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User Reviews for Levonorgestrel to treat Birth Control

Also known as: Mirena, Kyleena, Plan B One-Step, Skyla, Liletta, Option 2, My Way, Take Action, Opcicon One-Step, New Day, Aftera, AfterPlan, BionaFem, PostDay One-Step, Athentia Next, EContra One-Step, Morning After, AfterPill, My Choice, Next Choice One Dose, Preventeza React EContra EZ Fallback Solo …show all brand names

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Levonorgestrel Rating Summary

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6.7/10 Average Rating
4688 ratings from 5080 user reviews

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Reviews for Levonorgestrel

Jess · Taken for less than 1 month July 28, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “Insertion review: Easy and quick. The measuring of the uterus was the most painful. It was a very sharp intense cramp that took my breath away. Then they inserted the kyleena applicator which didn’t hurt going in, but I did feel the IUD arms open. Didn’t have any severe cramping until I got home.... The cramps were pretty bad at first. Maybe for the first three hours. I just hung out on a sofa with a heating pad and took a Tramadol and acetaminophen that my doctor prescribed for me. I had it inserted during my cycle which might be why my cramps were so painful. It’s now five days with the IUD and I have only had minor back pain and cramping at night. My period seems to be lasting a bit longer than it would when I was on the patch but it is too soon to see. A lot easier and less painful than I imagined!”

10 / 10
Anonymous July 25, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “I’ve had the Kyleena in for over a year. As of now I love it, however at the beginning I was hating myself. The insertion itself was not bad but seconds after my uterus started dilating, and it was awful! I passed out, and had to have my mother drive me home. After reading reviews after reviews I thought this would last a day or a week, it did not. For months after insertion I had to take high end pain pills to keep me from passing out, the pain was horrible (on my knees bawling). I had really thought something terrible happened, but after the check up they said everything looked great and this was normal. Really wish they would have told me unbearable pain was normal, because I would not have got it. However, over a year later the pain has mostly subsided, other than random blue moon lightning strikes in my uterus. My period has also completely stopped.”

6 / 10
Cha · Taken for 6 months to 1 year July 24, 2020

Skyla (levonorgestrel): “I had nothing be issues with this Skyla IUD. The insertion was fine and wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle. But the cramps and heavy bleeding I got the whole time was crazy. I couldn’t even go to work without being in pain. My periods were worse then being on nothing. I have had Skyla for 7 months and just found out yesterday that I got pregnant while on it. It is a complete nightmare. I would not recommend this IUD to anyone”

1 / 10
RNP · Taken for less than 1 month July 1, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “I got Kyleena 2.5 weeks ago to help with period pain. I don't do well on the pill/ring due to the estrogen. This being progesterone only appealed to me. The insertion was extremely painful (I yelled in the office 2x but the intense pain was 15 seconds or less & bearable). I had significant cramping for the rest of the day, some of which doubled me over with severity. I took 3 tylenol prior to the appointment, another 2 that evening. I was still able to complete a 4 hour drive day of. The second day was rocky but by the 7 day mark I was feeling much better. I've had sex a few times without incident or pain, am not having any more cramping. Still have light spotting but not bothered by it. Love that pregnancy is NOT A WORRY & I'm hopeful it will stop my period pain & allow me more productive days every month. So far- I love it! Just wanted to share a POSITIVE experience for those afraid!”

10 / 10
Kate Smith · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 30, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “I got the Kyleena fitted almost 6 weeks ago. I went under to have it inserted because I had a few other things to be done at the same time. The worst part was recovering from the anaesthetic, it made me sick and very tired. I then had cramping for about 5 days afterwards on and off. Ibuprofen helped it. I bled/spotted for the first week then it stopped until my next period. I got my period when it was due, it last a few days longer than usual (about 8/9 days instead of about 5-6 days) a little bit of cramping but didn't need pain relievers for it. The worst side effect I had was acne in the first few weeks following. I now still have a bit but nothing too worrying. This is an awesome option, I hope it stays like this for me! I was expecting to deal with so much worse for the first few months.”

