OK, I know that questions like this have probably been posted a lot but here goes.... I have a 22 month old and an 8 month old. I had the mirena placed at my 10 week checkup, and then went back about 4 or 5 weeks later to make sure it was still OK. I am seperated from my husband and getting divorced, but that hasn't stopped us from having sex three times in the last two and a half months when he is picking up the 22 month old for visitation. It's not something that I feel particularly good about, but I don't have time to get out and meet people because I am so busy with my kids, and I guess it's just some biological need. I've vowed to myself to not do that anymore, because I don't want him to think I want him back, he is a loser and is 10K behind in child support all ready, but that is another story.
Anyways, for the last week and a half or so, I just "feel" pregnant. My boobs feel bigger and are sore, my stomach feels bloated and hard to suck in, I have felt nauseous a few times but haven't thrown up. I haven't had a period since January of 2010 when I became pregnant with daughter # 2 so I can't judge by a missed period. I asked at my checkup of the mirena if I needed to check for strings or anything and if they could explain how to do this, and I was told that I didn't need to worry about that and didn't tell me how to check for it. So I have read the instructions on the internet in the last week and I haven't been able to feel strings.... I don't mean to sound like an idiot, but after 2 kids and everything I really still don't know how to feel for my cervix and all that stuff, but for all I know I'm not doing it right, but I still don't feel anything.
I know that this is probably just side effects of the Mirena, but I am scared to death. I bought a pregnancy test yesterday and I am terrified to take it. I obviously can't afford another baby, I am actually trying to finish my bachelor's degree right now. I thought I was being safe and responsible. I really don't know what my question is, I am just hoping I could have someone say "yes, I've had similar symptoms with the Mirena in place and I wasn't pregnant." Thanks! :)
I can't say I've had the Mirena IUD (I myself didn't want hormonal birth control and opted for the Paragard IUD instead---but that's another story) but I do know that it can cause "pregnancy" symptoms. Because it's hormonal, it can do numerous things to your body including weight gain (or sometimes loss), fluctuation in mood, nausea/vomiting, sexual increase/decrease, breast tenderness, acne, back pain, dizziness, and headaches.
I'm surprised your doctor said you don't need to feel for the strings, as it's vital you do every month. When you go to feel for them, they basically feel like fishing string. The tips might poke you. Your cervix will (depending on where in your cycle you are and just the day in general) be high up or low. It might feel more firm or more soft (once again depending on where in your cycle you are), and since you've had children you'll feel a small hole. The strings should hang right by where the hole is. If you don't feel them, this can indicate the IUD has been expelled, embedded in your uterus (which is what happened to me) or is floating around in your body. Ultrasound can determine if this is the case for you. I would see your doctor and depend blood testing for pregnancy as well as a check to make sure it's in place. While it's rare for it to be expelled or get lost (or perforate the uterus) it can happen. You might also not know it happens. When my IUD perforated my uterus, I had no clue it happened. I had no pain, no bleeding, nothing.
Hmmm that's scary. Yeah, after the check up I asked if I needed to do anything or check it or anything, and they said no and acted like it was no big deal and they would see me in a year for a check up. I haven't really had any pain, and definitley no bleeding. I have tried to feel for the strings but I can't feel them. I really think that is actually when I started freaking out, when I found out on the internet that I really am supposed to be checking the strings every month and I went to check them and I can't find them. Then I think I started interpreting all the things that are happening to me as pregnancy symptoms. If I AM pregnant, then the only reason I am ever meant to have sex is for procreation because that is pretty much how it has been for the last three years. If I got pregnant after having the mirena, I would definitely feel like the universe was out to get me! I love my kids but going through what I am going through right now, I can't have a third one under 3 with no support.
Don't freak yourself out yet, wait till you have a reason to freak out. First things first would be to see your doctor, and rule pregnancy out. This is done by a simple blood test. You just HAVE to find out your hCG levels. Once this is done, you can have your doctor do an exam to see if they can see the strings. If they can't, an ultrasound has to be done to see where it is. Then you just go from there.
wanted to see if anyone could help me or had any relevance to my story. 3 months after i had my son in december 2010, i had mirena put in. at the time i had no desire to have any more children. i didnt have too many issues at first with the mirena. I do have a tilted cervix so they had to turn it which was very painful, it almost felt like a contraction but other wise, i walked out feeling fine. i still get my period, 5 months after i have gotten mirena and its finally starting to normalize, compared to the 2 week periods i used to get after i had my son and before i got the mirena. However, recently, i have had some concerns. I went to my obgyn friday to get my yearly pap smear. everything went well, except my doctor said she did not see my strings for the mirena. she told me not to panic and she believes they just went into my cervix. she ordered that i get an ultrasound to make sure. i have the ultrasound but over the weekend i have been sick, and having the worst cramping. yesterday, i woke up early in the morning, doubled over with cramping pain in my left abdomen . i took a hot bath and it slightly relieved the pain. I know this is around the time that i am ovulating but i never felt a cramp like this before. I dont know if the pap is giving me the cramping, or if the mirena fell out and im pregnant, if i have the mirena in place and theres something wrong, or my biggest fear, if im pregnant with the mirena still in place. i just want to hear other women, with similar stories or information and/or a doctor who knows what it could possibly be. I still have cramping and a lot of pressure. feels like something is pushing down pressure =/.
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