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Mirena Coil - love it or hate it?

(81 Posts)
JiminyCricket Fri 27-Feb-09 22:41:32

I need to go for a coil fitting. Have had copper coil before and was happy with it (GP had problem fitting Mirena coil that time so went for other one). GP now recommending Mirena. I am kind of interested but wonder if I should stick with what i know I am Ok with, as have a low tolerance of side effects etc. And, on a more curious note, if coil has a good effectiveness anyway, why stick hormones in it as well? Any experiences? smile

TheCrackFox Fri 27-Feb-09 22:58:06

Love it, and it is liberating not having periods.

On the downside a lot of mumsnetters have had one and hated it.

diedandgonetodevon Fri 27-Feb-09 23:01:28

Hate it. Made my periods heavier and gave me period pain which I never had before. Also screwed my cycle when it was removed- 60 day cycles angry
Never again!

2shoes Fri 27-Feb-09 23:02:44

love it, had no probs(am on my 3rd)

JiminyCricket Sat 28-Feb-09 12:04:00

Mixed reviews, this is my worry...any more experiences?

Ambi Sat 28-Feb-09 12:19:35

love it, not had any side effects bar weight gain (though that might be the chocolate and chips)

expatinscotland Sat 28-Feb-09 12:25:52

Hated it. Progesten and I don't get on.

Spots, weight gain, irregular bleeding and bleeding and bleeding. Mood swings. No sex drive.

If you're happy with the copper, why switch?

CompareTheMeerkat Sat 28-Feb-09 12:26:29

Love it

I haven't had one, but was looking into it last year, and from what I heard I wouldn't advise you to change if you're happy with your copper one. If you do have side effects, bleeding etc, they won't take it out immediately, but will wait for months and months and months to see if it calms down (probably because the mirena is so expensive)

If it ain't broke don't fix it, I say...

christywhisty Sat 28-Feb-09 12:30:52

Has anyone been on duphaston (or any other progesterone) and had bad side effects and then gone on to the mirena coil with no problems?

brightwell Sat 28-Feb-09 17:53:24

Love it, am one my 2nd.

Molesworth Sat 28-Feb-09 17:57:17

Hated the bloody thing!

woodenchair Sat 28-Feb-09 18:10:48

Loved the convience, hated the side effects pmt for 3 weeks a month anyone?

choufleur Sat 28-Feb-09 18:12:14

hated it! got pregnant with it in!

JiminyCricket Sat 28-Feb-09 19:27:39

ok, I think I am going to go with copper - thanks all and glad to hear some people get on with it!

CMOTDibbler Sat 28-Feb-09 20:16:53

Love it - on my second, no side effects at all. But never had any problems with hormonal contraception either

QueenFee Sat 28-Feb-09 20:22:43

I loved mine for the first 2 years then the hormones started to affect me and I felt permenantly pregnant. I had it removed and be be having a non hormonal one next time. It appears that one of the advantages of the hormones is lck of periods.

MARGOsBeenPlayingWithMyNooNoo Sat 28-Feb-09 20:44:30

it's okay - no periods for about 10 now (had it fitted a year ago)

Cutiecat Tue 03-Mar-09 03:00:30

I had one inserted under GA at the end of Jan and since then had cramps and heavy bleeding for 3 weeks. I am just spotting now but have broken out in acne for the first time ever (all over face and back) and am up in the middle of the night for no reason. I am just waking up after sleeping for a couple of hours and cannot get back to bed. I am sure this is linked to my mirena. Have been a bitch and felt not like myself. I have also put on about half a stone. I am not sure whether to stick it out.

I did try the mini-pill once and it did not work for me so I am thinking that I am not tolerant to progesterone. Like Queenfee I feel pregnant.

