i received the 5yr mirena with the hormone after my second pregnancy in 2006. it should have been removed in 2011 but i have not had medical insurance in last 2 years to be able to afford another IUD. now i am concerned of the affects and looking for information that can help me take care of this before its a serious emergency.
What happens if the mirena is in place for more than 5 years?
Question posted by Phoenixkiss on 7 Nov 2012
Last updated on 5 November 2020 by Redheadedmom3
I actually have TWO IUD’s in place. I have 2 cervix and two uteruses. I’ve had no period at all for 15 years. This set has been in for going on 8 years. No issues at all except I had immediate weight gain, like 10 pounds overnight.
Just went today for removal after having a Mirena in 6 years, doctor found strings no problem but pulled & pulled but could not get out!!! Doctor said my cervix has grown partially over! Now being referred to a Gynecologist and for a ultrasound!!! Scared a bit but reading others have had longer gives me some peace of mind? Anyone else been through this and outcome please, cost?
I got the Mirena IUD on May 24th 2006 at my 6 week doctor appointment after my son's birth.. I have had the Mirena in ever since.. It should have come out in 2011 but I didn't have the insurance to get it taken out and another one put in.. When I did get the insurance to be able to get it removed and a new one put in I had already had it in for almost 10 years.. and have read the horror stories of the Mirena Crash which has to be completely honest scares the crap out of me.. This past May would be the 13th year that I've had it in and the entire time that I've had it I have had sex without using any other forms of birth control except the Mirena and I have not gotten pregnant (knock on wood) and we use no protection and he doesn't "pull out". The only symptoms I really have and they are fairly recent is horrid cramping usually the first couple of days of my period.
For many years I didn't even have a period and I have only been having periods the last couple of years.. The last time I had a period which was a couple of weeks ago I did bleed heavier than usual and had more intense cramping pain.. Other than that I have not had any problems with the Mirena. I am 35 years old and had the Mirena put in when I was 22.. I have noticed and I'm not sure if it's from the Mirena, early menopause or if something is just going on within my body but I have been dealing with my body overheating to the point that I am in a full body sweat where sweat is dripping off of me and it happens at anytime even with doing very little activity.. This past summer was hell on me because of the heat and me overheating so bad and then it takes my body a long while to cool off like I'm having problems with cooling myself down after being that overheated.. I have also had some hot flashes on and off.. I also have been getting fatigued more often and have been feeling body aches as well.. I am not sure if it's from the Mirena or if it's something else and was wondering if anyone else has had similar symptoms and have had the Mirena IUD in for a long period of time like I have and if it could be the beginning symptoms of early menopause.. I have thought about getting the Mirena removed and getting another one put in but if the symptoms that I am experiencing are not being caused from the Mirena than I would prefer to keep it in as long as possible as long as I don't have any major or life threatening symptoms. Just mainly want to know if anyone else has experienced similar symptoms and if there has been other women that have had the Mirena in as long as I have and what they have experienced.. I am very interested in talking to other women that have had the Mirena in as long as I have and if they had any problems and what your experiences are.. Thanks in advance for any info. It is very much appreciated.
I had no period since 2006 when I was 28 . I got Mirena placed in 2011 as required for a surgery. I still have it inserted in 2019 due to no insurance so it has been in for 8 years. I still have no period after 13 years.
After having my son in 2007 I decided to have a 10 year copper IUD put in. Last month after consciously knowing that my IUD was a year overdue I made an appointment to set up to get my tubes tied. When I went in for my appointment and after the examination I was told that I in fact did not have a copper 10 year IUD, I had the five-year Mirena!! When it set in that I was six years overdue to get this thing taken out, instead of one I damn near fell off the table. I decided on having them take it out during my tubal surgery. Thank God I had no pregnancy scares over 11 years and the IUD came out pretty effortlessly. Nonetheless it was a pretty scary situation. I had my surgery Friday and I am recovering great! Had I have known surgery was going to be so simple I would have opted to get my tubes tied 11 years ago. Good luck to all!
I also have the same question. As for me i am very long over do to have it taken out. Its been about 10 years now this whole time my period has almost completely stopped maybe once in a while a light spotting. today i started to bleed alot. what should i do? Im really worried I dont know what to do.
I've had my Mirena in for 8.5 yrs. I called two years ago asking my doctor about getting it out and she said that now Mirena is fully effective for at minimum 10 yrs. All this time I haven't had a period, I forget I even have it. Best form of birth control I've ever used hands down! I was told if it migrates out of placement this would cause very noticeable symptoms new to the patient but it's still a good idea to call your local hospital resource department and ask where and when is a free ovum exam clinic held that you can take advantage of without insurance. Good luck, don't let horror stories scare you! Best decision I've ever made!
I have had my mirena IUD in for over 10 years. My doctor had to cut the string because there was a knot tied in it and I was wrongly told that I had to be menstruating to get it out. Finally I was told correctly that I could have it out at anytime. I still do not have a period, but I have experienced weight gain and depression. I don't know if it is linked, but I am going to get it surgically removed soon.
I had mine put in Sept. 2010(so should have been out by Sept. 2015) & I kept mine in 6yrs, I just had it removed Aug. 2016. The 1st 6 Mo. I actually forgot & my body still was responding the same way; for ex b4 mirena I did have heavy 3 day periods but they weren't same time every month sometimes would skip a month. But with mirena all I had was dark spotting only when I wiped. I didn't have to use tampons, or even pantiliner 's & also had very mild cramping every month. When I realized it had expired I researched online & several websites said that the mirena works 7yrs but the FDA would only approve it for 5yrs. So I felt comfortable in keeping it 6 more months, making it 6 yrs. Also I believe it still works after 5 because my boyfriend & I had sex at least 2 times EVERY week that whole 6th year.
I have had mine in for 7 years now. I have signed paper work to have mine removed but when I went to have it done the doctor was out of the office leaving me to reschedule. Well life gets in the way of things and still have yet to do it. I still have a menstrual cycle like I had after it was put in. Nothing has changed but I have read where it could in bed it's self in the muscles nor tissues. I have also seen where it says it's good for up to 7 years.
Try looking into whether or not there are any free city or county clinics in your area. Many of these offer free or very low cost based on income care. You do need to get it out. It is not functioning fully therefore it is just sitting there doing more bad than good. It is increasing your chances of pelvic inflammatory disease and increasing chances for ectopic pregnancy which is a pregnancy within the fallopian tube. This is not a viable pregnancy and you will lose the child and the tube! Plus as KM says, it can migrate and embed into the uterine muscle and sometimes even farther. If you cannot find a clinic in your area, at least talk to a gynecologist. Many offices will work with you on affordable payments and discounts for cash payment. There are ways to get the care you need and make it work but you may have to do a little more legwork on your own to find it.
Dont hesitate to call offices and ask, explain your situation and ask what they can offer you in discounts since you will be a non-insured cash only patient. Call several to get not only the best prices but find a doc you like! You will need to discuss new birth control options-whether you want to replace the Mirena with a new one or use a different method.
You obviously need to get it out and find another method of birth control. There is always the chance of it migrating or getting stuck in the muscle. It won't have the hormone effect, and therefore you could ovulate and get pregnant. This can cause complications.
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