Symptoms and Crash After Mirena IUD Removal

The Mirena IUD causes massive physical and mental problems for many women.
The Mirena IUD causes massive physical and mental problems for many women.

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

Mirena Crash

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

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.

Suicidal Thoughts

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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nata 6 years ago

while vitamins one a day help take toxic out i've had the iud removed 3years and haven't been able to come out pregant

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IsadoraPandora 6 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I am sorry for that Nata. There are reports of people having problems conceiving after using Mirena. I do hope you are successful in conceiving soon.

lissett 6 years ago

i found this very helpful. After having my Mirena for 5 years I had it removed 9 days ago and have been feeling/experiencing all of the above... i thought i was going crazy. It's a relief to know i am not and that soon this will pass and we can start working on baby #2.

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IsadoraPandora 6 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Yea, sometimes it is helpful to see that others have been there.

I am still experiencing pretty bad side effects. Hopefully the hormone issue will resolve itself soon!

A good thing to mention is that I am losing weight rather quickly now! My acne went away as well as my splotchy complexion. My tummy isn't swollen anymore either.

If you are suffering from the same stuff as I was, you may be in your way to a better looking pregnant you!

jessielf5 6 years ago

I just had my mirena removed a couple of days ago. I had it for almost months and wondering how long will it take for my body get rid of the toxics?

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IsadoraPandora 6 years ago from Florida, PCB Author


I cannot say when you'll be back to normal. Every person is so different than the next. It has been months since mine was taken out and I am still not back to normal. I had mine in for four years though!

Maybe you will get back to normal much quicker than I.

Sam 6 years ago

Hi,I had my merina iud removed on dec. 16 had a little spotting and then on dec.18 i started bleeding until now dec.28 i'm still bleeding but not heavy bleeding. I'm not sure if it's considered my period or something else. and is this normal to keep going?

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IsadoraPandora 6 years ago from Florida, PCB Author


I cannot remember how long I bled after the removal--it was longer than a month though. I still have spotting between periods. Your symptoms sound pretty normal to me. :)

There are numerous posts of women passing huge blood clots and having scary amounts of bleeding after the removal so I think you're doing okay.

Just keep an eye out for signs of infection, smelly and oddly colored discharges, burning or other pain. A bit of cramping is normal.

If you're ever in doubt, call the E.R, Health Department or go see your doctor.

Hope this helped.


Maddys mom 6 years ago

I have had my iud out for almost 2 weeks. I feel more energized and have already lost 3 pounds, but right before having it removed i had my annual pap smear done, and got a call 2 days ago saying it came back with cervical cancer cells...has anyone heard of the iud possibly causing cervical cancer? I came back negative for HPV so im trying to rule out if the mirena might have had an effect on it

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IsadoraPandora 6 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Maddys Mom,

I am not sure if it causes cancer or not. Ever the paranoid type, I would say that it obviously didn't help prevent cancer. :|

Here are a couple links I found. I am sure there is more out there--Cancer is a "four-letter-word" in the pharmaceutical business. They would never willing tell you if something does cause cancer. They pay to get medications pushed through as quickly as possible and they hide unsavory research testing results.

This is saying that the irregular bleeding commonly experienced while on Mirena could hide your cancer symptoms. That makes sense.

I am sorry you're sick and I pray that you get better quickly.

Kim 6 years ago


I have spent most of the day on the internet reading experiences that other women have gone through from the Mirena. I can say I am not alone that is for sure. Anyway I am 48 years old, and have suffered irregular painful heavy periods, constant disabling abdominal, hip and lower back pain for years. I also have andomyosis, which is the thickening of the uterine wall which really has been causing me alot of problems. My gynaecologist told me that if I have the Mirena inserted, my symptoms will slowly get better month by month.

The Mirena was inserted on December 10,2010. It was the most excruciating thing I have ever gone through in my life. I have a high pain tolerance, but this was by far the most painful. I was told to take Advil every 3-4 hours. I could hardly walk, I had no appetite, I couldn't do anything except relax on the couch or in bed. I endured the pain for 8 days, and decided that this was just too painful and very scary. I had the Mirena taken out on Dec. 18th. I felt a bit better after it was taken out. The doctor said that the IUD must have been stuck in the muscle of my uterus, and that was why it was so painful.

From the first day the Mirena was inserted I have been bleeding, even after it was taken out. The thing is that I have been bleeding too much. I have had heavy periods before, but not like this, or clotting this bad. It is January 16,2011 and I still have my period.

I have an app. with the gyno on the 24th. She wants to try the Mirena again. I will go to the app., but there is no way I am going to go through that horror again. We will just have to go to plan two next, which will be some kind of medication.

I went through all this to get rid of some pain and have a better quality of life on an every day basis. I am disabled with Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and other illnesses besides the Andomyosis since 2003. I had hardly any mobility at the waist for many years, and was hoping the Mirena would help with some of my suffering, but it just wasn't working for me. Oh well back to the drawing board, and the waiting game again for me.

Thanks for listening.


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IsadoraPandora 6 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Hi Kim,

Have you tried herbal remedies for your uterine problems?


There may be better formulations out there than those listed on that site.

I am sorry you are suffering so much. I have cysts caused by the Mirena but nothing like you're describing. Have you thought about a partial hysterectomy?

I have Fibromyalgia and have suffered from pain and exhaustion for years. Something I have found to help is taking more than the recommended dosage of B12. I take it throughout the day (everyday). When I feel it wearing off I take another B12 pill. When I stop taking B12, my body feels run down again.

I am not a doctor so cannot tell you to try this.

I can theorize though! I think that depending on what is wrong with us, our bodies use more minerals and vitamins than what were told to take in daily. If were not taking in the needed amounts, we get very ill. We already know that processed foods are crap in nutrition so there is a loss of vitamins and minerals there as well.

