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The Hell of the Mirena IUD
Knowing what to expect, and to expect the unexpected will help you deal with the side effects of having your Mirena IUD (Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine System) removed. Remember, you are not crazy, silly, stupid or needy. You are being abused by a toxic piece of plastic. You are detoxing from the hormones left over after removal. Do not forget to let your husband, children and people living around you know what to expect during this time. Remember ladies; this too shall pass.
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Things to Consider with Mirena IUD Removal
- Ask your doctor about vitamins and supplements to take while coming off Mirena. It is recommended to take a daily vitamin if you are not considering another form of birth control. The folic acid in your vitamins will keep your baby healthy, if you become pregnant.
- Pain killers will kill the pain but at a cost. If you are doped up on narcotics, you are less likely to feel when something is *really* wrong. Try to tough out the discomfort if you can. Unless your doctor agrees with taking pain medication, avoid it.
- Remember, you can become pregnant as soon as you’re taken off Mirena. At the very least, use a condom for a while. Give your body time to adjust properly to the lack of hormones.
What to Expect after Mirena IUD Removal
Just knowing that it could happen will help you deal with the symptoms of the Mirena Crash. Erratic emotions, rage, depression and general feelings of unwell are all part of the Mirena crash.
Expect spotting to surprisingly large amounts of bleeding after having Mirena removed. Try to eat iron rich foods such as liver, spinach and pinto beans to help cope with the loss of blood.
If you are ever in doubt about the amount of blood you’re losing, contact a doctor or go to the emergency room. Even if you cannot afford it—an E.R visit is cheaper than a funeral. Typically, you should only bleed as much as your normal monthly period flow.
Know that many people pass blood clots—some very large, the size of dinner plates. You should only pass clots the size of golf balls. Any larger and it is recommended to see a doctor immediately.
Cramping is a normal side effect of having Mirena taken out. It can be mild to intense. If you experience copious amounts of pain, like are doubled over and crying, see a doctor as this could mean tears or some other bad thing.
Mood swings can come out of nowhere. They include rage, sadness, hopelessness, anxiety and other emotional issues. They should pass rather quickly on their own. Keep hydrated and surround yourself with things that you love.
If you experience suicidal thoughts, talk to someone. See a doctor, have your mother move in or stay with a friend until they pass. If these thoughts do not pass in a decent amount of time or become stronger, professional help is recommended.
General Feeling of Unwell
Unwell feelings include feelings of impending doom, dread and other “can’t place your finger on it” feelings. These feelings should all pass when your hormone levels regulate. As with suicidal thoughts and physical pain, see a doctor if you do not improve or seem to be getting noticeably worse.
Finally, Back to Normal!
After “detoxing” you should finally start to feel more like yourself! Congratulations for having the devil’s contraption removed for your being. Now you should start to lose weight, be emotionally stable, get clearer skin and lose that “baby belly”.
Keep in mind, you may experience other symptoms. You know your body well enough to spot a problem. Keep a check on yourself and remember, when in doubt--see a doctor!
Now it is time to seek a safer alternative to the Mirena IUD. Be it family planning, the use of condoms or celibacy--there is a safe way to prevent pregnancy out there.
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Karen on October 28, 2017:
I thought all along it was my neuro Lyme until my inf disease dr asked me to walk a straight line one foot in front of the other took 3 steps and fell into the exam table. He said this isn’t Lyme I’m sending you to a neurologist 2 MRIs with normal results. Still feeling awful tipsy ears ringing crying all the time. Then I read all this about the Merina. 5 yrs in, getting it out next month. Hope the crash isn’t too bad. I’m 65 and my dr gave it to me bc of bleeding and my uterine lining being too thick. Bled last week anyway. Can’t wait to get this synthetic crap out of my body.
g4408380 on October 01, 2017:
I had my IUD removed yesterday with the help of BioTexCom clinic in Ukraine. And I’ve never felt better the IUD was possibly the worst contraception I’ve ever had the constant hunger has gone the irritability has gone my skin has already become less oily and generally a bit better
Lizet on July 13, 2017:
Worst experience of my life after removing iud. after 3 weeks of removal I experienced depression, crying mood, and I felt scared and nervous. It lasted about 1 1/2 weeks but I think I'm back to my normal self did any one else feel this way? I was scared thinking I was going crazy.
crystal on March 28, 2016:
Hello about a week ago I had my marina I'd removed after having it for over the 5 years the same day it was removed I started to bleed for the first few days red an then for the other few days brown I had unprotected sex an my period just stopped . am on birth control pills but I'm also taking a antibiotic an my Dr said I needed to use an not her form of contraceptive for at least a month. I've only been on the pills for 5 days is there any chance I could be pregnant?? The only symptoms I have are nausea an I'm a lil Moody but that could be from the meds.
Tara on May 15, 2014:
had my mirena removed last night, had some slight cramping, no bleeding yet. I feel like so much better already. im very sleepy today and felt a little anxiety last night. I also had night sweats. But the awful heavy achy feeling I had in my pelvis is gone. Like instant relief. im excited! going though the crash will be worth it! lol I couldn't eat anything and have been extra sensitive to everything, always breaking out in hives, had a rash on my back that is going away. I think I was completely allergic to this thing! thank the lord ill welcome heavy periods! lol
constant. on April 30, 2014:
I had my daughter in 2011 when I was 21. I knew right after having her that I did not want to get pregnant for a while and MIrena seemed like the best option. I was previously on birth control pills but I always had terrible mood swings on them and terrible cramping. Shortly after the Mirena was inserted, I had an episode of terrible uterine pain and had to go to the Emergency Room. I was diagnosed with PID. I bled for about a month after it was inserted and ten my period went away completely. About a year later I started to get my period again, but it was not regular by all means. I had had more pain but more to the left side on two seperate occasions. On both occasions I had ovarian cysts. After putting all of those together and reading up on Mirena, I came to the conclusion that I wanted it to be removed. I just got it removed 2 days ago. I also as of 2 days ago have been reading on what is called the "Mirena Crash". I am currently experiencing extreme fatigue, cramping, tailbone neurovascular episodes, and headaches. I am anxious in knowing that I might be experienceing heavy bleeding and bloot clots.
All of this is added on top of mild spina bifida, Panic Anxiety Disorder, Melanoma, MRSA, collar bone issues, and restless leg syndrome. Every day there is something hurting or going wrong. I just wanted to prevent pregnancy and get rid of my heavy periods and intense cramps so at least I did not have to worry about those thing affecting my daily life.
Its a constant.
Julie E on March 13, 2014:
I had the Mirena IUD inserted to manage heavy, painful periods (still, at age 44) and avoid the headaches caused by the pill. (I had a tubal after my second child, so not needed for bc.) I had it removed exactly two weeks later due to unbearable side effects.
The day after insertion I had a screaming migraine, then daily headaches. I gained 6 lbs in two weeks (after years of a stable weight) -hoping it's mostly water and will go away. The worst was the fatigue. I generally get 8 hrs of sleep a night. With Mirena I slept 8-10 hrs at night plus laying around all day, sometimes actually sleeping 3+ hrs while kids were (thank God) at school. I went to urgent care one evening with a swollen, red eye and bulge on my eyebrow area - looked like an allergic reaction.
A nurse advised me to wait the 3-4 mos for side effects to pass, but I couldn't live like that and since there are other non-hormonal ways to manage heavy periods (e.g. endometrial ablation) there was no reason to keep in it in.
The day after it was removed a very heavy period started, and two days later continues. I do have a friend who has had 2 Mirenas with no problems but in my case the side effects were severe and intolerable.
Isadora (author) from Tennessee on March 09, 2014:
I doubt you will get pregnant in a few days but prepare for that as a possibility.
Kimberly on March 08, 2014:
Could u get pregnant soon as the doctor take your mirena out or does it take days & weeks to get pregnant since the mirena was inside for 3 years
TammyG on February 25, 2014:
What food/drinks/vitamins would you suggest to take post removal?
I've had the Mirena in for 5 years and after researching up decided instead of having another one out in, I just want it out. I've experienced 40% hair loss (due to breakage) & I never even considered Mirena. Originally I thought it was the stress of moving to the other side of the country, hard water or just stress but after nearly 5 years of trying every shampoo from hairdressers and shops, hair vitamins, change of diet, not dyeing my hair or using heat it's still the same. Anyone know how long it roughly takes to grow again and how long the side effects of Mirena last? Are we taking months or years? I just want my life back.
Isadora (author) from Tennessee on January 23, 2014:
Well, I cannot say if it will go away or not. I just pluck any stray hairs that crop up still, LOL.
Mine may be cause by that Mirena or just getting older/genetics.
Katie m on January 23, 2014:
Hey- I apologize in advance if this question has already been asked! I currently have a Mirena and have had it for a year- I have this crazy chin hair and I'm wondering if that went away when you all had your mirena removed? Or is it here to stay?
Denise on November 27, 2013:
I had the Mirena inserted 9 months ago and finally had enough with it. I had my husband remove it last night with no pain what so ever. I too had many of the symptoms such as moodyness, depression, anxiety, fatigue, bloatedness, breast tenderness, facial hair and there were even times when i felt like i might just be pregnant! The major one for me was acne. It's like going thru puberty all over again, and definitely embarrassing for a 30 yr old. My doctor prescribed Retin-A for my acne but that didn't work and I had to be careful being out in the sun because it may cause skin cancer. Don't get me wrong, I loved the convenience of the Mirena, after having a period for almost a month after insertion I had no more periods, and lost about 25 lbs during the time i had it in. I have two small children and felt I was done at least for now and that was why i made the bold choice of having this in. Right now, I have no side effects. I start my new job position next week so i hope the "sudden gush" happens at home. I'm terrified though, to have an accident and add a third child. I'm grateful for two we have since at one point we were told we couldn't have any.
Wish eveyone luck with their final outcomes/decisions.
Blake on October 06, 2013:
Other than the initial discomfort of having my Mirena inserted, it was the best birth control I have ever used. I had little to no side effects and I didn't have to worry about getting pregnant or having to take a pill every day. I feel bad that some people have such bad experiences but I really have nothing to complain about when it comes to the Mirena. I got mine removed recently and I barely felt her take it out. I took a deep breath and as I blew out she pulled it out easily. I only removed it because me and my husband are ready to start trying for a baby soon.
