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I had an endometrial ablation late last year and endometriosis was found. Unfortunately the gynaecologist I went with admitted that the operation was unsuccessful and a recent ultrasound has backed this up as I still have the uterus lining of a normal woman. It's a long story but I have sought the second opinion of another gynaecologist and from my current symptoms, she is saying I could actually still have endometriosis within me. So she would like to do another endometrial ablation and check to see if I do have further endometriosis. She said she has had high success over the past 12 years of ablations and also placing in the Mirena which has stopped her patient's heavy bleeding. Has anyone had success with the Mirena? I have never had it and am a little scared to have it placed within me. But I am just over the pelvic pain, the heavy bleeding and all of the other symptoms I have been experiencing. Any feedback or information would be greatly appreciated.

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You poor thing! Sounds horrible. I had the Mirena put in due to terrible menstrual migraines. The only issue I experienced with it was horrific acne. I'd never in my life had acne like that. It was on my face, back and chest (was getting progressively worse and worse!) and I just couldn't take it any more so I ended up having it taken out. 

I was disappointed because in the 8 months I had it in I didn't have any bleeding and the migraines and headaches had dissapeared. 

I had it put in while I was awake and it did hurt quite a lot having it inserted but only for a few seconds.

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I had the mirena put in just over a year ago and I'm  in love with it!! I used to get the heaviest periods where I'd sometimes have to change tampon every hour, and really bad period pain where all i could do all day was lay in a hot bath or with hot water bottles to make the pain bearable (on top of painkillers!). Id have that awful pain for about 1.5 days then average pain for another day or 2. Now my period is pretty much non existent, just a bit of spotting every month. no way near enough to even wear a tampon, just panty liners. and no pain!

well actually, my first period with it in was reeaally painful but after that they were less and less heavy and no pain. However, within the first 6 months i had very sudden extreme pelvic pain that lasted for about 5 minutes, but only on three occasions. I have polycystic ovaries so maybe it was a cyst bursting or something. but no pain whatsoever in the last 7 months.

I had it inserted under a general anesthetic whilst i was having  an operation on one of my ovaries so can't  give any feedback  on what it's  like. 

My skin and weight haven't  changed either. So yeah, I love it!! Best thing I've  ever done lol i know it sounds dramatic but to go from having periods rule my life to now not getting any is just unbelievable, I wish I'd  done it years ago. 

 

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I have had the mirena for 10 years & just got my 3rd one in today under twilight anaesthetic. The general rule is that if you haven't had children, you'll likely need some kind of sedation to insert it. If you have had children, your cervix is more flexible so it is easier to insert it without sedation. Some doctors will do it in clinic for everyone but it will be painful if you have not had children. 

As for periods, I've not had a single period for 10 yrs. Occasional spotting that lasts a couple of days but that's only every few months. It is awesome! I originally started on the mirena not because of heavy bleeding but because of irregular periods but I have heard from a lot of heavy bleeders that they too have virtually no periods anymore. 

I did get oiler skin as a result but have been taking a BCP at the same time which keeps my skin clear. I will be trying out a different medication (it's the component of the BCP that controls skin just without the added hormones) over the next few months so that I can stop taking double hormones. But can't say if it will work yet. 

I would HIGHLY recommend the Mitena IUD. I will continue using it until the doctors tell me to stop. ?

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I am on my first Mirena and am just 2 years into the 5 year schedule. I think its awesome. I have had no issues whatsoever. No periods. No changes in my skin. No pain. Nothing. Its great!!

It is quite uncomfortable whilst it is being inserted, my doctor at the time was a lady that specialises in Woman's Health and has done lots of stints in Outback Australia where supplies are most limited so her techniques on things are spot on. She has the magic touch!

I was advised by her that insertion needs to take place whilst you are on a period to know that a pregnancy is not happening and to take two Naprogesic type tablets a couple of hours prior to my appointment to help with the cramping as during the insertion that is what it felt like to me... a massive period cramp or similar to an early on labour pain (ive had two babies) It only lasted maybe 5 minutes then i had to wear a sanitary pad for the remainder of my period. This was probably the only thing i disliked about it! I have not worn a pad since i was in high school!

I previously had the Implanon insert in my arm for 6 years and my husband said i was the moodiest horrid witch woman when my period was due and i always had a monthly period whilst on the Implanon.

I have not had any bleeding at all since my Mirena was inserted. I can sometimes feel in my body when i am probably due for a period... get the munchies, a little more tired then usual, can be a little grumpier! But nothing too serious.

