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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I got the Mirena Tuesday of this week. I was very weary about the insertion because I work at the OBGYN & have seen the good along with the very painful inserts. I get high blood pressure with the pill and saw that the Mirena was 100% covered by my insurance so I thought I would give it a try. Insertion is best while you are in your menstrual cycle because it causes your cervix to dilate. With that being said I have not had children and got the Mirena during my cycle, I was barely spotting. Insert gave a small cramp to my surprise much easier than I was setting myself up for in my mind. If you follow direction & take Advil or Ibuprofen every 4-6 starting 1 hour prior insert & 5 days post same routine that will rid of cramps & bleeding. VERY satisfied- no cramps or bleeding!
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I had the Mirena IUD inserted about a month and a half ago. I cramped the day of a little bit and everything was fine. So far I love it, I have only had one period since and have been expecting a second and it hasn't come yet. Unfortunately I am having it removed in a couple of weeks. My husband and I after having sex noticed blood in our areas- and it was from the strings of the Mirena cutting him. This was really painful for him and it is not his first injury during sex since I had it inserted. I would recommend if your partner is rather larger than average that this may not be for you because it has been an issue for us since inserted.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Overall this was very effective with no issues to note other than those described as common side effects. I had no weight gain, no mood changes, no spotting, was regular like clock work after the initial few weeks after insertion. Granted, it isnt pleasant to have fitted but is much less uncomfortable to have removed (like removing a tampon really). In the UK (i am English), we the cost of birth control and follow up care is free on the NHS. I had the Mirena for the full 5 years and only experienced a pre menstrual facial spot and 3 days of mild tummy bloating prior to each predictable and very light two day bleed. This is my full and honest experience.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Alright ladies, my experience with Mirena entails no gruesome or terrifying stories that will make you run for the hills. My experience with Mirena has been fairly good. I got Mirena approximately 6 months ago. Beforehand I was entirely frightened due to the horrible reviews that people post on the internet. But let me just straighten this out. Some people do have bad experiences but those people are the ones who feel obligated to narrate their story to the world. So I'll be the one to write something positive. Slight pain during the insertion, nothing worse than cramps. A month of irregular bleeding. Only to be followed by four months of glorious period free time. I occasionally get spotting but it isn't anything bad at all.
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Review by Frustrated with Acne (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Love the fact that I don't have periods! However immediately after having it inserted, I started experiencing severe acne (I'm 35) so this is seriously unacceptable. It's so bad that it's all over my face, neck, chest, back and scalp. Nothing works to get rid of it. I went to a dermatologist and he prescribed several items for me none of which worked. I have another appointment to go in a couple of days. There is a medicine that apparently works (I did lots of research online) that's called spironolactone that's used for high blood pressure and acne as well as a few other things. People say that if they're prescribed 100mg, it works and they have almost no pimples after a few months.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I had the Mirena put in about 7 weeks ago. No pain getting it inserted (I've had 2 babies). At first I thought it was going to be the best birth control ever, now I am not certain. I've been bleeding the past month medium / heavy with clumps, feeling tired and drained. Will be going to get it check out soon.
Review by happy mirena user (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: 22; getting married in August- I received my Mirena at the beginning of January 2014 and I am currently loving it! Like many of you I did extensive research before deciding on a birth control. I decided to go through with Mirena and having it inserted hurt REALLY BAD because I've never experienced something passing through my cervix. I turned white immediately and nearly passed. I cramped for about two weeks but used ibuprofen and it was fine. My fianc
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Review by Lizzy Borden (taken for less than 1 month):
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I just got mine in a month ago and I feel and look really bloated all the time. I've been on my period for almost 2 weeks I don't like it so I'm getting it removed tomorrow.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Age: 22 Kids: 0
I have had my Mirena for nearly three years and I love it! Insertion was painful for about a minute and I had bad cramps for a few hours afterwards but since then, nothing! It is expensive if you dont have good benefits (luckily I do!) I've only had two 'periods' since the day I got my Mirena and they were very light and lasted only a day or two. Some months I get slightly crampy for a few days but this happens very rarely! I was concerned about the Mirena migrating or turning or doing something it wasn't supposed to but have been to my gyno for annual check ups and it hasn't moved at all. I will definitely get the Mirena again when I'm done having children! We NEVER have protected sex (3 years!) my husband and I both love it.
