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Old 05-15-2019, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Hi all - asking for my wife- she's been on the Mirena IUD for 6 months, and still is spotting for over half the month. She calls her OBGYN and gives her a 2 week supply of Estradiol 1mg tablet to take for 2 weeks. OBGYN doc says it will "reset" everything and stop the bleeding.

But the thing is - we are going on a large trip to visit family at the end of June and have no idea how to "time" this. Should she just take this 2 week Estradiol course now or does anyone have any suggestions on how to time this 2 week course prior to June 22?

Another suggestion I found is that Naproxen (an NSAID) 500mg daily before a trip will reduce/stop bleeding from a new IUD.
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Old Yesterday, 12:18 AM
 
Location: on the wind
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Hi all - asking for my wife- she's been on the Mirena IUD for 6 months, and still is spotting for over half the month. She calls her OBGYN and gives her a 2 week supply of Estradiol 1mg tablet to take for 2 weeks. OBGYN doc says it will "reset" everything and stop the bleeding.

But the thing is - we are going on a large trip to visit family at the end of June and have no idea how to "time" this. Should she just take this 2 week Estradiol course now or does anyone have any suggestions on how to time this 2 week course prior to June 22?

Another suggestion I found is that Naproxen (an NSAID) 500mg daily before a trip will reduce/stop bleeding from a new IUD.
These are very specific questions OP. She should ask the prescribing gynecologist about timing the medication. They probably have a lot more direct experience with this.
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Old Yesterday, 12:36 AM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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I wouldn’t want to leave on vacation just coming off the hormone; I’d want to time it to where she comes off of it just when you get back home. I’ve been on that stuff several times before. Last time was a few months ago & I haven’t even had a period yet.

The time before that I was bleeding within 24 hours of my last dose. I have a small amount ordered for me to take “as needed”, that I can take with me if I go out of town. That was ordered as a precaution prior to me going camping with the kids in an extremely remote location in Colorado, at 9,000+ ft elevation. The day before we left I had to have 2 units of blood transfused to “get me through”.

Has your wife had her blood cell count drawn recently? If she’s not low, the doctor may be okay with her waiting to start but I wouldn’t go anywhere without doing the labs first & the doctors consent.
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Old Yesterday, 05:07 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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These are very specific questions OP. She should ask the prescribing gynecologist about timing the medication. They probably have a lot more direct experience with this.
I agree. I have been through this before with various birth control forms for myself or my daughters and also perimenopause. There is usually an instruction to begin on a certain day of the cycle and continue for X amount of days.
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Old Yesterday, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I wouldn’t want to leave on vacation just coming off the hormone; I’d want to time it to where she comes off of it just when you get back home. I’ve been on that stuff several times before. Last time was a few months ago & I haven’t even had a period yet.

The time before that I was bleeding within 24 hours of my last dose. I have a small amount ordered for me to take “as needed”, that I can take with me if I go out of town. That was ordered as a precaution prior to me going camping with the kids in an extremely remote location in Colorado, at 9,000+ ft elevation. The day before we left I had to have 2 units of blood transfused to “get me through”.

Has your wife had her blood cell count drawn recently? If she’s not low, the doctor may be okay with her waiting to start but I wouldn’t go anywhere without doing the labs first & the doctors consent.

Thanks for your experiences. I also suspected that these tablets would be better taken DURING the trip.

Also, I will tell her to call the OBGYN office - I just came on here because this office is SO difficult to get a hold of someone, let alone get a legit answer. Will need to change clinics unfortunately but lots of insurance issues. I'm surprised she was able to get a prescription set over to the pharmacy with just a voicemail. All they said was that "nothing else is needed because IUDs can still cause spotting for around 6 months."
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Old Today, 04:53 AM
 
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Thanks for your experiences. I also suspected that these tablets would be better taken DURING the trip.

Also, I will tell her to call the OBGYN office - I just came on here because this office is SO difficult to get a hold of someone, let alone get a legit answer. Will need to change clinics unfortunately but lots of insurance issues. I'm surprised she was able to get a prescription set over to the pharmacy with just a voicemail. All they said was that "nothing else is needed because IUDs can still cause spotting for around 6 months."
This is true. It is actually a year. Spotting is not really that disabling. I can see if she had true bleeding. Spotting is more annoying than anything else. I probably had it 6 months and I think my sister had it a year.
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Old Today, 10:12 AM
 
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This is true. It is actually a year. Spotting is not really that disabling. I can see if she had true bleeding. Spotting is more annoying than anything else. I probably had it 6 months and I think my sister had it a year.
I'm close to year 3 and still spotting about 10-12 days out of the month plus a regular 7 day period. My hormones are fine. It's just more annoying than anything else. My gyn has offered to pull it but it's like "whatever, it's working fine in the way I need it to."
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