Symptoms Of Ovarian Cysts With Mirena

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Has any one experienced ovarian cyst while on Mirena?
    Do you still have them? How did u get rid of them? What other symptoms did u get while on Mirena? Thanks for your answers

    • ANSWER:
      I just got mine out a few days ago because of pain and they found out that I have a cyst. I was told that currently I couldn't have another child. I am waiting for the dr. appt to discuss what to do because my husband and I wanted at least 1 more child. I would never get it again.

  2. QUESTION:
    the birth control mirena, ovarian cyst?
    I have the birth control mirena.. within the past month or so i have the symptoms of an ovarian cyst, it is hurting really bad its like a sharp pain and then it goes away.. has anyone experienced this? what should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      yes i had the mirena and i always had cyst...every month....my doctor didnt seem to think it was a big deal...my pain was so bad that i went to doc and they did an ultrasound and guess what...i was 14 wks pregnant.....so i got the mirena taken out and havent gotten a cyst but now number 3 is on the way .....

  3. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst Symptoms?
    I have been extremely tired to the point where i want to sleep all day and normally i only need about 4 hours and i'm good to go, i'm very energetic....I have been throwing up, frequent bowel movements, stomach pains on and off, tender nipples and very bloated looking,I am not pregnant i have already testes for that I have the Mirena and was reading they can cause ovarian cysts and cancer, So my question is has anybody experienced my symptoms due to an ovarian cyst?

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  4. QUESTION:
    Mirena problems help?
    My girlfriend got mirena in December and 3 week ago after we had sex she started having pain and now there getting more severe in her pelvic area and she's also been experiencing stomach pain, shoulder pain, nausea, faint, fever and some other symptoms it can't be an ectopic pregnancy. I think its an ovarian cyst mostly likely. Have other women or girls had ovarian cyst from mirena. We're taking her to the doctor soon.

    • ANSWER:
      I had nothing but problems with Mirena. I bled for 3 weeks, non-stop..had horrible pains and one day it just fell out. Never again! Awful. Hopefully it's nothing serious for her.

  5. QUESTION:
    Anyone have Mirena and have issues with it?
    I have had mirena for 2 months now. My symptoms from mirena is: Hair falling out, constant spotting, and ovarian cyst. Anyone else have problems?
    My doctor said hair loss can be a side effect. It started 2 days after insertion. When I say hair loss, I am talking about fifty strands a day. I have not taken any medication either!

    • ANSWER:
      my hair never fell out but at first i bled for about 2 months in a row and after the first year and all the spotting i just stopped having a period which is amazing. The cyst's will come and go unfortunately they can be pretty painful but if it gets to bad your gyno should give you an ultrasound. There will be tons of ups and downs with the IUD for the first year or so until you body gets used to it.

  6. QUESTION:
    I have a question about ovarian cancer.?
    I am 28 years old and I have the IUC Mirena in place now. I have had it for about a year now. For the past 2 weeks I have been feeling bloating in the bottom of my stomach, a sence of fullness, a little bit of pain when I go to the bathroom, and a little discomfort. I was reading that having the IUC Mirena that it is common to get cysts and then they go away by themselves. I was also scared that maybe I could have ovarian cancer. Has anyone had the same thing as I am feeling?

    • ANSWER:
      Patients with ovarian cancer rarely have symptoms and when they do they are very vague and nonspecific. When there are so many other likely causes for you symptoms there is no reason to suspect cancer first. You will have to see your doctor to find out what it is.

  7. QUESTION:
    I have the mirena IUD and I am experiencing sharp pains on my right side.?
    I have a six month old and got the mirena after having her. I missed my appointment to get the mirena checked. I am having sharp pains in my stomach below my belly button - closer to my hip than my belly button.. I have had kidney stones and ovarian cysts & it does not feel like either one of those. I have called my obgyn and waiting for them to call me back. I am worried maybe my mirena has moved? Maybe pregnant? I do not remember having these pains with my daughter, but also I was really sick in the beginning so that was my main worry. I spotted for first 3 months of having mirena and have not since then. I know that is normal, but also makes me think I could possibly be pregnant too..

    • ANSWER:
      Possibilities are, you could be experiencing the symptoms of your kidney stones or your ovarian cysts, but there is also a big possibility that the mirena iud could be the one triggering the pain on your belly button. The mirena has high possibility of causing pains as a lot of people are claiming compensation through lawsuits from the owner of Mirena IUD which is Bayer, for injuries over this past years.

  8. QUESTION:
    For anyone who has or had the Mirena. Did you experience any of these symptoms?
    It seems like just about every pregnancy symptom can also be a side effect of the Mirena. I've had mine for 6 months now and just recently started getting side effects. Tender breasts, cravings and really bad cramps but no bleeding. I also get kicking sensations in my stomach area but was told those are either muscle twitches or ovarian cysts.

    So anyways, what pregnancy-like symptoms did you get, if any, and did they come and go or did they stay?
    I did read all the horror stories and my sister had one of her own. But I decided to still get it. I actually had it surgically replaced right after getting it because it wasn't positioned properly. This one seems to be good except all this...LOL.

    • ANSWER:
      I had the Mirena for 4 years, and had it removed about 3 months ago due to all of the side effects. I had at least 3 ruptured cysts as a result of the IUD, and after a rupture, I would get every pregnancy symptom in the book--sore boobs, cramps, emotional, strange dreams, flutter sensations in lower abdomen, etc., etc. I would also have morning sickness for about 3 weeks each time. I wasted so much money on pregnancy tests, thinking the IUD had failed! I finally had enough when, on top of all of this, I started getting the most horrendous acne of my life. It was awful, and I now have scars because of it!

      You are not alone in experiencing strange hormonal symptoms with the Mirena. My first two years were perfect, no side effects, but the last 2 years, they just seemed to get worse.

      Sorry about this. Hope it helps to know you're not alone. If you do a google search on Mirena side-effects, you'll find testimony from thousands of woman going through the same thing.

      FYI: If you decide to have it taken out, it will take a few months for your body to return to normal. There is something coined the "Mirena Crash" that refers to the hormonal crash that happens when the IUD is removed. It's pretty awful. I gained 10 lbs! Anyway, it's all out of my system now and I feel fantastic!

      Good luck to you!

  9. QUESTION:
    What should I do about my ovarian cyst?
    O.K. So last october I had my mirena iud removed. I thought I had an ovarian cyst for some time before this so I had an ultra sound and my suspicions were confirmed. The doctor did not seem to think anything about this. I am a bit concerned since I had these symptoms for some time before my ultrasound (like close to a year) and it has now been 8 months and I still have symptoms of this cyst. I'm looking at a cyst that has been here for a year and a half by now. I didn't think this was normal for just an everyday cyst. Should I go back and talk to her again. Also, My husband and I were ttc that's why I had my mirena removed and we have yet to succeed.

    • ANSWER:
      I had an ovarian cyst that burst when I was 15, and it hurt like hell. What the gyno did was put me on birth control, she put me on Yasmin, and told me for the first few months NOT to take the brown pills, the ones where you usually get your period, to give my womanly organs a rest (because there's no medical need to have a period every single month). Anyway, when she talked to me about the cyst, she said the only reason it's a concern is because it burst, had it not burst she would have put me on the pills anyway for a bit, but wouldn't be concerned about it bursting after that.

      If you are so worried about it, I would go back to your doctor and just tell her straight up what you said here. Tell her you're worried about it and if she still says there's no need to worry, as her to really explain to you why, so that you'll feel comfortable leaving feeling like you've gotten enough information.

  10. QUESTION:
    Mirena users help...?
    I've been having breast tenderness and I've been getting nausous after I eat for about 2 weeks. I haven't had a period since May(a common effect of mirena), and was wondering if any of you have had the same problems. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are sode effects like these
      Side Effects

      Expulsion: In the early months of use, there is a very small chance that the IUS may dislodge and come out, either in part or altogether. This risk may be greater than with other IUCD's, presumably because it is that bit larger. There may be symptoms such as bleeding or persistent pain not relieved by simple pain killers, or it might be passed without any discomfort at all. As the system reduces blood flow, sudden return of heavy periods might suggest this has happened.

      Hormonal Problems: Although the IUS delivers its hormone directly to the lining of the womb, it does lead to a slight increase in progesterone levels in the blood stream. The levels are much lower than that found with the progestagen-only pill (POP) and usually don't lead to side effects. If they do occur, most often they are mild and only last up to 4-6 weeks. Side effects have included headache, water retention, breast tenderness or acne.

      Ovarian Cysts: Progestagen hormones increase the chance of benign, simple ovarian cysts. This is more common with the higher hormone levels associated with the progestagen-only pill. Overall the risk is about 3 times higher (1.2% in IUS users versus 0.4% normally). These cysts most often do not require any treatment and resolve on their own over 2-3 months. It is usual to arrange follow-up ultrasound scans over this time if they do occur. The most common symptoms of a cyst is abdominal pain that doesn't settle with simple painkillers.

