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Mirena IUD reviews

3.9

16 reviews

Mirena is the most reviewed brand of hormonal coil at The Lowdown. Like all hormonal coils it releases a low amount of progestin into your womb, meaning low levels circulate through your system - this may be why most women experience few side effects. Plus many users have lighter bleeds or even no periods. Once it's fitted, the Mirena is licensed for up to 8 years as birth control and is also a first line treatment for heavy menstrual periods.

Every 8 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Mirena IUD

Mirena IUD benefits

Some of the benefits that are recognised in scientific research or guidelines for this contraceptive

Adenomyosis

Endometriosis

Heavy periods

Menopause

Period pain

Mirena IUD ingredients

Main hormones in Mirena IUD

Androgenic progestin

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Used for 12 - 18 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Side effects: cystic acne & overall acne, metallic vaginal discharge, low libido & irritability. It was difficult to tell if IUD was in place since the doctor cut the strings too short. Went into OB & Planned Parenthood, they couldn't find it and were unsure if it fell out. This didn't give me a great deal of security as a BC since I couldn't tell if it was there or not...

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Used for 3 - 5 yr
30 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

Insertion is extremely painful, but I'm so glad I did it. I went from having debilitatingly heavy periods to no periods after having the first one inserted. After my second, my periods returned but are so light I only need to use very thin and light panty liners. I originally got this as a way to manage cysts that were growing and bursting on a yearly basis. This has completely stopped and haven't experienced a burst cyst since.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
25 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  18th Jan 24

  •  Still using

Everyone will have a different experience, however from my personal experience, I have had the IUD twice, and both times insertion was very painful. With that being said it was over relatively quick and in the long run I can say with 100% certainty it was worth it since I can now have a worry-free reliable birth control. Knowing ahead of time that pain is a possibility during insertion can help you take steps to reduce it/ possibly take away some of the fear that comes with uncertainty. Additionally, I have stopped bleeding/ having regular periods, however I still have period symptoms around the same time each month, so cramps, acne, back pain, and tender breasts for a couple days. I hope that was helpful!


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
27 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  9th Jan 24

  •  Stopped using

I was put on it for endometriosis however it didn’t stop my pain and the loss of sex drive and acne did not outweigh the benefits


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
23 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  9th Jan 24

  •  Still using

I’m sort of neutral about this birth control. I have had years of trying to find an oral hormonal contraceptive that both helped with my excruciating cramps and didn’t make my mood terrible most of the month. I will say, this has stopped my periods most months so I’m not getting cramping nearly as often, however I would say they’re actually worse than before the mirena when I do get them, so sort of win some lose some. It doesn’t affect my mood though, which is nice to not feel dreary all the time. I have gotten a lot of migraines, which is something I ran i to with a couple different pills I tried in the past, so I knew that was a risk of anything that was hormonal. Sometimes OTC pain killers do the trick, but I almost traded the cramps for headaches. I also have never been someone that sweats much, and I live in Arizona, but since getting this I have horrible night sweats and have phases each month where I’m running hot all day and sweating way more than usual. I’ve never had this side effect from a birth control, so that one was unexpected but definitely manageable. With the convenience of not having to take pills in mind, I would say I prefer the IUD to any birth control I have tried so far, but I’m not sure I love the mirena brand itself.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
27 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5th Jan 24

  •  Still using

The main side effect was decreased libido, but when I started using the Mirena I had increased libido from using a birth control pill


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
28 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4th Oct 23

  •  Stopped using

I absolutely loved my Mirena for the first 2.5 years... up until my body rejected it and I began to pass the IUD through my cervix. I believe this happened because of rough sex, which Mirena and doctors say can't happen. Well, it happened, and it caused the worst cramping I've experienced, truly debilitating me until I got it removed. I then tried a new IUD and the cramps, although not as bad, returned, accompanied by terrible mood swings and emotional vulnerability. I was told my body wasn't right for an IUD, which is odd because it worked for 2.5 years! I think everyone should still try the IUD, as it was the best birth control I still have ever used... before I couldn't use it anymore.


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Used for 8+ yr
55 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  22nd Sep 23

  •  Still using

Easy to use especially for women that are in perimenopause because it can be part of Menopausal hormone therapy. I have had several through my life and recommend- very effective, easy and periods favorable!


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  22nd Sep 23

  •  Still using

I first got my Mirena IUD when I was 13-14 for hormonal-induced migraines. The insertion was very painful, but the cramping did not last too long after insertion. I had mild spotting for a few months, then my period stopped completely for 5 years. Last year, my period came back and has been irregular since. Overall, my period has been much lighter and my PMS symptoms and menstruation symptoms have been minimal. I also have noticed more stability in my mood and have had decreased migraines since starting my IUD.


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
25 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  21st Sep 23

  •  Stopped using

The Mirena was great for stopping periods- I was 18 when I had it inserted and loved not having a period. I did not know of any of the side effects and when I discussed with my doctor, she said that these were not symptoms brought about by the IUD (so she put me on medication to combat the symptoms I was experiencing). I decided to remove the IUD last month- my hair has stopped falling out in clumps, I’ve lost weight and am never bloated, I am never constipated, my sex drive and sexual function are back to normal, my skin has cleared up, my body hair is not growing in as thick, and I have not gotten any yeast infections, vaginal irritation, abnormal discharge or smell. The worst part about this IUD was that it hurt to get it inserted and removed and my pain and anxieties were not taken seriously by medical professionals- if this birth control is right for somebody, make sure you go to a doctor who understands what this birth control method is, what it can do (good and bad- it can work super well for some people), who might not be a great candidate for this (because some people just aren’t), and especially how to help their patients manage discomfort, pain and anxiety during the insertion and removal processes.


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