I also "usually" take a lot of garlic. It is an excellent antibiotic and to an extent, a blood thinner.

I hope you find something that works for you.

Ashcord 6 years ago

I had the mirena put in after the birth of my daughter in april, 2009.

My symptoms were: dizziness, fogginess, anxiety, and some crazy insomnia.

I had the "wicked" device taken out 2 days ago. I felt awesome yesterday but today I kinda feel blah. I'm hoping that the toxic effects of the mirena go away sooner than later. I was wondering if there are body cleanses that will help? I want to go to a naturapathic doctor to get my hormones balanced. I have read several blogs where women have used a cleanse and felt better.

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IsadoraPandora 6 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I have never done a body cleanse so I cannot say if it will help or not.

One thing you really need to do is take a good multivitamin. Ask your naturopathic doctor about taking "high doses" of vitamins and minerals. Just because one person only needs a certain amount, that does not mean you or I are the same.

I am taking more than the recommended dose of vitamin B12 in order to help treat my fibromyalgia.

During times of stress and sickness we use up more minerals/vitamins--etc. than when things are "normal".

The naturopathic doctors can help you get on the right path.

Do expect to feel "blah" as there are pretty major changes going on inside of you as your body tries to heal itself.

Good luck!

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bushraismail 5 years ago from ASIA

wow, very informative. we the women should know all this and our kids and husband too... awesome.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author


Yes. It is good to know these things so we can make informed decisions on what we put in our bodies. When you lose 4 years of your life, it kind-of makes you upset at the drug companies. lol

individual 5 years ago

I was surprised to hear that so many people had difficulty with their mirena. I have had one for 3 years, and it has been the best 3 years of life with regards to hormonal stability. Since every body is different, I guess the mirena works for some and not for others. The birth control pills were what made my body go crazy. Large dose systemic hormones affecting your every organ was much more harmful to my system then the smaller localized hormones in the mirena. I have no PMS, no painful period, no weight gain. I don't plan on having mine removed soon, perhaps replaced in 2 years. I wish I had known about the mirena when I was younger instead of suffering through years of trial and error with birth control pills. But since everyone is an individual, its important to know how our body might respond differently.

DragonAngel 5 years ago

I agree with Individual. I've had the Mirena for 2 years, no pain going in or out. No weight gain or such. Now that it is out I am feeling a little blah, but that would be your bodies hormone level returning to normal, to be expected. I am sorry so many of you have had bad experiences with it. I'm trying for a second child. After that one ill probably receive the IUD again.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

There are many women that use Mirena with no noticeable side effects. If it works for you then that is great.

Good luck getting pregnant! Babies are such a blast. :-)

Karatemum 5 years ago

I had my mirena romoved 1 week ago after 2 months of being in as I just couldn't handle the depression, constant bleeding and most importantly WEIGHT GAIN!!! Still waiting for things to go back to normal....

Sasha 5 years ago

Hi! I want to thank you for this information. I'm planning to get my mirena taken out soon and I'm deathly afraid of it because the insertion was quite painful.

I never thought that my mirena was the cause of my severe acne and weight gain. I never had those problems prior to mirena and it makes perfect sense now. I've had it in for 3 years this month... Other than those issues (which are major for me) I've loved the convenience, limited periods since I had major ones prior, and of course my husband and I didn't have any surprises to add to the family.

Now to my question.... I want to switch to the pill... Would you recommend staying off of birth control (stick to condoms) and let the mirena clear out before going on the pill? Of course I'm going to talk to my doctor, I'd just like to know what actual ex-mirena users suggest.


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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Hey Sasha!

At the moment my husband and I use no form of birth control other than condoms. I have never used the Pill, only Mirena and that Birth Control Patch. The BC Patch made me bleed so badly I was "completely" covered in blood from my you-know-what to my toes.

I guess BC like that is out for us! lol

I do know that you can get pregnant pretty much as soon as Mirena is removed, so I would use some form of birth control until you figure out what you want to use regularly.

I totally agree you need to talk to your doctor about other BC options. And remember, you may or may not experience bad symptoms after having it removed. I hope you don't!

aly 5 years ago

I had the Mirena removed in September. I had spotting for a few days following the removal. In October I had what I thought to be a fairly normal cycle. November brought more spotting. In December I started bleeding on the 22nd and I am still bleeding. The last two days I have had cramping followed by extremely heavy flow, including clotting. None of the clots were bigger than golf ball size. So my question. Is it normal to experience these symptoms this long after the Mirena removal?

Jme 5 years ago

I removed mine myself monday felt amazing tues & wed yesterday and today i feel terrible pms. On a positive note I have lost 5lbs with out doing anything and my belly looks flat again. (thank god) I'm so ready to feel like myself again and enjoy sex again. :)

S symptoms this week post mirena is head ache, spotting, little breakout, blah feeling and just a little moody. Just keep telling myself it will get better!

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Edoka Writes 5 years ago

This is an eye-opening hub. Thank you for such useful information.

It's imperative to research any form of medication prior to using it; that is the only way a sound decision can be made- vitamins can even have negative side effects.

Jenni 5 years ago

I had my Mirena removed last Tuesday and I am having terrible headaches everyday... Is this a side effect too? I grazed over the comments, but as you can probably imagine my head is pounding so I am not very focussed! :(

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author


It is normal to experience some clotting after having Mirena removed. Pain that is very intense and very large clots mean you should talk to your doctor. Always remember that you now your body better than anyone--if you feel something is really wrong, call the doctor.


It will get better! I am glad your stomach is flatter. It always feels great to lose weight!


Yea, diet will play a role in how we get and absorb vitamins and minerals.

Thank you Edoka. You're right, it is important to research all medications thoroughly before use.


