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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 62,559 people who have side effects while taking Mirena from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

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What is Mirena

Mirena (latest outcomes from 62,914 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 Oct, 13, 2014: 62,559 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 DislocationPeritoneal LesionDevice Expulsion
Device DislocationDevice DislocationVaginal HaemorrhagePregnancy With Contraceptive DeviceDevice ExpulsionAmenorrhoeaEndometriosisDevice Dislocation
Procedural PainVaginal HaemorrhagePregnancy With Contraceptive DeviceVaginal HaemorrhageAmenorrhoeaVaginal HaemorrhageAdenomyosisVaginal Haemorrhage
Abdominal PainAbdominal PainDevice DislocationDevice DislocationDevice DislocationProcedural PainPyrexiaPregnancy With Contraceptive Device
Uterine PerforationIucd ComplicationAbdominal PainAbdominal PainVaginal HaemorrhageDepressionProcedural PainAmenorrhoea
Iucd ComplicationUterine PerforationPainPainAbdominal PainBreast Cancer FemaleAbdominal PainAbdominal Pain
Uterine RuptureUterine RuptureGenital HaemorrhageIucd ComplicationEctopic Pregnancy With Intrauterine DevicePregnancy With Contraceptive DevicePainIucd Complication
Vaginal HaemorrhageGenital HaemorrhageIucd ComplicationAmenorrhoeaAbortion SpontaneousAnxietyUterine LeiomyomaMedical Device Complication
PainPainMenorrhagiaPelvic PainUterine PerforationBreast CancerVaginal HaemorrhageAbdominal Pain Lower
Complication Of Device InsertionAbdominal Pain LowerAmenorrhoeaUterine PerforationPainWeight IncreasedPanic AttackGenital Haemorrhage

Most common side effects by age * :

Drug Exposure During PregnancyAlopeciaDevice ExpulsionDevice ExpulsionDevice ExpulsionDevice ExpulsionDevice ExpulsionDevice Dislocation
Premature BabyPainAbdominal PainDevice DislocationDevice DislocationVaginal HaemorrhageVaginal HaemorrhageAbdominal Pain
Device ExpulsionHungerDevice DislocationVaginal HaemorrhageVaginal HaemorrhageDevice DislocationBreast CancerDevice Expulsion
DeathSkin DisorderPregnancy With Contraceptive DevicePregnancy With Contraceptive DevicePregnancy With Contraceptive DeviceAbdominal PainDevice DislocationAbdominal Pain Lower
Intrauterine InfectionThyroid DisorderVaginal HaemorrhageAbdominal PainAbdominal PainProcedural PainProcedural PainUltrasound Breast Abnormal
Haemangioma CongenitalUterine PerforationAmenorrhoeaIucd ComplicationIucd ComplicationGenital HaemorrhageAmenorrhoeaUterine Cancer
Foetal Growth RetardationWhite Blood Cell Count IncreasedAbdominal Pain LowerAmenorrhoeaProcedural PainAmenorrhoeaBreast Cancer FemaleVaginal Haemorrhage
Intra-uterine DeathFeeling AbnormalProcedural PainProcedural PainAmenorrhoeaMenorrhagiaGenital HaemorrhagePruritus
Placental DisorderCystitisIucd ComplicationAbdominal Pain LowerUterine PerforationIucd ComplicationMenorrhagiaUrticaria
InsomniaHeadachePainUterine PerforationPainHeadacheEndometrial CancerRash

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Comments for this study:

Jenn (2 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.
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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
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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?
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