Mirena IUD: Love It Or Hate It?

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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...

 

Love It

Amber1106 says:

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.

 

Hate It

Momoftwo0720 says:

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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m4m4 m4m4

I have Mirena and have no complaints.  Yes I had cramping and spotting/bleeding in the beginning, but since then no problems.  My periods have disappeared (yay) and hubby has not commented on feeling it at all.  I'm thinking of having it removed next month to start planning our next baby.

Caden... Cadensmom24

I like not having to remember the pill and not gaining weight with the mirena but I have cramping more frequently now and also even though my periods are way lighter I have them more often which just sucks. I am getting it removed very soon. I think it is different for everyone.

Rossay Rossay

I love mine. NO pills to remember and no cramping, light periods, It's my new best friend.

Kenda... KendallsMommee

HATED IT!!!!! I had to have it removed after only 9 months because of debilitating side effects. Dizziness, anxiety, weight gain are a few of the many I experienced.

Toddl... ToddlerBrain82

I was happy with mine for the first year. After that I started to suspect that my period was getting a little longer and a little more painful each month. I normally have a three day period, no more, no less. By the end of my second year with the Mirena, I was having a 7 to 10 day period every month, with debilitating cramps. I got it removed in December of last year, and immediately went back to my regular period.

NotVe... NotVeryClever

I had my Mirena removed after about 9 months as well. It was extremely painful for me and would cause bouts of heavy bleeding, for no reason. I also spotted the entire time I had it. Insertion was painful but I was nulliparous when I got mine so maybe that has something to do with it. My partner did say he could feel it.


I am interested in trying it again though because it is so cost effective and easy.


 


 

Lanasmom Lanasmom

I hated it and will not try it again-- i could always feel it, and so could my dh. --The string never softened and i was told that they couldn't shorten it anymore--i had it removed after a couple months cause i couldn't stand feeling it, and dh couldn't take feeling it during sex.

Karee... KareemsMami

I've had the Mirena since January of this year and it wasn't a very good feeling having it put in, and a bit of cramps the rest of the day, but after that no complaints and I am period free HOORAY!

vdewes vdewes

I've had the Mirena since April of 2007.  I love it.  It has been a dependable birth control for me, and it was covered while I was still on state provided medical card.  I haven't decided if i want more children later but I do know that I dont want any now.  My husband isn't able to feel it and my period is practically nonexistent.  I may get a light flow every 3 to 4 months and it's only for a few days.

Chef_... Chef_Belinda

I had mine put in about 2 years ago..love it!  My husband said he could feel it, so my doctor had me come in so she could shorten the "string" and since then have had no issues.  I don't  get a period anymore..everyonce in a great while I will spot for like a day.  It's cheaper than the pill, and more convienent!


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