Login    Sign up

eHealthMe - Personalized health information & community eHealthMe - Personalized health information & community

Personalized health information & community

All drugs: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
All conditions: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Check symptoms       Tools       Community       Reviews       Q&As       Apps       Professionals
Home > Mirena > Mirena side effects

Review: Mirena side effects

In this review, we analyze Mirena side effects by the time on the drug, and age (0-60+) of the people who have side effects while taking Mirena. The review is based on 62,568 people who have side effects while taking Mirena from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

You are not alone: join a mobile support group for people who have Mirena side effects >>>

What is Mirena

Mirena (latest outcomes from 62,922 users) has active ingredients of levonorgestrel. It is often used in birth control.

Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (levonorgestrel): Norplant, Norplant System In Plastic Container, Norplant Ii, Levonorgestrel, Plan B, Plan B One-step, Skyla.

On Nov, 12, 2014: 62,568 people who reported to have side effects when taking Mirena are studied


Most common side effects over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Device ExpulsionDevice ExpulsionDevice ExpulsionDevice ExpulsionPregnancy With Contraceptive DeviceDevice DislocationPainDevice Expulsion
Device DislocationDevice DislocationVaginal Haemorrhage (vaginal bleeding)Pregnancy With Contraceptive DeviceDevice ExpulsionAmenorrhoea (absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age)Endometriosis (appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and causing pelvic pain)Device Dislocation
Procedural PainVaginal Haemorrhage (vaginal bleeding)Pregnancy With Contraceptive DeviceVaginal Haemorrhage (vaginal bleeding)Amenorrhoea (absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age)Vaginal Haemorrhage (vaginal bleeding)Adenomyosis (presence of ectopic glandular tissue found in muscle)Vaginal Haemorrhage (vaginal bleeding)
Abdominal PainAbdominal PainDevice DislocationDevice DislocationDevice DislocationProcedural PainPeritoneal LesionPregnancy With Contraceptive Device
Uterine Perforation (accidental puncture of the uterus)Iucd ComplicationAbdominal PainAbdominal PainVaginal Haemorrhage (vaginal bleeding)DepressionPyrexia (fever)Amenorrhoea (absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age)
Iucd ComplicationUterine Perforation (accidental puncture of the uterus)PainPainAbdominal PainBreast Cancer FemaleProcedural PainAbdominal Pain
Uterine RuptureUterine RuptureGenital Haemorrhage (bleeding from genital)Iucd ComplicationEctopic Pregnancy With Intrauterine DevicePregnancy With Contraceptive DeviceAbdominal PainIucd Complication
Vaginal Haemorrhage (vaginal bleeding)PainIucd ComplicationPelvic PainAbortion Spontaneous (naturally occurring miscarriage)AnxietyUterine Leiomyoma (uterine benign tumour derived from smooth muscle)Medical Device Complication
PainGenital Haemorrhage (bleeding from genital)Menorrhagia (an abnormally heavy bleeding and prolonged menstrual period at regular intervals)Amenorrhoea (absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age)Uterine Perforation (accidental puncture of the uterus)Breast CancerVaginal Haemorrhage (vaginal bleeding)Abdominal Pain Lower
Complication Of Device InsertionAbdominal Pain LowerAmenorrhoea (absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age)Uterine Perforation (accidental puncture of the uterus)PainWeight IncreasedDevice ExpulsionGenital Haemorrhage (bleeding from genital)

Most common side effects by age * :

