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Reviews for Mirena to treat Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
Review by Tess73 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I had a Mirena put in when I had my laproscopy for Endometriosis about five months ago. I had a month of heavy bleeding at first now its just a few days a month of light bleeding the rest of the time there is a light discharge whatever that is. It is annoying as I have to always wear a pantyliner. Good thing the Mirena has gotten rid of the heavy painful bleeding I had and my menstrual migraines (which used to last for 7-10 days every month). Yay! Only thing that really upsets me is the acne on my chin, though its more like rash type spots then full on acne it looks dreadful as my face has red splotches on it and its embarrassing. Still I would prefer to have that then the horrible pains and migraines that I used to.
I had the Mirena put in 9/4/13. It is 11/5/13 & I have not had 1 single day w/out bleeding!! This is so effective at birth control because you cant possibly have sex with all the bleeding it causes!! i am 38, of average weight and had it inserted for birth control, not to treat any other symptom. For me, getting it inserted was mildly uncomfortable, was over quickly. I was able to go running that same day...so I wasnt uncomfortable at all. I did take 800mg of ibuprofen before the appointment. The first 2 weeks I broke out with really nasty acne along my jawline. I think my hair has thinned. I have also experienced Migraine w/aura :-( My Mirena has until Jan., if this hasnt fixed itself, its coming out.
I had my Mirena inserted in 2009 and I have yet to experience any major issues. Yes, in the beginning I bled for 3 months with a day or two in between with no bleeding at all, and I had thoughts of getting it removed but never did. It has been very effective and I am glad I kept it in. I have very light cycles now where I might spot for about 3 or 4 days and that's it. I'm relieved that I don't have to worry about unplanned pregnancies and I do plan to get the new one installed next year prior to my current one expiring.
13 users found this comment helpful.
I'm almost 24 and have had Mirena for over 1 year now. I am SO glad I was not scared away by all the negative reviews. Sure, insertion hurt just a tiny bit, but it was about 5 seconds of a strong pinching feeling (due to an unusually sharp curve in my uterus) then a few hours of cramp pain, exactly the same as period cramps. If you can handle a monthly period you can EASILY handle Mirena's insertion!
Since I've been using Mirena, my formerly wildly irregular periods have eventually diminished to a day or 2 of extremely light spotting (1 pantyliner is more than enough) every 2 - 3 months. I have not experienced weight gain, acne, or diminished libido, & my sex life is as good as ever!
27 users found this comment helpful.
Review by ChocolateA (taken for less than 1 month):
I am 40. I had to change my birth control pills when I got 40. They weren't strong enough for me because I bled real heavy and for 7 days and every other week. So I decided to let my OB/GYN insert the Mirena which she had tried to get me to get before trying those lighter birth control pills. Its only been a week but I love not having to think about taking pill. Also I was on my period when it was inserted, my period became light the same day and was for three days. For me the placement was a 3 on a scale of 1-10 with pain. But my cervix is push far back & to the side and they had to pull it towards them to place it and that pain was a 7. So far no regrets only wish I had did it sooner.
24 users found this comment helpful.
I have always had really heavy periods and when I was in high school I thought I was normal even though I was changing a super tampon every hour. Turns out high school girls exaggerate about their symptoms. I went onto the pill when I was 18 to deal with the bleeding and upset guts. It helped a little but I still got upset guts and would bleed for a full 7 days (still using those super tampons). I have had the Mirena for 1&1/2 months Granted I have only had one period since its been put in but it was a grand total of three days and I barely needed a panty liner for it. I had no upset guts. The only thing is if I have too much sugar (chocolate bar and a pop at the same time) I will get really bad gas pains. So I guess I just won't eat that much sugar anymore.
16 users found this comment helpful.
I had the Mirena inserted 4 months ago. They say that the bleeding is abnormal in the first six months. But really bleeding for an entire 4 months with just a few days of no bleeding is ridiculous. I am so tired of wearing pads and having to worry about the bleeding. It puts a hamper on a lot of things. The bleeding isn't heavy but it is enough to have to wear a pad constantly. I hope when the 6 months mark hits this will clear up a little more. The pain not a problem. I had three kids and no problem with the pain. It is the bleeding the constant bleeding that gets on my last nerve. I will let it roll until the six month mark and hope for a change.
28 users found this comment helpful.
