Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Quick TMI update...

My period has wasted no time in arriving! Thank God I have no cramping or anything like that. In fact, I feel pretty good. I honestly am glad to get my period. As sucky as they are, I think it's something natural our body needs to go through. It obviously did me no favors mentally or physically to NOT have it.

I haven't noticed any change in the weight just yet, but it's obviously only been a couple of days. I am trying to not stress about it too much.

Also, I noticed that the Mirena Canada site mysteriously won't come up anymore. It used to come up as a PDF, but now won't come up at all. If you search Mirena Canada, and view the site as HTML instead of PDF it will come up, but it's all jumbled up:

http://66.218.69.11/search/cache?ei=UTF-8&p=mirena+canada&fr=yfp-t-501&u=www.mirena.ca/en/pdfs/MirenaEn.pdf&w=mirena+canada+canadian&d=XEnj_3DuQPn5&icp=1&.intl=us

This aggravates me, because it had excellent information, and listed all the side effects I was having, unlike the shady US site.

Also, thank you to those of you so far who have taken the time to comment on my blog. It's much appreciated!

38 comments:

Claudia said...

Good for you! I'm sure you will feel better than ever in a couple of months. I have started a Dutch forum about Mirena side effects in December 2007, after finding tons of side effects on curezone and medications.com. Those were a real eye opener! My mirena was taken out on Nov.28 th 2007 (My doctor had prescribed me some anti depressants two weeks before I had him take it out... he didn't believe it was mirena....) The more women get information about this device, the better! I wish you all the best in recovering! You may experience some side effects coming back right before your period, but overall I bet you will feel much better soon.

Kind regards, Claudia (http://www.mirena.forum2go.nl)

Anonymous said...

Excellent news that your Mirena is out! My Gyn assured me that there was NO POSSIBILITY of weight gain since the hormone levels were so miniscule. I had countless side effects, attributed to many other syndromes/diseases and I'm improving by having the Mirena out. The weight gain was ridiculous. I called Bayer after it was out, & they assured me the Mirena was only intended for those who had had children. I never had. It was an excruciating insertion. I'm wondering where else I can find info on how long it will take for my body to return to normal? My periods still are not on track after many months. Thanks. Any other sites, blogs? Thanks for your blog and good luck.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this blog! This is important information to get out to women.

If you want to access the Canadian site, use this code:
02243005

The Canadian site makes reference to depression as a side effect, this is much more pointed than the more vague description of "mood swings" in the other literature I've found online.

I am shocked that there is a difference in information given to Canadians about this product.(assuming you have access to the 'secret code'.

All women should have access to the same health information.

debbie said...

I am 48 years old and have children, Mirena was prescribed to me for abnormal bleeding about 2 years ago. After a short adjustment period, moodiness irregular periods everything seemed fine. About 6 months ago my bladder started behaving odd. I couldn't hold fluid the way I used to and my abdomen seemed swollen. I have since been told I have ovarian cysts, a side affect for about 10%. The pain has increased lately and I find I cannot exert myself without making it worse. Obviously, I have decided to have it removed now, hoping that things will improve.

sue said...

hello!

i am on year 5 with my mirena and for the most part thought i was happy with it. i am ready to have it removed so wanted to see what side effect there were after the fact. wow...the world has opened up. no wonder i have had horrible insomnia the last few years, and borderline thyroid problems, and of course the breast surgeries. all of that is definitely enlightening and i will be sure to keep my eye on the changes to my health once i get this thing out of me. immediately i would love to hear from those of you who have had yours removed as to side effects and durations? what i keep finding is almost immediate heavy bleeding and severe suicidal depression. is this what you've found? i would like to be prepared. thanks so much for this blog and for any information!

Anonymous said...

HI I am 50 years old and I have been on Depo for 10 years now and thought I should get off it. My gyno said I should use Mirena. But everything that has been said about weight gain and depresson are the same reasons why I wanted to get off depo. Now I am confused. I don't want to go back to periods, it has been a long time. Does anyone have any words of wisdom for this poor confused soul.

