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globug27 asked on 1/12/2009 9:23:26 PM Report this post
Here are some interesting articles I found while researching Mirena:::::these are not MY stories (thank goodness!)

I had the Mirena IUD inserted in Feb. 2007. It was a very painful experience and I cramped and bled for several weeks after the insertion, which I was told, was completely normal (yeah right). For months I would have pains and cramping and irregular bleeding, all of which was supposed to be normal.

On or around December 17, 2007 I was having terrible pain that would not stop, I became nausaus and I starting vomiting uncontrollably. I told my husband that something was wrong and that I needed to go to the hospital, but before he could get my kids ready and in the car, I was on the floor in pain. The worst pain of my life (and I have given birth twice). My husband called the ambulance and I was rushed to the hospital. When I arrived at the hospital we still did not know what was wrong but they thought I has a stomach virus or a ruptured appendix. They completed an MRI and found that the MIRENA was lodged in my fallopian tube and I needed emergency surgery to have it removed. The MIRENA IUD has hormones in it and that was probably the cause of my pain and nausea. The hospital I was in was over-booked with surgeries and my doctor (who inserted the MIRENA) was unable to come to the hospital to perform the surgery, so I had to just wait in pain and agony. A colleague of my doctor's performed the surgery the next day to have the MIRENA removed. At the time, I had lost my medical benefits, due to a layoff, so now I am now stuck with a stack of medical bills.

This was a terrible experience and I want a lawsuit filed against Bayer. They do not tell you all of the terrible side effects and I feel they lie about the risk being less than .1. This company is terrible and I have called them and made a complaint. Now that I have told people my story it seems that everyone knows that IUD's are dangerous and that is why they were taken off the market before. Somthing needs to be done NOW before more women fall victim of the dangers of this product. (www.lawcash.com/complaint/732/mirena-iud-complaint.asp)

What are the possible side effects of using Mirena?
The following are serious but uncommon side effects of Mirena:
• Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Some IUD users get a
serious pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease. PID
is usually sexually transmitted. You have a higher chance of getting
PID if you or your partner have sex with other partners. PID
can cause serious problems such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy
or constant pelvic pain. PID is usually treated with antibiotics.
More serious cases of PID may require surgery. A hysterectomy
(removal of the uterus) is sometimes needed. In rare cases,
infections that start as PID can even cause death.
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of
these signs of PID: long-lasting or heavy bleeding, unusual
vaginal discharge, low abdominal (stomach area) pain, painful
sex, chills, or fever.
• Life-threatening infection. Life-threatening infection can occur
within the first few days after Mirena is placed. Call your
healthcare provider if you develop severe pain within a few
hours after placement.
• Embedment. Mirena may adhere to the uterine wall. This is
called embedment. If embedment occurs, Mirena may no
longer prevent pregnancy and you may need surgery to have
it removed.
• Perforation. Mirena may go through the uterus. This is called
perforation. If your uterus is perforated, Mirena may no longer
prevent pregnancy. It may move outside the uterus and can
cause internal scarring, infection, or damage to other organs,
and you may need surgery to have Mirena removed.
Common side effects of Mirena include:
• Discomfort during placement. Dizziness, faintness, bleeding
or cramping may occur during placement. This is common. Let
your healthcare provider know if the cramping is severe.
• Expulsion. Mirena may come out by itself. This is called expulsion.
You may become pregnant if Mirena comes out. If you
notice that Mirena has come out, use a backup birth control
method like condoms and call your healthcare provider.
• Missed menstrual periods. About 2 out of 10 women stop
having periods after 1 year of Mirena use. The periods come
back when Mirena is removed. If you do not have a period for
6 weeks during Mirena use, contact your healthcare provider.
• Changes in bleeding. You may have bleeding and spotting
between menstrual periods, especially during the first 3 to 6
months. Sometimes the bleeding is heavier than usual at first.
However, the bleeding usually becomes lighter than usual and
may be irregular. Call your healthcare provider if the bleeding
remains heavier than usual or if the bleeding becomes heavy
after it has been light for a while.
• Cyst on the ovary. Approximately 12% (12 out of 100) of
women using Mirena develop a cyst on the ovary. These cysts
usually disappear on their own in a month or two. However,
cysts can cause pain and sometimes cysts will need surgery.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects with Mirena.
For more information, ask your healthcare provider.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may
report side effects to the manufacturer at 1-888-842-2937, or
FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
(http://berlex.bayerhealthcare.com/html/products/pi/mirena_patient_insert.pdf?C=&c=) THIS IS THE COMPANY'S WEBSITE - BAYER

I think I would choose another method of BC after I read all this!!!

