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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've had Mirena for almost a month now. I am 33, had one vaginal birth. The insertion is painful, but very manageable. I used to weight 112lbs, in less than 30 days I've gained 6 lbs. I got a crying fit within 24 hours of inserting Mirena. I did not experience post-partum depression with my child and handled the divorce pretty well, so I know the depression is due to the Mirena. Add a constant sense of bloating, cramps and back pain. I have been spotting since the insertion too. No normal period so far. I also had an awful migraine that lasted 3 days. In a couple of months, if the side effects don't improve, it must be removed.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: LOVE IT. Best thing I EVER did for myself. I have the freedom to be free and no more FEAR! I have never had children and it gives me light manageable periods, no more cramps, and I lost weight. I was 21 when I had it put in and I am 23 now, 2 blissful years of birth control. I have to recommend it!
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I'm 21 with 3 kids, Got my Mirena on 6/12/12 and I'm already on my period. I'm slowly breaking out on my back which never happens and also on my face, I have gained 3lbs, I'm a very active person I workout hard 6 x a week and eat as healthy as possible. Now tell me, is it the Mirena or me?? I'm not sure about this but I'll give it about 5 or 6 months.
Mirena (levonorgestrel): I have had Mirena for four months now. The insertion was quite painful but I had I had to get it done in the middle of my cycle instead of during my period so I guess more pain is normal then. My cystic acne has come back in full force in four months and I spot brown very randomly but I suppose both of those could be due to other stresses in my life. I am also feeling a little depressed and unmotivated, definitely gaining weight without much change in lifestyle. I am 31 with no kids, perhaps I need to work harder on my body now but 12 lbs in four months is a LOT for me. I will give it six months to see if things level out.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I had the Mirena inserted after the birth of my 2nd child. I have had the Mirena for 3 1/2 years now and at first it was fine, very light periods and eventually no periods at all. My husband did complain a few times about the strings during intercourse but that's about it. However for about the last year and a 1/2 I have had crazy side effects off and on: weight loss (not complaining about that) anxiety, depression, no sex drive, nausea, sore breast, bloating, stomach pain, cystic acne. You name it I've got it. I have 2 boys (3 & 4) and they stay active but now I just have no energy. I know everyone reacts differently to birth control but I honestly believe that these side effect come with time so just keep an eye on your behavior changes.
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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Had mine put in about 6 weeks ago And love it so far. I'm 23 with no children but did a lot of research first. The insertion was painful, even with media to help. I did try to drive myself home but nearly fainted while driving...so you might want to bring a friend. Overall though it was not THAT bad. I spotted non stop for 5 weeks and now have gone 1 full week with no spotting. Other than the initial placement I have had zero pain.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I had Mirena placed in January 2011. As soon as it was placed, I have not had my menstrual cycle. Between that and the fact that I didn't have to worry about taking it everyday, that was the only good thing I experienced with it. I had more than half of the side effects of Mirena, which included, but not limited to, depressed mood, migraines, back aches, swelling, weight gain, dizziness, sometimes painful intercourse. The list goes on. For me, the side effects out-weighed the effects.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I am a 29 year old Mother of two beautiful boys. I am pretty sure I am not wanting to have any more children. Five years ago I decided to do the Mirena, the insertion process was a little painful, very little spotting the first couple of weeks, then no periods at all. I love the Mirena, I have had no more acne then I had before the Mirena, gained no weight, and only on occasion have slight bloating and cramps. Just yesterday since my Five years were up in May, I had my second Mirena put in. I love this product, I have had no problems with it, and I do recommend it to friends and family. It is nice to have peace of mind and not worry about remembering to take a pill. There is no other form of contraception I would use again.
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Mirena (levonorgestrel): I actually thought this was the birth control for me since I forget the pill. So after having my second child I put it in for 7 months. I have my period its not heavy its light with lots of discharge! Stops when I shower and overnight, wake up and it starts again. In 7 months it stopped for one week! Abdominal pain, a pinching feeling, my anxiety is worse to the point my right side some parts have numbness, headaches, sore neck, nausea and vomiting. I'm sick of just having my period I can't wear tampons because my body pushes it out! Can't wait to take this device out and gain my normal body functions back.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I came online months ago after I had my first son in search of birth control. I saw all the horror stories about Mirena and cancelled my appointment right away. After trying the pill and constantly forgetting I went ahead and set up another appointment. The installation of Mirena for me was painless, probably because I got it not long after my son was born. I had some spotting for a week or two but I've had Mirena since January or February and I LOVE IT. I've had one period (which was very light). I haven't gained any weight from what I know but I wasn't losing my pregnancy pounds like all my friends were. Now that I'm watching what I eat the pounds are falling right off. I do get occasional cramping but nothing serious. I recommend this!
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've had the Mirena for exactly 4 yrs. It has been the best thing ever. I have used pills, Nuvaring, the patch in the past, but all those things gave me bad side effects. I had no pain during insertion and cramped very slightly. Although I should mention I am one of those women who rarely gets cramps and I had normal periods. My periods practically disappeared and I didn't have significant weight gain. I am back to my pre-baby weight and absolutely no side effects in these 4 years. I will be getting another Mirena.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I am 27 married with one child who is 7. I had my first Mirena inserted at my 6 week check up after his birth. The first 5 years of use was amazing. The insertion did not hurt at all as well as not having the normal cramping and spotting after insertion. I haven't had a period since. My problems have come from the new Mirena. I had inserted 2 years ago. I have had significant weight gain, anxiety, my hair has changed texture, my skin is oily, and the mood swings are horrid. I wish this time around was as good as the first. I hope this will help others because I feel like I am going crazy and now I know it is not just me.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I had the Mirena inserted about 6 weeks ago. It was quite painful, I cursed very loudly and then broke out in a sweat, but after about 10 mins I was ready to leave. I had cramping for about 3 days afterwards but nothing major. My first period afterwards lasted for like 10 days and I had the worse migraine EVER. The only other thing I have noticed is I have a small belly now, oh and I was so HORMONAL for the first couple of weeks.
