I just had Mirena inserted a few days ago and was wondering how long I'm supposed to be bleeding afterwards. It's only been a very light flow (similar to the old, dry blood that comes out at the end of a period) and I haven't experienced any cramping. I've never had kids, so the procedure was painful, but not the worst thing I've experienced (I'm definitely a wuss with pain). I've read a lot of horror stories about bleeding that doesn't stop and terrible side effects, but I'm hoping to have a positive experience.
I was previously on a generic of Yaz and it worked fine for regulating and shortening my periods by a lot. I didn't experience any negative side effects on the pill. I switched to Mirena to eliminate daily routines and periods altogether. Has anyone else also taken this route of action (from the Yaz to Mirena)?
One last question I have is how much will my sex life be effected? My fiancé has only read terrible reviews and is worried that sex will be awful (painful for both of us). When I go back to the doctor next month, I'm definitely going to try to have the strings shortened as much as possible so he won't feel them. He's larger than the average male down there and I'm petite. I'm not sure if he'll still feel it even if I cut the strings. Has anyone else had this problem? And if so, how do you cope with it?
Yes, some women can have prolonged bleeding after Mirena is inserted.
The manufacturer says that in the first 3 to 6 months your period may be irregular, or your period may be heavier at first and the number of bleeding days may increase, or you may have frequent spotting or light bleeding.
A few women may find that their periods are heavier than normal. Some women have heavy bleeding during this time.
You should call your health care provider if your period continues to be heavier than usual.
Please see the links below ... the first has reviews that you may find useful.
I had a Merina inserted on the 11th April and have been Spotting and bleeding ever since , I was really hoping that this procedure was going to help me but I don't know now so I guess I am no help at all as I was told you could bleed on and off for 3 to 6 months, has anyone had this problem, Cheers
18 Nov 2011
Hello, I'm really late at responding but I'd like to share my experience.
I switched from Ortho-Evra (I had a really positive experience with it but couldn't afford $100/mo with health insurance for the monthly box) and decided I would try Mirena, since I had a negative experience with the pill.
I got the Mirena on March 8, 2011 and bled for 6 months straight with hardly any free days. The first 3mo was heavy bleeding and then I started bleeding lightly then heavily. It's finally at the spotting stage, which my doctor says it's perfectly fine. Unfortunately, my sex drive has gone down significantly to the point where I would be fine not having sex for the next 4 1/2 yrs I have left with the Mirena. I feel slight discomfort during intercourse and my partner at the time complained about the strings (which are relatively small). My current boyfriend complains a lot because of the dryness.
It hasn't been so great but I feel happy that my period has decreased about 90% compared to how it was when on Ortho/the pill, which is one of the reasons why I got it.
I occasionally get cramps around the time I'd normally be getting a period but, that's about it. I could say my body responded well: no expulsion during a period, rejection, or infection.
18 Dec 2012
I had mine inserted 2 weeks ago today. It was the most painful medical procedure I have ever had (with no sedation or medication). I have never had children, but have no idea if that is even an issue. I have bled every single day since the insertion and have mild cramping which gets worse in the afternoon.
I have had emergency surgery which required sticking a long needle through to the back of my eyeball while I was wide awake. I would do that 10 times before I will go through this Mirena thing again.
When it is removed, I will have to have some type of medication and/or sedation as I will not willingly get on that table without it.
24 Jan 2013
I had my inserted on 11/7 the frist 2-3weeks I only spotted very lightly. Now I been heavy bleeding for a few weeks with terrible cramps. I dnt know wat to do or how long it will last. I been considering taking it out.
26 Feb 2013
I've had the mirena for five years, and actually just had mine replaced this week. Needless to say I've found the mirena to be worth the hassle, although certainly there is hassle involved. My experience was that I had frequent bleeding and cramping that varied in severity for about three months. I took Ibuprofen frequently and decided to just wait it out. Eventually it got better, the bleeding subsided, the cramping became limited to only being premenstrual, and then eventually both the bleeding and cramping went away altogether. For the past four years I've barely had a period and have never had to use anything more than a pantyliner, which has been wonderful. It hasn't affected my sex life negatively, if anything it has helped because my partner and I don't have to worry about having other contraceptives. Sex has never been painful or awkward for either of us, although he did tell me he used to be able to feel the strings.
