Is this normal? I have had a Mirena since December 2008. As of about March 2009, I have not had a period at all. No spotting or anything. As of today, October 26, 2009, I am bleeding heavier than just spotting and that is accompanied by slight menstrual cramps (which I have also been without for about 8 months). My Mirena strings were curling up last month when I checked, and this month when I checked I could not feel them (but I've read that many women can not feel them especially if they are curled up around the cervix). I do not have insurance at all, so I do not want to waste money on an unnecessary trip to the doctor if this is just a normal thing to have a slight period return. I intend to use back-up contraception until I'm sure everything is still in working order.
Thank you for your time.