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Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have been using Mirena for about a 1 yr now and I've been waiting for the awful symptoms to go away but they have not. Acne, tired, bloated, nausea, cramping, headaches. I've also gained a lot of weight I thought the symptoms would go away but they haven't so I'm seriously thinking of having it removed. Everyone's body is different and I am sad it didn't work for me. I'm thinking about just getting a tubal. I already have two little boys and I'm pretty sure I'm done having kids.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I just got the Mirena and I love it already. I experienced a tiny pinch during insertion. not too painful at all, and no cramping like my dr. said I would experience. Just a little bleeding the first day and none since then. Medicaid covered the cost, and now I don't have to worry about contraception and I love it
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Got it this morning. I'm 21 years old and have no children. Beforehand I took two doses of Cytotec to relax the cervix and 800 mg of ibuprofen. The insertion was only mildly uncomfortable. The most painful part was measuring the cervix, which was a 3/10 on the pain scale at most. I did get a bit clammy during the measurement, but was completely fine after the procedure was finished. I even drove myself home and went to school only an hour later. I got it right before my period was scheduled to begin. I have had no cramping, no soreness or discomfort. Interested to see if I will see any side effects.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I am 22 years old, had been on birth control (Beyaz) for 5.5 years. Had trouble with mood swings, weight gain, and bad acne through the pill... and continued to have heavy and irregular spotting between periods, with the pill. My sister got Mirena and said it changed her life (for the better) So I then got the Mirena too. It was a very fast procedure, painful but nothing that you cannot handle by breathing through your nose, and out of your mouth. It went smoothly and I was very crampy afterwards, but 2 hours later I was totally normal. No spotting, or cramping since the input. No period, my acne has cleared up, I've got more energy throughout the day, and I'm very pleased with it.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've had Mirena for about six months now. I had it inserted six weeks after I had my baby and it was not painful at all. The doctor explained I would have a light period the majority of the month for the first three months and then it would go to normal. I had my period three weeks out of the month very very light for approx four months. Yes it was annoying. The past two months it went back to normal. I eat clean and exercise daily I have lost about 20lbs. I do get bad cramping once in awhile in that region especially if I lay in certain positions for a long period of time. But that could just be post pregnancy. I'm overall a happy calm person and my mood hasn't changed one bit since I started. Overall I recommend Mirena.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I haven't had my Mirena for as long as everyone else, but I have to say that so far everything is great! I am 22 with no kids, but I'm moving in with my long term boyfriend soon and don't want to have to constantly worry about being pregnant. I won't lie, insertion for me was horrible. The pain was pretty bad, but went away almost instantly after removal of all of the other stuff. I felt pretty bad for the rest of the day and cramped for the next few with a bit of VERY light spotting, but I haven't had any spotting in the last week and just have the occasional cramp. I have felt for the strings and it kinda freaks me out that I can feel them, but my boyfriend hasn't mentioned being able to feel them. All in all, it's much better than the pill that I was on and I'm happy with my Mirena so far!
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: The insertion experience was probably the most painful thing I have ever had to go through, and I'm not going to lie about it. I'm an 18 year old who has never had a child, been pregnant or any of the above so my cervix has never been messed with until this moment, which made the procedure ever worse. But, now that it's been about 6 months I can say it was completely worth the experience.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I had Mirena placed about 4 1/2 months ago, and have had nothing but problems since! Having it placed was fairly painful but not too bad. I had cramping for a few hours after and that was it. About a month after having it placed I started having terrible cramps, mood swings, low sex drive, very dry during sex, I've gained about 30 pounds since I got it. The only thing it improved is my period. My period usually lasts about 3 or 4 days and is very light, but that doesn't make up for the horrible cramps. I am having the Mirena taken out this week.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: 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!
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I am 22 years old and just had my first (beautiful) daughter. I decided to get Mirena when I went in for my 6 week postpartum appointment. I read all the reviews over the product about how horrible it was and how painful the insertion was. I was a little nervous but I knew this was the right birth control for me. I had NO pain what so ever when my OB put it in. It was so easy! I had very light spotting the first hour or so afterwards but none since then! I'm only on day 2 so I'll do a follow up in about 6 months. But as of right now, I'll recommend it!
Review by MandyJ12 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I had Mirena placed in February 2012 at my 7 week check up following the birth of my daughter. I did have some side effects (fatigue, dizziness, cramps, spotting) the first 2 days after having Mirena inserted but by day 3 I felt 100% better. 7 months later and I love it! I have not had a single period since insertion. During the week that my period is normally due I feel slightly bloated and more hungry then usual but it sure beats 10 - 12 days of heavy bleeding, severe cramps, nausea and vomiting. I'm leaving Mirena in place until I am ready to become pregnant again, possibly in another year or so. After baby #2 is born I will definitely have Mirena inserted again!
