Published on December 3rd, 2015 | by Mike2
Get Longevity By Understanding Mirena Side Effects After Insertion
IUDs, or intrauterine devices, are a popular contraceptive because they have the added benefit of requiring no work on its wearer’s part. In addition, it generally will lighten or stop periods altogether thanks to the presence of the hormone levonorgestrel. Though, there seems to be some confusion particularly with the levonorgestrel intrauterine system, or the Mirena IUS.
The issue is that the health care providers may not be communicating how long it takes for Mirena to start lessening the bleeding or stopping periods. In addition, prior to the lighter periods, for up to the first six months there may actually be heavier bleeding.
The most common reason women have Mirena removed is because of the heavy bleeding.
The problem for people who get IUDs and then have them removed soon thereafter is that of the cost. There is usually a co-pay and the device itself is costly. It works very effectively over the long-term to prevent unplanned pregnancies as an excellent option among long-acting reversible contraceptives.
The other matter is that when the IUD is removed, it means that a woman who has no backup contraceptive plan faces a higher rate of unplanned pregnancy.
The best course of action is for the health care practitioners and the makers of IUDs to do a better job communicating the potential onset of heavy bleeding and spotting for up to the first six months of use. There have even been a handful of studies that did a great job of following women’s first-hand experiences of the bleeding and spottiness following insertion of an IUD.
The idea of the studies was to see if there were ways to reduce the heaviness or the bleeding altogether. For the most part, women dealt with on average 35 days of bleeding in the first 90 days after insertion of Mirena. It did range overall from 18 days to 55 days all in total, though. In yet another study the number of days that were heavy enough to warrant a tampon or pad was 22 to 32 days in the first 84 days. One-quarter of women bled for the first 33 to 55 days.
While the studies did have some flaws, they did over all find that the first 3 months after Mirena is inserted are the point where women experience a good amount of spotting and bleeding. In all total it is approximately like bleeding for one whole month. Even more so, at least 50 percent of the women actually will bleed more than 30 days.
Bleeding for what is the equivalent of one whole month in the first 90 days is troublesome for women who are trying to stop pregnancy. It seems like a big tradeoff to them. While studies prove it is less bleeding than during a period, with smaller amounts of blood, it is typically unpredictable.
Among all of the different types of contraceptives, Mirena IUDS provide the highest satisfaction rates at the one-year point. That is good news for women who can hang in there. Women who can stick with it are more likely to be still with that method in another year as compared to those whose first choice was a different method.
During the first 90 days, or 3 months of an IUD are the ones where you need to be prepared to tolerate the most irregular bleeding and spotting. Do not forget, though, that bleeding is expected for the first 6 months that the IUD is in place. Statistics show that women who stick it out for at least one year are actually much more likely to be highly satisfied with their Mirena experience. They are also a lot less likely to become pregnant than if they had used another method of contraceptive.
IUDs have the benefit of no-hassle contraceptive that work passively for years after they are inserted. It is a bit of an adjustment at the beginning as there is very likely to be bleeding and spotting. Other than that, after the first year the satisfaction rate goes way up while it prevents pregnancy.