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A 22-year-old female asked:

period 11 days early. bad cramps in pelvis and back with bad headache. also have a cold. have had mirena (levonorgestrel) for a year. is something wrong?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Bleeding: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on all forms of birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of 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 Mar 22, 2020

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