Mirena IUD Cramping: Here's Why It Happens

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It's no fun.

Mirena is a type of IUD. An IUD (or an intrauterine device) is a form of birth control that is inserted into your uterus.

Mirena prevents sperm from reaching your eggs. This form of birth control can be effective for up to three years. It is recommended for you to get checked every year to make sure your IUD strings are in place.

Why You May Be Suffering From Cramps

Women may experience cramping when Mirena is inserted. This can happen anytime something is inserted into the cervix.

Once Mirena is in place, you may experience some cramping for a couple of hours. It's also normal to experience some spotting after Mirena is inserted. Some women may experience cramps after a couple weeks on Mirena.

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How You Can Temporarily Ease Cramping

We all know cramps can get pretty severe, so here are a couple of tips to help ease the pain:

Use Advil or Tylenol

Over-the-counter pain killers can help relax your muscles, which can help decrease the pain.

Apply Heat

Warm pads or a heated water bottle can help sooth the pain. A warm compress increases blood flow, thus relieving pain.

Be Sure to Hydrate

Make sure to keep hydrated and drink plenty of water while on your period. Water can help reduce any bloating or cramping you may experience during that time of the month.