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Random Bleeding Year After Skyla?

Hi all!

I've had Skyla for just about a year now and so far — it's been pretty great. Had one "Normal" period about a month after insertion, but nothing since then! There's been some minor cramping and other PMS symptoms but nothing crazy.

However, a few days ago started having decent cramps (enough to pop an Advil) and small spotting/discharge (just enough on the toilet paper and for a light liner for the day). It's brownish like that old period blood you get at the end of a period. Anybody else experienced random bleeding after a year being period free?

IUD & Fibroids?

Hi all,
Been coming to this community as a reference for quite some time now, so glad it is still somewhat active!

Had a look in the archives but didnt see anything on this topic - has anyone had experience of having an IUD with fibroids?

Fibroids are basically (non-cancerous) growths that happen in/around the uterus. They can get quite big with no side effects but unfortunately for me it looks like they may be intefering with the proper placement of my Mirena. I was having pain/awareness of it a few weeks ago but it seems to have settled down now. Ultrasounds showed the Mirena was sitting quite low, so my doctor wants to take it out (while conveniently not suggesting any alternative...)

For various reasons, most other forms of birth control don't really appeal, so I'm really hoping to be able to keep my Mirena. Just hoping someone here has a success story they can share? Or possible avenues to investigate?

Really late period, should I be worried?

Hi everyone!I posted on the forum recently looking for some advice for my odd bleeding I was having less than a week after my period had ended. I had about four days of what I would call "light to medium" bleeding (not spotting) and then I continued to spot for a few more days, very very lightly (just a bit of brown in my cervical mucus).

The spotting stopped, and it was predicted on my clue app that I was supposed to start my period 9 days ago and it still hasn't started yet. I took a pregnancy test 6 days ago which came out as negative and I will take another tomorrow morning.

I have been experiencing a little bit of cramping off and on, and yesterday I got that familiar pain in my ovary...

I was also experiencing some abdominal pain but that has subsided and most likely was caused by my poor diet recently.

I should add, if it makes a difference I have a copper IUD that was inserted 1.5 years ago. I checked the strings and everything feels fine.

My question is, should I be worried? I guess my main worry is an ectopic pregnancy that hasn't been detected by the home pregnancy test. Should I bother to call the doctor if my test comes out negative tomorrow morning?

Ongoing pain/bloating from Mirena

Hi, everyone! I'm so glad I stumbled upon this community. I'm curious to see if anyone has experienced or heard of anything similar to this:

I'm 30 years old, have never been pregnant, and had my first Mirena inserted last May. Prior to that, I had been on the pill since I was 16. Last winter, we found a benign tumor on my liver, which my gyno thinks was caused by being on the pill for so long. So, he pretty hastily switched me to Mirena.

The insertion process was horrendous - honestly the worst pain I've ever felt in my life, and I've been through a lot of different medical procedures. I had all the regular side effects afterwards - bleeding, cramping, bloating, etc. But they never went away. In August, I went to a new gyno for a second opinion. She did an internal ultrasound to make sure the IUD hadn't moved. It was still in place, so she told me to give it more time.

Fast forward to this winter. I'm still having major discomfort from it. I'm not bleeding as much (more just random spotting, and maybe 2-3 of getting a period once every other month or so), but I have near constant period-like cramps. The bloating is horrible; there are days when I literally look like I'm a few months pregnant. Both will go away for about a week every month, but they always come back. There have been times when the pain is so bad that I've actually had to miss work, skip the gym, cancel plans, etc. It ruined a vacation a few months ago.

I saw another new doc in February, and she sent me for another ultrasound. That one also came back okay. She did find that the strings had become infected and gave me an antibiotic. That did nothing for the pain or bloating.

I'm at my wit's end here. I'm thinking about taking it out, but there aren't too many other BC options that will work for me at this stage of my life, except for maybe a different IUD. (The new doc expressed concern about the shot for me because it could affect me getting pregnant when the time comes). Of the three doctors I've seen, none of them can figure out why I still have these symptoms, and it's starting to make me feel like I'm crazy.

Has anyone experienced anything like this before, or do you have any advice? Thank you in advance :)

Skyla periods

Hey all!
So ive had skyla for about 10 months, and the last 3 months i have not gotten my period. I figured it just went away for good! However, today I started bleeding.. Should I be worried??😰

IUD or switch to NuvaRing Next?