Isadora (author) from Tennessee on August 11, 2013:
It varies from person to person. Im almost positive it won't hurt you greatly.
It hurt me much more having it in that taking it out. Don't worry, its over quick--they just pop that bad boy right outta there.
CARRIE on August 11, 2013:
I'm concerned on the pain of having it removed? Can any0ne be totally honest with me about how this is gonna be?? Please! I go tomorrow at 1pm to have my mirena removed, Ive had it in 4 and a half year, I most look forward to loosing weight! Thanks!
isla on May 26, 2013:
hey there... i got my mirena inserted 3 and a half years ago as treatment for my endometriosis and almost immediately my boyfriend of 4 years now started noticing differences i picked up a full 40 kgs in my time on the mirena and could not lose any weight which was new for me as iv always been 55 to 70 kgs and could lose up to 10 kgs in two weeks of dieting. i also started getting worse cramps and many pregnancy signs. being bipolar im on a list of medication but when my bipolar got worse and worse and i ended up in hospital with insomnia and severe deppression the doctors chalked it all up to me making myself sick. by the end of the 3 and a half years i could not even stand up for more than ten minutes without my stomach looking like i was 9 months pregnant and severe pain in my back, hips and stomach and the doctors kept saying it was irratable bowl syndrome. a week ago after researching the mirena extensively i decided id had enough and pulled my mirena out myself. the next day all the bloating was gone, my pain had dissappeared and i felt happier and more energigized than i have in years, i have also lost 5 kgs since last sunday. the mirena is not something i would advise anyone to use especially lose with bipolar.
Rachel Schrider on May 18, 2013:
Its so comforting to get online and know that I'm not alone! I do have a question though, I have experienced all of these symptoms you ladies have described. I had my Mirena taken out about 2 weeks ago. I bled like crazy, it has finally stopped, but now I have 2 little sores on my vagina. They sting when I use the bathroom, and hurt during sex with my hubby. At first I thought they were just small cuts but when the pain got worse I asked my husband to look at them. Has anyone else experienced this?
Michelle on February 22, 2013:
Wow, glad to see I am not alone with Mirena not helping me. My doctor suggested it to help with heavy bleeding. I have had for 10 months and I bleed more than I don't bleed. In the beginning, the IUD worked. After 3 months my periods got heavier and heavier, and last longer and longer. I get 3+ weeks of medium to heavy bleeding, get 4-6 days off with no bleeding, then it starts all over again. I want the Mirena taken out in the worst way, but I'm afraid of the side effects. I wouldn't mind so much if I knew I would be home, but I'm afraid of getting caught out or at work with gushing bleeding, so I feel trapped with it. Everyone I know who has Mirena loves it and no longer gets a period, or very little spotting. I seem to be the only one of my friends with such problems.
ali-kat on January 31, 2013:
i had the mirena for 5 years and experienced many different side effects such as blurred vision/black outs, breast tenderness, breasts growing 1 full cup size(not that i mind that 1), migraine headaches, dizziness, fainting, stopped period, increased growth of facial hair, a lump in my breast (thankfully not cancerous) and depression. i also developed pid (i was one of that that 1%). i had it removed today around ten a.m. it was not as painful as the input of this dreadful device, a mild cramp, a pop, and then more cramping. it is now 9 p.m. and my abdominal and pelvic area hurt. i dont want to walk let along move. i started bleeding about an hour after removal with apx. 4 marble size clots already. . . i had a abnormal cycle before miruna, bleeding 10-12 day a month very heavy. i chose this method of birth control because it helps with abnormal flows, and it stopped my monthly problem. i experienced rare spotting a handful of times in 5 years. . . . . . i had questions that it took me forever to find some answers to, and im hoping this may help some other lady made the decision that is right for her. . . . . source: u. s. national library of medicine, and truven health analytics. the mirena iud is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy by slowly, over time, releasing the menopausal hormone levonorgestrel. levonorgestrel stops the egg from developing and therefor makes the egg incapable of being fertile (99 % of the time). . . . the hormones in most womens cases should be back to normal in 3-4 cycles/months. . . . . . every woman is differ, therefore will have differ in side affects and recovery time. i strongly suggest when researching miruna to also take a good look into the hormone levonorgestrel, because 85% of the side effects and risks of the hormone are are not listed or talked about when researching miruana. according to my new obgyn and gino i should have never been approved to get this iud because of my allergy to silicone. the dr. that put this device in had my medical record with this allergy listed. i have a check up 11 days from now to note and keep close watch on my negative side effects and my recovery. . . . . good luck and best wishes to all ladys facing bc issues.
cndngal on January 21, 2013:
I have not yet made it through all these posts, but I have had the Mirena for 4.5 years now. I have gained 20 lbs, have excess facial hair, suffered from severe anxiety (actually quit my job over it), nearly lost my marriage because of it, was diagnosed with pre-cancerous cells from a pap that came back worse than first thougth after a cervical biopsy. I am scheduled to have the Mirena removed in two days. I have been reading up on the crash and preparing myself as best I can. Last week I started on a Milk Thistle Liver Detox, and have removed all my unhealthy foods. Nervous, excited, scared and freaked out all at the same time.
mommyd on January 10, 2013:
I had my Mirena put it on Sept. 19th 2012, now less than 4 months later, I'am having it removed tomorrow. Since Sept. I have gained almost 20 lbs and have been experiancing crying jags, bloating, fatiuge, depression, loss of sex drive, and abdominal pain. After reading so many testimonies from other women just like me going through Mirena hell, I realize just how dangerous this form of contraceptive is. No I do not want to get pregnant again anytime soon, but I WILL NOT risk permanent damage to my body just to prevent pregnancy. I'm worried about going through the Mirena crash but thankfully I have a supportive husband to understand this and help me through it.
faithawke on December 31, 2012:
I have never posted to any discussion boards before- but am finding the internet info on mirena and its removal confusing. I had not had my mirena long when it was removed (roughly 12 days ago) I had it removed on the 4th day of my cycle and had subsequent bleeding. Which based on posts seems normal enough. I have also had many of the emotional symptoms described. However, I am still getting random, intermittent spotting and seem to get some spotting following intercourse with my hubby. I wasn't sure if these were part of the hormonal shifts or something others have experianced. Any info or reputable sites that others know of would be much appreciated. Thanks
kate on December 16, 2012:
i cant rely help you about your cycle bein late but what i do know is the mirena rely messed me up i am 9weeks post removal and have had two periods since which has bein painfull and rely heavy if i was you i would go back to the doctors and get some more tests again.
since having the mirena removed i have being getting bad anxiety has anyone else sufferd with this??
helpplease on December 16, 2012:
I had my mirena removed on 11/06/12 I had a normal cycle that started the same day of removal. Now its is 41 days past my cycle, The only time I have ever missed my cycle was when I was pregnant. I took a first response test that came out positive but the docs was negative and they are telling me its normal to have your cycle and then not but with every sign of pregnancy. Has anybody else had this? I have been researching for days please help.
Hayley Phillips on December 04, 2012:
Jacque: This sounds terrible! I would recommend going to a different doctor until you get one that listens to you. Just keep going until they help you. This does not sound normal, especially after 7 months!
jacque on December 04, 2012:
I had my iud removed, because a year after having it. I started showing sines of being pregnant. It turned out to be the iud raised my hormone level, to the point where my body thought i was pregnant again. Since having it removed every time my period starts it feels like Im going in to labor. i spend the next too days crying in pain in bed. Because it hurts to bad to move . this has happened every month for the last seven months. In between each period i go through extreme mood changes. the doctor cant find anything wrong with my and said this is a normal period for me. I just turned 20 this is not normal. if anyone knows a way to help please tell me!!
Hayley on December 02, 2012:
Hi, I had my mirena coil taken out on Thursday. I have had rather a lot of weight gain during the 4 year period and I am just wondering when I can expect to start losing weight? I eat healthily and I am very careful of my portion size. Has anyone found it easier to lose weight once the coil is removed?
kayla on November 10, 2012:
hello i have a question i had my mirena removed after having it for 3 years an dealing with to much discharge which was watery an often had a smell went to the dr multiple times an he said it was normal discharge as the mirena adds mositure to ur vagina an also had lack of sex drive for 3 years so i had it removed today marks 6 days since it has been removed an i still have the discharge im wondering if u can tell me when will it go away r is there something i can do to help it an he also put me on TRI-SPRINTEC GENETRIC FOR ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN 6 days ago i have done very little spotting off an on the past 6 days but still havent had a actual period thanks in advance!
MegMeg on October 14, 2012:
I had the Mirena in for 3 years. I got it after I had my 2nd child in 2009. My husband and I aren't financially stable enough right now to have another child and in fact, up until I turned 26 a few months ago, I was still on my parent's health insurance. When you turn 26, they cut you off. So, the logical thing for me seemed to be to have my mirena removed and have my tubes tied while I had the insurance to do it. I had my surgery in July and it is now October and my periods haven't returned yet. (I didn't have a period the whole 3 years I had mirena.) Obviously there is a 1 in a million chance I could be pregnant, but it worries me sometimes...what about ectopic pregnancy. I can't call my doctor bc I no longer have insurance. I can't afford $100 office visit! Just wondering if anyone has ever had an experience similar to this??
Eyes Wide Shut on October 10, 2012:
got cut off....
I didnt think for a moment that it could have been my Mirena, I do plan on having another child some day being that I only have one. I appreciate everyones stories I am going to sit down with my husband and my doctor soon to consider maybe having mine taking out.... I just really like not having to remember taking a damn pill everyday . Is there any other birth control thats similar not not as F@#ked up as this one??????
Eyes Wide Shut on October 10, 2012:
Hello all boy have I been blinded by this so called great product as well I thought for a min I was just a lil crazy but i guess im not I too have experienced sore breasts, loss os sex drive, snapping at EVERYTHING my husband does
plm'swife on October 09, 2012:
Hi, I had the IUD put in last year in December and I just got it removed today. I'm 18 and I haven't had a kid so I had to take a medication to soften my cervix when it was put in. Have you heard anything about how it may affect people with no prior pregnancies?
