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User Reviews for Mirena

Mirena has an average rating of 6.1 out of 10 from a total of 2,498 ratings on Drugs.com. 47% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 32% reported a negative experience.

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Summary of Mirena reviews 6.1 2,498 reviews

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Reviews for Mirena

Mirena IUD · April 1, 2009

For Birth Control: “I have had my IUD for over a year now and I think it's the best thing ever. When I first got it put in I only bled for about a week with a little cramping. After that nothing at all. I haven't had a period for about 8months until I finally got one, and its not bad at all. It's light, no cramping, no headache, nothing. I haven't gained weight, my acne is gone, and my moods are fine. I know all women are different, but I just hear all these horror stories and I just wanted to tell my story, which is a good one. Hope it calms some of your fears.”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month · January 12, 2021

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “I know I have not had Mirena in long. First day was Dec 15th. This is horrible. I always had the worst cramps along with heavy heavy bleeding. Every month it felt like contractions. Since having the IUD put in I have bleed everyday. Yes some lighter than others. Most days had to wear a regular pad. Cramps are just as bad if not worse. I can't wait 3 months or longer to see if this will work. I'm miserable, my husband is miserable. I think I would prefer the 7 days of heavy bleeding than this. At least I knew it was gonna stop. This everyday bleeding has to go. I can't deal with it.”

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lisalor1 · December 21, 2020

For Birth Control: “I wanted to come back here and write a review because before I got the Mirena I was reading all of these, although aware that people are more inclined to write about their horror stories rather than their happy stories. So here is my happy story! I was using the ring for a couple years before I tried Mirena. The ring made me miserable, hormonal, moody, irregular. I was very depressed from the fluctuating hormones. In comes Mirena. The Mirena has been the best choice I have ever made for myself. It is true what all my friends and reviewers say. I do not feel hormonal or moody. In fact I feel much more balanced! My skin does break out at times but I will happily take that over what I was experiencing before. My periods have stopped and I sometimes pms about a week before what WOULD be my period, but it is very mild and manageable. Sooo happy with my Mirena!!! I was scared just like you and it was the best choice I made for myself.”

9 / 10
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Miserable · Taken for 1 to 6 months · March 13, 2021

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “I had my first Mirena removed in July of 2020 and never had any problems with it. Then I had a new one put in January 29th, 2021. This is March 13th and I've been on my period since getting the new one. Somedays it's normal bleeding, other days it's spotting but the menstrual fluid is dark, almost brown, and thick to the point of almost being sticky. It's ruining my sex life and relationship. My boyfriend thinks I'm pretending to be on my period because I don't want to have sex. I mean, it makes sense. Who has their period for over a month straight? Me. And I'm over it. I feel like I should rate it's effectiveness at a 10 because I definitely won't be having sex with the thing in.”

4 / 10
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WatersWife98 · Taken for less than 1 month · June 23, 2021

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “1 had Mirena inserted June 3rd, 2021 and have literally bled every day since. It’s starting to get old. I had it inserted and my OB never even checked to make sure it was in the right place. They just said to avoid unprotected sex for the first month, then they’d check it to see if it was in the right places my 2 month checkup. I have no idea if it ACTUALLY works or if it’s even inserted correctly, all I know is that I haven’t gotten a break from bleeding for almost a month.”

2 / 10
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Nikki · Taken for 5 to 10 years · February 26, 2020

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “So, this is my second round with the Mirena IUD. June 2020 will be 5 years (this is my second one) Recently I got spotting Sat, Sun, Mon then stopped Tuesday and back Wednesday? I do not remember this happening my last Mirena, and a bit thrown off as to how it’s spotting then stop then back? Anyone else have this happen?”

9 / 10
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Lotus · Taken for 1 to 6 months · August 24, 2020

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “Mirena was inserted a month back, I got it cause apparently it stops bleeding and thus helps with endometriosis Symptoms, but it’s proving other wise as I’m experiencing completely opposite and I have been bleeding continuously from past one month with out a break . I never imagined I would be on period for a whole month and it still haven’t stopped”

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Busy Mum · September 3, 2020

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “I was recently diagnosed with adeymeosis due to heavy, painful, irregular periods and cysts. My consultant gave me the option to have a Mirena coil which he said will help my lining of my womb, stop heavy bleeding into my uterus and having it inserted would feel similar to a smear test. So I booked my appointment based on his recommendation. As the alternative was a hysterectomy. I got it fitted July 2020 which was the most horrendous pain I've ever experience felt like a stabbing contraction and I was in tears pain and I had a little spotting few days later with some severe cramps. The cramps stopped and then a two weeks later I started to get brown jelly like spotting which wasn't very nice and also I don't feel very clean because of it I spotted for two weeks, then came the heavy period which hasn't stopped and it's constant. I don't like the way it's made me feel and I've only had it in for five weeks it's worse than I had before.”

