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After Mirena IUD placement, it's normal and common to have spotting for up to 4-5 months afterwards, sometimes daily. Eventually this goes away. After 5 months, the vast majority of women are thrilled with the Mirena. The dark blood is reassuring. It's old blood and not a sign of active bleeding. We tend to be more concerned with bright red bleeding, especially if heavy. The dryness may be due to the way the IUD works. It shuts the ovaries down and therefore estrogen levels may be lower than normal. Some women need to use a lubricant to help with this. Alternatively, we can prescribe a low dose of estrogen to be used vaginally a couple times weekly. Let your gyne know if you'd like that prescription placed.
So for now, it sounds like things are in the normal range. Give it up to 4-5 months as long as there is no pain, fever, foul odor or heavy bleeding.
I hope this has been reassuring and helpful. Please reply if I can clarify anything.
Most likely some bloody cervical mucous. It can get pretty thick and stretchy. The IUD increases cervical mucous. This is one of the ways in which it works. It increases the cervical mucous to prevent the sperm from entering the cervix. Sounds pretty normal.
Hello again. This is still in the range of normal. Bleeding as heavy as a period can be expected during the first 5 months after placement. Ideally, this gets lighter and lighter over time and fewer and fewer days. So as long as the bleeding isn't very heavy, there is no fever and no serious pain, it's still in the normal range for adjusting to the Mirena IUD.