9 / 10
yay June 26, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “So naturally, I read so many of these reviews before getting the Kyleena inserted. I was so nervous about the pain. My gyn prescribed me Cytotec (uterus softener) to take earlier that day with Ibuprofen. I want to put a positive review in here and say insert went AMAZING. After reading these reviews I thought it would feel like a dagger! Instead, and I don't know if I should attribute this to the medicine or my amazing gyn, but it felt like a cramp, which lasted for 1 sec. I didn't believe her at first when she said she put it in because I was expecting the worst. A few mild cramps spaced out through the day afterwards (a side effect of the medicine as well), no bleeding yet. I will update once I've been on it longer but I am STOKED. I am sorry for those who experienced bad insert/side effects, but if you really want to get this IUD don't put it off due to the negative reviews. And maybe ask your gyn about Cytotec. See for yourself, everyone is different. You can always take it out :)”

10 / 10
S · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 26, 2020

Mirena (levonorgestrel): “The Mirena seemed like a great option for me as I had negative experiences with other forms of birth control. Insertion was fine but I had severe cramping for a few days after. My moods were up and down for the first few months and I wanted to have it removed but my doctor recommended to try it for 6 months. It has now been 6 months and my mental health is the worst it has ever been. I'm constantly on the verge of tears and cannot cope with everyday life. I have a history of anxiety but I've never felt this low. I would not recommend the Mirena if you are sensitive to other birth controls (pill, implanon). I still have bad cramps on the Mirena and my periods are heavier. Can't wait to have it removed!”

1 / 10
naxenthe · Taken for less than 1 month June 24, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “Day 1 of Kyleena, had it inserted yesterday. Just wanted to share my insertion experience since some of these reviews are terrifying. I'm not going to sugarcoat it - insertion was not fun. I experienced a minor cramp when they stabilized my cervix and three major cramps when they measured my uterus, pushed in the inserter, and released the IUD. To me, the pain felt very similar to menstrual cramps, but deeper and more internal. I did end up having a vasovagal response and passed out, but took time to restabilize and was able to walk out 15 minutes after insertion. I have never had children and took 800mg of ibuprofen beforehand. So insertion was not a fun time. I'm not going to sugarcoat or avoid that. It hurts. However, was it the worst pain I've ever felt in my life? No. Did it feel like my body was being sawed in half? No. If you're on the fence about it, I recommend trying it. It's not an absolute horror show for everybody. You can do it! I believe in you!”

8 / 10
HappyAshley · Taken for 2 to 5 years June 18, 2020

Liletta (levonorgestrel): “I've been on liletta for a few weeks now. Insertion wasn't bad at all. My doctor warned me that I may feel a slight pinch and some cramping but I didn't at all. She also warned me that everyones different and so are our periods. I'm typically a verrrry heavy bleeder but with this I've spotted. Which in my book is a miracle. I've had no cramping, no mood swings, no negative thoughts. My man is well endowed and neither of us feel the strings at all. My sex drive has gone up and I couldn't be more happy over all. 6/17/2020 P.s. I would recommend a female doctor whom also uses the same birth control so she can relate to you.”

10 / 10
Car · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 16, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “The insertion didn’t hurt much, just a few cramps that my gyno warned me about in advance. However, my body went into shock afterwards and passed out and wasn’t even able to drive myself home. It’s been 3 months since I started Kyleena and I have already gained 10lbs with no change in my diet. I have extreme mood swings and get a very short temper most days when I have always been a very forgiving person. My bloating is constant and I’m always uncomfortable. I’ve never had a problem with acne before this but now I constantly break out around my chin. My sex drive is lower than when on the pill, which could be from my self consciousness because of the weight gain and bloating. I don’t recommend this to anyone and I’m counting down the days to get this removed.”

2 / 10
JR June 11, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “The insertion was one of the most painful experiences I've had in my life (my body simulated labor). Upon insertion, I felt extreme menstrual cramps that had me doubled over in pain, nauseous, and lightheaded. I took 2 Tylenol beforehand (as directed) and the extremely intense cramps subsided within the hour. Cramps were much more bearable from then on. I had light bleeding for the following 2 weeks after insertion. I had cramps here and there but nothing severe at all. I now have my IUD for 5 months and my experience has been super positive! Little to no cramping for the past 3-4 months and I no longer get periods. I'm not sure that I will get the IUD again when my current one has to be taken out in 5 years, but my experience has been favorable thus far (besides the insertion, but it was worth the very temporary pain). I recommend Kyleena to people who don't love taking the pill and want reliable birth control that they won't have to constantly worry about. Hope this helps!”

9 / 10
CD · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 9, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “The insertion of Kyleena was the most painful experience of my life. I felt like someone was sawing my body in half, the pain was so horrible that I passed out. After insertion, I had some mild cramping but nothing major. In about 4 months I had gained 25 pounds while eating 1600 calories a day and working out 6 times a week. The side effects (cramps, nausea, dizziness, headaches) when I got my period were also amplified so I wouldn't recommend it if you typically have bad period side effects. I did have a regular period though. It was nice to not have to worry about taking a pill or anything but overall not worth it.”

