mirena birth control and CD

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Roni
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   Posted 7/13/2010 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Anyone get Mirena inserted for heavy periods or birth control?
Please tell me everything, especially any side effects and how it affects the crohn's.

sgirl
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   Posted 7/13/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the mirena twice now for birth control. I haven't had any problems with it. both my GI and OB said it is just fine and shouldn't cause any issues with the Crohn's. I haven't noticed any side effects from it. Thing I love the most about it: No period, haven't had one since December, the initial cost can be expensive if your insurance doesn't cover it, but overall it is cheaper than the pill, and if your insurance does cover it, it's even cheaper. w/o insurance it's around 500, with my insurance it was a 35 copay and that's all I had to pay.
Diagnosed with UC in February 2009.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis December 2009.
Flaring since October 2008
Possible Rheumatoid Arthritis

Medication: Pentasa 6x daily, Imuran 50 mg, multivitamin, Vit B12 1 g, omeprazole. Sulfasalazine


Roni
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   Posted 7/13/2010 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, sgirl.

Does anyone have any other intra uterine device for BC or heavy bleeding?

Becky77
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   Posted 7/13/2010 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Wish I could have it, even with my history of blood clots, mirena or other IUDs can be safe, but you can't get one if you haven't had kids yet...or at least my GYN won't put one in until you've had kids (if you plan on having them).
Becky

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!


grayeyedblonde
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   Posted 7/14/2010 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have the Mirena, but I have had an IUD for the past 12 years and I love it. I only have heavy bleeding the 2nd day, the rest of the time, I can get away with a panty liner or light tampon.
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 13. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. 2 fistula's, perianal and perivaginal.

Humira, probiotic, a multivitamin, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and fish oil. I also take Tramadol 50 mg and Klonopin (for anxiety) as needed.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!


Roni
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   Posted 7/14/2010 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Mirena only lasts 5 years. Which IUD do you have?

leysa
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   Posted 7/14/2010 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I have an IUD (Mirena) and it doesn't seem to bother my bowels one way or the other.
30/f
chronic active colitis/unspecified IBD - still awaiting a PillCam
Lialda 1.2 mg 2x/day
Prednisone 10 mg taper in progress
Remicade - 2 infusions so far
Darvocet or Lortab as needed for pain


sgirl
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   Posted 7/14/2010 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
you can get the mirena before you have kids, it just hurts tons more. first time it hurt something awful, 2nd time didn't feel a thing.
Diagnosed with UC in February 2009.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis December 2009.
Flaring since October 2008
Possible Rheumatoid Arthritis

Medication: Pentasa 6x daily, Imuran 50 mg, multivitamin, Vit B12 1 g, omeprazole. Sulfasalazine


grayeyedblonde
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   Posted 7/14/2010 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I think I have the paragard T one? The one that does not contain any hormones. I didn't mean I had the same one for 12 years, I've had the old one taken out and a new one put in. When I first had it inserted, I was told it would last 7-10 years. Went 8 years with the first one and at the time my dr said they only recommend 5 years. I have never had any problems with mine.
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 13. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. 2 fistula's, perianal and perivaginal.

Humira, probiotic, a multivitamin, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and fish oil. I also take Tramadol 50 mg and Klonopin (for anxiety) as needed.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!


Becky77
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   Posted 7/14/2010 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
You CAN have one before kids, but they can cause problems like injuring your cervix which can affect having kids, which is why my GYN won't let women who haven't had kids have them :( I do respect my dr's opinion and I don't want to do anything that might keep me from having kids in the future, but it would be nice to have one and not worry about getting pregnant, as I can't take birth control pills ever again.
Becky

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!


Roni
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   Posted 7/15/2010 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
So anyone have troubles getting it in or out? And are any of you ladies short and petit? I worry it might not fit as I am short.

leysa
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   Posted 7/15/2010 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Getting it put it was completely anti-climatic for me. I had it put in at my 6-week checkup after having my baby, and I was TOTALLY freaked out about having it done. There was literally one sharp cramp and then it was over. It was not a big deal at all for me.

I did spot nonstop for almost 2 months afterwards, which drove me absolutely nuts, but after that I haven't even had a real period since. I love the darn thing.
30/f
chronic active colitis/unspecified IBD - still awaiting a PillCam
Lialda 1.2 mg 2x/day
Prednisone 10 mg taper in progress
Remicade - 2 infusions so far
Darvocet or Lortab as needed for pain

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