Since then, everything has been good, I think you need to let you body get used to it and then all the symptoms fade. If the belly persists, that may be annoying, but I think it's already better.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: The Mirena is amazing! I got mine inserted during my 6 week check up after having my son! I've had it almost 3 years. I'm 23 years old with a super busy schedule, so I didn't want pills like I've had in the past, no time for them plus they made so sick. I wanted to try the Mirena to see if it was any different, and I'm so happy I did. It wasn't painful at all to insert. It was like getting a checkup. I started my period about 4 days after insertion and that lasted about a week and a half. After that I got my period every month but it was very light and lasted about 3 days. After about 6 months I got a period every 3 months. I was scared to get it reading all the bad reviews but I decided to do it anyway.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have had Mirena 4 years and 7 months. The insertion was painful, but after I left the doctors office I did not cramp. I had small amounts of spotting for 3 days after. My hormonal acne had gotten worse along my jaw line, creating cystic acne, however I would rather keep Mirena regardless. I have not had a period since 1 month after insertion, no headaches or cramps. I have gained about 10 pounds. I will be getting Mirena at my 5 year mark again.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've read through a bunch of these reviews and although I know everyone is different, I feel a GREAT need to share what exactly happened to me while I had Mirena placed in my body. When the doctors say "mild" cramping, they are NOT speaking for everyone. I was in EXCRUCIATING pain. I passed out in the doctor's office TWICE and then vomited violently until they gave me a shot of medication to ease the pain enough so my body would stop having such a horrible reaction.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Was on Gianvi for around 4 years, Age 20-24. Worked great in the beginning when life was normal, but kept forgetting once life got busy. Decided to get an Mirena, but did not do the research because I know people leave crazy reviews and did not want to psych myself out. Went with Mirena over Paraguard because of heavy bleeding. Now I know better. Had an active sex life, but it had to stop because of the nonstop brown discharge, then the endless period. Been on it for 17 days. I really don't like it so far.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I had the Mirena inserted 4 months ago and I absolutely love it. I am 19, have never been pregnant, and was looking for the lowest maintenance birth control possible. The insertion was incredibly painful, honestly the worst pain that I have ever felt in my life, and I experienced cramping for the rest of the day. I had to lay in bed with a heat pack on my abdomen and try to ignore the pain. After that though, it has been everything a birth control should be. I haven't experienced any of the potential nasty side effects, and I think I actually have an increased sex drive. I don't get my period anymore, which my doctor said is normal. I would recommend this to any woman, because it has made my life much easier!
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I am 26, and had the Mirena placed at my 6 week postpartum check up after having our second baby girl. All that happened was I felt very mild, barely noticeable cramping that day, and on and off randomly since. I have a higher sex drive, no acne (which is wonderful because I've had problems with adult acne), hand lost 5 pounds that WEEK, and now am steadily losing weight. Nothing is being or has been negatively affected. I know everyone is different, I was an excellent candidate for it because of very heavy, long lasting, and painful periods.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've just had the Mirena inserted two weeks ago. The insertion is uncomfortable and a little bit painful but nothing unbearable. I had cramps for about one hour after the insertion and haven't had anything since. No spotting, not much cramping, totally worth it.
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: 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!
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I had Mirena removed 10 days ago after only 7 months. Reasons: 1. Terrible skin, worst of my life (I'm 35): A little over 2 months into it I started getting acne and incredibly greasy skin. I've always had great, clear skin even through my teenage years but on the Mirena would get one pimple after another. They'd take forever to heal and leave long-lasting discolorations. Previously, I'd get perhaps two pimples/year which would heal quickly without much of a trace. My face also looked puffier.
2. Facial hair (visible mustache and peach fuzz along the chin) and incredibly bristly, fast growing armpit/pubic/leg hair. I'm back on Nuvaring and thank God my skin and hair is already back to normal.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I did a lot of research on Mirena and was honestly scared after reading lots of reviews. I was going go with the Depo shot and my doctor talked me out of it. I had REALLY BAD MIGRAINES on the pill, not to mention remembering to take them. If you look at other birth control sites, just replace Mirena with Depo, pills, or the ring. It's all the same side effects and issues. We ALL REACT DIFFERENTLY! My doctor explained the process VERY WELL and he told me that some doctors actually do a cruddy job at insertion, hence the reasoning some women have issues. I'M SO HAPPY I chose Mirena. I spotted for the 1st couple of months along with cramping. I've had 1 period, my sex drive is great.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've had the Mirena for more than a year now. I'm a very young mom and decided to get the Mirena as soon as possible (Which is 6 weeks after giving birth). I heard many horror stories but I knew this was one of my only options. I'm glad I went with my gut instinct, I absolutely LOVE the Mirena. It has been completely safe and I have had no bad side effects. After my 5 years are up, I'm sure I'll get it again.
Mirena (levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've had Mirena for a little over two years now. I got it inserted at my six week postpartum doctors visit. Insertion was painful, felt like early labor, for about 10 minutes and then it was over! I spot every once in a while, but rarely have periods. When I do have a period, I do cramp, but usually no longer than a day or two. I absolutely love it and plan on going back to it after I decide to have a second child.
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