Why has my period come back?
June 3, 2014 6:55 PM Subscribe
This is a question about the Mirena IUD and my period. Don't click if you don't want to talk about bleeding and IUDs.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am a 46 year old woman in a fully monogamous relationship. In December I had a Mirena IUD installed and loved it -- I formerly had very heavy, painful periods along with two to three days of dreadful mood issues, and within a month of the Mirena being in place all that had vanished. Joy!!
Last month I had one day of mood issues followed by a six day period - a real period, not just spotting. This month, I have had three days of mood issues, and am now on day three of a real period, heavier than last month (although still not anywhere near the level of the gross, clotty, flooding, extra heavy flow I had pre IUD), with some cramping (which I did not have last month) (I used to be a pad-every-hour period, today I soaked through a pad in a 10 hour day.)
I did a self string check, both last month and this, and everything seems to be exactly as it was before this all started.
I did call my women's heath provider, but despite being a big practice they don't seem to have a "talk to the nurse" service. They want me to come in next week, which I can do, but it's a hassle.
I did look at IUD Divas and some other web forums, but don't see this experience reflected.
I don't think I'm pregnant, because a) the IUD is still in place, and b) historically, I start to throw up almost immediately after becoming pregnant, and I'm not doing that.
- If you have a Mirena, did this happen to you (ie: much lighter periods followed a few months later by heavier periods).
- If I can still feel the string in the same spot as always, is there any chance at all the IUD has been expelled or has moved enough to be ineffective.
- Presuming the IUD is still in place, what on earth could be causing this?