2 / 10
Jenny · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 9, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “Had Kyleena inserted a year ago and it was incredibly painful. Even a week after still got cramps as bad as when it was first inserted. The cramps were horrible. No pain medication or heating pad could help. I was moody, getting acne, constant cramps and discharge and spotting. I had it removed yesterday and as soon as it was removed I instantly felt better. My boyfriend even said I instantly seemed like my regular self prior to getting the coil. I can’t take the pill because it reacts badly with my epilepsy medication so thought this was a better choice but honestly it was not worth it at all!”

1 / 10
Kate · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 7, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “Having my IUD inserted was the most painful experiences of my life. The cramps the first 3 weeks after having it put in felt like I was having birth contractions. Like on the floor sobbing. However, once the cramping went away, about 6 weeks after having it put it, it has been fantastic. I haven’t had a period in over a year, I rarely think about it all. I used to have a lot of anxiety over other forms of BC. Wondering how effective they are, etc. But I never worry now. I am really anxious about getting it replaced in a few years but overall it’s been a fantastic experience.”

9 / 10
Shell June 6, 2020

Mirena (levonorgestrel): “I got the Mirena IUD placed 7 weeks after my second son was born. I heard good things about it from the girls I worked with. They told me they loved it. Placement was pretty painful, even though I just have birth 7 weeks Prior to it. I bled constantly for 2 in a half months After that the bleeding only happened when my monthly flow was coming. When it came it was pretty heavy and would last 7-8 days. My periods were right on schedule monthly . Then I started feeling fatigue, anxiety, massive mood swings, depression, insomnia. I had to push myself to get out of bed and take care of my children. Around month 9 I started getting blurred vision. I had blurred vision when I was on the pill after my first child was born. I knew it was the IUD causing all this. I had it removed 2 days ago. Spotted a little after removal. But now have a full on heavy flow. My mood has changed a lot already. I’m calmer like I used to be. Not 100% back to myself yet, but removing it was the best thing I did.”

1 / 10
Hati · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 6, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “I got the Kyleena to help with my very irregular periods and to use it as birth control. I've only had it in for 5 months and I'm 23 pounds heavier (even after restricting my calories to 1000 and only eating healthy organic). My left lower abdomen hurts a lot, it makes my left leg numb. I have not had my period in 4 months (after that month long period I had when I first got it inserted), and I'm always cramping. I want to remove it, but with this whole coronavirus thing I have to keep it in for maybe 2-3 more months.”

1 / 10
Kmdance · Taken for less than 1 month June 5, 2020

Skyla (levonorgestrel): “I got my Skyla placed yesterday. I read every single review I could and worked myself up so much that I was shaking and crying when my OBGYN came in. I wanted to share my positive experience. Let me say, it is not the worst pain I’ve ever had (I am 30 and do not have kids) It felt like an average period cramp at best when she did the first thing in and again when she placed the IUD. I was SO relieved afterwards. I took Motrin the morning of and an hour before the procedure. I was on day two of my period which I think helped tremendously. My doctor prescribed cytotec but, upon research of my own, cytotec is not shown to assist any more than just being on your period... plus it causes more pain during and after. If you’re thinking about getting one, try not to panic. I’m usually low pain tolerance and had no issues with the insertion. Afterward, I had some mild cramping which was relieved by a heating pad and ibuprofen. Just remember that everyone’s experience is different. :)”

10 / 10
Dani June 5, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “I’m one of those who decided to get the copper IUD in, regardless of never having kids. The whole year I had it in, I had the worst pain from periods and more blood flow. Which was expected. But I also spotted the whole year when I wasn’t on my actual period. SO, I decided to take a break. And just accept my doom. Hate the pill, IUDs are horrible (I thought) and I haven’t heard anything good about the others. WELL I decided to see a new gyno & he suggested Kyleena. I was VERY hesitant. Best thing I ever did! The insertion was a breeze compared to the copper IUD and my period I would only have 1 bad day with cramps which was bearable and normal. Blood flow is minimal. I didn’t experience acne or weight gain. But I have never struggled with acne my whole life so that might be why. I got my IUD 4/1/20 and it is 6/4/20. My period has pretty much stopped by June. I only have spotting. We will see how it continues but so far I love it!”

