Friday, February 8, 2008

My IUD Story

I had the Mirena IUD inserted in December of 2006 at a Planned Parenthood. I had not planned on getting anything as drastic as an IUD, since I had used the Pill on and off since I was 17 and was perfectly comfortable with it. However, the doctor there insisted that my blood pressure was too high for me to be on the Pill, Patch, Ring, or anything which contained hormones. One of my main concerns was that I would gain weight, since the Pill had always made me gain 10-15 pounds. The doctor assured me that since the Mirena didn't have the "bad" hormones, then I wouldn't gain weight. After discussing it with my husband (fiance at the time), I decided to go ahead and get the Mirena IUD.

I was fairly happy with the IUD at first. The insertion part of it wasn't exactly fun, but I didn't have any cramping or bleeding after. I was actually up and about my normal life within a couple of days. I enjoyed the freedom that the IUD gave my husband and I, and was satisfied with my investment thus far. My period even stopped coming, which I thought was great.

However, after a couple of months, I noticed that I had gained weight. I attributed this to the fact that I wasn't exercising. Since I didn't want to be fat for my wedding, my husband and I decided to take walks after work. We started walking a mile or more every day, and also started eating better. I cut red meat out of my diet, tried to limit salt and sweets, and ate vegetarian as much as I could. In the past, I would have easily dropped weight just doing these. However, instead, I gained more weight. My stomach appeared swollen, and my breasts were getting bigger, as if I were pregnant. I was understandably freaked out and bought a pregnancy test, which came out negative.

As my wedding approached I started dress shopping. What should have been a fun time reduced me to tears, since the size I normally wore didn't fit, and I had to go 2 sizes up. Even so, I looked pregnant in my dress. I decided to get more serious about my fitness. I walked/ran more, I completely cut out salt and desserts, and basically ate only vegetables, fruit, and grilled meat. My weight and breast size continued to climb. This is when I began to suspect that the Mirena was the reason I was gaining weight.

After my wedding, I decided to see an OBGYN, and see if she could shed some light. In short, not only was my blood pressure astronomically higher than pre-IUD, I had gained almost 40 pounds. I discussed my experience, and told the doctor that not only had I gained weight, I had also lost my libido. I was rewarded by being told that there was no way that the IUD had made me gain weight. She decided to test my thyroid to see if it was the cause of the weight gain. The test came back as normal, but she decided that the was a "false normal", and that she was going to put me on thyroid medicine anyway. This sounded incredibly stupid, and I felt angry and depressed. I felt like it was my fault, that I wasn't trying hard enough to lose weight. I cried because I felt so ugly and fat. My instinct told me that the Mirena was causing my weight gain, but I wanted to trust the doctor.

The thyroid medicine, as predicted, didn't help me, so I stopped taking it. My husband and I finally joined a gym in November, and I resolved to work much harder at my fitness. I began lifting weights, running, and riding the stability bike for at least 8-11 miles 3-4 times a week. I tried to stay positive and remember that weight loss wouldn't happen right away.

In my case, it hasn't happened at all. As of February, and all my hard work at the gym, I have GAINED 10 pounds. I took yet another pregnancy test (the 3rd or 4th one in a year), which was negative. I unloaded on my general practicioner, and told her every detail of my experience. I was finally told "I believe you. I believe it's the IUD." After a heart to heart with her, and some soul searching, I am having the Mirena removed on Monday.

This has been a hard year and some change. I have had to witness my strong, althletic body go to hell, and have been helpless to stop or reverse the changes. I have stretch marks like a pregnant woman. My breasts are freakishly huge, and my stomach is swollen and hard. I am so ashamed of my body now, I don't want my husband to see me naked, and I have never felt that way before. My once overly healthy libido has been squelched, and it takes me much longer to get aroused. I am depressed, and cry easily, which is unlike me. I have noticed myself lashing out at my husband over stupid matters, and he is a kind, wonderful person who does nothing but make me happy.

I have read story after story like this on the internet, and I only pray that I can return to normal in a timely manner.

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Anonymous said...

hello all! thank god i came across this site! i have had mirena inside of me since jan 2008 after my 4th child, since previous contraception failed on me my G.P told me this was the new craze! well she was right, at first all was well then a few months later bloated belly,weight gain,mood swings,selective amnesia,no sex drive,no periods,feeling down ,cramps very sore breasts and worst of all my body telling me i'm PREGNANT! after doing preggy tests that come back negative? i am seriously thinking of having it out.the information given about this from G.P was limited.not happy with the way it Makes me feel and look and my skin lost it's radiance and hair is falling out in clumps! i will post again when i have had it out! can't wait!

Anonymous said...

Quick update!!! I came across this blog on nov. 14 2011, posted my Mirena experience got it removed on Nov 22, 2011 its only been a few I days and my bloating drastically reduced I have not weighted my self yet...i will save this site and update as days go by......M. E. D

Anonymous said...

I got the mirena in early 2011 when I was six weeks postpartum. I was about 8 pounds under my pregnancy start weight with residual hypertension. At six months out, I hadn't lost weight despite a gym membership however I started counting calories as 3500 extra are needed for a pound and realized I had increased my intake enough to offset what I burned. So I got busy and within nine month of getting mirena I am thirty pounds lighter, in the lowest size I have been as an adult, enjoying my libido and not worried about pregnancy thanks to the iud. I disliked the leaky periods in the interim but once I lost weight my periods stopped completely. Even if mirena makes it harder to lose weight, it does not manufacture the calories you would hold on to. 20 lbs is 70000 calories that didn't magically appear without consuming more than your body needed for a sedentary life style.

Anonymous said...

I had the Mirena put in about a year ago. Since then I've had terrible facial acne breakouts. I've also been spotting for at least 2 weeks instead of having my periods. My stomach is bloated and I've even gotten the "congratulations. When are you due?"

In the beginning my husband constantly complained that it was poking him. Just what I needed to hear while making the effort to have sex since I'd lost interest in sex and anything fun. Recently I had a pap and the strings weren't visible. Had an ultra sound and the OBGYN confirmed that its in place ...though I couldn't see it!. I'm having it removed tomorrow.

SAMANTHA CISNEROS said...

I'm 25 and had Mirena inserted 3 months after giving birth. It's been 7 months of hell. I don't have real periods, just spotting every day since it was inserted. I get nauseous with abdominal cramping every few weeks, it feels like I'm pregnant! (3 pregnancy tests later, and no I'm not pregnant - its the Mirena). Im super depressed all the time for no reason, and take it out on my extremely kind & wonderful fiancé. This bitchy, depressed, woman in constant pain isn't me - it's the Mirena. I made an appointment to have it removed next week. I read the pamphlet, was told the same story from my midwife ("miracle birth control"), and yet I feel lied to. I'm thankful for this blog, it's nice to not feel alone. Good luck ladies - I'm hoping life will be better on the other side!

SAMANTHA CISNEROS said...

I'm 25 and had Mirena inserted 3 months after giving birth. It's been 7 months of hell. I don't have real periods, just spotting every day since it was inserted. I get nauseous with abdominal cramping every few weeks, it feels like I'm pregnant! (3 pregnancy tests later, and no I'm not pregnant - its the Mirena). Im super depressed all the time for no reason, and take it out on my extremely kind & wonderful fiancé. This bitchy, depressed, woman in constant pain isn't me - it's the Mirena. I made an appointment to have it removed next week. I read the pamphlet, was told the same story from my midwife ("miracle birth control"), and yet I feel lied to. I'm thankful for this blog, it's nice to not feel alone. Good luck ladies - I'm hoping life will be better on the other side!

mrs stabler said...

Just wanted to say things do get better post-removal, I can now attest to this firsthand... so stay strong ladies. Look forward to better, brighter days soon ahead!

Kay said...

I got the Mirena on Sept. 19th, 2009.
I had it removed Dec. 27th, 2011.

Literally the DAY after I had it removed, I visited my friend in hospital (she'd just had a baby,) and she commented that I didn't look "pregnant" anymore.

My acne is clearing up - I didn't have much pre-Mirena, just the occasional spot.

I feel better, lighter. My stomach no longer has a rounded look to it, and although it's still jiggly (thank you for the 40 pounds, Mirena!) the top of it is flatter, so to speak.

My breasts aren't as tender, and appear to be shrinking - which is wonderful, as they shot from a C-cup to a DDD (F) cup.

Now though, I'm soaking a maxi pad every two hours and passing gigantic clots. It's disgusting, and it's worrying me but I'm going to wait it out - unless I start soaking through my pads in less than an hour.

I am so glad I got that stupid thing out. I will NEVER recommend that anyone get it, and in fact, I'm going to suggest to the people I know who have it, that they get it out, or at least consider other options!

Anonymous said...

Oh my god, girls seriously I have had the exact same things happening to me. I had NEVER in my life worked out and took care of my body like now and yet instead of loosing weight ive gained it!! I weighed 160lb before my bby, gained 20lb from the pregnancy, but heres the good part, u wanna know how much I weigh now after no pizza, no chocolate and four days a week of exercise since I gave birth? 197 POUNDS!!!!!!!! I dont think dats right, its only been four months since my baby was born!! Im taking it out for sure!!! Thanx for shedding some light girls!!!!

Anonymous said...

I thought I was an idiot for having these thoughts of pregnancy! I am so glad you Ladies spoke up! I am going to the Doctor Asap!

Anonymous said...

I wish i would have read these posts prior to having my Mirena inserted in July of 2011. After having my 4th child in March of 2011(conceived while on the pill)..I decided to look into IUD's..Mirena was suggested by my OB/GYN, since half of her office had it as well. The first 2 months were awful..constant spotting, cramping and bleeding (which killed my sex life) then came the bacterial infection, which was a nice twist..then the irritability and the hot flashes also started..5 months in and now I have no periods at all..since I have not been having sex, there is no chance of pregnancy but I must agree with some of the women on here that I often feel pregnant..breats are sore, mood swings, depression, always bloated and crampy..As for weight gain? just 5-6 pounds..but definitely a pouchy belly (daughter is 9 months old, so I keep saying it's because of that)..While I can say I like having no periods, I do not like what I am experiencing and believe the hormones in this IUD is taking a toll on my body..I am seriously comtemplating having it removed and going back on the pill..at least I felt more in control..and just as an FYI, the threads could be felt during intercourse and it hasn't helped either on of us in the bedroom, it's actually driven us apart (sexually)..so maybe that's how this IUD works..it kills the desire to have sex, thereby reducing the chance of pregnancy..LOL! Because everyone's body is different, I respect those who have had a good result using Mirena and those who haven't..do what's right for you and listen to your body! I too kept it in longer than I initially would have to "give it a chance". Sometime's you just have to do what feels right for you..Due to the host of side effects I have experienced, I will be taking mine out shortly! I am just done :) Good luck and take care to all!!

lj66 said...

OMG! I wish I had found this site before I got my IUD. It has been almost 3 years and although I did enjoy some of the "benefits" of having an IUD (no period, not having to remember to take a pill) I have had severe bloating, sensitive breasts, weight gain and lack of weight loss despite many significant attempts including gluten free diet, working out like a crazy person. Today, I am having severe cramping and spotting and am not sure what the hell is going on. I too have thought I was pregnant on more than one occasion and at one time, my partner "cut" himself on the wire that was hanging down during sex. I am now going to get this things removed and have my tubes tied. Has anyone had their IUD removed and then has their tubes tied?

Anonymous said...

DO NOT GET MIRENA!!!! I had Mirena placed after having my 2nd child in 2008. My problems began almost immediately. I bled for the first 3 months which my Dr. told me was completely normal. After a few months I had my strings cut down bc my Bf said he could feel them during sex. In August of 09 I got a yeast infection which cleared up but was followed by BV which my doctor perscribed a different medication to clear up the BV...which causes YEAST INFECTIONS!! Since then I have been on a roller coaster ride trying to get my PH back in order. I had stressed numerous times to my doctor that I believed the Mirena was causing the imbalance only to be told that it wasn't & I needed to cut sugar out of my diet. I have always been petite with an athletic body so I knew that diet wasnt the issue. Although I did begin to have "sugar/sweet" cravings post mirena insertion. After a year & a half of yeast followed by BV. I have experienced headaches bloating cramping an ovarian cyst, a UTI mood swings slight depression severe back aches thinning hair & have gained 10 lbs. I have gotten my regular pap smears each year which have been regular. BC of the irregular balance & reoccuring infections got tested for everything possible. All negative results.

Last year I went to the ER with abdominal pain due to a cyst on my ovary which Ive never experienced. After all of this I scheduled an appointment for removal. I was SUPER EXCITED!! My doc finally came in for the procedure but had cut the strings too low so it was a very painful 10 mins of severe cramping with "the mirena hook" until she finally said she couldnt get it out. She perscribed me an anti depressant med in order to keep me calm on the bext visit as well as pain medication. I took the medicine 30 mins before the procedure which had me very relaxed. Still she could not remove it. She told me the she needed a camera to be able to see it & could refer me to another doc but bc I dont have insurance it will cost me $1000 out of pocket!!!!!! Im 26 now & need this thing removed before it causes any long term permanant issues!!!!

Anonymous said...

I've had the Mirena IUD for two months. My first couple weeks I cramped off and on and my 'period' for the first month light but then I spotted for nearly 10 days afterwards. After that things seemed fine for a few more weeks, except I have packed on about 10 pounds out of nowhere. I was depressed and being treated before the IUD but I am doing ok now, so I am not concerned about it causing depression in myself. Just weight gain, large breasts!, and painful cramps this week. So painful I began to suspect ectopic pregnancy. All on one side, I have to breathe through them, doubled over, tears in my eyes, but they only last 10 seconds and happen a couple times a day for a week. I am new and nervous about this.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this blog. I'm a short, petite runner and gained 10-12 lbs with Mirena over a year. Before I knew it was my IUD, I became frustrated, ran more, and scrutinized my diet. After 4 months and no weight loss, only gain I knew something was not right.

I had the Mirena removed 2 months ago after googling the issue and finding many sites now revealing the weight gain issues are real. I'm now training for a half marathon and running 35 miles a week. And although I am no longer gaining weight, I am also not losing it yet, which is unbelievable with that kind of mileage. In spite of this, my Mirena "pooch" is still showing and my 10 extra lbs are not budging.

I am, however, gaining muscle and losing body fat. and my running is not suffering. So don't give up! What has kept me going is seeing my body fat percentage steadily decrease. I strongly recommend purchasing a scale that calculates body fat percentage as well as weight. Oh, and also get yourself an incredibly loving and understanding boyfriend! Without these two things, I would be one depressed lady. But I am not losing weight (lbs) like I should after months of hardcore running. The frustrating part is that after all this hard work, I still can't fit into my pre-Mirena jeans...aka no reward. But I'm not giving up. I'm determined to ride this out and run my ass off anyway. I'm bracing for another 3-4 months before my body is back to normal. Will check back later!

Other side effects with Mirena I experienced include:

-a weird skin allergy (I developed an allergic reaction to exercise while on Mirena, believe it or not. I have to habitually take allergy pills in order to run without itching and hives.)

-sore breasts (2mths post-Mirena removal the soreness began)

-low libido (since Mirena removal, I've swung back and forth dramatically like a pendulum. but during Mirena, forget about it.)

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! I had twins 9 months ago and already had a 2 year old at home. So needless to say, things were CRAZY! However, I felt like I had a better handle on things BEFORE getting the Mirena! I had the mirena placed about 2 months ago and every since then I have just felt like a raging "B". :) I do not like feeling that way and just called and go in on Monday to get it removed. The office thinks I am crazy but I know my body and I know that I do not feel the same! I also have started exercising but just feel bloated and large! :) Thanks for everyone's stories! It is crazy that more women don't complain about this! Maybe they think it is just the new them, but I would rather take my chances at getting pregnant than to not be happy with the three blessings I have at home!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. I am truly gobsmacked. Although I have had a tendency to put on weight all my life, if I ate ok and exercised a bit I stayed athletic and strong and curvy. Until about 3 years ago that is.

After two pregnancies where I was as sick as a dog hubby and I got pregnant with twins. At five weeks along in the pregnancy I was already throwing up uncontrolably and the obgyn pulled no punches - if we proceeded I could lose either the pregnancy or my own life. Shocked, we opted to terminate and I had a mirena put in. Three years later and I am 60lbs heavier, zero libido, bloated limbs, face, neck and belly, with no change in diet and an increase in activity level. I look and feel like crap and am so sick of the doctors telling me the mirena has nice hormones that won't make me fat! Or to eat less. Or exercise more. To what end? It makes no friggin difference what i do! :(

Anonymous said...

Your story made me cry just reading it. I feel like I am not alone anymore! I am a mother of 1 and had my Mirena inserted in 2010, 8 weeks after my son was born. During the 8 weeks without it I was rapidly losing the "baby weight" that I had put on. After the Mirena was put in, my body put the brakes on and I haven't lost a pound since! So far it has been 14 months of HELL! I have changed diets many of times, I have been working out like crazy, all for NOTHING! I am so tired of the weight, no sex drive, and the killer moodiness!! To top it off, my mother has had the Mirena too. So any time that I mention anything bad about it, i.e. cramps, bloating, weight, her response is, "I haven't had any problems with it, I think it's in your head." Really? Apparently not. I am making the call tomorrow to have it removed. I am done having my life controlled by a piece of plastic!! Thank you ladies for all the truth and helping me feel not alone!

Mn girl said...

I am having the same types of issues. My dr tells me it might just be that my body is having all these issues because I'm not getting my period.most dr's because I've always been overweight act like I'm full of bologna when I say I have changed eating/exercise habits but in the least 1-2 months gained about 50lbs I was losing weight and suddenly did a complete180 and started gaining it. Moods have been terrible, no desire to have sex at all. Really thinking about getting it out

Anonymous said...

Hello all

My story is not unlike the many women who tried to take control of their own fertility and were told that the Mirena was a miracle form of Birth Control. What a JOKE!

I have had my Mirena for only 8 months and I am scheduled to have it removed next week. Within two months of having it placed, my asities (abdominal bloating) was so bad, a lady in the grocery store thought that I was actually pregnant. I had an abdominal ultrasound to confirm that the Mirena had not migrated. It was in the right place, and my MD assured me that things would get better. Let me be the first to tell you that things go WAY worse.

Continued cramping, heavy periods, spotting, bleeding with intercourse, WEIGHT GAIN, breast tenderness and crazy acne. Most of all, like may others, I felt a bit depressed. I even began testosterone cream to boost my failing libido.

I am in health care myself, so I am not one to back down from minor side effects. I understand that the side effects I experienced are sometimes felt by other on BC, but mine were extreme. Even to this day, my MD wants me to leave it in so that things will "get better."

What a joke! I am an educated, informed and capable person. I can tell you all, unequivocally, that all of my symptoms are related to when I got this thing inserted in my uterus!

I am hoping that my skin calms down, my bloating subsides and my heavy periods go away and my weight begins to drop again. WHAT A NIGHTMARE. Please, consider all options before having this placed. One of my friends has one in, and loves it.... but most women I speak to HATE it. Decide for yourself, but choose carefully.

krissten said...

