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Posted: 13 May 2012 12:30 PM

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Hi. I’m 50 and starting to have the first symptoms of starting the menopause. My periods have started to become irregular however I almost constantly have the feelings that my period is due to start! This is so inconvenient as I have stopped wearing white and light coloured trousers and skirts – just in case. I also travel a lot with work and have to carry supplies with me at all times.

My GP has suggested that I use the Mirena coil in order to regulate the menopause symptoms, stop my periods and ensure that I don’t get pregnant (I couldn’t get pregnant at my most fertile so it would be a complete shock if it happened at this stage!).

Has anyone else tried the Mirena? If so what was your experience and has it helped?

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:30 PM

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Many women do have the Mirena coil fitted leading up to menopause to help control their bleeding, which has often becomes erratic and heavy. The coil is fitted containing a low dose of progestogen (synthetic progesterone similar to that used in systemic HRT) which is slowly released over the next few years and in many women works extremely well. However, I have come across several women on Menopause Support workshops who have had difficult side-effects from weight gain, mood swings and irregular bleeding – but the later normally settles down after a few months.

If you do go ahead, please do tell the forum how you get on with it – I’m sure others would be very interested.

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:31 PM

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I am 50 in 6 weeks. I am 160cm and weigh 60kg. I had the Mirena coil fitted 3 years ago to control heavy bleeding I have just been told (yesterday) that I am menopausal, after 4 years of anti-depressants and being told It?s all in my head, the hormone test for prolactin showed 50.99 ( I live in Spain). This was the only abnormality in the blood tests. I have been given HRT in the form of EQUIN. I take no other medication.

I am bloated and very uncomfortable round my abdomen, constant bladder problems, heavy and painful breasts, feeling of anxiety, doom and gloom etc. extremely lethargic, sore, dry eyes, itchy, almost burning, palms of hands and soles of feet. Panic attacks, occasional hot flashes.

As you can imagine after 4 years of these symptoms I find doctors hard to trust. I have a constant fear that I have undiagnosed cancer?.i know this is extreme but I have had so many tests I worry about everything. Now I had a sleepless night about taking the HRT, worried about blood clots etc.

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:32 PM

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Hi everyone,
I am new to this, had a sobering couple of weeks realising that the monopause has probably hit and trying to begin to come to terms with another important stage in my life which appears to be happening only a couple of months after my mother’s death from cancer.
I had a mirena fitted 5 years ago to try to control very heavy periods, and it has worked well from that point of view, I have been very happy with it. There has been some debate with a nurse at my Dr’s about whether it needs to be changed and they appear to have decided that I can keep it until I no longer need it for contraception. They were not able to be clear on how I could tell whether I have had the monopause as my periods appear to have ceased but is this due to the effects of the coil or have I had my menopause!! I would be very interested to hear other people’s experiences of the mirena and the menopause. Just one small gripe with the medical profession – just wish they would stop staying “…at your age…” to me!!
Thanks all, look forward to hearing from you.

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:33 PM

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Even though you may find progesterone cream works well for you please be aware that these creams contain a powerful pharmaceutical hormone made in a laboratory. Yes, the creams are called ?natural? because they are often made from a substance (diosgenin) extracted from wild yam and the creams contain the same chemical composition as the progesterone inside our bodies but they are in effect ?HRT?. Just because it is sold as ?natural? does not necessarily mean it?s free from side-effects.

GPs may be reluctant to prescribe these creams as they are not licensed in the UK by the Medicines Control Agency because of the lack of research to show that there is no increased risk of breast cancer; this is also the reason why you are unable to buy these products over the counter in the UK. You can easily get them in the USA because the Foods and Drug Administration allows them to be sold as ?cosmetics? ? it does not allow any medicinal claims such as ?hormone replacement?.

Susanne

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:36 PM

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I had the mirena coil fitted 4 years ago at the age of 41, i have not had a period since it was fitted, i went to the doctors recently as i was suffering from dizziness and the occasional hot flush, the doctor told me he considered me far too young to be going through the menopause at 45 (just) but did a fsh blood test anyway, i have just received the results and i have gone through the full menopause, should i have the coil taken out?or leave it until it is due to be removed in 2 years?

