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Mirena + Alesse combined

Hello IUD-havers!

I am coming up on the 5 year anniversary of my Mirena, and over about the last year have been dealing with near constant periods. They usually aren't heavy - more like a constant light to medium flow of dark blood. It's annoying!

I've also had a lot of other annoying side effects from the Mirena (PMS and acne mostly), and finally decided to get it yanked out and go back on the pill. I had previously been on Alesse prior to IUD insertion and it was great - no side effects, no issues.

I went to the Doctor yesterday to get the IUD removed as well as get back on Alesse. The Doctor informed me that he did not do IUD removal, but gave me the Alesse prescription and said it would be OK to start while waiting to get into the IUD clinic to have it removed.

This got me to do some reading, and it sounds like there are some people who have tried both a low-dose HBC and the Mirena at the same time. I'm open to trying both in tandem, in the hopes that the pill will regulate my periods again while clearing up the acne + PMS (and maybe reducing my chance of getting cysts?), with the added bonus of knowing I should be VERY protected against pregnancy. I know that the Mirena, although advertised for 5 years, can in fact be kept in for closer to 7 - so I'm open to rocking both for a while if it works out for me.

Does anyone have any experience with the Mirena + HBC? I would love to hear about it! How did it affect your moods/acne/periods/etc.?



Hi guys,

I'm new to this site. I've ghosted it for awhile but now I'm having IUD trouble. I got a paragard IUD inserted a little under two years ago. Everything was fine until now. Now I have pain in my right side (not debilitating, just minor) and I'm bleeding heavily while off my period. That's scaring the crap out of me. I'm not on my period and don't normally bleed between my periods. I'm wondering if this is a perforation of my uterus or if I'm possibly having a miscarriage. Please help ease my mind, I called planned parenthood where I had it inserted and they told me to go to the ER. I'm really not trying to go there if this can be deemed normal.

Help me!

Hi everyone. So I'm having some trouble with my copper IUD and am looking to see if anyone has had similar experiences.. I'm 22 years old and have never had kids. I've had the Paragard IUD for 9 months now. 

I never had any issues with it other than maybe the occasional spotting once a month with ovulation. The thing has worked like a charm up until recently... I've been under a lot of stress lately with moving into a new home and starting a new job. This past month I spotted for over a week straight, which has NEVER happened in the past nine months. I figured it might just be from stress/hormones changing/etc. I decided to make an appointment with my gyno and she did a UA, tested for BV/yeast/STDs/etc. Everything came back negative. 

She also ordered me an ultrasound which showed the IUD sitting perfectly in my uterus and no ovarian cysts, literally nothing. Recently this past period I started to develop pain in my left side (pelvic area). Sometime the pain is aching so much that it shoots down my left leg. I'm so confused though because all of my tests have come back negative... 

Also I'm having terrible urinary urgency!!! I went to the ER because I'm so fed up and can't sleep at night. I've had 3 urinary tests done and all have come back negative for UTI! As I'm sitting here typing this I have to go, and I know I will hardly go at all considering I just went 10 minutes ago.

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Bleeding After Removal

Hi all,

Had my Skyla in for a little over a year and although it was super convenient and did its job, the side effects outweighed the positives for me. So I got it removed and am giving my body a total break from hormones for a while. That was 3 days ago, and compared to insertion it was a breeze. Asked my doctor if I should expect any crazy bleeding/periods and he said nope. (He also seemed annoyed I was "one of the 1% that don't like the IUDS"). Either way, I was fine for the first 24-36 hours and now am bleeding pretty moderately/heavily having to change tampon and pad every 3-4 hours and passing clots (which is unusual for me even pre-HBC). 

Found a few forums where women had complete horror stories of bleeding profusely. Just wondering if anyone out there has had any experience after a removal? 

Good morning Divas.  I joined this group 10ish years ago, but don't recall my username.  I got the ParaGard at the time.  My first IUD.  I'll add my review for anyone interested.  A little background on me:  I have two children ages 17 and 13.  I am 42 years old and have no plans to have any more children.  

I am 95% happy with the ParaGard.  In the beginning I had severe cramping in the days leading up to my period.  It felt like early labor.  I'd have a few of those cramps, then they'd pass.  That cleared up after a few months.  Maybe a year.  I don't remember.  I just know my cramps feel more my norm and have been for a long time.  My periods are super regular.  My only complaint is I have 24-36 hours of ridiculously heavy bleeding.  The only way I can leave the house safely is with the Diva Cup and a heavy pad as back up.  I still need to empty the cup every two hours even though it's supposed to last all day.  The cup has been a god send.  Then my period quickly tails off to very light for a total of 7 days maybe.  It's like my uterus gets it all over with in a matter of one or two days.  LOL!  

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Hi all,

I’ve been a lurker on here since I got my paragard in. I’ve had it in for about a year, and I’ve loved it. Coming from the pill it was a godsend(despite the horror stories I insisted on reading oops).

