C.T. asks from Lexington, KY on March 29, 2009
Anyone with Any Advice?
Hi everyone! I'm new to this so I don't exactly know if I am asking this in the right category or not, but here I go:
I have the Mirena IUD and it was implanted about two months ago. My period on it has yet to regulate and I have been bleeding for almost a month straight, stopping for a few days and then restarting, but never large amounts. My first question is does anyone else have this IUD and have they had a similar experience?
My second question is this: If you have sex with this IUD and fear that you might be pregnant, how would you go about testing for pregnancy? I have read several stories online from other women who have this IUD as well and their hpt and even sometimes blood tests come up negative. Also, how would I know when to test because my period is so irregular?
Anyone with any advice at all, PLEASE respond!
C.R. answers from Cumberland on April 01, 2009
I had the same bleeding issues, even so badly that every time i would have sex with my husband i would start bleeding again. My doctor put me on a birth control pill for a few weeks and things evened out. for the first time in months my period was only 2 days long!!! Talk to you doctor, see what he/she says.
H.F. answers from Nashville on March 30, 2009
I have one too and only experienced the bleeding for a month or so. My sister, however, had the same problem and her doctor said it's normal to bleed for up to 6 months! Have you been to the Mirena website? I thought it was very helpful and they may be able to personally answer that question for you.
R.M. answers from Nashville on March 30, 2009
I bled for about 2 months, my doc said that was definitely normal. Now I usually get a lighter period about the time I used to, so my cycle is still there. But sometimes I miss. It freaked me out at first, I even took a pregnancy test (negative). As long as you don't expel it or it doesn't perforate your uterus (both rare, but possible, and usually accompanied by pretty major cramps) the chances of pregnancy are very very slim. To make sure you didn't lose it, you should be able to check and make sure your strings are still there. And yes, like the other poster said, ectopic pregnancy is possible with IUD's, but also rare. All this stuff should have been in the brochure/literature they were supposed to give you when you got it. You can go to their website to read it all. And just watch for signs of pregnancy aside from your missed periods, and if you notice more than one for any length of time, call your OB/Gyn.
S.W. answers from Raleigh on March 30, 2009
I have the Mirena IUD implant as well. The irregular spotting drives me crazy. It has finally started to become a bit more regular, 8 mos. later. I am enjoying the very light periods, lasting only a day or two and no menstrual cramping, pms,etc. I had not thought about the pregnancy issue, but if you are truly concerned a blood test might be the only proof-positive way. Good luck!
D.P. answers from Raleigh on March 30, 2009
I had the Mirena IUD for two years before having it removed last October to try for #2. Initially, I bled for 3 months, sometimes heavily. All the documentation I read and the doctor also said that this is typical. Eventually it tapered off to where I had a very light period some months and no period at all other months. Although the inconsistency is unnerving, it is VERY unlikely that you would get pregnant with this device in place. But you could use a home pregnancy test like if you didn't have an IUD and the results would show up the same. The other ladies may have tested too early for it to show up on any kind of test. Timing is everything. I hope this helps.
L.W. answers from Johnson City on March 30, 2009
I had my IUD inplanted Jan 2007. I remember the beginning was difficult with bleeding also. I had another huge period when I stopped nursing which was several months later. I think some people take longer to adjust and it may depend on whether you are a heavy bleeder or not to begin with.
I don't know about the pregnancy concern. I would definitely check with your doctor.
S.S. answers from Charlotte on March 30, 2009
YES! I have had that IUD for 9 months and I"m having it removed later this week and having my tubes clamped! In the past 9 months I've had my period more often than not. The longest stretch WITHOUT my period was 16 days, the longest stretch ON my period was 35 days IN A ROW!!!! I've also experienced sharp pains on occasion during sex. I was told it could take up to 6 months for my period to regulate, but bleeding for 35 days is NOT worth it, even though part of the time it was light or just spotting. If the IUD is properly in place it is unlikely (but not impossible) for you to be pregnant, and I would think that a false negative is extremely rare. I have 2 beautiful kids, I'm 43 and I am NOT planning any more babies, so I chose the tubal clamp at the advice of my Doctor (he couldn't believe I put up with the never-ending-period as long as I did) I know some people that have had NO problems with this IUD, and others like me that had to have it removed because of the non-stop period. Depending on how long you've had the IUD, you may want to give it a little more time, or make an appt. and discuss all the other options with your OB/GYN. Good Luck!
M.B. answers from Hickory on March 30, 2009
I now have my second Mirena IUD. My first experience was great- bled for about 5 weeks on and off, but after it stopped, I only had a period every 3-4 months (very light and only a day or two). I was constantly worried about pregnancy with the first one, but have since relaxed. As far as knowing if you are pregnant, I had an ultrasound once to make sure I wasn't because I heard the same stories about negative tests and I wanted to be sure. With the 2nd Mirena, I'm 5 years older and I've had some different experiences- long, painful periods and cramping between periods.
S.B. answers from Nashville on March 30, 2009
I too have the mirena IUD. I have had mine for about a month and a half. It's def working as far as preventing me from getting pregnant. When I was due to come on my cycle a couple of days before I had intercourse and started spotting. But I stopped and then when my cycle was due I bled and bled for like 2 weeks straight like you said on and off. And it was never much didn't really notice until I went to pee. But my doctor said that it will be irregular for the first 3 or 4 months and then they should get shorter and might even stop. Good luck
T.M. answers from Clarksville on March 30, 2009
I have the IUD.....the bleeding will ease up..I promise...As for the pregnancy part...i would call ur dr and talk to them.It is nice to finally hear from someone that has had this IUD implanted...let me know what u find out.