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:37 PM

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It is difficult to advise you on the decision to remove your coil or not as there are many factors to take into account which should really be discussed further with your doctor.

Things you might like to think about:
If the coil isn’t giving you any problems or side-effects and you initially had it for contraception then it would be probably best to keep it in. At your age you need contraception for 2 years after your menopause (the date of your last period) to be sure you won’t get pregnant. But I can see this is difficult for you as you stopped having periods over 4 years ago because of the coil.

I suggest you go back and have a further chat with your doctor.

Good luck with your decision and stay in touch.

Susanne

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:38 PM

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I’m almost 49 and had an endometrial ablation 7.5 years ago, during the operation I had a mirena coil fitted. The combination of the ablation and the coil immediately solved my problems with extremely heavy and painful periods. I was very pleased with the results. Ever since having the ablation and the mirena fitted I have had irregular periods, usually very light and only lasting a day or two, but very occasionally a little heavier and lasting up to 5 days. Sometimes I have gone several months with no period and sometimes I have one only 2 or 3 weeks after the previous one – but they have always been completely or almost completely pain free – so no problem! The only problem with the coil I have had is that a smear test revealed that the strings to remove it were not visible – a scan confirmed it was still in place.

When I had the coil fitted I was told that it would need to be replaced after 5 years. However, when I enquired with my GP after the 5 years were up he was not keen to replace it as he felt that it was not needed for contraception as the ablation would have removed all chance of pregnancy. The doctor who fitted the coil at the time of the ablation had told me that the chances of getting pregnant after the ablation were very low but that it would still be advisable to have some form of contraception and that the mirena together with the ablation would give me the best chance of solving the heavy periods and pain (the heavy periods were extreme and if the ablation did not work I would have had to have a hysterectomy).

As my GP would not replace the mirena I decided that I would rather keep the one I had than run the risk of further heavy periods if it were removed.

My problem now is that a recent further smear test about 6 months ago revealed that the strings are “unreachable”. I was advised that I would have to have the coil removed at a hospital rather than the GP surgery and that it is possible that I may end up having a general anaesthetic (which I would like to avoid it possible). I was also advised by the smear nurse that although I have had the coil over 7 years that it was ok to leave it there for “a few more years as residual hormones in the coil may help with early menopause symptoms”.

However, I’ve read conflicting advice to this and I now wonder whether it is safe to have a mirena for 8-10 years. As it is clearly going to problematic to remove, I’d rather leave it there as long as possible, especially if it may reduce menopause problems as I have recently started having hot flushes – but don’t want to do that if it is not safe to do so. When I put these questions to my GP he was completely unhelpful.

I would be really grateful to hear from anyone has had a mirena for 8-10 years or to receive some advice on whether leaving it in that long is not advisable.

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Posted: 13 May 2012 12:38 PM

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I had coil placed 10 years ago under a general after a hysteroscopy. I did put on almost one stone in weight but after the coil I was lapse with my eating habits and no longer living on my nerves due to PMT for years, however I lost that extra weight and loads more on a low fat diet forced by my high cholesterol discovered soon after. I stabilised at about 9st 6 and still there 8 years later. Bit up and down now, so I am having my coil changed next month as am suffering the usual emotional and energy problems with my ‘age’ (53). Oestrogen levels dropped so they suggest change the coil. I had the coil for HP’s and it was a life changing experience for the better. Recommended by BUPA consultant and suggested to be replaced for healthy HRT even after pregnancy risk over. I still don’t have a period for so long now (bliss) and I don’t know why after 10 years if the hormone in the coil is diminished. Who cares. Maybe will let you know what happens with coil number 2 after the 9th May! I will be able to tell you if it makes you gain weight. Now you may be interested that the consultant told me that on the trials well over 90% of the ladies on a waiting list for hysterectomy with HP’s who tried it kept it after the trial and did not go for the op.

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:40 PM

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If you don’t need the coil for the contraception and you have no need for the synthetic hormone as part of an HRT programme then I don’t see the need to change your existing coil. I would suggest you discuss this with your doctor again and ask them why they think you should have a new one.