Anonymous said...

I'm getting mine out tomorrow for various reasons but one that is stumping me that the drs say is unrelated ....my urine smells foul only since getting the mirena I know I don't have an infection, I've been tested and I've seen other blogs with women having the same complaints....any other women here had that problem? It's just the urine that smells, not discharge....

Anonymous said...

I'm getting mine out tomorrow for various reasons but one that is stumping me that the drs say is unrelated ....my urine smells foul only since getting the mirena I know I don't have an infection, I've been tested and I've seen other blogs with women having the same complaints....any other women here had that problem? It's just the urine that smells, not discharge....

Anonymous said...

I'm getting mine out tomorrow for various reasons but one that is stumping me that the drs say is unrelated ....my urine smells foul only since getting the mirena I know I don't have an infection, I've been tested and I've seen other blogs with women having the same complaints....any other women here had that problem? It's just the urine that smells, not discharge....

Anonymous said...

It's crazy I keep peeing and my stomach feels full all the freaking time
Like it's awkward as hell I keep having like a milky discharge I havent
Done anything so I dnt knw what is it doesn't itch or burn but none
Of it happened til I gt on mirana!!

Bᴜɴɴʏ DᴇVɪʟ ☥ said...

Link not working. You have to know sign up with your product ID# to view anything on the Mirena Canada site.

JessicaB said...

I wish i found this blog BEFORE i had my Mirena inserted! Im 24 and had mine put in 3 months ago. Immediately i started getting really bad acne, which I've never had before. And not just acne, but it was scarring my face and popping up on my back and chest too! I have been feeling really depressed and don't have energy for anything anymore. I'm a professional dancer & model so I'm used to working out and eating properly. It's been very frustrating for me because i have been gaining weight! I now have a belly pooch below my belly button that I've never had before! Plus i constantly feel bloated. I don't have regular periods anymore just random spotting. And what's even more disturbing is this constant yeast infection I've been having. Since I've had my iud, the infection will go away but come back immediately, its disgusting, itches, and has an odor. The Mirena is the only change I've made and having all these problems can't be a coincidence ... i like the idea of not having my period and knowing i can't get pregnant, but these symptoms aren't worth suffering for! I'm getting this out of me!!!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to see if anyone else had experienced with the Mirena IUD.
I had the Mirena for about a year and a half. I had the initial month of spotting after insertion and then my period disappeared. I loved it. Then about 3 months ago, I suddenly started bleeding again. I had a period for 3 months straight. I went to the docotor about it, and was tested for an ectopic pregnancy, for blood hormone levels, and was given antinflammatory pills. None of it stopped the bleeding. I started getting back and chest acne. And my weight started fluctuating upto 10 lbs a day! This morning I had the IUD removed. I am hoping soon these symptoms will clear up. But nowhere have I found an answer as to what went wrong with my IUD. Even the doctors don't know what happened. Anybody else experience this?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lot of people are having side effects! My only side effect has been extreme weight gain, with no change in my diet. The doctors said the same thing to me about it not being from Mirena, but nothing else makes sense. I've had mine in for 2 1/2 years. I'm 27 and have never had children. Not once was it mentioned to me that this product was only intended for woman who have had children. Insertion was excruciating. My fiance and I are getting married in October and would like to try for children soon after. I'm getting my IUD taken out on Friday. I'm so nervous about it's effects on my body now. I hope that all of you that have had yours taken out are back to normal cycles now??
Thanks!
KC

Anonymous said...

