Mirena and Cramping. Cure Your Mirena IUD Side Effects
Are you using Mirena? Are you experiencing side effects like:
- abdominal pain?
- pelvic discomfort?
You’re not alone.
The Mirena Detox Program can show you how to overcome the side effects from the Mirena IUD.
About Mirena IUD
Many women use Mirena as an estrogen replacement therapy or for managing heavy bleeding during periods. It is licensed in over 100 countries, with over 4 millions users in Europe alone.
However, in one study, more than 20% of women who used Mirena opted to remove their IUD within the first year, mainly due the recurring periods of moderate/severe pain and discomfort. Because of these symptoms, less than 50% of women continue to use Mirena for more than four years.
That’s a lot of cramping. And, unlike other IUDs, it’s likely that your cramping from Mirena won’t resolve with time.
What causes all these side effects from Mirena? There are few culprits…
- STDs. Are you practicing safe sex? Women who use Mirena have been shown to engage in more risky and unprotected sex practices. But Minera does NOT prevent STDs!
- Levonorgestrel. Levonorgestrel– this is the hormone in Mirena that keeps you from getting pregnant. The IUD delivers up to 20 micrograms of it per day, enough to keep you non-pregnant for the next five years.
- However, this stuff also tends to deposit adipose tissues (a technical term for “body fat”) into your body, which causes—you guessed it– weight gain. Levonorgestrel can remain in your body even after removal of your IUD, which can cause further cramping and discomfort.
- PID. Are you experiencing other symptoms like excessive or irregular vaginal bleeding, unusual changes in vaginal discharge, recurrent fever, nausea, vomit, or chills? You may have pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Consult your doctor!
- Untreated STDs can also cause pelvic inflammatory disease. PID, infection, and inflammation could also come from improper insertion of your Mirena IUD. PID could resist even after removing your Mirena.
- Ectopic Pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy (EP) happens when an egg attaches somewhere outside the uterus, like a fallopian tube. This requires emergency medical treatment. Although you are not likely to get pregnant while using an IUD, your risks of getting an ectopic pregnancy rise with use of Mirena.
Some symptoms of EP are severe cramping and vaginal bleeding, and also lightheadedness or fainting and pain on one side. A ruptured EP is very serious, and could end in death if not treated quickly.
Thinking of Getting Rid of Your Mirena IUD?
We highly recommend taking every episode of cramping seriously when you are on Mirena. Consult with your doctor. Your cramping, pain, and discomfort can all be reduced, if you take action. The Mirena Detox Program can teach you natural, holistic remedies for your side effects.
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