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Anonymous · May 7, 2010

For Birth Control: “I have had this for about 5 months now.. I had NO IDEA others were going through the same things I am... I am tired, moody and have gained about 25 lbs.. I have been working out more and couldn't figure out what was going on until now. I am dry during sex, not in the mood most of the time. Acne has been pretty bad, didn't know why that was either (don't usually have acne). For a few weeks now my body feels like it is pregnant. The moods, tired, etc.... but all tests say not pregnant. It makes me uncomfortable to have so many things going on.”

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CoffeeCatz · Taken for less than 1 month · March 15, 2021

For Birth Control: “Hi sisters. This is my review only of the insertion, as I just had the Mirena put in 2 hours ago. Before the appointment, I took the recommended Motrin, Ativan (to calm my nerves) and the medication that softens your cervix, which my gyno was kind enough to prescribe for me to hopefully make the insertion process smoother. The entire process took no more than 5 minutes. It felt like a slightly longer pap exam, with more pressure than usual. I didn’t cramp, I didn’t yelp in pain, and I didn’t pass out or feel sick. What got me through my anxiety was taking deep breaths. It was not excruciating as I expected it to be, since I have never given birth (I’m 40, btw). Here’s hoping this device works for me and agrees with my body. I had been on the pill for over 20 years, and I look forward to not having to take them every day. I’ll report back in a few months with an update. Good luck to all of you ladies. Do what is best for you.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · October 1, 2008

For Birth Control: “I love my Mirena. I've recommended it to several friends. I'm 43 and have 2 kids and wanted something to simplify my life. Insertion was not at all painful or even uncomfortable. I had some spoting continuously for about 3 weeks, but since then I haven't had my period (2 years). I have no side effects at all, and I love NOT getting my period. No cramping, mood swings, PMS, heavy bleeding, not to mention all the dollars saved on NOT buying outrageously expensive tampons and pads. I have never been so happy with a product of this nature. Much better than the pill and that awful sponge, messy diaphragm and horrid condoms!”

10 / 10
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Sarah · January 30, 2021

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “I'm 47 and got the Mirena because I have very heavy bleeding during my periods. After insertion I bled 44 days. Then none for 11 days, then my on my next period I started bleeding again for (as of writing this) 27 days. Overall I have been bleeding for 71 days out of the 82 (almost 3 months) that I have had the Mirena. While I appreciate the medium/lighter bleeding, the non-stop has been miserable. It has also been very brown and jelly like (like the end or start of a normal period). I tried to wait it out, but it just isn't stopping, so I have an appointment in 2 days to have it removed. On a side note, I had bloating and cramping/pinching feeling for the first 3 weeks. I almost had it taken out after the first month, but my doctor said to give it 3 months. The bloating and pinching did subside. I did feel fine emotionally, no depression, and didn't have any weight gain or skin problems with Mirena. Just removing it because of the non-stop bleeding.”

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Justjessica · Taken for 1 to 6 months · October 3, 2020

For Birth Control: “I have issues with hormones any time I have been pregnant or been on birth control I get every bad side effect possible. I was hopeful for this one. I had it in for a month and had severe headaches, cystic acne (literally all over my face & no wash would make it go away) constantly felt light headed/dizzy, nauseous, zero sex drive, horrible mood swings, my period lasted 12 days and I was constantly bleeding, horrible stomach pains randomly when I moved certain ways. This medication made my anxiety & depression worse. So bad that I couldn’t be around my 4 year old son because I’d get so anxious if have a panic attack. One day at three weeks of having it in I had such a bad panic attack over literally nothing I had to lay down in a dark room with a fan on me, got so worked up I passed out. Do your research there are a lot of harmful things that can happen when being on the Mirena IUD that they don’t tell you at the doctor. Do your research!!!”

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OB Nurse · October 22, 2009

For Birth Control: “I am an OB nurse, married with two children ages six and three. I chose the Mirena after suffering severe migraines on the pill. I interviewed several OB doctors at my job and my pregnant patients about their form of birth control prior to their pregnancy and decided to give the Mirena a try.I had the Mirena inserted in early May. Insertion process was very painful.It reminded me much of mild labor contractions. After the insertion, I had mild cramps for the remainder of the day. For three weeks thereafter, I experience light spotting and wore a pantyliner. For the next four months, I would spot beginning the same day each month for a week followed by a regular light period two weeks after the spotting subsided. It is now five months after insertion and I did spot for less time but no period came. Rather, I experience symptoms of bloating and increased appetite as if my period is going to start but without the period. I am most happy to report NO migraines and I lost weight! My mood and libido has remained the same. I cannot feel the string I was instructed to check for monthly, and no complaints from my husband. I did experience some hair loss and noticed my complexion is not as clear, but overall, I am satisfied with the Mirena and recommend woman to try it especially if you want a low maintenance birth control method.”

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Shell · June 6, 2020

For Birth Control: “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.”

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S · Taken for 2 to 5 years · March 7, 2020

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “At 47, after 2+ years of embarrassing and isolating hemorrhaging blood loss I got a Mirena. Life has greatly changed- while still anemic I’ve had no more iron infusions or blood transfusions. I am willing to take overnight trips. I occasionally experience spotting so still wear pads but nothing like the clots of 3 years ago. It has proved an absolute positive for me!!”

