I had mine for over 2 years, constant bleeding for the first 5 Mons then I had regular periods ever after. The side effects were minimal other than the bleeding. After yr 2 on it I started ovulating. My Dr told me to have it taken out after I developed an issue with blood clotts.
Birthmom to Ella 3-10-10, step-Sam to K 6-26-06, plain ma to Gabriel 5-23-14
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