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    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 3rd Aug 18, 8:29 PM
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    Mirena coil, R e m o v a l
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 8:29 PM
    Mirena coil, R e m o v a l 3rd Aug 18 at 8:29 PM
    I found the Mirena coil amazing for dealing with heavy periods and the menopause.

    I find it very puzzling there's hardly anything online about what happens after you have it removed?
    Last edited by hollydays; 04-08-2018 at 8:22 AM.
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    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 4th Aug 18, 1:54 AM
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    Normally it would stay for 5-7 years. At which point it would be replaced with a new one. once you are past the menopause it can be removed, though there is no urgency in getting this done.

    If you find it agrees with you, I don't know why you would not continue.
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 4th Aug 18, 7:35 AM
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    Yes past menopause removal is what I'm referring to.
    • mtbbuxton
    • By mtbbuxton 4th Aug 18, 5:00 PM
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    • 4th Aug 18, 5:00 PM
    I was told it's absolutely fine for it to stay in situ after menopause - I have no plans to have mine removed and it's been in place for around 10 years.M x
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 4th Aug 18, 9:51 PM
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    • 4th Aug 18, 9:51 PM
    I'm speaking as someone who's had it removed and wondering what symptoms if any others have experienced.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 5th Aug 18, 12:08 AM
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    • 5th Aug 18, 12:08 AM
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    • 5th Aug 18, 12:08 AM
    I'm speaking as someone who's had it removed and wondering what symptoms if any others have experienced.
    Originally posted by hollydays
    None at all, but I must have gone through menopause while it was in without realising.

    however, it might depend on why you had it inserted / what's causing the heavy periods / why you had it removed. I had mine put in because a scan revealed either a fibroid or a polyp, they couldn't tell which from the scan. IIRC (it's a long time ago!), if it had been a fibroid they'd have removed it, as it was a polyp they reckoned the coil was the best option.

    Since my family was definitely complete (I'd had my tubes tied already!) it wasn't coming out so I could have another baby, so once I'd dealt with the initial very unpleasant symptoms it just sat there. Periods were initially light, and then they just stopped.

    When I eventually had it out, after 10 plus years, no symptoms at all.
    Still knitting!
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    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 2 hats, 2 balaclavas for seamen, 1 balaclava for myself, multiple poppies, 3 peony flowers, 4 butterflies ...
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 5th Aug 18, 4:12 PM
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    • 5th Aug 18, 4:12 PM
    When I had my first 2 removed after their 5 year limit I had slight cramps. My current one is in for HRT purposes so will come out after 4 years.

    I take it you have experienced some issue that has prompted this thread?
    • LilTerryWhite
    • By LilTerryWhite 6th Aug 18, 9:09 AM
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    • 6th Aug 18, 9:09 AM
    I have it for 3 years and also looking for such information.
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 6th Aug 18, 4:52 PM
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    • 6th Aug 18, 4:52 PM
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    • 6th Aug 18, 4:52 PM
    Yes past menopause removal is what I'm referring to.
    Originally posted by hollydays
    I have it for 3 years and also looking for such information.
    Originally posted by LilTerryWhite
    Are you asking about the procedure itself? Or the after effects of having had it removed?
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 6th Aug 18, 6:16 PM
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    When I had my first 2 removed after their 5 year limit I had slight cramps. My current one is in for HRT purposes so will come out after 4 years.

    I take it you have experienced some issue that has prompted this thread?
    Originally posted by Floss
    Yes , it appears that's it's not an exact science and after removal there could be some reintroduction of menopausal symptoms that it had hitherto controlled eg night sweats.
    I'd suggest to friends They enquire what's the absolute longest time it could be kept in without problems.
    I had heard of women who had problems by not bothering to get it removed.
    • choccyface2006
    • By choccyface2006 6th Aug 18, 6:32 PM
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    I had my Mirena coil out 5 days ago, this particular one had only been in for 15 months but I was having problems with it. It was removed easily and painlessly and I bled slight afterwards. For the last four days I've had hours where I've not bled at all but then very heavy bleeding with clots.

    I'm 44 and not menopausal yet.