Wow, I don't even know where to start.
But here it goes... My normal weight was 140/ 145 before i got pregnant.. now full term.. I was 167.. all in front.. all baby. now after 3 weeks I was down to 130, I'm 5'10.. and at that my boobs were an I34.. I know.. crazy. My weight went back to 140 and my boobs back to an E (my pregnancy size) but I was still lighter then before. Now in Feb 2011, I found out I was pregnant again.. and i couldn't do it again.. so i had an abortion and had my iud put in at the same time.. the doctor told me after my surgery that he cut the strings extra.short because I'm young enough to keep it in for the full 5 years.. did I mention I am now 19... Anyways.. at first I.enjoyed it. 20 minute periods every month..no word of a lie..
But then i gained 20 lbs in just over a month... It's been less then a year that I've had it in.. and im now 178.. slowly hitting the 180 mark.. over 10 lbs more then when I was full term.. I just found this website today. and boy am I glad.. thw healthier I've become .. the more i gain.. I'm so upset.. all the time.. and ive gone from a size 4 to a size 11 in the past 6 months. I hope everything goes back to.normal.. I'm sure my boyfriend would love not being yelled at for thw stupidest things.. and I'd Luke to.go back to.being happy.. once I get it removed ill let you know how i feel. If your reading this.. DO NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE ALL OF US DID! For your own health.. I can't even bend my legs to pick something up without excruciating pain shooting up my leg..

Sexy25&single said...

Hello, My name is Jessica. I had my IUD for 5 years. I got it put in on Feb 14, 2007. My Apt for Removal is this feb 14, 2012. I have had all of the bad effects from Mirena. From Weight gain, Mood swing(like fiery from Hell),Pain during sex (If you man is well in dout) Low to Zero sex drive(Best way not to have a baby, take away the sex drive)... Lets not even talk about the unbearable scraping,grinding pain, that would occasional occur. The best part was after the first year, my Period complete disappear...spotting here an there, but never enough for a tampon.. I cant wait to see How much better an active I will be. The last few years I thought of myself as LAZY.Im scared for what is to come... the heavily bleeding an other downer that come after removeal... Ill write again on the 14th......

Sexy25&single said...

Hello, My name is Jessica. I had my IUD for 5 years. I got it put in on Feb 14, 2007. My Apt for Removal is this feb 14, 2012. I have had all of the bad effects from Mirena. From Weight gain, Mood swing(like fiery from Hell),Pain during sex (If you man is well in dout) Low to Zero sex drive(Best way not to have a baby, take away the sex drive)... Lets not even talk about the unbearable scraping,grinding pain, that would occasional occur. The best part was after the first year, my Period complete disappear...spotting here an there, but never enough for a tampon.. I cant wait to see How much better an active I will be. The last few years I thought of myself as LAZY.Im scared for what is to come... the heavily bleeding an other downer that come after removeal... Ill write again on the 14th......

Sexy25&single said...

Hello, My name is Jessica. I had my IUD for 5 years. I got it put in on Feb 14, 2007. My Apt for Removal is this feb 14, 2012. I have had all of the bad effects from Mirena. From Weight gain, Mood swing(like fiery from Hell),Pain during sex (If you man is well in dout) Low to Zero sex drive(Best way not to have a baby, take away the sex drive)... Lets not even talk about the unbearable scraping,grinding pain, that would occasional occur. The best part was after the first year, my Period complete disappear...spotting here an there, but never enough for a tampon.. I cant wait to see How much better an active I will be. The last few years I thought of myself as LAZY.Im scared for what is to come... the heavily bleeding an other downer that come after removeal... Ill write again on the 14th......

Anonymous said...

Wow I'm glad I'm not alone. My husband swears I just blame everything on Mirena but when something bothers me I look it up and always it comes up other women with the same problem have Mirena.
My breast are growing (not so bad since I had tiny ones anyway) but they are also sore. I even was leaking milk last month.
I stopped breastfeeding our 3rd in Dec 2010 I was 154 lbs then by Dec 2011 I was 174 lbs! It seemed ok too as long as I was breastfeeding but when I stopped my body went all to hell. Not to mention the headaches weekly. I'm always in a bad mood.
I go to the doctor Tuesday and even though my husband doesn't really want me to the thing is coming out. I can go back on the pill and be just fine. I would rather risk the 3% of so chance of getting pregnant again than deal with this much longer.

Scared said...

I got my Mirena in June of 2011, the insertion was crazy pain, I almost passed out afterwards when I stood up. The nurse had to laay me down and give me some juice. I have the one that is hormonal to keep my periods from coming or to have me spot. I spotted from June almost immediately to December and then in January I had a period for 2 weeks that was really light it was totally different from the spotting I had been having and then I noticed a lump in my left breast. I went to the GYN and she sent me for a mammogram and ultrasound, well after that I had to have a breast biopsy and I am awaiting the results. It is very dis heartening to have to go through all of this and I believe that it is from the IUD I never have had any unnormal breast tenderness, lumps or pains in my breast before the IUD. My doctor said that if this was from the IUD it would have happened before now...I do not believe that. I am having this thing removed immediately, I am afraid and hope that I do not have breast cancer. I read how there is a small percentage of women who did get breast cancer from postmarketing of the Mirena :(

Anonymous said...

I just got my Mirena Nov. 2011. I had a baby in Aug. 2011 and thought this would be a good way to go. So far I still look pregnant and have noticed I'm even gaining some weight. The reason I decided to go get a birth control was because for a year before my pregnancy me periods completely stopped all on their own. I was also told by an OB/GYN I couldn't have kids (this was in Dec. 2010) turns out at the time I was already a month pregnant. My blood pregnancy test came back negative so I think they messed up something there. Anyways, I am very seriously thinking about getting it removed and not doing any other kind of bc. I've never had a weight problem until now. Also, my husband claims he feels the strings during sex and it feels like they're stabbing him. Way to make me feel like crap when my emotions are WORSE! than when I was pregnant. I honestly don't know how to start the talk with my husband about getting it removed or if I should just call up my OB/GYN and make an appointment to get it removed. Any advice?

Anonymous said...

So, Im deffinetly having the same symtoms, i've had the IUD for about 4 months, and I HATE it, and I don't care what anyone else thinks its the mirena i know my body, after i had my Daughter in August I felt amazing back to "myself again" lost almost all the baby weight. then i got the IUD inserted and here it is 4 months later i gained 40 freaking pounds, im angry ALL the time, no desire to have sex, on the edge, cramps like no other, acne(which ive never had any.), and My breast's are getting bigger and they HURT SO BAD. I wouldnt recommend Mirena to anyone.

Anonymous said...

SO, i had Mirena inserted Oct 2011 and here it is feb 2012 I feel horrible all the time, tired, annoyed, on edge, no interest in having sex, acne? YES (and ive never had acne in my life)dizziness to the point i want to throw up, my breasts hurt unbelieveably bad! cramps, and a whopping 40 pounds ive gained! and after my Daughter was born in august i was almost back to my normal weight, and i felt completely normal. now tell me its not mirena? GOODBYE MIRENA! im getting it taken out ASAP both my partner and I think its for the better.

Scared said...

Yes my husband said the samething that he could feel someting poking him during sex, dr said it was the string and they would get softer in time. Well in he does not feel them any longer and I dont feel the intense pain with deep penetration. I am scheduled to have mine removed on Friday March 3, 2012. After having a breast biospy and now having to have the lump removed. Im sure it came from the Mirena because I have never had breast tenderness besides the normal tenderness that we get right b4 periods. My breast are so tender I cant lay on my sides. I hate that I even got this stupid thing. I am not going to get any other bcontrol I will just let my body do its on natural thing and deal with the heavy bleeding and clots its only happening for the first 3 days anyhow. But here is the thing insurance does not cover the removal of this thing so I have to pay to remove it. Thats my insurance any way not sure if thats everyones insurance.

Anonymous said...

SO HAPPY THAT I FOUND THIS FORUM!!! I got the Mirena put in a little over 2 years ago. After I had my son at 18 I definitely did not want another unplanned pregnancy. I attempted the pill, but I am way to forgetful. I tried Nuvo Ring but I did not like the whole insertion process and my body would keep rejecting it. Then I tried the patch, but come bathing suit season that just did not seem like a viable option (especially since I'm a darker skinned black woman and the patch is beige). So finally, I settled for the Mirena. Initially I was excited; no period, no remembering to put a patch on, take a pill, or insert a rubber band. As far as side affects, I would have loved to gain a few cup sizes (I can still fit my old training bras), but that didn't happen. I couldn't really see a change in my acne, it's always been up and down. However, the one problem that I do have and am so happy to see I'm not going crazy is this BELLY FAT!!! I've always been up and down with weight around my belly, but it has never been a problem for me to lose it if I put my mind to it. I've tried everything, exercising more, eating less, eating nothing. Nothing works! I am a trained dancer so holding my stomach in around people has never been an issue for me to do, but in my relaxed mode, I could easily be mistaken for an expecting mommy. So much so that my son asks me if I am sometimes. I have lost confidence in my appearance. I do not like how I look in anything being that my legs and waist are still generally small and I have no breasts so I look very unproportionate. I never want to go out anymore and if I shop, I have to look for a top that is slightly baggy around the stomach area. I never used to be this way! It would cross my mind that the mirena may be the problem but this forum has confirmed it. I am immediately going to have it removed and will just have to be more responsible with taking the pill. Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

I've had my Mirena for about 6 months now and for the most part I am happy with it. I don't have the mood swings...although I just got a period out of no where today! I've been having some mild cramping for about a week. But that's it! I've actually been able to loose 30 pounds while on it, doing nothing but walking about 3 miles a week and drinking water only, no pop coffee tea or any of that, just water. I've also noticed my sex drive going down, but I'm also very very stressed at work and cannot find a man who appeals to me in that way right now...My mother has been using the Mirena for 8 years now, and she loves it as well. My best friend has been happy with hers as well. She's getting hers taken out soon, but that's because she just found out she has endometriosis and has no use for it after they do a hysterectomy...I also had VERY very bad cramping when they put it in but my doc gave me some kick ass meds to help with that and I Was back to normal within 2 days. It really sucks to hear that all of you had these issues with it...but there is not one birth control for every woman, and by the way now...it's not the mirena that causes the weight gain, it's the hormones...they now have a non hormonal mirena that lasts up to 10 years and I haven't heard about any weight gain, acne or mood swing issues with that one, just something to look into if you liked the convenience of the mirena but not the hormones!

tracie03 said...

I have had my mirena in for 9 months now, I have also gained weight, breast are tender, severe abdominal cramps I feel like my abdomen is about to burst it hurts so bad, moody, have had bad acne, and have also had heart burn ( which I only have when I've been pregnant) so I was convinced I was pregnant. I took 3 home tests which all came out negative, so I went to my ON and he said their urine test was negative as well. They said my cramps could be from my mirena comig out of place. After reading this I will be having mine removed. I feel like a whale from the weight can, I've even stopped eating except once every 3 days, and still have lost a pound. I'm disgusted with my body. Thanks these posts have helped a lot, I don't feel like the only one anymore, or feel stupid after the doctor told me it wasnt the mirena

Carrie said...

Oh my God! I have been having all the same stuff. I wrote about it on my blog because it was a novel but I really want other women to know. I can't believe I never put this together. I had mine taken out this morning and I'm going to update as much as possible so hopefully anyone else in this horrible situation can see what my whole experience was; God willing it will be speedily getting back to my old self!!! Good luck ladies and thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to find out I am NOT crazy. I am extremely fit and healthy. A size 2, working out for an hour to and hour and a half a day. I had Mirena put in in November, and have been so bloated every day that I have to use soap or lotion to get my rings off. My stomach is poochy and puffy, despite eating cleaner than ever! I have gained a solid 6 pounds, and I am completely frustrated. I probably would see a more significant weight gain, if I wasn't borderline starving myself! Despite all of this, having Mirena inserted was extremely painful. It felt like I was being stabbed with a knife from the inside. I pray that it doesn't hurt like that to come out. I couldn't function due to the cramps for several days after having it inserted. I want my body back! The pill and periods aren't looking bad at all after this experience...

Anonymous said...

Well, I am feeling pretty stupid that it took me 5 years on the Mirena to research users and not just the same old boring "official" Mirena facts. I've basically been a nut case for 5 years, and attributed it to hormonal changes and lack of sleep after having my second child. I can't lose any weight (although at least I am lucky I don't gain it either), I feel constantly bloated. Now that I was deciding if I should get a new Mirena at 5 years, I think the answer is "no". I need to see if I am meant to always be such a crazy hormonal wreck, or if the Mirena is tipping the scales. Thanks for offering all your experiences so I don't feel like I am the only one having these issues.

Anonymous said...

I have had Mirena for a year and have increased weight around my stomatch, I feel sad and my figure looks urgly. The rest of my body is okay, but my stomatch is out of control. I eat healthier than before, I exercise, I have cut down on snacking and sugar.

I consider getting Mirena out soon.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I have been having the worst time with the IUD.

I had it place October 2010. It was a horrific experience followed by nine months of daily bleeding and cramping.

I exercise regularly, eat a healthy and balanced diet, yet have continued to gain weight. I began to increase my exercise, decrease my calorie intake and it has made no difference. I feel depressed, which I've never experienced before. My libido has also gone way down. I have had painful cramps since the day I got it in. My period went away, but after a year and a half, I had a period out of the blue. The cramps that came with it were uncontrollable and debilitating.

I have asked my doctor several times and they have blown it off. I am now experiencing increasing amounts of pain on a daily basis.

I'm debating getting it removed because I'm afraid of the procedure to get it removed.

Is it as painful to have it removed as it was to place it?

Anonymous said...

After reading all these posts i really believe my problem is Mirena. The only great thing about it is my periods have stopped. My libido is non exisitent which was troubling me for quite some time. i experience dryness and no arousal. I am going to schedule to have Mirena removed. Also, the bloating of the stomach - it always seems like i have a kangaroo sack. Thanks for all your posts

Anonymous said...

After only two and a half months, I was forced to have my Mirena removed due to the horrendous side effects I was experiencing. Throughout the entire two months, I bled, not spotted, bled every day except for two. I would often times get excruciating cramps, that felt like the IUD was poking me or something. I was extremely moody. I developed severe anxiety, to a point where I was afraid to drive to the store and would have panic attacks. But the final straw for me? For the final three weeks that I had the thing, I had a near constant migraine, the worst I've ever had, which caused my grades in college to slip drastically, because I literally couldn't get out of bed, the pain was so bad. And nothing the doctors prescribed to me for the migraines helped at all. I finally got in to get it removed and within a week, every single symptom was gone. I feel great! I even had a normal period that started a couple days after having it removed! I was really hoping mirena would work for me, because every other kind of birth control I've tried, i haven't been able to use, but it just wasn't in the cards for me. I think i am allergic to the hormones in birth control.. Good thing i want kids!

Anonymous said...

I am looking for some answers to whom ever can help me, I got the Mirena after my second child i was looking for something where i didn't have to worry about pills or patches that i was alergic too, so after long thought i choose the mirena. I had it for about 2 1/2 years and i was having alot of problems, so i got it removed im at a year and a half later and i was not taking pills or anything for awhile and still no period never thought anything about it until i went to see my doctor and he told me i needed to have a period so he put me on the pill and ran some test. I went back to see him yesterday about my periods they are really light and only 2 days at the most and he told me that i had 2 choices 1. I could take no pills and either end up bleeding to death because the skin that is sposto flake off during a period has build up so much that it has finally came off and now im going to bleed to death or i could end up with Ovarian Cancer. My second choice was to take the pill for the rest of my life and i asked him if it was because i had the Mirena and of corse he told me no. Then at the end he added that the reason i wasn't having a period because i wasn't ovulating. So now im really worryed how many other women are having problems like mine that i don't know about so that is why im asking for help? I feel really alone right now.

totally-confused said...

I am having similiar issues with my mirena!!! Ive had it for 3 yrs now...i took a pregnacy test yesterday and it came out positive, i went to a clinic this morning for prenatal careand to get mirena removed and tgey said i tested negative!!! I am sooo confused and haveno idea what do or believe...HELP!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear "totally confused" I posted here not too long ago, but I forgot to mention that two days after having my mirena removed, I am pretty sure I miscarried, which is what sounds like happened with you. I am so sorry :( I had an abnormally heavy period, with really large clots, including one that looked like it had some cord attached to it. I didn't test, because I chalked up all my side effects to having the damn mirena.. Though now I'm thinking some were pregnancy related.

Anonymous said...

How can you say you have no problems, then list a bunch of problems afterwards?

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I found this site 2 days ago. As soon as I read everyone else's story I realized mine was the same. I just got the mirena a month and a half ago. I had severe back pains, bloating, looked like I was pregnant, and gain 5 pounds. I have lost 75 pounds in the past year and a half and 5 pounds made me upset. I still eat good and workout even more now. So as soon as I read this I made an appointment and had it removed today. I'm SOOO glad i did. My back doesnt hurt anymore and my stomach has already gone down. I did my research before I got this but not enough I guess. If you are having the same problems I recommend you get it out. Wish you all the best!

Dejanae's Voice said...

WOW! I am so glad to have found this blog! So many things that I can relate to. I had my IUD put in about 3 years ago, after getting pregnant and having a miscarriage,I decided I needed to really get serious about my birth control. I had heard some horror stories from friends about the IUD, but my obgyn convinced me that it was unlikely for such terrible things to happen (IUD breaking through the uteran walls) Any ways, I was about 140 lbs when I got the IUD. as of right now i am 200. Yes my eating habits aren't the greatest, and I wasn't excercising as much as I should, but Once i started gaining the weight, I got right on it, and still no change! My breasts are huge, I think i'm pregnant at least once a month, I'm bloated, fatigued, on and off nausea its just terrible. I have been debating whether or not to remove my IUD because I do like the fact that I don't have to worry about taking a pill everyday or changing a patch, and my terrible periods don't haunt my life every month, but I am still feeling like the bad is outweighing the good. I plan to read every post you have made and am following you, thank your for this blog and shedding some light on my situation. I thought I was being a hypochondriact (badly mispelled)!

Thanks again

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much ladies for posting your stories. Needless to say I too have had a wonderful 2 1/2 years with the mirena until 3 months ago when my periods came back. I have had all the symptoms you guys are talking about. I need to get this thing removed now! Thank you again.

Anonymous said...

Glad to find all these posts. I've been experiencing some - not all - of the symptoms I've been reading about. I chose the mirena Yo help with very heavy periods with a lot of clotting. It has now been 3 1/2 months and although the cramping stopped for nearly a week, It was back again today With my period & v bad headache. I bled constantly for the first 2 1/2 months, so it's a relief to have a period that's not very heavy but hard to cope with the swollen breasts & quite tender & soreness. I think I have given it long enough to know it's time to give in. I don't want to have bad periods again and was thinking of a wholistic route & trying acupuncture. Would anyone have experience of trying this following using the coil not as a contraceptive?

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that I found this article. I thought I was going crazy. I had my Mirena put in on March 6, 2012. I've been bleeding since. I've gained 5 pounds, my face, neck, chest and back resemble a pizza, I'm a total grouch, I cry at the drop of a dime, and I can't seem to keep a straight thought in my head. I have already made an appointment for tomorrow to have this thing removed, but am scared the Dr. will try to keep me from it by telling me I haven't given it enough time. I think I have been quite patient thus far, but am ready to try to pull it out myself. I want to return to normal. I think these stories are so similar to mine, and I thank you for posting them!

Anonymous said...

Can I please just let everyone know that I am an RN and have been for 10 years. I also have Mirena. I don't care how 'weird' or 'different' you are, removing Mirena will not give you new food allergies, hypoglycemia or kill you. Jeesh. I'm truly sorry for every one of you who is/were having problems with Mirena. I have had some headaches and such but nothing that would make me have it removed. Peace of mind is awesome. Bless you all.

Anonymous said...