That sensation will diminish the longer you have it though, because the strings will soften with time. Counterintuitively, you don't want the strings too short, because that will make it worse. Picture a piece of plastic fishing string that is an inch long compared to a quarter of an inch - the longer piece has more bend and will feel less sharp, whereas the shorter one will poke you more because it ends up being stiffer. So I would say that the strings are something you and your partner may notice, but it won't impede with sex and it will get better with time. My main message is that yes, everyone's body will react differently, and certainly the mirena is not for everyone (as with all birth control!). However, the first 3-6 months are the hardest, and if you can get through those it will get better and make your life much easier in the long run. And you can't beat the peace of mind it gives you, which to me was worth a tough couple months.
19 Apr 2013
I had the Mirena inserted (the 1st time) in late March 2008. I was 18- turned 19 in April. I haven't had kids so the insertion was painful. I didn't take anything for pain before hand but I wish I had. I actually put my fist through the wall it hurt so bad. I had severe cramps and surges of pain for about 5 days. I bled heavily for a little over a week; then slowed to spotting for a week then I stopped completely. Never had a period again. Well today I had it replaced since my 5 years were up last month. (Side note- my doc said they are still effective up to 6 months past the expiration date). I'm 24 now and of course still no kids. I remembered what last time was like and I imagined it would be worse with a removal taking place too so I took 2 Aleve last night before bed; 2 more at 6am when I got to work then 2 ibuprofen at 11am. My appt was at 11:30.
The removal was painful but no more than hitting your funny bone one good time. (Which I did do when she clamped my cervix. Kinda startled me lol) However the insertion of the new one was worse than last time. I literally screamed. The nurse hit the floor when I squeezed her hand. The cramps are still terrible. I took 2 tramadol when I got home and the edge is slowly coming down. I'm bleeding pretty bad- it's the dark colored flow like I used to have after my period. I'm hoping I won't hurt or bleed like last time. I'm 24 now. I will be 29 when it's time to come out. Done told me boyfriend he's getting snipped because I ain't going through that again :) we both done decided no kids so the Mirena has been the best option so far. However it kills my soul knowing I paid $1200 for this much pain because my insurance didn't cover it. Well that's my story. Have a good weekend ladies.
1 May 2013
I had mirena implanted on April 9th 2013. I gave birth in April of 2012 so the insertion was a breeze.. I didn't even feel anything. I was on my cycle at the time of insertion and it immediately went from a normal flow to spotting. I spotted up until April 26th. The last couple days there has not been any sign of spotting, not even small amount of brown when I wipe. I also had some pretty intense cramps towards the 2nd week on my right side. I know bc can cause cysts and at my follow up US the tech confirmed I had a small one forming. Since the 26th I haven't had any cramping though so I'm assuming it has remedied itself. I love mirena so far. I know I haven't had it for very long, but it's extremely worth it. I can't remember to take a pill, nuva ring made me a little crazy and my doctor refuses to give the shot. Mirena was the most logical choice for us when it came to BC.
8 May 2013
I had my Mirena inserted on May 2nd. It was the worst/weirdest pain I've ever experienced. I actually screamed when she plunged it in (never had kids, not going to.) The cramps the day of were brutal and I was exhausted but the next day I felt pretty good.
My flow is very light and the insertion took place on the 3rd day of my period (when it's usually getting ready to end) and I'm still bleeding. Not heavily, but I need to wear a panty liner every day and I tend to cramp in the afternoon. I'm wondering how long this will last.
27 May 2013
So, this is my first time doing any forum-related activity, but... I got mirena inserted on 5/20/13, while on my cycle. I swapped from Lo Loestrin B/C pill, and had it inserted on the day I should have started the new pill pack. The bleeding slowed into spotting and the spotting ended the following Thursday.