Drug Exposure During PregnancyAlopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body)Device ExpulsionDevice ExpulsionDevice ExpulsionDevice ExpulsionDevice ExpulsionDevice Dislocation
Premature BabyPainAbdominal PainDevice DislocationDevice DislocationVaginal Haemorrhage (vaginal bleeding)Vaginal Haemorrhage (vaginal bleeding)Abdominal Pain
Device ExpulsionHunger (increased appetite is when you want to eat much more often or in larger quantities than your body requires)Device DislocationVaginal Haemorrhage (vaginal bleeding)Vaginal Haemorrhage (vaginal bleeding)Device DislocationBreast CancerDevice Expulsion
DeathSkin Disorder (skin disease)Pregnancy With Contraceptive DevicePregnancy With Contraceptive DevicePregnancy With Contraceptive DeviceAbdominal PainDevice DislocationAbdominal Pain Lower
Intrauterine InfectionThyroid Disorder (thyroid diseases)Vaginal Haemorrhage (vaginal bleeding)Abdominal PainAbdominal PainProcedural PainProcedural PainUltrasound Breast Abnormal
Haemangioma Congenital (congenital noncancerous, abnormally dense collections of dilated small blood vessels that may occur in the skin or internal organs)Uterine Perforation (accidental puncture of the uterus)Amenorrhoea (absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age)Iucd ComplicationIucd ComplicationGenital Haemorrhage (bleeding from genital)Amenorrhoea (absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age)Uterine Cancer
Foetal Growth Retardation (a baby in the womb fails to grow at the expected rate during the pregnancy)White Blood Cell Count IncreasedAbdominal Pain LowerAmenorrhoea (absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age)Procedural PainAmenorrhoea (absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age)Breast Cancer FemaleVaginal Haemorrhage (vaginal bleeding)
Intra-uterine DeathFeeling AbnormalProcedural PainProcedural PainAmenorrhoea (absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age)Menorrhagia (an abnormally heavy bleeding and prolonged menstrual period at regular intervals)Genital Haemorrhage (bleeding from genital)Pruritus (severe itching of the skin)
Placental DisorderCystitis (inflammation of the wall of the bladder)Iucd ComplicationAbdominal Pain LowerUterine Perforation (accidental puncture of the uterus)Iucd ComplicationMenorrhagia (an abnormally heavy bleeding and prolonged menstrual period at regular intervals)Urticaria (rash of round, red welts on the skin that itch intensely)
Insomnia (sleeplessness)Headache (pain in head)PainUterine Perforation (accidental puncture of the uterus)PainHeadache (pain in head)Endometrial CancerRash (redness)

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

Browse Mirena side effects from A to Z:

Comments for this study:

Jenn (3 years ago):

Got Eirena inserted two weeks ago. Twenty minutes After insertion I blacked out while driving my chest tightened I couldn't breath I couldn't feel anything from the waist down my arms and head went numb and the EMS ended.up taking me to the ER. The doc there said I was experiencing anaphylactic shock. They gave me benadryl and I had no clue what was going on the entire time in the hospital. The doc wouldn't remove the IUD because it was too dangerous. In the past week and a half I've had a constant period cramping in my abdomin and legs and am ill as a hornet. My back aches as well as my feet. After I eat my chest tightens and I can't catch my breath. I can't walkg too much BC I her winded. I'm not overweight and I didn't feel like this before the IUD. Considering taking it out. Too many scary side affects.
Reply the comment

Klarice (4 years ago):

Have suffered from side effects including: hair loss, weight gain (25 pounds in 15 months), fatigue, moodiness, hypertension, TIA, indigestion, edema, tinnitus, abdominal pain radiating into right leg, Class II pap smear result, edema in face, edema in extremeties, cystic acne, hyperhydrosis, joint pain. 47 years old, no children, no prior medical or weight problems
Reply the comment

Rachel (4 years ago):

Mirena makes me feel pregnant all the time. I hate it. I'm so moody and exhausted all the time. I drink a ton of caffeinated beverages including energy drinks just to stay active. Now my inactivity has caused me to start gaining weight which is not like me. I have three children and I cannot go through life feeling this way!
I used to be so motivated and happy most of the time or at least only sad when I had a good reason! I'm drowning in these side effects.
I had actually gone to my family doctor because of how I have been feeling and I had some vision issues as well, and constant headaches. He found nothing wrong with me at all. Mentioned something about a brain tumor possibility and never ran that test.
I have to say that Mirena is probably to blame but I have not made the appointment to have it removed. I do not know what other options are covered by my insurance company.

Any birth control suggestions from anyone who previously used Mirena?
Reply the comment

How to use the study: print a copy of the study and bring it to your health teams to ensure drug risks and benefits are fully discussed and understood.

Are you taking Mirena?

Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (10 hours ago):

  • My teeth have been decaying about 3 years after the insertion of mirena. At first, I thought that it was because I did not take calcium after I gave birth to my last child in 2003. But as the years passed by the only conclusion I find for the reason of my tooth decay is Mirena. Because I don't smoke, drink or do any drugs whatsoever.