Hi I have had the Mirena since 2009 after my second child and i have almost all of the symptoms. Moody or ill all the time my stomach hurts ALL the time breakouts i have NEVER had before NO sex drive at all a little pooch but not alot of weight gain maybe 5lbs its HORRIBLE so im going this week to get it OUT!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable! The doctor I went to insisted on timing the mirena exactly at the right time in my cycle so there was no chance of pregnancy, it was a pain to schedule and they even rescheduled me on short notice to make sure. I can't imagine them placing one in someone without a period for 5 weeks, I hope to hell you sued for the miscarriage as all the manufacture warnings tell the doctor to ensure no pregnancy. By the way, the manufacturers instructions specifically do not recommend placing Mirena in women who have never had a baby or a miscarriage without the use of general anesthesia. I can't believe all the stories you have written about that. I would expect massive insertion pain in that case and I don't know what is wrong with your doctors. I have had a baby so I should not have had the severe pain. The vasovagal response that I had is not that unusual and is somewhat expected. My doctor even warned me about that. (The second Mirena did not cause the severe pain but I did get faint.) My periods became so light that all I did was use black underware and wipe every couple hours. I had the strings trimmed so far that I can't feel them because my husband could feel them. My doctor had no problem getting the first one out even though there were no visible strings. My post was too long so it had to be in two sections. Read the next post to see how I may have fibromyalgia and other issues from Mirena

Anonymous said...

So, this is post #2. All my stuff got lost so I am rewriting. I had severe pain with the first mirena. I had a baby before so I met the requirements of being a candidate for it so it shouldn't have been so painful. I had a vasovagal with near fainting, vision and hearing fades into a tunnel, you get sweaty. But the pain started a few minutes later as I was on my way to the car. I couldn't stand. I ended up laying on the lawn in front of the parking place for nearly an hour. I was not much better but drove home slowly. Went to bed. Labor was not as bad and it was plenty bad. I had several more bouts of this pain at various times over the next couple weeks and it lasted up to an hour. I got fibromyalgia after a car accident whiplash which is a typical reason for getting it. It is recently also associated with low progesterone which I have not read prior. They don't know if the fibro causes the low progesterone or if the low progesterone causes the fibro. SInce Mirena has been known to cause low progesterone and low levels cause the EXACT symptoms of fibro, I am awefully suspicious. And low levels can even cause breast and uterine cancer and osteoporosis I have learned. My level is 0.39 after 10 years of Mirena and it was 2 a year back which is also low. My periods totally stopped in the past year instead of just light spotting and no doubt it is due to this hormone level and not just having the mirena. I am 38 and my level should be about 10 as I understand. I am being placed on hormone cream. It should take over 2 months to notice the difference. Normal for menopause is <1. I am having the device removed. If my fibromyalgia goes away, and I loose the 70 pounds I put on I will never stop shaking my head. But if I start sleeping more than 2 hours in a row, start having energy to do ANYTHING, (Even housekeeping or cooking or sex that my husband and daughter have had to take over for the last many years), and stop having pain, life might actually be worth living.

Anonymous said...

I had my Mirena inserted at my 6 week check up after my son. (June 2007).

I had bleeding for the first month. My "well respected" OB told me that he highly recommended it. Indicated that his colleagues' sister hated it for the first month, but LOVED it after, so i stuck it out.

At first it was OK. I liked not having to worry about protection and having to take the pill. my periods just about disappeared and began to sing Mirena's praises to anybody and everybody. I had gained a little weight (5-7 lbs) but i attributed it to the screwy scheduled that comes with a newborn.

Approximately 2 years after having the Mirena I started getting brutal migraines. Never having them before it was very surprising to me to all of a sudden have headaches. After a while started noticing a pattern: i was getting them when i was ovulating! Just attributed it to getting older. more weight gain, and despite my efforts couldn't lose it to save my life. at that point i had gained probably 20 lbs.

Started getting pain in my fallopian tubes about the same time. Thought that it was the mirena having moved or something. Realized that it was my actual ovulation. Never could feel it before. Now it's quite painful. Each and every month.

Next thing: depression. Went to the doctor with a laundry list of issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia. Got this very bad sense of foreboding about everyone in my life. was fixated on the fact that something bad was going to happen to my child, fam. Dr recommended an antidepressant. Started taking that and started to feel a bit better psychologically...

Weight keeps piling on. No matter what i do (did) to lose weight, nothing worked. I would lose water weight and then hit a brick wall. at this point i am +50lbs. It has to be about the most frustrating thing in the world to work your A$$ off at the gym and eat absolutely perfectly only to gain a pound!!!!

My libido has never been really all that great, but now it's non-exisitant. Can't understand why my husband would want to "get with me", when i feel like a horrible, disgusting mess.

Add the added little things like joint pain, severe lower back pain the the "Mirena Gut" that i have. Looks like i have a truck tire innertube around my waist (or what used to be my waist!!!)My favourite is the swelling.... I look and feel like the Michelin man! My face has never been round even at my heaviest, and now i look like a moon pie!

Last but certainly not least............hair loss. |This last aspect was the tipping of the scale for me as far as starting to look into the side effects of Mirena. Over the last five years I have attributed ALL of the problems I have had to myself. I wasn't trying hard enough to lose weight, I was a depressed, moody bitch. Until i noticed my severe hair loss. At first thought it was due to stress. Got really super self conscious about my thinning hair in the front of my head.

At first i contributed these factors to the anti-depressant. NEVER IN MY WILDEST DREAMS THOUGHT ANY OF THIS WAS DUE TO THE MIRENA!!! after researching both, I suspect that it is one, the other AND both!!!

Discontinued the anti-depressant about 6 weeks ago. Had some major withdrawals from that. Very foggy for the first couple of days. that lifted after a week or so, but got (and continue to get, with lesser frequency) brain zaps.

Tried to get my Mirena out in March. NP couldn't find strings. She sent a referral to an OB but appointment was 6 weeks away. Scheduled an ultrasound to confirm placement. Scheduled to get it out on Friday. I bit concerned about the "Mirena Crash". Considering that i have been lucky enough to have most of the side effects, i will be one of the lucky ones to get the withdrawal effects too! I am looking quite forward to living hormone free!

Stop the (Mirena) ride.....I wanna get off!!!

Anonymous said...

I had Mirena inserted 4 yrs ago because the doctor insisted on it and i put on weight in my breast and tummy,got depressed ,zero libido,has driest skin in town and looks 10yrs older.i hate my body,did not feel like living.
Mirena should be banned!

I thought all this while it was my fault .I am calling the clinic for the earliest removal date!!!!.

amyarena1 said...

I just wanted to post to let all of you know you are not crazy. I had my mirena for the full five years and I had alot of the same side effects. I gained about 60 ls despite cray exercise with a personal trainer and diet with a specialist I just couldn't drop a pound. Horrible face and body acne. Unbelievable migraines. It was horrible I just wanted to die. My doc refused to admit it was the mirena and ran a million test which all came back normal. Had it finally removed on Nov 3 2011 and started feeling better immediately. Lost 30 lbs in less than a month but then removal side effects kicked in. This is a whole other problem. Started losing hair about 2 months post removal and within 2 months was completely bald. Look like a cancer patient had to buy a wig. Doc said it was stress or thyroid. Guess what not thyroid and what did I have to be stressed about, life was good. I am now 8 weeks pregnant after never getting my period back talk about stress. Just wanted to add my story.

Anonymous said...

"Holy cow!" as my three year old DS would say. The light has come on! I've been battling dizzy spells, weight gain, depression, extreme fatigue, loss of libido, etc since I had this darn thing put in 3 months after having my DS.
I've already spoken to my husband about wanting to remove it and get "fixed" permanently instead of hormonal contraception of ANY kind. the pill/patch/shot - they don't work for me. the side effects are too bad or as on the pill I end up pregnant anyway (way too fertile I guess).
Thank you ladies for all of your stories - I knew that I wasn't psycho! :-)

Anonymous said...

I kept my Mirena iud for about four years and finally had it removed last Wednesday. My experience was the close to forty pound weight gain, moody, insomnia, acne,bloated and crampy every day. Bad migraines high blood pressure hair shedding and weird horrible vaginal smell. I would leak all the time and spot. Constipated like a pregnant woman too. The only thing that wasn't affected was my sex drive, but felt like I had to wash forever to get rid of that terrible smell. I have lost 5 pounds in less than a week with that thing being out of me. I feel so much better.

Anonymous said...

OMG this has completely freaked me out. I've had Mirena for three years now and thought it was wonderful at first. Aside from sometimes feeling like it could feel the thing in my uterus (slight pain) i didn't think anything of it. However i've had more acne than i did when i was a teenager (i'm 27) and in places i never had before like my chest and back. I've been moody too, arguing with the people around me about stupid things i wouldn't have before. I've gained a ton of weight but attributed it to the fact that i work a desk job and wasn't eating very well. I've been eating much better and on a diet for months now but instead of loosing even a pound i've gained weight. Two weeks ago my breasts started hurting, soreness all of the time, i don't even want them touched and my belly has felt bloated, more so than it has since i was pregnate. I've spent hours doing research and all it turned up was pregnancy or menopause (i'm 27, i should not be going through that yet, not even peri as i still have my uterus!) so i decided to research the Mirena more just to see. This site was one that popped up on google and after reading page after page of the same things i am experiencing i believe it is my birth control causing everything. Now don't get me wrong, the first year i experienced nothing aside from the loss of my cycle, which is great. The weight gain didn't start until the second year as well as the acne issues. However the "pain" in my uterus has been throughout the entire use of the Mirena and the bloating has been going on for months. With the added sorness i'm experiencing now i'm wondering. I'm also wondering if my headaches, which i have never had constantly before, are because of the Mirena and not the work i do which i had at first blamed (i work on computers all day long). I'm not quite ready to have a second child but i believe i am going to have this removed, i don't want this to continue and with so many people experiencing the same things i am going through the blame laid on Mirena can't be denied.

alwaysHere said...

My Mirena.
i had my daughter 12/23/2011. i got my mirena fitted almost 2 months ago..these are my side effects
1).constant bleeding( not normal for me at all)
2).constant odor and discharge( not an std or yeast infection)will not go away with douche or a hundred showers
3).irritability.. crazy mood swings, i was even yelling at my 2 month old baby, i have never don that in my life...i thought it was post partum. but its not.. i was fine before getting the mirena fitted.
4).shaky hands and feet along with numbness to the finger tips and toes.
5).hair loss. lots of hair falling out. vacuuming 3x more than normal.iclean out my brush everytime i brush my hair because it full.
6).head aches.. bad head aches. which causes the mood swing to get worse.
7). severe lower abdominal pain, as well as back pain.. like labor pains.
8). feeling pregnant.. i actually consider taking a preg test.
9).acne.. every where on my face and neck.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY....MY SEX DRIVE IS GONE!!!!my boyfriend probably thinks i dont like him any more.. wentfrom sex every night to sex maybe once a month,and that one time is only to satisfy him. i feel like the mirena is ruining my life. i still have it andim having it removed asap.. monday morning calling my ob/gyn..

Anonymous said...

I am so relieved that I found this website. I have had my iud since May 2010. I have turned into a monster. I am so moody. I snap at my kids and boyfriend for the stupidest things. I feel like I am losing my mind. I have gained 40 lbs and feel disgusting. I am going to call tomorrow to make an appointment to get this thing out.

georgia sales said...

I am so glad I have found this page.
I feel literally im going loopy.
I had my mirena coil fitted october 2009, 3 months after having my daughter.
I was recommended to have this coil as I have P.C.O.S and was assured all my problems would sort them selves out.
The first year I still had very heavy iregular periods which I constantly had throughout my teens anyway but was told this would calm down after 3 months- which it continued the full year.
Since having this coil I have been told I have sebacous dermatitus, really bad acne so ive been referred to a dermatologist.
I feel really over weight ive always weighed about 7.5 stone-8stone. but now weight nearly as much as i did when i was pregnant.
Constantly feel pregnant,swollen breasts ive even rung shropdoc as I had immense pain in my breasts which was put down to infection of the breast glands which keeps coming back.
like birth pains, tummy bloating, I get quite anxious, I get really upset I have a beautiful family and have never felt so alone.
Its as if I just dont have any interest in anything I did have post natal depression and not sure but have been told possibly still have it? nearly 3 years on.
I saw my gynaecologist 1st june 2012 and see said i have some side effects but she thinks i sound better on it than the pills due to pcos but now im in second minds.
It feels it doesnt rain but it poors for me and im not sure i can cope much more of it i have no sex drive and im like jekkle and hyde.
Not sure i would reccomend it think there needs to be more research into the coil.

Kristin said...

Ahhh! It is so nice to see that I am not losing my mind! I swear your story could not be more similar than mine! Recently I have been confiding in a good friend about my thoughts that this IUD would be causing all of my issues and she swears I am just not trying hard enough because she also has the Mirena and does not have any of these problems! All of your testimonies bring such relief and reassurance that getting mine removed next week is the right thing to do!

Anonymous said...

I am a 25 year old mother of 1. I had my mirena placed 6 weeks after my son was born (October 2010). I haven't had the acne, loss of libido, memory loss or moodiness but I do have "the mirena pooch". It's disgusting! I worked out since my ob cleared me after childbirth but this muffin top will not go away. After reading all of your stories I have decided to get this thing removed, just not sure what alternative to try. The pill gave me muscle aches and the ring grosses me out. Maybe the shot...?? Anywho, all of your stories have been very helpful. I thought I was the only 1

mirenasux said...

I too have mirena.. had it placed 8 months ago for heavy periods. i have hated it ever since.. constant back aches, random cramps, my cramps are just as bad if not WORSE with mirena.. it hurts after sex..i can always tell it's there..now i am starting to feel like i am pregnant, boobs are huge.. gaining weight moody etc.. i told my doc about all of this and she still has a hard time believing its the mirena.. but it definitely is!! And i may be pregnant now! getting it out ASAP.

Anonymous said...

I had Mirena inserted over 8 years ago. It hurt so bad when they put it in and I bled horrendously for 2 weeks thereafter. I went back to have the strings checked just to find out that they weren't there. Upon vaginal ultrasound, they say it must have fallen out and sent me on my way. Well, needless to say, the IUD was just discovered in an xray at my chiropractor. Floating around in me all these years. Now I understand all the gastrointestinal issues, painful sex, dizziness, depression, anxiety etc...I have the CT Wednesday to locate it's exact position. Then from there who knows what? I am scared to death of the surgery I know they have to do. I just want this whole nightmare behind me!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't think that Mirena is THAT bad. It's maybe keeping 5lbs on me and that's the ONLY side effect. I think most of these comments are ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

I got a Mirena inserted last week, and I'm trying like anything to get it taken out this week before my insurance lapses (then I'd have to wait until my new plan starts in August to get it out). Within 36 hours of insertion, I became paranoid. Within 48 hours, I had two hysterical crying fits. since then I've been depressed, anxious, angry, and crazy-- and I'm crying twice a day for basically no reason. I have also had the urge to self-harm during one of the crying fits. My husband noticed the change immediately and is also very unhappy about the side effects. We're trying very hard not to fight with each other over stupid things, because we both know I'm just crazy from the Mirena. I've also been really, constantly hungry (which I didn't connect to the Mirena until reading these comments) and out of energy, so I'm sure I've put on some weight even in just this last week. As I've been calling to make an appointment to get this thing out of me, I've been told by two receptionists (who might also be nurses?) and one old-school on-call doctor (not my regular doctor) that they didn't think the Mirena could be causing the problems. I was also told it was "spur of the moment" to be trying to get it removed at this point. It's difficult enough dealing with the symptoms, but to be told they aren't actually symptoms is frustrating-- these "professionals" are basically telling me they think I'm crazy on my own. And it's hard to deal with people trying to dismiss my urgency (and that's just trying to get the appt.-- I'm sure that when I see an actual doc, he/she will probably try and urge me to stick it out for x months). They get paid even if I get this thing removed-- so why are they trying to dissuade me from even making an appointment?

Anonymous said...

Like everyone else I am so glad to have found this! I had my Mirena put in 18 months ago and had it taken out today. Thank goodness! I have tried everything, so the mirena was a last option really. I'm 27 and have not had children yet.

The insertion was hideous, I called my GP all kinds sweary names. Afterwards I felt like I had the worst period pain for about 4 days but then it all cleared up. I had a couple of weeks of brown discharge but then it all went away and life was great!

The nurse was unable to find it during the routine 6 weekly check so I was referred for an untra sound. The mirena was there safe and sound so all was forgotten.

I thought everything was fine, until I started talking to someone at work who also has one and she was horrified by what I was saying:
Odour coming from my vagina,
Pain inside the vagina,
Abdomen pain
Hugely bloated stomach
Sore boobs- I'm only a d cup but couldn't even run across the road to my car!
Sper sensitive skin, I suddenly became itchy all the time which I resolved by using baby washing powder, but I was so so so ticklish to the point where I couldn't hold hands or anything!
Monthly day of brown discharge and excruciating pain
NO SEX DRIVE!!!
Tiredness
Fuzzy head all the time
Crying over everything
And snapping at people all the time over absolutely anything.

So I went back and asked my male GP to remove it. He told me it was all in my head and to give it a while to settle down (this was 10 months after insertion)

I made an appointment today with a female doctor who was so upset that I'd been putting up with all this for the sake of not having periods, and told me that she could see if she could get it out there and then. She did and it hurt, but the pain went after a few mins.

I am the only person I know out of about 9 who has had a bad time on mirena, so it can't be all bad but some (most!) women differ. I am so glad to have it out!

I guess the only good side of this is that luckily I didn't put much weight on, only about 5lbs, and I'm in the UK so it was free. Feel s bad for all you ladies who have had to pay for the joys of mirena!

Good luck to you all and get it out.....! X

Anonymous said...

My experience has been similar to many of yours, but opposite. I have always weighed around 100lbs (I am small framed and short) and have always had a large chest. Even after my first son, I dropped to 93lbs and still had a DD size (even after breast feeding was over) Anyways, I had the mirena put in 15 months ago and my breast size has gradually gone down. I am now, maybe a C cup, but closer to a B if I had to guess. I have always worn a D cup or higher no matter my weight. Anyways. I am wondering if anyone has experienced breast tissue loss? I have had most all the other symptoms, headaches, hunger, tired, emotional, and I bled for the ENTIRE first year. No joke, the whole time. I want to have the IUD removed but I have three young children and would not like to have more. The Dr's won't tie my tubes (even though this is MY decision) because I am too young in their minds...

Anonymous said...

I got the Mirena 4 years and 10 months ago. I used the norplant before that until it was taken off the market. I did well with the norplant and had three kids after. I decided to get the Mirena. I gained almost 40lbs in the almost 5 years I have been on it. I am up to remove it in two months. Crazy thing is that during the last two months my weight has been dropping like crazy. I'm also not hungry all the time and get full fast. I am obviously not putting it back in. At 38 knowing I don't want more kids, I am getting the Adiana to avoid the hormones.

Anonymous said...

I had the Mirena IUD inserted July 2012, it was a tad unpleasant; however, nothing horrendous. I experienced some light bleeding, but, nothing major. To be honest, I have not noticed much of anything at this point, yet, my post is less than a month since insertion.
Overall I am happy that I have chosen this as the Mini-Pill caused daily bleeding.
I realize that every woman is different; however, for me, there's been no hitch or glitch, thus far. I sincerely hope that the woman who are suffering with the Mirena IUD get the help & medical care that they deserve.
Great site!

ChristineInOttawa said...

