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Old 02-12-09, 10:06 PM
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Default Anyone use Mirena?

I have been having horrible female issues for the last 3 years. Finally last year they decided on hysterectomy but with scheduling and my DH not able to take off during the school year it was postponed. The progesterone they put me on is not something I can take long term.

I have been reading good things about Mirena lessening bleeding (which is my problem) and was wondering if anyone has any experience with this.

I am sort of thinking of this as a stop gap measure until I am healthy enough for the hysterectomy and maybe possibly avoid one altogether.

Thanks for any input and information.
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Old 02-12-09, 10:40 PM
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I had one! The problems are when you first have it you'll most likely have break through bleeding for a few months. Just light annoying spotting that shows up out of no where! After you get through that hurdle its fantastic! A lot of women completely stop having monthly cycles. I wasn't so lucky and had my cycles every month. They were light, short duration and painless. I've never had heavy, long or painful periods anyway!

Inserting it feels like a PAP. Uncomfortable, but over very quickly!

Going off it is a nightmare! I had mine for the full 5 yrs. I had a ton of bleeding that was like the break through bleeding as it came and went with no predictability. But the bleeding was a ton! Scary amounts of bleeding and large clots! All totally normal apparently. The women that I've known that had theirs removed after I did said that they would have freaked out and gone to the ER if they hadn't known my story. My cycle never came back to "normal" before I was pg! My fertility was back quite quickly in the grand scheme of things! All the bleeding is supposed to be your body resetting itself or something like that.

You can get it taken out and another put right back in, but you'll want to check your insurance. Mine wouldn't let the same office do it on the same day. But I could have scheduled one office to remove it in the morning and gone to another office that afternoon to have it replaced. My insurance also wouldn't let them take it out and do a normal yearly PAP on the same day either! I had to come back 2 weeks later for my exam. It turned out good though as I was able to talk with my OB about the bleeding and find out what was normal. It was totally painless to have it removed. Didn't feel a thing!

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Old 02-12-09, 11:53 PM
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My SIL has one and loves it. She is one of the lucky ones. Her period is a smear of pink on some tp and that is it. Good Luck with whatever you decide.
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Old 02-13-09, 09:02 AM
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I agree with Laura, its wonderful after you get through the break out bleeding. I had it for 3 years before taking it out to have number 3. I had it put back in after she was born in September, and I haven't had any problems other than the spotting out of no where. I think it only lasted about 6 months last time, and then my periods were next to nothing. I highly recommend it!
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Old 02-13-09, 10:52 AM
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I have one & I got it to stop my periods. I had 2 very light periods after insertion but & then no more. I plan on having one until menopause which probably isn't that far off.

there is also a procedure called ablation that is supposed to help heavy bleeding. It removes the lining of the uterus.
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