Mirena Coil

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Anonymous  ·  06 Jul 2008
hi iv had the mirena coil for 3yrs. this is my 2nd 1. iv never had problems apart from some bloating around the time of my period. i dont think the coil has anything to do with weight gain as iv lost 4&1/2 stone in the past 2yrs. also i find taking dandolion root tablets helps with the bloating
 

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Anonymous  ·  04 Jul 2008
Wonder if anyone has experienced this. I have been told that I have a rather large fibroid that has a large stalk. Will be getting a hysteroscopy the end of July 2008 and they want to put in the mirena coil as well. The reason behind putting the coil in is to help with the horomone level and hopefully stop them growing back. My query is that i have gained a lot of weight only around the stomach. Is this normal. I have a concern about the mirena going in. Does it help with Fibroids. Would really appredciate any information on this as the docs have confused me and I am hoping someone has gone through this too.
 

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Anonymous  ·  02 Jul 2008
Hia....
Im not proin to weight gain........ i have never been heavier than 10 stone.... less being pregnant of course....
It is just like a bloated stomack constantly..... some times worse than others......
Tried them yogarts?? 4get there name ...plus i dont eat that unhealthy ...... treats every now and again??
And its only since mirena that i have this problem..
And supose i have worse problems than a bloated stomack at min if you read down at my last messages :( soooo not fair at min.... (sorry feeling sorry 4 my self ha)
 

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Anonymous  ·  02 Jul 2008
The mirena has many advantages but unlike the pill which lightened my period but didn't make it go away - the mirena controlled it so well it made it disappear entirely!! I know this happens with a percentage of women but I really wasn't expecting it
 

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Anonymous  ·  02 Jul 2008
Hi
I had the mirena in for 2 yrs and got it removed as i gained weight and looked like i was pregnant same thing as you on my stomach only! I've had it removed almost a year now and am still trying to lose the weight i put on while i had the mirena coil. For the first six months i had it i could have my period every 2-3 wks. I'm back on the pill now a bit annoying trying to remember to take it but great having a little control over my period for holidays, weddings etc.
 

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Anonymous  ·  02 Jul 2008
Mum and Trasa, when you mention your stomach being swollen, is this down to weightgain - and generally when we gain weight, as in fat, we gain it all over, rahter than just in one place unless we're genetically predisposed to it.
Or do you mean a bloated stomach - as it it become bloated after gettgin up or after eating or before exercise etc?
 

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Anonymous  ·  02 Jul 2008
(MUM)..... I have the same thing with the swollin stomack all of the time....... No matter what i do it doesnt go away...... in saying that im not a big girl and been a size 12 with this big stomack doesnt do anything for me at all.......... talk about people thinkin ur pregnant all of the time??
I know a girl that has the same problems as you and would have never put it down to the coil.... I must say it to her!!!!
 

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Anonymous  ·  01 Jul 2008
hi can anyone please tell me if they have really struggled to lose weight once they had mirena coil inserted. i m really trying to lose weight and am finding it totally impossible to lose it off my stomach, i notice people look at me and i know they wondering if i am pregnant again as my stomach is permanently swollen, i m really down over this and any advise or help is really appreciated,thanks.
 

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shelly  ·  30 Jun 2008
Hi there,
Thinking of getting the Mirena coil out and the copper iud in. On second Mirena and have put up over a stone in weight, having to wax upper lip, but most of all is my boobs kill me for two weeks every month. Got so bad if i turned in my sleep it would wake me. GP put me on anti-inflammatrys and has advised to change over to the copper coil as there are no hormones. Had awful acne on first Mirena and never put it down to the coil except for seeing this thread. Any one have the copper coil and how are you finding it?
 

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Anonymous  ·  30 Jun 2008
the coil could be slipping or being expelled. The latter is normally accompanied by cramps.
If it's the former, it can happen if you have prolapse or the womb has changed in some way due to pregnancy, childbirth or surgery or a condition such as a fibroid.
 

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Anonymous  ·  27 Jun 2008
Hia

Thank you for replying

The lump is hard....... I have an appointment in 2 wks to get it checked but not with my GP..... Feel embarrassed or something ....... strange feelings..

Oh i understand now about the lining of womb so thats i just thought it strange .....
 

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Anonymous  ·  26 Jun 2008
It stops the lining of your womb getting thicker but still allows for some lining to build up in many women hence light periods for some and none for others.
 

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Anonymous  ·  26 Jun 2008
Trasa, was the lump hard and plastic-feeling or as it fleshy.
If it is the former, the coil could be slipping or being expelled. The latter is nornally accompanied by cramps .
The former can happen if you have prolapse or the womb has changed in some way due to pregnancy or childbirth (rupture for example) or a fibroid
 

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Anonymous  ·  26 Jun 2008
I have had my mirena coil in 3 yrs now..... at first got heavy bleeding .......then it eased down to every 2mths...... i stil get periods....well thats what its like anyway....

So my question would be?

If the mirena coil is inserted to prevent pregnance in the means to stop producing eggs from tubes...... in addition stopped the lining of your womb getting thicker............ hence stopped periods..
Then why still bleed and get what seems to be periods????