      Bleeding Problems: These are without a doubt the most common problem associated with the Mirena. It takes about 3 months for the lining of the womb to thin down and during this time bleeding can be erratic or even heavy at times, but almost always settles after 3-6 months. During the first month, 20% of users experience prolonged bleeding of more than 8 days duration, but by the third month only 3% have prolonged bleeding.

      Pelvic Infection: In general IUCD's increase the risk of infection of the womb, tubes and other pelvic organs. Studies looking at Mirena suggest that this may not be the case, with the IUS being protective against infection, particularly in the age group most at risk (<25y). Although this would fit with the thickening of the cervical mucus preventing infection getting through the cervix, this finding is not universal in all studies. The actual long-term risk of infection is very low, at less than 1% with 5 years' use. A World Health Organisation study of over 22,000 users found that the infection risk was only increased in the first 20 days after insertion. This demonstrates the need to rule out infection in high-risk women before inserting the IUS, and in this group a Chlamydia screen is advised.

      http://www.womens-health.co.uk/mirena.asp
      Side effects

      Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.

      Change in menstrual bleeding, such as frequent, prolonged or heavy bleeding, spotting, lighter bleeding, irregular bleeding or stopping of bleeding

      Development of fluid filled sacks (cysts) in the ovaries

      Excessive fluid retention in the body tissues, resulting in swelling (oedema)

      Weight gain

      Headache

      Depression

      Nervousness

      Mood swings

      Nausea

      Lower abdominal pain

      Back pain

      Breast pain

      Painful menstrual bleeding

      Acne

      Vaginal discharge

      Inflammation of the cervix

      Hair loss or hair growth

      Skin reactions such as rash or itching

      Genital infections, including pelvic inflammatory disease

      Decreased sex drive

      Migraine

      Abdominal bloating

      The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.

      For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
      http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100001706.html

      So what you feel is very common among Mirena users.

  11. QUESTION:
    Do you have the iud, Mirena?
    I have had the mirena for six months now. Since then, I have had bladder infections, ovarian cysts, and cramp all the time! I also have gained eight pounds! I've talked to two different doctors who say that the problems i have had aren't cause from the mirena. I have done research, and all of these are side effects. Will these problems go away, or will they continue?

    • ANSWER:
      ?? your Dr. sounds weird. How can he/she say that every symptom you have, that is a side effect of mirena, is not related to your device.

      My IUD, years ago caused cramps but that went away for the most part. I never gained weight, had bladder infections, or ovarian cysts though

  12. QUESTION:
    Can polycystic ovarian syndrome be caused by an IUD?? (Mirena)?
    Most stories I read on women who have PCOS have had it since they have been a young girl or have had symptoms of it since being a young girl.I was told last year that I have PCOS. I had the Mirena IUD put in me at 19. 6 weeks after I gave birth to my son. I bled for 6 months straight with it, doctor said it was normal. After that my periods would come once a month but I would be bleeding 2-3 weeks. Then I started to go without a period every other month. It's then that I started to notice my face breaking out more and dark hair growing on my face, chest and breast.. Then I went an entire year without a period and in that year I grew thick amounts of dark hair on my face, chest, and breast. I finally had the mirena removed and my doctor told me I had PCOS. It's been a year later and I still have the hair, but my periods came back immediately. Although the first several months they lasted longer than normal, now my periods are completely normal. My doctor doesn't seem to think it was caused by the IUD. I never had any symptoms of PCOS until I had the mirena inserted for a year.. I had it in for a total of three years... Does anyone think it could be caused by the Mirena? Could the doctor be wrong? I'm not sure what I can do about it now, but I strongly believe the mirena did it.
    Sorry so long.
    No women in my family have PCOS. Neither one of my grandmothers, aunts, cousins, sisters or my own mother.. Could the doctor have misdiagnosied me? Although the ultrasound did show cysts all over my ovaries, but it was RIGHT AFTER the mirena was removed and the ultrasound tech acted like it wasn't a big deal.

    • ANSWER:
      I developed ovarian cysts when I had the Mirena. I also had infections so I had it removed after less than a year. There are many complications from that IUD. I've never heard of it triggering PCOS specifically, but I wouldn't be too surprised either. Do some research and see a specialist for your hormone issues. Regardless of what caused it, you need to seek treatment for PCOS. Best of luck!

  13. QUESTION:
    Odd symptoms - no diagnosis.. any ideas?
    Alright. I'm 17 years old, this problem started when I was 16. I was having weird stomach pains, so I went to the doctor, they couldn't find anything wrong so they sent me for an array of bloodtests, xrays and ultrasounds. on the ultrasound they found large - ish ovarian cysts, the kind that bleed, etc etc. they waited for them to go away, and on my second ultrasound a few weeks later, they looked better. they gave me neproxen which did little to help. over the next year, i kept having these pains but i assumed it was my cysts coming back. i admitted myself to the er a few weeks ago, I had really bad pains again. it's been getting worse, and I don't really know whats up. If it was just my cysts, i would think they wouldn't hurt so bad. It hurts consistently, and I can't even get myself to school much anymore. I have a Mirena, and I don't really know how to check for the little wire, or if its even there. Also, my next ultrasound is a few weeks away, and it's getting to be unbearable pain. is there anything i should be doing, or some sign that i'm overlooking..

    ps. they are careful about giving me hormones and poking at my ovaries because i have the BRCA1 and 2 gene mutation, [ovarian/breast cancer] and I have a very very strong family history of cancer. [8/9 aunts and uncles have died, that one surviving aunt's children all died from this.. all had this gene].

    • ANSWER:
      Yea..I agree with Sarah, I'm NOT a doctor but it even states on the Safety, Side Effects and Health Risks of Mirena. "It is also not suitable for women who might have cancer of the uterus or cervix, liver disease or liver tumor, or have breast cancer now or in the past, or have a family history of cancers." Some women using Mirena will become pregnant. When this happens, one possibility is a septic abortion (infection in the uterus while pregnant), which is a leading cause of maternal death around the world." Not saying "you're pregnant, but a warning. Also check for pelvic-inflammatory disease, this can also be obtained by douching...

  14. QUESTION:
    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?
    I've been having some symptoms that are suggestive of PCOS. I thought I must have been tested for it because I'd been to a number of doctors with these symptoms so surely they would be checking for it. But for the past month or so I had a lot of pressure and pain in my ovaries so I Googled it, which suggested ovarian cysts.

    So I mentioned it at my last doctor's appointment and said that I wasn't sure if I'd been tested for PCOS. The doctor ordered the tests and today I got a letter in the mail say-

    "Your blood tests are suggestive of a Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome type picture. Please make an appointment so we can discuss the next steps".

    I'm not surprised, but I'm wondering what the "type picture" could be. Are there conditions that are like PCOS? And what would be these "next steps"? Do you need to see a specialist for this diagnosis? I have a Mirena (which can't be easily removed because the threads are too short so I have to go under a general). Does anyone know if this could be making my symptoms worse?

    I've got a number of medical conditions already and didn't need another one!

    Thanks.
    Thanks Erin. I don't know which tests specifically came back that suggested this, but it definitely wasn't thyroid ones. I've had them all done and have had them done regularly.
    I have a Mirena, so I doubt I'd be put on a birth control pill at the same time.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure what your blood tests were, but low thyroid and insulin resistance are two common symptoms that accompany PCOS. After blood tests, your doctor might want to do a pelvic ultrasound to check for cysts. The problem with cysts is that, depending on the kind that you have, they can come and go depending on your cycle. The first ultrasound I had a couple years ago showed no cysts. My latest one came back with a few cysts.
      They might suggest you go on a birth control, if you want to regulate your cycle etc (not sure what your particular symptoms are of PCOS), or go on a thyroid medication, or even something to help insulin resistance. Good luck! Hope it gets all worked out for you.

  15. QUESTION:
    anxiety depression mirena coil?
    Hi I hope some one out there can help me, this maybe long lol.
    I have suffered with depression for approximately 3 yrs the first time resulted in hospitalization due to onset of psychotic symptoms. I have always suffered with v heavy periods and pmt for years. Basically do you think its possible that this can be related to hormones? My depression always seems to be worse when a period is due. Last year they discovered i had fibroids and cysts on ovaries and advised the mirena coil. I have had it for a year now but am still having cramps (not quite as bad as before) and my periods although lighter are lasting about 2 weeks. I have also been suffering with anxiety which I never did before the coil, and basically im at my wits end... I absolutely hate the docs and feel like a hyprocondriac.. would really appreciate any advice thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      The Mirena coil is a small plastic T-shaped intrauterine device that is increasingly being used to treat women with endometriosis. It contains a progesterone (progesterone-like substance) that is released into the uterus over a period of 5 years. It is sometimes also known by its generic name the levongorgestrel intrauterine system or LNG-IUS

      In the longest clinical trial reported to date, the women had relatively few side effects, and most of the side effects were quite mild. Of the women who had their coil removed because of side effects, most did so because of irregular bleeding, pelvic pain or weight gain, and most did so in the first 12 months.

