. Overall, I think it's a great alternative to the pill or shot. I gained weight with other forms of birth control, but I have lost quite a bit of weight since I got my IUD.
I got Mirena about nine months ago. I wanted a good birth control that lasted a long time because I have two kids and I'm not sure if I want to have anymore at a later time. At first everything was fine, and it didn't really hurt getting it put in. My husband said he could feel it but it didn't bother him. Then, I started having really bad cramps when I went up stairs, bent over, etc. It's not like period cramps—it's worse. I called my doctor and made an appointment, and he checked me. The Mirena had shifted, and it was really hard for him to find it and get it out. I had to see if I was pregnant. After he removed it, I didn't have any cramps again. I have met people who love Mirena, and I have met people who hate it. I think they are too many side effects with this, and I will never use it again.
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Also, this post in Healthy Living Buzz will you give you the basics on IUD:
Do you/have you used Mirena? What has been your experience?