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A 27-year-old female asked:

i'm on a mirena (levonorgestrel) i bn having back pain heavy cramping and spotting old blood jus a little first day for the blood. i haven't had a period since mid nov?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of iud users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the iud is not working.

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Last updated Jan 8, 2014

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