      Irregular bleeding
      Most common side effect of Mirena is irregular vaginal bleeding, which includes erratic bleeding, frequent spotting or light bleeding between periods, heavy bleeding, and longer or shorter periods. However, these problems usually settle after 3 6 months

      When the coil is in place, you should not be able to feel it, and it is unlikely that your sexual partner will be aware of it during intercourse

      Progestogen-related symptoms
      The progestogen-related side effects include acne, decreased libido, headache, lower abdominal pain, low back pain, nausea, period pain, sweating, tender breasts, water retention and weight gain

      Ovarian cysts
      Women using the Mirena coil are MORE likely to develop benign simple ovarian cysts. The most common symptom of a simple cyst is abdominal pain that does not resolve with simple painkillers. Such cysts usually disappear without treatment in 2 3 months.

      As to your sysptoms especially the depression of course the symptoms are due to hormone imbalances.

  16. QUESTION:
    Mirena for endometriosis?
    I went to see a gyno a couple of days ago about the amount of pain I have during my periods and during intercourse. She said it sounded like I had endometriosis but the only way to tell is through surgery. I told her I didn't want surgery (scares me to death) and she said that I could use Mirena that way it could treat the endo if I had it but it wouldn't hurt me if I didn't.

    I went onto Mirena's website and the IUD sounds great but from the reviews I've read for it online it sounds like women who have used it for endo have had less then pleasant experiences with it. Sense I know more people go to online reviews to complain about something then to praise it I thought I would ask here if any woman has used it for endo and how it worked for them?
    She said that the IUD had a hormone in it... something that started with a P.... Prostap I think, which can make the Endo shrink I guess. I've been trying to do research on it. All the "scientific" things I can find online make it sound great but most of the reviews for it aren't good.

    • ANSWER:
      Surgery is a method of treatment, but you can also try Hormone medication which can result in temporary improvement of symptoms like painful periods, pain on intercourse and pelvic pain, but there can be side effects with like with all medications. Birth control, Mirena & progesterone are the most commonly used treatments.

      The issues with Mirena is the risk of developing ovarian cysts or other possible complications of infection in the womb..Birth control never gets rid of the issue, but it at least suppresses the symptoms.

      If you prefer surgery it all depends on the stage of the endometriosis. It can be an simple surgery like a laparoscopic, but if the endometriosis is bad you may need to have a hysterectomy!

  17. QUESTION:
    Ovarian Cyst causing pain???
    Ok about 9 mths ago I started to get this pain in my groin area and lots of cramps in my lower stomach. I have the Mirena IUD also. Anyways the pain has been getting worse and worse like everyday allday and then last week I started to bleed clots. At my last CT scan they found a cyst on my ovary and it was about 2-4 cm. The pain is only brought on when standing or walking. I have had lots of ultrasounds and ct's done and they finally found this. COuld the pain be from the cyst? I have felt nausea and all the symptoms above. If it was there before why wasn't it found? What can be done now? Also my blood work showed elivated white count? PLEASE HELP. I have dr tomorrow and I am freaking out and I just don't feel good. Also I have been having fevers off and on.

    I have had the IUD for 2 yrs and the pains started 9 mths ago. Could that be it? If so why would it wait over a yr to start. TIA

    • ANSWER:
      the white cells mean that you have an infection, and the fever also is a sign of infecton. I would have the IUD removed asap and then go from there. The pain could be from the IUD< the infection or the cysts. The cysts can cause pain, but not likely based on your discription. I wouldnt wait to go to the dr, I would go to the ER now and get this seen about. Good Luck

  18. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cysts and bladder... sorry so long?
    Hello all. Hoping someone could help with a problem I've been having for a few years.

    *Extreme lower abd pain that can starts out so bad I want to throw up from the pain.

    *If I lay flat on my back for a few hours and barely move (even deep breaths hurt) the pain subsides to a tolerable, but still limping, level. Sitting is the worst position.

    *Pain is generalized to entire lower belly (skin on belly is usually hot to touch when episodes occur as well). No actual stomach ailments coincide with pain (diareah, gas, etc.)

    *Generally starts in the middle of the night (3, 4 AM) and wake up with over filled bladder (sometimes have spillover in bed). Run to the bathroom and that's when pain starts, as soon as I sit. Have to crawl back to bed thinking I'm dying.

    *Started in August 2006 with occurances that lasted a day and happened around once a month. Now they last around 3 days and happen anywhere from 1X every 3 months to 2X a month.

    *Today, pain just started right now... in the middle of work... didn't even have to use the washroom. This is a new experience for me.

    *Periods are inconsistent and usually late. Sometimes skip whole periods (worst was skipped 2 periods in a row) and symptoms stop those months and don't occur until after my next period.

    ~ER docs always test for appendicitis because of severity and location of pain.
    ~Primary Care doc thought Endometriosis

    , Gyne said probably not (had a 3-day occurance during pregnancy in March 2007... guess Endometriosis doesn't act up during pregnancy)
    ~Gyne said probably Interstitial Cystitis...
    ~Urologist said bladder looked great after cystoscopy w/ hydrodistention... but still perscribed meds for IC (Elmiron) because "it can sometimes help pelvic pain". Didn't have period or pain for 2 months after bladder hydrodistension.

    ~ER docs usually say I have Ovarian cysts that grow, then rupture (which fills my uterus with fluid that causes me pain), then grow again my next cycle, which doesn't seem right to me because of the significant appearing link to my bladder. Is it possible for ovarian cysts and/or ruptures to cause bladder symptoms??? Also, is it possible for ovarian cycts to occur during pregnancy?? Only happened twice during my 8 month pregnancy (3 weeks along and 4 months along).

    Anything else it could logically be?? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
    Actually, no... no birth control. But, like you said, it could be hormones. It really started getting bad right before I found out I was pregnant and after I had him. So maybe my hormone levels never really stablized. I should probably ask to get that checked.. thank you. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hopefully I can help in some way. Are you on any hormonal birth control such as mirena IUD, the pill, depo shot, or patch? I had similar symptoms to yours with the pelvic pain, I had cysts as well but I was told mine were the normal cysts we all get. Birth control actually causes bladder symptoms such as frequency and urgency. I had both symptoms, I frequently wet the bed, sex became impossible, and I had urethral burning for two years before I heard Dr. Drew on Loveline talking about birth control's underground side effects. I can imagine you are on birth control since you have cysts, that's like the first thing they do when you have cysts is try to regulate them with hormones. However, if you have too much estrogen in your body, nerves expand, you feel pain that's unexplained and no doctor in the world has ever heard of this problem so they tell you you're crazy and send you to therapy. As soon as I stopped taking my birth control even after trying a progesterone dominant pill, the symptoms ceased and now I'm pain free. Hormones do awful things to your body, if you send your hormones into a vortex by taking more, you have a whole platter of problems. Now I have high testosterone and a thyroid problem all because no doctor I went to ever knew about these side effects. I had cystoscopy as well for my bladder and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. I'm so sorry you feel this pain, I wish doctors were more in tune to their patients. You'll get there, but hopefully I added something you can research. It's sad being the one to diagnose your own medical problem, I can't imagine what will happen if universal medicine comes around. You and I would be laughed at.

  19. QUESTION:
    Ectopic pregnancy and Mirena IUD?
    Ok I had a baby on 12/11/08 I decide to go on the Mirena IUD I'm what I think is my period right now but I have this sharp and burning pain in my pelvic area (were I think the ovaries are) the pain was mild this afternoon but now it is a little more painful it comes and goes I took a pregnancy test about a week ago(just cause I was panacking) and it was negative It was from the dollar tree but I have use those before they always work I;m not sure what to do? If the pain gets severe enough I will go to the ER I'm hesitating right now because I don't have any medical inusarance but if I can't take the pain anymore I will go Have any of you had and Etopic pregnancy? What were your symtoms?
    PS I also have another pregnancy test I will be taken right now while I wait for answers
    Ok pregnancy test is still negative but will the pregnancy test show up positive if I'm only a few week

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts can be common with Mirena.

      as well as can increased cramping and heavier periods after child birth.

      I had Mirena for over a year. Etopic pregnancy was always a great concern for me as well. I can't count the number of times I thought I may have been pregnant with Mirena, but wasn't.

      If you were to get a positive pregnancy test while using Mirena, you need to seek medical attention immediately.

      If you are having a menstrual cycle currently and are experiencing pains, I would associate those with either being cramps, or else you may have developed an ovarian cyst. Ovarian cysts do not require prompt medical attention, unless the pain is severe, in which case I would seek medical attention to receive a pain medication.

      IMO, you probably aren't pregnant, if you had a menstrual cycle over less then 5 weeks ago, and your tests are coming back negative. Dollar stores tests are usually just as accurate as a more expensive one. If it puts your mid at ease, purchase a better test or find a planned parenthood clinic in your area. Most planned parent hood clinics give medical attention to women with reproductive questions and concerns, at a low fee, and don't collect interest nor send to collections on unpaided medical exams.

      Morena is actually one of the most reliable birth control options. Conception rate is less then 99.9 %.

      MY advice, take an Ibuprofen, drink lots of water, as menstrual cramps can be more severe with dehydration, and wait and see if symptoms pass. If you still have severe pain, begin to run a fever, feel nauseous, or an over all feeling of not being well other then the cramping, seek medical attention.

