Anyone here have any experience with the Mirena IUD? Would love to hear about it as my doctor is strongly urging me to reconsider it to help with my hormone imbalance (long story so won't go in to details and bore you all). He feels it will be very beneficial to me in the long run. We are not ttc, I have premature ovarian failure. I originally decided against the IUD and we have been trying a different method and it's not really working well. So I'm being asked to reconsider. Some of the reasons I was originally against it are: cramping/spotting during the adjustment period when first placed that will apparently last about 6 weeks, I don't like the idea of a forgein object inside me, it's never been an option for me in the past for birth control, and just overall the things I read online back then (June) seemed all negative and turned me off the idea. I feel like now I'm trying to convince myself to try it... Anyhow, would love some feedback from those who have had the Mirena.
I had the copper IUD, and I don't imagine the basic side effects from placement are too different. If you are already on the hormones then that shouldn't change much.
I LOVED my IUD I would have kept it in the entire 10 years (but DH decided he wanted to go for another). I had it in for nearly six years since my PP appt after DS was born. I cramped some but it wasn't terrible way less that period cramps. It didn't hurt going in, other than the cramping and Dr was done in less time than it takes to do a pap. The copper doesn't have any hormones so it did make my periods a bit heavier for a time (though it could have just been my body getting back to normal after DS). My sister saw how much I liked my IUD and got one after her last child. She has the Mirena, and has had it for four years. She said she doesn't have any complaints and will likely get a new one when this one expires.
If your insurance covers it, then I would say it is worth a shot. If the cramping turns out to be too much it is completely and easily removable (we took out mine at home, but I think my string was longer than most, my sister says she can't feel hers...)
Thank you for sharing your experience. I am currently on HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and the Mirena IUD would replace the provera I take daily. I would still be on the estrace though. The Mirena would be for hormone replacement, as birth control isn't an issue really. We were ttc before my premature ovarian failure diagnosis, so it was all unplanned. The idea of using an IUD just seems like birth control to me, an option I was against years ago when I was using birth control thus choosing the pill. So it's hard for me to wrap my head around it now. I get that my doctor feels it's beneficial as a supply of progesterone and to control my uterine lining, but I'm really struggling with this.
One of my good friends has it. She has not had a period in 3 years (something I would not mind) and has had no issues. I can ask her if I can send you her email address and you can ask her any questions if you would like.
Thank you Margaret. I think for now I'm going to pass on the Mirena IUD. However, if I change my mind or am looking for more information, I'll let you know and see if your friend would share her experience as well. I appreciate you offering to do that!