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Side effects of mirena ring - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am getting the mirena coil put in tomorrow but have read about all the possible side effects such as weight gain, fluid retention, acne and cramping. Are these common effects or not?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr. xxxxx
Doctor :   I wil surely help u
User :   did u receive my question re: the mirena coil?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   O hot t
Doctor :   * Yes I got it
Doctor :   Plz wait
Doctor :   Yes these are expected
Doctor :   There may be flow or no flow
User :   Are they common effects of this device?
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   I will tell u tell u the common side effects
Doctor :   The most common side effect with Mirena is a change in your vaginal bleeding
Doctor :   You may have no period, a light flow or an unpredictable period. Many women do not experience cramping or a period that is heavy. It is normal to have cramping after the IUD is placed within the uterus.
Doctor :   So pattern of bleeding is the common side effect
Doctor :   Mirena has progesterone so there is weight gain , fluid retention. but because it is locally actiing , the systemic absorption will be low to cause such symptoms
Doctor :   DO you follow me?
User :   what do you mean by the systemic absorption will be low to cause such symptoms?
Doctor :   Merina is a intra uterne device
Doctor :   it is fitted in side the uterus
Doctor :   Do u follow me?
Doctor :   But there is a drug called Levonorgestrel i side the device
User :   Iam aware of where it is inserted. My concern is I am not wanting something that will cause weight gain etc. Should I look at something else rather than the coil?
Doctor :   This drug acts on the uterus and cervix
Doctor :   ALmost all birth control measures cause some weight gain because they contain progesterone
User :   I am not using it as a form of birth control it is just for help with controlling heavy periods
Doctor :   But in the literature Weight gain is not given asa common side effect of Merina
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   As I told u in the literature Weight gain is not common sideeffect
Doctor :   There is an implant that slowly releases a progestin into your bloodstream. It prevents pregnancy and reduces menstrual bleeding for up to three years
Doctor :   but again weight gain is common
Doctor :   but again weight gain is common
User :   Ok thanks. I am aware of that device also. Thanks for your time
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