  • From this study (5 days ago):

  • Was passing out 10-15 times a day, for about 45 seconds to 1 minute or so. Now 4-7 times a day for 5-8 minutes. Have had all kinds of tests done, eeg, ekg, mri, ct scans, blood work, neurological work up nothing found. Only medication I have been taking is the mirena birth control for about 2 years now. I have been out of school for 2 months now, not allowed to drive, can't be left alone anytime. Can the Mirena be causing this. My chest hurts really bad right before I pass out. They cannot find anything wrong with me. I want to know if the mirena can cause this.


    Joanne on Nov, 8, 2014:

    I am 34 had the IUD 17 months. Tried asking OB to remove after 7 days. Took going to the ER for someone to help me get this thing out. It has been 2 weeks and a day. I'm telling you reading this page makes me want to get the lot of us together to make a stink. I too have lumps in my breasts. Under my arm on left side occasionally right. I had them when on Yaz too. ( same company different name) both progestin based. Stabbing pain relatable to that of delivering my daughter. Death in silicone. I asked the Dr who placed it to take it out 3 times. At which point I spoke up and told her I was worried about the RA, Endometriosis, Adenomiosis and how the drug fact sheet said that they were ALL CONTRADICTIONS to taking the IUD . :-( She actually said Joanne there's a lot of people in the world with pain you have to learn to deal with it. :-(. I was so sad and so chicken I said nothing. Took it and now. I was waking up every night if I could get around the pain to sleep. Had to give up my job on the run way. ... Barely able to lift my daughter, do basic chores. Keep my house in check. I'm OLD school and OCD. The thought alone of the state of my house made me sad. And anxious. I was angry sad angry happy sad. All the time. All over the place. Foggy mind. Just not right in general. I was shaking. Feeling Strang even running unexplained fever. Vomiting chills. Migraine headaches so bad that I would have to throw up all day. Finally I reached my limit, and went to URGENT CARE. At which point I was told they weren't going to be taking it out , she was such an awesome lady she suggested that all of the problem was anxiety and depression. . Two hours wasted. I show up at the ER at 9 pm the attending said my cervix was so angry it was bleeding at the slightest touch... fasting glucose 110 bp was awful. . Odd it's been two weeks and still NO FLOW. Kills me now that I didn't insist she remove it. 7 days at 2 months when I asked her to remove it. Then again at the 7 month mark which point she sends me for a V. Ultrasound. "It's where it's supposed to be" ... Rrr I now have 6 food allergies. SEVERE Rheumatoid arthritis, I tried passing out while driving which made me reclusive for a long time. My Feet grew an entire size, arches fell. I'm Waiting for the U/S Monday. I am so mad at Bayer /Mirena. They know about this effect yet you've got to be the diligent type to dig through pages of crap to find the tiny sentence stating may cause arthritic effects. ... rrrrrrrrrrr. And It's in the findings of concern on reports that they submit to the FDA. I have been stranded at home for almost two years. UNFORTUNATELY we have a group of Lobbyists double checking things... I have studied a lot. Sometimes arguably too much. Would be glad to share any and all the facts. Here's my email adahjg1279@gmail.com
    Seriously ladies we have to stop this. From what I hear Bayer was throwing in home parties to boost usage of this thing. Teaching doctors to persuade US to forgoes the pain for the benefit of the research. I don't know about you but I love my self enough to want payed for being a RAT. LIVING WALKING HUMAN LAB RAT!!!!! First Jasmin, Yaz, Ocelo, the patch. These busters have been using the excuse of we do not know what causes endometriosis to push pills on me. And you. From my study the answer is easy. Yeast overload in your stomach. ?'s write me. I just want to help anyone, anyway I can.


    Neveah on May, 5, 2014:

    I experienced extreme moodiness, and crankiness. Severe cramps, back pain, and weight increase. Also; thick vaginal discharge, breast pain/ tenderness, nausea, nervousness, large amounts of hair loss, severe bloating, fatigue, and severe acne including sebaceous cysts. The cysts may need to be surgically removed. I am waiting to see if they clear up. I also felt confused a lot and had trouble focusing on tasks. Also increased my libido to the point it was very distracting. This birth control was hell for me and drove my poor boyfriend away.


