Does Mirena Affect the Growth of Fibroids?
Right after the removal of the Mirena, my brown spotting immediately turned to red and slightly heavier but bearable. Thank goodness I stopped by the drug store on my way home from the hospital to pick up extra overnight pads in case it got worse, ... more »
Right after the removal of the Mirena, my brown spotting immediately turned to red and slightly heavier but bearable. Thank goodness I stopped by the drug store on my way home from the hospital to pick up extra overnight pads in case it got worse, something the doc never warned me about but I figured since I was always a heavy bleeder. The next 3 days, the bleeding did get heavier but started to lighten up towards the end so I didn't think much of it. All of a sudden while I was at the mall towards the end of day 3 watching my kids ice skate, a sudden "gush" occurred and I rushed into the toilet to replace my overnight pad thinking I was safe for the next 2-3 hours. Boy... was I wrong! While I stood there for less than 30 minutes, I not only bled through the NEW overnight pad but also through my panties, jeans, tunic, a sweatshirt I tied around my waist as the blood leaked down to the bottom of my leg! More than a dozen "gushes" that felt like uncontrollable waterfall or "peeing" with major clotting which I could feel come out of me as I stood there not knowing what to do.
I managed to rush home making a mess in the car, the floors, my bathroom, everywhere! There was so much blood I thought I was going to die. I phoned my husband who rushed back from work and took me into the ER. The doc gave me a pelvic exam, ultrasound, and blood test. I was sent home with more medication to stop the bleeding. 3 days after this incident, my bleeding has finally stopped! Hurray!
But that's not the end of my experience with Mirena... the docs asked me to come in to review my blood tests. They found that my body wasn't producing any hormones and was hoping this was associated with the heavy bleeding which may or may not be my normal menstrual cycle and only until my next period would they be able to determine that. The doc also said my hemoglobin level is VERY low and that I needed to take iron supplements but to also come back next month for another blood test to see if I'm still anemic.
It's so nice to be period-free for a change which seems ridiculous bc that was the main reason why I opt to have Mirena inserted into me but it didn't work at all. It was only AFTER I had another follow-up appt. by a different OG/GYN doc was I informed that my fibroids could be the cause of the constant bleeding while on Mirena and that it may not work for me. If I had known earlier, then why bother to try it at all and save everyone the pain, suffering and cost? Does anyone also have a doctor who has warned you Mirena might not be affective on you if you have fibroids growing in certain areas of your uterus? I wished I had known sooner and hope this new information can help someone else m