  20. QUESTION:
    Could the ovarian cyst be what has been causing this pain???
    Ok about 9 mths ago I started to get this pain in my groin area and lots of cramps in my lower stomach. I have the Mirena IUD also. Anyways the pain has been getting worse and worse like everyday allday and then last week I started to bleed clots. At my last CT scan they found a cyst on my ovary and it was about 2-4 cm. The pain is only brought on when standing or walking. I have had lots of ultrasounds and ct's done and they finally found this. COuld the pain be from the cyst? I have felt nausea and all the symptoms above. If it was there before why wasn't it found? What can be done now? Also my blood work showed elivated white count? PLEASE HELP. I have dr tomorrow and I am freaking out and I just don't feel good. Also I have been having fevers off and on.
    I have had the IUD for 2 yrs and the pains started 9 mths ago. Could that be it? If so why would it wait over a yr to start. TIA

    • ANSWER:
      There is no substitute for the doctor but I'll share some info with you. There is a chance that your symptoms could be a side effect of the Mirena IUD - ironic since it is usually implanted to help with excessive menstrual bleeding and it's known to reduce the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease as well. Side effects are cramps, back pain, nausea. You didn't say how long you've had it. It's only supposed to be in for 5 years.
      An elevated white blood cell count signifies infection which would also explain the fever.
      There can be a lot of explanations for pain in the pelvic area. A cyst could cause pain if it ruptures or twists around its blood supply. A miscarriage would cause the clots and pain (doesn't sound like that's the cause though). An ovary can twist and that would cause pain.
      Make a list of all your symptoms and discuss your concerns with the doctor. Ask him/her if the IUD could be the problem.
      Here are some references.
      Good luck and God bless.

  21. QUESTION:
    Should I remove my Mirena IUD if I have repeated bacterial infections and ovarian cysts each month?
    I've had Mirena IUD since December 2009. I love the fact that I don't have to worry about getting pregnant while on the IUD but I've had some complications with it that affect my day to day life.

    Since I've had Mirena, I have had repeated bacterial vaginosis infections. I have been prescribed meds for the infections and changed my diet and the infection will be back within a week or two. My doctor finally prescribed me the meds to take "as needed" which means I pretty much take it until my symptoms stop and begin taking it when they start up again which is every couple of days. I feel nasty all the time. This is affecting my sex life, my day to day life, and I hate it and hate taking pills all the time. The meds have not helped that actual problem yet but only ceased the symptoms for a short time period.

    Also, About 3 months ago, I began having very, very painful ovarian cysts. This also affects my sex life with my husband and now I found out that I will have these every month when I ovulate. My GYN said Mirena doesn't cause these cysts but how can that be when I've never had them before and the Mirena company claims that cysts CAN be caused from this type of birth control?

    My question is, should I get it removed? I've talked to my doctor abou it numerous times and I can't get a straight answer from her. Something that keeps your body infected constantly and causes it to form cysts can't be healthy for you, right?

    Any advice or opinions are appreciated. Thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello i can't answer your question but i do have a few for u since we both are on the same method.Here lately my stomach has been bloated i have a lot of gas that i can pass my bowels where always regular but they are getting lose and then hard my back hurts n the lower part my left side around my lower back is hurting i been haven sharp pains shooting down my left leg that is unbearable didn't have that til i got the mirena.How do u feel when u get the ovarian cysts.

  22. QUESTION:
    Pregnant with mirena?
    So here's my situation....about 2 weeks ago I had mirena inserted, but before I had it inserted my period was 2 weeks late( however I still got my period before the iud wad inserted). The Dr gave me a urine hcg test the day of my insertion and it came back negative. I had the iud inserted and it was fine for the first week and then I started having bad lower back and prelvic cramping. Then a few days later I started having light brown spotting and have vomited two mornings in a row so I'm starting to think maybe I was pregnant when they put the iud in. Any comments is appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I highly doubt it. What you are experiencing is probably side effects from the Mirena really starting to kick in and adjust your hormones. If you were two weeks late on the day your doctor gave you the HCG pregnancy test and you WERE pregnant, it would have most definitely come back positive. All your symptoms can be explained by the Mirena. Have you read the packet that comes with the IUD? Here is some patient information on common side effects directly from the Mirena site:

      Common side effects of Mirena include:
      Pain, bleeding or dizziness during and after placement. If
      these symptoms do not stop, Mirena may not have been
      placed correctly. Your healthcare provider will examine you
      to see if Mirena needs to be removed or replaced.
      Expulsion. Mirena may come out by itself. This is called
      expulsion. You may become pregnant if Mirena comes
      out. If you notice that Mirena has come out, use a
      backup birth control method like condoms and call your
      healthcare provider.
      Missed menstrual periods. About 2 out of 10 women
      stop having periods after 1 year of Mirena use. If you
      do not have a period for 6 weeks during Mirena use,
      call your healthcare provider. When Mirena is removed,
      your menstrual periods will come back.
      Changes in bleeding. Youmay have bleeding and spotting
      between menstrual periods, especially during the first 3
      to 6 months. Sometimes the bleeding is heavier than
      usual at first. However, the bleeding usually becomes
      lighter than usual and may be irregular. Call your
      healthcare provider if the bleeding remains heavier than
      usual or if the bleeding becomes heavy after it has been
      light for a while.
      Cyst on the ovary. About 12 out of 100 women using
      Mirena develop a cyst on the ovary. These cysts usually
      disappear on their own in a month or two. However,
      cysts can cause pain and sometimes cysts will need
      surgery.
      This is not a complete list of possible side effects with
      Mirena. For more information, ask your healthcare provider.

      Call your healthcare provider if you have any concerns
      about Mirena. Be sure to call if you:
      Think you are pregnant.
      Have pelvic pain or pain during sex.
      Have unusual vaginal discharge or genital sores.
      Have unexplained fever.
      Might be exposed to sexually transmitted diseases
      (STDs).
      Cannot feel Mirena s threads.
      Develop very severe or migraine headaches.
      Have yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes. These
      may be signs of liver problems.
      Have a stroke or heart attack.
      Or your partner becomes HIV positive.
      Have severe vaginal bleeding or bleeding that lasts a
      long time.

      As you can see, the hormonal changes can easily cause most of your symptoms. Even though it doesn't go into detail, ovarian cysts can cause lots of back pain and pelvic cramping. I, too, have gotten sick to my stomach from having them they get so bad sometimes. It DOES say to call your doctor if you think you may be pregnant, however, so I would call him just to be sure. But keep in mind, Mirena can be hard on you for the first few rounds of your period. Good luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    pregnancy? or normal symptoms after IUD removal.?
    okay so i was having some pains with my IUD so the doctor and i decided to remove it. it wasn't coming out easy and hurt like hell.. turns out it embedded itself into my uterus. they pulled it out with a final tug. (i felt a pluck as it detached itself.) well.. I've been feeling weird since before they took it out. my boobs have grown two sizes and are sore, my back hurts, nausea, food aversions, strange dreams, cramping. i figured it was my IUD being stupid.. but it's been out for a week now and it hasn't let up. i also still have some pain around where it was stuck in my uterus. well i just found out when an iud implants its self into your uterus.. it can make it stop working... i had sex once the entire time it was in. it was unprotected.. definitely unplanned out of no where sex. now I'm really freaked out. I'm a single mom (it was a bf i slept with and we ended it not long after that..) with two kids... i can't have another baby now! i thought i was protected. I have ovarian cysts its suppose to be hard to get pregnant and this would make two broken condom and a birth control malfunction!

    has anyone had symptoms like this and it was just from the IUD?
    I didn't bleed at all after it was removed... are you suppose to?

    • ANSWER:
      I had the iud mirena and it made me bleed like crazy for ages and as soon as my body just got used to it we decided we where going to try for baby #2 so i had it removed and it all went well and the next day i had heavy bleeding for 5 days or so which i think was my periods but that's about it. We have being trying for more than one week now but cant test till my periods are almost due which is hard because i dont know if that was my periods or iud removal bleeding. Have you talked with your doctor? Maybe your doctor can test for pregnancy if it's not to early.
      While i was on the mirena i did have some pregnancy signs but that was just the iud.

      No not everyone will bleed after it has been removed! Everyones body will re act different.

  24. QUESTION:
    do you like the Mirena IUD?

    • ANSWER:
      the first 2-3 mo. suck because you bleed almost constalntly, but after that it progressively get better. That being said some women ( including my self) do have side effects such as irregular, heavy periods, mood swings, constent pms symptoms, and ovarian cyst and im sure theres more. The point is every woman is different, at iud will affect each differently. I am currently contimplating getting mine removed because of cyst. So peronaly... no I dont like it.

