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Marg3  ·  04 Sep 2013

Hi

I'm 52 and had the Marina fitted in 2008.  Its been in 5 years and I personally would like it changed as I've been told that the hormone gets weaker after that period of time.  I had it fitted because I had heavy periods.  My periods immediately stopped when it was fitted and I have noticed that I feel a lot better not having periods all the time, especially being that heavy.  I also have fibroids and had a polyp removed back in 2006.  When the Marina was fitted I had a hysteroscopy and was told that my uterus was polypoid and that the Marina would help with the heavy periods, polypoid uterus and the fibroids.

I am about the same weight I was when the Marina was fitted.  I lose weight when I watch what I eat.  I am like everyone else I like something now and again to treat myself but not often as you are taking in more calories.  

From what I have read about the Marina it releases Progesterone which helps with heavy periods, fibroids and cystic breasts.  I know it has helped me with heavy periods and only hope it has helped with all the other problems. 

I personally haven't had as many problems as most of you and wonder why.  I have had no interest from my GP in reviewing my progress and letting me know if the fibroids have shrunk or not.  So I have no idea if all these other things are improving.  

I have in the past had cysts aspirated from my breasts but that was before I had the Marina.  Since having the Marina I don't seem to have that problem.  I have to say though there are other factors that can influence things and I know this from my own experience, they are environmental pollutants, contaminated food when you eat out.  I have fallen foul to both of these situations and believe that women need to come together and take a closer look at these situations as they only cause health problems for us all and that's no good.

I try not to eat out as the last two times I have I came away with symptoms.  I believe that my food had been tampered with on both occasions and this brought about my symptoms, as a result I try not to eat out and try to go as far as a portion of chips when I'm hungry.  I don't want to alarm you but I can't see how you could fail to recognise what has been going on for years now and not talk out about it.

The last eating out experience I had I believe bacteria went through my system along with God knows what as I had a high temperature, inflammed throat and was unable to do anything.  I got so bad I had to call an ambulance as I couldn't go out for days.  My ankles also swelled up and the list goes on.  I think you need to take other factors into consideration when you talk about your problems.  I can't see how you all fail to not take these things into consideration.

I have seen the evidence for myself I have been in shops and youths spray something into the air and run to the back of the shop and your left inhaling this stuff and feel ill afterwards.  In the work place I believe that environmental pollutants are affecting health.  I've heard women complaining about adrenal exhaustion - men don't suffer as much as women from this.  It takes 6-12 months to recover from this.

I feel that you really need to start looking at other factors and not just blame the Marina.

 

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Anonymous  ·  15 Jun 2011

Hello Moone, my experience was similar with my second mirena insertion, I had very severe cramps and a contraction during the procedure. I almost passed out, retched (but couldn't vomit as nothing to come up) and like you went hot and cold so the clinic had me rest there until my pulse came back up to normal (over 45 mins) . The cramps lasted into the next day with me tho they lessened as I was taking my two ponstan forte on schedule but I had no diarrhea  - tho oddly I do get diarrhea witj every (very small) period now with the implanon. The reaction is had is rare but I was told that if I went for another mirena it might be best to have it done in hospital under general aneasthetic.

 

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Moone  ·  15 Jun 2011

Hello all, had Mirena placed for the first time. Went off the pill because my schedule kept me from taking them at the same time every day, leading to a burst ovarian cyst, a 16 day period, and my period coming in the middle of the pills instead of the placebo week. I had intense cramping during the procedure, which didn't go away. After the procedure I immediately went to the bathroom, where I had diarrhea, vomited, felt overheated, clammy, then too cold, all with the intense cramping. After 30 minutes I managed to leave the bathroom and head home, where I sat on the toilet for another twenty minutes. Eventually I was able to get to sleep. 6 hours later I felt better, but I'm still feeling uncomfortable. Is this normal? Anyone else experience this?

-Moone

 

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coffeecup  ·  15 Jan 2010

i am 53 and have the mirena coil inserted for 4 years i am now post menopausal and my doctor wants to leave in for another year. I am suffering spotty face and breast pain constantly. what are benefits of still having inserted.

 

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yummy mummy  ·  19 Aug 2009

hey knew  this site, just found it. Just wondering has any one recently got pregnant on the mirena.

 

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Anonymous  ·  16 Jun 2009

Hi nips, whether you suspect it has expelled itself withiut you noticing up slipped up into the uterine cavity, either way, use additional contraceptive protecton until it can be removed.