Yes, headaches are a common thing after having Mirena placed and removed. I had some too. A week of pounding headaches is not a good thing though. Maybe call your doctor and make sure?

shine 5 years ago

hi all! I am getting my mirena IUD out tomorrow! I had an ultra sound last week; and because of the"no periods" and the failure for my egg to release as usual, it caused me to have a cyst on each ovary. One is a complex cyst, and is big, which has caused me so much pain and cramping. I have to have surgery to get it removed! ouch! wish me the best! After all I have experienced, for the full throttle (5 years with my iud), I will never have anything inserted in my body again that shouldn't be there. Nor will I get my tubes tied! Take care and God Bless!

Gaily 5 years ago

I had my Mirena for 4.5 years. Best Birthcontrol ever! Just got mine removed 8 days ago. Not excited about having periods ever again, but it hit me 5 days after removal. I haven't felt crazy, yet. But wondering if anyone has experienced headaches after removal? That seems to be what's been going on with me.



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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author


I am sorry for all the problems Mirena has caused you. I hope once they remove the cyst/s that you can get back to normal quickly!


I had headaches after removal. They should pass once your hormones level out. Just keep in touch with your doctor if they don't go away or get bad.

Alzena 5 years ago

I just got my Mirana tooken out 2 days ago. I experiencing a heavy period. While on the Mirana I gained 100 pounds. I wan't to know will i loose weight now that I had it removed?

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author


Some people begin losing weight nearly instantly. I did.

BUT my weight loss slowly petered off. It wasn't until this warm weather were having that I was able to start my usual outdoor activities started taking off the inches.

Keep in mind, the entire time I had Mirena I was working like a dog, hauling loads of rock and digging ponds with a shovel! Didn't lose weight at all.

After Mirena was taken out,

Just one week of moderate clearing a chicken coop of weeds/old fencing took an inch off my waist.

So my body is getting back to its normal self. Thank God!

I think maybe you will be the same. I cannot say for sure though.

I have still got 25 pounds to lose before I am back to a size 4 so here's hoping!

Mayflowers 5 years ago

I am 24 years old. I had my baby girl March 09 at my six week appointment I had the mirena IUD placed. I had it removed in January 2011 TTC. I had light bleeding as well as clots being passed. The last week of January I had no bleeding. February 1, I started what I think was my period lasted 4 or 5 days. It is now march 4 I've had no period. My boobs are sore and full I feel bloated and I can't sleep at night. I am making frequent trips to the bathroom as well as being constipated and feeling queezy at times. ( basically I feel pregnant ) I have taken at least 4 at home pregnancy tests all resulting in negatives. Anyone out there have anything similar? Were you pregnant or was it just mirena removal side effects?

sdreed76 5 years ago

I had my iud removed Friday 3/4/11, I had it in for a year and a half, prior to that I had tried depo. This was the worst year and a half ever. I never realized all that I was feeling was contributed to that iud. I had lost some weight before the iud but since then the lethargy has helped me gain almost all of it back plus added a poofyness to my stomach that was not there before. I had terrible mood swings, anxiety and depression. I also gained acne, I am almost 35 years old and was fighting the worst acne ever. My mood swings were so violent, I got frightened, I could feel the anger burning behind my eyes. I have never been that way before. 8 months in I broke my ankle and had to have surgery and was in a cast for 2 months, I was spiriling downhill and when I finally could get up, I didn't want to.

I couldn't tolerate caffeine (I don't drink it anyway, but occasionally would have a rootbeer with it in it.)

I had acid reflux, lower back pain and hair growing on my chin faster than I could pluck it. Not to mention the bleeding every two weeks and w/ intercourse.

The day I got it out I had a cold virus starting so I have been ill the past several days, but today has been the worst physically. I have bled as much as I did post-partum w/ all three of my girls. I have bled heavily and had severe back cramps. They have subsided this evening and I actually feel human again. No more daily headaches and I haven't had a mood swing since Friday.

I never looked up side effects before I got this placed, but this was awful and I can't believe that doctors recommend it at all. Here's to detox, hoping it is fast and getting back to the me I liked.

Karen 5 years ago

I've had a Mirena for about 2 years - not for birth control purposes but for heavy menstual bleeding. I have not bled at all since insertion - which is marvellous - and have not experienced any pain. However, I recently started experiencing major hair loss - had a battery of blood tests - all came back normal, so I started investigating other reasons. Hair loss features time and time again as a side-effect of the Mirena! In addition, I've discovered other possible "side-effects" which I didn't even consider! I've been on and off medication - Roaccutane and antibiotics for acne (I'm 44 years old!) I'm battling to lose the weight which just keeps creeping up, despite at least 4 to 5 one hour sessions in the gym a week and a healthy diet. I've also been suffering from extreme fatigue which I've put down to stress and anxiety, and doubled up on vitamins! Now, when I read all the comments on this and other blogs, it seems pretty clear that it may well be the Mirena causing all the problems. I'm going to speak to my gynae to have it removed - even though I can't stand the thought of reverting to the heavy menstrual bleeding.

rebekah_o 5 years ago

I just had it taken out a few days ago, and so far I feel amazing. I had it in for 5 years with all the above mentioned side effects, some came and went (such as bloating and ovarian cysts, yeast infections, and BV), and some stopped (such as hair loss). Some got worse (such as facial hair growth). I also have been having problems with very low potassium levels (which I read can be caused by this synthetic hormone) and also had to have my gall bladder removed (which although no doctor will ever admit is caused by the Mirena, I fully believe it was. Interestingly, in Canada, there was a class action lawsuit against Yaz and Yazmin which caused gall bladder problems and heart problems.) So anyway, it's out, and I feel great with my choice of a non-hormonal birth control (diaphragm) although I haven't used it yet because I'm still bleeding and a little crampy. My question is this.... did anyone who experienced an increase in facial hair growth while using the Mirena see a decrease once the Mirena was removed? I'm hoping this will stop eventually... it's causing breakouts and redness all on my chin and jawline... SO not cute. I mean, I pluck about 3 hairs every day, wtf?!?!?!?!

