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fig  ·  16 Apr 2015

Hi, I have had two mirena coils over the years (I'm 44) but got the last one taken out Jan 2014 as even though I had no issues with it, I wasn't comfortable having it inside me. Anyway Dec 2014 I was told I have Pelvic Congestive Syndrome after a series of tests and GYN told me to get mirena reinserted to reduce pain (although pain is on both sides level with belly button not pelvic area) I have to be sedated for insertion as from having leep treatment four years ago. Anyone else suffer from PCS. 


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pebble  ·  16 Apr 2015

Hi, Well it looks as if I'm one of the lucky ones.  I hadn't exactly planned to get it, or looked for it, but periods were sooooo heavy and the pain was just too much; couldn't concentrate anywhere, that it was suggested and I went for it.

And I'm glad I did.  Like everything else I suppose there's nothing that suits eveyone, and you don't know till you try too.

So great for the lucky ones, and too bad for the not-so-lucky.


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wilbur123  ·  13 Apr 2015


I got my coil out on Saturday and feel better already, granted most of that is probably relief so I'll just have to wait and see but I do feel less anxious and my natural enthusiasm and positivity is hanging around which was up and down and totally unpredictable the last few years.  I meant to put down that I have been treat by this Dr for cysts the last year only for her to inform me (when I asked about them as one is weeping and just won't go the others are hard lumps now that erupt willy nilly) that oh yeah they might be related to the coil so I won't give you anything for them they'll probably go away on their own now, I was SHOCKED.  She has peddaled me antibiotic cream not to mention the price of two visits without mentioning anything about them being related to the coil possibly.  So ontop of all the other crappola I've had to deal with I've also been ripped off and lied to about this.

Her response to the side effects was "oh not everyone gets all the symptoms like you, most people just get some of them" they don't put that on the box.  The only ones she elaborted on were the "acceptable" ones listed ie Mood Swings being a definite yes yes from here like its to be expected, the cysts "possibly" but "possibly" enough that I wasn't being given anymore cream to treat and told they "might" clear up on their own, considering how non committal Dr's are I can take this as a given that "yes" they will clear up now she just won't say it for definite cos it'd be she's a comple see you next tuesday for not telling me so much on the last two visits that this is what I needed to do, get the coil out. And the sugar craving, I was told oh yes they will stop now, I asked when she says now when will that be, oh immediately I was told the cravings stop, so make of that what you will, so eating like an animal putting on weight is most definitely coil related.

The laughable part being she had zero interest in how this has affected me despite typing every word I said about all the side effects into her computer, all she was robotically concerned with was pregnancy, I was like helllo I told you when I said down I've had a circus of crap to deal with the last 3 years I've not been able to go on a date let alone anything else.  10 minutes later as I was leaving she went back into the whole rigamrole asking me had i had sex in the last week cos I wouldn't be protected you know and going forward what contraception was I planing on using, I was looking at  her saying I've just told you my hair is coming out, I've not been with anyone for nearly 3 years, and she was all oh right yeah, they don't listen and don't care, you are being peddaled a product the contraceptive product and they don't; want to know beyond that whats going on and any side effects you getthey will just prescribe you more crap to deal with them, for some reason taking it out is not on the menu, I think its just like that stuff they gave women for morning sickness saying its perfectly safe, then all the thalidomide kids were born, trust your body mrs, listen to it, get it out if your having any problems, nothing is worth your wellbeing.


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Rmack  ·  13 Apr 2015

I posted on here a few years ago. I have had the coil in for 7 1/2 years now, im on my second, best thing i did, never had that bad period pain since having it, nor a long 5-7 day heavy period, im 48 and going slowly through menopause, no big deal, put on weight over the years but it runs in the family, im happy with the way i am, random hair growth on face doesnt bother me, but have not had that bad like others. Its worth trying. You'll know if it works for you individually within 6 months. Everything settles generally.


