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09 January 2015 @ 11:49 pm
So I have my appointment next week to get my Mirena IUD placed, wish me luck! I'll probably play it safe and use pads for the first two cycles, after that I plan to get back to using my cup. But what I realized when I was looking up experiences here, is that almost everyone talking about IUDs has a Paragard (copper IUD). I know that Paragard tends to make periods heavier while Mirena tends to make them lighter, and sometimes they go away completely. So do most of the people with Mirena just have a light enough flow that they don't bother with cups, just use liners for a few days or something? Even if my period does get that light though, I'd probably prefer to keep using my cup because it's more comfortable and convenient. Does anyone find it convenient to use a cup for spotting and irregular bleeding (which I'm likely to get in the first six months)? I'm not really sure what else I'm looking for here, just that I realized I might have been going at this the wrong way. And honestly, I would be kind of bummed out for some reason if my cup became unnecessary. Any personal experiences would be appreciated.
tallulah78tallulah78 on January 10th, 2015 08:00 am (UTC)
I used to have a Mirena, before I used a cup. My periods became a lot lighter, but I still used tampons so I didn't have to deal with smelly pads. Eventually, my periods got slightly heavier, and I had the Mirena changed after almost 5 years. With the new Mirena I consistently bled for a few months, before the Mirena came out. I don't know if it's due to my fibroids which can lead to it falling out, or if I accidentally tugged the strings (which I never, ever felt).

I guess it depends why you're getting the Mirena - i.e. if it's to control heavy flow or for contraceptive.
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on January 10th, 2015 10:13 pm (UTC)
It's for contraception, I have a pretty light flow to begin with.
きみえ (Kimie)kimie_catclaw on January 10th, 2015 02:37 pm (UTC)
I had a Mirena for two years (and will be getting a new one soon), and while my periods were mostly really light/non-existent (I was also breastfeeding), I did use my cup when I was bleeding enough to need more than a liner.
Ashcarefree on January 10th, 2015 03:17 pm (UTC)
I had Mirena for 5 years (got it removed last year) and I didn't have a period, at all. No spotting or anything.
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on January 10th, 2015 10:14 pm (UTC)
Not even in the very beginning?
Ashcarefree on January 11th, 2015 02:40 am (UTC)
Nope. I was also breastfeeding, but I never bled at all. Not until I had it removed 5 years later.
yayforcupsyayforcups on January 11th, 2015 02:51 pm (UTC)
You can pop a cup in at any time, with light flow, spotting or even for discharge (especially on those wierd wettish days!) i use mine for preperiod too as im just so irregular. Tho the clue period tracker has been useful to check for trends :)
djehutys_wisdom on January 12th, 2015 11:52 pm (UTC)
I don't have a Mirena (I have a Paragard), but I've had two friends with Mirenas. One stopped getting a period entirely, the other still got one every month, just not a super heavy one. I have read that something like only 20% of people with Mirenas stop menstruating altogether. I am not sure you can predict in advance how your body will react to a Mirena.
keispree on January 13th, 2015 05:43 am (UTC)
I've had a Mirena for about a year now - still have my period, and still need a menstrual cup! In fact, I just started. :) My period before I had a cup was pretty light to begin with as well.
It's very different depending on the person. We really have no idea what your response will be like!