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I must admit to having facial hair problems while on Mirena, lol. It IS getting better though. I'm sorry about your gall bladder.

doodlebop 5 years ago

I wish someone had told me what I was in for when I got an IUD: weight gain, facial hair, pimples (bad ones), etc. While I did love the Mirena for no periods, I'm not sure that coming off of it is worth it. I have had it for 18mos. and had it taken out a few days ago. I'm having horrible headaches, and serious bleeding clotting. I called my Dr. and her nurse said to take a prego test to see if I was prego. haven't done that yet but I don't think I was. I'm so moody my husband can't stand me and I'm paranoid of stupid things. I'm not sure I will go this route again.:(

jess 5 years ago

I had my iud in for a year and a half, I decided to get it taken out due to terrible acne (which has never been an issue) and terrible mood swings. I had my iud removed 2 weeks acne got worse, but is now getting better. The BIG thing is my mood swings have gotten worse..I feel like I'm going crazy, crying one minute screaming the next..I do not see the light at the end of the tunnel..just hoping someone can relate and reassure me that this will enddd.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

That is normal, at least it was for me. I don't care what people say, that Mirena was pumping more than a little hormones into my system and then to just take it out can make you go a little crazy. It takes time to get back to normal but don't worry, you will. If you're ever in real doubt or feel like you may harm yourself or others, you need to talk to someone ASAP!

jess 5 years ago helps to know that I'm not the only one this has happened to..hopefully my hormones will be back to normal soon.

Lynn 5 years ago

Had the evil plastic device removed last friday. I have yet to experience the bleeding and clots and after reading the posts i live in fear of my period. Mood swings and uncontrolable tears seem to happen to me daily. I am apathetic to almost everything lately and my back pain is almost unbearable. I am scheduling an accupuncture appointment for Friday and hope that it will help with the mood swings and tears. I think I will also begin vitamins right now as this may help my energy and outlook. I found a new doctor who listened and didn't question my decision and also is having tests run on my adrenal gland function. Never being able to lose the last ten pounds regardless of the hours at the gym and running and swimming and biking. I am hoping the Mirena being out will change so much of my aspect.

Rebekah 5 years ago

Well it's been almost a month since I've had mine out, and I feel better than I have felt in my whole life. I did not experience any mood crash, although I was so worried I was going to. Instead, I experienced more of a natural high. My sex drive has been at an all-time high this whole month, and I feel like a woman again for the first time in 5 yrs (since b4 I had it put it). In fact, I just started my first normal period in over 5 yrs, cramps and everything, and I'm excited about it! Something about having a cycle and being fertile makes me feel so much better. Acne is gone, but I'm still plucking those damn wiskers out of my chin. But the bloating has diminished for the most part, and I've had no more cramps in my legs, so I'm assuming my potassium levels have returned to normal. Hang in there, ladies... we will all be just fine... and don't forget to spread the word about this horrible device!!!!

Tetha 5 years ago

ive been so double minded about getting mine out - got my IUD put in in 2008 and for some reason lately ive just been uncomfortable with this foreign object in my body! and after reading all these views, ive made up my mind to get it out as soon as possible! so thank you to everyone for sharing this

Britt 5 years ago

I had my Mirena for two years. That was two years of bleeding, extra birth control and crazy hormones. I had that little devil removed this morning. I have experienced a decrease in appetite and did have a killer migraine - luckily maximum strength Pamprin is a great friend!! I stopped bleeding today as well. Used two tampons today just in case and both came out clean. I'm so relieved to not have this dark cloud over my head any longer due to the fact I will be getting married in October and do not relish the idea of bleeding throughout my wedding and honeymoon. I asked the doctor today after the removal what had caused my months/years of bleeding. He said it could have been an erosion in my cervix, however, since that was not the case he finally admitted that the Mirena had become the issue to my never ending periods. I'm looking forward to not being tired constantly, staying warm more often, having healthier hair, and losing weight. :) I will take detox over that toxic plastic any day of the week. Bring on the crash.

P.S. I will be 22 on Friday!!!

sacha 5 years ago

I had mirena for 4 years. just got it out and feel pretty crappy and sad and horny and tired. yuck. it's been 3 weeks and hoping it gets better.

Kim 5 years ago

Thank you for this blog! I wish I had known all this before I got an IUD. At least I got it out when I did. But since I have had it removed three weeks ago, I have been completely exhausted. I sleep 12-14 hours a day and have trouble finishing my workouts, or even walking the dog some days.

I have a great book that has shed a lot of light on my hormone problems, and given a lot of good information on supplements and foods to eat to balance hormones. It is called Sexy Hormones, by Lorna Vanderhaeghe. I would highly recommend it to anyone going through the Mirena Crash.

melodawn 5 years ago

I had my mirena removed6 days ago. I was already super depressed because of the weight gain. I had been laid off and spent 2 hours a day doing cardio at the gym and still couldn't drop a pound and in fact gained weight, over the course of two months before having my thyroid checked and surprise I have thyroid disease. Since taking mirena out I've felt better and dropped 4 lbs w no effort but I'm a raging mess. I've tried to break up w my boyfriend daily and fight w him constantly. I have no period yet not even cramps but man I want one so I can get over this already. I have felt suicidal and now when I drink I get waaay drunk. I've decided drinking isn't a way to self medicate this condition. I've had an easier time focusing but one argument can leave me in bed for the rest of the day when I should be getting a job. Thank you for this site. I'm terrified of my next period but man I wish it would just happen already. I haven't had a period in 5 years and I'm scared.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Don't be scared. Your period may just come on very easily with no pain. Make sure you have some good pain killers at hand just in case. If you ever feel something isn't right, like you're bleeding too much or passing too large clots, just get to the Dr. You may need to see about some sort of hormone therapy if you don't get better. Maybe it can help ease you off the Mirena instead of cold turkey?

