Mirena IUD and vaginal spotting

Patient

Q: I Have Just had the Mirena IUD in just over a month now, and I am having some bleeding. I know some is normal but mine is VERY dark and more then just spotting. I wear a panty liner and i have to change it once a day!! Is this normal???

Doctor

A:   Vaginal spotting happens more commonly in copper IUDs as compared to progesterone containing IUDS (e.g. Mirena). It is possible to experience menstrual irregularities within 3 months of IUD insertion. However, I would still suggest for you to see your doctor to make sure there is no concurrent infection (infections can also present with spotting). I do hope this helps and I wish you well always.

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