Mirena coil and PCOS help!

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Mirena coil and PCOS help!

Postby hannahj » Wed May 10, 2006 11:33 pm

Has anyone else been recommended to have the Mirena coil fitted as an alternative to Dianette? Does anyone know anywhere reliable I can go for info about it?
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Postby Kel » Thu May 11, 2006 1:40 pm

I currently have the copper coil- is the Mirena the hormone coil as I heard only recently that this may help? Though I wasnt good with the hormones from the pill so I havnt really followed this up as dont know if its the same level of hormones as the pill???? Suppose local family planning or nurse within GP should know this answer? Did I just read Hannah on another post that youve had a referral to a specialist? Sure they would provide the best info for this. Could you post anything you find out if you enquire?? Thanks. x
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Postby hannahj » Thu May 11, 2006 9:55 pm

I did see my specialist a while ago, but didn't share with her the side effects I was having with the pill with her. The doc has been concerned about me taking the pill because of my weight/family history and so I asked her what she thought. She told me the Mirena was the best thing to happen to female contraception since the innovation of the pill and really sang its praises.

The Mirena has a sheaf of Levonorgestrel. This hormone is also used in contraceptive pills such as Eugynon, Logynon, Microgynon, Ovran 30, Ovranette and Trinordial. In the Mirena, however, a much lower dose is released than when you take the Pill (about 1/7th strength), and it goes directly to the lining of the womb, rather than through the blood stream where it may lead to the common progesterone-type side effects.


I just got freaked out before posting this thread because of reading some horror story on another forum about a woman experiencing PCOS type symptoms just from having the mirena!

For me it seems such a great solution to my major problems. My period is still completely irregular on the pill (it comes or doesn't in the pill free days, and stays as long as it chooses regardless), and the only real benefit I've had from the dianette is an immense reduction in acne. But what is the point of having contraception when you don't want to have sex because of it!!!

My GP told me to go to Family Planning for advice about the Mirena versus the pill and I cannot sing their praises enough. Every single doctor or nurse I've seen there has really had time to talk to me and to answer all my questions and repeat complex things with diagrams if necessary. They also didn't look blank when I said PCOS to them. I went today with my Mirena worries (sparked by said horror story) and I left feeling valued and reassured! They totally rock.

There's some info about mirena here if you're interested: http://www.womens-health.co.uk/mirena.asp
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Mirena

Postby DEADBIRD » Wed Aug 30, 2006 8:36 pm

Thias answer may come too late to be helpful for the original poster but may be helpful.

Have had my Mirena coil for five years (due for replacement soon) which my gynaecologist suggested as last resort treatment (before total hysterectomy and oophrectomy) of PCOS syndrome. No exageration but this tratmement has saved my sanity(and possibley my husbands life). Had to stop pill due to weight gain and migraine and suffered 4 years of irregular, very, very heavy and protracted periods, extreme pain,wicked PMT(ask hubby) and acne. Now i have no periods, no PMT and no pain. Okay i am still hairy and overweight but happy! I have had no side effects and think this has been a great treatment for me.

Fertility not an issue for me so have not looked into this issue with regard to long term use of mirena.
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Postby Zoobie » Thu Aug 31, 2006 2:32 pm

Hello,
I had the Mirena coil for a couple of years before having it removed to TTC.

First of all I tried the normal coil - but my periods became unbelievably and unbearably heavy and painful. I once stood up and had a flood that soaked through my suit and heavy winter coat - that was the last straw. And I was having contraction type period pain, but my womb didn't manage to expell it, but it tried... Sorry for TMI!!!

Then I had the Mirena and it was like a godsend - practically no periods, no pain, no condoms (I can't take the pill). Saved a fortune on Always.

Although being as we can't seem to conceive at the moment, I wonder why we even used condoms to begin with!!! :lol:
If you have any more questions just ask.
Zoobie.
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Postby Zoobie » Thu Aug 31, 2006 2:35 pm

I forgot to add...

When I had the normal coil - I had a scan to see if it was where it was supposed to be. That's when I was diagnosed with PCOS as I had ovaries stuffed with cysts and the ovaries were twice the size they should have been.

When I had the Mirena - I was cyst free on the scan.

Since removal the cysts are back.
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Mirena Coil

Postby Joli » Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:12 pm

I had the Mirena coil fitted at the womens clinic at my local hospital. It didn't suit me as i wasn't free from bleeding. I had it in for 18 months and was only free from bleeding about 4 days.
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Mirena coil...

Postby mumoftwo » Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:58 pm

I've just had a mirena coil fitted under general anaesthetic after a hysteroscopy due to my uterus going for a wander post babies. Only had it in for 2 days so far and am still suffering post operative pains so have to give things time to settle to see if my symptoms ease at all.

Am hoping this will buy me time before my gynae decides enough is enough and whips all my bits out.

Will keep everyone posted..
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