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KateMcD09  ·  10 Apr 2015


All the symptoms you have mentioned is exactly they way I feel. I have made up my mind now I'm getting it taken out and not replaced. As you say it has messed up years of my life and am angry that I have stuck with it for so long now 😥


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wilbur123  ·  03 Apr 2015

Hi ladies

i have had the coil for nearly four years & im getting it out next week.  Ive had depression, weight gain hair growth on my chin & beyond, the hair on my head has gone very thin, i have a will of iron but have been incapable of sticking to healthy eating & the gym for more than two weeks at a time because the sugar and carb cravings are overwhelming.  I never had a sweet tooth before the coil but im like a sugar monster and miss depression the last three years it took a year for it all to come to a head & i stupidly have rationalised it away as other life events.  Its not.  Its the coil.  If anyone gets the above get it out its not you its this thing.  I cant wait to get it out life has been an endless rollercoaster the last 3 years something i have never experienced prior to this. I am a very jolly upbeat person but this thing drags ya down by messing with your hormones id be a bald narky fat old bint if i kept it any longer.  Im dying to keep a journal when its removed. I am raging i did this to myself without knowing the dreadful risks its robved me of 3 years of my life ive been that involved with how i feel on a daily basis losing confidence in my emotional and mental wellbeing & frustrated & upset not knowing why i felt so off on.  Ps i gave up smoking easy peasy so i know its not my lack of willpower keeping me over weight its this coil & its awful awful erosion on your wellbeing making you stuff your face


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May11  ·  08 Mar 2015

Mirena: the other side of the story - "Xiao et al.4 found that Mirena was associated with substantial systemic absorption of LNG and recorded serum levels of around 500 pmol/l. This is equivalent to two LNG-containing ‘minipills’ taken daily on a continuous basis", BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Volume 114, Issue 10, pages 1307–1308, October 2007)



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May11  ·  08 Mar 2015

"Restoration of Fertility after Removal of Extrauterine Mirena Coil: A Case Report and Review of the Literature", Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 189565, 4 pages


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May11  ·  08 Mar 2015

Thankfully I think I had the mirena removed before it did longterm damage to me. Just to warn others. Do lots of research before you take the plunge, personally I don't think it's worth the risk. Medical article  - "The LNG-IUS also suppresses oestrogen production.....may bring forward the menopause." (International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 2005


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pebble  ·  27 Feb 2015

Had Mirena put in 12 mths ago - life is now normal.  The severe pain I'd had is gone, and the bleeding was so heavy I had no comfort and couldn't go anywhere.  Bliss now :). Suppose it's not for everyone like anything else.


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KateMcD09  ·  22 Feb 2015

Hi all, I am looking for some advise. I am 46 yrs old.  I have my second Mirena coil in and am due to have it removed now in May as the5 years are up. Has anyone had a 3rd fitted straight away or do you take a break? At no time did my periods stop, I still had a normal period every month, well almost normal as it could be anything from a 21 day cycle to a 38 day cycle !! My period last week was the only one where I could say it wasn't a period just spotting. I also suffer from back pain and mild depression, I'm wondering is this a side effect from the Mirena? Would appreciate any feedback 


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Dee  ·  16 Feb 2015

Hi Bernie, thanks for the reply.... Its been nearly 4 weeks now since I the coil fitted and it looks like the bloating Im experiencing isnt going to go down.... I think my body has to have a period or something major to relieve the tension / bloating - I have been spotting now for the past week but still no reilef - my belly is still so swollen - do you think caffiene or alcohol could affect the bloating? I drink two cups of coffee a day and drink some wine at weekends - the reason I ask is that I seemed to swell to twice the size after a few glasses of wine on Saturday night - so unfair!!!! I've been trying to be super healthy juicing greens every day but nothing is working, not even accupunture which normally relieved the bloating for me.... gonna give it another month and then decide whether to get it taken out -.....


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Bernie11  ·  15 Feb 2015

Hi Dee, it's hard to say as everyone is different, I gave it 3 months but it wasn't for me. I also had breakouts, never had spots or acne as a teenager so it was awful.  I too was emotional all the time and bloating was a daily occurrence for me.   Go with your own feeling, apparently things settle down for some people, maybe that might happen for you, I just couldn't wait any longer, good luck....