  25. QUESTION:
    IUD symptoms normal or pregnant?
    I had my baby boy seven almost eight months ago, and at my six week check up I had the Mirena Iud placed (5 year). I had one period after having it and nothing since, no spotting or anything, but I am exclusively breast feeding which I figured is why. The problem is, I know I am ovulating. Every month I get the stretchy EWCM, twinges in my ovary, all of it, but no period. I never really worried because I also heard it is normal, but this month I am feeling very off. I have been having period like cramps that are very faint, this is how I knew I was pregnant with my son. Heart burn which I NEVER get until I got pregnant and nausea. I have also been more tired than usual but that could also be related to having a very mobile 8 month old. I am very wet down there all the time as well. It is a cleary watery and milky discharge. I am sure that is normal but I just would like to know others had these same symptoms. I also started getting a pain in my right lower abdomen and in the same spot except for in my back on the right lower side, and I am breaking out really bad and have a really dry face. I of coarse am going to take a test but I don't know when to take it considering I have no period, but I also want to build some courage. My husband and I wanted to wait a few years before having another. So, did any one else get these symptoms on IUD?
    I forgot to add, my OBGYN had to cut the strings a lot because my husband felt them so much, so she decided to tuck them to side is what she said. I had my husband feel the other day for my IUD and he could not feel my strings but he said he could feel my cervix but not the IUD.

    • ANSWER:
      WOW I'm sorry your going through all of this. I had the same exact symptoms as you. Heartburn, fatigue, always feeling like you need to urinate, back pain nausea, fluttering in my stomach. Sounds like its a possibility of two things. Pregnancy which is more uncommon than the 2nd..A cyst. Not to be alarmed IUDS are known to cause ovarian cysts and usually go away on there own, I had one, and that was my reason for having all of those symptoms above. I am actually thinking about taking mine out, because I am having some other issues with it, I feel like it might be out of place!

  26. QUESTION:
    Mirena IUD experiences please?
    I've had it for almost a year. The first 6-7 months were fine. I had the normal symptoms of irregular bleeding/spotting. About 4 months ago my cycle became regular at every 29days, usually spotting for about 3-4 days. About 3 months ago I had a heavier than usual bleed associated with more than usual cramping ; it had me doubled over. (I've never been able to feel the strings from the start as they were cut too short & its now located in my uterus.) I didn't really take much notice to it. The following month the bleeding was heavy again & my bleeding days had increased to about 6days. During the following cycle I started to experience pregnancy symptoms ; fatigue, nausea, headaches, sore boobs, etc. I waited for my period to come & it was 3days late. During that bleed I passed some sort of tissue/clot. But I'm still experiencing pregnancy symptoms & I'm 24days into this cycle. I'm going to see my OB on Friday to discuss removal as its obvious its not agreeing with my body.
    Just after some experiences similar to mine & how your story ended up; did you get it removed, were you pregnant etc????

    • ANSWER:
      I had got mine Sept 2010. 2 weeks later had a period, and it stopped, then again 2 week later I had another, and this continued on for almost a year. The periods were never heavy, just enough to make ya feel gross all the time. I would also get ovarian cysts, which were very painful, and my OB said that the excessive bleeding will subside when the cysts go away. Well I was having cysts all the time and in a lot of pain. It caused severe acne on my face, not just pimples, but deep hard spots on my face. I finally had it removed July this year, and have been so much better off. It works for some, but for some it does not.

  27. QUESTION:
    i've had mirena for over a year?
    I have been having unprotected sex for the last couple months with my boyfriend and no period for the last two months. I have cramps like i will start but no starty. anyone else have the same issue? Been prego before n doesn't feel like last time but a little worried.

    • ANSWER:
      What your first step needs to be is go take a pregnancy test. If that is negative then your next step needs to go see an ob/gyn specialist. The missed periods and cramps could be caused from ovarian cysts. I was just recently diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome with the exact same symptoms; missed periods, abdominal cramps, etc etc. And you need to get on this asap, because leaving this untreated could lead to an abundance of cysts!

  28. QUESTION:
    Birth control mimicking pregnancy symptoms?
    I'm on the IUD mirena (had it since last feb) I get my period every 5 or so months (I spot for an hour)
    Anyways, lately I've been extremely tired, I get little waves of nausea, I'm crampy which normally I never am and tonight I have experienced acid reflex (I had that bad with my last pregnancy) I've gained about 5lbs this month too.

    I don't use protection other than my birth control and my husband finishes inside me every time (1-3 times a week)

    Could this be my birth control playing a trick on me or sound pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend that you find a way to get a test ASAP! Go to a pregnancy center or health clinic where you can get a test for free. There are a lot higher risks to a pregnancy w/ an IUD than there are with a normal pregnancy. For instance there is a very high risk of tubal pregnancy. So the sooner the better to get tested. you can get a test at Wal-Mart for .99 cents better to be safe then sorry.

      The Minena Intrauterine System is thought to be very effective, with less than a 1% failure rate for perfect users. However, this number does not include women whose IUD fell out of place, which is a possible problem in the first few months after insertion.

      no method is 100% effective, some women using Mirena will become pregnant. When this happens, one possibility is a septic abortion (infection in the uterus while pregnant), which is a leading cause of maternal death around the world. If pregnancy should occur with a Mirena IUS in place, it should be removed. This removal process may result in a miscarriage. However, not removing the device also increases the risk of miscarriage, as well as infection, premature labor and premature delivery. When pregnancy continues with Mirena in the uterus, long-term effects on the unborn child are unknown. Because synthetic hormones are being released right into the uterus, birth defects, and infant health problems are a possibility.

      Common side-effects of the Mirena IUS include cramps, dizziness, or feeling faint while the IUD is being inserted. Sometimes, the cramping involves severe pain. Changes in menstrual bleeding are common. Women may have bleeding and spotting between periods, especially during the first few months. Sometimes the bleeding is heavier than usual, however, the bleeding usually becomes lighter than usual and may become irregular. Mirena makes the lining of the uterus thin, and this thinning causes lighter periods. Twenty percent of women completely stop having periods after using Mirena for a year.

      One common problem experienced by Mirena users is the development of a cyst on the ovary. About 10% of women using Mirena will develop an ovarian cyst. These cysts may disappear on their own in a month or two. However, cysts can cause pain and sometimes will need surgery.

      be safe take care of your self.

      go get a test now just to be safe! :)

  29. QUESTION:
    Currently on Mirena, Can I be Pregnant?
    I have a 2 year old and I have been on mirena for 2 years. Since my period started at age 11, I have never missed a period; the only time my period was missed, was when I was prego. Since mirena inception, I have had a normal period every month for 2 years. My last period was July 3rd, 2010; I am 2 months late with not even spotting. My tummy is extremely bloated but only near my uterus and lower abdominal area. I have not had any other pregnancy symptoms other than my increased appeitie. Although I have been bloated, I have not gained any weight. I aked my doctor, and she said that many women stop having a period after a year so I should be fine. Sometimes, it even feels like something is moving inside of me. Am I pregnant or Paranoid? HEEELLLP!!!
    I took 2 pregnancy tests 2 weeks ago & they came out negative. A friend of mine went to the doctors 2 times & took 5 pregnancy test of which all said negative. she went a 3rd time to the doctor & they told her she was 4 months pregnant. Another friend of mine had a similar situation. I am afraid I can still be pregnant but if I wait to long to seek prenatal care, I could have a miscarriage or become infertile.
    I took 2 pregnancy tests 2 weeks ago & they came out negative. A friend of mine went to the doctors 2 times & took 5 pregnancy test of which all said negative. she went a 3rd time to the doctor & they told her she was 4 months pregnant. Another friend of mine had a similar situation. I am afraid I can still be pregnant but if I wait to long to seek prenatal care, I could have a miscarriage or become infertile.

    • ANSWER:
      Take a pregnancy test. It's the only way you'll know if you're pregnant. Yes,mirena does stop most women from having a period,and the stuff you list are normal side effects that all commonly occur in the first year. Take a test. Pregnancy can happen on mirena. It can also cause ovarian cysts. Here's some info you should have known before deciding if it was the right bc for you.

      EDIT-if that's the case,I'd find a dr that will do an ultrasound.
      # Although uncommon, pregnancy while using Mirena can be life threatening and may result in loss of pregnancy or fertility.
      # Ovarian cysts may occur and usually disappear.
      # Bleeding and spotting may increase in the first few months and continue to be irregular. Periods over time may become shorter, lighter or even stop.

  30. QUESTION:
    Mirena side effects? (Painful period)?
    I just had the Mirena IUD installed 7 days ago. (I have not had any kids, so the expulsion rate is higher.) The installation was painful, and I had minor menstrual-like cramping for about 2 hours afterwards, but the cramping went away after that.
    Now, I'm on my period, and it's the most painful period I've ever had. My periods have been getting worse over the past few months, but I fear that it may have something to do with the Mirena. I just checked my strings and they seemed long, though it's hard to tell because they're usually coiled. I also just had a quick, sharp cramp in my abdomen that felt unusual.

    Is this normal? Or should I contact my doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      First (not in a mean way), but do you know why Mirena isn't recommended for women who haven't had a child? It's because it is a little larger than the other IUD ParaGard. That being so your cervix needs to be open more (like in a woman who has had a child). So no wonder it was a painful insertion. And personally I don't think any heath care professional that cared about their patients heath would have inserted Mirena in a woman that hasn't had a child.

      "Mirena is recommended for women who have had a child."

      http://www.mirena-us.com/faqs/index.jsp#isi

      "You may experience pain, bleeding or dizziness during and after placement. If these symptoms do not pass 30 minutes after placement, Mirena may not have been placed correctly."

