I had minera inserted 3 weeks ago and have had spotting ever since, which I understand will go away eventually, but the cramping is pretty much everyday, very low, and restricts even being mobile on a bad day. I never had frequent cramping with my periods so this is almost unbearable for me. I am not sure if I should get it checked or removed, or just wait since it has only been 3 weeks.
Mirena - How long does the cramping generally last?
- 21 Apr 2012 by lisaOB
- 18 April 2021
Mirena is a small T-shaped intra-uterine device that once inserted releases a progestogen hormone to stop pregnancy and helps reduce heavy periods.
To insert the Mirena your doctor pushes a small tube containing the device through the cervical canal and into the uterus. Cramping is the body’s normal reaction to the cervix opening. How mild or severe it is will vary from person to person. For many women the cramps subside quickly but for others they last for longer.
Cramps should gradually decrease in severity but may continue on and off for the first few weeks after insertion. They should subside entirely within the first three to six months.
You should see your doctor if your cramps persist or are severe.
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It's unfortunate no one responded at the time. I hope your cramping has resolved.
I haven't used Mirena myself but the link below has reviews that you may find useful.
I got my Mirena put in on July 1, 2015. I have been cramping bad since then. I would also like to know when does this pain stop. It's so uncomfortable!
I had the Mirena inserted 6/23/15 and am also experiencing major cramping... as in doubled-over, near tears kinda pain.
I have endometriosis and iron-deficiency anemia, so I don't know if these are contributing factors. All I know is that I got the Mirena to try to alleviate symptoms. So far, it's NOT helping! I have an appointment with my doctor on Tuesday, so hopefully I'll have a better idea. I'll post again after I talk to her!
Hi, I just had mine inserted on November 16th 2015. It really hurt when I got it in, but I've never had any kids. They also never told me about any of the symptoms I'd get. Well for the past month I have had EXTREME pain. On the 2nd week of having it I called and asked what I could take to control the cramps and they told me aleve. Well since it has been hurting me so much I couldn't just keep taking it or else my system would get immune to it. So a couple weeks later (last Friday) I called and told them I wanted it removed. So they said that was fine and I went ahead and went in and was thinking about getting it removed. Well they had told me my Dr would be a couple more hours till he could. And of course I couldn't wait that long because I had to get back to school. So I just went ahead and talked to the nurse and I decided to keep it and she gave me a prescription to take. Well the next day (Saturday) I was having the WORST pain I have ever felt in my life.
My grandmother found me in the floor of my house bawling my eyes out and immediately rushed me to the hospital. They told me everything was fine from the ultrasound but that this was just not for me. So today (Monday) I called for an appointment and am finally getting in tomorrow morning to get it removed! I do not recommend this foreign device to anyone!! Worst experience ever!!
I got the mirena Feb 26 and it's March 12 today. I've never had children and the insertion was terribly painful like a really bad cramp. For the few days after the insertion I was incapciated at various times because the cramps were so bad. I also had the painful feeling of a tampon not inserted all the way for several days. I was doubled over at times and near tears. I have fibromyalgia so deal with pain in a daily basis but this cramp pain was horrid. I messaged my Dr after a few days and she said while some patients don't usually have this experience it is normal for the cramping and try to hang in there and take ibuprofen. Since the day It was inserted I've had cramps everyday. Some spotting or discharge. Some days the cramps are severe and at time even my vaginal area is cramping. Today I'm having awful cramps. I just want to curl up into bed with a heating wrap which actually doesn't help much.
But you know while in a period with cramps it sometimes helps to sit on toilet and poop. So I'm not sure if I'm having a period with bleeding now or if this is still just the side effect of cramping. I've noticed my mood has been down more so than my typical depression the past few days. But I'm really giving this a good try. I got the mirena so I wouldn't have a period (mine are heavy and painful) and also would not have the symptoms of one. I realize it could take 6 months for everything to get in check. But man I'm not sure I can go through this for 6 months. I just wonder why so few people have such a bad experience or horrible cramps on this iud. Like there's got to be a common link in our bodies or something. I'm sensitive to a lot meds so idk.
For me it was really bad cramping for 2 days then only cramping and a lot of discomfort at night for a week then a lot less and not really bad cramping the next week then I really stopped feeling it all together. So for me 2 days really bad 2 weeks uncomfortable and then I was good. My doctor says that small amount of cramping can last up to 6 week, but it should slowly get less and less each week.