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Dee  ·  08 Feb 2015

Hi Ladies..... I have been diagnosed with multiple Fibroids & was reccomeneded to have a Hysterectomy - I'm 41 and have no kids so this is not an option for me at the moment. As a younger girl I suffered from major cramps, heavy bleeding, fainting etc during my period - this subsided when I started training for marathons - then I suddenly got severe bloating so I visited my GP. long story short - I opted for a DNC, Lapraoscopy & having the coil fitted. I was hoping that having this procedure would end the PMT, bloating etc - I had my op (the very first ever) on Jan 23 2015 and this week ( two weeks later) I am severely bloated again (not gas) it looks like 3-4 months pregnancy ( as it always did) and I'm very weepy and emotional - does this pass? How long do I need to wait? I am back training, running and lifting weights (I am very small 6-8) but I cant take the crying and bloating any longer - also my face has errupted too!  I look like a teenager - Sorry to sound so whingey - I know I'm not seriously ill but I need some advice from any likeminded ladies out there - any help? Thanking you in advance - does it right it self after a while???


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ellen05  ·  21 May 2014

Hi I had the mirena fitted in 8 weeks ago, i'm suffering with a lot pain in my back to the left side in da back its really annoying me any1 out there able to help me please


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Bernie11  ·  03 May 2014

Millie1, I didn't feel any pain having it taken out, a little uncomfortable that's all like a smear.  I felt the same way you did, do what's right for you.  I had spotting for a few days the my period arrived about three weeks later and it was normal, heavy enough but manageable.. I had the mirena in for about the same amount of time you did, it might be easier after you have it taken out if it's not in for very long and the hormone hasn't built up in your system, not sure about that maybe someone else could verify that. It was the best thing I did, had a few headaches but they were easily managed. I will manage heavy periods going forward with medication. I hope this helps....


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millie1  ·  01 May 2014

I've decided to get the coil out. I'm fed up with the side effects and it's not helping me one bit. I've given it as long as I can. It's not for me but doesn't mean it's not right for everyone else. 

is is painful being removed? And will I get cramping and heavy bleeding afterwards?


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Avy  ·  30 Apr 2014

Hi everyone.

I came off the pill 3 years ago and developed acne. my doctor put me on tetralysal for that and i got the coil fitted. I didn't notice any immediate side effects.

I gave up smoking a year ago and naturally put on some weight as my appetitie increased.

I'm finding it really difficult to lose that weight now, despite going to bootcamp 3 times a week.

Also my ankles and feet are swelling and i have a pain in my left leg all the time, more like a dull ache like my leg is going to burst or something. its weird.

my doctor referred me to a nephrologist (kidney specialist) in Dublin. I was told that there was extra protien in my urine alright and that could cause swelling but its not severe enough to do anything about, i was sent away with furosimide (water retention tablets) which don't really help.

I asked my doc if all this swelling has something to do with the coil. he reckons not, and i've gotten a second opinion but yet after a lot of googling, seeminingly swelling in hands and feet are a side effect.

I'm torn about getting the coil removed as of its not the problem then its a waste and its expensive to get it back in and it suits my lifestyle and i get no period but if i could determine if it is the problem then i would get it whipped out immediately as this swelling is so uncomfortable and my acne is getting me down and the fact i can't seem to lose weight

has anyone had similar experience or can offer any insight?

thanks in advance


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Anonymous  ·  23 Apr 2014

Hi Jssia, I don;t knoiw all your history of course but just so you're aware, something as major as a hysterectomy is not indicated for fibroids, even large ones. These can be effectiveily dealt with by myenectomy , which a a lot less major and shorter recovery involved.


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Bernie11  ·  22 Apr 2014

I had my mirena fitted early January and had it removed at the beginning of April. I was bleeding everyday despite being on oestrogen tablets. I was putting on weight, my appetite increased so that didn't help I guess!  My libido was very low. My skin was breaking out, I was very tired, was feeling bloated all the time and suffered from constipation for the first time in my life.  I couldn't go on with it I had to get it out. Life's too short to be miserable. I wasn't sure how long it would last and if problems would go away and come back as they do for some people. I spotted for a week after removal, no other issues, I feel so much better, so glad I got it out.  That didn't hurt at all, do what's best for you....


