Will it stop the spotting? I was told it might but that I can still spot for a couple weeks or so. So far I just been having cramps and barely spotting Im hoping the spotting will go away for good. But my question is has anybody has the depo shot and spotted the whole time on it and switched to mirena while on depo and stopped spotting? I was supposed to start my period yesterday when I got the IUD but nothing yet.
Many women spot on Depo for the first 2 to 3 shots. After that it tends to stop any breakthrough bleeding all together. It's waiting for your body to adapt to the man-made hormone that you are putting into it.
You don't say how long you've been on Depo, but I assume you're new to it.
To add the mirena coil would be to put your body through even more, whilst it tries to adapt to that extra hormone (levonorgestrel), as well as that in the Depo (progesterone).
Along with more hormone comes more side effects, generally speaking. There are normally side effects that come with adapting to Depo (bleeding, bloating, weight gain, back ache, mood swings etc.), so to throw in the ones you may experience from the coil hormone, too, could be unpleasant.
Levonorgestrel (in the coil) side effects include irregular bleeding (so you could end up with twice the problem you started with), headaches, acne, breast tenderness & more. Those can last up to 6 months.
It's not something I would ever do, & I wasn't aware that any doctor would advise it.
If you've not had a baby, coils can be very painful things to insert & get used to, & many women can't cope with them. The pain for me was so horrific I ended up in A&E yelling at anyone to get it out of me (when the family planning clinic was closed).
Women who have had babies tend to take to the coil better. There will always be some exceptions, though. Some women adapt to them without much trouble.
If anyone is prepared to have you on both Depo & Mirena, I would seriously ask yourself if you want to put your body through even more man made chemicals. It's a personal choice, but if you're only just on Depo, then I'd give your body chance to adapt to that, rather than forcing it to cope with more drugs.
I'm a little late to the party, but I had been in depo for 1.5 years with NONSTOP bleeding the entire time. I switched to the mirena 3 weeks ago and it was the best decision. The bleeding STOPPED. Imagine bleeding for a year straight and then nothing. I was so thrilled. Insertion and the hours after were hell. I've never been pregnant so that may have been partially why. But for me, my depo bleeding did stop with the mirena a day or two after insertion.
- Mirena Information for Consumers
- Mirena Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Mirena (detailed)
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