I just got mind inserted Friday and my cramp are something serious I don't know how long it's suppose to last but I'm in pain
I got my Paragard inserted Friday morning and it is now Saturday evening and I have been in excruciating pain since. I even had to pay to call the emergency on-call doctor and she pretty much said this is normal that if it gets too bad to go to the hospital?! My doctor did not tell me this would be this painful. I had to cancel all my plans, including missing my cousins wedding because I cannot walk. I am taking 3 ibuprofens every 6 hours
Hi I had laparoscopic surgery on the 17/6 and had endometriosis removed and the Mirena put in while I was under. It's been a little under 3 weeks since my procedure and for the first 2 weeks the cramps were pretty regular and varied in intensity. For the past 4 days I was completely pain free but today Iv had cramps and they are quite painful. My surgeon said that it's the bodies natural response to dispel anything in the uterus, the Mirena is a Foran object so the body is trying to push it out. BUT it does get easier your body will naturally adapt to it and u won't notice it after a while. Each person is different, if you all saw the Mirena before it was inserted you would notice it is very soft, small and flexible. If it was to dislodge it would take a lot for it to happen and there is so much less risk with the new design for it to perforate the uterus it's nearly impossible. It's very safe and when it is removed there is no pain at all. Hang in there girls! I'm on the journey as well! Xox
I've had mine for 2 weeks now. The insertion absolutely sucked and I've had non stop problems since. It's now getting to the point where I cannot sleep because it is so uncomfortable. I called the doctors to basically be told "get over it, it's normal." I'm sure this is normal, however this is unbearable. I am trying my best to persevere with the pain but I don't know how much more I can take! And last night I finally had the courage to check for the threads and I can't find them!!! But apparently, I should just "get over it."?!
I have had the mirena for 3 months now it hasn't been easy.i struggled with pain in tears severe cramping I called my gyno twice she told me the uterine walls and mirena contract causing pain alot of thigh pain I am going through as well as pelvic pain sleep deprived I had massive cramping few weeks ago and I found breathing techniques help reduce pain inhale and exhale my bleeding has stopped 2months ago see how the breathing helps it made it so much.easier
I had Mirena placed about 2 weeks ago. I was bleeding non stop prior (due to fibroids or pre menopause, Dr's aren't sure) and this is supposed to release a small bit of progesterone so as to stop the bleeding. I have had a pulmonary embolism in the past so they didn't want me to take progesterone tablet based. Well... After 2 weeks I'm still bleeding, even more than before and they are putting me on the tablets too. When they placed Mirena the cramping was very painful, not like child birth but like when you dialate, but now my cramps are outta this world! Every day they seem worse. I take Percocet for nerve damage related to a whole other issue, but not even that helps much at all, so I can say that Advil or Tylenol wouldn't even touch this type of pain. I'm gonna have to stick it out for a month because blood loss, with my situation, is more serious than my suffering with pain.
Not sure I'll make it , but will update with any info I find out along the way. I think any foreign object in the body is risky and not wanted unless there are no other options and Mirena seems to be proving that theory.
Ive had mirena in for exac5a week. The first day it was so bad i had to have a friend find me pain meds. Not an easy thing to do it seems. I havent had to go to that extreme since. But,im still taking a lot of midol,and motrin. It started as sever cramping in my stomach all the way down my thighs. Now it feels more like period cramps. But,its still not going away. My question is,is it just as bad getting it removed? Im pretty much afraid of everything right now. And god forbid sexual contact. Here i thought that was the whole point of birth control. And now im afraid ill never be able to do it again.
I originally had the Mirena inserted back in November of 2010. I honestly thought I was not going to make it through those first few months. I had mine put in due to the severity of my monthly periods. The cramping and pain would literally take me out of life for a few days. Just like many of those in this thread I was ready to have it yanked out within the first month. The cramps were constant and the spotting with exactly the same. Constant! My Gyno told me to hang in there. Ibprofen and Aleve were my best friends (not at the same time). At month 3 I decided I was done. I scheduled an appointment and advised my Gyno how I felt. I was a 40 year old woman and this was seriously affecting my "enjoyment" of life with my better half. He asked me to hang in one more time. If I could just leave it in til the 6th month mark it would get better. I have alot of faith in my gyno and gave it 2 more months. And I'm glad I did.
I just hit my 5 year mark and had a new one re-inserted yesterday. Today I am back at work good as new. Over the last 4 years and 6 months I've had very little spotting and cramps are non-existent now. While those first 6 months were literally HELL - it does help and it does work - from a survivor!
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