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.
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.
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.
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 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'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!
- Mirena Information for Consumers
- Mirena Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Mirena (detailed)
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