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3/18/11 11:40 A

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I've been on the Mirena since 2007 after my 3rd child. I love it. I've never had any issues with it. I like not having to worry about taking a pill or changing out my Nuvaring, which I also liked. You just have to find what is right for you. My DH and I have been together for 9 years so Mirena was a good choice and honestly I hate condoms! But everyone is different and every medication will have different side effects for different people. It is one of those times where you'll just have to try a few different things till you find what works for you and what you are comfortable with.

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3/18/11 8:37 A

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I also have had Mirena. I loved it. I had it for 3.5 years and then we decided we wanted to be open to the possibility another child, so I had it removed. I had a lot of pros and cons with it.

The big thing con, my libido. I had none. But, I had no idea it was the Mirena. I had it put in pretty much after my son was born, so I had no libido when it went in... so who knew it would come back with such a vengance when it was removed (much to my hubby's joy!)

My Pros: I felt like it was pretty easy to lose weight. My skin cleared up. My periods practically disappeared, one day-- every couple of months. My hormones became much more even. (I am such a wreck emotionally without it!)

There is another small consideration. When I had my Mirena removed, I had what is known as the Mirena crash. I had no idea about it and I went for a 7.5 mile run and it hit midway. It was crazy. One step, I was fine... and the next, I was in tears. I spent nearly two weeks in a complete fog. Literally-- I felt like everyone was really far away. Depressed, binging, horrible horrible horrible. Yes, it only lasted about 2 weeks, but it was bad enough that my hubby isn't sure I should do it again. I blogged about it a couple of times. We may consider a copper IUD instead next time.

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3/18/11 2:02 A

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I was going to say if you both do not want kids then maybe he ought to just get a vasectomy.. it is so much easier for them to get it done than us and cheaper too

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3/18/11 1:47 A

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I've had Mirena since 2008 and I LOVE it. I have had my 2 kids and do NOT want anymore. We thought about permanent, but thought I would give this a try. I love that I only spot every few months. I do not miss having my period. I did start breaking out, but I went to the dermatologist for some help and then have not had any other issues. I plan on getting another one put in when it is time. I don't want to get off it because I just love not having a period, makes life easier. Good luck on finding something that works for you!!!

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3/17/11 11:07 P

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Just putting my 2 cents in here. I know everyone reacts to things differently, but the Mirena is a hormonal IUD. I have had it for almost 2 years now. I am constantly grouchy and have almost zero patience, not good when I have a 3yo and a almost 2yo! I was fine on the pill, but I got pregnant with my son, and don't want to take that chance again.

If you think getting of hormonal bc is what you need to do, go for it! There is no reason to keep taking something that makes you feel horrible. Do what's right for you and your bf.

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3/17/11 10:36 P

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Shrinking i would go off the hormonal bc if it would make you feel better. That being said though I have had a trouble free tubal since 2000. Do let us know how it goes! Were behind you girl. :)

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3/17/11 10:32 P

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Lady. There is significantly less risk with a vasectomy (usually done with a local) than a tubal which must be done with general and is also very much more invasive than a vasectomy.

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3/17/11 9:19 P

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If you're absolutely 100% positive you don't want kids, would you consider having your tubes tied?

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3/17/11 7:40 P

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After some input from my lovely DONE girls, some internet research, a good talk with dear BF and a quick call to my lady doctor I have a plan.

She said that if I want to find out how I feel off hormonal birth control, do. It's certainly not going to harm me in any way to go off of it, just use other forms of contraceptive. You guys and my doctor also made me feel much better about using condoms for a few months while I give it a try.

And MOST surprising, ends up that for dear bf to get a vasectomy through planned parenthood is less than half as expensive as me getting the mirena anywhere... go figure!!

So if I go off hormonal birth control, and I feel significantly better, he'll get snipped.
If I go off and don't notice any major changes, I'll go on either the pill or mirena (I like being able to manage my cycle, or the assurance that I likely wont have one after a few months, just spotting).
I have my regular anual visit with my doctor next month anyway, so we'll discuss it further then. She suggested that because I've been on it so long, if I really want to do this right, I go off for at LEAST 3 months, 6 is better....

I'll let you know if I notice any difference!

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3/17/11 6:18 P

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I agree with everyone that says to speak with your doctor. I tried Mirena but it fell out in a week. Most doctors won't give you an IUD if you have never had children. I am like you, I love kids but I don't want any of my own. When you have never had kids the uterus is tilted differently allowing the IUD to fall out.

I was on Nuvaring and the pill but I never noticed any extra weight gain or any of the other symptoms.

You should sit down with your doctor to discuss the side effects your are experiencing and discuss what your options are.

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3/17/11 3:42 P

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I've had the Mirena inserted a few years ago, I've never gained any weight, no depression and no other negative side effects. I had it in because of different reason, not birth control but extreme heavy bleeding and it stopped it and I'm happy as a clam !

If you do have it done it's easy simple and fast. Go into the dr's office have it inserted she checks it and you're off to have a happy carefree life for 5 yrs, count 'em 5 yrs !! I'm loving mine and the freedom it brought.

