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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.

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