 

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nips  ·  16 Jun 2009

eh help! i had the mirena fitted 18months ago.....(i dont have any children yet) I visited my GP this morning as I have had some strange pains since Saturday....I was worried as I had been bleeding after intercourse.... they said there was nothing to worry about! but the bloody thing is missing..... no strings....no coil.... i am now waiting nervously for an appointment....but think i may go private to have a scan to find the bloody thing??  Worst case senario general to get the thing out! has this happened to anyone else....help!

 

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Anonymous  ·  20 May 2009

Hi k, when yu do your monthly check, can you feel the strings? If not, when was the last time you felt them?

 

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k  ·  20 May 2009

I have the mirena coil in for a year and a half after 6 weeks after having my 2nd child, went for a smear d other day only 2 be told by nurse she cant see the strings of the coil referred to the doctor who examined me and told me the same thing. I am now awaiting a hospital app to have an ultra sound to see where it is anyone hav same experience ???

 

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Anonymous  ·  12 May 2009

Hi Nickie, good advice but not having had children is most certainly not a barrier to the mirena - even the manufacturers insert will tell you that. Provided the gyne is skilled and competent at fitting it (and not all are) there should be practically no risk of tearing where no other conditions are present. Certainly having a scan after 12 weeks ot check if it is in place is a good idea but do make sure to check for the strings yourself every month.

 

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nickie38  ·  12 May 2009

i got the mirena fitted in February of this year. i am 22 years old and wanted a form of contraception that I didn't have to remeber to take everyday. The pill was not an option for me as with my schedule i would not remember to take it every day. I went to my GP & she explained all the pro's & con's ofthis form of contraception. She explained to me that this normally wasn't the option for a girl of my age who had never had children. She told me that the reason for this was that sometimes the fitting of the mirena can lead to tearing of the womb lining. She measured my cervix to see if the procedure could be done & thankfully it was. It is now three months since i had the mirena fitted &n have never regretted getting the procedure done. For the first two weeks it was slightly uncomfortable with stomach pains & spotting which the GP informed me was the normal reaction for the first 12 weeks. I was very fortunate that the spotting spotted exactly 4 weeks after the procedure was done. I went back for my check up & my doctor scanned to make sure the mirena was still in place & that the threads were still visible which they were. I would completely recommend the mirena to anyone looking at this method of contraception. I was very fortunate that it agreed with my body. I experienced no weight gain, acne etc as is some side effects with all hormone based contraceptions. As well as this my period's continued monthly but much much lighter than before & much shorter also. I am thankful to my GP for being as informative as she was & recommend everyone to make sure you research fully whatever form of contraception you choose be it long term or short term.

 

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b  ·  28 Nov 2007
i have had the mirena since february of this year 2007. at first it felt brilliant. no periods no pain. i was exercising excessively,being a courier.i did not notice the side effects too much until i stopped working. my skin is bursting with itchy spots.especially around the mouth.i am gaining wieght for no reason at all.i have never had skin problems or wieght problems.and i have lost the sense of sexiness aswell. i feel like a lump.but i have always been sensitive to any changes even with food.i tried this after the pill because i always forget the pill and had minor wieght gain with the pill.i am getting this out as soon as possible. it sounds like this mirena works for some.but my body does not like it at all.
 

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Anonymous  ·  28 Oct 2007
Hi, Need some advice on the Coil,
I am a little aprehensive about getting this done as I get TSS (toxic shock syndome) from Tampons so don't want to go to the expensive of buying it to have it taken out as fast. Anyone in the same boat??
 

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san  ·  28 Oct 2007
hi there anybody get pregnant with the mirena i am and have the mirena two and a half years does anybody know what to do
 

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Anonymous  ·  17 Oct 2007
Anonymous - are youreferrign to the actual imlant - as in the one which is inserted under skin of the inside of your upper arm or the mirena iud.
I haven't researched the former but In know the latter is very safe to use and contains lower doses of hormone over 5 years than even the mini pill
 

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Anonymous  ·  16 Oct 2007
Went 2 my gp as I was interested in the implant but was told that osteoporosis has been linked with it and recommended I go back on the pill, which caused unbearable thrush in the past, and I'm also forgetful when it comes to remembering to taking it. I've been researching the implant and cant find much to link it to osteoporosis but I'm not convinced. can anyone offer me some advice as its really getting me down?
 

