Mirena Removal Q&A

Q: Did it hurt to have the Mirena IUD removed?
A: Nope! I wasn’t sure if I was going to have it taken out and so didn’t even per-medicate with ibuprofen

Q: How long does it take to remove the Mirena IUD?
A: Actual removal was like 5 seconds! Once you are up on the table and your dr has located your strings it’s instant. It took longer to locate my strings than anything else. I didn’t even need to book a new appointment – she said get up there and let’s get it done!

Q: How does the dr remove the Mirena IUD?
A: Got all situated on the table in the stirrups and prepped like a PAP – knees open, cold jelly spread around and a plastic “clamp” to keep things open. From my angle it appeared that she got a light and a tool, fished for the strings, had to get a longer tool, then grasped the strings with it. She asked me one final time to make sure this was what I wanted. Then she told me to take a deep breath in and cough out. As I coughed she tugged and BOOM no more IUD!

Q: Is there a lot of bleeding post Mirena IUD removal?
A: I had minor spotting right after  but that is all!!

Q: What is a withdrawal bleed and how bad was it?
A: My doc explained it as a heavy flow with clotting that occurs as your body adjusts to progesterone withdrawal. I assume it’s getting rid of the lining you’ve been holding onto for so long (ie. 4 years in my case).  I prepared myself for this, but nothing happened!

Q: What is the Mirena Crash?
A: The way I understand this is that it is your body going into hormone withdrawal & changes. Your progesterone and estrogen levels will get a bit funky as they sort themselves out. Some women get an extreme Mirena Crash, while some women don’t experience it at all. From the things I’ve read, I see it  kinda  like bad PMS. Symptoms can include mood swings (including depression),tiredness, flu like symptoms, nausea, bloating, stomach pain & breast tenderness. Duration also appears to vary – could be right away, a week later, recurring with every cycle or continuous for months. Reading about the Mirena Crash was one of the reasons I almost didn’t have it removed. It will be interesting to see how my body reacts.

Q: What did you experience in regards to the Mirena Crash after IUD removal?

Please Note: These Q&As are based on my own personal experience, opinion & interpretation. Please consult your doctor if you have medical concerns.


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