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What to do next after Mirena ?

By March 21, 2010 - 8:33pm
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I am 46. Have got Mirena and not working. GP put me on the pill but have not stopped bleeding in this month. Tried so many ways over the years. Mirena is not helping with mood swings either. What next -- hestro and take ovaries out to? Go and get Rieki and councellng to help with all? The women are helping so much. so is my GP and gyno. Some days, would like to take it all out asap. I am 10kgs over weight but happy with myself and active person.

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thank you for the help that was good to hear from another persons advice. great all days monthlys started so bad back pay lucky we did not go camping mighted of brought everything with me. really tied already and just got up, body sore all over and bleeding heavy as iam on the pill and got mirena see HOW GREAT ALL THESE SURPOSE TO WORK HAHA.

April 1, 2010 - 4:21pm

i just talked to my gnyo we will see how i go in hosp in the 5 or so days and see how i go with the menopause kicking in. lol he said if i need anything will put me on low tablet then see what happens. i rather that or nothing cross fingers. i came from australia and my gnyo has not heard of the pellet. but will find out more.

March 31, 2010 - 4:55pm
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Good luck to you, Francesca. I hope your surgery goes well and that it helps you with all of these problems you've been having for so long. Do come back and update us, will you?

April 1, 2010 - 9:47am

The pellets you are talking about are probably SottoPelle, does that sound familiar? We have a threat here on EmpowHer from women who have used it and have had different experiences with it. You might be interested in skimming this thread:


And here is a great thread where women are writing about their experiences going through menopause naturally, without any hormones at all:


Dr. Christiane Northrup's book, "The Wisdom of Menopause," is my favorite book about menopause and about the decision between no hormones, bio-identical hormones and synthetic hormones. It is a wonderful book that contains more information about the different aspects of menopause than you can imagine. Here's a link to it:


Take a look at those links and see if they help you. And when you and your doctor start talking specifically about whether to do any hormone replacement therapy, we are happy to help you research anything here, OK?

You are right, with your situation you're going to have to work with your doctor to figure out what's right for you. And it may take a little while to get it exactly right. Your hormones are clearly at work in the issues you have had that are causing you to get a hysterectomy, so that must be taken into consideration.

March 31, 2010 - 11:23am
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they are taking out ovaries. just working out what to do on that side of things. i find on a website about i think this a good natural pellet in put into you body the pellet. do you know anything about this???? and would like to know more on your behalf about replacement therapy please. iam going to ring a every good friends to help me understand more i about natural would be good but is it good for me or have nothing would be good. becuase of all these problems iam on zoflt too been on it for about 2/3 years not on high one 50mg was on 1 1/2 i stopped with docs help. i reckon it is a lot to with hormones. iam going to ween myself of them with docs help. the op is on the 27th may. i looked into all the things you wrote down. all is good. so the replacement therapy is the??about it.

March 30, 2010 - 7:35pm

well it looks like going for hysterectomy. because i went to base hosptial to see if they would do it so i donot have to pay for it looks like i will have to. we went over everything from my past and we desided to go with it. i went in still unhappy with everything. but when icame out i was realized it is the best for me. how long do i need to try everything to see how it was pans out or wait 10 year and see how long menopause will last?????. it makes it so had for us women to go through all these problems in our lifes. and desiding what to do is hard. by looking and talking to so many people from all walks of life to try makes us understand if is alright to go ahead with it. and then we think so much that iit all works out in the long run. one thing iam glad i have talked and thought about so much from all the answers i have gotten.

March 28, 2010 - 9:12pm
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Deciding to have a hysterectomy is tough, I know. You have had a long journey of difficulty in this area and I'm glad that you seem settled with this decision. Will they also take your ovaries, or will they leave them in? If they take them out, have they discussed with you the fact that you will go into menopause immediately? Has anyone talked with you about whether you are interested in hormone replacement therapy of any kind? When is your surgery scheduled?

March 30, 2010 - 8:30am

And I'm so glad you're going to your regular gynecologist on Friday. With problems such as yours, it really helps to have a doctor who has known your history for a while.

Here is a page that talks about the symptoms of uterine fibroids, many of which you have:


(Be sure to click on the other blue links down the left-hand side of that page on tests and diagnoses and treatments and drugs, for instance)

Do those sound like your symptoms?

Will you update us after your gynocologist appointment? I'll be very interested to see what he thinks.

March 24, 2010 - 11:36am


I want to be sure you also saw this answer to you from one of our other moderators, who is a nurse:


March 24, 2010 - 11:00am

Hi, Francesca,

Welcome to EmpowHer, and thank you so much for your question.

So you still have the Mirena IUD in and you are taking birth control pills as well?

I know you said you have tried so many things, but can you tell us what they are?

Has your gynecologist suggested what could be causing the bleeding? Have you been tested for things like fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome or endometriosis? Have you had your hormone levels tested?

How long has the Mirena been in? And what birth control pill are you taking?

Please give us a little more information so we can try to help.

March 23, 2010 - 9:24am
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