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Removal of Mirena after 10 years

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Kazzabob Mon 14-Dec-15 21:52:00

Hi - I've had my Mirena for almost 9 years - my husband had a vasectomy about 4 years ago. At that point I went into the docs to get Mirena removed but my last doctor said there was no hurry to have it taken out if I was having no issues - which I wasn't and still don't seem to be. I get very slight spotting but nothing more. Question is should I have it removed altogether? Removed and replaced? Leave it be? I haven't had a period for almost 12 years as had my two children close together. Any experience/thoughts/advice? Thanks

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allypally999 Tue 15-Dec-15 14:30:36

I thought they were supposed to be removed/replaced after 5 years? Maybe you have a different version to me. I'd go with the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" attitude your GP is taking.

HeyMacWey Tue 15-Dec-15 14:35:34

Odd that your periods haven't come back. Do you think you could have gone through the menopause?
I'd want it out tbh. I wouldn't want a foreign object in my body for no reason.

Kazzabob Tue 15-Dec-15 14:47:46

I actually went for a health check at the docs today and asked - she's doing lots of blood work for hormones amongst other things and says I should have it taken out. I'm only 43 so would be surprised if been through the menopause already - but I would have thought I should be getting periods by now as its well over the 5 years it's licensed for. Any else not get periods after this length of time?

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Mirena9yrs Sun 07-Aug-16 15:52:18

I'm 34 years old and have had my Mirena just over 9 years and 1 month now. No periods in that time though I spotted for 3 days in January in my 7th year. I have the device mainly to manage pain from endometriosis which for me, works exceptionally well. The string has migrated which the Dr's are not worried about, just means for me it will need a procedure to remove. My Dr said as it's still working, leave it be. I wonder if anyone has kept one more than 10 years?

Jtruslow84 Sun 23-Dec-18 22:26:45

I’ve had my mirena for almost 14 years and just had it removed last week! I’m anxious about what to expect..

ChristmasHumper Sun 23-Dec-18 22:51:39

I had my Mirena removed in March after being in place for 10 years. I am 50 next birthday. I hadn't bled at all for the last 9 years. Wondered if I'd gone through the menopause. But so far had a few periods of various durations, heaviness and very variable cycle lengths. Not settled into a regular cycle yet, so assuming i'm now perimenopausal.

Stillinafter10 Fri 11-Jan-19 20:27:44

Went for smear before Christmas and nurse was not impressed that my coil had been in for 10 years. Never had problems with insertion or or over the years! I am 62 next month and they arranged appointment to take it out. Problem - could see it strings etc but couldn’t get it out, 3 attempts and a lot of pain. Dr said was concerned that she may cause problem if she tried again and wasn’t happy that it was painful so is sending me for a scan to determine what’s wrong. I’m really upset and worried I don’t like doctors and hospitals! Any reassurance from anyone in similar position?

L1minal Fri 11-Jan-19 23:54:17

I don't think you should worry too much, stillin, I had a Mirena in for much more than 5 years and quite frankly didn't want to have it taken out because it had completely put a stop to my endometriosis.

When I finally decided that I really had to bite the bullet (as it were) the GP doing the job grabbed the strings and they promptly broke off. She fished around with some instrument and couldn't get the damn thing out (ouch) so in the end I was sent to a clinic so they could do it via hysteroscopy. They had it out very quickly - it had got stuck 'round a corner' as the doctor put it.

I can't pretend it was the world's most fun experience but it was a whole lot less unpleasant than the GP trying to drag it out. I'd been horribly worried beforehand so the relief was wonderful. I was in and out in about 5 minutes. Hopefully it will be the same for you, and if you're sent to a gynae place remember they're experts who do this sort of thing all day, unlike the GPs. I'm a bit hmm that your doctor was surprised it was painful!

Stillinafter10 Sat 12-Jan-19 08:30:17

Thank you for reassurance I hope it is simple and quick!

MN12years Sun 27-Oct-19 06:18:08

Hi .. I've now had my Mirena in for 12 years ... yep 12 YEARS !! Ive only had spotting on a handful of occassions, I'm 52 and had hormone testing showing I'm not in Menopausal.
I've had no adverse effects (touch wood) and had an ultrasound last week showing it was still in the correct place.
My GP is advising to have it taken out, but I cant see a reason why (apart from the whole "foreign body" argument.
Has any one else been or is in the same situation ????

ELS223 Sat 07-Mar-20 02:59:27

I had my Mirena for just over 10 years. I had to have it removed due to having a series of strokes. I'm 52. I had it placed to help with my menorrhagia. I only had very light spotting a handful of tines over the 10 yesrs. It worked great.

It was removed 2 weeks ago and I have already had a period.

Ninlil Sat 07-Mar-20 03:48:25

Mine has been in for around 15yrs, I've had no periods but twice had a bit of spotting for 1 or 2 days a few years apart.

I am 55 and presume I'm in Menopause.

I've never had any issues with it but did mention to the doctor that it was still there around 5 years ago and she said if I wanted it out I would need to go to a family planning centre as she couldn't do it but it was fine being left in for now. I'm not sure how long I should leave it though and if it isn't causing any problems should I bother getting it out at all?

Toogramtogiveadamn Sun 08-Mar-20 21:09:42

I was told the mirena was a maximum of 5 years and had mine replaced after 5 years no question. I wouldn’t be happy having the same one in for 15 years

Momofthree3708 Wed 18-Mar-20 18:30:32

I have had my mirena in since November 2011. So I'm almost at 9 years now. I am 30 years old. I would spot here and there for a day or two every few months, but no actual periods. Until recently.
... Back in November 2019, I started getting my period again. I am wondering if it has anything to do with the fact that my daughter started her period. Because we both skipped a period last month, and now I have mine again this month. For almost 9 years I hadn't had a period.. and now I do. So I can't help but wonder.. is it because there is now another female with a menstrual cycle in my house, or has the mirena stopped working and am I at risk of getting pregnant? What are your thoughts?

Momx2forever Tue 26-May-20 10:32:49

I'm 38 and have had mine in for 12 years. I have a 19yr old daughter and 18 year old son. I have spotted on and off through the years but have not had an actual period. Starting 3 years ago I had to have a series of 4 back surgeries, well my neurologist and orthopedic surgeons where not happy about me having it in for so long and said that I had to have it taken out before I had my surgeries. The only reason I had it put in was also for my endometriosis, which it is wonderful for. In 2008 when I had it placed I had complications with the first one and it sent me into a for of labor causing me to have contractions and all, they had to rush me in to have it removed and ended up placing another one (with no issues thankfully), so with that being said I'm not to keen about having this one taken out although I did tell my surgeons I did 🤷‍♀️. If it's not broke dont fix it, right.....grin

allthingsred Wed 03-Jun-20 21:37:31

I'm 40 had mine in for 11 years. Off to.the doctors tomorrow had had a bit of stomach pain the last few weeks so thought it may be time to get it changed. I've had no periods since it was fitted which I was worried about but less so since reading this thread.
Does removal after so long hurt? Will period come back straight away?

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