Julie 5 years ago

Sorry for the mistakes I will make, I speak french. I had my IUD removed 3 months ago and I think the crash just started last week. I feel depressed. I don't smile anymore and I'am full of pimples around the chin. I just wonder how long this will last. I was expecting the mood swing during the first month not the third after removal. What do you think about it???

Fer 5 years ago

Hello... I had the Mirena removed 23 days ago, but was expecting my period 11 days ago.

I suppose I'm still in "detox", but had unprotected sex and worried about a pregnancy.

I've always been very regular (with and without Mirena), and now with still no period don't know what to think....

Can someone tell me if I should be worrying?

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I would take a pregnancy test to be sure. Next time you have sex, try and use a condom because you probably don't want to get pregnant right after having Mirena removed.

Good luck and let us know!

Fer 5 years ago

Today I got my period!!!

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Awesome! Your period is just a bit messed up, thankfully! I had two last month and haven't had one this month. Its scary but what are you gonna do?


The pimples should get better over time. I use alcohol, lavender oil and tea tree oil to combat mine. The mood swings should get better too. :)

melodawn 5 years ago

2 weeks tomorrow, still no period

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I'll keep praying that you get it.

Jenn Teas 5 years ago

I thought I was dying...... I had mine taken out over 2 weeks ago. It has been hell. I have been sick, tired, headaches, sore boobs, depressed, violent mood swings, tummy pain, exhuasted even after sleeping for 12 hours.The doctor who removed mine never said a word about these horrible side effects. I even at one point got so angry that I told my poor husband that I wanted a divorce. I started looking on google for side effects of removal, and WOW, exactly what I have been dealing with. I am getting better, but not completley, we were planning to have a baby, but with these horrific side effects I had to go on birthcontrol to try to balance these messed up hormones. Has anyone expierianced these long lasting side effects?

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I have been having trouble with my periods. Two in one month and none to almost none in others. Pretty weak this month from it. I think the weakness is low iron. My skin is getting better but I till have problems. :(

Emz  5 years ago

I have had the IUD for over 3 years. I decided it would be the best form of bc after i had my daughter at 20. Prior to mirena i was healthy.I bled &for 10 months after insertion, gained 30 lbs which has made me very depressed ( i work out daily and eat healthy to little or no avail. I also has ovarian cysts twice and recurring bacterial vaginosis. I had enough and on two occasions the doctors tried to remove my luck. The US showed its still there, but the string is gone and the iud has nested into my uterine wall. I started to have abnormal bleeding again, pain, and scheduled for a gynecologist to remove it. I want it out NOW!

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

That is terrible!!

I hope they can remove it quickly and you heal up fast. I will be praying for you!

AProudMomma 5 years ago

The Mirena was a nightmare, and it has all but destroyed the past two years of my life. I'm in the middle of my second detox to try to get all of the poison out of my body. I tested postive for silicone poisoning AND my hormones were destroyed. I have also written a blog that follows my experiences, and I continue writing in it to this day. I can't WAIT until there is a lawsuit. I'm so ready.

My blog is www(dot)mylifeaftermirena(dot)blogspot(dot)com

It has been eight months since I had it removed. I had a crash at two weeks, and then another one at three months after removal. I'm again having a difficult time at 8 months after. It's so frustrating how you think you are doing so well, and then regress back. I sure wish I could find more posts from women who say that they were bad and then got back to 100%. You just don't seem to find those.

My prayers are with you all. That thing is the devil and needs to be taken off of the market immediately.


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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I haven't found those posts either. I worry about the long-term effect it is having on us all. I'm sorry you're having so many problems still. I know it has messed up my ability to control my anxiety and emotions.

I used to be the most docile person in the world. I was feeling so good after I had Boo--up until they placed the Mirena. Its like healing stopped and I turned into a short tempered butt munch. :( I feel just terrible when I think about it. I pray you all get back to normal. XoXooooo

melodawn 5 years ago

Got my period 2 weeks after removal for half a slim tampon.9 days later I'm doing supers every hour. It's brutal. Sorry for the specs

melodawn 5 years ago

Also I've been diagnosed with thyroid disease. While on mirena my tsh came out low like I had hyperthyroidism.10 mins after I had my iud removed my tsh shot to 5. And I've gained 30lbs so 4 weeks later after a thyroid ultrasound where they found a module it could be much higher.

bobbie jo 5 years ago

so I had the Iud for 2 and a half years and I had my iud removed in feb on the 21 of 2011 I had a 3 day period after removal and then I had the crash with the anxiety and the panic attacks and just a general feeling of hopelessnes. I did not notice the hair loss because my hair is so thick i would not be able to tell my problem is i got the depo the same day I got the iud out and I started to feel pregnant i took a test with extreem fear that it would come out positive because I already have three children and with my last one I had severe panic attacks because my body created to much hormones and I had a severe imbalence some of the side effects with mirana are infertility and back and hip pain headaches mood swings and many many more which I have had all the above mentioned plus more what I want to know is my test came out neg but did anyone else end up being pregnant after removeal and have neg test results is this normal.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Pregnancy tests didn't work for me. I had to have blood drawn to get my positive reading. This had nothing to do with Mirena though. It could be caused by Mirena or you might be pregnant. I would wait a while longer and take another test. If you really need to know, go to the Dr and they can draw blood.