I am so relieved to read all this that I feel like I could cry! not that THAT would be anything out of the ordinary these days. I had the mirena put in 7 months ago, and by month 4 I was having panic attacks and major anxiety. Asked my doc if it could be the Mirena and he said not a chance. He put my on anti depressants. well, 2 weeks ago I overdosed on wine and painkillers, not wanting to live anymore. I recovered, but my mom flew 2500 miles to come and be with me. She spent the first few days hinting that I should try exercising to lose my fat belly. WHAT??? I bike 20 kms each way to work and back a few times a week, trail run, lift weights....everyone knows I'm constantly working out and I eat healthy, so why am I so fat around the belly? Finally mom admitted she was sure I was pregnant. again, WHAT???? and looking in the mirror, I realize she's right. I am still a size 6 but none of my tops or bras from last summer fit, and I look 4 months pregnant and my breats hurt. If the hospital hadn't done a pg test at the hospital after my breakdown 2 weeks ago, I'd take one. But I'm pretty sure now that it's all just the IUD......I just want to feel like myself again and maybe I will whe I get it out!

Firedance said...

I had my Mirena put in after my first and only (for now, anyways) son, as he was unplanned. I didn't want to have an unplanned pregnancy again, so I looked for a long term birth control that still gave me the option to have another baby when I was ready. Insertion was fine. The first year was fine. The second year, I put on some weight, 20 lbs. I have always had an exercise routine, and have never been overweight. I started eating next to nothing and working out more aggressively. No matter what I did, the weight would NOT come off! I recommended Mirena to all of my female friends for 3 years. By the third year, I was up 50lbs. The third year was the year I started noticing problems. After not losing any weight the third year, I gave up my exercise routine and told myself that being fat was better than being pregnant. Moodiness, lack of labido, severe WEIGHT gain, panic attacks, sore breasts, mood swings, crying over stupid things. By the fourth year, I am up 70 lbs from my usual life weight. My son is almost 5. I have no sex drive and when I do have sex, it's uncomfortable and painful sometimes. My belly has swelled disproportionately and I look pregnant. I have lower back pain and my nipples look weird.

Last week, I searched for the strings to my Mirena after having serious pelvic pain and cramps for 3 weeks. My period stopped 2 months after having it put in and I thought for sure I was just going to be having a random period. I couldn't find my strings. My fiance couldn't find my strings. My gynecologist couldn't find my strings. I had to get an ultrasound to find it. The week before the ultrasound was hell for me. I kept going between thoughts that it fell out and my body was acting weird for the last month because I was pregnant. And then there was the thought that the pain was that my Mirena had perforated and was causing damage to my body. I finally had the ultrasound to find out that it moved up. The good news is that it is still in my cervix. The bad news is that I have an appointment on Friday to have it removed FINALLY. Walking hurts right now. They offered me pain pills that I can't take because they make me throw up.

In trying to find the words to explain all of this to my fiance, I stumbled onto this site. I have read every single post here. Thank you so much for posting your stories, and I will be back to share my outcome. Mirena has been hell for me. After not having any real problems for the first couple of years, I noticed the trend here is that women are experiencing problems either very early after insertion or very close to expected removal. All I can say is that I feel betrayed. I had this thing put in my body to CONTROL my body and pregnancy. And the last year and a half I have felt like I have NO control over my own body. It's a terrible feeling.

I will return to post after it's removed, and probably once or twice after that to report if side effects have subsided.

Thank you ladies. I needed to hear your stories.
After having some pain in my pelvis, I started looking for side effects.

Anonymous said...

I am eager to hear what happens for the person above me here. Yeah, I've had my Mirena for only...7 months now? I'm the type of person who had to take weight gain shakes during pregnancy just to maintain weight even with my healthy appetite. I'm the girl that all my life, I could eat out every day every meal and lose weight. Well...not with Mirena.

The first five months of Mirena I had non-stop period and spotting. For a month after, I had a normal one. And now I haven't had one at all. I've gained fat and look like I'm three months pregnant. I'm depressed, anxious, sex is painful and a chore. I don't want sex hardly at all anymore. I feel disgusting. Fatigued.

I've wanted to take it out for awhile, but I've got three kids as is now...under the age of 3. Which is why I got the Mirena. Reading all this though, I"m beginning to wonder if I should have just gotten the depo shot.

Roseymarie_20@yahoo.com said...

Ok so here is whats going on with me. When I was pregnant with my son, we decided we didn't want kids for a while, I didn't want to close that door permanently, so I started researching IUDs, since I have a allergy to certain types of metals, I decided with the Mirena. So I had my son October of 2008, and the IUD inserted 6 weeks later, which was pretty painful to say the least. I immediately stopped having periods, and didn't have them for 3 years. It has caused moodiness and weight gain in me also. So last April I am at work and I very randomly and shockingly got my period. And I had one in May, and June. This month (July) I have literally had a pad on more than half the month. I spot on and off all the time. I sometimes have cramping after intercourse and I have noticed spotting occurring after intercourse, in which I spot for at least a day. Also before each of these periods my breasts were very tender!! They have been tender just about all of July. I have taken a couple pregnancy tests, both negative. I am also bloated, I took Pamprin to see if it would help with that, but it didn't, and my pants are getting tight and uncomfortable. I don't have medical insurance after this month. I am not sure what to do. I am definitely having it removed, I would rather have my period once a week every month then where a pad every day. Don't know what the next step is for me, but this is my story, the IUD started out great and now it is a complete disaster!!

Jenn Rawlines said...

I feel like i have found the answer to all my problems in this post! I had Mirena put in at the same time i had an abortion back in May of 2011..(Please no lectures about my choosing n abortion, it was a personal choice and i am not going to explain it here.) I am 24 years old and have an almost three year old and a six year old. Needless to say, i do not want more children and was looking for something longer term so Mirena seemed the perfect solution. If i had only known then what i know now. For the first few months it seemed like the perfect solution...My periods stopped almost instantly and i felt okay. However, for the last 6 months or so i have been having symptoms of early pregnancy almost constantly. Swollen, tender breasts, big belly, nausea, light headed, fatigue. This has had me totally freaked out thinking that it has fell out and i am pregnant, however tests confirm i am not. Then, i was having intercourse with my hubby the other night and i got the sharpest, worst pain in my lower abdomen on the left side. I stopped having sex immediately hoping it would reside, but it kept getting worse and worse and radiated around to my lower back. I was curled up in the fetal position in tears, ready to go to the ER. I fell asleep and awoke in the morning with the pain gone, however, i had some spotting..this was strange because i have had zero bleeding for months. I have also developed horrible acne not only all over my face, but my chest and back as well. That along with the constant nausea are the worst. I always have to lay down because i feel so sick to my stomach. Looking back, i always attributed feeling "off" to the fact that i am on Methadone to manage an opiate addiction (I a three years clean from all drugs and do not drink, i do smoke cigarettes though). However, i am finally starting realize that it is most likely Mirena. Another thing, i have been having strange, water-like, vaginal discharge that has a not-so-lovely odor to it. I have NEVER experienced this in my life. I have also been having frequent UTI's which was never an issue before either. I am calling asap to have this damned thing removed, i kept saying to my hubby "i just don't feel right, i think it may be the Mirena" but i would always kind off brush the idea off...well now i am 99.9% positive that is the culprit. I will post again once it has been removed for a few weeks and share if there have been any improvement...I pray that they will subside with the removal. I am also a bit afraid to go to the doctor because i know a few people who had to get Mirena surgically removed due to it implanting in the uterine wall. That scares the shit out of me. Thanks to all the women who have shared their stories and made me realize i am NOT alone in my suffering. I am not sure what i will do for birth control as i never remember to take the pill and need something long term, but after this ordeal i am skeptical about ALL of these new and seemingly "perfect" birth control method. You know what they say: When something seems too good to be true....

Anonymous said...

I have had this thing since Oct.2011. I have been back and fourth to my doctor trying to find out where all of the same problems all you ladies are saying you experienced and as of now im ready to have it removed. I feel like i am preganant. But all my test came back negative including all test my doctor had me went through to figure out what was wrong. All i had was a small cist the size of a quarter on my ovaries. She finally insisted that i should have the mirena tooken out. Since i have had it i have alway had a normal period. It comes every month. Strangly this month (July 2012)my period never came. I took a pt. -negative. Im frustrated, always in pain, and keep thinking im preganant. I cant take it anymore i am becoming seriously depressed from the horriable lower back and adominal pain i always have. Im having it removed. I find myself not happy anymore. This thing is not what it seems and is not a good birth control. Truly not worth all the issues it takes your body through and all the testmy doctor put me trough all to say. GET IT OUT!

Anonymous said...

100% same here. Everything you have mentioned and i mean everything is the same exact thing i go through. I thought i was tripping or something. Now i know that i am not the only one that ened p in a fetus position in sharp pains after and during sex. Thanks so much- im getting it removed

Anonymous said...

I totally never thought about the Mirena making me gain weight. In the past four months I have taken two pregnancy test expecting to be pregnant, only for the results to be negative. But I am having all the symptoms if pregnancy. I have gained a massive amount of weight and I always feel bloated. A lot snappier than usually and from time to time I am depressed. So to tonite I decided to search the web for more info about Mirena and can across this websit. I am very lucky, I am going to make an appointment to get my Mirena removed after having it for almost three years. Hopefully I can maybe return my body to kind whats normal as well as my attitude.

Tooth Fairy said...

I had Mirena inserted in March of 2010. I had a continuous period for the first 3 mnths and then it finally tapered off. Now I have sporadic spotting of a brown discharge about every 2 weeks as well as the usual pms symptoms most women have. I had lost 25 pounds prior to having it inserted and since then I have gained it all back and then some without changing my previous healthy habits. I am tired all of the time, have 0 energy, depressed frequently, irritable, anxious, have acne popping up everywhere which I have never had, no sex drive and pain during sex with bleeding after. For those of you who have only had it a short time and love it, just wait and the bad stuf will start to come. I had mine for a year and a half before any real problems started. The longer I have it the more side effects I develop. I hate it and have an appointment this week to have it removed. I'm counting down the hours.

tgray said...

I got a Mirena IUD Dec 2011... a very painful experience! I have gained about 10 lbs, have developed teenage acne, and am so tired all the time. After going back and forth, I decided to have the IUD removed. I went to my Gyn this morning. She couldn't find the strings to remove it. I have to go back next week for an ultrasound. Needless to say, I am freaking out. Before I got the IUD, I did some research on the internet. I saw stories of women who had problems with theirs, but I didn't think it would happen to me. Well, it has. I struggle with anxiety attacks, so this situation that is very outside of my control, doesn't help. After reading some of the other posts, I'm realizing that some of my other symptoms could very well be caused by the Mirena, too: joint pain, constant fatigue, low libido, foul odor, crying like a baby, depression, etc etc etc.

Anonymous said...

After reading all these blogs, i Had my IUD taken out yesterday after 7 months of HELL! Mood swings, crying, depression, anxiety, abdominal pain with sex, yet very LOW sex drive, irregular heart rate, hair loss, no appetite yet couldn't lose about 10 lbs that I had gained almost instantly with insertion, fatigue, night sweats, migraines, hip and neck pain, and HORRIBLE INSOMNIA!!!! I thought I was going crazy at 32 yrs old!! Never thought it might be related to IUD because my first one was in for 5 yrs and never had any complications!! Hoping to back to normal soon, good luck to everyone :)

Anonymous said...

I am 20 years old and I got mirena a little over a year ago. I love that I don't get my period and that I don't have to worry about getting pregnant for a while. I looked up symptoms because my nipples have been very sensitive lately. I have noticed my memory is a lot worse and I don't feel like I used to. But that could also be the drugs I used to be addicted too.. I'm not sure. My acne is also getting worse these last few weeks. I have gained 15 pounds but that also could be from quitting drugs and actually eating. I was 115 pounds when I got mirena now I'm 127 I know that makes me sound extremelu skinny but I've always been really small with a fast metabolism. It could be mirena and might now be. I think my decision to get it was worth it tho. Every other birth control jist didn't work. Its worth a try but mirena obviously wont work for everyone. If my symptoms get amy worse I will have it removed. But so far my life is still tolerable.

Jennifer said...

I have had the Mirena four years in december. I never had problem with it. I stopped haveing a period a coupleweeks after I got it but after that maybe a tiny spot months apart. Well I have been bleeding for two months. I went to doctor yesterday and had her check it out. She saysit is stress. I'm not convinced and very worried.

Jennifer said...

I have had the Mirena four years in december. I never had problem with it, I have even lost 20 pds in the past 6 months. I stopped haveing a period a couple weeks after I got it but after that maybe a tiny spot months apart. Well I have been bleeding for two months. I went to doctor yesterday and had her check it out. She says it is stress. I'm not convinced and very worried.

Anonymous said...

I got the mirena inserted in july 2011 the I have gained 20 lbs, sex is so very painful, I my period would last about 9 to 14 days a month with spotting throughout the whole month, and about 3 months ago I started my period a week early and the pain was so bad that I could barely function... I haven't been able to find my strings so I went to the doctor and he was useless he knew nothing about the mirena and couldn't find my strings.. still have no news on whether or not it is still there.. this whole time i have been on it i have been depressed and have secluded myself from the world and i feel awful cuz my son is so active and i don't want to move off the couch... idk what to do i think i want to get rid of it but the whole reason i got on it in the first place was cuz my periods were very painful and now its nothing different and now i am two day late... i am so glad this page is here cuz i really don't have anybody that would understand this i have worried i was pregnant but that is pretty much impossible since my husband got himself fixed and i am on the mirena but i feel like i felt when i was pregnant it is awful and i am so tired of it...

Anonymous said...

I've had the iud since 2010 after an abortion and it was fine at first, having no period was great but recently it seems like I gained a lot of weight in my stomach. At I thought I was eating to much so I've been trying to excercise but the belly won't go away! I have never had weight problems in my life !! Since last month my breasts are really tender which has me thinking I'm pregnant I haven't took a test yet but after coming to this site I believe the mireana is the problem and I don't feel so alone anymore I'm definetly going to the dr and most likely having it removed

Rachael Lynn said...

Ok I am 21 years old and I got the mirena inserted july of last year. I have definately gained 20 pounds since I got it put in. I know this is due to the fact that I crave food 24/7 and eat all the time. I am going to start dieting this week and see if I can drop the weight. I have noticed some of the stories were good and bad. Im scared to keep it in due to the fact that I have been gaining but I eat horribly, which obviously could be why. I do have memory loss pretty bad and saw that someone mentioned they have too. I want to get it taken out because I am not sexually active and don't plan to be. I got it because I have always have had very bad periods and i was always depressed and crazy 2 weeks out of the month. I have totally leveled out and feel that I am a lot happier with the mirena. But as I said I have gained a lot of weight and this is coming from someone that could eat out almost every day and ate candy probably more than anyone should and never gained a pound. I am going to try to diet because I want to keep my sanity but I'm just scared it wont work. Well anyways, I have heard many horror stories of how you feel once you get the mirena taken out and it is scaring me to the point I never want to do it, but i am really unhappy with my weight and if this is causing that then I don't want to keep it in. Is it rreally as bad as everyone says it is? Someone please let me know, because if not I would like to get removed asap...also I have never had a child so idk if it will be worse for me when it comes out or not. If someone could ease my mind that would be great!

tgray said...

My Mirena has been gone over a week now and I am starting to feel better. I started myself on Evening Primrose which is supposed to be good for PMS, mood, cramps, etc. I definitely don't regret getting it taken out and it was painless having it removed, too! Literally just a few seconds! I've decided that hormone free birth control is the ticket for my husband and me. I had it removed on a Thursday and started my period Friday but it was light weight and no big deal. I did call Bayer and give them my long list of symptoms. Good riddance, Mirena!

tanya said...

Hello ladies, I am getting my mirena removed today and I can hardly wait!!

After 3.5 years with it in I have experienced weight gain of 15lbs, thinning hair,skin changes, irritability and the bloat at my stomach is disturbing.Within the last year I have had sharp pains on my right side by my ovaries.

It alarms me that I have gained weight dispite being highly active and fit. I shudder to think what I would have packed on if I did not exercise and watched what I ate!

Like the rest of you my doctor assured me that the hormones were minimal and would not render any side effects. I am 36 years old no children and no plans of any so where does this leave me for birth control? I am now in limbo as to what my options are that are hormone free - Paragard IUD? Sponge? Tubal?
Does anyone have feedback regarding the Paragard IUD?

I am definitely taking some time before I decide and to give my body a grace period to go back to normal and to have a menstral period! I have not had a period in over 3 years and I really feel that my body needs to have one - does that make sense?

Anonymous said...

Going through the same things as you guys, fter 3 years on it! Just had it removed today and now I feel better . The removal is quick and not as bad as the insertion, that was hell for me.

Anonymous said...

The Mirena is H3LL, 3 years later and I got it out today. HELL YES, now to loose the 32 lbs I gained in the past year!

Anonymous said...

it is just like Obama, useless and a pimple on a butt basically. I can't wait to have mine removed! Five years of hell :/ uggg

nit10 said...

I had my Mirena inserted just about a month ago (august 2012). Insertion was incredibly painful, with all sorts of odd cramps. By "odd", i mean strange pains like i have not felt before. the best i can explain it was it felt like my uterus was going to fall out of my butt. sounds really strange, i know, but i didn't even want to try to use the restroom for the day because of that feeling. some pain persisted the next day but after that, no pain.
I have had what I guess I could call my period: 4 or 5 days of extremely light bleeding. I don't have to use more than a pantyliner the whole day.
The side effects ive been experiencing seem to be on par with other women on here: no sex drive, high anxiety and irritability, depression.
The moodswings I get are TERRIBLE! I have never been an angry or aggressive person, but lately i find myself being edgy and prone to blowing up and shouting. I have been with my man for 2 years now and have never raised my voice at him, yet in the past month I have found myself YELLING at and berating him because I have nowhere to direct my uncontrollable rage. I even go as far as getting up in his face, pushing him, and hitting walls. I have NEVER experienced violent urges like that, and do not even know how to handle them because it is all so new. I just know I can't control it and do not like it.
My sex drive has been even more frustrating, and has begun to feel like an uphill battle. I am only 21 and have always had a very healthy libido until having the Mirena put in. Now, even though I WANT TO have sex, and WISH TO have sex, I have trouble becoming aroused. I can be thinking about having sex all day, but when my man gets home and makes an advance, I feel more indifferent and aggravated than i do horny. It's even so bad that kissing doesnt bring the same kind of blissful feeling it did less than a month ago; it actually feels gross to me. Thankfully my bf has been very understanding and patient, but he jokes that it is the "100% effective birth control" because we have had NO sex.
The depression/anxiety feels similar to what I struggled with when I was younger: uncontrollable crying, automatic negative thoughts, afraid to get out of bed in the morning, and no desire to see friends or do things I used to enjoy. I am doing everything I possibly can to prevent this from taking control of my life; I even force myself to do activities I like, because I DO have fun when I'm actually doing them, even though the initial anxiety makes me want to just sit on the couch where I know its "safe". Every day is some sort of challenge.
I am hoping against hope that my body will adjust to the device and gradually even out, but if this persists more than 6 months, I am just going to have it removed.

Anonymous said...

Small post:
First of all, thanks for posting. I have my Mirena inserted 1 week ago and feel WEIRD! Had hallucinations from Mirena and alcohol consumption combined-the amount of alcohol wasn't crazy or uncommon for my habits-and feel constantly tired and dull, intolerant and crampy. It's been only a week!Oh, and horrible insomnia!!
I'm traumatized. I am going to talk to my doctor but I'm almost decided to remove it after reading all this posts.
Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

I have had Mirena IUD for seven years and I'm really scare to take it out. I had a good experience with it. I missed my periods over these years =)
great!!! But I'm almost fifty and I am not worry about pregnancy so I want to let stay there. Is there any problem with that??