Can someone explain that one??
Or anyone else think the same??
 

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Anonymous  ·  26 Jun 2008
I have the mirena coil as a contraceptive (excuse the spelling). Im single, but recently met someone. While having intercourse he could tell me i had the coil? As he said he could feel it? Embarrassed by this i went and checked myself by searching for the string as i was shown.
At first i could not find the string but instead a lump and then finally a string around the lump? As well as that unfortunately for me, i also found a flesh like little string thing just inside?
I have made an appointment for the family planning clinic, but it's not for two weeks yet?
My mind is on overtime because i dont no what this is? Especially the lump just up at were my coil string is?
Can you give me any sort of clue please.......
 

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Alison M.  ·  25 Jun 2008
I was prescribed Cyklokapron for five days after having the coil inserted to stop the heavy bleeding and clotting. This has alleviated the symptoms but has not stopped it completely. Has anyone had similar experience? I had the coil fitted on 11th June (2 weeks ago).
 

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debs  ·  25 Jun 2008
I had the coil fitted the start of April,3 weeks later i got a period lasting 10 days,it was very light,also got cramping just before bleeding.got another period 3 weeks after that and was bleeding for 13 days,again light with cramping before.I am due another period round the next few days but have no cramping but my breasts are very sore,anyone else experience this??
 

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Anonymous  ·  25 Jun 2008
I had the coil fitted during my first period in ten years off the pill. The period promptly lasted for 6 weeks! Heavy at first then lighter - similar to yours.
I experienced back discomfort too but was in a job with a lot of standing and bending tho' so i put it down to that.
 

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Anonymous  ·  24 Jun 2008
I had the coil fitted just 6 weeks ago. I got a period 3 weeks later and still have it. Is this normal? It was very heavy for first 10 days but now its very light. I am also experiencing lower back pain. Is this normal as I'm not seeing my gynae for another 2 weeks and am starting to worry. I'd appreciate some advice. Thanks
 

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Anonymous  ·  22 Jun 2008
I had Mirena fitted 3 years ago, great success,and i'm only 30 this year. no heavy bleeding after been inserted, and no period since either. have noticed a bit of weight gain, but no PMT
 

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Anonymous  ·  21 Jun 2008
To Alison
I had an MRI in Charter Medical re fibroids. If you have any kind of health insurance you will be covered for direct payment. If not it only cost 180 for abdominal MRI scan.
 

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Lorrie  ·  20 Jun 2008
Just wondering if any of you have experienced weight gain and bloating since have the mirena coil fitted. I had it fitted 2 years ago and have put on an awful lot of weight since, it's not all from overeating.
 

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Alison M.  ·  19 Jun 2008
To Anon.
Thanks for your reply. I have NO idea what size my fibroid is. Sadly to get information from either Gynae or GP is like asking for the third secret of Fatima! Very little information...in fact I asked about when my results would be available after the D&C and was told "dont call us...we will contact you if we need to". Of course I will be calling...its not like he just serviced my car!

I have decided that it is not a good time to be sick in this country. Apart from the waiting lists if it is a gynae problem it is pot luck with the treatment. I have little faith in the present system locally.
I would be delighted to hear if someone could recommend a good private clinic anywhere else in the country. I live in the S. East.

I hope that you seek a second opinion from another GP Lainey as you are clearly anxious about your health and a second opinion would allay your fears. The truth is that the coil doesnt work for everyone. There are plenty alternatives out there for you to try, so dont worry too much.
 

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Madeleine (MadeleineS)  ·  19 Jun 2008
Hi all, I had the Mirena Coil fitted over two years ago, while it was a little uncomfortable it wasn't anywhere as bad as what I had thought, had short periods for a couple of months, and now none, it's absolutely fantastic, I would recommend it also. It's peace of mind and no more having to take the pill..
 

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Anonymous  ·  18 Jun 2008
Lainey, don't worry abit about being too young. It's not relevant to age at all. In fact my gynea has fitted them fr girls as young as 14, overseas.
My periods stopped too and the spotting sounds defintely like a lite period. Do check to make sure it's still in place - tho you're probably doing this every month anyway. The pain however does sound like the symptom that somethign might be wrong. Your GP soundas appalling. I would say get yourself to a well woman or everywoman clinic and have it checked but don't do anything rash.
 

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lainey  ·  18 Jun 2008
i had the mirena fitted october 2007 for painful periods and as a contraception. i am 17 years old and i worry i am too young to have it fitted. my periods stopped completely after i put it in but for the last two weeks i have had very bad abdominal cramps and spotting everyday which i think is my period. i am considering getting it out as i think there is something not right. i have been to my GP he was useless and said i had to be prepared for the side effects. help please anyone!!!
 

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Anonymous  ·  16 Jun 2008
To Alison
I have Mirena for last 6 months for treatment of fibroids. Didn't work. Too big 8X8 cm. Going to have Uterine Fibroid Embolization. I'm 45. If your fibroids are not this big it should work.
Pain will go away - mine lasted over month.
 