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:40 PM

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I have had the Mirena coil for 2 1/2 years and I’m 47. I have experienced an increase in breast size which I think is due to the coil but I’m not sure. Has anyone else experienced this? I’m not particularly please by this as I feel I look heavier.

Also I think I am now peri-menopausal, I have had breast pain every 3 weeks for the last 9 weeks (I used to have a 33 day cycle before I had the coil fitted). I am also having some bleeding whereas I had stopped with the coil. I have had a few palpitations, which I was relieved to read could be a sign, and I am so tired and lacking in energy in the evenings. I am going to my GP next week to ask for a hormone test.

Do energy levels increase again after the menopause or should I not ask!

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:42 PM

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First post – be kind. I’m 49, with no menopause symptoms as yet, but not sure mostly because I’ve had a Mirena since 1997 when my daughter was born – 14 years ago. I’ve never had it changed in all of that time, mostly because I found the insertion traumatic, and couldn’t face a repetition. But I’ve been completely well, and have had no periods during the 14 years. I’m only ovulating very occasionally – I can tell very easily – the last time during the summer. I’ve never worried about the effectiveness of the contraception either because it wouldn’t be a disaster if I got pregnant (if a bit of a shock now).

Reason for posting is that my practice nurse (new woman I’ve never met before) is putting major pressure on me to have it removed or changed, and I don’t want to. clearly she can’t force me to, and I can’t find anything that says that it’s likely to be doing me any harm at all. What’s the worst that can happen? If/ when I start to get menopausal symptoms, I might consider having it changed then to get a recharge of the hormone element. For now, my view is – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Any advice? Should I get a blood test to see if I’m on the point of menopause, and would this change anything? Anyone else in this situation?

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:43 PM

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Hi, I’ve decided to join after reading questions/responses and it seems such a good forum.
I have had a Mirena coil since 2004 (I’m on my 2nd one). The first one was fine and I noticed no change in periods – it was purely used for contraception as my periods were fine. Since having the second one fitted in 2009 I’ve barely had a period. They have sort of appeared and then gone. I do get the symptoms (sore breasts and abdominal pain) and then just a spot and it’s gone. I don’t mind this at all, but I just wondered if this was usual? I went to the Dr and he did an hormonal test for menopause and it was clear.
The thing is I also, over the last 6 months, have become very emotional. I cry at the simplest of things (even scooby doo once!!) and I wonder if it still is menopause. I don’t have hot flushes, do get a bit irritated more easily and have put weight on around my middle. Any ideas?

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:44 PM

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I am 53 and I had the marena coil fitted 31/2 years ago, very painful fitting. this was supposed to help with my heavy periods that were lasting for 2 weeks at a time but 3 1/2 years on and i am still coming on regularly and just as heavy. i recently went back to docs and had all sorts of tests after continually being told to give the coil time. i am suffering from dizzy spells and have been diagnosed with iron deficient aneamia. my doctor says it’s because of heavy periods. after a lot of hospital appointments it turns out that my coil has fallen out but i didn’t know. I was asked whether i would like another one fitted but i have declined due to painful experience of 1st fitting. am totally fed up with it all. am now being refered to gynacologist to decide where i go from here. Has anyone else experienced painful fitting or coil falling out.

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:46 PM

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I am 55 and was fitted with my first Mirena coil 10 years ago, the insertion was painful, as others have said, however my heavy periods stopped and I was pain free for the first time in years. After 5 years I started spotting and a new one was fitted in 2007. I am wondering whether this one is failing as I suffered four painful days of back and stomach ache, which pain killers didn’t touch, and a constant headache, all symptoms which I suffered before the first one was fitted. I am not sure what to do now as I presume that I have gone through the menopause, but should I stick with this one or have a new one fitted? Will I suffer the effects of the menopause if I just have it removed? Any help or advice would be appreciated

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:47 PM

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I was given a Mirena coil just over 3 yrs ago for heavy painful periods. Worked wonders. Last 12 months change from regular lighter periods to longer time between them and occasionally missing a month. However have not had a period for the last 2 months but all the associated pain, bloating and checking all time not bleeding. Doctor said this would happen – eventually no period, especially as head into menopause. I will be 50 this year. Any one have any advice on how to ease the bloating. Thanks

 

 
 

 

 

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