Tesa 25 on October 03, 2012:
I got mine removed on May 21, 2012. Then on the 23 I got my tubs tied. Well after that I started getting sick. I was 145 lb then, and now I'm 103 lb. I went from 145 to 121 in two months. then at the end of Aug. I was put in the hospital cause I got an infection in my belly, intentions, and colon. Well in two weeks I loss 20 lb. When I had the IUD in, I had it for almost 4 years. I Stayed in pain and keep yest infections. I also keep infections in my uterus. So now I need help. I'm now well. What should I do?
Shannon on September 27, 2012:
Just had mine removed yesterday after 4 yrs, so glad I found your page. Will be glad when I'm normal again, my skin clears up and I don't look as if I'm 3-4mos preggers!
NicoleC on September 24, 2012:
Hi all! I am getting my Mirena out on Friday due to most of the symptoms already listed...the major ones being weight gain, acne, and lowered sex drive. I am trying to figure out if I should continue on birth control or give my body a break. I have been on birth control (pill and mirena) for a total of 5 years now. We would use condoms to prevent unwanted pregnancy right now no matter what, I am just trying to figure out what would be best.
kat on September 24, 2012:
wow, I'm so glad that I found this site, I had my first iud inserted in March 2006. Kept if the full 5 yrs, replaced it March 2011. Since I replaced it in March it has been nothing but trouble, only I didn't know that it was the IUD causing it. I had constant cramping, I looked like I was 5 months pregnant all the time, and I'm a small girl, only weigh 115, so it was very noticable. My skin was a mess and my mood was horrible. I went from being mad to sad in a matter of min. I was always tired and things I always enjoyed doing with my kids held no interest to me anymore. Well, finally did some research and figured it had to be the IUD, had it removed September 19, 2012. I felt great the first two days, little cramping, nothing that a motrin can't handle. By day 3 I was just blah..and that continued for a few days. Then I started with the crying and major anxiety attacks. That's what I'm dealing with now. I have no idea why and I hope I can say its a result of removing the IUD. I just feel like a mess. I didn't get my period yet, just a little spotting the next day. I put a call into my Dr. this morning. Waiting for a call back. I this normal??? Or am I going crazy?
Alie on September 23, 2012:
I am so glad I found this page, I had 2 of these IUD's. I had the first placed in March 2011 and didn't seem to have any issues until about Feb this year i was cramping bad so my doc checked and it had moved. we had atributed this to the fact that I had Gastric sleeve surgery in sept 2011 and i had lost roughly 60 pounds in 5 months. So I had a new one may 2012 and in July I began having unexplained stomach pains so bad i was in the ER screaming on july 16th. they said it hadnt moved and i kept insisting it was the IUD causing the pain, they said it was an ovarian cyst sent me home with pain killers and said get checked by my gyn. I went to my GYN on july 30 and i was screaming in pain in their office. it was as if ANY stress was making the pain come (even my 16 month old daughter crying caused me to double over in excrutiating pain). My doc sent me back to the ER wanting to make sure i didnt have a blockage in my intestines (which i didn't). But the ER doc didn't want to take it out until my husband pulled out his pliers and said if you dont i will (LOL) as soon as it was removed the pain was gone and i felt fine. But then the crash happened and I didnt know what it was. I started getting so mad i was throwing my things around breaking anything I loved just because icouldnt control it. Now things have gotten back to almost normal but i am having panic attacks that wont stop I have been to 3 doctors and none of them seem to think any of my symptoms are related to my IUD. This page has made me feel normal thank you for posting this I thought it was my hormones leveling out but i didnt realize I wasnt the only one. and i didnt know the rage was caused by it until now so again THANK YOU!
Maria on September 20, 2012:
I got my Mirena in Feb 2012 after having had a copper coil for 3 years which caused severe anemia. The gynecologist suggested the Mirena as she said it would help get rid of the anemia. Met with quite a few different doctors prior to insertion and everyone was raving about it (presumably my warning bells should have gone off at this stage as it all sounded too good to be true..). Insertion wasn't a problem, they took out my copper coil and inserted the Mirena IUD instantly. Had a bit och a cramp the following two days but didn't need to take pain killers. Was very happy with it for the first month and then the problems began..
Like many others my sex drive completely vanished, I was moody, gained some weight, and my breasts were aching all the time. About a month after insertion I started getting BV all the time. Felt helpless. Hadn't changed anything and all of a sudden this started..
Started doing research on Mirena. Came across a lot of women that mentioned that they had abnormal smear results following insertion of Mirena. I had a smear test three weeks post insertion (i.e. March 2012) and my result was normal (which it always has been). Got a letter from the NHS (I live in the UK now), asking me to do one to enroll in the UK system. Did it now in August 2012 and all of a sudden my result was highly abnormal. Asked the nurse about whether this was caused by the Mirena but she said that was not the case. I on the other hand am not as certain.. Did more research and found that approximately 5 % of women using Mirena have an abnormal smear result..
Got very worried and decided to take the coil out asap. Called the doctor and got an appointment the week after. I took the coil out 2.5 weeks ago, bled for 4 days afterwards and wasn't feeling great during this time (head ache, no energy, feeling low). Now finally starting to feel like myself again. All my symptoms are gone, I have lost the weight I had put on, my breasts are no longer sore and my sex drive is back.
I know that there are a lot of women for whom the Mirena has worked, and for me it served its purpose as it got rid of my anemia. However, I did not want to live with the side effects and feel like a different person. Taking it out for the right decision and I am so happy I did it!
Shina106 on September 07, 2012:
I had my Mirena inserted in Oct 2007 and am due to get it removed September 28. I thought that I was going super crazy, even resorting to seeing a therapist following-EXTREME rage, a 30 lb weight gain, nausea, migraines, forgetfulness, joint pain, depression, and facial hair growth, I decided to get psychological testing. I thought that I may have developed Bipolar Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder. The counseling did not help. So I thought of the possibility of losing weight. This ought to surely make me feel great about myself....right? I had to get liposuction on TWO seperate occasions over the course of 5 years. I went through painful sessions of Laser Hair Removal. The Hair actually got WORSE after Laser Hair Removal. I decided to start working out at the gym. My eating habits hadn't changed, however, I was continuing to gain weight. So I went from a very sedentary lifestyle since my 9 year old son was born, to a very highly active lifestyle and still could not drop weight. I was also going to the gym 5 times a week, and on a very rigorous routine of circuit, resistance, and cardio with a personal trainer that I hired as a last ditch effore to lose this weight. I was losing 1.5-2 lbs a month! My trainer thought that I was lying about my diet and was perplexed as to why I was not losing the weight.
I understand that when you manipulate your hormones, EVERY woman will have side effects. Some worse than others, but every woman will definetly suffer some type of effect. The only upside was not having to use protection during sex, and not having a period.
I am the type that never suffers from side effects from medications, however, this was a first. My final straw was when I fainted twice at work and had a seizure in my sisters bathroom. There is no history of seizures that run in my family, or no environmental causes for the seizures. But hey trial and error right?
There has to be some sort of class action lawsuit that can be started. I was wondering if any of after the 5 years are up on the Mirena do you suffer more? Are the side effects from coming off or having your hormones not regulated anymore a possibility?
heather on August 31, 2012:
I got my Mirena out 3 weeks ago. I'm blogging about the experience (I just hit the 'crash') so if anyone wants to comment or follow along, I would love to hear from people experiencing the same thing!
Missnika on August 26, 2012:
Omg I soo glad I found this page Ive had the iud for about 3 yrs now and I tell you I am moody and I have all the above but I never thought that mirena could be the cause! So as I read on with my bf we both said omg I didn't start to act like this until I got the iud I'm going to be getting it removed and I'm soo nerves about the crash what should I do or expect?
Hannah on August 25, 2012:
I had my IUD removed the beginning of February after having it in for two years. Its been six months and i just started losing weight about 3 weeks ago I've only lost 5 pounds but after gaining 30 its better then nothing. the past month Ive been really really exhausted tired all the time, Im more emotional and cry more when people yell at me usually, and Im a bitch all the time I snap at my boyfriend constantly.....is this just me detoxing finally? or is something else going on? please help!!!!!!
JessieM on August 25, 2012:
I'm having Mirena removed monday. I had it put in for Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. Now I'm scared of having it removed even though its creating cramping from the 7th layer of hell. Should I be afraid???
jae on August 22, 2012:
just got my Merina IUD removed yesterday my fingers and toes are BURNING LIKE CRAZY! any comments????
YoungMom310 on August 20, 2012:
I'm very glad i found this. . . I had the Mirena Inserted on August 10th... and had to have it removed on the 16th.
The NP at the OB/GYN office I go to wanted to assure me what I was experiancing could NOT be from the Mirena because it is a "local" form of birth control. After the first day, I developed a terribly agonizing and itchy rash on my breast. I am a breastfeeding mom and did not find much comfort in this. It was terrible. The rash was not only on my breast but on my genital areas as well. It went away after a couple of hours but reappeared very slightly the days after and disappeared off and on. I experienced severe migraines to the point of almost fainting from pain. My bleeding from insertion got worse and worse to the point of where pads were saturated in a little more then an hour. I was cramping to the point of tears and no pain medication that I can take even put a dent in the pain.
When I went in to get checked out (and all intentions of removal) the NP was certain it "was not from the mirena and must be either a STD, or Vaginal Infection" Well, I've has only one sexual partner, and he's had only me. Both of us have been tested and have come back negative on every STD you can possibly test for. So, I KNOW that is not the case. I have read now that the Mirena is not recommended for women under the age of 20. I'm barely 19. I have PCOS (Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome), Hypotension, Tachycardia, Premature Ventricular Contractions, a hereditary blood clotting disorder runs in my family and has hit everyone from my great-grandmother down to my mother. I have yet to be tested.
Now, after the removal, I have been experiencing some whacky symptoms... Such as it feels like I've been severely bruised in the genitalia. Everything feels bruised and it hurts. With how much bleeding I am going through I constantly need to change pads on top of use tampons.... but it hurts to use the tampons so I am changing ads more frequently. The OB/GYN I see, is completely dismissing it and saying it's normal. Please help... if someone can email me, my email is email@example.com
Nhoek on August 19, 2012:
I had IUD on June 20th and all along there was problems. Finally on July 13th the problems came to ahead but was convinced to keep it until I couldn't stand the bleeding & pain w/ increased nausea any longer. July 17th I literally forced my OBGYN to take it out. Heavy bleeding, vomitting, and extreme pain. Multiple misdiagnosis along the way that caused a lot of frustration within a couple that had parted. It's Aug 19th, he's moved on with another g/friend and I'm still suffering with the rements of the IUD . It's very sad that I am left to deal with this all by myself.
skysgirl on August 17, 2012:
Dana, thats what I'm afraid of too. I can't get mine out, and I think mine is imbeded. But I have no insurance or extra income to see a doctor yet. I have had a sharp like pain in the area for weeks now. I wish you well and hope it doesn't come to surgically being removed for both of us!! Sending a prayer your way!!