ArmyBoysWife said on 1/12/2009 9:53:37 PM Report this post
Oh my goodness. I have never been one for BC because my body has always reacted very terribly to it but this is just horrible! Just the side effects would turn me away to even consider it.
For those of you who have taken the Depo-Provera shot here is just a few things that happened to me...

I was on Depo for 3 years. It reacted terribly with my body. Blurry vision, loss of period,loss of bone density, asthma,gained 40 pounds and I was extremely active,nausea,vomiting,insomnia,some times i would sleep for days,chest pains,migraines. It was an awful drug it takes years to get completely out your body. And now that I have been TTC i learned it can stop that process as well.

But enough about me, I just wanted to enlighten on anyone who thought that was a better alternative.
Great Info Glo

ceb1 said on 1/13/2009 8:44:17 AM Report this post
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not good:-(

Rachel812 said on 1/13/2009 10:21:48 AM Report this post
I had the ParaGard IUD (just like the Mirena but has no hormones at all and can stay in for up to 10 years.) I loved it. I had no problems with it. Though those problems can occur, the chances are rather low. I have heard a lot of bad things about the Mirena but the ParaGard was great. After I have my third or fourth child, I will be getting the ParaGard IUD again.

madisonsmom08 said on 1/13/2009 11:29:41 AM Report this post
Yeah Mirena is terrible Rachel..I hadn't heard but of one person that had no problems with it. I had it in for 9 months and bled almost the whole time. I would stop for a day or two and start back. I don't call that a break lol..When the docter took it out she said my cervix had become irritated and almsot infected and I'm lucky I didn't end up in the hospital. She had a hard time finding the string to. I will never...get any type of BC like that again. I can say that I didn't have cramps when I started but after I had it taken out I still didn't have cramps so that might have been something totally different, As for Paraguard I haven't heard anything bad about that. I infact havent heard anything about it at all...so I guess that would make it good lol.

ahowell said on 3/23/2009 9:42:14 AM Report this post
I have only had my Mirena for about a month now...and not without side effects: insanely sharp contractions for a while (uterus was giving everything it had to expel it but gave up), my hairs falling out (but I have long, very thick hair and I'm only 20 so I don't fear balding), a mood swing or two but NOTHING compared to when I was on the pill though my husband might disagree, I've been bleeding/spotting the whole time.... but other than that I'm in love with it.

Due to the sharp pains I went to have it checked and they said it was in place but that they could do an ultrasound and see if there are any other problems...unfortunately I got this put in because we can't have a child financially and I can't afford to dish out for the ultrasound...the world is a backwards place sometimes.

Reading on the internet I've been so nervous that I'm going to get fat, bleed forever, and have this thing take over me...but I'm proud to say I don't mind any of it with the peace of mind it's given me. I do admit they did not give me nearly enough information or prepare me for the pain of any of it. Placement was godawful.

I am a migraine sufferer and am unable to take the pill/any other b/c method. To my families surprised I haven't had a migraine yet. Which is odd even if I didn't have the IUD. So it's been a real blessing. I've also had increased energy, I feel ...happy!

I am SO sorry to hear about your situation and I fully support your frustration and hate that they haven't done enough research. It seems like more than a few people have had unbearable,if not life threatening side effects. I just felt like I needed to give a semi-success story. Though you might see me back here in a few months singing a different tune.

globug27 said on 11/2/2010 6:55:15 PM Report this post
info reposted

mark0157 said on 11/2/2010 7:33:54 PM Report this post
I had Mirena inserted about 10 or 12 weeks after my first child was born and except for about 2-3 months of constant bleeding, I had no other issues with it. (My husband said he could feel the string during sex though, but apparently this goes away over time). After the bleeding stopped, I had no periods (which I love).

I had it removed after about 6 months because we wanted to have another child and my OB/GYN recommended waiting at least one cycle before TTC.

Before my first child I was on Depo for 15 years and LOVED IT...no periods, no weight gain, nothing. However, after stopping Depo it took over 18 months to conceive my son.

Now I have been TTC for 3 months and I am not sure if we have issues or if it was in fact the Depo the first time around.

