Also known as: Mirena, Next Choice, Next Choice One Dose, Norplant System, Plan B, Plan B One-Step, Skyla
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Plan B (levonorgestrel) for Emergency Contraception: Plan B was ultimately worth the money because I didn't get pregnant, but the side effects were bad. I had extreme cramps, nausea, and I had basically a continued period for 2 months before I finally decided my body wouldn't fix itself. Once I got put on the pill my body evened back out.
Next Choice (levonorgestrel) for Emergency Contraception: I'm 38, took the pill, had light cramping off and on but no period. A very light spotting that I wouldn't even consider a period. Now a month and 1/2 later, still no period. I've taken 3 pregnancy tests and all have been negative. I'm hoping I will start my period soon but if not I guess its a trip to the doctor.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I got the mirena in yesterday and it was a breeze. The docs wanted me to do Skyla because its smaller, (but I wanted longer protection). I haven't had a child, and I've actually had more pain during a pap smear with a nurse. Trick is to find a doctor that has done hundreds of intrauterine device procedures. My doctor has done over 1,000 and the whole thing took less than 2 min and caused little to no cramping! I was so scared that it was going to make me scream but I didn't make a peep. So far so good. I expect to buy some Proactive and be extra mindful of carbohydrate intake so I don't gain weight.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I am a 40 year old, who has never given birth and I had the Mirena placed 3 months ago, to try to alleviate very heavy menstrual bleeding. The insertion was quite painful, but only lasted a few hours. I did bleed for about a week afterwards. I've had my period every month since, but I do not need to use tampons. Am hoping that within the next 2-3 months, it will get even lighter. I still have some cramping, but nothing compared to before the insertion. I have read lots of comments with bad experiences, but I guess this is not for everyone.
Plan B (levonorgestrel) for Emergency Contraception: I have been taking Previfem/Sprintec, for about 5 years, and my periods are very regular. My husband and I also use condoms. We had a condom break on us recently, and it just so happens that I'd forgotten to take my pill that morning at the normal 12pm hour. So I took it immediately afterwards (around 830pm), and then took Plan B, the following morning, just in case. I was right in the middle of my 28 day cycle, and the most fertile, so I was very worried! The side effects I experienced were slim to none. I had some light cramping, and my breasts were sore. I experienced some spotting 11 days later (3 days prior to my normal period start date - which was odd), but my period started as normal.
Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) for Emergency Contraception: I made my exgirlfriend take Plan B One-Step two days after sex which was a Wednesday...and now 5days later which is Monday she says she has a severe headache. We're still young and I'm really worried. Still waiting to see what happens.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I had the Mirena removed today after 4 years. I have had stomach pains forever and kept going to the doctor saying something was wrong. They did test after test and found nothing. I was convinced that it was the Mirena, then my doctor asked me if they put it in when I was on a cycle and I said no so she was determined it was the Mirena as well because they are supposed to put it in on a cycle. I loved that I didn't break out and my periods were light but I couldn't take the stomach pain anymore.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: LOVE LOVE LOVE Mirena! I was on the pill for 6 years, which killed my sex drive. And after a while started giving me migraines, which became more and more frequent with time. Now with Mirena I am migraine-free! So nice not having to worry about either migraines OR taking a pill everyday since I am a busy medical student working crazy hours in the hospital. I knew it was time to switch and I'm so glad I did!
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I was really frightened to get Mirena after reading some of the awful reviews. However, it has been a good experience so far. I have had it for about a week. I was told about the spotting and I have only had a little one day. I had absolutely no stomach cramping after a couple of hours after it was put in, but you must take about 5 Aleve before and after. The worst part was when they put it in. It wasn't bad until they dilated my cervix, and let me say, if that's what childbirth feels like, I'm scared. That lasted for about 45 seconds and then was over. Overall, I've had a pretty good experience. Everyone is different, but I am amazed at how little side effects I've had.
Review by GardenGirl (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I am a 47 year old female. I tried the birth control pill and it raised my blood pressure too high. My GYN suggested Mirena. I read the reviews and warnings and was nervous but agreed. It has been over 6 months and here is my take;
1. Having it put in was ridiculously easy and not worth any concern
2. Very pleased with not worrying about pregnancy.
3. Periods are normal but extremely light.
4. Some cramping after sex - some light bleeding after sex. No biggy.
5. Had to have the strings cut shorter for my partner - he cannot even notice it now.
6. The only downside I have had is an increase in acne AND on the days I get my period I am very moody (I never had this before so I know it is a side effect).
7. Cost 100.00
Plan B (levonorgestrel) for Emergency Contraception: Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex. I took Plan B within 2 and a half hrs of our fiasco. I had the sharp pain in my side and cramps when my period came a week and half later. I never want to be in the predicament again! I don't want to end up pregnant.
Review by CajunElla (taken for less than 1 month):
Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) for Emergency Contraception: -April 20th- Unprotected sex
-April 23rd- Took plan B (about 60 hours after unprotected sex) That was the soonest I could get it. EAT BEFORE YOU TAKE THE PILL! Eating before prevents you from being nauseous. I read all sorts of horrible reviews so I was expecting the worst. Right after I took it I instantly became drowsy & increase in appetite. But that's about it. No nausea, no change in stool, no tender breast, nothing.
-April 29th- Spotting
-April 30th- I started my period today, which is a week early. But at least I started right!
Plan B (levonorgestrel) for Emergency Contraception: I have used this product 4 times and each time it has been very effective. The side effects aren't that bad, the worst that happens is stronger cramps on your period and fatigue. Your period may come a couple days after you take the pill or it may not even come that month however you shouldn't stress because stressing will delay it even more. This product is great and if taken correctly you should have nothing to worry about.
