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  • By Dina

    Hi, I’m 47 and use Mirena for almost 10 years. Loved it. about 2 years ago i started to get my periods twice a month. The periods are not bad but the migraines I get few days before every time are bad. A doctor told me that if I will change to pregnancy pills I may be better off since i will have my period only once a month. WDUT?..Thanks.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Dina,

    Well, this can be a tough decision especially if your current birth control is working well. I can tell you that there is a long last triptan called Frova, an abortive medication, that can be used prophylactically during menses. Let me share that information which may be another solution and you can discuss it with your doctor; https://migraine.com/blog/short-term-option-for-migraine-prevention-frova/.

    Let us know how you make out,

    Nancy

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  • By Lisa Robin Benson Moderator

    Hi Dina,

    Just to add to the conversation here is a good article on birth control and migraines.

    https://migraine.com/blog/birth-control-migraine-prevention/

    I think the main takeaway I’ve found with navigating the confusing wrld of birth control and living with migraines is: everyone is different. It’s hard to tell how you will react.

    Before considering getting the mirena removed it may be a good idea to ask your dr about trying the Frova which Nancy reccommended, in case that solves the problem.

    Wishing you luck and take care.

    Lisa

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    Dina,
    Again, I don’t want to pile on to the great advice that Lisa and Nancy have given you…
    But I have the copper IUD, which has to be replaced every 10 years.
    The Mirena needs to be replaced every 5 years. So if you’ve had the same one for 10 years and would like to keep using it, talk to your OB/GYN because inserting a new one may help with the bleeding.
    Here’s info from the Mirena website:
    http://www.mirena-us.com/

    Good luck!
    -Katie

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