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Mirena IUD vs Kyleena IUD

Mirena IUD

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Overview

Rated 3.9

16 reviews

Every 8 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 3.7

9 reviews

Every 5 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Mirena IUD ingredients

Main hormones in Mirena IUD

Androgenic progestin


Kyleena IUD ingredients

Main hormones in Kyleena IUD

Androgenic progestin

What Lowdown reviewers say

Benefits: What this birth control can help with

Adenomyosis

Endometriosis

Heavy periods

Menopause

Period pain

Heavy periods

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Mirena IUD reviews

16 reviews

Used for 12 - 18 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks 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
  •  26th Jan 24

  •  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
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks 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
  •  26th Jan 24

  •  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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Kyleena IUD reviews

9 reviews

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
21 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

when i got the iud put in the pain wasn’t too bad but after a short time the pain got worse and worse and i literally cried myself into exhausted sleep. my periods are just as long, heavier, and more irregular. my cramps hurt worse and they last longer, my breasts are always tender, i can’t lose weight i just keep gaining, my acne is either barely noticeable or flaring up very badly at random, and i almost always have a headache or migraine


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
33 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I love that I don’t have to worry about taking a pill, but the painful cramps and acne that I’ve experienced make it not worth it to me. I will be switching BC methods soon.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  21st Sep 23

  •  Still using

The insertion is intense but the place it and forget about it element about IUDs is worth it!


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
21 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

when i got the iud put in the pain wasn’t too bad but after a short time the pain got worse and worse and i literally cried myself into exhausted sleep. my periods are just as long, heavier, and more irregular. my cramps hurt worse and they last longer, my breasts are always tender, i can’t lose weight i just keep gaining, my acne is either barely noticeable or flaring up very badly at random, and i almost always have a headache or migraine


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
33 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I love that I don’t have to worry about taking a pill, but the painful cramps and acne that I’ve experienced make it not worth it to me. I will be switching BC methods soon.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  21st Sep 23

  •  Still using

The insertion is intense but the place it and forget about it element about IUDs is worth it!


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
23 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  29th Aug 23

  •  Stopped using

I had a very good experience with my Kyleena IUD. I got it right before going away to college for the first time because I didn't want to deal with birth control pills while dealing with moving to a new environment, starting higher level classes, being far away from my PCP, etc. and I knew I wouldn't want to become pregnant while at college or in the year after graduating. Contrary to most, I didn't have any pain with insertion. The speculum made me more uncomfortable than the actual IUD insertion. I had bleeding for about two weeks after insertion then didn't have any periods until it was almost expired. Those periods were very light with very little cramping -- honestly more like spotting. The worst part of having an IUD, in my opinion, is getting it removed. It wasn't necessarily painful -- just a slight pinching or scraping feeling. However, I had a lot of difficulty finding a doctor who would actually do the removal. Most receptionists told me I should return to the doctor who originally placed it, which was not possible for me after moving 12 hours away from that doctor's office, no longer being enrolled in the insurance that doctor accepted, etc. This would obviously not be a problem for someone who doesn't plan on moving during the duration of the IUD. Overall, I definitely recommend Kyleena to anyone who isn't too worried about the pain that normally comes with insertion and/or knows they don't want to become pregnant within the next 5 years.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  28th Jul 23

  •  Still using

I have had an increase in sweating excessively on the Kyleena IUD. I had mine placed in November of 2022 after being on the Nexplanon implant for almost 3 years (2 years 8 months). I switched from the Nexplanon due to heavy bleeding for 10-15 days every 16-20 days. The placement of the IUD was painful as I have not had a child before, but the pain was manageable. I have a heart condition that causes me to lose consciousness and I notified my gynecologist that placed it before so she was aware. She was wonderful in giving me something to help increase my blood pressure, lower my heart rate, and keep me conscious after the placement. I did have to wait for about an hour after placement at the office due to my symptoms, however I have not had any issues out of the ordinary since! I do not have periods anymore while on the Kyleena which- for me- is a blessing!


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  21st Jul 23

  •  Still using

Love the Kyleena! I had lots of side effects with birth control pills (mood swings, weight gain) and experience very few on the Kyleena. The only thing is that my period is irregular. Overall, I HIGHLY recommend it for people who want peace of mind and few side effects.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
24 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  21st Jul 23

  •  Stopped using

Insertion was painful (almost passed out) but once it was in I was okay for a bit. I had no sex drive for the entire time I had it. After a few months I started noticing hair loss and kept getting intense migraines that had me missing work and school. Then I started getting heart palpitations that stopped immediately after I got it removed. My mental health took a turn for worse and hasn't been the same since.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  19th Jul 23

  •  Still using

An unplanned pregnancy is one of my biggest fears. I have great peace of mind thanks to my IUD. The insertion hurt, but I did it without any anesthesia, painkillers, etc. I had spotting for the first couple of months. Then, distant and very light, short (3-5 day) periods for the first couple of years with the IUD. Now, in year 4 with the IUD, my periods are still light but last longer (5-10 days). The biggest change I noticed is I get horrendous period cramps whether or not I have a long or short, heavy or light period.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
32 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  17th Jul 23

  •  Still using

After taking the pill for years for my endometriosis and PCOS, the hormonal IUD has been a much much better experience. I’ve had two problems with it — once it moved and stuck into me which was painful but had it removed and replaced same day, and once it gave me a big cyst which was eliminated with a hormone pill for a week. Both of these are still much more minor than the pain and problems I had with the pill!


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