Post a new comment    OR    Read more comments

Can you answer these questions (Ask a question):

More questions for: Mirena

You may be interested at these reviews (Write a review):

  • Mirena and the paranoia
    Okay, I will get one thing straight, I DO love my IUD. Luckily I'm one of the ones where it doesn't fall out of me or migrate. It stays put and does it's job. I know there have been endless reports of symptoms. I will admit, I have a few of the more common ones, such as false pregnancy symptoms, ...

  • Diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome after mirena
    After getting the Mirena put in, I got really sick. I went home and got super dizzy, nauseous, and tired. I felt so sick and could barely function. I called the doctors office and they said it couldn't be from the Mirena. She said that I must have the flu. Well, I kept it in for a little while long ...

  • Mirena /pulmonary embolism
    Hi , I was on mirena @ six weeks post delivery of my second sons birth in August of 2011. In march of 2013 I felt extremely tired , sluggish , like I was sick . I also was experiencing tachycardia and fever . I went in to docs and he said I had a respiratory infection and sent me home with an inhale ...

  • Mirena and iritis connection??
    Was healthy 31yrway old with 3mothe baby when iritis began. It lasted nearly 15moas never fully healing before flaring again. Otho considered Methotrexate it was so bad and life altering buying was breast feeding. Maybe could have treated differently if not nursing but with my baby's GI issues breas ...

  • Placenta previa after having the mirena iud
    I had the Mirena implant from 2006 to 2011 after my 2nd child. After having it removed my husband and I got pregnant in August 2013. When I was 13 weeks I started bleeding and week to the emergency room. Upon further treatment the doctor concluded that I had a threatened abortion caused by a small ...

More reviews for: Mirena

On eHealthMe, Mirena (levonorgestrel) is often used for birth control. Find out below the conditions Mirena is used for, how effective it is, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is Mirena used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

Studies of common Mirena drug interactions:

Browse Mirena drug interactions with drugs from A to Z:

NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients and brand name. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (e.g. generic drugs) are NOT considered.

WARNING: Please DO NOT STOP MEDICATIONS without first consulting a physician since doing so could be hazardous to your health.

DISCLAIMER: All material available on eHealthMe.com is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider. All information is observation-only, and has not been supported by scientific studies or clinical trials unless otherwise stated. Different individuals may respond to medication in different ways. Every effort has been made to ensure that all information is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. The use of the eHealthMe site and its content is at your own risk.

You may report adverse side effects to the FDA at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/ or 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088).

If you use this eHealthMe study on publication, please acknowledge it with a citation: study title, URL, accessed date.

48 million health professionals and patients have studied on eHealthMe. Recent updates:

- Could Oxcarbazepine cause Myalgia? (1 second ago)

- How effective is Zetia for Htn? (3 seconds ago)

- Could Pain cause Restlessness? (8 seconds ago)


Recent mobile support groups

- Lipitor and Spinal Meningeal Cyst

- Shingles and Spherocytosis

- Indian Gooseberry

- Silver and Psychogenic Erectile Dysfunction

- Bladder Trabeculation


Recent Q&As

- Anyone have severe mouth blisters/ulcers from rituan lasting more than 8 months????
Answer: Mouth ulcers whenever I lower my abilify dosage. Went to d ... (15 hours ago)

- Does a side effect exist through maca (nutrition supplement from peru) like urinary tract infection or a kidney infection?
Answer: I seem to have exact the same simptoms as Klaus, I started ... (19 hours ago)

- Does benadryl work for pet dander?
Answer: In my experience, if a person takes Benadryl regularly the ... (21 hours ago)


Recent user reviews

- Hair loss with enbrel
I have been on Enbrel for 4 months and started seeing sign ... (6 hours ago)

- Jaw pain and naproxen
Taking naproxen for pain relief of mortons neuromas. 500 m ... (14 hours ago)

- Jakavi_side effects on weight gain
Gained 6 kgs after 3 months of using Jakafi 5mg (4 tabs)/d ... (1 day ago)


About - Terms of service - Privacy policy - Press - Testimonials - Contact us

© 2014 eHealthMe.com. All rights reserved. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of eHealthMe.com's terms of service and privacy policy.