Charissa said...

Charissa 31

I got the Mirena IUD put in in February of 2010, my husband and already have 3 children and arent ready for any more. Now 2 years later I still have the Mirena, I havent had a period or any other problems with it. No spotting or anything. I can actually say I love the Mirena.

Amy F. said...

After having my second child I had the Mirena IUD put in. I had gained about 70 lbs during my pregnancy but since after giving birth I began to steadily lose the weight. At my 6 week checkup was when I decided to have the Mirena put in to prevent another pregnancy. After having it put in I steadily started gaining again. I thought it was due to no longer breastfeeding and having a sedentary job. I began to watch what I eat and drink and began to lead a more active life. It's all been to no avail. I've gained closed to 100 pounds. I'm heavier than when I was pregnant and it seems my weight is ever climbing. I have major mood swings, I'm angry all of the time and I have NO libido. My relationship, my career, and my self image have all taken a huge dive. After reading these stories that all have many similarities to my own I immediately called my practitioner to get it removed. I get it out Oct 18th 2012 and I will keep you posted for any changes. Please pray for me that this is all it takes to get me back to being myself.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry that all you women went through these things with mirena.. I'm wondering when these side effects are gonna hit me? I've had it since March. And I'm liking it so far. I've always had anxiety problems and I'm on medication for that so I don't really see a negative with that. I have chronic migraines, and they were always bad before and they seem slightly more, which could be blamed on mirena due to the hormones. It could also be blamed on my thyroid disease. The only side effect i can agree with is having issues losing weight. That part does suck horribly. But, it does keep me from having another unexpected pregnancy and I'm sorry for I can't for the life of me remember the pill so yeah.

Anonymous said...

Im 34 years old and had the mirena inserted june of this year. I first had terrible abdominal pain for the first three months and terrible discharge with a real stink which was embarressing. In the few months i have not changed my eating habits or done less exercise but have gained wait in just the few months i have gone up a size and a half in clothing my boobs are huge and heavy and my stomach looks like im 5 months pregnant. I chose the mirena because i was told it was great by a womens clinic and have three children and am not planning on having anymore but my husband and I are still not wanting to do anything final as of yet. I to have read all the facts on Mirena and they say u won gain wait depression etc but I think it is full of crap i am very angry at how we are made to feel like we are going nuts or something I would rather be told im preganant atleast then i would know my symptoms are for a purpose. Im going to go and organise to get it taken out especially now I c im not going nuts thank you ladies for opening my eyes..

Anonymous said...

OMG I am so thankful that I came across this blog. I was watching tv today and saw an ad for Mirena lawsuit so I decided to look it up and found this blog. I had my mirena put in 2 years ago after the birth of my daughter and have been experiencing all these symptoms. I used to be cool calm and collective and now I find myself flipping out over stupid things. I have bloating ALL the time and headaches, leg cramps, ovarian cramps, REALLY bad acne; major weight gain and cannot loose it no matter what I try. I am tired all the time and have 0 libido. I am calling an OBGYN tomorrow to have it removed and will hopefully have my life back. Thanks everyone for helping me realize this was not a normal experience of being a new mom. I thought this is what happens after pregnancy.

Tiffany Gonzalez said...

I got the mirena in the summer of 2010. I had my first child 2008. Everything has been fine with it until recently. I find it crazy that everyone else talks about being depressed, now it makes sense!! But now the pregnancy symptoms keep coming up and its scaring me. I feel nauseous, headaches, always tired and i'm eating more than ever, craving sweets just like i did when i was pregnant. i haven't had a period the entire time that i have had the IUD and i haven't read yet from anyone else if this was normal. I definitely feel the mirena has made my hormones imbalanced. not sure if i need to go to the doctor either...

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that I'm not alone!! I'm 27 years old, have no kids, but I look like I'm 4 months pregnant, with more acne than in my teens, and have more mood swings than 5 PMS cycles combined. I got my Mirena IUD inserted 3 months ago and gained 10 pounds all in my belly and breasts. I thought it was stress related since in made a cross country move. So I started to spin 3 days a week and weight trainnig two times a week, then went vegan and the scale still went up. I started to feel very depressed to the point that I don't go out anymore and I have the worst body image of my self. Within the 3 months I have gone from a size 2 to a 5 and have bad cramps. I'm getting it removed next week and can't be more excited. I wish that my doctor would have been honest with me about the IUD since she has one as well...or does she? i can't belive this on the market and avaible for women at such a high price! not worth the time, pain, or the money. I'll let you know how it feels without the Mirena! good luck ladies!

Anonymous said...

I've had the Mirena IUD for about 2 1/2 years after a pregnancy scare that ended in a miscarriage at 7 1/2 weeks. It was a blessing in disguise, as my partner and I were practicing safe techniques and were NOT ready to have a child together yet. It was an opportunity for us to discuss a lot of things about our relationship, and through the sadness and happiness it brought us closer together.

All that said, I've had the IUD in ever since. At first it was uncomfortable, a lot of cramping, and random spotting for awhile. Also, my partner could feel the strings during penetration and was uncomfortable for him. Over a few months time, this became an non-issue, and neither of us would even remember it was there.

After about a year I started having PMS symptoms every month, like a regular cycle; tender breasts, low back pain for a few days, but no bleeding or spotting. It scared me at first (thinking I was pregnant), but after talking to a close OB/GYN MD friend, I was reassured that this is very common with an IUD.

The past two weeks I started having extremely tender breasts (and I swear they're fuller!), have had slight acne, have been very tired, feel dizzy at times, and have lost my appetite, and have minimal cramping. This is all very similar to my previous pregnancy symptoms. I'm technically not "late" yet, and can still feel the strings in place, so I feel that it's highly unlikely that I'm pregnant, and feel that it's virtually impossible since I haven't had any bleeding in over a year (there would be NO uterine lining to support a pregnancy). Though, this sudden change in my body is alarming.

I have never had any weight gain, or any of the symptoms that the other women have described. If anything, I've lost weight and my previous acne cleared up! I guess the Mirena "agreed" with me -- until maybe now... I am just curious as to why it's been fine, and all of a sudden, I'm experiencing symptoms that many other women have been experiencing. Why would it change?

Anonymous said...

look i'm getting nervous do to all the reviews of mirena finally coming out. I researched it a year and a half ago when I got it. 3 months ago my period started being really weird I bleed for a day, break for 2, bleed for 2 more days, break for 1 and bleed 1 more. Before mirena was 4 days 1st of month no problems ever. This month i got it for 1 morning and it was only alittle then nothing. However I have been craving lots of stuff even foods I never eat like tomato and onion. I have felt very dizzy, worn out, neasuas, massive pain that comes and goes in my abdomin as well as back pain. The day i got my period this month the fourth my knee swelled and hasnt gone down since. Hurts to move. any suggestions.

Anonymous said...

look i'm getting nervous do to all the reviews of mirena finally coming out. I researched it a year and a half ago when I got it. 3 months ago my period started being really weird I bleed for a day, break for 2, bleed for 2 more days, break for 1 and bleed 1 more. Before mirena was 4 days 1st of month no problems ever. This month i got it for 1 morning and it was only alittle then nothing. However I have been craving lots of stuff even foods I never eat like tomato and onion. I have felt very dizzy, worn out, neasuas, massive pain that comes and goes in my abdomin as well as back pain. The day i got my period this month the fourth my knee swelled and hasnt gone down since. Hurts to move. any suggestions.

Maegan Romero said...

I got the mirena 2 years ago after my 2nd child, and at first I was impressed. Now I have abdominal cramping that feels like labor. It hurts so bad sometimes that I actually throw up and can't stand up straight. I have gained about 25 lbs, which all appears to be in my belly. I have not had a period in a yr. and a half. Many ppl have asked me if I'm pregnant, and being a naturally petite girl it has given me a complex. I talked to my Dr. and she told me there was no way a test wouldn't pick it up if I was pregnant. Then in the midst of my pelvic exam, she freaked out b/c my uterus was hard. She sent me for a urine & blood test and when both came up negative, she sent me for a pelvic ultrasound. Everything came back fine (no explanation for my hardened uterus), IUD in right place... but the pain and weight gain persists. I, like many of you thought it was me trying to make excuses for my weight gain, and thought it was all in my head... but now I'm certain of what the problem is. I'll be making an apt. to have it removed asap. THANKS!

Susie T said...

OH MY. This is the second time i have had the mirena inserted within a 6 month period due to excessive bleeding caused by fibroids. 1st one fell out within the first 2 days and decided not to do it again but 6 weeks ago my GYNo convinced me to try once more and so i did. i bled every day since insertion and at my 6 week checkup dr. could not locate it. after pushing and tugging and even inserted a ultrasound in me, NADA....so off to XRAY which it was in there but tody 5 days after exam my mirena fell out, AGAIn. but as like many other women here i am glad it fell out, not only did it not help much but i to gained 5 pounds in 6 weeks. can u imagine how much i would have gained in a year. OH MY..

Anonymous said...

These are some very interesting stories. I had NO IDEA Mirena could cause so much hell for others! I had the Mirena inserted less than a year ago (I've had it in for 8 months now) and I have not experienced ANY of these hellish side effects, except for minor cramping every once in a great while (and I used to cramp REALLY BAD before Mirena). The one thing I am extremely thankful about is that I have not gained ANY weight with my IUD. In fact, I was actually able to lose weight (since I had gained 25 pounds from the holidays last year) and I lost all the weight I had gained. However, I am now 1 month and 2 weeks late for my period. I took a home pregnancy test yesterday, but it came back negative. My periods have always been normal and regular and I NEVER miss periods either. I am unaware that Mirena could stop your periods, so I'm not sure if that could be it or not. Strangely enough though, my fiance, his sister, and mom all had this premonition before he got to his mom's house this afternoon, that I am pregnant. He didn't even say anything to his sister when he first picked her up today, but he told her about me and the pregnancy test after she told him her strange feeling that I could be pregnant. I've also read that with Mirena, a positive pregnancy detection with a home pregnancy test may not be detected until up to two months after missed periods because the HCG hormone level is too low. I know this sounds crazy since I got the Mirena NOT to have kids for at least 5 years, but I really kinda hope and pray that I am pregnant. I am actually very ready and it would be exciting since my brother and his wife just had their first baby boy in early October. Everyone in both mine and my fiance's family cannot wait for us to have kids. Anyhow, that has been my experience with the Mirena. Positive prayers for a healthy baby (if I am pregnant) would be welcomed! I am so sorry that so many of you have had such horrific experiences with the IUD. I pray you all find solutions that work for you!

Anonymous said...

Hi my name is Sara and i just wanted to let you all know a little about my Mirena..Well my response is so diffrent from others..I had the Mirena for 5 years and never had any problems with it no symtoms at all..MY period stoped a couple of months later and never came back until i had it removed because it was time for it to come out not because it botherd me ..And my period came the following month and i have had normal periods..I did not want to put it back on because i wanted to start my period again yes i know i am crazy for wanting to start my period agian but i missed it and wanted to feel it again..And since me and my husband dont want any kiddos at the moment i am going to get it put back in..But like i said never gained weight or any thing as i hear from other people..And i was scared at first when it was getting closer to time to take it out because all the negative things i heard of Mirena removal, But nothing at all i am doing good and no problems..But remember everybody is diffrent..And it all depends in the doctor or midwife who does it..Go to a special doctor that is OBGYN Not just any doctor..Well i hope this was useful to you all..Thanks..

mistyfmabry@yahoo.com said...

If you are thinking about getting the Mirena because the idea of not having to worry about taking a pill everyday sounds nice, PLEASE PLEASE RECONSIDER!!!! My Mirena story started when I had it placed after my second birth to my twins in May of 2009. I loved the device to begin with. I had it in place for 2 years and then started noticing some changes in my mood, sex drive,and memory loss; as well as some issues with outbreaks of severe acne at times. As time went by I notice that these symptoms were becoming more pronounced in my day to day life and were beginging to cause issues that I couldn't ignore any longer. I went to my Dr. and discussed my lack of sex drive and possible resolutions and was left empty handed. I began to feel like the day to day activities were just wearing me down and I began to sleep a lot more than usual. These issues progressed for another couple of months and finally I began to have extreme sharp pains over my lower back and thought it was a kidney infection. I came to find out that it was not my kidneys but in fact an ovarian cyst that had developed as a side effect of the Mirena. The cyst grew from 1cm to 4cm within a 2 day time period and causing excrutiating pain. My Dr. finally decided to remove the Mirena to prevent any further cysts from developing. I finally had to go in and have surgery with the possibility of such complications that would cause me to need my ovaries removed or even a hysterectomy. I am a 24 year old female and that thought scared me to death. I wasn't looking forward to these possible complications and waking up from the surgery being told she had to remove my womanhood. I was very blessed with a great Dr. that worked her magic and was able to remove the cyst without complications and was able to keep my womanhood. After the surgery I had to be placed on a low estrogen birth contol to keep the cysts from growing back. With the low estrogen birth control, at age 24, did not help the lack of sex drive I was already experiencing from the Mirena. It has been a year now since I've had the Mirena removed. I am still having complications with the low estrogen birth control needed to prevent growth of further cysts. The memory issues, fatigue, and sex drive have still not been corrected and are begining to effect my relationship with my husband. If you still want to get this device placed, please reconsider. If I had known all of this would happen to me I would have just used the traditional pill method.

Anonymous said...

I apologize if any of this is TMI, but I want to let people know who may be having the same problems.

Four years ago, my gyno recommended Mirena to help my endometriosis. Getting it put in was excruciating. Shortly after that, I started to gain weight. Fast. Within 6 months I went from a size 4, to to a size 12. No amount of diet or exercise made any difference. My self esteem plummeted. Alarmed, I asked my gyno. She urged me to "give it more time", and so I did. After the first year, my weight regulated and things went back to normal... or so I thought. I used to be a borderline sex addict. It was all I thought about. I assumed that I lost ALL interest in sex because of my self esteem during my "heavy stage". But even as my weight faded, my libido never returned. Sex became my least favorite chore.

Then the pain started. I began having horrible, debilitating cramps every day. The only thing that helped was high doses of caffeine. Then the heart palpitations and anxiety started (from the caffeine I'm sure), but without it I couldn't even work. After that, sex became increasingly painful, until every thrust felt like he was punching me in the uterus. My whole body would seize up, trying to keep him from hurting me. Then it began to feel as though I was being penetrated by razor blades. It didn't just feel as though I was dry; it felt like I was using a sandpaper condom. It was a living nightmare. The only thing to lend any relief was a special numbing lubricant. Even then, I would often have to sit on an ice pack after and cry.

I thought it was just my endometriosis getting steadily worse. I saw doctor after doctor. Pills, shots, creams, dilators... nothing provided more than a slight, temporary relief. And then the final straw began. If I dared to try and orgasm, without fail, I would be writhing in pain for hours, overcome by the worst cramping... hell, the worst pain I had ever felt.

And that's when I gave up. At 24 years old, I gave up. I resigned myself to a life of either chastity, or excruciating sex. I would do it for my boyfriend of 6 years, but it felt like rape... and he knew it. He could see it on my face. I began to urge him to find surrogate partners.

When I heard about all of the symptoms related to Mirena, I was shocked. Never have I felt so angry and so overjoyed at the same time. I made an appointment at once. Then I found these posts, and I cried for hours. To hear of so many women who have been devastated by this... it was such a comfort to know that there was hope for me yet.

Fast forward. It's been three days since I've had that horrible thing removed, and already I feel different. Things I didn't even realize were wrong are changing. I want to be affectionate again. I love curling up in my boyfriend's arms again. It doesn't hurt to cough. The thought of sex has already become enticing once-more! Just two days after, sex caused only mild pain. I had two (!) orgasms and had only the slightest cramping for a few minutes.

For the love of all things good, if any of this sounds familiar, GET YOUR MIRENA REMOVED! The worst part is, not a single doctor I've talked to had any idea of these common side effects! Even when I had it removed, they insisted I must have and STD. I've been tested numerous times since these problems arose, and I'm clean. Bayer has now covered their butt and put these things in their fine print. But if they really gave a damn about us, doctors would know.

I should also add that there are things I never even considered could be related to the IUD, and am curious to see if they change. To be honest, I had so many HORRIBLE problems, I really didn't even think about that my breasts were far more sensitive, I had a bald spot forming on my left temple, and unless I sucked it in, my belly was "pregnant status" bloated.

Anonymous said...

i have had my mirena inserted oct 15 and got rid of it dec 1!!! first acne on my face , then bloated belly pregnancy symptoms ..all the same.. so am on the same boat with you , as soon as it`s removed had a great relief , pregnant looking belly went right away!!!woulnt recommend it to none!!!

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Anonymous said...

I'm 16 and my mom forced me to get Mirena inserted. It hurt incredibly bad! I cramped for weeks and bled nasty gross stuff for a month and a half. Now my breasts are getting swollen and I have acne on my neck and face (My acne has always been controllable and mild). I cramp all the time, I always snap at my boyfriend for dumb reasons, I feel like I'm PMSing 24-7. I have been reading up on all the side-effects and dangers of this and I want to get it removed but I'm scared it'll hurt as much as it did getting in.

Breanna said...

I am so glad that I came across this blog, and all of the comments as well. I am not alone! After my second child I had Merena placed (February 2012). It wasn't until YESTERDAY that I put all of the pieces together and realized that this stupid thing was doing more than just stopping me from getting pregnant! I turned into a person that I didn't like anymore, I was angry all of the time, argued with my boyfriend about EVERYTHING, couldn't get the baby weight off, which wasn't a problem with my first child. Just too many things to name, well after reading all of the comments and relating to all of you ladies, I got the damn thing taken out TODAY!!!! On my way to being the old me, and getting my body back!!!!

Anonymous said...

I've had my IUD in for 6 and a bit months and I've had nothing but trouble! I feel pregnant right now and am freaking out!
I feel so seedy all the time, I have so much discharge on a daily bases, my ovaries are feeling like being stabbed, I'm pretty sure I'm late for my period and I always smell. I have minus zero sex drive and I have gone up TWO pant sizes and one shirt size. I have basically no energy which is making it hard to keep up with my 8 month old, house work and daily life activities. I feel disgusting everyday... My doctor just tells me to give it long, give it longer. I want it out and my damn tubes done so I can honestly not fall pregnant again.
I can afford one and still live the life I want to live- Money wise and when she's old enough I will be studying more. Yes, I may want another child in the future but when I can afford to adopt and be mentally, financially, physically and emotionally stable, I will definitely do that because I only ever planned to have two children and regardless of my daughter passing on at 27 weeks gestation- I still gave birth and my second daughter is 8 months now.. I've had my two babies- I am done. I just wish I had someone to listen to that!

Kery W said...
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Kery W said...

i got my IUD back in Oct 2010 a month after my baby was born, was told by some family that it was wonderful not worrying about getting pregnant and how much she loved it so i decided to go ahead and get it even after knowing my mom got pregnant with me having an IUD in. it was painful going in but was great for the first 6-12 months. not to long ago (a few times) i have thought i was pregnant, emotional, sore breasts, sick to my stomach so i have done at home test and they have came out negative, i haven't thought anything of it till now, i have had a lot of side pain and cramping so i decided to come on and found this blog, after reading all you wonderful ladies stories i have relised that i am going to thou of what you are, the depression, the emotions all the time, i feel mean, i have even thought about divorce with my husband a few times other things i have gotten upset over that could have just been looked over.

so now that i have read this some of these stories i think it might be good for me to call and have it checked out, i was thinking it was just wait it out and see if it will pass. Im really scared now of what is going to happen or what can happen.