I was advised a Mirena as I have adenymosis and suffer from very heavy and painful periods so a copper coil is unsuitable. If it works for you I would stick with that.

saramoon Tue 03-Mar-09 19:14:29

Hated it

oldcrock Tue 03-Mar-09 19:41:08

Find it OK - no periods at all, although still get the hormonal mood swings. And also have gained about a stone hmm

scoobi6 Tue 03-Mar-09 21:57:10

love it - no periods, stable mood. It completely took away all of my dreadful pmt. I didn't have any trouble losing post-baby weight once I had it put in - I'd been a bit concerned about this.

BUT the first few weeks were awful, I swung wildly between distraught, angry, depressed... went sobbing back to the GP! She was lovely and said it was unusual but certainly not unheard of, it would almost certainly settle down within a week or two, and she would take it out if I wanted. I decided to hold off for a bit and a few days later all was fine - have never looked back!

squeaver Tue 03-Mar-09 22:02:08

Love it.

Got it after getting v heavy periods (for first time ever) after having dd. Tried going back on the pill to regulate them but GP didn't want to keep me on it long term (I'm v v old). Very easy to have it fitted by the GP (but she's done a lot, apparently that makes a difference). Have had it for almost 3 years now. No periods, no pain, no weight gain, no side effects.

Cannot recommend it highly enough.

fod Sun 15-Mar-09 16:59:15

aged 41, had endometriosis and pcos since i was 30 and have had several hysterocopies since. my period of late were so bad i felt like half a woman. i have had mirena fitted 3 weeks ago, but have bled every day since, my moods are foul, i have period pain every day and feel bloated. does it get worse? am due to revisit gp in 3weeks. feel like crap.

mumtoloads Tue 17-Mar-09 14:01:53

Hated it.

1.5 stone weight gain. irregular bleeding all the time, no sex drive, server suicidal depression, acne, cramps, bloated stomach like i was 6 months pregnant.

Upsetting when I live a healthy life style. I has been awful for the last two years and only just realised what was making me feel like this.

Just had it changed for the copper coil. feel so much better love it already.

mummy6 Thu 30-Apr-09 16:12:19


rumor Thu 30-Apr-09 19:15:52

hi,im new 2 this so pls be patient with me lol,i had the mirena coil fitted 18months ago and after some bleeding my periods stopped ,,but last week i started spotting and again 2day is this normal?im also having tummy pains and hot flushes and my mood swings are vile lol hope someone can help

PlumHarrison Sun 03-May-09 09:03:01

Had the mirena coil fitted about 8 weeks for heavy periods and I am hating every minute of it. I haven't stopped bleeding, I feel bloated and am almost passing out with the pain if I try to do anything too energetic (I cleaned the car!). My GP keeps telling me it will 'settle' down but I am going to beg her to remove it next week as I can't cope with this anymore!!!! I want a hysterectomy!

FatGirlThin Sun 03-May-09 09:07:53

Love it. Had it fitted about three years ago. I don't get periods apart from maybe one day of bleeding every 3 months. I do still get the monthly mood swings but much less severely. I am much, much happier with it than the pill. Oh and I'm not pregnant grin

ElenorRigby Sun 03-May-09 12:27:02

Hmm my mirena has just came out, gave DP and I a real scare as we could not cope with another pregnancy.
Funny enough I lost weight after DD was born. Then after the Mirena was fitted I gained and need to loose a couple of stone now.
Maybe time for a rethink about what to use...

verylapsedrunner Mon 04-May-09 09:12:44

Love it

expatinscotland Mon 04-May-09 09:46:18

If you were pleased with your copper coil, and not experiencing problems, then why fix what isn't broken?

expatinscotland Mon 04-May-09 09:52:43


There's no oestrogen in the Mirena.

lalalonglegs Mon 04-May-09 10:43:38

I think it is brilliant. Had mine fitted about three months ago - no weight gain/mood swings/bloating but then I didn't have any of these within my normal cycle. Perhaps if you suffer from these anyway, it will exacerbate them but, based on my experience, I would recommend it.

woodenchair Mon 04-May-09 10:49:36

loved it and hated it.

loved no periods

hated being a psychopath for 3 weeks a month

AbricotsSecs Mon 04-May-09 10:59:28

It seems to be a marmite-tastic lottery of love or hate with the Mirena! I considered it, then thought: why risk it.