Dana on August 16, 2012:
I have had my Mirena Device for almost the full 5yrs. I knew that my previous GYN cut the strings WAY back shortly after I had it inserted. I had been experiencing pain during intercourse which was my reason for getting it removed. Finally, now ready to remove it...I went in to the doctor and IT WAS SUPER PAINFUL!! . I couldn't bare it anymore and the poor doctor was almost in tears with me. I was placed on antibiotics and being schedule for the outpatient surgical removal. I called back and requested to try one more time, so I can move on with my life. I am super scared and need some advice...
Sarah on August 06, 2012:
The previous post was one of my original ones from July 25 I posted on another blog site. Here is my update as of today:
Well, today was the day I got mirena removed. I made the decision a couple of weeks ago after suddenly linking all of my side effects to mirena. Long story short, I got a blood clot from the pill and mirena seemed like the only other option. Even after reading some of the horror stories, I took my chance and here I am 2 1/2 years later getting it out. My update is to warn all of you women out there not to listen to your OB/GYN when you say you want to remove mirena because of xyz side effects. I was disgusted and am now changing my gyno because of this. When I went in, she basically asked what my side effects were. Here's what I said: no sex drive, weight gain and/or can't lose weight, always tired, feeling of being bipolar (very up and down for no reason), high anxiety, and major cramping. Other than the cramps, she told me in the sweetest possible lying voice, "I promise you it's not the mirena". She repeated this at least 4 times in the 15 minutes she was with me. I kept asking her what else it could possibly be and she had no answer. After nearly breaking into tears, she said she'd take it out, but that I would HAVE to use some other form of birth control. REALLY? I NEVER WOULD HAVE GUESSED! Unfortunately for me, I don't have much other choice other than paragard or the non-hormonal pill. At this point, my boyfriend and I are going back to condoms and praying for the best. I'd rather risk getting pregnant (with the man I'll be with the rest of my life) than be a depressed, mean, sexless woman. It's been out of me now for just about an hour and I can't explain the relief I feel. Obviously I don't notice any kind of change, but I'm hopeful to get my mind and body back to normal. And I'm sure my boyfriend will be quite happy when I actually get my sex drive back. Oh PS, my gyno also said that taking the mirena out would not change my sex drive at all. Please stick to your guns on YOUR decision to get mirena removed. We can't have over 200 people just on this one blog blaming mirena for horrible things and have our doctors saying mirena isn't the culprit. Listen to yourself and all of us other women. Hopefully in a couple of weeks I'll have another update...a much happier one :)
Sarah on August 06, 2012:
Well, I got my Mirena put in February 2011 when I was 25. I unfortunately had a bad reaction to the pill (blood clot, hospital for a week, on blood thinners nearly 2 years) and realized I could not take the pill anymore due to the estrogen. After being off the pill for about 4 months, I decided to look into another option and my gyno recommended Mirena. Initial insertion didn't hurt, but the cramping that came with it was no joke. My gyno said I may have some "slight discomfort" and just take tylenol and I'd be fine. Well first of all, because I was on blood thinners, I couldn't take ibuprofen which sucked because Tylenol doesn't do anything for me. I had horrible keeled over, heating pad, popping Tylenol 3x a day cramps. Awful. I got so used to the cramping though that I couldn't even tell you how long until it finally subsided. Well, I'm here about 2 1/2 years later and I'm ready to get it out. I've noticed many side effects which I didn't really even think of as being side effects because it's so easy to forget you have it in you. I wouldn't say I've gained a ton of weight, but I can say that I can't lose weight. I was doing Weight Watchers and working out at the gym 6x a week for an hour a day at least and my weight didn't change. I also started doing Insanity and again, my weight didn't change (although I noticed more definition). I still to this day get cramps ALL THE TIME! I feel like literally everyday I get cramps. They may not be too severe or painful or last too long, but it's to the point where I have to carry ibuprofen (now that I'm off blood thinners I can take it again thank God!) in my purse at all times just in case they show up. My period is fairly regular as it comes every month, but it can last for 2 days and be done or sometimes it last 5 days and stops and starts again for a day or so. One of my biggest concerns at this point is the fact that my sex drive has decreased...wait, scratch that. It's completely non-existent. I've been with my boyfriend for a year and half and I’ve completely shut him off when it comes to sex. We currently are on a 2 month of no sex span and now the past 2 days I’ve caught him “taking care of things” which was slightly disturbing, but heck if I was being shut out for 2 months, I’d probably do the same. I’m 27 and have zero desire to be with my boyfriend. It’s a horrible feeling and I can’t take it anymore. I spoke with him earlier this evening and basically said I’m calling my gyno in the morning to schedule my appointment to have this removed. I just want to feel normal again and if my one negative is having to use a condom, I think we can handle that.
Angie on August 02, 2012:
I'm 25 years old, I have had the mirena for three years and I mad an appointment to take it out because I've gained a lot of weight, I started getting ovarian cysts and I've been feeling really tired. After reading all this, its making me really nervous. I have two very energetic young boys and I don't want to feel depressed and angry and have all those mood swings especially since I'm a single mom.
Nancy on July 25, 2012:
I removed my iud 2 weeks ago after having it for 4 yearsIt was very painful to say the least, I was cramping really bad and took some ibuprofen to relieve the pain. I bleeded very light. It's been about two weeks and I feel bloated, moody and I feel like I want to rage. While i had my iud inside i noticed I was always tired. Now I have energy but I have been feeling depressed and angry , I know it sounds crazy.I'm really bloated which is odd as I read that most woman loose weight I have been experiencing weight gain almost, hopefully it will go away. Took a pregnancy test but it read negative although I feel nauseas and I crave food which is weird. I'm waiting to get my period but nothing. Does anyone know of a good cleanse I could use one. I feel like I am going insane and my own body is playing tricks on me. Please help!
skysgirl on July 24, 2012:
Ok, here's my story! I am going on 53 yrs old. I have had a mirena iud inserted 5 years ago. It is time for it to be removed anyday. 5 years prior to the mirena iud, I had a different iud. So I have had a total of 10 yrs with an iud. Will I have bleeding and/or terrible side effects from having it removed even though I am this age (52) and not at child bearing age? BTW, I plan too remove it out myself, tomorrow!! Will take ibuprofen before hand. Also, will get on vitamins too!!
Ontheroadback on July 19, 2012:
I am 4 months post Mirena and have enjoyed almost 3 months of little to no symptoms. But over the last month they have come back with a vengeance. I have tried to stay positive but am losing faith fast. Has anyone else experienced this resurgence? How long was it before you were back to yourself? Any advice is much appreciated.
Beverlymom on June 30, 2012:
Love this page! I wish I read this before I made the big mistake: mirena iud. After a very uncomfortable insertion I thought a few days of cramps no problem. Took some Advil and away I went. After one day I went pee all the time, strange metallic taste in my mouth, heart racing/excited feeling that wouldn't go away. My stomach was so bloated! I looked pregnant again..... By the third day I couldn't take it anymore. I had it removed. I felt better 12 hrs later, but today being two days after removal I started bleeding. Also having menstral cramps and bloated again. Did anyone feel this way? I can't help but wonder why I thought this was a good idea. Why did I think it was a good solution to take synthetic hormone drugs and plant something in my uterus? Shame on me! I just want my body to feel better and it was only three days inside me.
Candace on May 16, 2012:
hello I have had my mirena for almost 4 years, I have been thinking about getting mine taking out. I really havent had any side effects with having it put in, I have been still having my period just very light, and also just the past month I have been moody and it seems like everything irrates me, towards my husband. But talking to one of my other friends that have a mirena also said that they are having the same problem. So after reading all these comments its so nice to know what to kinda expect, because the dr never told me what to expect.
Naturopathchloe on May 10, 2012:
Hey ladies, so sorry to hear all of the trauma that you've experienced surrounding the mirena. I have had a mirena for 5 years and am close to having it removed. It was difficult to get used to having a foreign object inside me at first and I was extremely hormonal and emotional during the first month. It settled down and I've had no dramas with it since. My periods have gone, no bloating or hair loss. A little bit of hirituism but that's expected when you put androgen in your body!! I feel great although I do miss having a period and I am concerned about long term effects of the IUD. Being a naturopath I am aware of the many toxic effects of contraception and although the IUD is localised unlike the OCP there are still side effects.
So.. I plan to have it taken out in a month, however, I have prepared myself with exercise, a diet high that will rid the body of excess hormones, herbal and nutritional medicine to aid with rebalancing hormones and flower essences for the mental/emotional side effects.
Having an IUD can mask symptoms oestrogen excess which may have pre existed or have eventuated over time whilst you've had the Mirena. Things such as chemicals and pesticides in the diet, pollutants and environmental toxins all expose us to xeno oestrogen and oxidants which cause the symptoms you have all mentioned, especially fibromyalgia and fatigue. Hypothyroidism has a strong link with depression and hormone imbalance and it does not suprise me that this has been an issue for many of you. I hope that you can correct this with diet. Cystic ovaries are prevalent in at least 70% of women and PCOS can be managed really well through diet. a Naturopath can help you with this too.
Please see a Naturopath if you are reading this and still having symptoms due to the removal of the IUD.
Pre removal care:
If you are planning to have it removed I suggest taking silica (at a practitioner dose) to reduce risks involved with it being embedded in the uterine wall.
St Johns Wort up to 6 weeks pre removal is advised for side effects of depression. This herb takes a while to work that's why I advice taking it 6 weeks prior, your Naturopath will advice a therapeutic dose.
Post IUD removal:
There are many other herbs that modulate hormones and aid clearance of excess hormone, again ask your Naturopath.
Flower essences (Australian Bush or Bach flowers) work well on the emotional level as an accompaniment.