I had Mirena from Jan 2011 to April 2012. My symptoms first started to appear in December of 2011 with anxiety attacks. In March of this year I began to experience insomnia & depression. I was besides myself as this was not me at all & never had a history. Doctor said I was depressed & prescribed pills. Tried them once because I was so desperate to feel normal again. had a horrible reaction of severe sweating & trembling arm. I was desperate & feeling suicidal. My life was falling apart & it was affecting my children & husband. On April the 25th I had it removed, after a plead to God to help me with my situation, the name Mirena came to mind. I quickly googled it and I began to read all the horror stories. That same day I had called in sick again so I was at home. I called the OBGYN for an appointment to have it removed & to my surprise & good luck they were abel to see me that April 25th. I had it removed.
All of May was wonderful. My insomnia, anxiety & hair loss were gone as well as the depression. I was back to my old self & was feeling so happy. Then came June & my first heavy period. It was a nightmare. All the symptoms came back. I believe it was the so called "Mirena Crash". August came along & things were picking up. again I felt optimistic, as September rolled by & I was felling good. Come mid October a week before my 5the menstrual cycle after the Mirena removal & some of the symptoms are back. Insomnia & loss of appetite. I have a new symptom that is also terrifying me. My leg muscles twitch ever so subtle.
I also went to the OBGYN this past Wednesday & come to find out that I have a relaxed uterus & my baadder is low. I can't help but think that Mirena has screwed up my hormones so much that my body is falling apart. I also fear that I might have a horrible auto-immune disease caused by Mirena. I know I sound paranoid but I have gone through so much because of this IUD. I want my health back for my family. Noone deserves to go through this nightmare.

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Anonymous said...

I got Mirena put in almost 5 years ago after having my second child. I am 30 years old now and will need it removed in February 2013 as my 5 years is up. Does anyone know if there are any side effects from inserting 2nd Mirena. I love the fact that I don't periods, I didn't notice any weight gain either. I am very prone to getting years infections and I was wondering if this was a common thing? I can't log into the sight because I need a code but they didn't have this website 5 years ago so I don't have a code. Does anyone know how else I can log on? Of I can use someone else's code...not sure if that's even possible

Anonymous said...

I have had mine for just over three years. I am scheduled to have mine out this week. I had no idea that most of what I have been experiencing was a result of the iud until today. I have my replacement and was intending to have it put in when the other was removed. I now think i will be making other arrangements. I too have had all of the same side effect as you. It is very frustrating. I know have to go for ultra sounds tomorrow to try to expain the bleeding. Best of luck, hopefully you find the answers you seek :-)

Tracy said...

I'm 42 and have have had children. I had Mirena inserted to help with heavy menstrual cycles. Almost immediately after insertion I began having severe migraines, which I'd never experienced before. Within three months, my thyroid hormone levels were borderline high, I was depressed and gaining weight by the minute. Although the heaviness of my menstrual cycle did improved, the cramping, prolonged bleeding, and irregularity of my periods were much worse than what I'd been putting up with before Mirena. The worst part was breakthrough bleeding during sex - not cool. I'd had enough and had the IUD pulled 8 months later. The migraines improved dramatically, although I do still get them. However, my thyroid hormone numbers have never normalized. I wish I'd never heard of Mirena. A friend of my swears by hers, but I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy.

Anonymous said...

I have had mine in for 5 years, getting replaced today. I have never had a problem or side effect with mine. Excpet for some mild discomfort he first week or so. I reccommed it to all my friends most of which that have it now also do not experience any negative side effects. One out of about 5 that got it had theirs removed, claiming she just didn't like the idea of it.

So if you are considering it, and you have health benefits to cover the cost, I'd try it. If it doesn't work for you just have it removed. I love the fact I don't have to worry about taking a pill every day and my period is pretty much non existent with the Mirena.

That's just my opinion which I know contradicts most of what the others have xperienced. But everyone's body works differently.

Anonymous said...

I have had the mirena iud for almost twoyears now and just realized the link between it and various side effects that are supossed to be unrelated. I have had no problems ever accessing the canadian website but i just looked at the u.s site and noticed there are a lot of side effects listed on the u.s site that are not on the cdn site. To be honest if i had of seen the list on the u.s site first i would have never gotten the mirena iud. I am now trying to figure out why canadians are not being given a complete list of side effects, it is the same product? put out by the same company?