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Anonymous  ·  28 Sep 2007
Hi MJ, I'm afraid I can't help on the subject of ovarian cysts but with regard to the coil, the dosage of synthetic projesteron you'd be getting is lower even than the pill and probably wouldn't be all that much different from the projesterone supplementation you were getting to resolve the problem where you weren't producing enough projesterone yourself.
For myself, my periods have gone from 6 days prior to the pill, to 4 days super-regular on the pill pill down to about 2 and half hours!! Not as predictable. It's efficacy is even better than the pill and it contaisn no eostrogen, if you are worried about that.
 

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mjanderson  ·  28 Sep 2007
Have just skimmed through comments on Mirena coil. I've been having very long, and heavy periods for about last 3.5 years. Had problems off and on over years before that, but this last time has really affected everyday life. Dr and I finally agreed my body not producing enough progesterone - rather than case of too much oestrogen. Gynae in Jan 2006 diagnose bi-lateral polycystic ovaries, but not PCOS. I researched alternative remedies to ease problem and, in July last year, gynae said "we seem to have sorted the problem"! He only examined me once, and I didn't think prpoblem sorted. Couple of months ago I asked to be referred to another Gynae specialist, and saw him last Friday. During scan he said he couldn't see any cysts on ovaries, but also said he couldn't see my ovaries - I assured him they're still there! He wants to fit Mirena coil, but I'm not too sure about synthetic progesterone or coil. At time of fitting coil he is planning to check for polyps, which I'd welcome. Around 1990 I was working in field of potatoes when somebody came in and sprayed them - I got spray drift on me in a big way. Problems with allergies started few years after that, and I'm inclined to think both allergy problems and menstrual problems are caused by adrenal system damage from spray. Do any ofyou have any info from last few months on benefits or disadvantages of Mirena coil? Thanks.
 

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Anonymous  ·  22 Nov 2006
Holly the liklihood of getting pregnant with the IUD is actually lower than after a tubal ligation (female sterilisation operation). In the past (40 years ago) there have been occassional cases of babies born with problems where their mum used the coil but this was not the mirena. It was a much older version of the IUD - Dalkon Shield (which has now been discontinued) and copper IUD. If you continue to feel ill it most probably has more to do with the winter than the liklehood of pregnancy but do see yout Dr. of course if you continue to feel ill or 'flu like.
Just to mention, do check every month to make sure it is still in place by feeling for the strings outside the cervix.
 

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holly663  ·  22 Nov 2006
I have the mirena coil fitted. Is there any chance at all that i could get pregnant with this coil in if im not using a condom?? Ive been feeling slightly ill, and my friend says i could be pregnant but ive had this coil in for a year now, and she says there are a lot of babies born with problems where their mum used the coil..im starting to get worried. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
 

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Anonymous  ·  07 Apr 2006
If you are still in excruciating pian 3 days later and your body expells the coild this is probably becuase it was contrcting all that time (like whne a women is in labour) this is a sign that there is definitely somethign wrong wiht your body. It is not normal to bein pain like that and as my gynae said to me (and this is coming froma male gynae), no women is intended to be in pain 4 ays out of every 28 and if she is, thwere is something physiologically wrong.
 

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Louise  ·  06 Apr 2006
I had a Merina coil fitted a few years ago and it was excruciatingly painful. Day three, and I could hardly walk with the pain. Day five it fell out! All by itself. I rescued it from the loo to prove to my doc it had 'escaped'. So that was the end of me and the Mirena coil saga. Turned out I needed a hysterectomy even more badly than suspected, as when I had one, the pathology showed problems that my gyne's exam and tests missed.
 

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Anonymous  ·  06 Apr 2006
Hi Louthchick, I too found it extremely painful and it was my second one. First one wasn't as painful. Second time I almost fainted.
With my fist mirena, I belod for 6 weeks afterwards but it wasn't painful (I'd never had painful periods) so this didn't bother me in the slightest, then spotting every month.
Second time around, no bleeding afterwards, just spotting and a slight odd sensation in my back every month, almost like buterflies - that was until after about 10 months afterwards. No my perios are longer - about 4 days but again no period pain, so no problem.
As for breast, mine do feel much much heavier before my period but I find tha the support of a good bra, a bath (the water seems to help) and gentle massage really helps.
 