9 / 10
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Anonymous · June 21, 2009

For Birth Control: “I'm 22 years old and have two little boys. My husband says he hopes to one day have a girl so I figured 5 years should be enough time to decide. I got the Mirena last year and the only side effect I had was hair loss but I'm not quite sure if it was the Mirena or from just having another baby. But other than that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! I have been reading all these reviews and they were almost all negative I was wondering if something was wrong with me. Since I got the Mirena last year I lost weight, no more cramps, lightened periods, and a better sex drive (probably because I don't have to worry if I'm going to get pregnant), I feel safe. So would I recommend the Mirena, YES.”

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Rose · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · October 6, 2020

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “I had Mirena inserted Feb 2020 to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding due to fibroids. For first 2 mths I was bleeding non stop. 8 mths later I still have heavy bleeding. Don't think it is working for me, but my Dr said to give it a year.”

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Notlikingthisiud · Taken for 1 to 2 years · February 12, 2020

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “I've had mine for 1 year and constantly have spotting or bleeding. My husband jokes that's why it's such a good form of birth control because I'm always bleeding on it. Theres only like a week straight that I don't have any spotting or blood. Not very happy. I thought after a year it would've gotten better.”

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Mama2929 · Taken for 1 to 6 months · December 25, 2019

For Birth Control: “I had the Mirena placed three months ago. The insertion was painful, I won’t fabricate that, but it only lasted at most 12 seconds and it was over. I took both Tylenol and Advil before my appointment and that seemed to help a bit. The more uncomfortable/painful cramping lasted less than 24 hours after my appointment. I took the day off of work which I am glad I did. The first 2/3 weeks after I had it placed I had no bleeding or spotting. I had medium spotting for 2 months on and off after, I just usually wore a liner. Bleeding lasted a few days and would be inconsistent. The third month the spotting was extremely light and would occur 1-2x per week. My hormones seem to be actually really well balanced. I experienced some neck acne for the first 2 months but that did subside. I haven’t gained or lost any weight. My sex drive is unchanged. I’ve read plenty of horror stories on the internet in regards to this method, so I thought I would throw in a positive one.”

9 / 10
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Dentine · Taken for less than 1 month · February 23, 2020

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “I had the Mirena IUD inserted on Feb 4th. It took 5 mins to insert and they used an ultrasound machine to ensure it was done correctly. I have an extremely high pain tolerance, but must the insertion was probably the worst 5 mins of my entire life. The pain was ridiculous! After that, I had mild cramping for 24 hrs and light brown bleeding for 3 days. On the 4th day out of no where , I felt sick to my stomach and had horrible cramping pains. Lasted for 30 minutes, I was almost in tears, but subsided with 800 mg of Advil and a hot water bottle. My period was suppose to start Feb 14th, but I had brown spotting 3 days prior and am still menstruating!! Its been 11 days straight; its light but enough to need a panty liner or tampon. I'm exhausted, cranky and frustrated. My next dr appt is Mar 7th to check that the IUD is still in the same position. I'm thinking if I bleed all of March, I'm getting this thing taken out. I had no idea I'd bleed for this many days in a row.”

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Tavila · Taken for 1 to 6 months · February 15, 2020

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “I had the Mirena put in Aug 13, 2019... spotted every day for about a month, finally had a period but very lightly. Ruined my sex life, constantly bleeding and smell of old blood. Days I wasn’t spotting when having sex, made me realize that old blood was sitting in my cervix which cause me to smell during sex. Finally got it removed yesterday and just want my body to get back to the way that it was... I would rather deal with my period then to not know when I’m gonna bleed or having continuous spotting and horrible sex life. One day after removal I’m bleeding like a normal period so hopefully that will clear everything up. I would never put in another Mirena.”

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

For Birth Control: “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!”

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Romy · Taken for less than 1 month · May 9, 2021

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “I’m peri menopausal 49 year old and have had very heavy bleeding for the past few years which got progressively worse until last year when I had an ablation and Mirena inserted December 2020. We’re now in May 2021. I bleed 20+ days with a break of maybe 8/9 days. Starts with spotting for a few days followed by a period then more spotting. My sex life with my partner is non existent. I get PMS symptoms, sore breasts, bloating, constipation. I don’t bleed as heavily as I used to but it’s just so prolonged I’m sick of it. I’m calling my GP this week to arrange removal.”

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Windsor · Taken for 1 to 2 years · February 23, 2020

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “I had Mirena inserted in January 2019. It is now February 2020. The think brown spotting is constant every day. I’ve ruined every pair underwear I own. I’m not sure how much weight I’ve gained...maybe 10-15 pounds. I’m constantly bloated. My skin looks ok but not as good as before...not broken out...just different. The only benefit from the this thing has been birth control. I tried to give it a chance but have come to the decision to get it yanked. I’m 40 and will be considering a tubal ligation. I can't win with hormonal birth control!”

2 / 10
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