I would stick with the devil you know copper coil. I love mine

bramblebooks Mon 04-May-09 11:40:02

love mine!

MiserableMotherFlunker Mon 04-May-09 19:14:48

Anyone else noticed period type bleeds after sex with a Mirena? I have them for about a day each time - it looks like old blood (sorry if TMI!!). blush

MiserableMotherFlunker Mon 04-May-09 19:16:16

Obviously I don;t have sex with the Mirena itself - just DH grin.

boowhoo Wed 05-Aug-09 14:38:19

i love it best thing i have ever done i had it fitted over a year ago now i use to have really heavy bleedin now i dont at all i was havin a period ever 2/3 weeks before havin it fitted but worried as of last oct i have not be able to feel it but cant get it cheacked till oct?

runnermama Mon 24-Aug-09 13:44:04

Absolutely hate it: low mood, spots, pain, bleeding 3 weeks out of every 4(fitted 6 months ago). Having hysteroscopy wed as doc unable to remove in clinic..can't wait to get back to my usual self!!grin Just hope all goes smoothly wed. Have 3 DDs and liked idea of not worrying about contraception but mirena has been major hassle from day one for me unfortunately.

expatinscotland Mon 24-Aug-09 13:46:12

HATED it. never stopped bleeding for 10 months, no libido, mood swings off the charts, spots from hell.

better the devil you know if the copper one is working for you.

Kathrina Mon 24-Aug-09 14:08:30

I loved it until of May this yr it came away. After nearly 3 yrs of having it in. My periods were light and it really suited me.

runnermama Mon 24-Aug-09 15:17:53

expat-did you feel human again soon after removal?

susall Mon 24-Aug-09 18:52:37

HATE IT!!! Mine is coming out wed and I cant wait. Im sensitive to hormones and have had loads of side effects. The inabillity to lose weight is the most annoying but it was the suicidal thoughts that made me go to the dr and ask for it to be removed.

expatinscotland Mon 24-Aug-09 18:54:04

I was back to my old self in about 3 weeks after removal.

runnermama Mon 24-Aug-09 20:21:48

Susall good luck for wed..we should both be free of it wed night. Hurray!!

susall Mon 24-Aug-09 22:12:43

Heres hoping!!! They had problems putting it in so I am sure that its gonna be hard to remove and I will be like you and have to go to clinic or hospital to get it removed. It always happens to me if I really want something to happen it all goes wrong - sods law and all that. Good luck for your removal and heres hoping we get back to feeling human again xxx

marina46 Wed 26-Aug-09 09:47:09

Hey, i have a copper coil and although periods are heavy they only last for about 4 days max.

Cant have a mirena due to family history so am on second copper coil in 10 years.

Its very liberating being happy with your contraception so if the copper coil feels ok then id stick with it and not risk having a hard time with the Mirena and going back to the copper. Good luck wink

weegiemum Wed 26-Aug-09 09:49:19

I loved it ....

Until I got pregnant with it!

(had been pulled into my cervix after a smear.....)

Then dh got snipped, so no need any more!

susall Wed 26-Aug-09 17:50:10

Its out yeah!!! Took all of 5 mins and that included undressing and dressing lol. Now I hope to return to as normal as you can with a 8 year old and twins of nearly 3.

runnermama Wed 26-Aug-09 21:42:08

Good news Susall! Mine out too, what a relief. Wierdly quite enjoyed having anaesthetic as had best sleep ever then kept dozing all afternoon with no interruption from kids!! Sad or what?? However didn't like it enough to EVER have it again

anniebear Wed 26-Aug-09 22:30:19

Love it love it love it

No periods whatsoever

Im just wondering that when it comes out after 5 years can another go straight in lol

dont think you can go by anyones elses experience wont know how it effects you till you have one done !!

susall Thu 27-Aug-09 06:48:58

Glad it went well for you too runner
annie you are right there!!! We can all say what side effects we have had but there are women who have no probs at all. I was seduced by the thought of lighter or no periods but as I said to dr that was the only positive side of me having my coil. Will see how I feel in a few weeks but have to go back as dr wants to do a smear to make sure the cervical errosion is innocent and caused by the coil not anything else.

