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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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Anonymous  ·  13 Jan 2014

Hi Bernie, I had the mirena twice and apart from the insertion (which is why I didn't opt for a 3rd one) my exprience was mainly positive. If I was having it fitted under general anaesthetic, I would have no hesitition. I would say make sure you get adequate pain relief and get your perscription for ponstan forte filled in before your hospital visit - so you have it, to take at home. My periods were heavy before going on the pill (many years ago) but with the mirena, I used to have, literally, a spot every month. I did gain a little weight initially but this happens me with every contraceptive so not down to mirena alone.


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Bernie11  ·  12 Jan 2014

I am scheduled to go in for a D&C and mirena fitted next week because of very heavy periods and after reading these posts am so worried about having the mirena fitted. Would love to hear from anyone who has positive feedback. Thank you


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gerL123  ·  02 Jan 2014

hi there 

 Anyone suffered hair loss as a direct side effect of the mirena coil? I wish to make a complaint to the manufacturers of it in ireland. I have had the coil removed and hair is thankfully growing back. Doc said she'd never met anyone who had had this problem before. It cos me €250 to get put in I noticed hair coming out in clumps by 3rd week and thought it must be due to that. I then had to pay another €75 to have it removed!!!! shocking!!!

Anyone had the same problem and does anyone know who I should write to to make a formal complaint?




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Jssia  ·  28 Dec 2013

I was diagnosed with multiple fibroids,  measuring 5cm each. I have extremely heavy periods.  My specialist recommended having the coil to stop the bleeding and as I am 48 yrs old the fibroids would go away when I go through menopause. I had a D&C and a biopsy 10 days ago and had the coil incerted while under.  Since I woke in recovery I've had a constant headache and now have a period as heavy as ever, I was told it would take 3 months to settle in, I'm concerned about the headache, also I've noticed my eyesight slightly worse, are these side effects of marena coil.  


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mindy2  ·  23 Nov 2013

i had mirena coil inserted 4 days ago and already i am regretting it .i passed out in work yesterday and ended up in casualty with severe pain.they checked to see had it moved but it hadnt.i have such a bad pain down my right leg and have pains in my side like i am having contractions.i was told that i would have slight cramping [yeah right] for a few hours.four days later and a trip back to hospital and i am still no better.i was prescibed ponstan and paracetomol.please does the pain ease or has anyone else experienced extreme pain like i am?Cry


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tiara1972  ·  19 Sep 2013

Thank you so much!  Your post is incredibly helpful, logical, clear and easy to understand, which is refreshing!  I believe I will need to make an appointment with my doctor soon.  :-)  Thanks again, this is a wonderful group to be a part of!


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Anonymous  ·  19 Sep 2013

Hi Tara, good to hear your experience. First of all the limit on the mirena when used for contraceptive purposes is 5 years - this is pretty much universal no matter where you live, it the mirena is the same. For menopause it can be left in for 7 years so far as I understand as it is know to help with symptons. As for removal, I fund emoval far far easier than any insertion and as the insertion was easy for you (as it tends to be for ladies who have had children), the removal should be no problem at all. If you want to stay with the mirena, they can remove the old one and replace it with a new one at the same appointment. Tho you may be advised that as your old one has expired, that you have a break in contracptive protection. If you want to switch to another long term contraceptive like implanon, then that can be inserted and the mirena (where it is still active) would be removed 7 days later.

With regard to spotting  - as with any non-menstrual bleeding, you don't mention whether you have had a cervical smear test within the last 3 years  - I would presume you have but if not I would very strongly advise you to have one done as soon as you can. I know here we have a national screening program and you may have gotten it done with your last mirena checkup but if that was before the 5 year expiry, then another may be due.

Although you have had to bleeding the 5 year limit indicates when the progesterone is depleted - so the device is still in place but there is no pregesterone protection, which inceases the risk of pregnancy, therefore not having a bleed is not neccessarily an indication of effective contraceptive protection.

I can't really advise on costs as you are in the U.S. - tho your BMI, according to your weight is bang in the middle of the target for your height :-)so if the mirena is having a positive effect on that and you're pleazed with it overall, then going with a new one might be right for you.


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tiara1972  ·  19 Sep 2013

I live in the US, am 41 years old and am no expert at all on the Mirena coil except for my personal experience.  I want to note that I have had the same Mirena coil in my body for over 8 years right was inserted in 2005.  I love, love, love my Mirena and am very nervous about having it removed (but sorta think it is probably time to start considering a change or replacement).

I had this wonderful thing inserted after my second child,  The insertion (as best I can remember) included a little pinching and a bit of cramping, but nothing like my heavy periods in the past--very worth every twinge.  My bleeding lessened every month and well before a year in, I had no periods at all.  Heck, I don't even know what it means to have a period anymore.  The only time I have experienced any spotting at all in the past 8 years was after "wildish" sexual times.  I have been married for 19 years so these "wild times" happen pretty rarely, but when we get a little crazy, I might have spotting afterwards, which, well, makes some sense.

According to the laws, my Mirena is wayyyy past expired (I believe the US limit is 5 years and in Europe maybe 7 and I am way past both), yet, I personally doubt that either limit is completely accurate since I still have no bleeding or even spotting, which I have used personally as a trigger or guideline for when I should start to REALLY pay attention.  So far, I am in a "business as usual" relationship with this little thing.  

I also want to note that I am one of the lucky ones that has had no side effects  that I can identify.  I am on no drugs, have had no hair loss, mood swings, not gotten pregnant, and in fact, my skin has improved----weight is typical given my age- right around 154 lbs, I am about 5 foot 8 inches tall.  I am no super-model.....  (I had terrible reactions to the pill, so there was no way I was going down that road again and the Mirena coil actually surprised me.) 

Since I know/think I need to get to a doctor, when the finances are right (any decision will be paid out of pocket as my family pays out-of-pocket for doctor visits now), I am looking for a bit of advice on what to do and I wanted to share my experience with this awesome group.

Seeking your thoughts!  Thanks so much!



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Awareness  ·  08 Aug 2013

Hi girls. I have fibroids and I have created a meetup group in Dublin, Ireland. I have started this group because I want to meet more women in a similar situation, and to provide the space for other women to meet face to face, to exchange experiences and to support each other. If you are in Dublin and are interested in this group, please contact me on 


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