The best advice I can give you is to eat fresh, unprocessed, naturally nutritious food and lots of fibre, in the form of whole grains, vegetables and fruit. Drink at least 2Litres of water a day and cut down the caffeine as it will exacerbate symptoms.
Exercise exercise exercise, walk-appreciate the outdoors and nature, boxing/vigorous exercise if you can, to get rid of those built up hormones and yoga/meditate to free the mind and ground yourself.
I am my own guinea pig and will keep you posted as to my results. I am prepared for the ups and the downs but will hopefully find some peace in the down days as it is a sign that I am a woman and I have feelings and a menstrual cycle that will hopefully provide me with a beautiful babies one day.
Sending you all good vibes and girl power!! xo
samantha on May 08, 2012:
hi, i am 22 yrs old and i had the mirena put in a year ago after having my son. it was suppose to help me with some bleeding issues i had and it worked great at first then all of a sudden the pain n bleeding returned and i had nothing but problems. i had an ultra sound done to find out that it had caused cyst on my ovories so that right there made me draw the line so i got it removed. its been 3 weeks since its been gone and i have even more problems....cramping like contractions bleeding heavily to where i cant leave the house headaches from hell and weird enough a weight gain of 8lbs in one week..........alll i know is if anyone is considering getting this just dont!!!!!!! nothing but one big mess that has caused me lots of medical bills i cant afford!!
Misty on May 08, 2012:
I had Mirena Put in on May 1st on May 2nd I felt the most unbearable cramping I have ever felt in my life other then labor. I went to the bathroom to realize my mirena was comming out. After calling th dr for advise and being told there is nothing they can do over the phone and i needed to make an appointment (which I am now taking up with the dr office asmedical negligence come to find out i should of been refered to urgent care or ER) after a few hours the little plastic devil decided to come out on its own with VERY minimal bleeding. In the one day it was in i noticed SERIOUS moodiness similair to that which i had when i use to take BC years ago which is why i choose IUD i was told it didnt have same hormones and i wouldnt get same results. Well almost instantly after the mirena came out I felt HUGE relief. NO MORE PAIN NO MORE MOODINESS. Well I had VERY regular periods i mean evvery 28 days on the dot! My period wasnt suppose to come untill May 13th and it made a surprise entrance on May 5th in the evening (very light) however the next day (may 6th) it came in VERY HEAVY!!!!! and has stayed that way I hate to get detialed but I even have to set my alarm at night to get up to change my tampon. Literally EVERY HOUR sometimes teice an hour. I know they said heavy flow with mierna for the first 6 months but i only had the stupid thing in for 36 hours..... can it really of done this much to my body with the short amount of time it was in? And since the bleeding started I have been SOOOOOO irritable, moody , and emotional, if im not crying im angry and yelling, what is happening to me and how long before it will go away my dr office is no help and wondering if anyone has experienced anything like this can i really have the mirena crash after only having it in for 36 hours? I HATE BC i think hormones and ridiculous for a womens body and i dont know what i was thinking ever thinking of having this stupid thing put in my body.
Kristen on May 06, 2012:
My adventure with mirena begins like this:
Insertion in April of 2008 at my 6 week post partum appointment. Virtually painless compared to my c-section. It was my first time using any form of birth control but my doc insisted that this was the best birth control for me. Upon insertion I bled for about 2 months straight. My dr said that it was normal and it was gonna take some time for me to get used to all the hormone changes. Within the first 6 months, I gained 10 pounds & probably lost another 10 pounds of HAIR. Hormone adjustments, I kept telling myself. I'd like to add that at my 6 week pp appointment I was already back to my pre-pregnancy weight without any effort. 10 pounds didn't seem like a big deal right? Well it wasn't, until the next couple of months flew by, along with a newfound love for daily workouts at the gym, I realized I put on another 10 pounds. Again, I brushed it off, thinking I wasn't pushing myself hard enough at the gym. My mood swings were insane, especially before my time of the month. But my doc had an explantation for everything, and I thought I did too. Until I tried to make my weight for joining the military. I gained another 20 pounds in 6 months. So now, I was placed on a strict diet and exercise routine and had to get taped for body percentage. After 4 months of hard work and a 4 pound weight loss, I finally made my body fat percentage and was ready to measure in and finally join the military. Two days later, after intense sauna sessions and a light diet to maintain my measurement, I measure in over 5% my ideal body fat. I just couldn't understand. Somedays I'd wake up bloated for no reason. I'd cut dairy out of my diet, no rice, no soda, yet I ALWAYS seemed to want sweets..
..so my husband came to the conclusion that maybe my birth control was the culprit. Removal was easy right, nothing to lose? First doctor I see couldn't locate the strings all of a sudden. She claims that because I had it inserted at my pp appointment I could have been dialated still and once my uterus went back to normal the strings shifted. So she referred me to an OBGYN (she was just my regular doctor). Well, after 3 attempts from 2 different OBGYNs, they decided to SURGICALLY remove it. Yup, my mirena was so attached to me that it embedded itself to my retroverted uterus. And no, I was not told I had a tipped uterus until I saw the OBGYN.
Under general anesthesia, I FINALLY had the devil device removed 4 days ago. Although a bit groggy from my surgery, I could feel a big difference. I was no longer bloated. I was in the greatest mood. I was peppy. I thought it was the painkillers, but even after the first day I felt amazing. I'm in the greatest mood you could imagine. I'm wide awake, I can think clearly, I've lost 5 pounds without effort, and I feel like a new person. Yes I have bleeding, and cramping, and headaches also. I understand that my body will need to adjust. My biggest fear is having problems conceiving (my doctor told me to wait at least 6 months before trying) but I'm not in any rush. My husband is currently deployed anyway and I plan on taking the patch when he comes home, I already have my supply ready. But right now I'm going to enjoy these months birth control free. I predict my mood swings are right around the corner, but today I feel awesome. No matter how horrible I may end up feeling, I'm happy that I finally have it removed.
*Not everyone will experience this. Some doctors will think you're crazy. But you're not. I'm the perfect example of the worst end of this IUD. Glad for the women who have had this IUD work fine, but for me it was hell and I will never, EVER use this ever again.
christie on May 05, 2012:
As a fellow Mirena Crash sufferer I still look at this site all the time. Mine has been out almost seven months and I am getting back to normal...my last three cycles have been so regular and I feel so much better than I did. I am sleeping way better than before too. Sometimes I still feel blah, but nothing like when I went through that Crash, I felt crazy!!!! Hopefully, they will start putting more warning signs on this birth control, better yet...take it off the market. My heart aches for everybody going through The Crash, it does get better slowly but surely.
Savannahraye123 on May 04, 2012:
Hello, I had Mirena removed Monday 4/30/12! Before Mirena I was very out going, bubbly, loved being outside, swimming ect. I had it for about 2 years! I got it inserted may/2010 (about 2 months after my daughter was born.) The first year was okay, I went through some postpartum depression, just being, I was 19 when she was born! ( FYI I was on the pill but, would forget to take it, then was put on nuva ring and got pregnant.) Before I was pregnant I weighed 115. Two days before she was born, I weighed 160. The day I got my IUD I weighed 139 :). I was working out everyday, and ate fine. The first year on the IUD my period was gone right away yippy! So summer 2011 comes around and I start gaining weight 2-3 pounds a month ekkkk! I didn't know why, I was still working out. Near october of 2011 I started noticing my mood swings were horrible! Me and my boyfriend were always fighting because of it, I started pushing all my friends and family away! Shorty after I was starting to have horrible weight gain! I even watched what I was eating because of the holidays! Then I started getting the worst Anxiety, panic attacks, I mean horrible! I thought it was because of the time of year, always being inside because of the cold. January 2012 and my face starts breaking out so bad, I didn't change soap or makeup, but I started drinking a lot of Soda :( hadn't drank soda for 7 years!! And that's all I wanted, plus I craved chocolate! Yuk I never ate chocolate! My bf started to wonder if I was pregnant ( hello weight gain, nausea, tender breasts, cravings) well I took 8 test ( all negative) for the next couple months I had severe anxiety, panic attacks, I felt I was in a "fog" ( out of it), fatigue, no sex drive what so ever, no energy ( my daughter is 2, I Want to be able to play with her) acne! Went on vacation for her 2nd bday to Disneyland, couldn't enjoy it as much as I should have! I cried 3 times! My bf and I fought because of my mood swings! Trip was ruined:(. Vacations shouldn't be like that!! April comes around and my cousin has a bday party for his 30th bday! Wasn't drinking and still ended up in the ER for the worst anxiety attack ever!!!!! They put me on lorazepam ( helps with anxiety)! Now the depression started!!! I had suicidal thoughts and I didn't wanna do anything I just cried alllll day long! My mom urged my see my primary DR, she said she seen a change in me right after it was inserted. She said it could be my birth control! Made a appt, went in to see my Dr she told me it wasn't the IUD I was just depressed, she put me on a anti depressant ( yuck, didn't take it heard it makes it worse! Left it at the pharmacy!!)
Decided to do research for myself and came across the Mirena side effects :(! Was shocked to see that most of my issues were from this POS birth control!! Did a least 8 hours of research! Funny thing was the pamphlet on Mirena said little to no side effects! Bull!!! Then I came across then "Mirena crash" like really! Ugh because of I haven't been through enough!!! :( made my anxiety 100x worse! Decided it would be best for it to come out. Made an appt and it came out! My OBGYN asked why I wanted it out, I told her why she said I was crazy, she said no women goes through that because of Mirena, and insisted in was nuts!, uh wait there are dozens of forums and groups of women's going through the same thing, and so what were all nuts! ( I think not) she told me to keep it in and urged me to! I bluffed a little and told her I wanted another baby! ( haha I'm 21, uh noooo) she took it out!! I needed to know if I was really nuts or a birth control was making me like this)! Taking it out was virtually painless! Had light cramps afterwards! I don't think it's in my head but an hour later I felt lighter and the fog was lifted. :) amazing right! I know! Before it was removed had anxiety daily and all through the night! That night I had none! Haven't slept that good in 7-8 months :)! Depression gone :) most of my sympthoms are gone! :) started bleeding 2 days after not to much just spotting! Still worried about the "crash" , I did some more research. By the 3rd day I was bleeding pretty bad! (no clotting) going throughout pads every 2 hours :(! The past three days were amazing (besides the bleeding) I smiled because I was happy ( not because it was forced) no mood swings! Well the 3rd day was going greet until that evening! Guess what came back ANXIETY!!!! Ahhhh no! It wasn't bad but I knew I was starting to crash! Slept okay! The 4th day was bad! I felt like my body was shutting down! The "fog" came back! Blah! I hate that so much! Fatigue. Scared to sleep, slept fine! Now here is day 5! Depression is some what back along with the fog and anxiety. My body is shutting down! But it comes in waves! One minute okay the next not so good. Looks like I'm right on track with the crash! Bleeding is worse! Some clotting! Feel so out of it!!! Help!! I will post every couple days to undate!