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howcurecancer 5 years ago

This is new to me! Great hub.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Thanks! I've learned a lot from people posting questions.

chell 5 years ago

I had my iud for 5 years and had no complications. I recently had it removed (3/31/11) and have been feeling really down. The moment it came out I felt real sad and overwhelmed. I started what I believe was my period the next day, everything seemed fine. I noticed that I started feeling sad all the time and was crying a lot. I even went as far as shuting out my family. My husband and kids are the only ones I am willing to talk to. The doctor put me on the pill (errin) but my husband and I decided we wanted to try and get pregnant one more time so I stopped taking the pill. On the 22nd of this month I got my period again and it was bad. Real heaving and painful. I had all kinds of rage that I couldn't explain. Has anyone else experienced two periods in one month? Is it normal? I wish I knew the side effects of taking this thing out before I had it put in. This depression sucks. I'm slowly starting to feel myself again.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I had two periods I think last month or the month before. The next month my period came right at the end of the month. I thought I was pregnant it was so late and I was quite nauseous throughout the month. It will probably be a while before you're feeling really well. Its good that you know what to expect--it can really help you cope.

chell 5 years ago

I just researched the side effects today. I thought I was going crazy. I didn't understand why I was depressed all of a sudden. I read on one site some women have had the iud out for years and still can't get pregnant. That scares the crap out of me :(

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I have read women having problems with conceiving as well. Since you had it taken out recently, I wouldn't worry much yet. Stress over stuff can hinder healing. I have read many women getting pregnant after Mirena too. :)

I wouldn't try to get pregnant yet either--give your body time to heal. I read a bit somewhere about possible miscarriages when women got pregnant too soon after having Mirena removed. Definitely use some sort of birth control.

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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Awesome article which is well shared for all understanding,thanks for sharing.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Thank you very much Sun Girl!

Nikki 5 years ago

I had Mirena inserted in 2009, at the time it seemed like a no brainer. I could not regret it more. I had horrible aches and pains everywhere, especially in my upper back and hips, along with awful headaches and terrible mood swings, not too mention deep fatigue. And as bad as all that was the 30 lbs i gained was almost the worst of it.I had my suspicions so i did some research and found a hub similar to this with lots of women experiencing the same problems because of Mirena. I was floored. So I go that thing removed ASAP. My aches and pains and knots in my back were better before I even left the doctors office, leaving me very hopeful. All told I only had the Mirena for about 7 months. Well, over the last couple of years my general health has been on a steady decline, still fatigued, nasty headaches, gall bladder problems, emotional. anxiety attacks, heart palp, chest pains and more. Not to mention that I stopped nursing my daughter 1 1/2 years ago and i still have milk. And I can't lose weight no matter what I do, in fact I still keep gaining. My thought is that Mirena threw my hormones permanently out of whack. I'm going to the doc today to talk to her about all my symptoms and i'm actually praying that they find and imbalance, even if it means a tumor on my pituitary, at least i'll have an answer. I can't be certain that Mirena it the cause, but i know I didn't have these problems before it.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I'm afraid we are just beginning to see how detrimental Mirena is to long term health. I have done a complete turn around with my family's life. We are going as organic as we can and I am using food and herbs as our medicine. Its hard when you're just starting out but eating closer to they way God intended has to have good results for our bodies. I hope they find a simple solution to your problems.

Kerry Ellen 5 years ago

My doctor convinced me to try Mirena due to having severe Pmdd. one month into it I begged to have the thing taken out. I had no sex drive and always light headed. also had fatigue. Felt alright after removal and had very light period. Following month had constipation, severe back pain, and period only lasted two days. Now this month nausea, constipation, and fatigue. Not pregnant and period is due to come in one week. Even though I had it in for one month could the Mirena still be screwing up hormones two months later???

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I'm not sure. Some of your symptoms match Pmdd so it may be that causing most of these issues. I wouldn't put it past the Mirena to aggravate it though.

kerry ellen 5 years ago

Thanks so much. It seems my period struggles to arrive since having the Mirena. I hope it comes soon and is regular. I have been so nauseated and feel yucky. I will never let any form of birth control enter my body again. god made us a certain way for a reason why go against it.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I totally agree!

ouch 5 years ago

thank you for this post IsadoraPandora! i feel like such an alarmist at times, but now i can show my hubs this and he can see i'm not crying wolf. i am bleeding so much after 4 days of my removal. there's also this heavy slight burning feeling inside my lower belly. anyone else feel that?

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I did feel burning but I think it went away after a couple of days. Its been a while since mine was taken out so I forget some symptoms, lol. And you're not being an alarmist! That thing was/is evil.

Hunnibutt 5 years ago

I had my Mirena for five years thinking that I had no problems with it. But last week I made an appt to get it removed and a new one put in and decided to go online to look at info on loss of sex drive. OMG, these women sounded just like me! It never occurred to me that my problems could be connected to my IUD. Even after going to my doctor about weight gain and loss of sex drive, she never mentioned the Mirena as a possible culprit. And this puffy belly thing has been an issue for me for a couple years now. I just chalked it up to getting older!

After much thinking, I changed the appointment to just a removal. It has been 4 days now and I have started to bleed and already feel better. I can suck my stomach in and my pants are looser around my belly. I also have renewed interest in my hubby (who has been suffering as well with no intimacy). I am angry at myself for not knowing sooner, and a little mad at my doctor for putting me through every other test known to man, and never considering the IUD. Even the day she took it out, she told me she did not "buy" that the IUD is my problem. I currently do not have any mood swings, just cramping and I have been feeling fevered off and on and I attribute that to hormones going nuts right now. But I truly feel different, in a good way. I am so excited to think that I can start loosing weight again and hope that I continue to feel more "sexy" and sexual. Thanks for having a forum for people to share their experiences...I am back on track and free from my torture device.

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I am glad you're getting your body back on track! I agree, lack of sex drive is a terrible thing. It makes you and your husband feel bad. Anger at your doctor is normal--many doctors have financial incentives to prescribe all sorts of terrible medications and there are some that are just as fooled as their patients.


While I was in Florida (quite a while after having Mirena removed) I had the exact symptoms as you described. Even down to weight gain, discharge and "looking pregnant". It turned out I wasn't pregnant. You might want to wait a few months before getting pregnant so your body can heal up a bit. Good luck!