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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I love Mirena more then any other birth control method. Had it put in 3 months after my daughter was born. There was slight pain with insertion but my cervix had fully closed by that time. I had light spotting that day and nothing since. I am also breastfeeding so that might be why I am not bleeding like others. I have had no mood swings acne or weight gain. I do have a Masters in pharmacology and from an education background I can say most of those side effects people complain about are from your bodies adjusting from having a baby in you and then out of you. The amount of hormone transfer from uterus site to outside the body is minimal that is why it is safe for breastfeeding mothers.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I am 20 years old and I had my Mirena inserted a month ago and to me personally the insertion was extremely painful. It was unlike any other painful cramp I have ever felt before, but the pain did not last for too long and after it was inserted I was fine and didn't really cramp much after. That being said, I have had no children and did not take my Advil as advised from the nurse prior to my appointment. Other than that I have only had light spotting and it has made my period lighter. Mirena is supposed to decrease your sex drive but honestly it has increased mine and my partner and I love it! I hope it stays this way and the bleeding/spotting stops soon!
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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I got my Mirena inserted at the end of December 2013 and it is now February 2014. I have a three month old. The insertion wasn't painful, but it was uncomfortable for a few minutes. After I experienced light cramping for about a day. I've been bleeding since I got it but it's not heavy. I am a teenager so if you are a teen mom I recommend this. You don't have to remember to take anything. I haven't gained any weight and have had no serious side effects. So far it's great.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've had the Mirena for about 5 months now and I'm still not sold on it. The pain during insertion was high and I had horrible cramping for the next few days. My periods are about a week and a half long, granted it is light and is more like spotting but it's real inconvenient. I still get pretty bad cramps accompanied with it too. You're told to give it about 6 months to let your body adjust to it so I'm hoping it gets better.
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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: I just got the Mirena inserted this morning and thought I'd share my experience.
When my doctor inserted the Sound to measure my uterus, it was like a sudden cramp that came on and it was alarming (an eye opener). Then she proceded to insert the Mirena, which also was quite crampy, but not as intense. To me, the Sound was more uncomfortable than the Mirena insertion. I have read a bunch of horror stories online and honestly, I can say it really wasn't that bad. In fact, I only took 1 Advil before insertion and I am home now and I'm not even cramping. Don't get me wrong, insertion wasn't pleasant, but it wasn't anything horrible.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I'm 24 and have had one baby. I waited until I was 8 months post-partum for insertion. I have PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) and getting Mirena was a 50/50 risk of improving or hurting my condition. I did not get my Mirena inserted while on my period since PCOS women have irregular cycles. Insertion wasn't really painful; it felt like getting a PAP smear. If you've had a baby, insertion is like a mosquito bite compared to labor. I got my Mirena on December 26th, 2013. It's now January 31st, 2014 and I'm still bleeding like an average period. I've read a lot of reviews on here and noticed a trend for the women who have had babies before insertion, and they bled quite awhile longer than women without a history of children.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Age: 24; Births: none; Previous contraceptives: none; I just got Mirena inserted yesterday with no anesthesia. I took 800mg of ibuprofen before my appointment. I experienced two sharp pains that lasted ~10 seconds each--one during measurement and one during insertion. I just tried to relax my bottom and breathe through it. The pain immediately subsided after she inserted the Mirena. I did feel crampy for the rest of the day, but I returned to work and even went to the gym and did a 2 mile run on the treadmill. So it wasn't terrible.
