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Does it hurt to have the Mirena coil removed?

(44 Posts)
Bibiboo Thu 14-Sep-06 15:14:15

And if so, how much? I was told (lied to) about the insertion, the doctor told me it would just be like a smear but with cramping - the hell it was! She had explained the whole proceedure to me and showed me all the bits and bobs, leaving out the part where she'd clamp my cervix and I'd yelp and nearly pass out.
I've asked about having it removed because my moods are all over the place, my skin is worse than it has ever been, I have a cyst on my left ovary which has caused bleeding and pains and I have absolutely no sex drive whatsoever - which kind of defeats the purpose of having one.

I was told they'd just tug on the threads and hey presto! Is this true or will I have to have my cervix clamped again? <<cross-eyed emoticon>>

Radley Thu 14-Sep-06 15:17:51

OMG, the consultant also forgot to mention clamping the cervix too when she showed me all the bits and bobs, diagrams etc.

I'm due to have it fitted on Monday and DREADING it.

expatinscotland Thu 14-Sep-06 15:18:42

I'm so glad I didn't let them talk me into getting one of these.

The one time I tried progesten-based contraception was an unmitigated disaster.

trinityshiftingherleatheryarse Thu 14-Sep-06 15:18:53

mine wasn't very nice when it was put it and yes, it was just a tug on the strings and 5 secs to get it out

Bibiboo Thu 14-Sep-06 15:32:20

Thank the lord! I might have had it in for the rest of my life if that clamp was coming out again!

Radley, I wouldn't worry yourself too much. There are horror stories out there like mine, but before I had mine inserted, I had it on good authority from many women at work and friends who had it and felt very little. The cervical clamp isn't essential for everyone I don't think, but they really should mention that they might have to use it and it will hurt. I also know many people who proclaim it to be a miracle and don't have any problems at all, so I'd say it's got to be worth a try.

Good luck.

2ndtime Thu 14-Sep-06 21:19:40

I pulled mine out myself after years of health problems. Had many investigations over the years to no avail. Did my own research and concluded that my severe joint pain, hair loss, skin problems and weight gain were connected to Mirena. Whipped it out in a fit of anger at doctors for giving us contraception that stops us having babies but also stopped me having a life for 5 years.
Never felt a thing when I pulled it out and as if by magic all my symptoms disapeared in a matter of a couple of weeks, along with almost a stone in 10 days.
I would strongly advise against mirena. Hubby had snip instead.

Gillian76 Thu 14-Sep-06 21:22:22

2nd time!

I had my ordinary copper one out in Jan and it was far less of a procedure than getting it in.

2ndtime Thu 14-Sep-06 21:25:55

BTW when doc. removed my first Mirena after it had been in for 5 years she used the clamp to re-insert the replacement and it was the worst pain I have ever experienced. (22 hour labour was a walk in the park in comparison).
I shook uncontrollably for hours after and cried like a baby and had to go to bed straight after for the rest of the day.
I had 3 drug free labours one very long as I mentioned and I think I have a fairly high pain threshhold but no amount of money would make me do that again.

LIZS Thu 14-Sep-06 21:32:58

Nurse told me yesterday that sometimes the cervix goes into spasm after removal so they can't replace it straight away. Am hoping not.

Bibiboo Thu 14-Sep-06 21:54:46

2nd time!

Sorry to hear you had a rough time having one inserted too. I went straight to work afterwards on 2 nurofen on Drs orders. There was no compassion at all, she made me feel like I was a complete baby for nearly fainting. She didn't help to relax me beforehand either by announcing when I walked in "So, you're hear for the dreaded coil are you?" - lovely bedisde manner, don't you think?

Bibiboo Thu 28-Sep-06 14:43:17

Had it taken out this morning, by a very lovely Dr (not the cowbag who inserted it) and felt nothing except the discomfort of the speculum. I made her promise not to use the cervical clamp this time, and before I knew it it was all over. Phew!
I am of course bleeding and cramping now, but hey, if it gives me back my spot free skin, boobs I can touch without wincing, a sex life of some sort and possibly another boo, then happy days!

L1Z Sat 30-Sep-06 07:41:09

Hi Bibiboo,

Glad to hear your removal went well - it's loads better than having one put in!