I would also like to ad before it was inserted I weighed 139
The day it was taken out 167! :(
Some days I literally looked 5 months pregnant! Bloated so bad!
No bloating yet but I lost 4 pounds in 5 days! :):):):):):):):)
Sorry so long!! Needed to vent!!!
Mama30 on May 03, 2012:
I'm so happy to come across this link. I feel much better that I am not alone in what I have been experiencing emotionally and physically. I have had the Mirena in since 3/19/10 a month after I had my son. I never did well on any other contraceptive, so I decided after my youngest (two years ago) to get the Mirena. I haven't really noticed any issues, other than I get migraine headaches often and my light periods last about a two-three days. Until, this year I started noticing changes in myself. A lot of whats describe here. I've been feeling really bad anxiety, anxious, etc. So, I started my period last week, I noticed it was a bit different. I had started the 2-3 days and it stopped. Then a couple days later I started bleeding really heavy, but no cramping. I thought it was kinda weird? Then, I was sitting with my husband relaxing and I felt a flutter in the left side of my stomach. I told my husband and he was so in shock and said we should just get a test to he safe. We thought, no way, could I be pregnant and even more tripped out because I was bleeding heavy on what I thought was my period. So, I went to the store and bought a test, only to find out that the positive sign popped up extremely fast. This was such a shocker for us. We have four children already and we're not planning on anymore. We ended up going to the ER because I was bleeding, we wanted to make sure my health was not at risk. When we got into the ER they were in shock as well and ran all kinds of tests. I had to go through a painful experience, they tried to do a ultra sound with one of the roll in the office machines and couldn't find the baby. Then, said I had to get my bladder filled the opposite direction with a cath., like when you drink fluids to fill the bladder, well it was the other direction. I about died in tears and they had to take me to a newer high tech ultrasound machine. Finally, they did get an ultra sound of the embryo and my IUD was in its place and the baby is where it belongs. However, I'm still too early to tell how far long I am and it was so weird to me that my body made a flutter that signaled me to get a test. Crazy, how our body gives us signs. Now, I have to do a follow up with my doctor this week. The ER doc said I may be miscarrying the baby already because I have been bleeding, but maybe not, I need to follow up with my doctor to go over the options this week. I have been feeling so depressed and as a mother of four already it has been the most difficult week ever. I'm so scared about the outcome of aborting (if it doesnt happen on its own naturally) and with all these crazy hormones flowing through my body. I'm just so ready to get back to feeling myself again. I'm so drained and it's sucks feeling this way. Knowing that we will have to make a decision this week. If I can't get in to see my doc tomorrow. I'm going back to the ER... :(
KST on May 03, 2012:
I really appreciate all who have posted on this site, and other sites. I have had three different Mirenas over the course of eight years. The first came out after 2 years, so I had it replaced. The second lasted for 5 years; and now I had a new one placed in December 2011. In one respect, it was great since I used to have heavy, sometimes painful periods.
I experienced most of the side effects that were underreported (or unreported) back when I first got it in 2004. Because I have diabetes, I had double complications: like "brain-fog" is a SE of diabetes as well as Mirena. Swelling/numbness of extremities, and depression are also SE's (side effects). If your diabetes is out of control, then perhaps one could experience sexual problems in addition. Over the years, I did experience an ovarian cyst, and the teeth on one side of my mouth felt a little loose. It got better with continued brushing, flossing, and biting down on that side of my mouth. (I practice good, regular oral hygiene which is what made this particularly scary.) I have had the acne, depression, suicidal thoughts, tender breasts, pregnancy feelings (you name it).
The most frustrating and/or scary thing for me was the memory loss. I used to be a very sharp, articulate person--was actually a teacher at various levels (even college). But now, it takes me so long to try to remember things. It takes me so long to tell a story, because I struggle to remember certain details. Also, I recently told my husband that right now, I could check myself into a convent because all sexual desire is gone.
I said all that to say, once again, "Thanks" to the founder of this site, and all of you. I now realize that I was not crazy all along, and I am not a 40-year old dementia patient. It is not diabetes. It is Mirena. I will be having it removed in the near future. I am not looking forward to the Crash, but I am looking forward to getting my life back.
M.A.D on May 02, 2012:
I had a Mirena for 9 years total (2 different ones), I originally had it inserted to help with my endometriosis (that took away my life for 2-3 days every month), and I have to say, I was one of those very lucky women that after the first couple of months of cramping and bleeding, I had a total of 4 periods in 9 years (bliss!).
I have to say I'm paying for it now. Me and the SO decided we want to TTC. It's two months since it's been gone, I spent the first six weeks feeling blissful, the SO actually said he noticed a positive mood change in me. Was getting worried at week 5 after removal, no period, and having pregnancy symptoms, tests came back neg. (Sad panda :( ) Week 6 after removal I got a period, a normal 5 day period, a little darker than you'd expect (old blood) but yay! baseline! 2 weeks later I started my period again, by what I call a 'carrie' episode in the middle of the night, so bad that the SO and I were washing sheets and cleaning the bathroom at 2am (not fun), and I had never had clotting like that in my life. Now, 10 days later, OMG, I can just about get through 2 hours with a super tampon and a overnight pad before they are soaked through. I have been told to make sure I'm getting enough iron (or taking supplements), and that it is most likely caused by a raise in estrogen levels that my body hasn't seen in a long time, as high levels of estrogen are known to trigger endometrium growth and shedding.
Anyway, the point of my story is: yes it's super scarey. Go to a doctor is you are really worried, the cost is worth your sanity most of the time, but this too will pass. It is your body's way of balancing itself, especially for someone like me that used it for a super long time.
What's especially happy for me in my situation is that by using a mirena for the last 9 years I have actually increased my chances of getting pregnant, because it's shrunk my endometrial lesions I had before I started. It's not for every one, so go in with your eyes and mind open, and while the ending sucks bad for a while it might cause some good too!
Thanks for writing this Isadora! I found this before calling doctor, and it really helps knwoing I'm not alone or insane!
Isadora (author) from Tennessee on April 30, 2012:
Those symptoms are pretty normal. You can go and have blood work done to see if you're pregnant though. :-)
Valerie on April 29, 2012:
Please help me... I got the mirena removed 6 weeks ago , had 4 days of bleeding and have not hada period yet. With symptoms like really sore breasts, nausea, m ood swings, extreme bloating. Is this from mirena removal? I had a negative pg test last week. But feel pregnant
Ontheroadback on April 20, 2012:
Sorry for the length of this post, but I need to vent.
I first had the Mirena inserted in 2004 after the birth of my first daughter. I had it removed in 2006, because I was suffering from back problems and the doctors wanted to rule it out as a cause of my problems - it was not the cause. I had another one inserted in 2008 after the birth of my second daughter.
Approximately six months ago, I began to suffer from dizziness, foggy thinking, fatigue, depression, no libido and anxiety. I began going to doctors and was diagnosed with ear crystals, viral issues, you name it. I went to the emergency room because the symptoms became so frightening. I was referred to a neurologist who gave me an MRI and sent me home with a General Anxiety Disorder -GAD diagnosis and a bottle of Lexapro.
Now I am not a person who likes to take medications, because I am very sensitive. I took one pill because I wanted to feel normal again. I was unable to sleep that night and decided not to take the pills anymore and was rewarded with 1 week of withdrawal symptoms from taking ONE PILL!
I then decided to go to a psychologist and to use alternative therapy for my GAD, including massage and acupuncture. From November through February I went through a roller coaster of feeling. Sometimes I would feel almost normal and sometimes I would feel "crazy”.
In January, without any knowledge of what I was going through, a co-worker of mine told me that her daughter had just had the Mirena removed because she suddenly began experiencing anxiety and depression. I was shocked and considered that it may be my problem too, although I had become accustomed to the idea that stress caused my problems. I read up on what other women were experiencing and made an appointment with my GYN to have it removed. Of course my appointment was not scheduled until April.
Right before my appointment I began to suffer from the worst PMS I had ever endured, including severe depression and anxiety. When I went to my appointment and asked my doctor to take it out, she told me that it was not the Mirena, because the hormones are local and that I was suffering from PMDD and that I should take SSRIs or birth control pills. She also told me to go home and have sex with my husband, since it is my duty. She told me I didn’t have to like it, but if I didn’t who could blame my husband if he strayed. Suffice it to say I was an emotional mess when I left her office.
I decided to research the posts about the Mirena again. I then decided I would find a new doctor who would remove it immediately. I found a new doctor and when I told him my story he said of course it could be causing my problems and certainly if it wasn’t the initial cause it could be exacerbating the problem. He told me that he would never have given me the option of inserting the Mirena as I fall under the profile of women that experience these side effects. I was so happy to find a doctor who admitted that the Mirena caused these drastic side effects that I cried.
It’s been out for one day and although I still don’t feel wonderful, but due to the posts from this page and other I now know what was happening to me. I have read that I may go through a crash before it gets better, but at least I have hope. I wish there was something more I could do for the thousands of women out there that have no idea what is happening to them.
Isadora (author) from Tennessee on April 19, 2012:
You could wax it or have the Mirena removed. yes, Mirena does make hair grow in all sorts of places. :-(
katie maria on April 17, 2012:
This is my second time on mirena . I loved the first except that my family has a long history of uterine cists eventually becoming tumors. The mirena resulted in mire frequent cists but in its defense no period and it was not properly installed . Because of high sensitivity to bc pills and bad reviews in Nicaragua ring I opted back to mirena. I read all the side effect info and understood the possibility if 3-6 months of spotting and cramping. What I do not recall is facial hair growth I barely grow leg or arm but for some reason while washing my face I noticed I look like an aspiring Elvis impersonator . Does this fade cause my actual hair has thickened and I can't use anything else what should I do . Wax ??? Or take it out
Isadora (author) from Tennessee on April 16, 2012:
Thank you ladies. My step daughter in law is having a lot of the same issues as I, and you have/had. Its a terrible thing to have to go through.