I have heard a lot of negative feedback for both Mirena and Depo, but for me they worked great!!

NaturalNeicy said on 11/3/2010 5:52:54 AM Report this post
I just had my Mirena taken out over two months ago to ttc our 4th child. My biggest and only issue with it was I would get yeast infections back to back. Of course my OB told me this was normal with the Mirena but having yeast infections back to back can't be good. I had to get mine surgically removed because my OB (the one that placed it) could not find it. A ultrasound revealed it was still in the right place. I was admitted to the hospital, put to sleep, and it was removed. The surgeon said the string went up and layed on top of the I.U.D instead of it being straight down which was why my OB could not remove it. I did not have my period the whole time I had it but just three days after getting it removed my period returned. Now its just a waiting game to see how long it takes me to conceive.

NaturalNeicy said on 11/3/2010 5:55:13 AM Report this post
BTW I did not have to get cut they just used a small camera and hook and removed it the same way it was put in.

cicimac1986 said on 11/4/2010 2:01:05 AM Report this post
i cant say ive had mirena because i tried to get it.. my gyno didnt like doing it to women who hadnt had children but at the time i was young( this was before we desided to ttc)so 3 yrs agoish.. i went in and it was painful he had to give me a novicain(sp?) shot in my cervix and man that stuff hit quick made me light headed but he still couldnt place it so he said i could come back next month( they like to do it while ur on ur 3rd day of ur mense) i didnt go back.. and im glad... my sister in law had it put in after her 3rd lil girl(shes 5 now) was born and after 2 yrs she had probs.. caused cyst ect.. they didnt remove it til earlier this yr when they found out it flipped its self and was making its way upward(she said very painful) and they said she has a few cyst from it and now that they gotta suprize pregnancy of twins the now say shes high riskbecause of everything that happened due to mirena i know others who had it and had no probs but my sis in laws probs are enough for me not to wanna try it..

cass0180 said on 11/6/2010 6:06:36 AM Report this post
all i can say is good thing i dont like BC drugs or IUC or IUD! Hubby and I used condoms for a very long time and even though it changes the feel of sex and is a little more risky, it works for us and I dont have to worry about any side effects, because condoms dont have any :)

momof2boyswish4girl said on 11/7/2010 8:36:04 PM Report this post
Thank you so much for the info!!!!! I can actually say that the mirena didnt give me any problems, however my husband always complained when we BD. Ill never have it again just for personal reasons... or any BC for that matter

globug27 said on 11/23/2010 2:57:14 PM Report this post
way to go!

themilfyway said on 12/9/2010 9:35:50 AM Report this post
i personally have never used mirena, but a friend of mine used it before and after each of her two children and loved it. it caused an absence of menses but that was the only side effect she "suffered" from. about 10 weeks ago, she went to the er complaining of extreme abdominal and back pain only to be told that her mirena had previously dislodged and that she was 27 weeks pregnant. since her mirena stopped her periods, she didn't think any different when she kept missing them but started to put on a little weight.

my stepmother is an arnp and she highly promotes iuds, but she does always mention that copper iuds are much better to use as they are void of any hormones. i really wonder how many people get the copper iud thinking that they are safe since it doesn't contain hormones but end up having an unknown copper allergy/intolerance and suffer much more than they would from a hormone iud... i appreciate physicians, but i really wish that they had more time to dedicate to each patient to ensure that their bodies can handle what is put into them.

i, myself, tried for the better part of a year to get the copper iud after i had my daughter, but the practitioners in my area made it impossible since i'm "only" in my mid-20s. thankfully we decided to add #3 to the bunch so i won't have to take the chance of experiencing any nasty side effects from it.

momof2boyswish4girl said on 12/10/2010 1:50:29 PM Report this post
I can actually say that i didnt have any problems with it while i had it for 3 years.... but i fear now that mirena is the reason why i am having problems now ttc... we are on like our 21st cycle my 5th cycle did land in pregnancy but i lost it 13 weeks later :( I have had 2 previous pregnancies that were convieved under 6 months with no problems. if not the mirena then the dnc i had a year ago to remove my angel baby

momof2boyswish4girl said on 12/10/2010 1:58:14 PM Report this post
did realize i posted here already, LOL

BodhiBlonde said on 12/4/2011 9:54:28 AM Report this post
Yes, don't rest too assured with this kind of birth control because I know I may be a rare case but here is Mirena story:

