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When having mirena (levonorgestrel) for several months is it normal to have brown discharge?

When having mirena (levonorgestrel) for several months is it normal to have brown discharge?

Not usually: It is a possible side effect. It doesn't happen commonly, but prolonged, irregular bleeding can be a side effect. If it is a new symptom, you may want to have a sonogram to ensure it is in the right place. If so, then sometimes a short course of birth control pills or some supplemental estrogen can stabilize the bleeding. Also good to make sure u weren't exposed to any stds. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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I have mirena (levonorgestrel) for 6 years. Recently started having stringy reddish brown discharge. What causes that? No odor, pain etc.

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I have mirena (levonorgestrel) for 6 years. Recently started having stringy reddish brown discharge. What causes that? No odor, pain etc.

Mirena (levonorgestrel) side effects: Merina (levenorgestrel-releasing IUD) is indicated for intrauterine contraception up to 5 years. Your device has been there for 6 years. It also causes stringy brown discharge. Even it cause no pain or odor it is time to be examined by OBGYN specialist. Thank you and good luck!!! ...Read more

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Been getting brown discharge for 10 days had the mirena (levonorgestrel) fitted 3 years ago and never had a problem what could be causing me to get the brown loss?

Variable: This could be related to the Mirena (levonorgestrel) but also could be related to vaginal infection, especially if odor accompanies the discharge. See your doctor if this concerns you. ...Read more

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I'm having Brown discharge and sometimes pink am on the. Mirena (levonorgestrel) I also have a smell?

I'm having Brown discharge and sometimes pink am on the. Mirena (levonorgestrel) I also have a smell?

RULE OUT INFECTION: Light bleeding, brown discharge with a odor need to be checked out to rule out infection. See your gynacologist ...Read more

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I had the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD inserted a month ago and still have brown discharge is this normal?

I had the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD inserted a month ago and still have brown discharge is this normal?

Yes: With IUD insertion, the vaginal bleeding/spotting can vary in different people. See a physician to ensure that the IUD is still in place. Good health. ...Read more

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I have a Mirena for more than a year. I stopped breastfeeding 2 months ago. Since then I have a bloody and brown discharge.?

Mirena IUD: The Mirena IUD has progesterone imbedded and can inhibit ovulation. Sometimes prolonged bleeding can occur secondary to thickened endometrium degenerating, so if you have had this discharge for two months ("since then...") you need to see your gyn for an exam. Sometimes an IUD can be forced into the cervical canal, and actually cause the bleeding. ...Read more

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Had mirena (levonorgestrel) inserted 6 weeks ago. Bled for a week and light brown discharge for 2 weeks. Then I've been bleeding about 1 tbsp for 3 weeks. Is it normal?

Had mirena (levonorgestrel) inserted 6 weeks ago. Bled for a week and light brown discharge for 2 weeks. Then I've been bleeding about 1 tbsp for 3 weeks. Is it normal?

Very normal: You may have some spotting or mild bleeding for up to 12 weeks or so with mirena (levonorgestrel). Make sure you get your 6 week string check. Sometimes if the spotting is not tolerable I will use a low dose of oral provera to help get rid of it, but not all GYN's agree with that. ...Read more

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Mirena (levonorgestrel) string gone! Deep cramp left side for two days, brown discharge for four weeks! Help?

Mirena (levonorgestrel) string gone! Deep cramp left side for two days, brown discharge for four weeks! Help?

Confirm where it is: Hi,
If you are saying that you can't feel the strings yourself they could just be curled up in the cervical canal. However you should see your doctor and see if he/she can confirm the presence/position of your IUD via ultrasound. ...Read more

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Period 15 days late. Never is late. Now today I have an intermitent brown discharge. I am ttc for 11 months after Mirena (levonorgestrel) removal.

Period 15 days late. Never is late. Now today I have an intermitent brown discharge. I am ttc for 11 months after Mirena (levonorgestrel) removal.

Can do preg. Test: If one is "never late" but is now "late", one can do a pregnancy test. It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. ...Read more

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Mirena, (levonorgestrel) no periods, until April a two week one and not had one since but for the passed tthree weeks I've had Brown discharge! Why?

Mirena, (levonorgestrel) no periods, until April a two week one and not had one since but for the passed tthree weeks I've had Brown discharge! Why?

Mirena (levonorgestrel): It is not uncommon to have irregular bleeding with Mirena (levonorgestrel). The brown discharge indicates old blood and again, not worrisome just a nuisance. Sounds like the bleeding is resolving. ...Read more

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Hi I'm a bit worried I've had a brown discharge for 8 days, I have the mirena (levonorgestrel) coil in and haven't had a period in 14mths what could be wrong?

Hi I'm a bit worried I've had a brown discharge for 8 days, I have the mirena (levonorgestrel) coil in and haven't had a period in 14mths what could be wrong?

Mirena (levonorgestrel) bleeding: Irregular bleeding is an almost universal side effect the 1st few weeks after Mirena (levonorgestrel) insertion. After that periods tend to lighten with 25% having no periods by 12 months. Irregular bleeding can be annoying but it does not mean that the method is not working. This side effect is very typical of Progesterone only birth control methods. ...Read more

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Had mirena (levonorgestrel) coil fitted a little over 6 months ago, brown discharge and some pain once or twice a week. Is this a sign my periods are stopping?

See GYN: Cervical pain 1-2 times a week may indicate that the device has shifted in the cervix. If the pain persists of foul discharge begins, see your PCM or Gynecologist for an exam. ...Read more

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Mirena (levonorgestrel) for over a year: strong cramps with light brown discharge and cloudy urine?

Mirena (levonorgestrel) for over a year: strong cramps with light brown discharge and cloudy urine?