I would recommend getting one definately. But my only word of advise would be to find someone that is highly skilled in insertion or that may (or may not) cause you some pretty uncomfortable moments. I remember having some type of anesthetic spray put up and into the area but was completely with it whilst it all happened. Was all over in 10-15 minutes!

 Good luck

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Thanks ladies for sharing such a personal topic. The 2nd gynaecologist said she would insert the Mirena while she is doing the endometrial ablation. You have given me a bit more confidence with having the Mirena. I have had 3 kids naturally. I am now 41 years old so the gynaecologist wants to use it to help with the endometriosis as well as reducing the heavy periods until I hit menopause.

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Hi ladies, I'm also thinking about getting mirena - I'm just terrified of getting it put in as it seems like such a horrible experience for everyone. I wish I got them to insert it during my BA! I have't had kids, and was on the pill  (Yaz) up until a month before my BA surgery, but I've gone off it for the last 2-3 months as I think it was making me a little crazy. 

@sparkles16 are you in Melbourne? If so, I'd love to maybe talk to your doctor about it - it's so hard to find someone you feel comfortable with AND you know is good at what they do! Thanks x

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Hi @lisba i would not say that it was a 'horrible' experience just uncomfortable for 5-10mins... If you have a good strong mindset and are not the type of person to stress and worry about whats actually happening to you then you should be fine..

I am quite strong minded and have the 'just get s-h-i-t done' attitude so if you can adapt to that too its well worth the 10mins of being 'uncomfortable'. 

Unfortunately i am in NSW. I am sure that there are many doctors out there that have as much skill, if not more than my doctor. Its just a matter of having a search around and by asking people/family/friends for recommendations. 

We have moved towns now so i am a 3 hour drive from her but when the time comes for me to have to see her again i will be probably making the trip to do it!

Maybe have your GP give you a referral to a Gynocologist...... that area is their speciality after all! Its worth a chat with your GP aswell to find out about the different levels of hormones and the differences between what the pill delivers into the body and how the Mirena actually works too..

All the best and it really is worth looking into... my life has changed for the better for having the Mirena!

 

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2 hours ago, sparkles16 said:

Hi @lisba i would not say that it was a 'horrible' experience just uncomfortable for 5-10mins... If you have a good strong mindset and are not the type of person to stress and worry about whats actually happening to you then you should be fine..

I am quite strong minded and have the 'just get s-h-i-t done' attitude so if you can adapt to that too its well worth the 10mins of being 'uncomfortable'. 

Unfortunately i am in NSW. I am sure that there are many doctors out there that have as much skill, if not more than my doctor. Its just a matter of having a search around and by asking people/family/friends for recommendations. 

We have moved towns now so i am a 3 hour drive from her but when the time comes for me to have to see her again i will be probably making the trip to do it!

Maybe have your GP give you a referral to a Gynocologist...... that area is their speciality after all! Its worth a chat with your GP aswell to find out about the different levels of hormones and the differences between what the pill delivers into the body and how the Mirena actually works too..

All the best and it really is worth looking into... my life has changed for the better for having the Mirena!

 

Thanks so much for that - I'll definitely ask my GP about it. Reproductive health is actually my area of study, so I know that IUDs really are the gold standard of contraception for women, it's just that so few people actually use them, and the ones I know of have had pretty awful experiences with getting them in. My partner is also wary of me getting one. He doesn't like the idea of it, but as neither of us ever want kids, I figure that eventually I'm going to get one or he's going to have to get a vasectomy.. And that seems a little too extreme for me!

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2 hours ago, lisba said:

Hi ladies, I'm also thinking about getting mirena - I'm just terrified of getting it put in as it seems like such a horrible experience for everyone. I wish I got them to insert it during my BA! I have't had kids, and was on the pill  (Yaz) up until a month before my BA surgery, but I've gone off it for the last 2-3 months as I think it was making me a little crazy. 

@sparkles16 are you in Melbourne? If so, I'd love to maybe talk to your doctor about it - it's so hard to find someone you feel comfortable with AND you know is good at what they do! Thanks x

Hi Lisba! I got mine done in Melbourne by a gynaecologist in Frankston at Peninsula private in case you're interested.

i haven't had kids either and it was a very intense pain but it only lasted around 5 seconds then it was just like moderate period pain until it settled down. 

 

 

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@lisba , I'm  in Melbourne too. I went with gynecologist Dr Debra Neesham at Frances Perry House (Royal Women's Hospital). I was under a general anesthetic but she's really experienced and lovely. I'll be going back to her when i need it replaced. 

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