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful to have found this site. I got my mirena at six weeks postpartum in June 2012. I am 44 and had major complications with this surprise pregnancy so my doc said another would kill me and recommended iud. No problems initially except it affected my milk supply as I am nursing baby boy. Since then one thing after another has gone wrong with me. We keep attributing all my issues with being an older mom but the more I read and research.... this is all my problems; weight was coming off great until the DAY I got iud inserted. I have gained 15 pounds and look almost as pregnant as I was at 8 months with this belly that just keeps getting bigger. I had post partum pre eclampsia so i am still fighting major high blood pressure issues which docs said should be gone now but aren't Eben getting better. I have Horrible fatigue, insomnia, vitamin d and b12 deficiency. Potassium and thyroid levels are low, depression, anxiety, forgetfulness, hair loss, dry skin, acne., lower extremity edema, dizziness, etc.... But WORST OF ALL is this generalized pain that won't go away including knee joint pain, lower back lain and tons of muscle spasms. I'm a RN and still nursing my baby so all the medicines the doc keeps throwing at my symptoms i am reluctant to take. And the thing is that all the docs want to do is treat symptoms not find a cause. And to top things off I got what I think ks a blood clot in my leg this week and cant get an appts until next week. A couple of residents at my hospital looked at it and don't know what it is for sure but blood clot and shingles was thrown out there. I told my husband tonight after reading this blog that I walk around all day every day thinking to myself that SOMETHING IS WRONG with me and I cant handle it anymore. I am getting this Mirena out this week even of I have to do it myself. Glad to know that I'm not nuts, you all have given me hope.

Anonymous said...

I am 47 yrs old and have two older children. I had my first mirena 5 yrs ago without incident in fact I loved it! I went in December to have a new one put in and this time it was a long and difficult procedure to have it inserted as I have in inverted uterus. I had severe cramping and lower abdominal pain for about a month after. The gyne's concern was that my uterus was perforated but a pelvic ultrasound has ruled that out. The pain has since subsided but I have put on 5 pds and my breasts are swollen and very tender. I run every day and workout with a trainer or on my own every day and in addition I eat well so it is not as a result of a lifestyle change. As a result, I have made an appt to have it removed however, I really can't understand why it worked so well for me the first time and now it is causing me so much grief. Perhaps an explanation is that I am premenopausal and there are alot hormonal changes happening.

Anonymous said...

I have only had mirena in for about 3 weeks now.

I have been experiencing some major mood swings, and depression. I cried off and on all day yesturday, and couldn't understand why.
Also, I have had a constant headache for the past week, that will not go away completly.
Also, the whole inside of my mouth is very tender, swollen, and sore...weird!

Also, my Lymph Nodes under my jaw line are swollen and tender..I am headin.g to dr today.
This does not feel right, I'm concerned

Lisa said...

Thanks for all of the information. I found this blog because I was looking for a link between Mirena which I've had for about a year and loss of libido. I have lost interest the last several months with my boyfriend which is so not like me and it is getting annoying for both of us. I'm going to have it taken out and get back on the pill.

I have not experienced any of the other side effects and have actually lost 40 lbs in the last 5-6 months. I woke up one day and was just fed up with being overweight. I cut out carbs and sugar (including anything artificial) and started running 1-2 times a week, nothing crazy, and the weight melted off. I now eat lots of protein (grilled chicken, egg whites, plain greek yogurt, protein shakes), lots of veggies, salads & fruit. And drinking lots of water everyday. Thats all. Anyway, everyone's body is different.

Thanks for sharing your experiences and I hope we can all find what works best for us.

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Anonymous said...

I am having my Mirena removed and hoping for some other option. It worked great for my endometriosis, but the side effects are not worth it. I'm 44 and have 2 children, luckily I had kids, feel very fortunate. What I didn't know is it could shift and attach to other parts and perforate your uterine wall. Somehow I've missed all that information. I will be seeing my OB this month to discuss removal and if require surgery to have it removed. Apparantly it has shifted, the strings are not reachable but is working and in place. Thanks for the blog, I'm so fortunate to not be the only one. What other option is there for endometriosis until I face menopause. Women have such complications. Kim

Anonymous said...

This link provides the DIN to get into the Mirena Canada website: http://chealth.canoe.ca/drug_info_details.asp?brand_name_id=2059&page_no=2

Anonymous said...