I thought I'd throw a positive review out there. I've read so many negative ones. I'm 19 years old. I've never had children, so getting it put in wasn't very pleasant, but not terrible. I got the Mirena because I was bleeding for almost a year straight, very heavily. The only negative side-effects I've had so far are bloating, cramps, and moodiness, but they went away after a week or so. I've had no weight gain whatsoever. I've actually lost a few pounds...Yay! My sex drive has actually gone nuts (in a good way), and my periods have stopped! That's the main thing I'm happy about. I was tired of bleeding all the time. I'd recommend the Mirena to anyone.
24 users found this comment helpful.
Absolutely wonderful experience with my Mirenas - I'm now on number two! No periods, no mood swings, no lethargy, I just feel in great health. If you are wondering if the Mirena is for you, I recommend trying it. It seriously changed my life - I now *have* a life rather than being hostage to my hormones!
25 users found this comment helpful.
I have had my Mirena for almost 5 years now and I have enjoyed a significantly lighter flow, continued regularity with no exception. It has changed my life! Pre-Mirena would have me feeling nervous to go out in public during my cycle as at some times, my flow would be unmanageable. I am now premenopausal and considering another one for the next five years
15 users found this comment helpful.
I'm 46 years old, on my second Mirena and will be eagerly lining up to have my third fitted next year. During my mid 30's I began to experience heavy periods to the point they were interfering with my ability to leave the house. My doctor recommended Mirena. It took many months to settle down (4-6 if memory serves) and I was at the point where I wanted it out but my doctor told me to wait another month and sure enough the daily spotting stopped.
Mirena has worked wonders for me. I love the freedom and convenience of not having periods.
21 users found this comment helpful.
I had the Mirena 1st inserted with great pain in 2006. After the initial pain of the insertion it was a miracle! After a lifetime of heavy and irregular periods I actually stopped having periods. After 5 yrs I had it replaced. My new Dr. did the removal and insertion of the new Mirena under general anesthesia. For the first year all was great. Then the unexplained spotting began..I was told it was stress... then bleeding and cramping for months that finally ended with bright red blood loss during sex... scared the heck out of my boyfriend and me... again dr told me stress was to blame. I changed Drs and was informed that hormone changes which cause the bleeding during sex. I am having it removed. Too much at risk the 2nd time around.
I am 22. This thing HAS helped my horribly heavy, painful periods. But my body is so sensitive to this. I have broken out in horrible cystic acne on my chin (derm said this commonly causes acne) and cheeks, and my JOINTS ache, I can't sleep, I'm constipated, I'm sweating worse than ever & having hot flashes when it's 60 degrees. So, beware, for highly body-sensitive people, this may not be worth it. I am getting it removed. BUT IT DID HELP MY PERIODS!
I'm 48 years old and had the Mirena for 4 years now, it totally stopped my period and I was very pleased due to heavy bleeding. I have had dizziness, weight gain, and lots of acne, hair loss etc. I'm getting it removed a year early. It took a toll on my body, but everybody is effected in different ways.
Review by RedHeadedMomma (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Had the Mirena in for a month and first period is basically non-existent. Was recommended for by my gynecologist because of harsh periods and excessive bleeding causing iron deficiency, though I don't really think my bleeding was that excessive. Have had minimal cramping and hardly any discharge, no bleeding to speak of. I was worried coming off the pill that my acne would come back, but my face is clearer than ever. Have noticed some abdominal bloating, but its only the first month so not a big deal.
HOWEVER...people should be warned about the insertion process as it was quite a terrible experience even with a very gentle and experienced Gyno. Frankly, it hurt bad and I had immediate cramping. Have a driver with you.
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
I've had my Mirena for about 9 months after having been on the Depo shot for 10 years. I chose this device because the Depo was too strong and my emotions flat-lined. I have a history of painful periods and need something so I can function. On the Mirena I have some annoying but manageable cramps and no bleeding. More importantly, I have mood fluctuations (a good thing) but nothing like the PMS extremes. Insertion was not very bad (I have not had children) as long as you take some pain killer a few hours before and get the cervical softener in place in the vagina the night before. I also had an experienced doctor insert it. Definitely do your research before you get it inserted. Overall, this is working very well. I have even lost a few pounds!