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Alison M.  ·  14 Jun 2008
Hi All, I had Mirena fitted on 11th June '08 (following a D&C ) to "shrink fibroids" which were causing heavy prolonged bleeding including clots, which were not painful but very distressing. I'm 46 and my Gyn, recommended this to give me "5 good years". I'm not crazy about having this inside me but hoping the benefits outweigh the worry. Has anyone else been offered the Mirena for treatment of Fibroids? Has it helped? My stomach has expanded in the past two days. is that normal?
 

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Anonymous  ·  23 May 2008
Alas Barbie, I'm 35 no children an no desire ever have any but they won't refer me for sterilisation due to my child-free status.
 

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BarbieNo1  ·  23 May 2008
Got the Mirena fitted 4months ago and just had it removed yesterday due to constant bleeding and stomach cramps. Doctor thought I has a STI and test results from swab came back clear. That was when I decided to have it removed. I had been on two courses of antibiotics for sti which was unnecessary because it was the coil that was causing the infections. Once coil was removed the doctor put me onto yasmin "the pill". I feel like I own my body again. Doctor also wrote a referral letter for maternity hospital so I can get sterilised. I'm 33 and have 2 children and thats enough. I'd a few glasses of wine before having the coil removed to relax and it worked a dream. My advice is get it removed if your having these symptoms as its not sexy going through this on a daily basis.
 

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barbie86  ·  19 May 2008
Anon: I'd need to ask a doctor, but one possibility could be that, the Mirena releases hormones over a period of 5 years. After about 5-7 years it becomes ineffective; I'm guessing this is because the hormones run out? So, when you have a new one fitted, maybe the body is exposed to a higher level of hormones? Also, although it's only a matter of minutes between having the first taken out and the replacement put in, perhaps the body still reacts to the new one as a foreign object: hence, side effects like cramps etc.

I'm only guessing here, but a lot of women seem to have one or two coils without a problem, then experience problems with subsequent coils. Although, you'd need to look at how many women had them fitted straight after to get a good idea: a lot of women have breaks in between, to start a family for instance
 

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gerry  ·  11 May 2008
Hi I had my first mirina coil for five years, no problem everything went fine until towards the end of the time when i thought it was losing its effectiness and i was getting periods again.
Since i got my second one fitted a year ago i have had nothing but cramps and irregular spotting between periods but i guess it is my age, 46.
But it did save me from the really heavy periods i used to have. Has anybody else experienced these problems?
 

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Anonymous  ·  28 Apr 2008
Sorry Barbie, I misunderstood, thanks.
The difference between switching pills and getting a second mirena tho is that the first and second mirena are Exactly the same unlike different pills and if you get the second one immediately after the first (as in within minutes) then there is no adjusting for the body to do so why the side effects the second time I wonder.
 

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barbie86  ·  28 Apr 2008
macker: unfortunately, having had one without side effects doesn't mean it will be plain sailing with the next as well. Similarly with switching pills for example; you might have been fine with one, then switch and get lots of side effects. I guess it's just how well your body adjusts each time.
 

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barbie86  ·  28 Apr 2008
Anon:

When I said reluctant to remove it, I meant after, say 2 months. Most doctors in England like to give it at least 6 months before removing it, unless it's essential it's removed. I was expecting 6 months of nasty side effects so this didn't bother me; however I do know people who were in pain after 3 months and just not getting on with it, and met some resistance when they requested that it was removed.
 

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Anonymous  ·  28 Apr 2008
Ditto Macker,

My first mirena was grand, awful insetion aside. The second one caused my blood pressure to drop on insertion and resulted in stabbing pains in the cervical region for the first year - I don't know if these are like period pain as I've never had period pain but then everything was grand for year, now on year three, my very much shorter period, has now disappeared, which I miss.
Apparently it's fairly common - better than having to take the pill every day I guess.
 

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macker  ·  25 Apr 2008
Hi

Just wanted to find out if anyone has had problems with the 2nd mirena. I have had the 2nd one fitted 16 months and for the past month have had abdominal cramps similar to period pain all the time - Ive had it checked and all is in order, waiting on smear results but am freaking that this could continue long term. Wonder why after 6 years of trouble free mirean - why now?
 

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Anonymous  ·  14 Apr 2008
Barbie, I would be very concerned if your doctor is reluctant to remove the mirena - as it is only effective for 5 years and after that should be removed
 

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Anonymous  ·  14 Apr 2008
South East. It's true - it can be done by the gp if they are qualified in obs/gyn and you're comfortable with their experience level in that specific skill. I went to my womens clinic and the charge was 150 also - including the iud and the six week checkup.
Please do be aware tho' that male GP's, provided you are comfortable with it of course and they are qualified to do so - which many are, will also fit it for you. So there is no need to be referred to a female Consultant obs/gynae - unless you want to.
 

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barbie86  ·  11 Apr 2008
Anon: I guess that's one of the benefits of living in England lol. As much as I occasionally criticise the NHS, it does have its advantages. All contraception is free over here, which is good. They do bang on about the cost of the Mirena though (some doctors are reluctant to remove it for instance); however on balance it probably costs the NHS less that prescribing the pill for 5 years, although the initial outlay is high
 
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