So I'm still breastfeeding DS at 11 months and I had hoped to have stopped by now, but sadly I'm still going strong so I can't take the regular pill, just the mini pill and I've been trying for a month to take it consistently but I keep forgetting!
So I'm just going to bite the bullet and see a specialist about getting a mirena.
I've only heard of my best friend having a rubbish time of it, so I'm a bit nervous, but I'd rather hear more stories of other people's experience with it.
Does it hurt having it put in? How effective is it? What side effects have you had? Anything else I should know about it?
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16-08-2015 20:37 #1
The good, the bad and the ugly of Mirenas
16-08-2015 20:44 #2
I've had a mirena for 11 months now. I got it because my periods were very heavy and very painful. I was almost fainting from the pain, and on painkillers for 3 days straight, including getting up overnight and taking them.
I had mine put in by a gyno. It was slightly uncomfortable, but I wouldnt have said it was painful.
I haven't had any problems or side effects from mine. For the first 3 months I still got a very light period, and since then, I have one day per month where I have the lightest period ever imaginable.
I was very freaked out by the thought of the strings inside of me, but I've not ever felt them or had a problem with them.
all in all its been a success for me so far.
16-08-2015 20:47 #3
I had the mirena put in about 6 months after DS was born. It hurt like hell going in, but only for about 30 seconds and then it was fine. No ongoing pain.
I had it in for about 4-5 months, and at first i thought it was great. But over time i realised that this low level, constant feeling of sadness and irritability was creeping up on me. It crept up slowly just getting worse and worse over those few months, so that i kind of didnt notice it until one day I realised that I was just sad and cranky all the time and that i had no reason to be! My life was actually fantastic, but i just couldn't seem to enjoy it. I got the mirena out just to see if it made me feel better, and within 3 days I actually felt like my old self again, happy & positive.
My OBGYN did say that in her experience about 20% of people will have a bad reaction to it. And it was always a risk with me as I can't take pill as it makes me cray cray! So I'm quite sensitive to hormonal contraception.
Don't know if this helps, but this was my experience.
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16-08-2015 20:54 #6
I had one in for 6mths and then the darn thing fell out of its own accord!
It was put in my my Ob/GYN who did an ultrasound after so it was in the right position but must have dislodged.
Im back on the pill as wont trust getting a mirena again as no way of telling how long mine was out of position for before it fell out
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16-08-2015 21:01 #7
I'm one of the minority who had it migrate. It was in around 10months and had to have surgery to have it removed as it was sitting near my bowel and appendix. It was quite painful getting it inserted but once placed it was fine. With all that said I found it quite convenient, and wouldn't actually tell someone not to have one based solely on my experience.
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16-08-2015 21:13 #8
I've had mine in for about 8 months. I didn't have any pain on insertion, it was just a bit uncomfortable and the tool they use to measure the uterus was a bit weird feeling. I was crampy and a bit sore the day after but that was it. I spotted on and off for 3 months (totally normal but can be annoying, but if you can see this through it's worth it IMO), now I spot for a day or 2 every 4-6 weeks. That's it. I have no complaints at all. I'm very sensitive to normal contraceptive pills and have tried so many different types but I always have horrible side effects. The mirena hormones are much much less and I've had no side effects whatsoever. The gyn that put it in also said that it's the most effective contraceptive available, even more effective than getting your tubes done.
Will be getting another after bub #2, no questions.
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16-08-2015 21:21 #9
I've had one for just over a year. My ob/gyn put it in under anaesthetic, so no pain there. I had a bit of spotting for the first 2-3 months and have had nothing since. I absolutely love it.
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16-08-2015 21:27 #10
Our friend got pregnant as it fell out!! Blessing in disguise but totally not planned
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