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Mirena extended use

I recently had my mirena replaced after 7 years. Below is my experience if you are curious about keeping the iud longer than what the box says. I am a scientist and have had fun tracking my cycles and looking for patterns over the years so there is lots of data on cycle length and some on using FAM while having a hormonal iud.

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Iud Mirena

I am due to get the Mirena IUD inserted in about 10 hours. Ive got myself so nervous I cant sleep.
They gave me something called Misoprostol to take 7 hours prior to the procedure to "help dilate my cevix" Has anybody else used this before their IUD insertion?
I was not nervous until I started reading about how bad the insertion hurt some people, now Im so scared I am literaly shaking.
Encuraging words anyone??


Paragard Update - 1 year and 4 months later

I can't believe it's been more than a year since I got my Paragard. My original entry about the insertion and my reasons for switching from Mirena to Paragard is here, but to summarize, I'd experienced some pretty lousy side effects with Mirena, including lack of sex drive, chronic yeast infections, cavities, weight gain, mood changes, and growth of coarse, dark body hair in inconvenient places.

More than a year later, I'm very happy with my Paragard.Read more...Collapse )
I got my first Mirena IUD yesterday. I'm 23, no kids and I have a ton of questions. Hopefully someone can help me out here and take some stress off.

1) I'm nervous to have sex with my long time bf because of the strings. Is there a reason to be worried?
2) this is going to sound stupid but I'm paranoid that the IUD is going to move or come out when I'm moving or doing anything. Seriously, paranoid is the right word.
3) how do I check my strings and when?
4) pooping and pushing...will that cause my IUD to come out?
5) Periods. How do they work with an IUD?
6) I'm cramping and feeling what can only be described as pressure in my gut (not specific to one area). Is that normal?

Hopefully someone can put my mind and uterus at ease. Please help!!!

Thanks eveveryone! :)


Hi group! I am new to this group, although it came up a lot while trying to decide about getting an IUD. I ended up going with the Mirena, which was inserted Nov. 20. I am 41 yrs old. My cycles were consistent 23-24 day cycles the 3 months prior. Last period lasted 8 days, but not super heavy.

I got the IUD because of severe panic and anxiety surrounding the idea of getting pregnant again. 6 beautiful children, last 2 were surprises, but I feel so very done! I am learning to trust the Mirena...I mean come on 99.8% effective the 1st year?! But I still hold this fear. I should have started today. I had 1 time last night of very very light, little spotting but nothing else and nothing today. I have done the wondfo, dollar tree and First Response tests (all on hand because of the fear) and they are all negative.

So I should be good right? I am one of those who would rather have the period to reassure me I am not pregnant. LOL

Just looking for a bit of reassurance.

Hi Everyone,
I just got my copper IUD inserted last Wed (5 days ago) and the last three days I've been experiencing extreme fatigue. I literally slept over 12 hours last night and can barely stay awake right now, and my body just feels generally weak. I'm not experiencing any other symptoms (no fever/chills), but my whole body just feels completely dead and it almost feels like I'm on a sleeping pill. I have some spotting and minor crampage, but other than that nothing.

I admit I have gotten a bit frightened by the slew of online threads talking about copper toxicity, TSS, etc. Is this amount of exhaustion normal in the beginning? I wouldn't be writing unless it was intense, which it is. I am going to try to wait it out and see what happens (maybe it's just my body getting used to it?), but if anyone can give me any feedback or let me know if they've experienced something similar, let me know.

I was not on any birth control before, and I can feel the strings so I know the IUD is in place.

I am currently taking fish oil and am going today to get some vitamin b/d/e (that's if I don't fall asleep first!). I'm hoping that the vitamins will help, but honestly it's just a shot in the dark at this point.

Currently I have the Mirena IUD, but hormones haven't been kind to me and Mirena is no different. I've been suffering intense mood swings/anger, acne, and hair loss, though right now the effects are more stabilized with spironolactone. However, I don't want to be on these meds for as long as I'm on birth control, so I'm looking into switching to Paragard.

I've never had bad periods, so I'm not too concerned about those side effects. I have read a lot about other side effects though, which seem to me to be symptoms of copper toxicity? I'm wondering if there is a way to prevent this from happening before it does (just as a precautionary measure, I don't want to exhaust my last option for a contraceptive). I read something about taking zinc to counteract the effects of copper?

Does anyone have experience with this?

IUD Insertion Failure

Hi everybody. I'm feeling really frustrated and I could use some help/advice. I really want to get the copper IUD, but when I went in to my local Planned Parenthood to have it inserted, after sounding, the doc said my uterus is "just barely" too small (I think she said just under 6 cm). She said because of that I'm not a candidate for Paragard. I'm heartbroken. I wanted to get completely off hormonal birth control after tolerating 5 years of bad side effects from the pill and Nexplanon (significant weight gain, acne, complete loss of sex drive). I am 23, nulliparous, and I don't want to have kids any time soon, maybe ever. I just want a method that won't screw with my hormones, that I don't have to think about, and that lasts a long time. Is it worth it for me to get a second opinion from another doctor? Otherwise I don't know what I'm going to do.