    Sarah

    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 6th Aug 18, 10:56 PM
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    Yes , it appears that's it's not an exact science and after removal there could be some reintroduction of menopausal symptoms that it had hitherto controlled eg night sweats.
    I'd suggest to friends They enquire what's the absolute longest time it could be kept in without problems.
    I had heard of women who had problems by not bothering to get it removed.
    Originally posted by hollydays
    Trouble is, we cannot give medical advice. We can only say what happened in our case, and that may not be your case. Anyone concerned about possible issues after removal needs to discuss, because as I said some of it will depend on why it was inserted!
    Still knitting!
    Completed: 1 adult cardigan, 3 baby jumpers, 3 shawls, 1 sweat band, 3 pairs baby bootees,
    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 2 hats, 2 balaclavas for seamen, 1 balaclava for myself, multiple poppies, 3 peony flowers, 4 butterflies ...
    Current projects: ready to decrease / decreasing on all parts of the mohair cardigan pattern! but moved onto wrist warmers for friends at Christmas ...
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 7th Aug 18, 8:53 AM
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    No problem , I'm in close contact with my docs.
    • busiscoming2
    • By busiscoming2 8th Aug 18, 12:44 PM
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    I've been wondering what happens when it's removed for the last time.

    I'm on my third one which has been in situ for 6 years. I'm 55 now and was told it should be removed after 7 years. How would I know if i have had the menopause? I'm concerned about having it removed in case I start having periods or menopausal symptoms.
    • rita-rabbit
    • By rita-rabbit 11th Sep 18, 1:00 PM
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    confused - why would you leave a foreign body in there?!!
    I was told it's absolutely fine for it to stay in situ after menopause - I have no plans to have mine removed and it's been in place for around 10 years.M x
    Originally posted by mtbbuxton
    This is dangerous living. I do know someone (knew) who left hers in & got cancer from that (& died)
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 11th Sep 18, 9:23 PM
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    I've been wondering what happens when it's removed for the last time.

    I'm on my third one which has been in situ for 6 years. I'm 55 now and was told it should be removed after 7 years. How would I know if i have had the menopause? I'm concerned about having it removed in case I start having periods or menopausal symptoms.
    Originally posted by busiscoming2
    Im going through the menopause, Im 54 and had my last coil put in 4 years ago when I was already peri menopausal

    This coil is to remain until Im 60, by which time Im expecting to have got by the night sweats, which is the only symptom of menopause I have had. Even though I haven't had periods for the 20 years I have used the mirena, I would still get ovulation pain which I haven't had the past year and recent blood tests confirm I am now menopausal

    At 55 I would suggest if you haven't had any symptoms of being peri menopausal you pop in and ask for a blood test
    if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 18th Sep 18, 11:12 PM
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    Just to update , and advise.
    I think I'm getting a recurrence of menopausal symptoms, and I'd advise anyone else thinking of having the mirena coil removed after say, 5 years are up, to ask if it should remain in place for a little longer until the menopause is finished.
    I wasn't warned my menopausal symptoms might return .
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 18th Sep 18, 11:50 PM
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    Just to update , and advise.
    I think I'm getting a recurrence of menopausal symptoms, and I'd advise anyone else thinking of having the mirena coil removed after say, 5 years are up, to ask if it should remain in place for a little longer until the menopause is finished.
    I wasn't warned my menopausal symptoms might return .
    Originally posted by hollydays
    But medical advice is essential.

    My GP's comment was that after the length of time mine had been in place, it was unlikely to be having any effect on my hormones. So if I'd been troubled by menopausal symptoms at any time, then changing it for a new one might have been recommended, rather than just leaving the old one in place.
    Still knitting!
    Completed: 1 adult cardigan, 3 baby jumpers, 3 shawls, 1 sweat band, 3 pairs baby bootees,
    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 2 hats, 2 balaclavas for seamen, 1 balaclava for myself, multiple poppies, 3 peony flowers, 4 butterflies ...
    Current projects: ready to decrease / decreasing on all parts of the mohair cardigan pattern! but moved onto wrist warmers for friends at Christmas ...
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 20th Sep 18, 7:35 AM
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    But medical advice is essential.

    My GP's comment was that after the length of time mine had been in place, it was unlikely to be having any effect on my hormones. So if I'd been troubled by menopausal symptoms at any time, then changing it for a new one might have been recommended, rather than just leaving the old one in place.
    Originally posted by Savvy_Sue
    my go offered no advice that it should remain in longer, and the one who originally mentioned it was nearcto it's removed val date ( about 5 years) didn't either.
    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 20th Sep 18, 8:38 AM
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    I had mine removed earlier this year. It was my second one.

    For the first week after removal I bled quite heavily, but since then (April) I have had absolutely nothing

    I am 57 and have had no further menopausal symptoms. Before I had my first one inserted about 11 years ago I was bleeding heavily and continuously, it was the last try before a hysterectomy (which I consequently avoided), and literally the night before I had it I had really bad night sweats. After having it inserted I had no more, and only very slight hot flushes (I was fairly early into the menopause).

    I would recommend it for sure.
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