I've had the Mirena for 3 months. It has been overwhelming positive. I had suffered from very heavy painful monthly periods, with often breakthrough bleeding during my cycle. As a result I became anemic and lived my life with no energy and dreading my next cycle. My doctor recommended the Mirena. I didn't give it much hope as I thought nothing could stop the pain and heavy flow. The Mirena did. No pain, no weight gain, no dreading my monthly cycles and no more anemia. Now all I have is spotting. The spotting was continual when I first had the Mirena which was a minor annoyance, but as time goes on the spotting is decreasing. I read many negative reviews before having the Mirena , but for me it has been fantastic.
23 users found this comment helpful.
I had Mirena inserted in April 2011 as a treatment for endometrial hyperplasia with atypia and uterine polyps. The hyperplasia was gone at my 3 month biopsy and the polyps cleared by my 6 month biopsy. I am 41 years old and never had a child. My periods used to be heavy and now are very light for one to four days, only needing a liner. The main adverse side effects that I have experienced are breast tenderness a couple of days a month, more clear discharge throughout the month, and a little more acne. I can live with them knowing that the hyperplasia has been treated. I have even been able to continue losing weight. I would definitely recommend Mirena as an alternative to using Megace, which is the normal course of treatment.
I had Mirena placed in January 2012 to help with very heavy periods and low iron. Relatively comfortable placement, by a GP who specializes in women's wellness. Felt strong cramps for about 15 seconds during placement, other than that it felt like getting a pap. First month constant spotting and bleeding. Headaches. Cramps. (Very unusual for me but also very manageable). First period 30 days after placement 75% reduction in bleeding and days of period as compared to my normal periods.
The headaches and cramping form the first month slowly dissipated, and now I don't get either anymore.
I have not had a period since February, took a pregnancy test just to be safe, it was negative. I didn't expect much from Mirena...what a great surprise!
10 users found this comment helpful.
I had the Mirena inserted about 8 weeks ago. I have had on and off bleeding (more on) but it's starting to stop now. I gained 4-5 lbs, but it's mostly bloating. I am told by my doctor that this will go away after my body gets used to the hormones. I feel great on it and will take the 4-5 lbs for feeling that much better!
I am 18 years old and have constantly struggled with my weight. My doctor recommended Mirena, so that I wouldn't have to worry about quite so much hormonal weight gain. I had the Mirena inserted on October 31st and it is now December 13 and I am still bleeding. This isn't spotting, it is full blown, blood clots and a super tampon and liner, period. The cramps, which have subsided were so terrible the doctor put me on a pain medicine to cease them. For some this works great, for me? I'm seriously considering having it removed. I'd rather go on the shot and gain weight, then have a constant period.
At age 56, after testing to rule out other problems, I had Mirena inserted 8 months ago to control disabling periods that were interfering with work, travel, and exercise and causing anemia. Insertion was less noticeable than pap test, with minimal cramping afterwards. Periods now range from light to fairly heavy, but all are manageable. No weight gain (I am slim) and no other noticeable side effects except for near constant spotting, heavy enough to need a small tampon for all but about one week per month. Annoying but much better situation than I had before so I am very glad I did it.
I had the device put in in February 2011 because I had been battling endometriosis which resulted in the loss of one ovary and half the other. After surgery two years later the bleeding was terrible and lower back pain was off the hook. I couldn't work or leave the house and using tampons like they were candy. I'd had enough so Mirena was my only option. I'd had five pregnancies and four wonderful children so I wasn't looking to have anymore. The insertion of the device was very painful and I did spot for the first five months. My periods I get monthly are very light and last two or three days. That's the best part, no pain and I'm happy. The only side effect that my husband and I noticed was a 15 pound weight gain. But I can diet.
I tried the Mirena due to heavy periods. I was 49 when I had it inserted. The cycle of the insertion last about 15 days. After that, my period hadn't lightened up at all. I actually had a period starting two weeks after the last one during the 5th month. I decided after the period of the seventh month that I wanted it removed. My cycle was still 6-7 days, but the last two months included an extra day of spotting started. By this time in the journey, I had celebrated my 50th birthday, knew that having more children was not on my "To Do" list, and really wanted my heavy periods to end. So, I had it removed and I am now scheduled for the ablation procedure. I had high hopes for the Mirena, but it wasn't the right fit for me.
I'm 45 and it was to treat heavy bleeding and has done that well. Light pads needed only. I have to wear a panty liner every day due to the yellow discharge (side effect) no, it's not an infection. I find that annoying but apart from that my moods are fine, I haven't put any weight on, my breast tenderness has improved but my finger joints and muscles are very sore in the mornings only. They were not sore like this prior.
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