      "The threads are the only part of Mirena you should feel when Mirena is in your uterus."

      "For the first 3 to 6 months, your monthly period may become irregular and the number of bleeding days may increase at first. You may also have frequent spotting or light bleeding. A few women have heavy bleeding during this time. After your body adjusts, the number of bleeding days is likely to lessen, and you may even find that your periods stop altogether. In some women with heavy bleeding, the total blood loss per cycle progressively decreases with continued use. The number of spotting and bleeding days may initially increase but then typically decreases in the months that
      follow"

      "The most common adverse reactions reported in clinical trials (> 10% users) are uterine/vaginal bleeding alterations (51.9%), amenorrhea (23.9%), intermenstrual bleeding and spotting (23.4%), abdominal/pelvic pain (12.8%) and ovarian cysts (12%)."

      So since you have been experiencing pain you should call your heath care provider. And this is just personally, but I really believe that any heath care provider that cared about your health wouldn't have put in Mirena in you haven't had a child yet. The IUD Mirena is a little larger than ParaGard thus recommended for women that have had a child and their cervix is more open so there is easier insertion and less chance of it being expelled from them.

      I suggest that even if your health care provider says you are fine that you get a second opinion (which is always good to get) from either Planned Parenthood or a women's health clinic. You don't have to go, you can just call and ask them.

      Good luck

  31. QUESTION:
    Side effects of mirena iud?
    I had the mirena inserted a month or so ago after i had my third child. For some reason now i have been getting headaches and i have been extremely tired! Also it hurts to have intercourse my doctor swears there are no side effects but i dont believe him considering he is promoting this thing all over his office, has any one else experienced symptoms like this.I also feel like i am gaining weight!

    • ANSWER:
      "Side Effects:
      Women may experience side effects, but in most cases, they will go away after the first few weeks to months. These include:

      * Changes to menstrual flow and spotting between first few periods
      * Lower abdominal pain and/or back pain
      * Nausea
      * Acne
      * Headaches
      * Mood changes
      * Breast tenderness
      * Ovarian cysts have been diagnosed in about 12 percent of Mirena users. In most cases, they disappeared spontaneously during 2 to 3 months of observation"

  32. QUESTION:
    side effect of MIRENA? please help...?
    I had the IUD Mirena put in on Jan. 9th. I've been lightly bleeding ever since which I think is normal. But last night during intercourse I had really bad lower abdominal pains and had to stop. The pain was so intense after about 3 minutes I felt like I was going to vomit and I did repeatedly. I finally made it to the shower and took a really hot shower for about twenty minutes. I was barely able to stand and mylower back hurt also. I went to sleep after and this morning my stomach still has dull aching pains. I did read 1 in 10 woman using Mirena develop cysts on there ovaries that can be painful, But there was nothing about vomiting. years ago I was diagnosed with poly cystic ovarian syndrome and I used to get cysts that bursts on there own and it was the same kind of pain as I had last night. Could Mirena bring that upon me again. I've had 2 children and no symptoms of PCOS since. My female doctor is not on call today and the male doctor on call doesnt seem to know much about Mirena

    • ANSWER:
      You need to find a doctor right away. The Mirena may have punctured your uterus.

  33. QUESTION:
    MIRENA iud?
    I just had it put in about a week ago. I have no idea how to feel for the strings ????
    And what kind of side effects are there?

    • ANSWER:
      MIRENA IUD - Side effects:

      There can be some spotting during the first months of use, and menstrual problems are the most commonly reported side effects.

      Some women stop getting periods altogether in the months following the insertion of Mirena. Other changes in bleeding patterns include shorter or longer menstrual periods, heavy flow and painful periods. Any concerns should be discussed with the doctor who inserted it.

      Other reported problems include headache, lower abdominal pain, back pain, skin disorders, vaginal discharge, benign breast problems, vaginitis, depression, mood changes, nausea. Other isolated side effects reported included weight gain, hair loss, greasy hair, increase in hair growth (hirsutism). These are rare side effects and need to be balanced against the advantages of good worry-free contraception which is reversible.

      There is a risk of pelvic infection from using Mirena but studies suggest the risk is lower with this system than copper IUDs. There is a higher risk of pelvic infections with multiple sexual partners.

      The device can be fully or partially expelled from the uterus, and symptoms of this can include bleeding or pain. However, some women experience no symptoms with expulsion.

      Very rarely, the cervix or uterine corpus can be perforated during insertion.

      There is also a low risk of ectopic pregnancy. Women with lower pelvic pain in conjunction with missed periods should seek medical advice.

      A condition known as "delayed follicular artresia" can occur in rare cases. In these cases the release of egg follicles is delayed and the follicles continue to grow and they cannot be distinguished from ovarian cysts. Some can cause pelvic pain and rarely surgery is required.

      It is possible for the threads on the device to become lost. Pregnancy must be excluded in this case. It is possible for them to be drawn up into the uterus and for them to reappear during the next period. If they are not found, the device may have come out. An ultrasound may be necessary to determine this.

  34. QUESTION:
    Chances of getting pregnant with Mirena IUD?
    The last couple weeks or so I've been having a lot of weird stuff happen to me. I have an IUD which comes with an irregular period but mine have been coming frequently and very light. I am getting insanely dizzy and nausea, throughout the day, everyday. I've had a headache for the past two weeks non stop. (I have ADHD and am on Adderall which also give you the previous symptoms but they feel 10x worse lately) I thought i had a bladder infection for a while bc lately I've been urinating about every hour or two, when i used to go once every 6-8 hours. And I've been very tired lately, especially in the morning when i have no excuse to be tired.

    • ANSWER:
      The Minena Intrauterine System is thought to be very effective, with less than a 1% failure rate for perfect users. However, this number does not include women whose IUD fell out of place, which is a possible problem in the first few months after insertion.

      no method is 100% effective, some women using Mirena will become pregnant. When this happens, one possibility is a septic abortion (infection in the uterus while pregnant), which is a leading cause of maternal death around the world. If pregnancy should occur with a Mirena IUS in place, it should be removed. This removal process may result in a miscarriage. However, not removing the device also increases the risk of miscarriage, as well as infection, premature labor and premature delivery. When pregnancy continues with Mirena in the uterus, long-term effects on the unborn child are unknown. Because synthetic hormones are being released right into the uterus, birth defects, and infant health problems are a possibility.

      Common side-effects of the Mirena IUS include cramps, dizziness, or feeling faint while the IUD is being inserted. Sometimes, the cramping involves severe pain. Changes in menstrual bleeding are common. Women may have bleeding and spotting between periods, especially during the first few months. Sometimes the bleeding is heavier than usual, however, the bleeding usually becomes lighter than usual and may become irregular. Mirena makes the lining of the uterus thin, and this thinning causes lighter periods. Twenty percent of women completely stop having periods after using Mirena for a year.

      One common problem experienced by Mirena users is the development of a cyst on the ovary. About 10% of women using Mirena will develop an ovarian cyst. These cysts may disappear on their own in a month or two. However, cysts can cause pain and sometimes will need surgery.

      Take care hun

  35. QUESTION:
    How long did it take for your endometriosis symptoms to return after you gave birth?
    Before I got pregnant, my doctor suspected I had endometriosis. I had chronic pelvic pain for over a yr. It began when I got the Mirena IUD inserted and got steadily worse even after it was removed. I saw 3 different doctors and they ruled out infection and any damage from the IUD. Anti-inflammatories didnt help. It was extreme, extreme pain that interfered with my life.

    Anyway, the doctor said he had ruled out everything else and had to assume it was endometriosis. He wanted me to start treatment with Birth control to see if it would improve. I decided to start trying for a baby instead because we really wanted a family. When I had my c-section, I asked the doctor to look around and see if he saw any sign of endometriosis but he said its hard to tell with that kind of surgery being that its not exploratory or diagnostic.

    So I had my son 8 weeks ago. Throughout the pregnancy I was completely pain free and I first suspected I was pregnant because the pain was gone. About a week ago, the dull aching pain has returned and its getting steadily worse.

    Anyone with endometriosis: does this sound like you? Or does anyone have any other ideas? BTW, Im on the Nuvaring now and its not improving the pain any.
    Well I have thought about the pill but Im terrible at taking them every day and I dont want to have another baby for a couple of yrs. The Nuvaring releases the same hormones as the pill anyway so Im sure it does the same thing. Ive only had it in a month though.

    • ANSWER:
      My cousin had endo, and the symptoms improved after child birth.

      If i were you, i'd go back to the docs and get them to do a laparoscopy to check for endo, and ovarian cysts. If it is endo, they may be able to remove some of it and lessen the pain. Also, have you thought about going on the pill? You may not want to for breast feeding reasons, but you can't be in pain all the time.

  36. QUESTION:
    Pain in right ovary with Mirena?
    I had Mirena put in July 10. 2011 that day I had cramping and I was bleeding for about 1 month and a half. Then it would come back after sex. Then one night I had this pain near my right ovary and it was tender to the touch I thought I could feel a lump in there I stayed awake with the pain and then fell asleep all of a sudden and it was gone the next day I got my period I guess that last over a week and it hasn't happened since. I haven't gone to a doctor because I don't have insurance, I did when I got it but not anymore. I can still feel the strings and haven't had a period since then. I just want to hear others experiences with Mirena. I have also gained a lot of weight and I hate this.