Jessica Commander said...

Wow, I wish I'd read these testimonials before I let my OB talk me into Mirena. I had the IUD inserted at the end of November 2012; about 7 weeks postpartum, and I have successfully gained one pound EVERY SINGLE DAY since. Yes, this means I have gained over 30 lbs. I have been dieting and exercising like crazy, but I'm now as heavy as I was at 42 weeks of pregnancy, just before I had the baby. I had lost all the pregnancy weight 13 days postpartum, and have now gained it all back! I just know I'll be pushing past that weight soon. Besides working out, I have been lifting weights, jogging, biking, and extreme dieting. Nothing is working, and everyone thinks I'm pregnant again, because my belly is so swollen! I have stretch marks that weren't there before---even during pregnancy. My son isn't quite 3 months old and I look 6 months pregnant!!! I'm so mad I could spit! I wanted to take the pill, but my OB was worried it would dry up my milk supply, since I was breastfeeding. Well guess what? Yeah, the Mirena dried it up anyway!! I can no longer BF and have resorted to formula. To make matters worse, I have constant migraines, horrible cramps non-stop, sharp pains in my uterus and back, my skin is broken out in painful acne (I haven't had a single pimple in over 2 years), I have been bleeding every day since a week after insertion, and I have constant heavy yellow discharge on top of the bleeding. I might have to get it removed, since I'm in so much pain. Of course, I no longer have insurance, since I can't work, and can't afford the removal. Ugh, so aggravated and in pain. NEVER AGAIN!!!

Anonymous said...

I had my mirena implanted midjuly '12. That first weekend I was miserable and had such pain and cramping I literally thought I was going to die. I let it go figuring that was normal. Then, within a week I lost my once rampant sex drive completely. My only comparison has been that I felt like I was "chemically castrated" like they do with sex offenders with pretty terrible offenses. Within a few Weeks I started getting really stressed and anxious over nothing. By October I was overwhelmed, depressed, short tempered, had no motivation whatsoever and just downright miserable. I was having weird cravings all of the time and felt like I was having pms 24-7. I went to my Obgyn, she said give it six months and that she didn't think mirena was the cause, plus I'd need time to adjust. Another month goes by and I feel pregnant, hard uterus and all. Took two pregnancy tests, both negative. I still can't make up my mind, but my sex drive came back, so I decided to stick it out, assumed I was finally adjusting. No such luck. It was gone again and this time the depression worsened. Just a few Weeks back I sat in my car after work on a Friday and seriously considered going home and swallowing a bottle of pills. Fortunately I sat there long enough to realize it wasn't me. I called my obgyn asap. I had it removed on Thursday morning and already feel better. I was motivated enough to clean my house again. Too bad my boyfriend broke up with me today because of what this device did to me. Take my advice, if you're on the fence, take that f*?!er out and save yourself from the suffering. I should have had it out in October when I first went back to Obgyn about it. Don't make my mistake, it only gets worse if you wait. Didn't gain weight though and after a straight month of spotting, no period.

Anonymous said...

I have had a crazy experience with the Mirena ( IUD) also. I almost made it to a year and I became pregnant. I didn't not have pregnancy like symptoms until I was in my second month, and that's what made me get checked by my GYN. At first it was a urine test and then 3 blood test over a course of 3 weeks. I kept asking if I was pregnant and responses being no. So on that 3rd week DOC gave me a pelvic exam that was so excruciating. I was so uncomfortable I couldn't stay in the table. The exam was so unusually a long time. Afterwards he gave me a sono by stomach and vaginally. And that's when he told me I was pregnant!!! I was do upset I cursed him out really bad. He had the nerve to say I owed him and his nurse an apology for it I don't think so. So I retuned to see him over a course of 2 more weeks 1-2 times and that's when he told me it was twins. My husband and I really had to take all this in and my conclusion was intuition. The first few weeks he had to know I was PREO and removed it but didn't want to tell me and the next 2 weeks he knew it was twins but want to confirm that before he told me. Come to find out when he told me about it being twins he told me after that he want to still see 2 SACS over time. I so I was right!!! I also believe he was lying to me when the pelvic exam took place, he removed it and just kept saying he can't find it so it had to had come out. Ladies we all know it hurts a lil when we get it in right!!!.....I think he took it out cause w/ a pelvic exam and a 2 sono why would you be ripping my pelvic apart to find something you said must had Fallon out. We were pissed at first but we are proud be BLESSED!!! with the 2 more souls to add to our family which are 4 yrs now. But get this he is out of practice now and have been for 3-4 years now!!! Thank god, but unfortunately someone else sued him for malpractice. It should have been us to huh???

Anonymous said...

Hello it's me again from the twin IUD pregnancy. I just got the Mirena again after having my baby. I got it exactly 1 month after birthing my baby. I have those symptoms most of you are having such as headache,fatigue,mood swings,bad cramping when I am starting my period, weight gain,cravings,always hungry. I never had cramping prior at all whether it been since I started my period at 14 or after my first IUD and now I do and it feels like I'm miscarrying or some thing every month or something. And also periods started for me at 14 and from the until now at 31 I ALWAYS only bleed for 3 days and the end of the third I was off. Now I bleed for 8 days which I HATE cause its WAY longer than what I'm used to!!! I wanted to get my tubes tied a decision my husband and I both decided on but OH NO!!! We let the doctor convince us your "married and still young you might want more kids just think it over and the IUD is this superb form if birth control ". Throwing what we thought we stood FIRM on and my previous Mirena experience out the window, it made us think about the future and children later and there would be no turning back if I got the tubal. I trusted she said I would have no problems and took the IUD AGAIN!!! I would be fine with it IF the extreme cramps, long bleeding, and WEIGHT gain wasn't involved. I gained 20 pounds in about 30-45 days after I got it in. So now I'm making that appointment to get mines removed cause I can't deal with the weight gain cause I was on "THE SHOT" before (and that's when the previous doctor that put my first IUD in and becoming pregnant with the twins) it made me gain 80 pounds so he had refused to give me the shot and that's how I ended up on the IUD 4 years ago. Ladies lets just face it, when you turn on the television today the Mirena is broadcasted for causing major damage so call that number for you lawsuit if need be.!!LOL!! But once you look at it it's all types of legal issue commercials for you to call on T.V. today that has something to do with some foreign object we have put it our bodies. Hell these days a damn pain pill might be dangerous to take. What can you trust??? I say GOD and let all this knowledge we have access to like T.V. and this blog convince us to research more and quit trusting everyone just because they have MD,PHD,GYN,OB or whatever behind their name , cause obviously we all get help from god but none of them are god!!!!

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Swetlana Klatt said...

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ladyfay said...

As many women have stated here, I am incredibly thankful for to have found this blog. However, I am left angry and with so much sympathy for the women that have gone through this experience.

At the time of the insertion (about a year ago) I was 21, 118 lbs, 5'3" and had no children. Getting it put in, which my GYN reassured me was "a breeze," felt as though I was going to puke, shit myself and pass outor either simultaneously or in rapid succession.

I have been prone to depression since my teens, but not so much anxiety. Soon, I was back in school and felt emotionally unhinged. Before I had been a very focused student, but that semester I dropped out of half my classes and several activities due to unmanageable anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
I saw two therapists, tried meditation, exercised more and more, with little success. Ultimately I was put on Zoloft (which after a couple months I stopped taking.)

My anxiety was out of control by summer. I never suspected the Mirena, but I seemed to come up with every other theory (that usually blamed myself). I started avoiding everyday interactions in fear that something would trigger my anxiety. As a result, my self-image plummeted.

I would take a lot of my issues out on my boyfriend, which really scared me. I was a total basket-case. He did like the new boobs, though. I had grown a cup size in a couple months! Before I always had those slightly swooping "French lady boobs," now they're big puffy globes that always seem stiff.

In the past couple months I realized they have gotten even bigger. It hurts to wear a bra, it hurts when people hug me, even to lie on my stomach.
I recently went to the doctor and weighed in at 130 (!), even though my routine hasn't changed. I have never even seen over 122 in my life. I started exercising more and eating mostly vegan (usually vegetarian) a few weeks ago and nothing has changed: same weight, still constantly bloated, don't even feel lighter after taking a decent BM. I know my body well enough to know that this is strange.

For the past couple of days I've been fretting about being pregnant, because of the ripened boobs and protruding belly. I've been up crying and confused because I feel so out of tune with my body and myself. I feel ashamed of my body.

After having trouble on the pill (bleeding for months) and now the Mirena, I feel like screaming at my boyfriend, "YOU F*ING DEAL WITH IT." Or screaming at the doctors, "HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN TO SO MANY WOMEN? Do we have any option that doesn't mess with our hormones and our bodies and our lives?!" I can get on a huge feminist rant in regards to effective and safe birth control. I've considered getting the Paraguard (no hormones), but I'm so skeptical about having anything put in my body.

I'm getting my Mirena removed on Monday. I will come back and let you know how it felt and what I am experiencing in the following weeks.

Good luck, stay strong, trust your intuition and know that you are not alone.

Anonymous said...

I have been having all the the symptoms people are describing:weight gain despite an insane amount of exercise and healthy eating (my husband lost 20 lbs), sore, large breasts, cramping, bloating and acne.

I went to have it removed today and my doctor can't find it!

Now I have to make another appointment involving dilation and x-rays.

DON'T GET AN IUD!!!

sara hull said...

i am looking on the internet to figure out what the heck is wrong with me and i find all these comments that are exactly like what i am experiencing. I have never had belly fat before my entire life. i work out at least 1 hour 6 days a week i eat healthy and i am stuck at 190 pounds i cannot get the scale to budge no matter what i do. I really like not having periods since the reason i got the mirena IUD was to help control my constant periods i was always bleeding it seemed like but now i have no periods and i am fat and swollen and no matter what i do i cant lose anything. if i get the IUD removed will these symptoms go away? i really hope so because i am done with this over weight pot bellied me

Anonymous said...

Okay, I got Mirena put in May 2011. Prior to this I had been on the pill since I was 15. I ended up getting pregnant April 2010 ( I will straight up say that it was my fault and not the pill, I had missed a few pills and was just careless with remembering to take the pill). Honestly I had never had a problem so I guess I just got comfortable. In June I lost the baby and my doctor put me on the ring saying that it was more effective than the pill. I hated it, it felt like it was always coming out. So my best friend told me that she got mirena and loved it, so I talked to my doctor and scheduled to have the mirena put in, this was done May 2011.

Before mirena I weighed around 150lbs and had great skin, bra size 36DD. At first everything was okay, slight weight gain to 160lbs. After about 6 mths I became very depressed, always wanted to sleep, very irritable and always felt like I was pregnant. I felt pregnant to the point that I was peeing on a stick every 1-2 mths. I also was having random sharp pains in my lower abdomen, yeast infections every 1-2 mths, back pains, cramps that literally felt like contractions. And the list goes on...

The depression got worse and I was diagnosed bi-polar, they put me on such horrible pills to help. They did nothing, and so I stopped taking them.

As of right now I still have the mirena in. My weight has ballooned up to 170lbs, my bra size is now a 36DDD (and I'm pooping out of that). My skin is under an everyday battle with acne. I still have yeast infections all the time. Still feel pregnant, boob pain(they feel like they are on fire, and my nipples are sooo sore), bloated abdomen, tired all the time, irritable. I am in hell, literally.

My fiance is getting home in a few days from a military training and I am going to sit down with him and plead my case. I think he will be okay with me getting it out and maybe just going back on the pill. I need to get this horrible thing out!

Plus I am getting married in 5 mths and would like to lose this stupid weight that I gained from the mirena!! Wish me luck!


Anonymous said...

Oh wow! I'm 20 years old and have had no children. I have endometrious AND poly cystic ovaries . My period is normally very irregular and I have tried soo many different birth controls. Early last year(2012) I had keyhole to have my endo check and they inserted the mirena while I was asleep. Started off seady, very heavy bleeding and cramping all the time ( thought I was going to die). After 4 months the bleeding stopped but i still have cramps and just randomly spotting , up until about 8 weeks ago. I normally weigh in at about 55kg give or take . And over the last 4 weeks I have gone up to 65.8kg which is not like me . I had size 12b cup and gone up to bearly fitting in a 14c . However I do enjoy the bigger boobs:) I can't seem to get the weight off and I have been loosing hair like a Labrador in the summer!.my sex drive has gone down slightly but not very much. But I do feel like my orgasams are never good anymore. I have had 3 pregnancy scares only to find out its just the mirena . I went to go get it removed just before Christmas but get this! They couldn't find it .... I had an ultrasound and they said it was still in there so then I went back to my gyn. He sat there tugging at my insides for a good hour with me screaming in tears because it hurt so bad. I am not waiting to have it surgically removed ! And I can't wait to get this out .

Anonymous said...

Really wish i would have found this blog sooner. Im 21 I've had the mirena for almost two years, after my daughter i decided to wait for more because im still young. Can't take the pill because it makes me sick and i got pregnant on the ring. So i decided this was the best option... Boy was i wrong, i have absolutely no energy whatsoever. Which is not normal for my age. And to top it off i have all of the symptoms above... This is something i can not do. My sister said something you insert inside your body is just not normal... But now i have taken a home pregnancy test and its shows positive... Im hoping its false. But with as messed up ad this mirena is i wouldny doubt it being true. Im SO DONE with this IUD im ready to take it out myself! Thank you girls for confirming my suspicion!

Anonymous said...

Its been a week yesterday and I've cramped all week except one day. Eat anything with salt and its vomit or bloat. Acne really? I'm 28. One child. Good idea to the closest option to not having children without surgery. Im sincerly giving it a month and go from there I don't need nor want more children and I hate the bloat wish I could get huge breasts without weight gain I excercise and already gained 5lbs ehhhh five year doubt ill make it. Thanks for listening and everyones story helps.

Karen said...

I had mine out after almost 3 years because I also had a pregnancy scare. I had a lot of other bad symptoms, but never realized it was the Mirena. Anyway, I had normal cycles for2.5 years, then they completely stopped. Called the Drs office andnurse said not to worry, pregnancy was impossible on Mirena. After I developed HTN with near fainting spells and painful contractions, I demanded they take it out. Then I found out the same Drs office had treated 2 other women recently for loosing their babies on Mirena! I hate they lied to me all this time. I had mine out in Dec2012. I'm praying my husband and I will be able to have a baby.

Anonymous said...

Im 24 yrs old i got mirena in 2010 of oct at first i was doing very well with it my periods would come and go and didnt have trouble with acne or with my sex life not until 2011 alot started changing i really dont want to have intercourse which my husband gets upset at times and i was wondering why that was happenning until i started reading some of these posts also ive been getting migrane headaches to the extreme ive been feeling tired dont really like to go out and do anything...i have made a appt to see what i can do to take the mirena out it would be nice to have my life back with my 3 kids

Anonymous said...

I had the Merina IUD inserted about two month after having my daughter. For the first year, everything seemed fine, but eventually I started to have problems sleeping. I thought the sleeping problem was just due have a new baby and waking up to her crying. However, even when she would spend the night down her grandparents house I would still not be able to sleep. I have horrible anxiety. Horrible thoughts racing through my mind. To be honest, I am not myself at all. At night with the anxiety, my heart feels like it's racing. I can't sleep at all. This week has been the worst. I feel like I'm going through a mental breakdown and even thought of not wanting to live. It's so strange because this is not me. I don't want to eat and have no desire to. In a week, I lost 10 pounds. I'm really worried about myself. I saw a counselor yesterday who wanted to prescribe me prozac and sleeping pills. I asked if the IUD could possibility be the cause of my health decline. She said not all. But why not investigate it as a problem before prescribing prozac? I feel that doctors these days just want to push pills instead of first investigating other factors. I think the IUD is the problem. Today I scheduled to have it removed. I'm not sure what will happen, but I hope to God my life, health and happiness will return. PLEASE GOD!

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness I am not alone! I just recently (3 days ago) had my Mirena taken out after the full 5 years. I have gained more than 50 pounds and it has been IMPOSSIBLE to lose it! There is one thing I have not read on here yet and that is for the last almost 5 years my face, neck, and décolletage are red like a sunburn. It's not Rosacea or any other skin ailment. I'm so hoping that it will disappear soon. My mood has been different too but I never connected it. I just thought I was getting b*tchier as I get older. :) I liked not having periods but I would give that up to have my body back. It's so great to know that I have hope. If anyone has had the red face, neck, chest problem please post! It would be so helpful. My doctors never connected any of this even though I mentioned it several times. In fact, I even had tons of blood work done, including my thyroid checked to explain my weight gain. Everything came out perfectly. If I'm in such excellent health then why am I having so many problems. I would NEVER recommend Mirena to anyone. So glad I found this site!! Good luck to all.

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Anonymous said...

I had the mirena inserted eight days ago. I had reservations before I had it done but was told there were no side effects. I have a history of depression but was told this wouldn't be an issue. I was knocked out for the actual procedure do that was painless. I am still bleeding, feel suicidal, have panic attacks, sore back, numbing of hands and legs, tingling lips, bloated face and some cramping and a rash all over. I have made an appointment to have this removed next week. They are "reluctantly" going to have a consultation with me. I'm not leaving until its removed.
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Anonymous said...

I've had the IUD now for almost 4 years but never thought about it being the cause of all my problems. I love not having periods and I figured it was the reason for the low sex drive, but never thought about it causing the weight gain and migraines! I've. Gained over 60lbs I feel like I can't remember anything anymore and the last couple months I'm having the breast tenderness. I always feel like I'm pregnant looking I hate it I'm depressed all the time andget upset but stupid things and feel like a horrible mother because I get so mad easily. I think its time to see a doctor and have this thing taken out asap so I can be myself again and the mother I know I can be

Anonymous said...

I have many of the same symptoms too. Huge breasts, bloated stomach and very moody. I also have another which I believe is related...a metallic taste in my mouth and bleeding gums. Wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience? I too have to get this thing out and am having it removed in 5 days time...cannot wait.

maddi_sprenger said...

I have had it for about a year and the spotting only lasted a few weeks. Everything was fine then all of the sudden I started to get acne and back acne! I have never have acne on my back. My headaches have been wosre then usual too. Also breast tenderness(I can hardly touch them without squinting in pain) and bloating. About a week ago I started having pain it my lower abdomen. I went to the doctor because I couldn't find the strings and he couldn't at first either but they said they were just pushed up my cervix a little.They did a blood pregnancy test that came back negative. After the week the pain went away but this weekend I had Flu like symptoms (body aches, major headache, fever, chills.. etc) Woke up with a major headache today and started spotting. I havn't spotted or had my period in almost a year. Odd right? The doctor said If the pain doesn't go away he would do an ultrasound. The pain is gone as of the last few days but the weird flu like symptoms and bleeding? Something is wrong here.

442fmw said...

Does anyone have good advice for a husband trying to get my wife to remove her Mirena? I am mostly convinced this is ruining my marriage. A year ago we almost divorced and after counselling I told my wife I couldn't stand the lack of intimacy (we're talking years without anything) she is on her second mirena. I showed her posts and internet sites indicating that those IUD's could be the cause of multiple symptoms. She said, "who cares." She seems happiest about the fact that she no longer has a period but the fact that she may be throwing away her marriage so that she can "go on beach vacations without worrying" seems ludicrous.
At one point she apologized for her lack of intimacy and didn't know why she was so cold. I told her it was the Mirena and she said after the summer she would take it out. That was 8 months ago - It never came out and there has been no discussion since. I can't talk to her because she gets angry and defensive and threatens to divorce.
She has been tired for years, suffers from insomnia, anxiety and I believe depression (she would never admit to me) and recently she started having unexplained severe back pain, serious night sweats among her other long standing symptoms (migraines, numbness and tingling in arms and fingers, sore breasts, breast cysts....i'm sure there are others)
I really just want my wife back so we can be happy and not have fights in front of the kids.