I don't know what to do and with apparently the lack of internet results I'm asking for first hand accounts. I have posted before about me thinking my Skyla IUD was falling out of place, long story short — went to my doctor she said everything looked okay just the strings were a little longer not an issue whatever — I asked for an ultra sound and turns out my IUD was sitting lower then it should be. Now with hormones still being localized it "should work" whatever whatever she said that its going to expel in my next period or it might go back into place — she didn't really know this has apparently never happened to her before, and I'm the first that its kind of in kind of out with. My period was last week — its not out, in fact I dont know where it is I just know I feel kind of aware of it. Which is off putting to say the least. I'm 21 I'm in a serious relationship, I do not want kids yet and I don't particularly (at all) enjoy condoms — I have a latex allergy and its just uncomfortable and the sheepskin is stupid expensive. Heres my Dilemma — I don't know if this is causing damage, I don't know the signs if this thing is imbedded but it stresses me out just the thought (I have a ultrasound on Wednesday to see where everything is at so I will ask her to check that to)  my questions are 1. whats the chances of me getting another expensive IUD and it falling out 2. how bad does it hurt to take it out considering I felt like passing out from pain putting it in and 3. she said an option was the ring but apparently that destroys your sex drive so is there anyone out there who has tried it? should I just not get another IUD and get that ? I really don't know what to do someone please help 

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Constant pain and issues


I've had a kyleena iud for a little over 4 months now and I've had almost constant pain since then. Its sometimes an intense pain around my back and abdomen but is also sometimes a sharp pain on my left side. Sex is extremely painful and I'm fairly certain, its affecting my sex drive. I can't feel my strings either, and there is a swollen part that makes me think the strings are embedded. When I try to find them I get intense cramping. I'm now nauseous and gassy and I'm wondering if that's because of the iud as well? 

Sometimes I even feel like I'm being poked. I had an x-ray done the first month when I felt like it was twisting, but everything seemed ok then.

My doctor says that everything will get better eventually, but its only getting worse. Should I push the issue again and see another doctor, or is this actually going to improve if I wait it out?


Is there any hope?

I got my Mirena IUD 3 months ago, and I went for my follow up appointment today. I had to wait this long as my doctor was out of the country. My strings were super long, to the point they would poke out of my body during my period. I got those trimmed today and she also decided to send me for an ultrasound as a precaution because of how long my strings were. I'm still waiting for a call to find out the date of my ultrasound. However, after my appointment I noticed that I can now feel the actual tip of my IUD sitting just inside the opening of my cervix. It's not poking out or anything but if I feel around the opening of my cervix I can feel it sitting just inside. I'm not sure if my doctor accidentally pulled it a bit during my exam and string trimming, but I do know I couldn't feel it before. I checked often because of my long strings and the fact I use a Diva cup, it wasn't there before today. My lower back is aching and after feeling that, I'm super worried. My question is, is there any hope that it's still ok? Or that it will make its way back up? It was just under $400 and I can't really afford to replace it.
Hi everyone,

I have had my copper iud (Mona Lisa mini) for 1.5 years.

I have been having sex with a new partner with no pain at all, but I've been having spotting daily, and more and fresh blood after we have sex that last for at least a day. The rest of the time, it's the typical brown kind and it can some days actually be pretty heavy.

I noticed this started on the day I was supposed to ovulate (we had sex that day) and has not stopped for a couple weeks.

Is this something I should be concerned about? I do occasionally get light spotting around ovulation, but this is the most yet and seem to be caused by us having sex?

Hi All,

I'm so glad I found this site! A bit of a longer message. 

I just turned 25 years old and for the past 2.5 years I've been struggling with birth control. Prior to this (i.e. in college and before),  I had regular periods with and without birth control. After college (graduated in 2015), I started spotting on the pill. I tried several different types and they all caused me to spot everyday except for the week after my period; I even spotted on pills that used to work / not give me a period. I gave my body a break and everything went back to normal, but the spotting started when I started BC again. I've since been on the IUD for 9 months and I am still spotting. I've taken a few ultrasounds, thyroid tests, prolactin levels...all normal. The only exception is that I have slightly elevated testosterone levels but was told this might be from the IUD and the results do not point to PCOS because my periods were normal off contraceptives. 

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