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Mirena - Do you like it? Would you recommend it? (kinda long Alender7 3 kids; Wayland, Michigan 854 posts
1st Jan '10

Ok, for those who dont know me or our situation here is the deal - my 17 yr old daughter is due to have her 2nd (yes, I said SECOND) baby in 4 weeks and im trying to figure out what birth control to put her on at her 6 wk checkup. The whole reason she got pregnant this time is because she was breastfeeding at first so that ruled out alot of options and everytime we tried to schedule an appt to get an Implanon put in they said we had to call the day she started her period and with my work schedule at that time I never found out until late that night or the next day, so i'd call the Dr and they'd say its too late, call back next month. We went thru this month after month until one day she calls me at work and tells me shes late. So this time I already told her Dr that I want her put on something at her 6 wk checkup so I can be sure this doesnt possibly happen again. Now, here are the restrictions - she wants to breastfeed again and longer this time so that rules out the Implanon, she wont do needles at all so that rules out the Depo shot, im afraid she wont remember to take a pill every single day, and im worried that the patches could fall off and not be effective. Shes too young for the Dr to tie her tubes. So it seems to me that the only option left is Mirena. The Dr said it can be put in at her 6wk checkup and she can use it while breastfeeding.



Now, the problem is that im now hearing some bad things about Mirena and it worries me. While Sara was at her last appt a girl came into the office to have her Mirena removed because it had possibly punctured her uterus, I saw a post on here where a girl got pregnant while using it and had a miscarriage (my heartfelt condolences on your loss), and some girls are complaining about continuous bleeding while having a Mirena. Since its relatively new theres alot that I dont know about it, which is why im turning to you ladies for help.



So here are my questions: What problems have you had with it? Are your periods heavier, lighter, have they stopped altogether, or do you have continuous spotting or bleeding? How long do you have to use a backup BC method? 3 months? Is your cramping worse now that you have a Mirena? If you like Mirena tell me what it is that you like about it. What are the advantages of having one? Have any of you breastfed while having one? How long did you breastfeed? Would you recommend it to someone else? And are there any other BC options that im missing? There are so many more options available now than there were when I had my girls. So come on ladies, I wanna hear it all. The good, the bad, and the ugly! Tell me everything! This is a really important decision for us. My husband hasnt worked in over a year and I lost my job 3 months ago so this 2nd grandbaby is gonna be hard enough on us. We definitely can NOT risk there being another one after this!!! TIA for all your help!

♥Bug & Bubba♥ 2 kids; Auburn, Washington 32819 posts
1st Jan '10

i love my mirena. i do get some cramping about a week after my period but nothing terrible. i spotted a lot for the first few months. the dr. told me i had 24 hours after mirena was inserted til i could have sex without backup. i like not having to remember a pill and i hate shots. kailey will be 2 on the 14th and she still nurses.

Addison&Quinn'sMama 2 kids; Iowa 13172 posts
1st Jan '10

I gained tons of weight on it, and broke out really bad. I had it for 6 months until it found out in October. I am now pregnant with my second and I am 18.

Addison&Quinn'sMama 2 kids; Iowa 13172 posts
1st Jan '10
Quoting AlexA.:
army wife & mommy 1 child; Fort Drum, New York 891 posts
1st Jan '10

I started on Mirena in the middle of October...I just stopped bleeding a few days ago. I'm not sure if this makes much of a difference or not but I'm anemic so that might have something to do with the extended bleeding. I haven't had any periods with it yet but it hasn't been uncomfortable at all. I cramped for a day or two in the beginning, but I kept up with Ibuprofen so it didn't hurt that bad. I think it's completely up to the two of you but it sounds like it might be in her best interest to get Mirena.

boringwife TTC since Jul 2014; 1 child; Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 7202 posts
1st Jan '10

get paraguard.. i love it.. no problems...at all :)
& there are no hormones!

dedicatedlife 17 kids; North Carolina 2325 posts
1st Jan '10

-I spotted for about a month after getting it placed and occasionally spot for like, an hour or so.
-I havent had a period yet - but I BF until last month
-I got preg off the pill so I call mirena the idiot proof BC :)
-The morning after I had it placed, I woke up with drops of milk. That's it. Drops. And it was a fight EVER since. It only affects a tiny tiny percentage of people's milk production according to my doc and the lactation specialist I've spoken with. But apparently that small percentage was ME this time. My LO is almost 7 months and I started weaning him right before 6 months. (Only BFing at night usually until my supply is gone completely which it is SO close now.)
Have any of you breastfed while having one? How long did you breastfeed? -
-I wanted to try paragard. My doc didnt want me to bc she said I'd just get it taken out in a couple of years anyway (its a 10 yr NON hormonal IUD). I like the 10 year factor!!!
I hope this helps :) GL
PS I havent had mirena very long...since Aug 09. Just fyi :)

Alender7 3 kids; Wayland, Michigan 854 posts
1st Jan '10
Quoting AlexA.:
Alender7 3 kids; Wayland, Michigan 854 posts
1st Jan '10
Quoting Blakes Mommy ♥:
♥Bug & Bubba♥ 2 kids; Auburn, Washington 32819 posts
1st Jan '10
Quoting Alender7:
####**#### 1 child; Texas 1298 posts
1st Jan '10

I love mine! I bled for about 2 months after getting it, but I was still having pp bleeding so I just convinced myself i'd be bleeding anyway lol. I haven't kept up with it but i'm pretty sure I don't have regular periods. So my only complaint is that its hard for me to know when aunt flo is gonna pay a visit. But it is really nice to not have to worry about taking a pill
Every day.

Addison&Quinn'sMama 2 kids; Iowa 13172 posts
1st Jan '10
Quoting Alender7:
Alender7 3 kids; Wayland, Michigan 854 posts
2nd Jan '10
Quoting AlexA.:
Alender7 3 kids; Wayland, Michigan 854 posts
2nd Jan '10

Thanks so much for the info and opinions ladies!! Youve definitely given me more to think about.

That One Chick 2 kids; Caldwell, Idaho 44 posts
2nd Jan '10

I have had mine for about 3 years now



I got the 5 year mirena...so no periods...no cramping.



No weight gain for me, or breakouts, no mood swings, no pain during sex (have heard of some that did have it)



I did bleed heavyish for about 4 days after I got it and cramped pretty bad. spotted during my "normal period time" for about 6 months.



it was somewhat painful to get put it...kinda like bad cramps.



they told me use back up for a week, just to be safe.



I love that you don't have to forget to take anything, I love not having a period, i love not having to worry about having condoms on me.



You do have to check for the string once a month...and there is a chance that it could shift, fall out or cause scarring...that is why you have to check for the string.