Talk to your gyno and see what she recommends too you both may come up with for you and what you're comfortable with. Please let us know what you went with and how you feel. You're a Sparkfriend and we care. Take care !

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3/17/11 3:03 P

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Hi, LuLu! emoticon

I spent about 5-6 years dealing with side effects from the Pill vs. my mega-monster-periods, trying to find the best option. I came off the pill last October, and so far, drinking Yogi Women's Moon Cycle tea has been amazing for keeping my hormones in check (but I have to remember to drink it every day) and I use an app on my phone called My Days (it's free) to calculate when I am fertile/ovulating so I know when to use a condom, and when it's ok not to. BUT my husband and I do want to have kids in the near future, so I'm not too worried if I get pregnant. I will tell you that so far it's worked great, but I know it's not 100% guarantee that I can't get pregnant.

I don't know much about IUD's except that I knew a girl who had one, and she said she could feel it sometimes...it wasn't painful, but she said it was uncomfortable when that happened.

Being off of birth control doesn't necessarily make it easier to lose weight, at least not in my experience, but not being depressed because of birth control does help. I do struggle more with acne now, but a good skin care routine, the tea (again) and drinking lots of water helps with that. I had hair loss with the Yaz, and my hair stopped falling out and got healthier once I stopped taking it (I had to cut the damaged hair off first though). The libido definitely comes back, along with some other things I had no idea I was even missing! My boobs shrank a little though...LoL

I hope this helps you some, and if you have any questions I'll try to answer as best I can!

emoticon Good luck!

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3/17/11 3:03 P

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I got Mirena put in after my son was born. I had been on the pill when I got pregnant and I also found out that I'm at high risk for blood clots so I can never go on the pill again. The first 6 months were rough I had a lot of bleeding and lots of cramps. But after that it's been great. I'm a little parioned not getting my period and I always make my hubby check it's still there lol. The only weird thing is the past several weeks I've been bleeding every few days but just a little. Overall I'm happy with it, but you should talk with your dr.

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3/17/11 2:54 P

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Absolutely talk to your dr. about what you are experiencing. The things you are feeling now might have nothing to do with your birth control. thye could be caused by low thyroid hormone, etc.
I am glad that you realize that you don't want children and even more glad that you have a choice. My older daughter said from the time she was 5yrs old that she didn't want children. My younger has 2 kids and wanted them. Their aunt adores them and is wonderful with them and they are very lucky to have her. Kids aren't for everyone, although some people think they are.

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3/17/11 2:37 P

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If you are experiencing weight gain, depression and a low libido it's time to talk to your doctor about alternatives. I personally have an IUD that does not have hormones and I've had no problems. As with anything, there can be side affects - that's were your doctors vast knowledge comes into play.



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3/17/11 2:37 P

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The people who have the adverse reactions are always the ones who go around and complain about it. That's why it always seems like such a significant thing: "oh my gosh, all these women are having problems!" Well, it's probably 2% of the women taking this thing and the other 98% are happy as clams!

I have a friend with an IUD (not sure if it's Mirena specifically, but it sounds like the same thing) and she loves it. No side effects. Best decision she ever made. They cautioned her because she was really young when she got it (22 or 23) and I guess they don't want young women who have never had children to use it, but she was positive of her decision and has had it with no issue.

I say give it a try. If you have reactions, they can just take it back out. It's not like a hysterectomy where you're pretty much stuck with your decision once it's done. You can go back if you don't like it.

Condoms are 94-97% successful at preventing pregnancy, and Mirena is something like 98% or 99% -- really not that big of a difference. As long as you use them consistently and correctly, the chances of getting pregnant are slim. (My sister relies on condoms and hasn't had a baby yet - 7 years of marriage, lol.) Since your most fertile time is during ovulation, you can get an ovulation predictor kit to figure out approximately when you ovulate and just abstain from sex during that time, and use condoms all the other times.

Good luck with whatever you decide!

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3/17/11 2:27 P

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I am about to turn 27 and never had, no have now, any desire to have children. I love children, I absolutely adore my weekly visits with my baby niece, I just don't want to be a mom, and my boyfriend of 8.5 years doesn't want to be a dad.

I've been doing some research online into the Mirena, but came across a lot of sites where women had some pretty intense reactions to it. Namely extreme weight gain, depression, acne. Most women have no issues, but there are a lot of women posting on these blogs and forums...

Well then I started thinking. I've been on nuvaring for about 8 years or so now, and depo before that. I started gaining weight pretty rapidly at about the same time I started birth control, but never blamed the birth control. After seeing the negative reactions to Mirena I googled negative reactions to the ring, and realized I have a lot of the symptoms people talk about (hair loss, depression, lack of sex drive). My best friend said she reacted so strongly to it that she ended up going off hormonal birth control altogether, and still swears it was the best decision of her life...

I don't know what to do!! I really want to try going off of birth control for a few months to see if some of the depression subsides, if weight loss is less of a struggle, if my libido returns, but I'm petrified of depending on condoms for contraception.

What should I do?!?!

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