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Risks of Mirena for 5 years ?

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i have had mirena for over 5 years. I am scared I am going to get pregnant but can not afford to have it removed and replaced. Can I now get pregnant after 5 years even though the Mirena is still in there? Are there any health risks that come with not having it removed? Thanks a bunch for any responses.
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replied September 9th, 2010
Hi, if you dont have the money then I am wondering if you can call the health dept, maybe they offer some assistance for family planning if your within a certain income bracket. You can also try social services,if you are not eligable for medicaid, you may still be eligible for family planning. If you get preg, you may have a miscarraige, or you may not. but they say take it out after 5 years for a reason, get that thing outta there girl!
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replied September 9th, 2010
anilarahila wrote:
Hi, if you dont have the money then I am wondering if you can call the health dept, maybe they offer some assistance for family planning if your within a certain income bracket. You can also try social services,if you are not eligable for medicaid, you may still be eligible for family planning. If you get preg, you may have a miscarraige, or you may not. but they say take it out after 5 years for a reason, get that thing outta there girl!




Thank you for your response. I think the health department would probably take it out, but I don't think they will put another one in and I have 5 children and do not want anymore at all. I have to make sure I get some good form of birth control because my hubby loves to love me if you get my meaning. I really appreciate the input and if you have any suggestions on birth control that would be great too.
Charity
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replied November 21st, 2012
Lifetime of Mirena and IUD on a tight budget
This question is old, but I've been looking at Mirena info myself along these lines and thought it may help the next person.
Officially Mirena is only good for 5 years and should be replaced, however on one site I came across (written for doctors) I read that the tests the company ran showed that it was actually effective as long as 7 years. I didn't write the site down unfortunately, but th info stuck in my brain. I'm not saying I'd plan for that, mind you, but it does make sense that they would set their replacement recommendation to a 'most effective' date, no the point of total failure.
I also wanted to toss out that in my state (WA) lower income women can get a voucher from the state government for a free yearly exam and birth control at Planned Parenthood. I was shocked when I found out this waiver would fully pay for my Mirena, but it did and I've been wonderfully happy with it for just about 5 years now. I guess the bill for 5 years of birth control pills runs at about the same cost of one mirena installation. Check with your local Planned Parenthood to see if they offer a similar program. You can also ask P.P. (or other clinics in your area) if they offer a "sliding scale" based on income -- most areas have at least one clinic which will. Some clinics also offer options or "Care Credit" which is basically an interest-free healthcare credit card.
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