Friday night I slept over with my boyfriend, and we ha (protected) intercourse that night and Saturday morning. Everything seemed fine, and normal, then Sunday morning I had sudden menstrual-type bleeding, and it hasn't let up any. We tried out a few new positions (I'm still new to this), and a couple of them were very painful for me.
He changed our position immediately, of course, but now I wonder, could the bleeding be related to that, or a side-affect of mirena, or both? I read elsewhere that intercourse immediately after the cycle can "rattle" leftover residue loose, but this seems like a bit much to be that... It's like my whole period has started over but it seems weird that the cervical lining could get built up and begin to shed again that fast! I've already ruled out risk of infection/mirena moving - it's still in place.
I hope I'm alright to ask this here - any answers would be very much appreciated!!
6 Jun 2013
I had Mirena inserted I week ago, have had light bleeding and heavy cramping ever since. I have two children aged 22 & 18. I had procedure to stop heavy, peri-menopausal bleeding. I feel like I was mislead by my doc of 25 yrs ( who also happens to be in the top 10 docs EVERY YEAR in my state) who told me "I would love it, very little side effects". At least I knew that when I got my period every 30 days, life would be awful for 5 days. Help please?
10 Jun 2013
I had my mirena inserted on 30 April. My cycle ended 3 days later very abruptly. On 17 May it stated again quite heavy and has continued until now. Its goes from light spotting and I think its going to stop to real bleeding... all in one day. I only have to wear panty liners, but the fact this it is a light flow daily and for so long is really getting on my nerves. I have had the Copper T and it was nothing like this. This is less painful and my body adapted better to the mirena. I had a history of heavy periods so this was suppose to solve my problem. Im so tired of wearing a pad everday and sex is out of the question. I have felt extremely tired and exhausted and don't know if this is common. Some days I feel washed out and very irritable. I was desperate because the heavy periods would cause me to have to limit my travel or activities. Im hoping my period will end all together but so far NOT. Im 45 with a 2 year old and we certainly don't want another. I will give it until july and then Im taking it out.
10 Jun 2013
I had Mirena inserted just about 3 weeks ago after giving birth to my daughter in April. I highly recommend getting this after you've already had a child AND when you're on your period because I seriously did not feel any pain whatsoever. Maybe some slight pressure but stubbing my toe has hurt worse than that. Because I had just recently given birth, my cervix had not completely closed (and the fact that I was already back on my period helped) which made putting it in much less painful- no clamp needed!
Also, I did take 800mg of Ibuprofen about an hour or two before I went in, this probably helped with not having any pain too. I also continued taking it after the 6 hours. After having a history of horrible menstrual cramps, I didn't want to "test the waters" so-to-speak to see if I would have any cramping. I missed the dose in the middle of the night, however, and woke up to some cramping; a little worse than I expected, but not completely unbearable. This lasted the first 3 or 4 days - but with Ibuprofen it completely went away. As I was already on my period at the time, I was expecting to have spotting which was no big. However, it's been almost 3 weeks and I'm still having a little bit of a flow. Never need anything more than a pantyliner and it's usually worse in the morning (I expect because I lay flat to sleep at night - thanks gravity) but by the afternoon I'm home free. To put it in a bit more of a perspective, the spotting isn't enough to put a damper on my sex life (And the strings haven't been troublesome either!). And it's getting lighter and lighter. I do have - what I think is - random cramping occasionally, but it is barely noticeable. I think it's just my body still adjusting to having such a foreign object inside. My doctor warned me about the cramping/spotting thing and it could last a few months but what I'm experiencing by no means is enough for me to run back and have it taken out. It has been a SLIGHT inconvenience, but compared to having to take the pill everyday, I'll take this 10x over!
22 Jun 2013
I gave birth by C-Section in late February. I got the Mirena inserted on 21 May, it didn't hurt too bad since I took two ibuprofens. My cycle came on June 1st and has been on ever since.It has been heavy every single day, and I'm starting to wonder if it was worth it.