Mirena, an FDA approved hormonal IUD, is inserted into the female uterus to prevent pregnancy for 3-5 years. Many women don’t experience severe Mirena side effects, but in rare cases, the device can be life-threatening.
It is your doctor who will decide if Mirena is suitable for you or not. Mirena IUD complications vary woman to woman. So consult your doctor first to avoid any serious Mirena IUD side effects.
Can I Use Mirena?
IUD Mirena is not suitable for all women. If you have any of the following problems, you must consult your doctor before Mirena IUD insertion.
- Breast cancer, uterine cancer or cervical cancer
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Pelvic infections
- Liver disease
- Uterine-related abnormalities
Keep in mind that during the pregnancy period, you cannot use Mirena IUD. If Mirena is inserted during pregnancy, it can lead to miscarriage or premature birth. Even, it can cause your death!
Why Mirena is a Popular IUD?
Mirena is a very easy-to-use hormonal IUD, recommended for all premenopausal women. If this device is put properly, and you don’t experience major complications, it will offer you effective and durable contraception, up to 5 years.
Mirena is easily removable. After Mirena removal, you will back to normal fertility that means no problem if you want to get pregnant. Breast-feeding women can use Mirena as well. With this device, you can enjoy your sex drive without having any problems.
Mirena IUD effectiveness is not same for all women. The Mirena users have reported both positive and negative results. (To know more about the benefits of using Mirena in general, check this post.)
Common Side Effects of Mirena IUD
01. Risk of Ectopic Pregnancy
Again, Mirena is a safe contraceptive. However, less than 1% of active Mirena users may experience unexpected pregnancy. If you get pregnant while using this device, there can be an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy.
Note that, Mirena users are generally at lower risk of being ectopic pregnant compared to other women with no contraceptive.
02. Mood Changes
Every woman has her own body chemistry, right? Therefore, few mood changes can be seen or unseen on Mirena users. Some women can experience an increase in anxiety and depression while using Mirena. You should track your mood for few months after inserting the device to avoid further complications.
03. Risk of Vaginosis
One of common Mirena side effects is vaginosis. Yes, all IUDs increase the risk of bacterial vaginosis. If you have a ‘fishy’ smell spreading out from the vaginal area, it may be bacterial vaginosis.
04. Changes in Cramping and Pelvic Pain
Severe cramping and pelvic pain are most common Mirena side effects. Cramps are typically seen within few days of Mirena insertion. However, as soon as your body adjusts to the device, cramps are reduced. As time passes, Mirena eases the cramping and pain significantly you have had during the periods.
05. Nausea Problems
All hormonal IUDs cause nausea. So you should be ready for a bit of nausea as one of Mirena side effects.
06. Ovarian Cysts
Because of Mirena uses, small ovarian cysts grow but the cysts don’t create further problems as they go away naturally. However, in rare cases, these cysts can cause severe pains, and you should go under surgery to weed out them.
07. Uneven Bleeding or Spotting
A few Mirena users can have some uneven bleeding or spotting. However, as soon as the body adjusts to the device, the difficulties should lessen. If the bleeding continues over 6 months, you should remove the IUD.
08. Stomach Upset
Women using hormonal IUD can have an upset belly. According to different studies, women who are with sensitive tummy should use Mirena like IUDs because of some extra facilities that come with these devices.
09. Perforation of Uterus
In rare cases, insertion of Mirena IUD during the postpartum can cause perforation in the uterus. Mirena perforation symptoms include heavy pain in uterus, loss of resistance or surprising depth in the uterus.
10. Lighter and Shorter Period
About 20% Mirena users would have lighter and shorter period time. For women, who have irregular plus heavy periods, it is a good side effect, and therefore, doctors like to prescribe the Mirena to such women.
Other common Mirena side effects include:
- Back pain
- Migraine or headache
- Breast tenderness
- Weight gain (Learn more here about Mirena and weight gain)
Consider Mirena IUD Removal
If any of the following Mirena side effects occurs or continues heavily for few days, consult your physician to get the device removal.
- Too much headache or migraine
- Severe pain during the sex drive (Learn about how to increase sex drive naturally)
- Pelvic pain or infection
- Endometrium inflammation
- Mounting high blood pressure
- Cancer (cervical or endometrial)
- Heart attack or stroke, etc
Mirena is a safe hormonal IUD. As soon as your body will adjust to the Mirena IUD, you will experience less complication. However, if you experience any serious Mirena side effects, you must call your health care provider as fast as possible.