Marissa 5 years ago

Thanks!! Well i just got my monthly demon, but its too early and all morning i been having a pain in my side... Do u think it could have been a miscarriage? I don't know what to think I just knew I was pregnant but maybe it was just side effect and I didn't just have a miscarriage... Thank you for replying though, I love this site I have been searching for some time now for someone who could relate and give me some advice!! I'm sure you will be hearing from me again lol

Carrie  5 years ago

I just had mine out the begining of may end of April and i have been fine , except for today i started having my period last night and this morning i woke up feeling like the life was vbeing sucked out of me. I am extremly weak, fatigued , dizzy, lightheaded. Omg It is awful ! I have noticed since i have had it out i have had these dull cramps almost like my uterus is contracting , my stomach isn't swollen anymore and im dropping weight rapidly cause i had the Mirena for 4 1/2 years and i just couldn't do it anymore. My face stayed broke out the first year i stayed tired 24/7 and kept gaining weight no matter what i did ! What really made me mad is the doctor's swear there is no side effects i call B.S. !!! Every girl i know has ended up with issues from it ! Just glad it's out and want this hormone crash to get over with !

Carrie  5 years ago

Also let me not forget that last night for no apparent reason my legs and feet started itching something fierce like i was having an allergic reaction to something , took some benadryl an it finally subsided but dear lord it was awful and completely random, sure it has something to do with the hormones coming out of my body not to mention one minute im hot and the next im cold. definetly feels like im detoxing from something !

Marissa 5 years ago

Carrie- I know what u mean, the doc tried telling me I was crazy pretty much said I had some kind of internet syndrom!! I said well what's CRAZY is I had all these symtoms before which is why I went digging on the internet to begin with. I had all the symtoms u did! Also had mine removed around the same time and my face and everything has cleared dramatically!! But what's messed up about my story is, I went to the E.R cause I dont have a doc here I had mine put in in another state but the doc at the E.R refused to remove it at first cause I'm only 19!! Thankfully she did after she got to know a little about me and my fiancé and realized I'm not some immature teenager I guess... I think it is wrong for doc to refuse to remove something that u dont want in your body though I mean it your body and you're the one that has to live with the consequences if u get pregnant you know... I am just glad to finally have that thing out of me though!! Good luck to you!!

Carrie  5 years ago

Oh i understand completely the doctor tried telling me that it didn't have ANY symptoms at all and it is all concentrated to your uterus BULLSHIT ! She was very pro IUD !! She had the NERVE to tell me "you cant blame the IUD for what your doing in your own life" when i got my iud i was 185 pounds which is good for my height and stature plus im not one of them girls that strives to be thin at all , but since i have had the iud i just kept gradyally gaining and alot of it was water . when i weighed myself and came out at 296 i was like "no more" it has got to come out ! nothing worked at all working out dieting , and i have had to worout and diet my whole life so it sint like i dont know how to do it, i even took the enphedadrin(however you spell it) pill and that wouldn't even work ! I took that sam e pill a year before i got preg and diet and exercise and dropped all kinds of weight so i know it works but the iud tricks your body into thinking your preg. so nothing will work ! It['s awful and if there gonna put those in peoples bodies they ned to be honest about what could happen ! My doctor said the same thing that "going on the internet is the worse thing you can do " i told her Apparently not cause there apparently is hundreds or thousands of women exp. the same thing i am . sorry but the IUD is the common denominator ! she took it out and i swear i will never go back to her, if you cant be honest about that i dont trust you with my health from taht pointe forward!

carrie  5 years ago

Oppps ...sorry for the mispelled words my hands get to outdoing my brain LOL !! Not to mention while i had the iud my legs kept swelling and they had abs. no clue why which was just crazy, my B vitamins were a lil on the low side so i have started taking a suppliment but if i failed to take the suppliment they would swell like a sinking ship since it has been out my legs have deflated and went abck to normal and i ahvent taking the B suppliment and NO PROBLEMS now ! Thank you marissa glad to know im not alone :-)

Marissa 5 years ago

I completely agree!! Its not right to put something in someones body and lead them to believe there is NO side effect!! Especially when u point them out to the doc and they deny it! There is no way this many woman plus some have all the same problems with the same device in their body and it not be the problem... Dont get me wrong I loved having my IUD for the first year up until I FINALLY PUT 2&2 TOGETHER & realized the IUD was the reason for all my problems. Ive never had bad acne maybe one or two here and there but not 10-12 spread over my face and I was 118lbs after I had my son but once I got the IUD it went up to 134! My weight has always went up and down between 5-7lbs but never like that! I also could not get it off no matter what I tried and I'm very short so 134 is alot for me but 118 is the perfect weight for my height... I'm so happy I got that thing out of me though! Since then my face has cleared almost completely and its only been about 3wks since I had it removed and my weight is slowly coming off I'm down to 127. I was also a MAJOR BITCH while I had the IUD like I was PMS constanly so I can't wait to get back to my normal self and to get to know my own body again!! Well I appreciate the thank you but IsadoraPandora deserves all the thanks if it wernt for her creating this we would all still be confused... I am so happy I ran across this site finally where woman are relating to my situation and all seem friendly and willing to share! THANK YOU ALL!!!

Michelle 5 years ago

Thank Goodness I have found this site! Thank you so much! I removed my mirena coil this evening. No pain at all. I have gained so much weight and knew it had to be caused by this thing! It was really making me depressed because no amount of exercise helped. In fact, I gained. Something was just telling me tonight that I had to get this thing out of my body NOW. This site has enabled me to know what to expect over the coming days. Thank you!