I can only comment on the insertion experience since I just got it inserted yesterday, but hopefully this will be helpful for those of you who (like me) are feeling anxious about the insertion.
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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've had the Mirena for 5 years. I'm having it takin out next month. I've really enjoyed having this birth control. For one it was very effective and I didn't have to remember to take a pill. The only thing I have bad to say about the Mirena is it did cause cyst which was very painful at times and as I've read all the reviews not one person mentioned discharge. It causes you to "leak". Its perfectly normal. But to me was gross. And it was a lot! I can say my sex drive has decreased in the last year to where I don't want it at all. Other than that it has been great! Getting it put in didn't really hurt I just felt pressure. Hope this helps!
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: I had almost a constant headache when I first had it in I gained 12 lbs in 2 weeks (thought it was water but it stayed). Not sure if I got depression or I just didn't feel right. Got it out yesterday..no more constant headache!
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: I have felt so wonderful since I had the Mirena inserted over a week ago - I feel like my old self! I have suffered for over a decade with huge fibroids, have been through two major open surgeries, multiple minor ones, have had horrendous periods, PMS through the roof, you name it - I've had it. This past week I have been energetic, happy, smiling and just plain normal!! I haven't felt like this for years and I can only assume my body is responding well to it. I hope my positive experience stays. I had it inserted under general anesthetic as my gyno did a hysteroscopy while she was in there.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I just had my mirena removed after having it for 5 years. After
only a few days of spotting and cramping I did not have a period for 5 years. I did however cramp a little every month and had mood swings. It was the best birth control experience ever and after having a few cycles I plan on having it put back in.
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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've been on Mirena for about a month and a half, the insertion hurt and I've been on my period since then. It's not at all heavy, actually light enough to wear 1 panty liner all day. I think I want to get it taken out soon because I'm also feeling real crampy throughout the day.
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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I had this birth control in for 2 years and have had it removed. The only benefit was the fact that I didn't have to take the pill every day. I spotted all the time on this and got really random heavy periods. The side effects were unbearable (they creep up on you)! I didn't notice any major problems at first, but by year two I thought there was something medically wrong with me (I have been seeing a specialist, my normal Dr. couldn't figure out what was wrong with me) I had really emotional PMS, the sharpest worst cramps (I could feel the Mirena poking me for the inside) and no sex drive at all. I had difficulty focusing, was tired ALL the time, super sore body and I gained 27 pounds with no major lifestyle changes. Insertion and removal HURT!
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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: I have dysmenorrhea. I have had Mirena for almost 5 years, due to get a replacement at the end of this month. It has been great - no periods, increased libido. I did get some angry red pimples on my chin, which cleared up with antibiotic cream from my GP. Have gained weight, but this is undoubtedly due to my terrible diet and lack of exercise! My GYN said I could leave it another 6 months, but I have been feeling moodier/libido decreasing the last couple of months, due to the hormones waning. Mirena is the best thing I ever tried, I got it to try and stop my very painful periods, and it has worked!
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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have a 5 month old and just had the Mirena last month. It is amazing! Did not hurt whatsoever when they inserted it. I have had no side effects, cramping, nothing! I even have noticed I have lost a few pounds versus the weight gain of traditional birth control pills. I read reviews for weeks that terrified me for no reason, it was painless. It is worth every penny and I am so pleased with the results.
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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: If I could give the Mirena a 20, I would! I had it inserted in August 2013 for endometriosis and I have had one period since; and I use the phrase period loosely (I barely bled for around 36 hours. It barely warranted the use of pantyliners). My primary reason for getting it was to keep my endometriosis at bay; it is an estrogen dependent disease that thrives during your period, so my doctor killed two birds with one stone. My insertion was mildly uncomfortable during the part where they open your cervix, but my doctor also had me take 800mg of Ibuprofen an hour before my appointment. The whole insertion process took less than two minutes. I had absolutely no spotting, cramping for three days. Added bonus, sex drive is through the roof!
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