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Mirena and tampons.

By Anonymous September 26, 2010 - 2:02pm
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I'm 16 years old and i got the mirena booklet from my doctor and inside it said:
"Can tampons be used?
Use on sanitary pads is recommended. If tampons are used, you should change thm with care so as not to pull out the threads of mirena."
and i was just like wth!!
so i'm wondering
is it realy that risky to use tampons?
like what about the thongs? what about the bathing suits?
I'm so confused.

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EmpowHER Guest

This recently happened to me pulled my coil right out removing a tampon the pain was unbelievable, I didn't think it was possible! But it happened!

January 17, 2017 - 1:18am
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Hey Alison Beaver, dont know if you are still on here.
The Mirena can be used on women who haven't had children if there are other factors that are affecting which birth control or menstrual management method they can use. I got put on it as a last resort as I'm allergic to condoms and have a clotting disorder that means I can't take the pill.
I have been using tampons for the last few months that I've had it and haven't had any problems.
I'm 19 and still young, and I found it too difficult to wear the things I wanted to wear without a tampon.

December 10, 2016 - 12:53pm
EmpowHER Guest

I just recently got the mirena. I got it after my 2nd baby. I'm now having my first period with it, I tried to use a tampon and it's very uncomfortable. Every time I've tried it feels like I've got it in wrong. What should I do?

April 16, 2016 - 7:12am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,

Are you still having difficulty inserting a tampon?

If so, use a sanitary pad and contact your gynecologist. If not, mention the problem during your next visit.


April 18, 2016 - 8:58am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi I'm a mum of three and have had the mirena in for two years now but two weeks ago I thought I felt it move as I had pain now two weeks on tonight I have pain in my lower sides n pelvis should I be worried as I've had sexual contact during the past few weeks ?

October 14, 2015 - 2:31pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,

Call your gynecologist right away. If you think the IUD shifted, and you are having pain, you must be examined by your doctor. You can discuss the risk for possible pregnancy once evaluated.


October 15, 2015 - 9:20am
EmpowHER Guest

Alison.....I hope you are still connected to this page!>......I have been searching for hours on this topic. I have the Mirena and have had it in place for nearly 3 years. I have always used tampons and had no problem, however tonight before getting into the shower I went to remove my tampon and did feel a sharp pain and now my strings are superlow...like less than a half inch inside! Where before I could barely feel them!!...I'm trying to figure out if it would still be in place, dislodged or whatever!...No insurance makes trips to the Dr a need to go basis!! Thoughts, tips, or comments.....help!

December 20, 2012 - 5:07am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

If you feel the threads lower than normal, it is very likely that the Mirena is not in the proper position. I understand that without health insurance, a trip to the doctor's office is costly. But, you need to be examined and have the Mirena repositioned, otherwise it is ineffective. Call your gynecologist and ask what you should do. You should not be charged for a telephone call and an office visit will cost less than an ER visit.

Alison is no longer here at EmpowHER. I hope I've helped.


December 20, 2012 - 6:07pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Your cervix can change positions throughout your cycle, so it can be totally normal for the string to feel slightly longer.

April 17, 2017 - 7:18am

I also wanted to mention that I believe Mirena IUD was primarily for women who already have had children. Have you talked with your health care provider about this? Here is some information from the Mirena website:
"Mirena (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) is recommended for women who have had at least one child. This is because most of the medical research conducted on Mirena for FDA approval was among women who had at least one child." source: http://www.mirena-us.com/mirena_right/index.jsp

September 26, 2010 - 6:39pm
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