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Longer periods and on Mirena birth control

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I have had my period for eight days now. I was wondering if that is normal and if not should I call my doctor? I have the Mirena birth control also and was borderline anemic after I had my son. Would that have any effect on my period?

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Expert:  Dr. John Monheit replied 4 Days.

Yes it would affect your periods. Mirena is an intra uterine device that is used for the prevention of pregnancy. It contains levnorgestrol that prevents the fertilization of the egg or sperm and reduces the lining the endometrium. It is a highly effective contraceptive that can be used up to five years. While using a Mirena birth control it can bring about a few changes in the body. The periods may appear for longer days, have heavier or light bleeding, spotting. This usually lasts till the body gets adjusted to this hormone-releasing contraceptive and can range from 3-6 months following, which the period will return to normal. I would suggest you to not to get worried and in case of increased heavier bleeding which doesn't subside then you can consult your obg-gyn doctor.

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Medical School: The Chicago Medical Center
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