TheBolter Thu 27-Aug-09 07:24:34

Like it.

Dreading my first 'proper' period if and when I ever come off it, but still it is liberating not having to ever think about contraception.

Not to mention I haven't used a tampon in about three years grin.

Mind you I still get PMT sad.

granny2boys Wed 14-Apr-10 21:47:03

I had a mirena fitted 24 days ago. I have had slight bleeding for 19 days and now heavy bleeding for 5 days, not as heavy as a full blown period, but heavier than slight bleeding, if that makes sense!
My coil was fitted as I am starting the run-up to the menopause and my periods were very erratic, very heavy and very painful.... But now I have had stomach ache on and off ever since the thing was fitted, a dull achey kind of pain constantly this past 5 days or so.
Is this normal? Should I go back to the nurse before my 6 wk check-up or hang on and wait to see if it settles down? At the moment I wish I had never had the thing.

Telesales650 Fri 16-Apr-10 18:39:07

I have had the Mirena coil suggested to me to stop the lining of my womb growing after having two polyps and two large fibroids removed with GA. I have gone through the menopause it seems to me to be a dangerous time!

notevenamousie Fri 16-Apr-10 18:42:22

Loved it when I had it though it took the full year to settle down to minimal bleeds. However it took a long time in theatre to remove mine as it was embedded/ partially perforated.

orienteerer Fri 16-Apr-10 20:03:13

Love it (now into year 4)grin

trasi Wed 02-Jun-10 00:44:17

I had a mirena coil fitted in March. I had a period that day smile, and havent had anything since. Had a few stomach cramps to start with, but have settled down. I have noticed more acne, but have had problems with spots since i was 27 (Im now 35). I had treatment to get rid of the spots..but still got some, so hadnt really thought of that as a side effect till now. I have noticed weight gain, that i cant seem to shift at all...Im a fitness inst and do a class 6 days a week, sometimes 2, weight isnt shifting, bloating aswell sometimes, (but then again i do have IBS) I have noticed my mood can get really bad somedays...Im really angry, most of the time im thinking where is this anger coming from...pretty much like a timebomb just waiting to explode, teary aswell. My kids are asking me alot of the time if im ok and is there anything wrong, but there doesnt seem to be any reason for it. Urine has a strong odour and had a discharge, dr done tests, they came back clear of infection. I have also noticed a bit of bladder weakness, never had any problems there before.

Up until recently i was all for it, no periods..brilliant, not havin to worry about takin a pill everyday etc but im not so sure now, after readin other posts with similar effects as myself, I think I will have to be goin to see the dr to have mine removed also

Prolesworth Wed 02-Jun-10 00:48:46

Hated mine. Had it in for four years and it made me ill. Never again

pilates Thu 10-Jun-10 12:23:01

Hate it having it removed in a couple of weeks, I'm counting the days! Constant bleeding, large blood clots, painful, tiredness, very moody, brain feels like mush - basically feel like shit the whole time. Agree with the rest, stick to what you know and what suits.

sallyannie Fri 11-Jun-10 21:36:26

this is interesting. Im just about to go for my second but am going to seriously re think. Have endometreosis and it has helped with that for sure. However this trail has made me think that no sex drive and 1 stone overweight may not be me just something I have to live with. Maybe its the damn marina. will i risk the copper this time?

Elusivemoment Sun 05-Sep-10 06:16:10

Take painkillers before you go!