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Jssia  ·  22 Apr 2014

Hi Millie I've had pretty much the same symptoms as yourself, my specialist recommended I give it 6 months before getting it removed. I'm booked in for a hysterectomy in July but she thinks the coil might be the answer. I've got multiple large fibroids and had extremely heavy bleeding. I'm going to stick it out now that I've come this far, my symptoms are easing a bit now so I'm optimist , my advice is give it the 6 months then if things don't work out go for the hysterectomy . 


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millie1  ·  22 Apr 2014

I've had my coil in since January and have had a really bad time with it. I'm bleeding everyday and while not as heavy as before I've piled on the weight and somehow have started to have menopause symptoms. This I can't deal with and want the coil out. 

Has as this happened to anyone else?


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Jssia  ·  18 Apr 2014

Hi all, I'm now 4 months since coil was fitted, spotting/ light bleeding finally stopped 1 week ago, I was wondering about libido, mine has been zero since day 1 of getting coil fitted up until then I was fine, does anyone know if I will get back to normal or if there are any supplements I could take that might help ?


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shady lady  ·  18 Apr 2014

Hi Anonymous,INR stands for international normalized ratio. Its used to determine the clotting tendency of blood, in the measure of warfarin dosage. Normal range for the INR is 0.8–1.2 but for therapeutic anti coagulation a higher INR range from 2-3 - using anticoagulants such as warfarin.  I'm on warfarin due to dissection of carotid artery. 


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Anonymous  ·  17 Apr 2014

Hi Shady, what's INR?


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shady lady  ·  16 Apr 2014

hi, I had Mirena Coil inserted on Monday, had INR checked today, it was 2.8 two weeks ago, now INR is 4.8.  Did INR level increase because of Mirena? Thank you.


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Bernie11  ·  03 Apr 2014

Just an update from me.  Had my mirena taken out yesterday.  Had pretty much every symptom I could have. Was bleeding from day 1 which was back early January even though I was on eostrogen tablets for a while, it didn't stop the bleeding. Got it to help with heavy bleeding but while the bleeding wasn't heavy it was every day! Gonna see how I get on before I decide what to do next.  Have read a lot of different reviews and everyone is different but it wasn't for me.  Looking forward to not having any hormones in my blood stream!


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shady lady  ·  01 Apr 2014

hi Anonymous, 

Thank you  :) 



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Anonymous  ·  01 Apr 2014

Hi Shady, you can go to your GP if she is also a qualified gyn - as many are, and has experience in and is comfortable with fitting the mirena. Or you can go to a specialised women's health / reprodictive health clinic such as Well Woman or EveryWoman (IFPA). With either you will first have a consultation to make sure it's suitable, then (in the case of the IFPA anyay) you will be given a persciption for it and an appointment for a return visit to have it fitted - if you are having it fitted at the clinic / GP surgery.


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shady lady  ·  01 Apr 2014

hi, I'm in my 40's, and have been on Warfarin for past 8 months.  As a result, my periods are very heavy (ie i have to take day off work and change every hour on first day of period), come every 3 weeks and leaving me tired.  I hope to have the Mireana Coil fitted to ease periods.  Do I have to go to my own GP or can I go elsewhere?  


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Mariemac  ·  02 Mar 2014

Hi I am 39 yrs old fitted with Mirena for approximately 9 months. I had it fitted under GA ( it would have been a difficult fit because my cervix was pushed to one side after C-section) .I have had 3 kids- one normal delivery and a c-section with twins. I had taken the pill in the past with side effects- bad mood and low libido. I was dubious and nervous about the Mirena, but it's been great...I can't believe I am saying that because I was certain I would get side effects. My libido is back to a level I am happy with and I did not notice weight gain. Maybe a bit more acne before the period spotting time and every few months I get sore boobs...but to be fair, it's all manageable. My mood is normal. I know that everyone is different, but  can't say anything bad about Mirena. 