Unfortunately my IUD has shifted/tilted kinda sideways, no idea how, and I’m getting it replaced after two instances of INSANE pain in my pelvic region. Figured I would go the Mirena route cause heavier periods and cramps were pretty bad. My doctor also recommended it this time around.

I once again ready too many horror stories.

Insertion I’m not worried about, it’s the side effects. I have anxiety and depression which I manage through exercise, diet and avoiding my stressors. I found I got a little more emotional/PMS-y around my period on my paragard. But I never had any issues on the pill! Should I be worried??

Anyone have any advice or reassuring words? I know it’s different for everyone- I know the IUD shifting is a weird/rare instance, but should I be worried about it happening again? It’s still there, still effective, just...tilted...and poking me where it shouldn’t.
Should I be worried about a decrease in my sex drive? Or concerns for bleeding/cramping? Or weight gain?

Thanks in advance. Also thanks for being a cool community for people like me! :)


Not as Heavy Bleeding + Copper IUD

Could I still be pregnant? I mostly need a sanity check. Up front. I don't want to be pregnant. Maybe ever. Married. Sexually active. No prior issues.

Bit of back story. Never had kids, never been pregnant. I've had the copper IUD for a little over two years. I also have anemia & endometriosis which causes bad periods to be terrible to begin with. Sadly, since the paraguard is the only non-hormonal birth control with the highest success rate and I REALLY don't want to be pregnant, I deal with hell week every month. (Hell is probably a nicer place, to be honest) 

This past month has been odd. I get the whole gambit of PMS symptoms pretty regularly. PreCramps, mensural cramps, post cramps. Bloating. Sick to my stomach. Headaches/almost migranes. Clotting and HEAVY bleeding during cycle. The whole nine yard. Everything except... breast sensitivity. That's never happened. Until the past two weeks. The spotting, for two weeks. Off and on. Then sick to my stomach but way more dizzy and nauseous than normal. My husband and I don't have penetrative sex often (damn endo makes it rough) but last P.S logged about 5-6 days prior to estimated ovulation. Paranoid and two negative tests later, I started my cycle Monday. 

At least, I think I did? 

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Okay this may sound silly but please bear with me... I am on my first period since my 2nd Paragard was inserted about 4 weeks ago. (1st Paragard got dislodged within the first 6 weeks of having it, might not have been placed properly, had it removed and replaced with this one... long story for another time). In any case, insertion and the first month with this 2nd attempt have gone very smoothly (no cramps or abnormal bleeding patterns) and I went in for my follow up appointment 2 days ago (1st day of period) to make sure everything was A-OK and indeed everything was in place. I’ve also had sex with my partner finishing inside me and didn’t end up pregnant. Anyway, my periods with Paragard have been heavier than before, and I’m currently on my 3rd day of heavy bleeding. I also happen to have come down with bronchitis and have been coughing a lot and hard. I notice that when I cough hard the force/pressure pushes out blood (something like peeing a bit when you sneeze etc). Do you think this would also lead to pushing out or dislodging the IUD?? I’ve heard that heavy blood flow can lead to IUD expulsion, and combined with all the ab contractions from my coughing, would this increase the likelihood that my IUD is getting forcibly squeezed out?? This is worrying me bc the Paragard is an ideal BC option for me and I’d really like to keep it! Any advice or anecdotes would be greatly appreciated!
So I got my paragaurd 5 months ago and since then my period has been consistent. I do have unprotected sex sometimes and most of the time I use gel spermicide. This will be the first time I have a pregnancy scare and I am a bit worried! I always check my strings and I can feel them. For the past four days I’ve had very light bleeding with also some brown spotting! I do get some clots but they’re very runny like egg whites. The blood is mostly very red and sometimes pink and I’m really not considering this my period because of how light it is! Can this be a side effect of my iud or can this be bleeding from possibly being pregnant? Also I spotted a week before my actual period was supposed to start but I heard it could be implantation bleeding or just old blood NOW coming out. I will be using a home Pregnancy test this weekend and I’ll keep updated, but I am super worried. I am 18 and I’m starting college and my S.O. And i don’t plan on having kids now. Any one else had the experience and is NOT pregnant. I can’t seem to find answers.

Mirena moved???

New to the group and still learning how to navigate this app. Sorry in advance if this question has been answered somewhere before.

2 months ago I had 2 ultrasounds (transvaginal and abdominal) and both reports said IUD was in place. Went to clinic yesterday with serious pelvic pain and other concerning symptoms indicating either something wrong with IUD or some sort of infection.

During examination doctor says he doesn't see an IUD at all! Trying not to panic here but wondering where the heck it would go after nearly 4.5 years... Scheduled for an ultrasound this afternoon.

Has anyone else had their IUD move out of place after 4 years? What symptoms did you have and what happened next?