I am desperate. i have been holding on for sooo long but I am at my wits end.

ADVICE???

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Anonymous said...

I had my Mirena removed in August 2012. Had it in for 2/12 years. I decided to have it removed because I felt like a monster. Not myself at all. I had headaches, hair loss, gained so much weight and regardless of what I did it would not come off. At some point I was even on Addipex and lost 5 lbs in 3 months. I had a severe pain on my lower back, I felt like I was sitting on a rock everytime I sat down, deppression, mood swings- I was given Zoloft. My beautiful, healthy, long hair started falling and looking brittle. I knew something was wrong and I knew I din't deppression, diet pills or therapy. After A LOT of research and reading I was shocked to find out how many women had the same issues as I did and was even more shocked to learn that it was all related to the IUD. I trusted my doctor when he told me that this was the best bith control for me.I finally decided to go to my doctor and finally have the IUD removed (that was another nightmare!) Well, it's been 9 months since I removed it and although I feel better knowing that I don't have that IUD inside me, I haven't been able to conceive (and I've tried-A LOT!) I feel pregnant every single month just to see a negative result on the stick :( Having the Mirena IUD implanted was the worst mistake of my life. I've completely changed since 3 yrs ago.

Anonymous said...

2007-CURRENT Mirena Nightmare – “Piece Broke Off – Did not locate until Years Later 2009/ Finally Removed 2013!
Life-Threatening Side-Effects! I suggest NO women in her right mind, get this device! The warnings were not issued to way after the fact, My Mirena was inserted in November of 2007, & Removed 5mnths Later. I felt the Device and bleeding, cramping was horrifc! Mirena was first introduced in 2000 & The FDA Issued a Warning In December of 2009 regarding all the Nightmares associated with having this thing inserted into Women – Human Beings w/out doing there Due Diligence on the product.
In 2/2012 Bayer tried to cover it’s tracks about all the side-effects! Bayer and Fda all should be held accountable! Women if you have Mirena currently, well get ready for a nightmare when you get it out & you better hope and pray they get all OUT & Not leave a Small Detached Piece inside you which embeds into your uterus and causes havoc on your entire body! Here’s some personal side effects I have experienced since the nightmare piece was left inside - Also if this small piece did this to me, What is the Entire IUD is going to do to your system!!
See: LIFE- THREATENING ELEVATED BP @ 200, Severe Pid (Could Spread to Brain, if not caught and properly Treated) – After Piece Removal by Specialist/Oncologist 2013 once “Found”, Infections – DURING, Vomiting Blood, Unexplainable Ulcers, discolored skin, acne, severe abdominal pain, excessive blood loss, anemia, ectopic pregnancy, Cysts Before & After Removal, Abscesses-Bi-lateral on Kidneys, bloating, blurred vision, dizziness, No sex-drive, Vaginal dryness, Night Sweats, Heart Palpitations, loss of appetite, back pain, headaches, numbness, painful intercourse, joint pain, Leg Pain, eczema, Stomach Pain, Chest Pain, fatigue, Constipation, Smell, Always Hot and Moody feeling, Bleeding at any given time anytime of the day! I’ve been Hospitalized 4x’s & 4 different Surgery’s & ABNUDANCE OF Doctors including OB/GYN’S Scratching there heads trying to find out why my body was out of WHACK!
I’m currently on Medication for Severe Pid, Ulcers, 2/Blood Meds, Magnesium and some other Med’s to Help Heal My Body Back To Health From the Small Mirena Piece Embedded inside of me, that got lost! Thank God It Did Not Take My Life, It almost Did with a BP @ 200 for 2/days & Vomiting your own blood for 2 days & this PID, which I bought fell out my chair, I’ve been w/boyfriend everyday literally for 3yrs. So I knew that was impossible, until I found out it was caused by the mirena! Also it disturbed me to Read on Bayer’s Site About Mirena testing which is done on Mice & some other animal, then put into our body’s, Well that’s your first mistake We are Not Animals – We Are Human Beings! Women please wake up – this has opened my eyes’ I never want to get Birth control again after this nightmare! It almost took my life! Don’t Let It Take Yours!!

Anonymous said...

So, I had the Mirena inserted one month ago today. First of all, I was told I might have some light spotting the day it was inserted.. I was walking to my car after insertion and felt a gush. I drove home and found my sweat pants soaked in blood. I bled for 4 days. By day five the bloating kicked in, my mother asked me if I was pregnant (She sees me almost every day). Then, a friend asked me if I was pregnant. My stomach and abdomen were so uncomfortable... I FELT PREGNANT. Heart burn, indigestion (Which I almost never get), swollen belly. Now comes the anxiety attacks... atleast that's what I think they are. Ive never had them before. Waking up suddenly with your heart racing and not able to get a deep breath. Anxiety attacks? Random heart racing when I am sitting or laying. I started keeping my grandmothers blood pressure cuff with me so I could check my blood pressure and heart rate. Not something I ever expected to have to do for birth control. I was also having random abdominal pain, nothing super painful or sharp. but the kind like something is poking you from the inside. When I was having a bowl movement or when I was stretching, or when I would sit with my legs curled up to me I would get a quick and uncomfortable jab. Last week the bleeding kicked in again (I assume this is my period, it is on schedule). Cramps.... not my usual cramps. These suckers hurt. They are sharp. Like tearing or scratching combined with your usual period cramps and unpredictable. I usually would spot for two days, cramp for a day or so and then bleed for 3 or so days and be done with my period. No. Cramps, bleeding, cramps and bleeding, cramps, cramps, bleeding bleeding. I see no end in site and today the headaches kicked in. I have never in my life taken so much pamprin and motrin. By the way, the pamprin and motrin don't touch the symptoms. Did I mention the acne I started getting last week? Oh, that was fun too. I am about as miserable as I have ever been in my entire life. For an entire month, miserable. Gained five pounds. Cant do a squat without abdominal pain. Oh yeah and you know how when you have period cramps the exercise helps ease them? No, exercise has been causing my cramps! CAUSING! What the hell! So after exactly one month of having it in, I have decided today that I want this thing out of me and planned to make an appointment tomorrow to get it removed. So, tonight I checked my strings and they seemed low but I couldn't feel the iud. I pinched the string with my fingernails and gave it a little tug to check the resistance and my body just basically pushed it right out. No pain, no cramping, no resistance, nothing except relief. My body has been trying to tell me for an entire month that we don't want this thing. I should have listened to it sooner. I am envisioning a good nights sleep for the first time in a month and I am praying this shortness of breath, racing heart, acne, bloated pregnancy belly, indigestion, cramping, and headaches will soon be a bad memory as well. Maybe my boyfriend will stop telling me I'm extra bitchy...Oh, and this five pounds can take a hike too.

samantha said...

I am so glad that I found this site. After reading everything on here I had my second Mirena removed today. The first one went without a hitch and no side effects, bar for the fact that I had to have it replaced a year earlier as I started to bleed. The second one was inserted in March 2009. Since then I have gone onto anti-depressants and thyroid medication, zero libido and 26kg. I have been to three different doctors and they have never even suggested that it could be the Mirena. The doctor today was great, this was the first time I have seen her and told her about the site and that I know that I may sound crazy but this is my last resort or I am going to have to "super glue" my teeth together so that I can loose the weight!! She said I am not the first to complain and she will support me in everyway she can and we will get through this together. I am feeling so much happier that I have found someone I can talk to and she believes me. Will keep you posted on how it goes over the next few weeks. Keep positive and listen to yourself and keep going till you find a doctor who believes in you and supports you.

Amy Brown said...

I am on my 2nd IUD and I never attributed it to my inability to loose weight but after reading all of this I am beginning to wonder. I cut out dairy, fast food, started eating cleaner, joined a bootcamp class 3 days a week and drink water like crazy but I can't loose a lb to save my life. I have also had this vertigo type feeling for a couple of years now, that comes and goes...I take pregnancy tests all the time because my symptoms are very similar and my period has stopped completely. I have been to the eye doctor, ear/balance doctor, had blood work done for diabetes and thyroid and everything is normal.

Anonymous said...

I have never had a problem with my IUD. I had it for 5 years and it was great. However, after the fifth year, my doctor could not find the string. So, I had to go to the hospital and had it removed Under local anesthesia. She gave me a lot of drugs because she could not find it: it was stuck too high up. After a while, she got it out (if not, she would have had to surgically remove it), but the drugs got to me. I had shaking and the drugs affected my nervous system. I was whailing like an idiot. They got scared, me too, but after an hour I was ready to leave. Mirena? Never again.
Contraception seems easy with the pills when you are young, it is only later that you start thinking about the adverse effect of the hormones. Over 35 it is not easy to find something that's good overall. Let me know, if you've found something.

Ab22 said...

I am also having acne problems and mine hasnt even been in a week. I am a crazy psycho who balls all the time and actually just hit my husband on fathers dad in front of our kids. I feel alone and I am sitting in my car in the driveway balling. Do you think after not even a week of this mirena that thats what is causing my craziness?? I dont want to go on like this but I want to give it more of a chance too...maybe I'm just having a really bad day?

Anonymous said...

I have had my mirena in for about 2 1/2 months, I keep bad headache, my face also stays broke out and I have never had that problem. I hardly ever eat. And it seems like all IM doing is gaining weight. I've gained right at 20lbs. I to don't like having sex since I have this in. IM so uncomfortable in my body. I have my period all month long. This is crazy to me. I know some ladies that.has the mirena and their great on it. Guess I'll be getting this takin out!

Anonymous said...

I have been on the mirena almost the complete 5 years. Never got pregnant. Gained weight but recently lost most of it. Went four years w no period. Moved in with my cousin who was having regular periods w hers and my body went into sync w hers. I now have regular monthly periods. Now my issue is this month i am 12 days late for my period. Body is super sore. Im constantly hungry, tired, or using the bathroom. I feel pregnant and im not quite sure what to do.

Anonymous said...

I've had the mirena in since December 2010, and it's been awesome. My period was very random, came whenever it pleased some light some heavy, for about the first 8 months. I originally got it to stop ovarian cysts and it worked a treat. My perioperiod has been regular every.month since , same date and only light. However , I missed my period this month, had an aching lower back so bad that I just couldn't get comfortable, left work because I felt so sick and have been going to the toilet more than usual. Took a pregnancy teat and came back negative. I don't know what else explains why I haven't had it, nothing no spotting or anything.. Any ideas?

Ali said...

I have just had my 3rd mirena put in and it has been great the last10 years but this time I am gaining weight dramatically andmy breasts are painful and growing :( . Not happy, never experienced these side effects before, what's changed?

Anonymous said...

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Thank you sir for your help and God bless you and your family


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UK

Anonymous said...

My name is Katya am from united kingdom i married for 25 years but no child to call my own my mother in-law was calling me all kinds of name i prayed for God to give me a child i did every thing i could do visit many doctors to no what is wrong with my body system but the doctor said nothing is wrong with me then i said to my self what is wrong,a friend of my said to me that she know of a doctor that help people in this type of problem and his name is Dr LUKMAN i never want to do that but things was not easy with me i cook and eat alone no child to eat with me i was living in the dark,so one day i make up my mind and i said to my self i want to have child i discuss it with my husband and he refuse that at the first place after few months my husband called me and he said he needs a child and he is nothing getting any younger,that was how we visit Dr LUKMAN and he ask me to provide some things that he needs to prepare the medicine so i did that to cut the story shout after all i got pregnant and i deliver a baby boy am so happy to be called mother with the help of Dr LUKMAN you out there passing through this same problem you can get help from the great DOCTOR contact he via Emil templeofsolution@live.com

Thank you sir for your help and God bless you and your family


KATYA
UK

Anonymous said...

My name is Katya am from united kingdom i married for 25 years but no child to call my own my mother in-law was calling me all kinds of name i prayed for God to give me a child i did every thing i could do visit many doctors to no what is wrong with my body system but the doctor said nothing is wrong with me then i said to my self what is wrong,a friend of my said to me that she know of a doctor that help people in this type of problem and his name is Dr LUKMAN i never want to do that but things was not easy with me i cook and eat alone no child to eat with me i was living in the dark,so one day i make up my mind and i said to my self i want to have child i discuss it with my husband and he refuse that at the first place after few months my husband called me and he said he needs a child and he is nothing getting any younger,that was how we visit Dr LUKMAN and he ask me to provide some things that he needs to prepare the medicine so i did that to cut the story shout after all i got pregnant and i deliver a baby boy am so happy to be called mother with the help of Dr LUKMAN you out there passing through this same problem you can get help from the great DOCTOR contact he via Emil templeofsolution@live.com

Thank you sir for your help and God bless you and your family


KATYA
UK

Anonymous said...

I experience those same kicks in my abdomen! I have taken 2 pregnancy tests lately, both came back Negative.I also am experiencing the pregnant looking stomach, extreme gas, nausea, fatigue, tender breasts all the time, acne, and an achy vagina. I'm having this removed asap

Anonymous said...

Im 24yrs old. I got my mirena put in February of 2012 after I had my daughter in November of 2011. I started eating healthy, working out, got a personal trainer who had me working out 4 times a week and walking the days in between. My pre pregnancy weight was 130lb and I got to 200lb right before I delivered. I was determined to get back to my pre pregnancy weight. I barely lost any weight at all after several months of intense workouts and diets and calorie counting I only lost an extra few lbs after delivering. I felt hopeless. Depressed. Hideous. After 1 year I managed to get down to 165lb cuz I was working 3 jobs and going to school and my "free time" was spent with my kids chasing and cleaning after them and never having time to eat. Then all a sudden I started gaining weight and lots of it very rapidly. In two months I gained 25lb. I've tried dieting and exercise but the weight refuses to come off no matter my efforts. I feel bloated, I look and feel like I'm 3 or 4 mo pregnant despite several negative pregnancy tests. My breasts have gone up 2 cup sizes and always are tender. I feel more forgetful than I ever have. Constantly exhausted whether I get 4 hours of sleep or 8 or 13. I feel incredibly depressed constantly. I found this and several other articles saying the same thing I feel and evidently so many others. I went to the dr today to get another pregnancy test and set up an appt to get this damn thing out of me and hopefully make much more progress on my goal to get back to my pre pregnancy weight and feel more confident with my partner and life in general.

Anonymous said...

Dry eyes - no one has mentioned this. Don't be fobbed off... I am only 48 and two weeks into having my Mirena my eyes pretty much stopped producing any moisture.Also, I can explain it, but I felt so completely unlike myself. Despite the English literature making No mention of dry eyes, I had it removed last week. Although not completely recovered, my eyes are much more bearable. This product is horrendous.

Anonymous said...

I just found your sight! My daughter is 21 and in full blown menopause because of the Mirena. She was actually just diagnosed last night and hasn't even had it removed yet. She has had it for 3 1/2 years (after the birth of her baby). and it has been killing her. Her gynecologist basically ignored her requests for help and we are just beginning the journey of recovery. Thank you for sharing your inspirational story.

Anonymous said...

I am so thankful for this page!! I have been driving myself crazy trying to figure out what is wrong with me, why the smell, the dry eyes, the unbelievable weight while in the gym, the swelling, joint pain, and hair loss. I have thought I was entering menopause, but I'm only in my 30's so it didn't add up. I just made the appointment and am having this removed in 4 days!

Anonymous said...

Getting it out in two days. Thank goodness I am finally doing it. I have had it in for 2.5 years & have tons of weight gain, acne like never before...so fed up. I have to admit that I will miss the next to nothing periods, but I just want to let my hormones regulate themselves back to a natural state. Have any of you taken herbal supplements of any kind in the immediate aftermath of removal - for hormone regulation?

Anonymous said...

I got the mirena in February of this year. I had my period for like two months. The June it stop completely. July hit n I haven't been feeling well. I'm tired all the time n lazy. I just don't have any energy. I eat a lot more now. I'm feel like throwing up. I feel like a bunch of butterflies of going crazy in my belly. Seem to pee more n more. I had sex once in June n twice in July. I have a lil bet of pain. Now sure whats going on.

Anonymous said...

I know thks is years later but it being 2013 this will help one I'm sure. I got the Mirena put in March 2012 I got it because my cousin and sister in law both had it no problems. I felt because I never usually have any side effects I would be ok. First off let me say when they put it in I was in pain, bad pain. Second my period is insanely heavy heavier than without bc. I can live with a heavy period no problem. I've not gained weight thank goodness I'm big enough but now after a month and a half I have the whole crapola I'm pregnant symptoms. I'm lethargic, moody, nauseated, have period cramps with no period. my breast are tingly but the worst is I have horrible back pain due to nothing. Now with reading all that I have I called my doctor to ask him to remove the IUD and guess what? he no longer takes my insurance. He's had to cut the strings cuz they pinched inside my vagina but when I went searching last night couldn't feel the strings. WONDERFUL! This is just my story I know some love it, I did up until a few weeks ago now I can't wait to get this thing out. Every form of birth control I've tried I've not liked until this one but even this one done me wrong. seeing all these women getting larger breast yet mine stay the same. Boo! Oh also should add I've had discharge that's not to pleasant, I've had odor which I was given nothing, and I've had phantom kicks where I swear to you not I actually see my belly move.

Anonymous said...

I had the Mirena IUD inserted in January of 2012 after I had my daughter on 11/30/11. I had a little bit of bleeding, but that's no big deal. Before I had it inserted people were telling me bad things about. So before the doc inserted it I talked to ber about the problems other people had with it. She assured me that there would be no issues with it. So I decided to get it. Loved it till I found out it was causing me to have bouts of depression, memory loss, mood swings, loss of sexton drive, and worst of all I was unable to lose weight. No mater how well I ate or how much I exercised the weight would not come off. So anyways after reading these posts I came to the conclusion " this little evil thing must come out". Well I didn't have the money nor the insurance to go see a gyno. So I said what the heck I'm gonna take it out myself. Ok there's no polite way to say how I got it out. I stuck my fingers up my vagina found the strings and pulled a little. That sucker slipped right out. So easy. No pain. Felt like a string coming out. No bleeding.
I'm not saying that you wont have any pain or bleeding, so proceed at your own risk. I took it out 9/10/13. I weighed 140lbs and today 9/13/13, I weigh 135lbs. Ive lost 5lbs! Yes! Finally I can breathe a sigh of relief. So basically if you are gaining and or not losing weight, get rid of it. Best freaking decision ive made. I hope this helps other women out there having these issues. Thanks ladies for this blog. It was a godsend! :)

Anonymous said...

You have described me! I am considering having it removed. I got Mirena placed at my 6 week post partum checkup. At that point I was weighing 145 and was was 2 pounds from pre pregnancy weight. I got the all clear to start running again, so I figured I'd lose the rest of the weight (and then some?) quickly.

WRONG.
It's been two months since then and I've gained 7 more pounds. This is despite running and watching what I eat. I weigh more than I did the day I got home from the hospital. I've also started to get zits, which almost never happens to me. I have also had tons of random spotting and bleeding. This is the most horrible form of birth control. I don't know why it's still on the market.

Anonymous said...

