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Tmi warning: heavy bleeding/clots after mirena removal(135 Posts)
Sorry for tmi but I am really worried as my Dr did not forwarn me about any of this. I had my mirena removed just over a week ago and last night I began bleeding excessively- to the point of soaking through pads every hour and going through to my clothes. I began losing lots of very large and solid clots too. I have never experienced anything like this in my life and wondered if this is something that can happen following mirena removal?
I haven't experienced this and can't imagine losing that amount of blood is normal. Are you still losing blood and clots now? I would ring 111 or go straight to A&E as that's where they're likely to send you anyway! You need to get checked out definitely if you're soaking through pads in an hour! Hope you're okay
Thanks for your reply isla. It's not nearly as heavy today but was frightening last night. I was wondering if it was my body getting rid of all the stuff it would normally expelled during monthly periods, but hadn't been due to the mirena? My periods before having the mirena were pretty horrendous.
My first period after having the mirena removed was like nothing on earth, I bled through a mooncup and gigantic pad, through my jeans and then when I realised and tied my massive padded jacket round my waist so I could get home without anyone seeing, I soaked through that as well! I can laugh about it now but at the time it was horrifying. Way worse than post partum bleeding.
It was worth it to be rid of the mirena though!
Watching with interest.... booked to have my Mirena out next week after only having it for 2 years. Was fine to begin with, but then started the anxiety, returning monthly period symptoms, lumpy boobs etc. I just want it out so that my body can 'reset' to no added hormones and see where I'm at like that. Am hoping the post-removal bleeding won't be quite so bad, but useful to hear so I can get supplies ready . Hope all calmed down this morning for you.
I have the copper coil and periods are heavier each month but the upside being no hormones. When you speak to your doc can you let us know if she/he says this was normal?
@Zgaze, how long did the excessive bleeding last? I'm really worried about going into work tomorrow!
It has calmed down today and the clots are not nearly as huge (they were the size of golf balls) but I feel so much better having the mirena out. I only had it in for 6 months and it was great for a while but then my endometriosis symptoms returned and as that was the reason it was put in, I figured there was no point keeping it. I also feel it exacerbated my depression. I developed a polyp and was told I have inflammation due to the strings! Never again.
Hope your removal is trouble free @MajorClanger.
It went on for about eight days in total I think though not at the scale of the first two days. Hopefully you are over the worst of it now.
I hope you're right! I feel like death! Am terrified I'll have a major flood at work. Did you get cramps too? Finding I'm getting them when I get the clots (sorry).
Yes, will update thread in terms of what my gp says.
It seems it's excellent for some people, but very troublesome for others. However small the hormonal dose is, it clearly effects some more than others. Keep us updated, hope no flooding at work tomorrow.
I would see your gp, if only to get a full blood count done as it might make you anaemic. Passing clots like golf balls I would estimate 50mls each and there are all the pads, by the hour did you say?
Sounds like it was much worse than a post partum blood loss, and that would be treated with drugs.
If there is no let up consider A&E as they may want to give you something like tranexemic acid to help with the bleeding
Hope it improves
The cramping will go hand in hand with the clots as your body/uterus working hard to expel them from the body
I would seriously consider A&E
My first period after having my mirena out lasted well over a fortnight. Pretty heavy too. Expecting my next one any moment. Hopefully it will be better than the last one.
I had the mirena for 5 years, had it out almost 2 years ago now.
My first few periods (maybe about 5 or 6) were pretty horrendous! They were very heavy and I passed some clots too. I wasn't prepared for this and completely flooded during work one day. Was definitely prepared after that! I used to go through a super plus tampon every 1.5 - 2 hours.
I was completely wiped out with them as well and would need to nap in the middle of the day for the first full day of my period.
They gradually calmed down but I would say it took a whole 12 months before they got back to normal.
Thanks for the replies. I really don't want to go to A&E as it's definitely not as bad as last night and the service is under terrible strain. If I'm still cramping and passing clots in the morning I will make an emergency appointment with my gp.
@watto and @cobee, I'm sorry you seem to have suffered the same way. It is kind of reassuring that I'm not the only one to have experienced this. I do wish we were better informed about the aftermath of removal.
Exactly. I had no warning that this could happen. It was only Googling that stopped me from going to the gp after 10 days of heavy bleeding. I've been taking iron supplements since just in case. I'm prone to anaemia anyway and bleeding like crazy for over a fortnight certainly won't help that!
@watto, sorry for the tmi question, but were you passing clots too?
No clots, but I have a clotting disorder so tend not to get them. Just stupidly heavy bleeding.
To all mirena removal sufferers. It's pretty poor they don't forewarn us about this as I went into complete panic mode.
Hoping it will have settled more again tomorrow and that a doctor's appointment won't be necessary.
Early night for me I think.
This was such a shock for me when I had mine out, nobody warned me at all. Clots the size of golf balls too! Google it, totally normal x
I didn't have a bleed like this when I removed the mirena myself after 6 months. To be fair though, I bled nearly every single day that it was in. I've had 2 cycles since then and periods not too bad although they have lasted 10-14 days.
Gosh groove how did you remove it yourself?!
I had simply had enough and something popped in my head really. Needed it gone and it was to be immediately. Didn't want to wait for an appointment.
Read up online. Squatted, got the strings and pulled really slowly. To be honest, was just like removing a tampon. No pain and it gave way very easily. No yanking or tugging!
Blimey, you're brave groove I think i'm too squeamish to attempt that myself! Have booked for GP to take it out a week today, so not too long to wait, but i just know he'll grill me (nicely hopefully!) on why i'm having it taken out after only 2 years (which i'd like to avoid if possible, even though he's a lovely GP, I hate having to answer questions like that). He was very persuasive in getting me to have one fitted in the first place and that took 3 years to persuade me.
At taking it out yourself!
Still bleeding heavily and losing clots, albeit not as profusely. Have got a doctor's appointment this afternoon.