I had mine put in 5.5 years ago and it's taken this long to get a blasted appt with the doctor to have it removed. I'll be getting it out next month. I'm having pain and cramping now, but I also have interstitial cystitis, and I can't tell if it's the IC or the IUD. It hurts so bad it makes me sick to my stomach. The IC pain has never been this bad, but maybe I'm getting used to my pain medicine and need to switch, I don't know.
I've had no side effects and pretty much no periods since I had it put in, so I've loved it! I've put on weight but I think it's because of the medicines I'm on for IC.
Has anyone not been able to get theirs removed until well after the 5 years? What happens?
I had my Mirena removed just after 5 years. It was slightly painful to have it removed, but not so bad. I intended to have it replaced, and did in fact have it replaced at that same visit, but immediately following insertion of the new IUD (which was quite painful, btw) I felt like I was going to pass out, and the feeling did not come and go. A half hour later I still felt lightheaded, nauseous and unable to sit up, and was having cramps reminiscent of periods. I finally requested that it be removed then and there, since the way I was feeling had not improved. Now I'm trying to figure out what's next.
I've had my Mirena for just over 5 yrs. I got it to control my heavy bleeding not for birth control. My husband had a vasectomy after our second child. I've been very satisfied with it and have had little to no periods after the first few months. I was planning on having it removed and replaced until my dr said my current insurance won't cover it. We had a different plan five years ago. The cost for me to have it removed and replaced would be about $700. My dr said she would remove it free of charge since my insurance won't pay for it, but I would have to pay for a new one. She suggested I leave it in until after my vacation at the end of July since we don't know what will happen when I have it taken out. I was also wondering what happens if you DON'T have it removed after five years. Is there a risk of infection or anything worse? I've been researching how to file a dispute with my insurance company to try and get a new one paid for, but after reading this forum I'm having second thoughts. My dr always said my weight gain and lack of sex drive weren't side effects of the IUD, but like many of you nothing seems to work...diets, exercise, even herbal supplements that are supposed to increase libido. I'm really confused now about what to do. As someone said, only the people with bad experiences read and post on these forums. I found that out when I was reading posts about laser eye surgery too! I went with my gut and had it done and it's the best thing ever!! I was almost convinced not to do it after reading the horror stories some people wrote about.
I don't know what I'm really asking here...I guess I just wanted to share my situation and see if anyone is in the same boat as me!!
I know this is a really old post, but did you ever find anything out? I also no longer need the IUD as birth control but like the way it controls my period. My insurance no longer covers have a new one either. I would like to leave this one in as long as I can but worry about the side effects. I've had it for almost 6 yrs now.
Well, he tried to take it out and the strings are too short and he couldn't get them. It also seems that it has imbedded itself. I was crying from the pain. It was worse than anything I'd ever felt.
So now I have to get a D&C. sigh. I'm getting a hydro-distention of my bladder for the interstitial cystitis, at the same time. And same doctor. I'm going to be put to sleep. But I am not looking forward to waking up. I'm sure I won't be thrilled with the pain.
I've decided not to get another one, or at least that's what I'm thinking now. I have to wait and see what my periods decide to do. They used to be really heavy and completely irregular. So if they do that again, I don't know what I'll do, maybe...because I think the dr who put it in just cut the strings too short. Maybe.
As far as losing weight...I've always had problems with that....but I was able to lose 25 lbs a couple of years ago, in about 5-6 months. Worked out, all that. But then I woke up one morning with IC, then was diagnosed with fibromyalgia around the same time and it's been roller coaster ever since. Depends on the medication I'm on.
As far as libido....I never lost it. In fact I may have too much. lol Even with the IC pain, I still want to. Crazy! lol
I guess everyone reacts differently to things and I tend to not react the way I'm "supposed to".
ps...it's nearly 4am and i haven't slept yet. please excuse my typos. :)
Ooo that scares me soo much I'm supposed to have mine taken out the beginning of this month and don't have insurance at the time and and I had so many problems the first 2 years I had an ultrasound done and had a bunch of little cysts and they could not feel the strings! ! But its better now they also what's gunna happen if they cant feel the strings how will they get it out? And after 5 years can the iud lose its purpose can I get pregnant easier?