Try eating more beans, HANNAH. It sounds funny but they are an excellent weight loss food. I added anything I wanted to my beans--cheese, sour cream, sweet relish, mayo--and they still helped me lose weight.
God, I love beans, LOL. Especially pintos!
Angie on April 12, 2012:
Same thing happened to me. I had my mirena removed due to extreme anxiety in Jan.. dizziness and lightheadedness.. and just a round of other symptoms. I felt a lot better about 4 weeks post removal and then during my 2nd cycle I fell apart. I went from being perfectly happy making dinner for my family to feeling suicidal and hopeless in an instant. I just couldn't place my finger on what was wrong but I definitely was going through some type of depression. One minute fine, the next second depressed. I have never been depressed before so it just kind of threw me for a loop. I love my life, my family, everything and here I was scared I would harm myself. Anyway, I went to the Dr and was given some meds. Seems to be helping but we'll see. I will only stay on meds long enough for my hormones to regulate and I have someone with me at all times. I was relieved that I found out about the mirena crash otherwise I was going to commit myself. I feel like everyday I get a little better but it has been a long, very long 2 weeks. Hormones can be wicked.
HANNAH on April 12, 2012:
how do i lose this frekin weight? its been three months and nothing ive been eating better and excircising but cant seem to lose a pound!!!!!! i used to weigh 120 and a size two now im 160 and size six!! which doenst look so attractive on a girl whose 5'1" the only good thing is my boob are HUGE!!
Lory on April 11, 2012:
Thank you for your website Isadora. It's very nice to know that I am not alone!
I am also a sufferer of the post removal Miren crash. I had my Mirena removed on March 7th, 2012 after having it in for 3 years and 4 months.
I have been suffering from the worst bout of depression over this last month, moreso than I have ever experienced. Some days I don't even feel like getting out of bed. Worse yet, my rage has gotten the better of me at my own childrens expense. Definitly the worst month of my life.
I did explain to my children and my husband that there are side effects to having it removed, so thankfully they have been patient and understanding with me. I feel like I have gone crazy. I don't even know who I am anymore.
I am now seriously considering getting another Mirena just so I can go back to normal. My body has been duped by silicone and fake hormones, so much so they are refusing my own natural hormones.
*On a postive note, my acne has subsided and my face is now next to blemish free.
Again thank you for your website! I hope women do research on post Mirena removal, before they get one inserted. I definitely would advise against getting one!
Ann on April 04, 2012:
I got my iud removed 4 months ago. I read all these comments, all the yahoo answers on iud removal and everything. I noticed common things which were characteristic of my experience. First removal bleeding mistaken for the period. Second painful cramps and wild moods swings. Third belief that one might be pregnant no period when you think its due and the side effects common with pregnancy. I had the worst of all these symptoms. I was 16 days late on my period and I wasted 10preg.tests the day I called for the blood test I started. I thought for sure I was preg. Now I have horrible acne but making love is much more enjoyable without the iud. I commented mainly to say if you are like me with the preg symptoms, wait a week our more to see what the preg test says before getting your hours uo, chances are your period is just messed up.. You could be but from what I was experiencing I wouldve bet 200 that I was pregnant. I just want to warm others before they get too emotionally involved or get too hurt that this is a common symptom (to think you are pregnant)
Amanda on April 03, 2012:
I'm really glad to have seen this post. I only had the Mirena for 3 months, and had it removed 4 days ago. I felt good initially, but am have since gotten some withdrawal bleeding (which I initially thought was my period, but am rethinking), cramping, extreme bloating and nausea. Anyway, I can't wait to get back to normal. What seemed like such a simple solution to getting pregnant, was definitely not worth it.
Nicki_P on April 03, 2012:
I had my Mirena IUD removed on Thursday 29th April 2012 after having it for around 7 months.
Having it fitted went OK but I bled for weeks afterwards. On my 6-week check, the nurse did something that caused me a sharp pain. Since then I have been in nothing but pain. Whenever me and my husband attempted to do anything sexual, the pain would be immense and last for days.
Since the inspection, having the coil fitted was hell. My sex drive went to nothing, I had constant stomach aches, my hair fell out in clumps, and generally wished it wasn't there.
We eventually decided to have it removed as co-codamol couldn't ease the pain. My husband took me back to the clinic and we had it taken out. The nurses refused to accept that the IUD caused any of the side effects, and even refused to accept that the nurse did anything on my inspection that would cause me pain. Clearly, this was something me and my husband have been imagining for all this time.
Since having it removed I have suffered from every one of these symptoms and constant dizziness, feeling faint & tiredness. We was advised to take Sea Kelp to help with the hair loss, but this has left me feeling constantly thirsty.
Having suffered depression in the past and going almost 2 years without medication for it, I am frightened that the side-effects of this IUD will bring back my depression.
I cant believe that this contraception is advocated as the "best thing since sliced bread" by the NHS in the UK. Not one of the medical professionals we spoke to would accept that this coil causes any side effects at all.
There was no information about side effects from having it removed given to us, and the Nurses said there was nothing to worry about.
The Mirena IUD has ruined my life since having it fitted and they should come with a health warning!
JessieBreeden on April 02, 2012:
hey everyone, I gues you can say I am reaching out to others for information about the aftermath of IUD removal. I had my IUD for 2 years and had it removed the 1st week of december because I had gotten married in August and My husband and I were planning to begin working on a family. Since My IUD removal i have not felt myself at all, I cry for no reason and when that time of the month comes around I am walking around in rage. After removal I was diagnosed with HPV but they have yet to test me and see what strand I have, I am very nervous about the whole situation because I am now only 21 years old and even though I have a son of my own my husband has no biological children and I fear that I will never be able to give that to him. My cycle has yet to regulate and I keep reading horror storries about women who can never concieve again after the mirena. I just recently got laid off from my job and have no insurance at this time to realy take care of myself the way I need to or a doctor to go to with these concerns. I realy just do not know what to do, I just want my energy back and be able to keep up with my 3 year old again as well as just finding a way to handle my situation because the fact that at this time I can not give my husband any children is not helping my droopy mood I feel like the IUD took everyhting away from me and I dont know where to begin to build myself back up I have to go to the income based clinic at this time to seek any medical attention and they do not curently offer the biopsy of the cervix which is what I am needing done...does anyone know of any resources that may help me find something and get me back to my healthy self?
myownadvocate on March 30, 2012:
Wanted to give an updae from my removal on the 28th. The removal was simple and quick. Had a few sharp pains immediately after but they went away in a minute. I asked my provider if there was anything I should be aware of or side effects to look out for and she said no. I told her she should google it since I had read hundreds of posts describing such. She just thanked me for the suggestion. Seriously? I didn't let it bother me since I was so happy to have it OUT!
I swear the fog seemed to clear instantly. I felt calmer and more present than I had in months. Had some insomnia that night, but I think it was because I had more energy and could think clearly. Here is the best part - I woke up, even with only a few hours of sleep and felt NO anxiety! I had been waking up with a sick pit of in my stomach, fearful and ovewhelmed for as long as I can remember. I was so encouraged that I awoke calm and actually wanted to eat breakfast! I had a few anger flare ups and some anxious moments during the evening, but I went to bed early and again awoke calm and feeling good. Got a workout in today and ate breakfast and lunch. I also started to spot and then bleed this afternoon. Some back cramps but more like a period than anything else. Took some ibuprofin and they were gone. I am SO relieved to be bleeding again - sounds weird I know, but I had not had a period in over a year. I feel like my body is doing what it should. Honestly, the most fabulous side effect of removal so far is that I feel so much calmer, happier, HOPEFUL and more present. I definitely made the right decision to have it removed. I wish I had done it sooner! Will continue to post on the recovery in a few days.
portia on March 28, 2012:
Jessica, there have been some who have pulled their iud out themselves without any issues. Removal itself for me was painless. I didn't feel a thing!
jessica on March 27, 2012:
I had mirana placed nearly 2 1/2 years ago
Until recently I have had Jo issues however within the last few weeks intercourse has been extremely painful and has caused bleeding and severe cramps so much that I can't get out of bed
And instead of having 2 strings I now only have 1
Are these issues normal???
I'm a single unemployed mother and I want this out of me how can I do so????
stephanie on March 27, 2012:
Okay, so i have had my mirena out for nine days, only spotted three days.. very little. When will i get a period? My body is still adjusting to the while hormone deal.. I've been feeling so so depressed :( I hope this goes away soon.
natocha on March 27, 2012:
I had the Mirena IUD put in sept of 2009 6 weeks after my third son. I felt fine the first couple months..then I started with neck,jaw, and ear pain..and constant headache on rt side of head. I was very moody I was always yelling at my boyfriend and kids...getting super frustrated over small things....couldn't lose weight..Insomnia...sad..mad..overwhelmed...feeling like i had lost control of my life...everything around me was going so fast I couldn't keep up! I went to my OB/GYN and she said I had anxiety...She put me on Celexa...It made me feel worse..so I stopped it...then I decided to have the IUD out Oct 31st 2011...It wasn't bad at all to have it out..immediately I felt that full uncomfortable feeling I had in my lower abdomen was gone and it felt relief...but shortly after I have sore pelvic muscles..moody...tired...dont want to do anything...chest muscles and rib cage hurt...shoulder and back pain..still have the headache..neck pain went away for the most part...get tail bone pain tingles in parts of body...neck stiffness...back muscles hurt...and work out everyday and still cant lose a pound...always worrying something serious is wrong with me..and the insomnia is worse...I take vit b12...vit D...zinc...magnesium...It has been 5months and I dont know if its just me getting off of the IUD or not..anyone have anything similar or any ideas...besides see a doctor cuz I have seen 5 already..
Nicky on March 27, 2012:
Hi, i got muy iud in november worst mistake ever, the cramping, severe back pains, mood swings and constant bleeding, that was the absolute worst bc ive ever taken, o got it removed today, still in pain, i know ite gonna take a while for the harmones to leave my body, so glad to read and see
Isadora (author) from Tennessee on March 26, 2012:
Some people get pregnant as soon as they have it removed.