I had it placed about 2 years ago after I had my son. Since then my husband and I have divorced which I feel like I'm just starting to rebuild myself from. I dated a man for about a month and whoops, you guessed it, I got pregnant. The Doctor tried to remove the device but couldn't and explained the risks of carrying the child with the IUD in there so we both decided that the best option would be to terminate (which was awful, I never thought I'd have to go through something like that because Ive always been very responsible with BC-- I cried the entire time and I'm sure I will think about it everyday for a long time if not forever). The people at the clinic were very kind and told me not to beat myself up over it, that I was responsible, and doing the right thing, so that gave me some peace at least.

Anyway, the worst part is the Doctor got the pregnancy out easily but still couldn't get the IUD out! He thinks it has embedded itself in to my Utuerus or perforated in to my abdomen. My guess is it is embedded because I would think perforation would be pretty painful and I'm not in pain. I have to go through ANOTHER surgergy to get the IUD out. I hope this doesn't affect my fertility in the future because after losing this baby I am looking forward to having another with the right man, under the right conditions, at the right time. Does anyone know if an embedded IUD affects fertility after it is surgically removed?

joyful said on 12/4/2011 11:49:05 AM Report this post
I had my Mirena taken out last June. I haven't been able to get pregnant yet. I had always, before then, been extremely regular. My periods are still right on, but I haven't been ovulating... deep down I wonder if it doesn't have something to do with this-I have at least 5 friends who have had them and every single one had to have it taken out by two years?

ajlucas said on 3/28/2012 8:31:04 PM Report this post
It took me 2.5 yrs after mirena was removed to finally become preg again (birthed 2 children prior to mirena)..3 losses during this time... The only thing I can really think of is that my paps were abnormal the entire time while having mirena for the 3yrs and after removed...so total of 5.5 yrs. the month before I got pregnant was my first normal pap since before mirena and during that cycle I became preg

said on 3/31/2012 10:39:28 AM Report this post
If you truly wanna know what Mirena does to you, read this. I had mine placed in on March 16, 2011. The insertion was very painful, the bleeding continued for 2 months and stopped afterward. My iud was for once acting normal. After a few months have passed, I started noticing a "pop" in my feminine area and the pain was throbbing. I went to the Dr who placed my iud in and he told me that everything was normal that maybe I was just imagining it due to the "hormonal change". The popping never stopped, my periods became oddly abnormal and my attitude towards life almost became nonexistent. I started seeing a psychiatrist because I couldn't sleep, I felt as if I started seeing things, my memory had been devoured and I became a very irritable person. I thought maybe I was losing my mind because I had just lost my best friend by a tragic accident one month prior. Medicine never helped and neither did the therapy. I started noticing these pains occurring (mostly in the mornings and evenings) a deep pain towards the bottom of my sternum. The pain felt like I haven't ate in days. I became dizzy, weak and incompetent of speech. I had so many exams done over the summer and all I received in information was news that didn't make any sense as to why it was happening. Towards the end, my husband couldn't stand being around me nor my own child because I became a monster with bipolar disorders. I had an miscarriage while using Mirena as well. My life was crumbling into pieces before my eyes! I finally told my mom what was happening (by the way, she wouldn't speak to me majority of the time because of what I became). She became worried and started pulling some medical information this hormone iud. Every feedback she had received was negative and I had my Mirena removed in early February by another OBGYN. My new doctor informed me that the hormones with iud was overpowering what natural hormones my body was producing and causing an infection to spread throughout my body. To beat it all, the popping I was feeling was dollar coin sized cyst that the iud caused. Now, I'm better and healthier than ever! My memory and speech is slowly coming back but my memory will never be the same. So please everyone keep note of what I'm posting for you! I would NEVER recommend Mirena to anyone. If you have any of these symptoms, I would advise you to have the iud removed. I almost died from it, you are chancing it also. God bless!

globug27 said on 4/4/2012 6:34:39 PM Report this post
thanks for the bump up.....the story just above is a VERY common one.......there are SO many things causing all this infertility in these days........so sad. One of the best BC, is still condoms - but they do NOT protect against STDs, which are 100x smaller than sperm and get right thru latex.........just an fyi ladies.
peace out,

globug27 said on 10/26/2013 12:52:26 PM Report this post
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