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Bernie11  ·  13 Feb 2014

I had my mirena fitted nearly a month ago. I had light spotting for about 3 weeks then my period arrived.  It definitely wasn't as heavy as before but it has gone on longer than it would normally, 7 days instead of 4 days pre mirena.  Everyone is different so you can't guarantee that you won't have a period or spotting 2 months after you have it inserted. It can take up to 6 months for things to settle down. I hope this helps you....


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snowfrill  ·  10 Feb 2014

hi im thinking of getting the mirena coil fitted as i want to stop my periods i use to have the depo injection which was very good havent had the depo for over 4yrs now so obviously have a monthly each month but whaat i would like to know is ive had 4 ceaserians 1 normal birth (which was a still born) im also diabetic n have an under active thyroid so im on insulin n eltroxine will or could i get any side effects as if i get it fitted it will be done in 1 month time n in 2 months im getting married so dont want any proplems at the wedding 


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A19  ·  27 Jan 2014

Can I be sure that the mirena coil is not an abortifacient?


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fig  ·  22 Jan 2014

Hi Ladies, I have had the mirena coil since 2001 (has been changed ) for the last 3 years roughly I have been getting left side pain and some right side pain with lower back pain and headaches. In 2012 had leep treatment for abnormal cells after a few abnormal smears. Last smear was clear and hpv negative. Have been to gynie for tests, bowel doctor for tests and ct scan. To get to the point I am wondering could mirena coil be causing these pains and coul it hide changes in the female area. Sex drive is also gone Frown Thanks Laughing


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millie1  ·  18 Jan 2014

Hi guys,

I had a Mirena fitted 5 days ago and also had a Hysteroscopy and D and C. I was very wary about the coil but this is the last thing to try before hysterectomy. I suffer with extremely painful and heavy periods and I've endometriosis. 

im feeling really bloated and uncomfortable like my uterus has been stretched to within an inch of its life! I'm spotting occasionally and at times get cramping. The cramps come even when I move - twist or turn.

I feel like I'm holding myself weirdly. I can't feel the wires of the coil but I'm holding myself weirdly. My bowels aren't working properly and I'm very tearful. 

is this normal? I don't know what to think but I'm starting to think the coil could've been a mistake. I've got bad headaches too and am so tired and have no energy. Could still be the anaesthetic but if this is the norm and this will continue ill have to get it removed. 

Please help, I'm starting to get depressed. 


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Bernie11  ·  18 Jan 2014

Hi Rmack had the mirena fitted 2 days ago.  No real problems, cramping light spotting which is settling down.  Have seen lots of bad reviews about the mirena causing acne, it's detailed on the mirena leaflet as a common problem, hopefully not for me!


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Rmack  ·  15 Jan 2014

Hi Bernie11.  I have had 2 inserts now. I'm in Australia and they give you a local sedation, so don't remember a thing.  THe journey I can comment on though.  All positive and I'm a worrier when things pop into my head!  Pre-mirena was heavy periods and cramping and no energy. Post-mirena light spotting (did take about 4 months to settle down to this though), very light tummy pain, nothing to stop you in your step. Bit of weight gain but nothing major. Remember the body has suddenly got this alien piece of medical invention in it.  There will be a bit of discomfort in the first few months, treat your body well and listen to it to help it settle in with its new passenger :)

All I can say is swap the mirena every 4 years, I waited 5 years and it took months to settle the 2nd mirena. I am going through menopause and nothing much has changed except weight gain which can be controlled with a bit of exercise like everything else.  Cheers


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Jssia  ·  13 Jan 2014

Hi ,  I'm  now 4 weeks post marena fitting and  D&C , the headaches have improved " get one every 2/3 days.  I am still bleeding all the time, it's exactly like a normal period, I'm hoping things settle by week 6, because that's about the time frame after you give birth and your insides have been knocked around.  I don't have any cramping at all. 


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Bernie11  ·  13 Jan 2014

Thanks Anonymous for your quick reply it is much appreciated :)

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