Get checked!: What you have needs to be treated very likely. Sounds like an infection but clearly an evaluation is in order. While this is generally true, it is especially important if you have a fever and/or the painful cramps get worse. In any case get checked! ...Read more

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Got 2nd mirena (levonorgestrel) fitted and now have smelly brown discharge. STI check all clear. Had PID before and don't think its that. Help!?

Got 2nd mirena (levonorgestrel) fitted and now have smelly brown discharge. STI check all clear. Had PID before and don't think its that. Help!?

Here are some. ..: The available help is right in front of you, that is, your existing Doc who has known more about your conditions than anyone online for indirect "second-guess". So, bring the detail on the onset, degree, duration, evolution, & progress of the symptoms to your Doc for further analysis + physical exams + tests as needed so to deduce possible Dx for reasonable Rx/ care/ counseling for now and future. ...Read more

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Got mirena (levonorgestrel) 5 months ago and having contraction like cramps now I'm having bloody and dark brown discharge with a funny smell do I need to see a doctor?

Got mirena (levonorgestrel) 5 months ago and having contraction like cramps now I'm having bloody and dark brown discharge with a funny smell do I need to see a doctor?

YES: Could be a few different things and at your age you want to make sure it is not an infection and/or a hormone problem that will affect you later on. Please make an appt with your OB-GYN. ...Read more

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Dr didn't retest for uti. Have had for 3 weeks. Pain in groin, back, muscles, and joints. Also have brown discharge and flakes in bowl. On mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Dr didn't retest for uti. Have had for 3 weeks. Pain in groin, back, muscles, and joints. Also have brown discharge and flakes in bowl. On mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Get retested: Ambryn,

You should definitely get retested. Not knowing your situation, I would also suggest testing for STD's, as they can cause brown discharge as well. Finally, testing for pregnancy could be of use. Getting pregnant on Mirena (levonorgestrel) is not likely, but it is possible. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Smelly brown discharge on mirena (levonorgestrel) w/low sex drive, acne and weight gain. Want it out, after 3 mos?

Smelly brown discharge on mirena (levonorgestrel) w/low sex drive, acne and weight gain. Want it out, after 3 mos?

IUD: Low sex drive, acne, and weight gain could be the hormonal side effects of the Progesterone that is incorporated in Mirena (levonorgestrel) (iud). However a foul discharge should always be check out by a healthcare provider because it could be a vaginal infection. Do that first. ...Read more

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What is it when you have a lot of brownish discharge with ordor after mirena (levonorgestrel)?

What is it when you have a lot of brownish discharge with ordor after mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Mirena (levonorgestrel): The purpose of the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud is to minimize menstrual bleeding - in effect this becomes the brownish discharge that you describe. It can take up to 8 months after Mirena (levonorgestrel) insertion for this spotting to occur about every 4 weeks. The odor comes when the brownish discharge keeps lingering and does not go away after 3 - 5 days. ...Read more

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I've had a mirena (levonorgestrel) for 2.5 months and just today I had discharge that was stringy and elastic and it was brownish and a tiny bit bloody. Should I freak?

I've had a mirena (levonorgestrel) for 2.5 months and just today I had discharge that was stringy and elastic and it was brownish and a tiny bit bloody. Should I freak?

NO: Its normal to have mucous. Not IUD fault. Light cycles and no cramping is also normal. Keep it in place. It is a wonderful method and very very safe. Do not listen to and ambulance chasing tv commercials, they are false.
For best info go to american college of OB/GYN web site. ...Read more

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Hello been using mirena (levonorgestrel) 4-5 yrs never had any spotting but as of 9.21/12 brownish discharge is visible? What is it

Hello been using mirena (levonorgestrel) 4-5 yrs never had any spotting but as of 9.21/12 brownish discharge is visible? What is it

Likely just bleeding: Many Mirena (levonorgestrel) users will have the wonderful side effect of not having periods but that does not mean it is abnormal if you have one. The Progesterone decrease the build up of the endometrial lining therefore minimal to no bleeding occurs. If some lining builds up. Remember the Mirena (levonorgestrel) needs to be removed after 5 yrs of use. ...Read more

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Hi, I have had the mirena for over 4 years and the past 2 months my period has been brown and I have had a bad odor with my discharge for 5 months. I?

Hi, I have had the mirena for over 4 years and the past 2 months my period has been brown and I have had a bad odor with my discharge for 5 months. I?

No/yes: Then change in menses is actually common with mirena. However, the odor could be just from old blood --or and infection. It would be useful to check that out with a doctor. ...Read more

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I have had my mirena (levonorgestrel) for about 2 years w/no problems but have been spotting (brownish blood discharge) very light for 3 weeks. No pain. Is this common?

I have had my mirena (levonorgestrel) for about 2 years w/no problems but have been spotting (brownish blood discharge) very light for 3 weeks. No pain. Is this common?

Common: One of mirena's best features is that you will often get no periods or very light periods with the trade off that you get unplanned spotting from time to time. If his continues for more than 1-2 cycles it would be worth seeing your OB or pcp to see if there is any other source of irritation or the bleeding. ...Read more

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I had my mirena (levonorgestrel) inserted weeks ago. Starting 4 days ago I've had a brown metal smelling discharge. No pain/fever. What could this be? Will it go away?

I had my mirena (levonorgestrel) inserted weeks ago. Starting 4 days ago I've had a brown metal smelling discharge. No pain/fever. What could this be? Will it go away?

Spotting: Break through bleeding or spotting are common on the mirena, (levonorgestrel) it can make some patient's cycles very light. Usually this gets lighter or goes away after the first month or so. ...Read more

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