This is the worst product out there. I have seen a few law suit's that have happened due to this product. I am not even 30 and I am now having to have a hysterectomy due to this stupid product. I got mine in March of 2012. I gave it the benefit of the doubt. I had pain for almost a year, no sex drive what so ever, mood swings GALORE, i was spotting about 20 days a month.... Yeah you can all call me stupid for leaving it in as long as I did! I had 4 internal ultrasounds done. They all said it was in place. I got it removed 9 days ago and I have been bleeding so heavily since that I pretty much have to wear a diaper. This is the worst product ever made. Now I have to face the fact that I will never have children due to this horrible product. So anyone thinking about getting this, DO NOT! Worst IUD in the market. I work in a doctors office and I am telling patients how horrible this is! I really wish it was easy to sue a stupid ass company in Canada! This is when I would love to be American cause they can sue and not get laughed out of court! But instead I just have to live my life wondering what would have been if I never got this thing inserted!

Anonymous said...

Has anyone tried the copper IUD?

mirena iud side effects said...

The Mirena IUD is designed to be safely removed by applying gentle traction on the threads with forceps.

mirena lawsuit said...

one of the most common side effects of Mirena IUD is pain and cramping.

Anonymous said...

The reason I got the Mirena is on the advise of my dr. I am 48 with 3 children.Each decade of my life I have had changes in my period,such a fun thing to look forward to...not. Anyway, with excessive bleeding and some clotting and a diagnosis of adenomyosis,I had enough and decided to try Mirena.It has been a complete failure. I have spotted or bleed constantly for the past 6 months since insertion, and 6 months later I have had my period for 2 weeks and today my bleeding has been close to hemorrhaging. Then while changing a pad It came out on its own...so now off to the dr I go...now what?

Kim Michaluk said...

Only today did I find out from friends what is wrong with me. They said that the Mirena is being recalled in the US.
I too have suffered from total lack of energy and enthusiasm for a while now. I have insomnia, unaccountable weight gain, bloating, either lack of appetite or my appetite is insatiable due to the fact that I have been bleeding for a full week straight now. I have been very depressed and weepy for some time now. Most of this was making no sense at all until now.
Oh yea one more thing my doctor has also found that my thyroid is large on one side.
I am scheduled for an ultrasound on both my uterus and my thyroid...and I will also be making an appointment to have the Mirena removed asap.
I am so grateful to have found this site.

Kim Michaluk said...

Sorry I need to correct the amount of time I commented about bleeding...it has been going on for a full month now...not just s weeks time.

Stephanie said...

I'm a 37 year old who is due to have the Mirena removed September 2014. Up until the last year I thought the Mirena was great....without realizing its the Mirena....severe leg cramps, weight gain without changing eating or activity habits, depression, quick to anger, my skin feels so tight that t feels like if I crouch down my skin will split, bloating, acne on my chest and back, dizziness with nausea. All over the past year which was blamed on one thing or another. In reading these postings I'm amazed that this product is still allowed to be used. I'm making an appointment with my Dr to have this removed. Ladies....I'm a little afraid about the removal...what can I expect? Have the symptoms subsided?? Any information would be great...thanks

Randi Jackson said...

I just had my Mirena put in on 04/08/14. Its only been a few days but I feel as though I can feel it inside of me, like when I sit a certain way I think I can feel it there. The process to get it put in was very very uncomfortable even though I have 3 kids and only had my son 6 weeks beforehand. It was like getting checked to see how dilated I was all over again. Then my period started but a very lights barely there flow. I also feel as though my milk supply has lessened! I think I want it out, all these horror stories are horrid! Especially with all the bad commercials in the states about it being imbedded into the uterus wall and etopic pregnancies and ovarian cysts! =( scary scary stuff!

PtechCal said...

Here is a link to the health canada drug product database. The company may have taken their site down, but they are still required to have their product registered with Health Canada.
http://webprod5.hc-sc.gc.ca/dpd-bdpp/dispatch-repartition.do?lang=eng