10 / 10
A B June 4, 2020

Liletta (levonorgestrel): “I had Lietta inserted on day 17 of my cycle in hopes of helping with extremely heavy bleeding (cycle length 25-28 days, bleeding 8+oz one day 1 alone). Despite eating a meat rich diet and taking iron pills on and off I remained anemic for 5 years (worse after I had my second child). I was trying to correct naturally but finally drew the line. Insertion was nothing. I don’t know if it was because I pumped myself up or because the doctor gave me a numbing shot down there- but it was no worse than a Pap. I did take one ibuprofen before hand too (super sensitive to meds). I don’t recall any noticeable cramping. I did have some facial flushing likely from whatever local they gave me (again, sensitive), but I went home and worked in the yard and made dinner and had just a few drops of blood on the pad. No spotting since. My next cycle starts tomorrow and I’ll try to update with the bleeding progression that follows in the coming months. Keep your fingers crossed for me!”

P. Griffin · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 3, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “I have been on Kyleena now for a year after being on Depo Provera for 5 years. I have extremely painful periods and I stayed on Depo because I was scared of the pain coming back (despite my horrible depression, weight gain, and acne). I made the switch to this IUD and the only bad experience so far was insertion. My doctor suggested prescribing a pain reliever for before the appointment, but I was dumb and didn’t accept it. Ask your doctor for pain pills for that first couple days, and enjoy your pain free uterus! I also have lost almost 20 lbs of Depo Provera weight as well! Not every experience is negative.”

10 / 10
ava7 · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 3, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “IF YOU ALREADY HAVE ANY ACNE, DONT GET KYLEENA. Ruined my confidence! I have always had some acne, but mostly just a few whiteheads before my period but I got horrible Cystic acne all over my body right after I got this IUD and I waited over a year to see if the side effects would subside but never did. It's now been 6 months since I had it removed and I finally am seeing less cystic acne but my WHOLE body has dark scars, and I mean everywhere, my thighs, butt, back, up my arms and my face. AWFUL.”

1 / 10
Eve · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 2, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “I no longer get my period, so it did the job of easing cramps. After a year, I still have a very lowered sex drive, bloating, and mild weight gain (6 lbs).”

5 / 10
Yagirl June 2, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “I've had kyleena for about 2 years now. I've loved it until about the last two months. Insertion was ok and the rest of the day was very painful (but I was able to get through work with a couple breaks). But after that it was fine. I've loved it since then. My periods are slightly longer but definitely not as much flow, I am able to lose weight easier than when I was on the pill. However, cramps have definitely been worse since getting kyleena. I've always gotten cramps the week before my period and they just intensified. They haven't been too bad though until the past two periods. The last one I was crying and terrified. Almost puking and passing out. I can tell the ones I'm having now will get intense too, that's how I stumbled on here. I have a gyne appt. in July so I plan to ask about them so I'll let you all know. I definitely love it but I don't like scaring my boyfriend because I'm scared, in pain, and crying. Maybe I just need to be more proactive with remedies... Unsure”

7 / 10
hinata · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 1, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “I was on the pill for 2 years and LOVED IT. I never ever missed a pill but decided why not try the IUD since it’ll be stress free. The worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life I seriously almost cried, followed by a whole day of bad cramps. The doctor made it clear that irregular bleeding and spotting is very common up to at least 3-6 months. It’s been 9 months now and this was my biggest regret. Some months I get spotting and discharge for weeks straight. The past few months I’ve had 2 periods in one month. My MAIN complaint is that if I’m not bleeding, I’m spotting or discharging, I rarely get a break. I was thinking about waiting until the one year mark since I’ve heard so many rave about the IUD but... don’t think my patience can take any longer. I having to wear a pantyliner every single day for nearly a year is awful. I miss the my pills :(”

2 / 10
Anonymous May 31, 2020

Kyleena (levonorgestrel): “The insertion wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be. A lot of cramping on and off throughout the insertion. I will say this, your experience will differ on who inserts it. Make sure you find someone who has a lot of experience. I have had it for 6 months now and my body is just now getting used to it. I had spotting for almost 3 weeks after insertion and cramping stopped after day 2. My periods are only spotting now. It also has definitely helped my moods. It gave me a lot of acne around the 3rd month on my face and chest and never had acne there, but it’s better. I also gained some weight, not a lot, but more than I would’ve liked but it was because I was hungry ALL of the time and all I wanted to eat was junk food. But I have finally been able to control it. Overall I do love it. As long as it prevents pregnancy and it means that I don’t have to take a pill everyday, I’m fine with some of the side effects.”

8 / 10