Hi there. I had the Mirena Coil fitted a few weeks ago. It's currently coming up to the time of my period and I started bleeding a little more than the daily spotting I have been getting (and a week earlier) and I have mild cramps so I have been doing a bit of reading on the 'net. I think whilst it's important to remember that everyone is different it's also good to be mindful that: you really need to give it 6 months (ish) to settle; if you are spotting that whole time make sure you're eating well, avoiding caffeine (sensible in any case if you have any kind of hormonal problem!) and taking some kind of iron supplement (there's a great one avail in health food stores and pharmacies that water with a high iron content - I don't know if I'm allowed to mention the name or if that's seen as advertising?); and you should look after yourself. If you're spotting you need to be hygienic... swimming probably isn't a good idea and making sure your partner is clean is too! As long as you're spotting you might be slightly more susceptible to infection because your body is still settling. Just a few thoughts.

Had mine in two weeks ago. No side effects. Weight loss, sleeping much better. So far so good.

mumoffraser Sun 05-Sep-10 15:39:20

I lasted 2 weeks with the mirena coil. Had cramping pains from the moment it went in, very heavy bleeding and I turned totally irrational like really bad PMT. Just couldn't wait to see if it settled down and had to get it taken out. If you are happy as you are I'd stick with copper.

NormaStanleyFletcher Sun 05-Sep-10 15:42:12

Loved it until I got pg with it in. DD just turned 4.

WhatTheFrack Sun 05-Sep-10 15:49:06

Love it, am on my second, no periods for 6 years, no PMT, no bloating. In fact DH got the snip last year and I decided to keep my coil in because not having periods is great.

The doctor when she was changing mine did tell me that it was a love/hate thing.

wigglybeezer Sun 05-Sep-10 16:00:55

I had mood problems and mild skin problems for 18 months with the mirena but it has now settled down, I wonder if the slow release mechanism releases more progesterone at the beginning and then tails off a bit until it is due for renewal, or maybe my body has just got used to it? I also have had spotting after sex (had a smear done just in case which was normal).

Euphemia Mon 06-Sep-10 16:54:21

I had Mirena fitted a year past Christmas and it's certainly reduced the heaviness of my periods, but I get PMS about 10 days before any bleeding: tender nips, water retention, spots, bad-temperedness. Tres sexy, n'est-ce pas? grin

I used to feel ill at that time of the month before the coil, so I suppose that my period mildly affecting half the month isn't as bad hmm

Thinking about getting the lot whipped out in a couple of years - sod this! I've been having periods for 32 years and I'd DONE with it grin

follyfoot Tue 07-Sep-10 09:03:34

Love love love mine. Had awful heavy periods forever, now nothing at all, its fantastic. Lost a stone and a half since I had it fitted, think its because I feel so well. This one's due to last another year and will definitely have another one.

Be prepared for what they call 'chaotic' bleeding for the first six months. Bit of a pain as you can get pretty constant bleeding at first, then spotting, but once its over, the freedom is wonderful!

christinamine Wed 15-Sep-10 13:53:47

I have just returned from the clinic as I have been having problems with my implanon. I suffer from migraines so cannot use contraception containing oestrogen. With the implanon I found I bled heavily and pretty much non-stop - that lasted 6months. I was put on cerazete to try and fix this problem but 3 months later and I am still bleeding a lot, slightly lighter but still an issue. Today I was pretty much told my only option was the Mirena coil. I am 22 and have a 2 year old son, having had a child the doctor assured me it was the best option for me but I am very nervous about the whole thing. I'm sick of of feeling unwell all the time but feel slightly forced into this "cure". The doctor talked as if it was a miracle cure, implied that I will cramp for a day or two then have no pain or bleeding till I decide to have it removed. Having searched the internet I'm finding very different information.... any advice?!

21again Wed 15-Sep-10 14:31:56

I had it put in Aug 2009 AND HAVE BLED EVER SINCE! been put on extra hormone tablets to stop the be honest its a beast of a thing and now the struggle to get the doc to take it out...when I mentioned it she was positively arsey...If I had my time again Id never have it put in!!

ModreB Wed 15-Sep-10 18:26:18

Love it. Had a copper coil before and hated it, now about to have mine renewed.

I'm resurrecting this thread to add my two pennies worth.