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Anonymous  ·  06 Apr 2006
I had the Mirena fitted in February this year by a family planning Doctor. I found it extremly painful and I would normally have a great tolerance for pain.I was advised by the clinic to get a script for Ponstan Forte 500mg which helped. I was spotting for a few days and In March I had a very light periods. Now my breasts are getting a lot bigger the are like rocks and soooo painful, I'm wondering will they be like this all the time?! Other than that I find the Mirena great.
 

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Anonymous  ·  10 Nov 2005
Ag, possibly it went in easily for you becuase you had had childen and it was only 6 wees since birth.
I had no childen and had never been pregnant.
Don't get me wrong, otherwise, it's huge mprovement on the pill but I'm not willing to go thru so much discomfort again - hence the implant.
 

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Anonymous  ·  10 Nov 2005
I appreciate it that lots of women have had negative side effects from the mirena but i can honestly say that i find it brilliant. I got it in six weeks after my second child was born and it went in easily, no more discomfort than having a smear test done. three years later i am very happy with it - no periods, no weight gain and no worries about getting pregnant. with regard to the facial hair i had that problem for 12 years before getting in the mirena and waxing in the long-run is not a solution as the hair does coarsen. facial hair virtually gone now following laser treatment. if you are interested in laser check that it is candella that the therapist uses and not superior as candella seems to much more powerful and is not painful.
 

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Anonymous  ·  10 Nov 2005
No probs. Can't day this has a affected me libido-wise.
I know what you mean, when that is affected you tend not to feel the same way about dressing up etc.
Have you tried Siberian ginseng? Or root ginger is also supposed help (lovely when boiled gently with honely and hot water).
By the way, if you are also tired and tend towards moodiness, do have yout thyroid levels checked.
 

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charlotte  ·  10 Nov 2005
I found the lack of libido very disturbing as well with the mireno and after three years there is very little improvement. I find having this lack effects other areas of your life. For instance, you wouldn't feel like dressing up as often or when you do, there is no great feeling like you used to have before. I find that I am gone a bit careless. I miss that sexy feeling that I used to have. Anyone else notice this?
 

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jub  ·  09 Nov 2005
thanks for clarifying that Chana. it think there is a lot of confusion out there over terminology like this, especially since laypeople tend to zero in on anabolic steroids when they hear the word as that is the area of most publicity!
 

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Anonymous  ·  09 Nov 2005
14.02 - my first mirean was ok-ish, didn't know what to expect. never had a baby, never had period pains. My cervix wouldn't dilate so they had to dilate it manually (ughh). Had sensationg afterwards, for the vening, which I was trold are like period pains. During the procedure I had 2 darts of pain but not too bad.
Second one was worse. Again cervix wouldn't dilate. Had 3 really sharp pains (I was afterwards told these were contractions) and a vaso-vaal reaction (horrible). Bad period like pain for the rest of the day and didn't feel too great the following day either. But ok now, apart from the back-pain described above.
Next-time around I think I'll go for the implanon.
 

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Anonymous  ·  09 Nov 2005
I posted on 16/06 & 17/07 asking about possible weight gain with the mirena. I got it fitted shortly afterwards. I have never experience pain like it in my life and it took me a day or two to recover! For the 1st 6 - 8 weeks I was having very bad period pain like cramps which travelled down my thighs. My periods have pretty much stop but the odd day I get that brownish sort of spotting some of you have mentioned. But with regard to the weight - I have not lost a single pound.
Just wondering has anyone fallen pregnant shortly after having it removed? Would like to start a family in the next year or two and not sure I believe the literature saying that fertility is resorted immediately.
 

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Anonymous  ·  09 Nov 2005
From the drugs.com information website:
Levonorgestrel is a form of progesterone, which is a female hormone involved in conception.

A steroid simply refers to a general class of chemical substances that are structurally related to one another and share the same chemical skeleton.

Many hormones, body constituents, and drugs are steroids. So the term steroid carries many meanings.
For example, steroids may refer to drugs used to reduce swelling, pain, and other symptoms of inflammation.
Vitamin D is a steroid, too, one that is necessary to normal health. T
he male hormone testosterone and its derivatives are steroids.
Even cholesterol is a steroid.
 

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charlotte  ·  09 Nov 2005
Chana, Thanks a million for that information. I was thinking that it was the mirena all right but my cramps are happening much more than yours is. It's probably definately time to get it out and I was feeling a bit worried. But you have made me feel a lot better. Thanks again.
 