I had Mirena IUD put in on Feb. 2012. Before I had mirena inserted I had what was called the "baby blues." Then I had Mirena put in and a month later I went back to the doctor and she sad I had PPD. I don't know if the Mirena added to the baby blues or what but I do not like the way I feel. Ever since I have had mirena put in I have been severely depressed, have horrible anxiety, fatigue, lake of interest in anything and a horrible sex drive! I have never been depressed or felt anxiety before and to make things worse I believe I have heart problems going on. I have this horrible feeling that there is something wrong and I just have a feeling that it is my Mirena! I want this thing removed! I was also put of Zoloft for my depression. I was wondering if anyone has experienced I guess like an anxiety attack before their period. I swear every time I am going to start the day before I have a horrible anxiety attack! I am just worried that this thing has messed with my body so bad! I feel better reading a lot of these post because I thought I was alone and thought I was seriously going crazy! I am only 27 years old and have so much to live for. I have a beautiful baby girl and feel bad that I am not fully there for her! I think the best thing for me is to get this think removed!! I hope this helps someone else out there and know that you are not alone. Can someone tell me what happened after their mirena was removed? Did any of the symptoms go away or get better! Please let me know!

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Anonymous said...

Wow! You couldn't of said your story any better! I'm having the exact same symptoms and been debating already for a year in getting it removed because I don't want to get pregnant. My husband wants me to get it removed asap because he's tired of seeing me in pain. Severe migraines every day is what gets to me the most.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I have had mine in for six months, gained a ton of weight in my stomach, moody, my feet are super tender and swollen, zero sex drive, blurry vision and snappy at my sweet husband... long story short, I am having it removed tomorrow morning... I look like I am giving birth to triplets! I feel I am to ugly for my husband to even want me... Hope this solves my issues....

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have issues with tender feet and tough to walk in the morning?

Anonymous said...

I have just had my mirena taken out.. I have had it fitted for 5 years and in last 7 months I have suffered the following: painful bladder back ache afternoon take legs aching itchy legs acne on my neck swollen feeling in my abdomen I'm uncomfortable all the time. I have had xrays. ultra sound and a ct scan I was diagnosed with a kidney stone which has since gone but I am left with this horrid cramping feeling in my abdominal area. Am wondering if the pain has always been the mirena. Just hoping by removing it every thing will calm down. Anyone know how long it will be? !

Anonymous said...

I'm on my second Mirena, hlaf way through. I've never had any seriuos side effects as many of you describe, perheaps a bit of hair loss and exteme pain during installation (during the first time I almost passed out and during the second time I almost threw up.) Things were well until the end of August of 2013. One afternoon,I started feeling a really weird pain in my uterus.It kept on getting worse during the next two days.I had a fever and felt a burning pain descending the vagina.On the third day, my genitals were swollen and so sore that I was not able to sit properly. I went to a hospital, because I was not able to control myself anymore. An emergency doctor attempted to examine me, but with no luck. It was way too painful. I was prescribed some antibiotics and was instructed take eight of them at once. I vomited the last pill. The matter got worse, so two days later I went to another hospital. The young emergency doctor didn't give a crap and successfully examined me (I really thaught this was how I'm going to die...)Samples were collected and again I was administered another round of antibiotics that made thigs worse, but I didn't realize it at that time.I was prescribed dilaudid for pain. The next day I was back in the same hospital begging for a catheter as urinating on my own was no longer an option due to the exterme pain. Finally, due to my creepy story, I got an emergency appiontment with my gyno. When he saw me, he almost flipped over and left the room to get another doctor. He admitted he had no clue what I had. Up to this point, with all the meds I took, I was treated for STDs. WHAT???! I don't sleep around, but it seemed irrelevant to the doctors. So my gyno who admitted to not knowing what I had, along with another doctor decided that it was... herpes...What?! Anyway, I went home with a prescription for antiviral drugs. I stopped taking them after 6 days because it did utterly nothing to me. I had visits scheduled once week so that my gyno could see if anthing was working. Swab samples were taken each time. Tests for pelvic inflamatory diseases were done, tests results for STDs from hospital were back- all negative. He finally decided to treat me for a yeast infection. I was prescribed 3 rounds of fluconazole 150mg and 3 tubes of Terazol cream. And only then I began to heal. I've had my catheter removed after 19 days, I was on sick leave for 4 weeks. My doctor said that he has never seen a yeast infection so wild (and he is like 50 yrs old) Finally, one month and a half later, I felt normal again. I began to do some research about Mirena and I would never thaught that it may cause so much trouble to people. It makes sense now, with so many cases of yeast infections women get from it. My agony began in uterus, and there's nothing else inside me, besides Mirena...

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I'm so glad I saw this, I am 19, have never been pregnant, and have had the IUD for about 6 months. I am an extremely active college track athlete and since getting Mirena I have gained 10lb. I have tried cutting out salt, meat, and all desserts but nothing has helped. I love the lack of period and not having to worry about taking a pill every day but the weight gain is not worth it. Also have been experiencing acne (never had it in high school) and moodiness. Obviously it works great for some women and not as well for others.

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Anonymous said...

Wow I've had the mirena for 2 years now. I noticed a slow weight gain also which I dont like. Sometimes I get headaches and Im left with a little pouch. The only positive is my face has surprisingly cleared up from acne. I also feel little flutters in my stomach sometimes though the pregnancy test keep saying negative. I wish I never would have never gotten the Mirena now I'm hoping and praying it will come out with ease.

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THANK U ALL ,,,,IV SPENT THE LAST 2HOURS DOING RESERCH ON THIS IUD,,! I FIRST HAD IT PUT IN BACK IN 08 WHEN I WAS ONLY 17 I HAD GOT PREGO WITH MY SON AT A YOUNG AGE OF 16!....AND PRETTY MUCH BEING YOUNG AS I WAS IV NEVER REALLY HAD THOUGHT ABOUT PAYING ATTN! TO THE SIDE AFFECTS I AM NOW 22 GOING ON 23THIS YR AND THE IUD EXPIERS THIS YEAR 2014 IN JULY !! NOW AS I WAS YOUNG IV ALWAYS BEEN IN GOOD SHAPE AND HEALTHY ! UNTIL BOUT A 3 YRS AGO I HAVE BECOME AN ANXIETY, PANIC ATTACK FREAK ! ,I CONSTENLY HAVE HEART BURN ...IV WORKED OUT PLENTY OF TIMES TO LOOSE THIS BELLY BBY BUMBP THAT I STILL HAVE THAT WONT SEEM TO GO AWAY NO MATTER WHAT ,,I LOOK LIKE IM 3-4 MONTHS PREGO NO MATTER WHAT ,IM BLOWTED AND HAVE TOOKEN OVER 3 PREGNANCY TEST OVER THE YEARS BECAUSE OF THE FEELING AND CRAVEINGS I GET AS IF I WERE PREGO ,,,IV HAD NUMEOURS HEALTH ISSUES IV NEVER HAD BEFORE OR NO REASONS TO EXPLAIN Y ,,, AND MY BIGGEST PROBLEM HAS BEEN I HAVE HUGHE ,HUGE STOMACE PROBLOMS I GET CRAMPING AND CONSTETLY PAIN IN MY TUMMY TO WEAR I WANNA CRY FELLS LIKE A STABING SENSATION ,,IV HAD TWO CT SCANS OF MY STOMACE ,PELVIS AREA ,ALSO HAD BLOOD WORK AND CT SCANS OF MY HEAD AND ULTRA SOUNDS OF MY BREAST AND STOMACHE ULTRA SOUNDS AND EVERYTHING HAS CAME BACK NORMAL !!!!!!!!!! THERE IS NO EXPLINATIONS TO Y I HAVE ALL THESE HEALTH ISSUES GOING ON ,,,AND NOW THAT IM STARTING TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THE SIDE AFFECTS THIS IUD IS CAUSEING WOMEN ,,,I HAVE DONE ENOUGH RESERCH AND GOT ALL MY ANSERWS THAT NOW AS OF NEXT WEEK I AM HAVEING THIS IUD REMOVED !!!! IM NOT WAITING NO LONGER TILL JULY I WHNAT IT OUT NOW ,,,IM SO THANKFULL IV TOOK MY TIME TO READ ALL THESE POST AND RELATE ,,,U GUYS HAVE MADE ME OPEN MY EYES AND FINALLY RELIZE THAT THE ONE THING I WULDA NEVER THOUGHT OF MAKEING ME SICK ,,,IS REALLY WHATS MAKEING AND CAUSEING ALL MY UNEXPLAINABLE PROBLOMES !!!! THANK U EVERY ONE FOR SHAREING UR EFFECTS OF THIS IUD ,,,ITS SAD I TOOK ME THE FULL 5 YRS TO FINALLY UNDERSTAND OR THINK OF WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE CAUSE ...IM SO HAPPY ITS GETTING TOOKEN OUT ,, :)

j9 said...

I recently had my 2nd Mirena removed after a 2 week anxiety issue. I felt as though my heart was going to JUMP out of my chest and was convinced something was wrong with me. Shortly after my 1st Mirena, I learned that my 2 year old son had leukemia. That was a very stressful time. I blamed my irritability and depression on the stresses of dealing with a child with cancer. During this time, I learned that I was unable to focus on anything and would feel completely overwhelmed rather easily. I would also go through these rages...crazy rages. I would be soo crabby and mean towards my children. I would feel awful afterwards then get depressed. I only gained about 7 pounds, but again, blamed it on stressing over my son. My "drive" vanished completely, and I frequently felt as though I was floating outside my body. Like I wasn't really there. My boobs grew from a small C to a D and would feel heavy and tender during my "cycle" I guess. My period stopped completely.

It wasn't until the second Mirena that I started to think about it's side effects. I went through the most awful anxiety/high blood pressure episode that I would never wished upon anyone. I decided that I needed to see me doc, and get my labs done just to make sure everything was ok..and possibly check into anxiety medication. While waiting for the lab to open, I decided to read deeper on the Mirena. I was SHOCKED at the stories I read. People were describing exactly what I was experiencing. At the moment, I called and made an appointment to get it removed. When I talked to my general doc about it, he had no clue or information for me. He did an EKG to assure my heart was ok. Then I went to my next appt. to get the IUD removed. The OBGYN who removed it said that some women have issues with the Mirena. I am not joking, the anxiety went away THAT DAY!!! To think that I was willing to get on medication to battle the anxiety. I would have spiraled into a medication nightmare!!! It has been 1 week so far and I feel SOOO much better. My boobs still hurt though. My doc actually ordered me a mammogram just to make sure. Normally I would be stressing and worrying about the results of that. But I haven't! My patiences have increased tremendously. I can actually be around my children without getting frustrated! Such a wonderful feeling...I am coming alive. I'm starting to enjoy life...not feeling anxious and overwhelmed. My husband has agreed to get "fixed" or "broken" since we already have 2 children. I would NEVER recommend the mirena...ever...to anyone. I feel soo foolish that I allowed that device in my body for so long. I can't believe that I didn't research it further 5 years ago. Perhaps the blogs weren't out there...who knows. Life is good now and I'm excited to be reunited with my old self again! Oh ya...and my son is done with he 3 1/2 years of chemo and is doing great:)

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Hei, im sitting here smiling now.. i have the same things. i have taken 5 test for beliving being pregnant in 4 months, and my family thinks im crazy. im scandinavian, and found nothing on our sites. im so happy to know im not making this up in my head. My english is not perfect, but hope it is understandable.. im having vibrastion like feelings in my private parts and lower back, im always sick with flue or so, never had astma but have now, have panic attacks, forget things, pains, bleeding, and fluid comming out so i at first tought i was peeing myself, i feel like its smell unusual sometimes, crampes, acne, and no energi. two of my test was possitiv for beeing pregnant.. there has been so much.. thank you all for sharing, so people can feel normal. Im so thankful right now!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to all of the ladies who have shared their stories in the comments.

I had Mirena inserted in January 2011. After about six months, I stopped having my period (Yay!) and a few months later, I hit my lowest adult weight. Everything was grand an I was recommending Mirena to all of my friends.

About a year into having the Mirena, I gained back some of the weight I previously lost, but figured it was my fault since I'd been able to lose weight on Mirena. Once I gained back 17 lbs., I couldn't lose it no matter what - even with running half marathons and watching my food intake!

Right around January 2013, my libido tanked hardcore, right when it should have been at its highest, being a newlywed. I figured it was stress left over from the holidays and such.

Now, it's January 2014 (3 years into Mirena) and I still can't lose the weight and am now starting to experience some acne and noticed my hair seeming thinner and dull - which I attributed to getting older.

After reading all of the stories here, I will be scheduling my annual exam and having a heart-to-heart with my doctor. I love not having a period and not having to worry about pregnancy, but I'm not sure it's worth it; especially if things will only get worse!

So, thank you for opening my eyes to the fact that side effects can come long after the Mirena is inserted!

Anonymous said...

I had the Mirena placed during my C-section in May 2012 because my doctors told me it was just "easier" to do it then. I didn't think much of it. I breastfed and my baby had trouble gaining weight. Finally when my baby was 3 months old I went to the lactation specialist and discovered that my milk supply was low. She asked me what kind of birth control I was using and when I said Mirena she asked when I had it placed. Apparently, Mirena placed at birth can affect your milk supply and it is best to place the Mirena at least 6 weeks after birth. This made me very upset because my doctors knew that I wanted to breastfeed. I told my doctors about this and of course they said Mirena has so little hormones that it wouldn't affect my milk supply. I told them that if there is even a remote chance it could affect a woman's milk supply when placed right after birth they should let women know so that they can make an informed decision.

Anonymous said...

I also had my Mirena placed at C-section. I always had random spotting and bleeding that was unpredictable. I also had painful intercourse ever sine the C-section/Mirena but never figured out what caused this pain to start but almost two years later the pain continued with sex and was not getting better at all. Overall, not actually having a period was pretty nice so I just dealt with the spotting, discharge and painful sex. Around 22 months after having the Mirena placed I really started to have some weird symptoms. I had random fevers that were unexplained by doctors, lower abdominal and lower back pain that was unexplained as well, nausea. I also had extreme fatigue, mood swings, rage and no patience with my child. I was beginning to feel like I was going crazy. I just did not feel "normal" but I just couldn't figure out what was wrong...and neither could my doctors. I always felt like I was in a "fog"...people talk to me and I'm listening but it's like I'm not really there. The "fog" had actually been going on for a while but I blamed it on breastfeeding, not sleeping well, etc. I went through all kinds of testing and ultrasounds but nothing was wrong. I went online and researched the Mirena because I just kept thinking something was not right with it. I found a lot of women have had very similar unexplained symptoms and it turned out to be the Mirena. I decided to have the thing removed. I just wanted to feel normal again and have the energy to enjoy time with my baby instead of just being exhausted all the time and moody. Still I struggled with the decision because I worried that maybe this was all "in my head" and I'd be "wasting" an expensive Mirena that still have about 3 good years left. Ultimately I had just had enough of not feeling quite right. On the 23rd month anniversary of having the Mirena placed (April 30, 2014) I had an appointment with a doctor and asked to have the Mirena removed. The doctor performed an ultrasound to check the placement of the Mirena and also checked my ovaries since I was still having lower abdominal pain and lower back pain on the right side. My ovaries were fine and the Mirena was perfectly placed. The doctor tried to convince me to leave the Mirena in place, telling me that the Mirena is the number one contraceptive and there's no way it is causing all of my symptoms. I told her I didn't care, I wanted it out! I didn't know if the Mirena was the cause of all my symptoms or not but I wasn't going to keep wondering and I was out of options. I had the Mirena removed. It only took a few seconds. It was actually very fast and did not really hurt. My strings never came down after the Mirena was placed during the C-section so the doctor had to use a long clamp-like tool to "grab" the Mirena and pull it out. It felt mostly like having a Pap-smear done. Within seconds the thing was out of me and I just felt a huge sense of relief not having this foreign thing inside my body. I was given a prescription for a birth control pill that does not contain estrogen but I feel strongly about letting my body "rest" from hormones for a couple of months. Not having a period for almost 3 years is just not natural! I want to let my body get back to normal and see how I feel before trying a different birth control. I'm very hopeful that I'll start to feel better soon! I already feel less "foggy" and like I have a little more energy. Only time will tell...

Anonymous said...

I had mine for two months. Terribly swollen and dramatic mood drop. I had it removed and since i experienced unprecedented bleeding with clots. Hematocrit reached 23. Was hospitalized and received blood transfusion. Now facing hysterectomy as only solution. Very bitter experience. I note i used trigynera for years with zero problems. Stay away from mirena

Anonymous said...

I started with Mirena a few months after my second daughter was born. At first it was great, because I have always had terrible cramps and excessive bleeding and that all went away. About 6 months into it, I noticed some weight gain and acne, but I attributed the weight gain to some anti-depressant medication that I was taking, and dismissed the acne. (I have a history of depression and had a bad bout of it after my daughter's birth.) So, I switch back to a medication that I had taken for depression prior to my daughter's birth. The weight gain has increased, including belly fat that I never experienced before. My breasts are up to the size they were during pregnancy and they are SO SORE that I wince when my daughter sits on my lap and leans against my chest. The acne is ridiculous. I have been very moody, even angry for silly reasons. Again, I thought that was just because of my depression issues, but now that I read all these other posts... Well, after 2 years, I want to try to go back to life without Mirena.

Unknown said...

I've had a similar experience. I loved the fact that you didn't have to worry about taking pills or getting a shot every couple months. Also, I don't have a period which is awesome. I have been seriously working on my weight loss for the past year and dropped 12 pounds but cannot get any lower. I am working out 3-4 times a week for an hour each time also. I have a huge belly and I look like I'm pregnant. I have taken a few pregnancy tests just because I feel and look pregnant. My breasts are also sore. After reading these comments, I wonder if my poor memory has anything to do with the IUD as well. I'm going to look into alternatives right away and get this removed to see if it helps me lose this weight!!

Anonymous said...

Hello ladies I just wanted to know if anyone has experienced this with the Mirena IUD. okay for starters my breasts hurt and are producing milk again I have one child and she's 3 I've had the IUD since her birth so 3 years. TMI but I've also been getting yeast infections constantly lately and have had mood swings like crazy... also every once in while I start to feel movement in my stomach I know that kind of movement felt just like a baby moving I don't know if this is just all in my head or if iit's the hormone that is released by the IUD. I'm going into the clinic tomorrow morning to see if I am pregnant but I just can't believe it... do you ladies think I may be pregnant?

Anonymous said...

Jessica says....
I had mirena inserted last summer, while i was.in the hospital for.other prior complications. The MALE ob promised it would do nothing but wonders for me as i always got extremly painful cramping (to the point i was feeling nausious from pain) and extremly heavy flow. A couple days after insertion i started noticing weight gain. But figured with a hormonal birth control it was bound to happen. It has now been about 9 months ive had this thing in and have gained 40 pounds! I crave salty foods uncontrolably..which i never have.. have acne, which was never a problem for me, and as with the rest of you ladies, my sex life is obselete! Not to mention who would want to have sex with a total b anyways?.. the mood swings have completely changed my life! I am extremly happy one minute and extremly sad the next (crying in shoppers drug mart because there debit machine didnt work.. i had cash on me..) laides i would not reccomed this piece of junk to anyone! Spread the word! Mirena sucks!

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Anonymous said...

I recently got an iud this past month. Lately I have experienced all potential symptoms plus I urinate a lot ( multiple times in an hour)I have had a uti before and this is not it. When I get the urge I actually go.what should be my steps? Could it be pregnancy? Im with one partner for life and we dont use any other preventions.We want to be health conscious but accept all potentials. Ideas?

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