Mirena IUD: Will the spotting ever cease?
November 22, 2012 6:33 AM Subscribe
IUD Filter: How long should I wait for my Mirena IUD to 'settle down'? TMI inside.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've read through all the previous Mirena questions, but can't find anything specific about how long it may take for spotting to cease.
I had a Mirena IUD inserted at the very end of January this year (9.5 months ago). I had pretty regular spotting for the first few months, and while it did lighten up, I still have spotting for between 4-6 days out of every 7. It's by no means heavy, as in it doesn't soak through my underwear, but it is brownish and sometimes smells bad. Sometimes it's like a weird body odour, sometimes it smells like the heavy discharge I got during pregnancy (kinda sweet but also wrong smelling). I also get bits of random mucos, mostly brown, which sometimes gets all stuck up in my hair. All of this grosses me out, and makes me much less likely to get busy with my fella, unless I've showered within the last 30 mins.
In good news, I don't get an actual period, just a few random cramps every now and then and I can't tell you how much I prefer living life without a period. I suck at keeping my clothes blood free, and just generally resent having to buy tampons or deal with all that blood. I also can't tell you how much I prefer not having the 'am I about to get pregnant' brain fuck that used to occur monthly. I just don't want to have regular periods, or get pregnant.
I've been to my lovely GP, who checked me out and sent off lots of swabs. Everything came back normal - with lots of good bacteria reported. She wasn't able to offer much advice, so just asked if I wanted it removed. I asked if it would be worthwhile going on the pill, so she gave me a script.
I would much rather NOT go on the pill as well (and is that a crazy idea in itself?), so I'm wondering if it is worth waiting it out? Things ARE a lot better than what they were the first 3-6 months, so is it worth waiting a full year?
Please hope me.