Next Choice (levonorgestrel) for Emergency Contraception: Took the one-dose pill 12 hours after unprotected sex. No immediate side effects. 5 days later I got a very heavy, crampy period 13 days before my scheduled period. Didn't enjoy having this period a week after my scheduled period first ended, but the pill was effective and I'd use it again if I had to.
Next Choice One Dose (levonorgestrel) for Emergency Contraception: My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex about 10 days into my cycle. I took Next Choice One Dose about 12 hours later. I had no side effects, maybe a little sleepy. About 6 days later I woke up with cramps and a light period that turned into a normal period- 13 days before I was supposed to get it. I did freak out a little because my periods are always on schedule, but I did get my period again when I was supposed to, and I didn't get pregnant. So despite the unwanted mini period, this medicine did what it was supposed to and I had no bad side effects (I have taken the two-dose pills before and had a few negative side effects). It was a little pricey but it's absolutely worth not having a baby.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I am 23, and I have had Mirena for the past 5 yrs. It was placed in a month after my son was born and I now have gotten it removed and a new one inserted! I LOVED it the first time I occasionally spotted but rarely more than 1 day. The reinsertion was a different discomfort then what I experienced the 1st time. I have had A LOT of cramping, even in my legs. Hopefully it doesn't last.
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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have had Mirena twice. The first time was after my 2nd child. During the insertion I had 2 small cramps that did not last long. When it was all done I had no cramping and no bleeding for a year. I had it removed because I was going to try and be a surrogate for my aunt. Sadly it didn't happen. But I was blessed with my very own baby boy later on. I had Mirena inserted again after my son's birth. This time I had a little more cramping during the procedure. Afterwards I bled heavy for 10 days with mild cramping. I had a week of nothing than another 10 days of random bleeding. Now it's been about 3 months since the procedure and I have not had any bleeding but I do get lots of cramps and I am having a hard time losing weight.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I had a Mirena placed 2 years ago for heavy periods. I was 38 at the time, and it had been 16 years since my last child. The doctor said it can maybe more painful, the longer you wait after having children, However, I had no pain with insertion. I had some cramping for a few days, as well as spotting, after 6 months, my period stopped completely. I have NO issues with Mirena, from extremely heavy periods to none and I didn't have to get a hysterectomy I would recommend it.
Review by Relieved29 (taken for less than 1 month):
Plan B (levonorgestrel) for Emergency Contraception: Had unprotected sex right in the middle of my cycle. Took this roughly 24 hours after having sex. I felt pretty emotional for a few days afterwards. Not sure if that was from the pill or the situation I put myself in. Anyway, for about a week and a half I felt nauseous, had cramps, was very tired and had headaches. I also started spotting about 2 weeks after taking it. I thought I was starting my period. However my actual period was delayed a couple days. Very happy this product exists! I will not put myself in the situation to have to use it again, however.
Next Choice (levonorgestrel) for Emergency Contraception: I took Next Choice about 2-3 hours after unprotected sex. About 5 days later, I had a very, very light period that lasted for about 3 days. I was so scared it was implantation bleeding. Two weeks after, I had 2 days of a super light period again, then 3 days of an actual period. Not pregnant!
Review by Aiydan's Mom (taken for less than 1 month):
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I just got my mirena inserted yesterday and so far I feel fine. I am 20, and I have a son. The insertion wasn't very painful, though the cramps afterward were a little uncomfortable (nothing that some ibuprofen can't fix). My husband and I haven't had sex yet so I don't know if it'll affect us yet. Still bleeding a little, but nothing serious. I don't know if this review was helpful, but I'll definitely give an update within the next 6 months.
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Review by MB-First Months Experience (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I was lucky, and was having another procedure done at the same time, so I was under anesthesia when they inserted mine, and I didn't experience the pain of insertion that some have described. My body is confused though, because I was supposed to start my period the week after, and I had just had a D&C for a biopsy, (Which was benign, yay!) So my body tried to have a period, I experienced intense angry mood swings. I saw others had experienced that on Mirena. Very little bleeding, a little more intense cramping, but Advil took care of it. Mood swings passed after first couple of days, now I am back to normal. You can feel the string if you search for it in there, but my partner doesn't notice it during intercourse. I will update in 6mths.
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Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) for Emergency Contraception: The condom broke the day before I was supposed to start my period and I took Plan B One-Step an hour after the 'accident'. I was very tired and sick to my stomach but after a good nights rest (10hours, which is unusually long for me) I felt much better, the cramps felt like I was being ripped in two and were so bad they caused diarrhea. Then 5 days after taking the pill I started my period, I have never been so glad to bleed so much. I bled for 5days and it was pretty heavy. It worked great.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I am 47 years old...I had my Mirena removed today after 5yrs. The removal was easy & painless. I had a really good experience with this method of Birth Control. However my sex drive was very low and I experienced minor contractions (that's what I call them) they were more intense than cramps, nothing that a couple of Motrin couldn't handle. After the second year my period completely stopped, I still had PMS but no bleeding for the next 3 yrs. I'm taking a break trying the pill again for 3 months any problems I will not hesitate to have another Mirena inserted.
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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Last August I had the Mirena instered. I was 20 at the time and knew that I did not want any children for the next 5 years. I was really nervous about getting the Mirena because I've never had any children before and heard that the pain was awful. The GYN doctor that I was seeing prescribed me Misoprostol to insert into the vagina to soften the cervix. I also took some Ibuprofen an hour before the procedure. During the procedure I did have A LOT of pain, (as expected), but nothing that was not bearable. I experienced a lot of cramping pain during the dilation and insertion of the procedure and also 2 days after the procedure. I love the Mirena now and no longer have a menstrual cycle or cramping. I've not had any complications so far!
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