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have had the Mirena only for a month however so far so good. The insertions was not as painful as I expected maybe because my OB inserted it while on my period. He stated for easy insertion. Afterwards little cramping but nothing major. The only downfall is its only been a month and I have been bleeding often. First week no spotting but second week spotting then third week spotting but little more. I don't think its my period just yet as its a week before but I hate the in between bleeding.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have two boys they are 2 years and 15 days apart. The day I got the Mirena inserted there was some pain with the procedure but by the end of the day it was gone. I have been bleeding heavy and light since and its been 2 1/2 weeks now. I have noticed hair loss, increase in appetite, and mood swings.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I was very excited to try Mirena. I experienced the normal, cramping and extreme discomfort and pain immediately after placement. My cramping and pain lasted longer than normal. Roughly 15 days after placement, I became intolerable. It was the worst PMS I can recall ever having. I wasn't that moody when I was pregnant. Then my period came and it was the longest, most painful period I have ever had. I went from having a 3-4 day period with one day of cramping to a week and a half period with 5-6 days of cramping. Next month, same thing. Needless to say, this is coming out.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have had my Mirena for 3.5 years now, and I think it's wonderful. I got it when I was 18 years old - I am not a candidate for most other forms of birth control because of my migraine headaches, so Mirena seemed like a good solution. For insertion, my gynecologist numbed my cervix with an injection which helped buffer some of the pain. I experienced significant cramping for a few hours after it was put in, but a heat pad and a day of rest was enough to keep it very bearable. Since then my periods have become progressively lighter and shorter (now they only last for one day, and bleeding is so light that I rarely use pads or tampons), and I never get cramps. Bottom line = I love it. Talk to your gynecologist!
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: 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.
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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I haven't had the Mirena for very long, about 4 months. The first two months I bleed a normal period the whole time. I guess it's kind of normal until your body gets use to the hormones in the Mirena which I guess takes about 3 months. but my doctor put me on a medicine to help slow down the bleeding which stopped my bleeding completely until a few days ago I got my first period and its so light! I don't even notice it until I go to the bathroom and even then its still hard to see because its so faint. LOVING IT! Other then that no other side effects. Weight is the same and I've always been a little moody so that's never changed. So to anyone who may have been freaking out about bleeding I hope this helps you.
Review by Mommytroya (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Mirena (levonorgestrel): I had Mirena for nearly a year. Had it removed yesterday after becoming increasingly anxious and easily irritated. Had severe headaches since 2 months after insertion. I have lost all sex drive. I also started having acne problems and never have before. Hopefully I will return to my old self soon. Mirena wasn't for me.
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have had Mirena in for a little over 7 months. I love it for the fact I have not had a period for the entire time, just a little spotting for about 3 weeks after insertion. But I cramp pretty often still, but at my checkup the doctor told me if I could just make it through the first 6 months I would be good to go. But I'm still hurting pretty bad. I hate to keep taking medicine because I know it's not good for my body. I am tired of cramping all the time, because at times it's so bad I feel like curling up in a ball and sleeping all day.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have been on Mirena for 4 years now. It has been good so far, I have not had a period or spotting in almost 4 years. I haven't gained any weight (but I do feel bloated from time to time). The only down side is my sex drive has nose dived. I used to ALWAYS be ready to go another round but now I have no interest which causes me to get a little moody but the positive out weighs the negative.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I am 28 and do not have children. I had the Mirena inserted 2 years ago. I have used both the pill and the Depo Provera injection but was planning to travel and start a graduate program abroad and I did not want to worry about access to contraceptives. I have had a really positive experience with Mirena. The insertion was pretty uncomfortable, but my doctor warned me prior that the insertion can have a higher degree of discomfort for women who have not had children. Over the last two years my periods have become lighter and lighter. Now I only need to use a light pantyliner. I do have some mild (very mild) cramping with the beginning of each period. If your doctor recommends this method for you then I recommend it as well.
Mirena (levonorgestrel): I have had my Mirena for almost 5 years now. I had it inserted after my daughter was born in September 2007. I have had probably the best experience possible with the Mirena. My period is very irregular however, but when I do have it, it is very, very light, more like spotting then a period. I will be getting my Mirena changed in a week since the 5 years is now up and I am very nervous. It wasn't painful the first time, but that was 6 weeks after having a baby so I'm sure my cervix was more open then now. I have heard that it's not painful at all to have it removed but I am wondering if anyone has had the same experience and have had their Mirena replaced and could give me some advice on how your experience went!
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