    • ANSWER:
      It could have been an ovarian cyst. They can be very painful, but after they "pop" (which mine did), the pain, pressure, and other symptoms go away. They sometimes redevelop, though, so the pain may be recurring.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-cysts/DS00129/DSECTION=symptoms

  37. QUESTION:
    I am on the mirena, pregnancy symptoms but a negative result.?
    I have been on the mirena over 4 1/2 yrs. Lately my stomach has grown, I lost weight, and has been experiencing symptoms. I am tired more breast bigger and ache, mood swings, a little nausea, and lost of appetite. I took pregnancy test at home and doctors office which both came up negative. The doctor said my uterus is swollen and order me an ultrasound...Could the mirena affect the pregnancy test.

    • ANSWER:
      Mirena does not affect the body's ability to produce the pregnancy hormone if you were in fact pregnant. It is very very very unlikely you are pregnant. An ovarian cyst is far more likely.

  38. QUESTION:
    Mirena irritation! Help!!?
    So I've had the mirena for close to two years now...had some real problems at the beginning including constant spotting and ovarian cysts that ended up getting fairly large and then everything was dandy for about a year. About five months ago I started noticing some weird female issues. My discharge starting getting heavier and white..almost yeast like and then there would be occasional itching that seemed yeast like along with these horrible cramps that would pretty much leave me curled up in a ball. went to the docs about a month ago and she did the spectrum of tests for std's and looked for yeast but didn't find anything. She gave me diflucan to use just in case. Obviously didn't work. the itching and cramping would go away for a few days but then I would start spotting light brown for a day or two and then maybe for a day I would be fine. it's an awful mix of these symptoms. now for the past month i've had these what look like cuts right around the side of my labia. both side, smae spot. looks whitish and red and itches like crazy! I've tried yeast meds otc, the pills, ky jelly, vagisil, nothing is working. still having the cramps with it and i'm just wondering if this sounds familiar to anyone. could this be from the mirena after a year and a half or does this sound like something else...if so what?? I'm terrified of stds but my test resuls came back negative...what do i do?? I'm going crazy with worry and paranoia!

    Additional Details

    sorry want to edit i see where this got confusing...the cuts come about from trying to clean the white yeast looking stuff...it like tears the skin from being dry

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  39. QUESTION:
    Pregnancy symptoms but not pregnant?
    Hey guys. Im kinda nervous here. About a week ago my girlfriend started occasionally getting nauseous. But now its getting worse and worse. Shes also late in her period but she has the mirena IUD for birth control and thats to be expected. Shes also been peeing a lot and having abdominal pain. We always use condoms having sex even with the IUD and none of them have broken. I check every time. So we're not really sure how its possible. A couple of aites lead me.to believe that an ovarian cyst could canse pregnancy symptoms. Could this be true?

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  40. QUESTION:
    Does anybody else suffer from severe headaches with Mirena?
    I have been having pretty severe headaches for a while now. I just recently noticed that it is around the time i would have my period but i haven't had a period since IUD was placed four years ago. I started getting negative symptoms about a year and a half ago. I have severe headaches, extreme tiredness, have had severe abdominal pain, enough to be hospitalized for, Ovarian cysts, and the list goes on. I think i am ready to get this thing taken out.

    • ANSWER:
      Severe headaches are a serious side effect of Mirena . Call your doctor at once.

  41. QUESTION:
    Mirena side effects?? going crazy!?
    So I've had the mirena for close to two years now...had some real problems at the beginning including constant spotting and ovarian cysts that ended up getting fairly large and then everything was dandy for about a year. About five months ago I started noticing some weird female issues. My discharge starting getting heavier and white..almost yeast like and then there would be occasional itching that seemed yeast like along with these horrible cramps that would pretty much leave me curled up in a ball. went to the docs about a month ago and she did the spectrum of tests for std's and looked for yeast but didn't find anything. She gave me diflucan to use just in case. Obviously didn't work. the itching and cramping would go away for a few days but then I would start spotting light brown for a day or two and then maybe for a day I would be fine. it's an awful mix of these symptoms. now for the past month i've had these what look like cuts right around the side of my labia. both side, smae spot. looks whitish and red and itches like crazy! I've tried yeast meds otc, the pills, ky jelly, vagisil, nothing is working. still having the cramps with it and i'm just wondering if this sounds familiar to anyone. could this be from the mirena after a year and a half or does this sound like something else...if so what?? I'm terrified of stds but my test resuls came back negative...what do i do?? I'm going crazy with worry and paranoia!
    sorry want to edit i see where this got confusing...the cuts come about from trying to clean the white yeast looking stuff...it like tears the skin from being dry

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  42. QUESTION:
    I had my mirena remove last thursday due to lots of cramps and pain on my abdomen and ovaries?
    I saw 2 doctors. The first doctor removed my iud and she checked my utures and she said it felt tender and swollen so she gave me doxycycline. She didnt really give me much detail. She order some tests and she said my urine came back fine so i have no infections. Then i made another appoinment to get a second opinion and she checked me and said i wasnt swollen it just looked a bit red (irritated) she also did some test.and the irine showed no sings of infection. But am confused here. I been having lots of pain and cramping on my right ovarie. I got the depo shot so now am bleeding and the.cramping is just adding to my pain. I dont know what to here. I been paranoid of what could be causing this pain and i have thought of so many different things the PID crossed my mind and am terrified but i been testing negative for stds for the past years and now am so confused i hardly sleep at night thinking of what could be wrong. Someone please give me a peace of mind. Am going crazy here!

    • ANSWER:
      Since removing your Mirena IUD you may still experience side effects from the synthetic hormone, which may last for a month or up to six months. You mentioned that your experience pain in your right ovary, maybe you should have your doctor check for ovarian cysts since that is one of the known side effects from having a Mirena IUD. It might not explain your cramping, since that is considered to be another side effect of having the Mirena IUD, but it could be related to other problems from Mirena use. Research on Mirena side effects and consult with your doctor again and ask if it would be possible to find out more from the symptoms you're experiencing. You may want to see http://www.mirena-iud.net for additional information.

  43. QUESTION:
    could I have Ovarian Cancer? advice please!?
    Hi, I'm 23 yrs. Old, have had not so great health, but normally handle each hurtle well. However, the last 3 yrs or so my health has steadily taken a turn for the worse. This last 8 months about, being some of the hardest. Long story short, I've been dealing with all kinds of weird and painful, (some even debilitating), and scary symptoms and "disorders". Each new, various, "diagnosis" is starting to feel more like a new symptom of something much more serioud and actually involves everything I'm feeling, not just one or two things. I have had my gullbladder removed recently, been diagnosed with GERD, IBS, have a history of ovarian cysts, had a benign bone cyst removed twice in my left lower pelvic region, I have daily pelvic pains that can be so severe I'm bed ridden, lower back pain....etc etc....so tired of one diagnosis feeling right for one or two things for a small amount of time, but my gut telling me something different I have been doing research....and keep getting Ovarian Cancer brought up. The symptoms ALL fit for once. My question is how do I go about getting a doctor to test for this? What do I say? Because I don't feel like some of my doctors really listen! I'm willing to hear I don't have it obviously, but want to be sure....and if it isn't, does anyone have any clue what else could cause the exact same symptoms as advanced Ovarian Cancer? (Ps I didn't list all symptoms here, some are a little more personal. If you would like/need to know more of my synptoms or any in more etail feel free to let me know. Also I have the Mirena IUD. Can this cuase serious health issues after 4 yrs?) Sorry so long...1st time poster and just real scared and lost on how to start feeling better! Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you been through a lot.. First off I think you need to find a doctor that listens. 2. Have a pap smear done and that will tell you if you have anything wrong. If there is anything wrong they can biopsy it. You also mentioned you have the Mirena IUD I think you might want to have them check it cause I just read in a magazine that it can puncture your uterus wall and cause problems so you might be experiencing pain from it so don't forget to mention that to the doctors and make sure you get it checked soon. Best of luck to you and I hope it's nothing too serious.

  44. QUESTION:
    Testing for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?
    I'm 21 years old and have a number of symptoms of PCOS.

    My periods have never been regular, they've always been extremely painful, heavy, last for two weeks-6 weeks and really irregular. I now have a Mirena and it stopped my periods all together.

    I have increased body hair (which is the WORST symptom)

    Acne

    I've spoken to my GP who said that she thinks I most likely have PCOS. I've been on Prednisone on and off for the past 12 months for my autoimmune diseases. My GP said that I can't have the tests for PCOS done because I've been on steroids. My GP wasn't overly worried about it because my autoimmune disease is not under control and that's her first priority.

    I want to be off steroids and I would like to be tested for PCOS because then maybe they can treat my symptoms.

    How long do I have to be off steroids before they can test me for this? Is there any other way to accurately test for it?