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Anonymous  ·  08 Nov 2005
further to the issue of definition, either google search "steroid levonorgestral" or check this dictionary website for definitions.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/norgestrel
 

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Anonymous  ·  08 Nov 2005
Um, Anonymous, I think you will find that technically hormones such as levonorgestral are a type of steroid. not an anabolic steroid such as you find in athletic situations. i have found numerous medical research papers which refer to this hormone as a type of steroid, along with the other types of hormonal contraceptives. i am not a doctor/scientist so it may be that someone who is can clarify the terminology. the other thing i have found in my research (and if i had known i would never have had the mirena) is that levonorgestral is also in depo-provera. the more investigation i have done, the more info i have found listing weight gain as a common side-effect of taking this hormone. common (in Schering's terms, the pharmaceutical company) is when the side effect is experienced in between 1 and 10 % of women.
 

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Anonymous  ·  08 Nov 2005
Charlotte, I am on my second mirena now and yes, I experince a back cramp which travels into my hip and down my left thigh mid-month (between perods).
To be honest having the old one removed was a doddle compared to having it inserted.
The shock you describe - a vasovagal reaction with feeling faint, dizziness, nausea and cold sweats it far more likely happen on insertion than removal.
 

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Anonymous  ·  08 Nov 2005
Jub, there is no steroid at all in the mirena, it is a low dose hormone.
 

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charlotte  ·  08 Nov 2005
I have a mirena coil in for three years now but lately I have a cramped back which travels down my left thigh. I am wondering if the mirena is the cause and should I get it taken out. What is it like to get the mirena out and could your body go into shock?
 

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Anonymous  ·  07 Nov 2005
i have had the merina for 3 years. i had it inserted to deal with very heavy periods which i had been having ever since i had a copper iud after the birth of my third child six years previously. before the copper i only ever had light-medium periods on a 28 day cycle. unfortunately didn't think to just have the copper out and see whether things returned to normal. i haven't had a period in the whole 3 years - in fact my doctor said it was easier to insert during the first day of my period because the cervix is slightly open (fine) but the period stopped the very next day - so i guess it was very effective! i suffered abotu 6 months of severely depressed libido following this and have also noticed quite an increase in facial hair (yuck! thank god for wax!). but worst of all i have gained 4 stone in that time. i haven't had a radical change of diet or exercise in that time - perhaps a little more sedentary becuase of my job, but not enough to explain this. also, when i do make a concerted effort to lose weight i am getting nowhere. the irony is that i had gastric bypass surgery and lost over 60 kg so to regain 25 of them is rather distressing to say the least, especially since i cannot eat huge meals at all. my surgery was only a tool rather than a silver bullet for obesity, but it worked for me becuase i don't get particularly hungry and if I monitor my food and keep exercising i can lose 2-4 pounds a week. not in the last 3 years though. it feels like running to stand still. i am not necessarily blaming mirena for the weight gain, but it seems to me there is enough evidence to suggest it is a possible culprit. the pharmaceutical brochure lists weight gain as a possible side effect in up to 10% of women. of course the steroid in it will affect women in different ways and many if not most women may not suffer any side effects like this, but it's enough for me. mine is coming out tomorrow. it's the only way i will know, if i go back to no-hormonal contraception and see whether i can lose weight then, becuase god knows it's very depressing to be reallly trying and find that nothing's working!
 

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Anonymous  ·  29 Jun 2005
Hi Anon, your Mirena will only need to be replaced after 5 years not three. Have you thought tho', about going on the pill as for many this is supposed to be great for period pain. if this is not an option and as you already have your tubes ligated, would you consider endometrial ablation (by laser) this would still allow you to have a small light period and thus may lessen the period pain. On the subject of insertion, I found the first one extremely uncomfortable with a couple of darts of pain. The second one tho' was worse with three sharp pains (I was told these were contractions which was new to me as I've never had a baby), a vasovagal reaction, dizziness and cold swaets. The pain / discomfort afterwards, I was told is comparable to bad period pain (I've never had that either). To be fair tho' I as offered a sedative (which I wasn't keen on) and local anaesthtic but I didn't fancy having a needle in the cervix area. I'm not sure if you could have it done under spianl aneasthitic but a friend of mine had it done under general at the Rotunda hospital. Same period like crampy pains afterwards tho'. Personally when mine neeeds replacing in 5 yars (I'm 32 at the mo') I think I will go for the implanon (inserted under the skin in the upper inner arm).
 
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