I am a 19 year old college student, in a monogamous relationship for almost a year now. Neither my boyfriend or I have had sex with anyone but each other, and we've both gotten STI tested and come back clean. I got a Mirena IUD last September, and my case has been a model of success. Barely any adjustment period, no problems so far, it's been great. Ever since September, my boyfriend and I have been using the IUD as our sole form of contraception (We used condoms before). That, too, has been great. However, I haven't gotten my period since the end of December. Now, I know that one of the possible side effects of the Mirena is no more periods, and my periods had been getting progressively lighter up 'til now. And that the chance of getting pregnant with an IUD is very slight. Still, it's not unheard of and I can't help but worry. I know Mirena pregnancies are very high risk, and even if I'm not getting my period because of Mirena, how will I know if I ever am pregnant in the future? If I won't have my period for the rest of the time I have the IUD, should I just take periodic precautionary pregnancy tests? I haven't taken a test yet, but I plan to as soon as I can get around to it (midterms are currently in full swing). Before then, any thoughts?
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I think it's definitely a good idea to take a pregnancy test, just so you have you answer. The most likely scenario is probably the one you described, where the missing period is a side effect of the IUD. If the possibility, even though it is an incredibly small one, of you becoming pregnant while using the IUD an not being able to tell is still worrying you, it might be good to use a back-up method when having sex.
Also, I think it might be good to talk to your healthcare provider about the missing period and your concerns. While it's likely that this is just a side effect of Mirena, it can't hurt to have a check-up just to rule out other possibilities.
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