    Thanks.
    Thanks, I'm normal weight too. I seem to have a number of symptoms that'd suggest I have PCOS. I had an ultrasound in 2009 to make sure my Mirena was in the right place and they didn't mention anything then about there being any cysts.
    Thanks Jellybean, I've had these symptoms since my period started when I was 13. I've heard many people being diagnosed with PCOS just on symptoms alone. She wasn't shrugging it off, she just thinks my current medical problems need to take first priority. I'm not on Prednisone all the time, just for flare ups, so for a few weeks at a time every few months for the past 12 months. I've been having these symptoms since I was 13, so I know the Prednisone is making it worse, but I don't think it's the cause of my problems.

    As for the Mirena, I have to go under a general anesthetic to get it removed as they cut the strings too short, so it's not as easy as just getting it taken out. If I could, I'd do it tomorrow. My GP has referred me to gynecology to organize the operation, but it's not urgent and will take at least 12 months. I can't take the pill because I've had migraines in the past. So it's either the mini pill or an IUD and the mini pill is worse for these symptoms. I'd be trying a

    • ANSWER:
      Dont worry girl! Im 21 also. and I too thought I had PCOS as I have acne and hair on places none of my friends do. Like my stomach, and feet. My acne is definately! caused by hormonal fluctuations. But hey lo and behold im pregnant for the 2nd time naturally, i ovulate every month, and i dont have cysts! So chances are you could just be sensitve to hormones and not actually have PCOS. You are more than likely just sensitve to the hormones like me. Just its easier for doctors to label people as PCOS.

      Anyways, Your GP can not say that you most likely have PCOS without testing for it in some way shape or form. PCOS if left untreated can cause endometiral cancer, infertility, diabetes, and heart disease. So she should not be just shrugging this off. I have taken Prednisone and I have looked into the Mirena in the past. I know a common side effect of Predisone and other steroids are increased acne and hair growth. So it could just be a bad reaction to the medication and not something that your body is doing naturally. Also the Mirena, releases progesterone. Progesterone is very closely related to testosterone. Which very well may be causing your androgen excess symptoms. So dont worry, it may not be you at all! I think your first course of action should be to try to get off the MIrena. I know its convienient to not have to worry about birth control everyday, but there are so many other options that you could be taking that could be better suited towards you. I know Yaz/ Yasmin. Block testosterone. After a year they claim to make your excess body hair fall out (although if you truly have pcos it will come back 6 months after stopping them) and they also improve acne. I think you should give it a try.

      PCOS can be diagnosed by ultrasound. I think you should call up your GP and request a pelvic ultrasound of your ovaries. Not all women have cysts on their ovaries who have PCOS. but the majority do have the "string of pearls" trait to them. It really cant hurt to get them taken a look at. Otherwise, I say you try going to your gynocologist. Maybe there is a way to do the blood work around the steroids. Your gynocologist would be more equipped to recognize the traits of PCOS.
      I am not sure what is the exact reason you are on steroids, so i cannot say if you can safely be off of them. However, maybe there is another one that wont interfere with the testing in the meantime. I would for sure look into a different doctor as I would not be happy with the answer that yours gave me.

      You could also try charting your temperature. Take your tempertature at the same time every day when you wake up. This is called the Basal Body Temperature. You can chart your chart for free at fertilityties.com and if you have PCOS your numbers will be all over the place. However, birth control would interfere with this and not give you an accurate representation. As you could not see when you ovulate.

      Good Luck girl, im sure youre fine. :)

  45. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for (benign) ovarian cysts?
    I suffer from recurrent but harmless ovarian cysts, which have resulted in frequent, heavy bleeding. The gynae I saw seemed to be of the opinion that these would stop after a couple of cycles and that treating the bleeding - the symptom not the cause - was the approach to take. Fourteen months later I am still getting them. I had a mirena coil inserted 5 months ago but this has caused problems of its own and as I do not need the contraception (SO had vasectomy) I would prefer to have it removed. Besides my understanding from reading about it on the internet is that the coil actually makes the cyst problem worse!

    Has anybody had a similar experience or does anyone have any advice?
    Mormongirl I think I mentioned seeing a gynae - supposed expert in the field. Didnt want to bore you all with how many times I have seen my GP in relation to the matter.

    I think what I'm really asking is am I going to have to have an ovary removed - its the left one the problem is with

    • ANSWER:
      In a general sense, "benign" means of a mild character that does not threaten health or life. Floaters in the eye are benign. They have no significant effect on vision.

  46. QUESTION:
    all the symptoms of being pregnant with no possible way i could be?
    so for little over a week now i have had constant nausea, occasional vomiting, dizzy spells and fainting, sore breasts and no idea when my last proper period was. i am sexually active but i use mirena IUD (which i am getting removed later this month to switch to the pill because i get really bad cramps from my IUD) so i know there is no was i could be and my boyfriend asked me to take a test just to be sure and it came out negative. i feel terrible all the time and its exhausting trying to look after my toddler and do house work while i feel like this but i have no idea whats wrong with me, i am so worried because this is exactly how i felt when i was pregnant with my son but i cant be pregnant is my body just playing tricks on me??

    • ANSWER:
      i had the same issues along with loss of appetite and pain in my hips... i told my gyno and she ordered me to do a pelvic ultrasound to see if i have any ovarian cysts if not she said it could be something with my bowels. she told me this happens a lot after having a baby. for me its only been 3 months and im getting these symptoms but she said that some people dont get them until years later... you might have to call your gyno and explain to her/him whats going on and they will let you know what you need to/ could do.

  47. QUESTION:
    Got Mirena and think I may be pregnant again...?
    My son was born last August and I got the Mirena inserted about 2 months later.
    It caused me to bleed a little off and on for the next 3 months and I had 2 ovarian cysts (most likely caused by the Mirena because I have never had one prior to that). I think that the Mirena has caused more cysts since then because of sharp pains in my abdomen (not related to menstrual cramps because I have not had an actual period since I got the IUD just the light bleeding for the 3 months following after I got it). Anyways I know I probably need to get it taken out because of the pain I get from time to time but I was waiting on our new insurance to start before I go back to the doctor.
    But a few weeks ago I started getting some symptoms like I did when I got pregnant with my son like sore nipples, increased appetite, breaking out on my face. I swear I even feel something moving in my belly at night like the fluttering feeling I got around my 20th week of pregnancy with my son because the fetus was more active. But that could be anything really, maybe I am just paranoid.

    Do you think the other symptoms I mentioned could just be my hormones adjusting or by now should they have adjusted to the Mirena (I have had it a total of 7 months)???

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  48. QUESTION:
    How long after mirena removal can i start ovulating?
    I had my mirena removed on oct. 29th, and i have been testing every day since nov 10th to check for ovulation and nothing yet. could this be a sign that i might have infirtility problems? i have had one child and she was concieved while i was on the patch. please help i am loosing my mind! thanks

    • ANSWER:
      mine was removed in august and i still have not ovulated yet, i have not had the EWCM stringy clear mucous, i am anxiously waiting for this, i have had 2 mirena s and have no children yet! i have had them in total for 9 years and a break of 2 months betwenn them, I think it will take time for the ovulation to restart for some as a GP i spoke to said that the symptoms i was having....vaginal dryness and ovarian cysts caused my body to almost go into menopausal mode and she said that if she were in my position she would have it removed especially as i does take time for fertility to return for some. The reaon i go tthe mirena was it was one of the few that would allow your body to return to normal as soon as it was removed,
      Hope your fertility returns to normal soon!
      Baby dust to you ....

  49. QUESTION:
    Do you like the Mirena IUD?
    I have had mine for over 3 years & I personally love it. The only symptoms I have had from it is ovarian cyst now & then but they only last a few days & go away. I was just wondering what others think about it. Also, if you do or do not like it please explain why.
    Thanks!
    Well I did have a child before I got the IUD. I am not sure if you HAVE to have atleast one child to get it. Sorry.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been wanting to get that for a year or two now. I was told though I can not because I have no children yet. Is it true you have to have at least one child in order to have that? I know this doesn't answer your question but hey. I thought I would ask anyhow. :0)

      Be seeing you.......

  50. QUESTION:
    Please iud questions help!?
    So i got my iud placed in 5 days ago today my boyfriend and i had unprotected sex. My dr said that it would take 5-7 days for my mirena to work. Should i have waited till the 7th day? Or am i fine. I dont know if this helped but my dr said if i didnt feel cramping or had spotting after the second day of placment i would be protected quicker

    • ANSWER:
      I'm being 100% honest with you here. I've had my mirena for almost 3 years now, and it sucks. You may be protected because you just got it, but I am telling you - GET IT TAKEN OUT! It causes fake pregnancy symptoms, ovarian cysts, constant stomach pains and it throws your hormones out of wack! Also, it can "travel" through your body - like it can go THROUGH your uterus and into any part of your body and hurt you really bad. Not to mention, I've have 3 friends get pregnant WITH THE MIRENA inside of them and where it is supposed to be. And I mean they all have it for a year or two! My husband and I use Mirena and condoms just to be safe. I lost my insurance when I lost my job, so I'm waiting until I get the money and having this thing removed ASAP!


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