I had one in for two months, I had some problems, I gained over a stone, I had massive mood swings and pain on urination. Went to the FPC because GP was frankly a total witch about it and the doctor had a look, asked me to cough and it fell out shock

24 hours after it came out, DH said 'you seem so much brighter' and he's right, I can't believe how down I was with it in, it was like I had my own personal stormcloud every day.

Of course now I'm going through the post removal bleed. hmm But it seems to be abating and I've dropped four pounds in 48 hours smile

No more hormones for me!

jadesayo Mon 07-Feb-11 00:46:32

I have never posted on a forum before but I feel I really must as a result of this evil contraceptive called the Mirena Coil.
Thankfully, I only had it in for 8 months & to think that in that time, it turned me from a happy person into a monster, who was starting to think there was nothing in life to live for (bearing in mind, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children!). Was forever ttearful.

As well as depression, which I had never suffered from, i gained over 1 1/2 stone in weight - which no matter what I did could not be shifted due to a monstrous appetite for sweet & sugary food.

I had a constant bloated tummy, which led a parent at my kids school to ask when I was expecting child no. 4!

Nausea - similar to morning sickness.

Complete and utter loss of libido, to the extent that I thought I no longer loved my husband & might therefore have to consider divorce!

The last straw was when I started to suffer from debilitating back pain - such that I couldn't get out of bed without being in agony or get into the car, without my son lifting my legs in.

I only connected all these ailments to the coil after only accidently coming across posts, through researching what was causing the back pain.

In my opinion, there appears to be what could be termed a conspiracy by GPs refusing to believe that in some women the coil produces some distressing & debilitating side effects. I was practically bullied by my GP into having the coil inserted in the 1st place & then he refused to remove it when I asked him to - I had to bypass him by getting the nurse to remove it!

Have only had it removed for 4 weeks now, but already bloatedness has gone, feeling happier, although sex drive still low, not eating as much & my back within days of having the evil thing removed, started to get better!

Ladies, for some the MC works fine, for others like myself, it can become a living nightmare - all I ask is if you are thinking of having it inserted, that you at least be aware of its potential side-effects & are not caught unaware. I didn't read the info leaflet given to me after insertion - in fact I threw it away as I did not expect something recommended by my GP as safe to cause me so much pain & heartache.

Please, we are intelligent women, who know our bodies better than anyone, doctor or no doctor, so lets listen to it when its not happy and not allow our concerns to be dismissed out of hand by GPs!

FABFORTIES Thu 10-Nov-11 12:59:35

hey peeps!
had my mirena coil fitted last monday, feel so well im sure its come out!! can it come out after a bowel movement( tmi), grateful for any info on it!!

OriginalPoster Thu 10-Nov-11 13:03:22

I got mine two months ago, hoping it will help endometriosis. So far, irregular mild bleeding but am expecting that to settle soon.

Kirstylvsya Tue 06-Nov-12 12:35:04

I got mine in about 4weeks ago, swapped from copper coil as had heavy periods and awful pain. To be honest I would rather have the pain than the side effects of this horrible coil. Tired all the time, weight gain, no sex drive atol, terrible mood swings, angry all the time. Teary, I feel like I'm going nuts. All I want to do is sleep! I know it's early days and I should let it settle but I can't even wait I hate feeling like this so much. My check up is soon so I am hoping I can get swapped back to the copper one

Jestrin Sun 25-Nov-12 14:14:41

Ive posted on a couple of other threads about the mirena. I've had mine 18 months now and although it has helped with the heavy periods and pain due to endo it has given me a whole new set of problems. Weight gain, irregular lengthy periods that vary in flow. not to mention cysts and finroids! i think Im about to finish when I get another weeks bleeding! I'm now waiting on the results of a blood test to see if I'm perimenopausal or if there are issues with my thyroid or pituarity gland affecting my ovaries. In the mean time I am seriously thinking of going to my gp to get a second opinion and the mirena removed.

Jestrin Sun 25-Nov-12 20:56:23

Haha! That should read fibroids! I didn't spot that earlier! smile

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