I had mirena removed after having one for 2 years about 3 months ago. I had acne, my hair was falling out in handfuls, I was always bloated etc but the mood swings were the worst - it's like having constant PMT.

Anyway, just to reassure you - I felt completely back to normal within about 6 weeks. My skin is like a baby's bum and I'm happier than I've been in a long time .

Doctors tell women the mirena can't be the cause of these symptons because there's only a tiny amount of hormone in it. It's a load of rubbish.

DusK71 Wed 08-Aug-07 21:28:43

Hi gals..i have a coil has been in for 5 years (best thing i ever periods no pain!)
am due to have a new one but ALSO my smear is due...can i have them both done at same time??..(hmm)

chocolatemummy Wed 08-Aug-07 21:31:46

so would you say its worth having one of these or not?
sems to be very mixed

tutu100 Wed 08-Aug-07 21:35:27

Mine was removed by a very experienced GP who just tugged the strings and it came out straight away. I had about 5 seconds of strong cramping but that really was just as it can out the cervix. I did have a speculum in though so the doctor could see what he was doing.

The worry before hand was much worse than the removal.

DusK71 Wed 08-Aug-07 21:36:13

I definately have been pleased with mine..i suffered for years with painful heavy periods making me faint and sick..doc put me on pill at 14..this helped a bit..after first child had a copper coil which didnt! after second child i researched on net and chatted to a female GP who suggested the M> coil.had it now 5 years had no periods for 5 years and am happy to replace with a new one!

tutu100 Wed 08-Aug-07 21:37:15

I really should have read the other threads first before putting my message on. Glad you've got it out now.

chocolatemummy Wed 08-Aug-07 21:50:54

it stops your periods altogther? does it affect your fertility

asunnysky Sun 12-Apr-09 10:30:51

The only advice i will give is make sure you dont have to walk home after havin the coil fitted!
Im not going to lie it does hurt havin it in, but i felt if i was relaxed it hurt a lot less.
~ maybe try lavender oil on your sleeve
~take pain killers before hand
~ RELAX its fine!!
I had the copper coil fitted in feb 09, had a heavy painfull period in march but still waiting for my 2nd one any ideas why its soo late?

jadiebabie3325 Sat 06-Dec-14 17:49:15

hi i had my coil fitted in 2013 and thinking of having it took out now but very worried its gonna hurt just wondering does it hurt and is it best to go my g.p to take it out my self.

cavalier Thu 08-Jan-15 11:34:09

I would say its worth it if you have a decent doc and nurse to help,you ...I have it for my heavy periods and was overdue for a refit ...I'm on hrt so it was a must that I replace mirena .....without it i think hysterectomy would have been on the cards for me ....i am 51 now so possible my last coil to be fitted .....when I got home hubby bought me a hot choccy ..,just what I needed lol ....if the mirena was that bad I would have not carried on with it is worth at least a try ...and patience for the hormones to settle etc can't knock it until you've tried it and we are all different ....

DebbieaJones73 Thu 05-Mar-15 23:30:56

I had my mirena coil fitted October 2014 and having it removed on 23rd March. All I have had is pain pain and more pain plus heavy bleeding clots etc lots of cramp and now facing a hysterectomy. Wish I had never had it xx

Roo21 Fri 27-Mar-15 18:06:57

Me and my partner has decided to start trying for a baby. Went to my local family planning clinic, but they couldn't help me out. So went back to my local GP. But they want me to have a appointment first with a nurse before it being removed. Is this the normal procedure? And can they refuse me from having it out?
Also what's it like having it out? Having it put in was slightly uncomfortable but it didn't hurt. I no everyone's different but would like a heads up! X

OMGmetoo Fri 27-Mar-15 18:13:22

Mine hurt like crazy when I got or out, but it had been falling out and got embedded. shock My hands feet and face all went tingly as it was all so painful.

mrsrhodgilbert Fri 27-Mar-15 18:16:36

I found having it fitted slightly uncomfortable for about 1 second but when it was removed I honestly didn't feel a thing. Didn't realise the gp had done it.

Afraid I can comment on your other question.

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