Jess86 on March 26, 2012:
I had the mirena in for five years then my second one in for 5 months and had it removed because we are trying to conceive but we have been trying now for 8 months. How long does it take for everything to be out of your system and be fertile again?
Carmen on March 25, 2012:
I had my Mirena removed 1 week and 2 days ago. First, I will say being on Mirena was pure hell. Weight gain, lethargy, insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, bloating, just to name a few symptoms. A forum like this one led me to have it removed. Best decision ever. I immediately felt calmer and like a cloud was lifted from my head. Fast fwd to today. It is 4:40 am and I am awake reading posts because I'm terrified. I have been bleeding non stop for 5 days, extremely heavily. I bleed completely through ULTRA tampons (maximum absorbency) within 10 minutes. I combine the tampons with overnight sized pads and the pads are completely saturated with blood within 20-30 minutes. Just so you understand, I am bleeding THROUGH the max abs tampon AND filling an overnight pad in less than an hour. PLEASE PLEASE tell your friends and family DO NOT get this product. It is horrible for your body. I am contemplating going to the ER, even though excessive bleeding seems to be 'normal' when having this contraption removed.
Tammy on March 23, 2012:
I had my mirena in almost a year and it wasn't placed properly from the get go. It started to grow in between my cervix and uteris and was nothing but pain, mood swings, low sex drive, painful intercourse and no get up and go. I had it removed a week and a half ago now and I am relieved to know that my mood swings up and down are considered normal. The past couple of days I have cried at the drop of a hat etc. and can hardly wait for this to go away! While I had the mirena in I had my period almost non stop and it was one of the worst things I did for birth control! Other friends love it but for me the only thing I love about it is that it is in the garbage now! Thanks for this page and for the stories so I know what to expect.etc. Cheers!
stephanie on March 23, 2012:
I had my mirena put in October 2008. I was one of the UN lucky ones with terrible side effects. I suffered three and a half years with a pain in my left ovary that would shoot strait down my leg and groin. I did not know what was going on with me.. I'm talking the kind of pain where your doubled over and can not breathe.. tears rolling down your face. Well my problem was ovarian cysts. I suffered years with that pain. Years taken from me. Along with that was weight gain, hair loss.. :'( no sex drive. Depression and anxiety. Well I had it removed on monday... Thank god. I spotted up until yesterday. No big deal. I'm not looking forward to a period.. lol. But ill take it over that pain any day! I have been feeling down and anxious. Can't sleep. Also very hungry.. weird I know. I'm really not sure if I want another baby.. I'm 28 and have a seven year old and a three and a half year old. God bless all my sisters going thru this terrible ordeal. Mirena was the worst decision I could have made. More women need to be informed of all pro's... And more importainly the cons of this devil contraceptive. Thank you so much for this page.
jayne512 on March 23, 2012:
I took mine out myself and it didnt hurt at all. I didnt really have a period this month but I spotted a little this morning. I got cysts with mine about 6 months back. Thier website says that it happens but they go away. I got checked out at an ER and the technician said she saw some but the doctor wouldnt diagnose them because they are temporary. I got checked because I was having pain during intercourse and irregular bleeding. Anyway its been just about 5 years now and they say it needs to come out around then. I have been feeling bloated and sluggish no matter how well I eat and work out. I have gained weight and Im ready to get rid of it! I want to get pregnant in about 3 years so I need time to get fit and I think its this IUD stopping me. I didnt feel it at all when I pulled it out. It was hard to get to the strings so I went to the toilet and sat and felt for them. I got ahold of one and pulled. There was no resistance it just slid right out. I barely felt it. There was no blood or anything. Kinda excited to see how I start to feel. My depression got better when I got it put in so Im hoping that I dont get depressed again. I have learned all sorts of way to cope so Im hoping its me and not the iud that did it. Excited to see how my diet and workout will be now! Hoping Im one of those few who gained weight. I was one of the few who got cysts so we'll see...
mariah on March 21, 2012:
okay i think im losing my mind...i thought i was pregnant i got off my iud jan 20th so me and my fiance could have another one...and i was having all the pregnancy symptoms i had with my first i took two pregnancy test they came out negative i started bleeding but more than usual and every time i go to change my tampon theres blood cots like 5 at a time i was really hoping i was pregnant and ive never had my period like this before ever help ??
Jessica on March 20, 2012:
Well i just found out that i am 10 weeks pregnant with an Mirena IUD, yesterday had terrible pain and went to er. they told me the IUD had shifted and that it needed to come out, I already had an Apt with OB to get it out a week from now. IUD pregnancy is terrifying on so many levels. Now that it was removed yesterday i was wondering if anyone has any experience like this, will the removal effect me in the next few day. They said it could increase chance of miscarriage, but i didn't know if they just meant at the time of the removal or if i should still be worried? I guess i dont know how the hormonal change will effect the pregnancy?
Myownadvocate on March 15, 2012:
Thank you Isadora Pandora and all who have posted!!! For the first time in what feels like forever I feel "normal". Your posts have helped me realize I am not crazy and certainly not alone. THANK YOU!
I had the mirena inserted in Sept. 2010, 5 months after the birth of our third child. We agreed that this would be our last baby, but did not want to make irreversible decisions at that time. And at that time, I felt mirena was the right decision. We tend to move frequently due to my husband's job and I had two other toddlers to keep up with as well. I honestly never gave it another thought until several months ago. I kept wondering why I could not shake this roller coaster of emotions. Confident and happy, but then buried beneath depression/anxiety/fear/sadness/hopelessness. It just seemed to be getting worse, darker. The confident and happy days were harder to hang on to. This was not me - I remember what I was like, what I know I am capable of doing, what I want to be - and this was NOT me. It is very frustrating. Especially since I have tried counceling, talking to doctors, exercising, improving diet etc. I just could not figure it out. I have stayed stagnant with weight loss, despite eating well, exercising and running. I just can't seem to get the rest off me. And I am constantly tired (which can also be attributed to 3 kids under 5), but still, after several nights of good sleep, I feel blah. The endorfins from exercising don't seem to bring me up. And I do have weird acne on my face that just seems to pop up and not go away no matter what I do. I don't think I had any of the physical pains (cramping, etc.), but I think I always chalked it up to post-pregnancy recovery and exercising. I have no periods (which always bothered me since I felt like I lost a benchmark in my month), but I have these strange cycles of PMS and spotting that I tried to plot out on the calendar (so I could at least give my husband a heads up to my PMS and remind myself that it was just a phase) but over time the cycles just did not seem to, well, "cycle". It just seemed like I was always emotional or spotting or something.
I had experienced some of these symptoms before and they were attributed to PPD/post-pregnancy recovery. That made sense to me. I had gotten through PPD and recovered from births before and thought this time should be no different - eventually I can push through. But 17 months later, I feel I was getting worse. I started thinking it might be the mirena. I am embarrassed to admit that it was not until last night that I decided to look up the side effects of mirena. I was shocked to find out my feelings are shared with many!!! I should have gone with my instincts months ago and researched it! Reading what you all have shared here has given me the boost and some clarity I needed. I scheduled my appt. for removal on the 28th! And my husband is willingly getting "fixed" shortly after. We both feel this is a good decision for our family and ourselves.
I am fearful of the crash, but honestly, knowing it will be out gives me so much hope that I think I can handle any physical side effects. Getting back to being emotionally healthy is worth any temporary physical discomfort. I definitely think the hormones in mirena have messed with me and I am looking forward to knowing my body is rid of it!!
Thank you all again for sharing!!! Your posts have helped me understand that my instincts were right. Having this IUD has been detrimental to me. For all of you going through the crash and withdrawl - I am cheering you on! Keep pushing through Ladies! There is a light at the end of the tunnel and yourself awaits!! I am looking forward to mine!
Hanna on March 14, 2012:
Who ever just have mirena for couple months or so wait I just remove mine week ago have all of those simptoms and do next go and do more research about mirena how harmless is this I even called Bauer who makes this s.... And guess what they only take notes listen and no comments do ladies who just got mirena wait and see u will be in club too
SeannyB on March 14, 2012:
Thank god I am not alone. I've seriously been losing my mind. I had the Mirena removed about a week ago (when it half popped out?) I work up covered in my own blood and rushed off to have it removed completely. As soon as it was removed I felt a low cramp, and it was done. I was ecstatic because I'd been thinking of removing it in the first place. I've experienced migraines, low libido, mood swings, just an overwhelming feeling of "blah"...the crash has been so much worse. Just crazy insomnia, wanting to cry one minute and then feeling fine, not wanting to go anywhere, but wanting to get out of my house, serious fatigue (probably from the insomnia), over sensitivity. Like I normally love scary movies or documentaries...I can't watch either of them right now. I only want to watch light hearted things, like cartoons and shit. It's like I'm pregnant again. Ugh...I can't wait for this to be over. I have found that high doses of vitamins are helping a lot. I've been taking b-12 and iron, folic acid, and a daily vitamin every morning. I've been trying to keep myself occupied and surrounded by things I like while my body expunges itself of these nasty hormones.
Erica on March 13, 2012:
Hi ladies. I had the mirena placed in dec 06 and had it for the full 5 years. During that time I was very moody, and had numerous cysts-one of which I had surgically removed. My periods were normal, but during the last year I started having pain with intercourse. I had it removed nov 22 2011. Within a month after removal I had symptoms of a heartattack...went to the ER and was diagnosed with pluerisy. On jan 2 2012 I went back to the ER and was diagnosed with Pulmonary Embolism. In Feb 2012 I went to my internist and was diagnosed with vertigo. A week ago I woke up with a very stiff neck, went to the doctor and was diagnosed with torticollis and was put on a muscle relaxer and referred to a physical therapist. Keep in mind I am only 4 months post mirena. Has anyone experienced anything like this?
tanyem on March 12, 2012:
no one is creating panic sorry u r taking it like that ... i actually loved mine whike i had it in it wasnt til it was out that i started having problems and actually realizing how misinformed i had been ... wish u the best and hope it stays that way
kelly on March 11, 2012:
I love my Mirena... so thankful for this little piece of heaven! Just because it doesn't work for some doesn't mean for all! Sorry you had bad experience but no need to create a panic.