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

You're welcome! I have lost 13 pounds since having it taken out. I am very close to my pre-pregnancy weight! Good luck to you and I hope everything turns out great.

maria 5 years ago

I had the mirena for 18 months. And just got it out 5 days ago. I feel wonderful now! I had lots of mirena side effects~ horrible acne, horrible dry hair, headaches, yeast infection, moodiness, loss of sex drive. Since removal, everything is back to normal! No more greasy face! :) I was on my period day 2 when mirena was removed,and started yasmin that same day,I spotted for a few days after removal(prob period) very light flow though,and me and my hub have been having unprotected sex. I'm afraid now I might be preg. My doc told me to use condoms because I could be ovulating,but we didn't. I've had little cramping since removal,and I really don't know if I have the mood swings since removal! I have 4,5,and 6 year old boys,so my moodiness could be normal! :) I love this site! Thank you for letting me post my experiences with mirend!

Jennifer 5 years ago

Had an IUD inserted in August 2010--since then have gained 15-20 pounds. Started working out 4X/week and doing Weight Watchers--cannot lose this weight. I had the IUD removed yesterday, hopefully I'll see a turn around soon. I will never, ever have an IUD again.

Jennifer 5 years ago

I am now 4 days post Mirena removal. So far my face has cleared up dramatically, the dandruff issue is getting better and I have already lost the bloated feeling/look around my stomach. Looking forward to finally being able to lose this weight. I am telling all my girlfriends about the IUD and hope they don't make the same mistake I did.

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Baronetta 5 years ago

I have been researching all afternoon and i am sold for having my iud removed. when i first got it after my third child the following week of having it inserted I had REALlY AWFUL migraines and nausea i had to have my neighbor drive me and my kids to the hospital. i mentioned that i had just had the iud inserted the following week and the er didn't seem to think it could be related. i also had a fever of 104. i was 29yrs old. I have had the iud in for 2 yrs and i've notice unnormal weight gain of about 20lbs and i am an acitve person so getting the plump waist and hips was a little out of norm. my hub really liked it, but all the crap i've feeling has got to be the result to mirena. check out the mirena website(mirena research and side effects) i learned that it really effects your potassium levels and magnesium and throughs alot of things out of whack with create more problems like constipation and retaining

water. they recommended mutivatims as well. i'm glad i found this site. it's given me courage and great insight. goodluck to all the ladies and their families dealing with the side effects of being on and coming off mirena. wish me luck i have a smooth detox. i've only had it in for 2yrs.... :)

cindi 5 years ago

After having my IUD for two years and getting it removed a month ago I too went threw many of the symptoms explained, as well as the Dr telling me that my symptoms were not related to the IUD but to my life style. I put my self on a strenuous exercise routine and really watched what I ate and hardly had any results after six months on top of major mood swings, I had mine removed and the pounds started melting off of me in the first two weeks although I still have not had a period and am feeling symptoms of pregnancy with no positive home test three to be exact. After the removal I took it upon myself to start taking a folic acid supplement in the case of pregnancy, I have done my research and fear a chance of ectopic and after reading your page have decided to make an appointment to get tested thanks for the advice!

Brit 5 years ago

So, I just had my mirena moved almost 3 weeks ago. I thought I was doing fine! Never felt better, but these last couple of days I have felt sick to my stomach, my stomach has swollen. It doesn't actually "hurt" just feels bloated, but looks like I am 5 months pregnant! Is this part of the "crash"? Should I go to the doctor? I'm starting to believe Mirena wasn't as good as I thought it was!

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

It could be the hormones. Mine went down after I had it removed. I would call your doctor and ask, just in case.

melody 5 years ago

HI I got my merina IUD removed may 16 i had it in for alost two months maybe less while on it i had no bleeding but 2 days after removal i had a normal period that lasted five days my husband and I right away started TTC#1 cuz doc said it would be ok well i have yet to get another period since then i started getting pregnancy like symptoms 2 weeks after my last period since then they have gotten more frequent and intense i have had of and on cramping and feeling bloated but since 2 weeks ago i also now have nausia, my breast feel heavy and ache i have a heavy feeling in my uterus i have taken 2 HPT test the first one i took it 2 weeks after last period and the other one at 3 weeks both were neg. im scared to take another test its very upsetting to see a neg. plus in my last pregnancy i didn't get a positive till after 10 weeks but it ended in m/c 2 weeks later i called doc she said it is normal but idk y my syptoms are increasing idk how long to wait i wish i could get my period already so we can TTC should i wait to test at what would be 10 weeks pregnant or take a hpt test now?

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I would go to your doctor or the health department for a blood test. My pregnancy HPT came up negative--they confirmed I was pregnant at the doctor's office through bloodwork.

melody 5 years ago

@isadorapandora yeah i will call and make an appointment i will post update after whatever the outcome thanx =)

Worried Hubby 5 years ago

I am doing some research for my wife. She just got her Mirena IUS out two and a half to three days ago. I was the one who removed it because we don't have insurance, and we believe her body was trying to expell it anyways. This beliefe was because the strings were very close to hanging out, and She didn't feel a thing when it came out. She has been suffering most of the common side effects associated with Mirena for awhile now.10 minutes after removal, she felt much better, and was actually up, about and happier than she had been in a long time. An hour later the nausia was back, and she spent the rest of the day in bed. At around the 22-23 hour mark, she was up again, able to eat solid food and feeling great. Then she developed some chest pain, and has been laying down. With the chest pain she has a very mild head-ache. Along with the nausia, and now with the head-ache, she has also suffered from hot and cold flashes. When we took her temp this time it was down to 97.8. Not bad, but deffinately something we are watching, though the night before when we check it was 98.4. Has anyone else had similer symptoms right after removing the Mirena monster? She was just starting her period when the IUS was removed. Could that be having an effect? I have checked numerous boards and found many of her symptoms listed before removal, and seen only one or two posts that indicated they may have possably had them after. If we are able, we will be going to a doctor tomorrow, but with us both being unemployed money is very tight. Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I would go the health department or a hospital and then just send them $10.00 a month until the bill is paid.

The health department should go on a sliding scale and that means you might not have to pay for anything.

I had chest pains but I am pretty sure I had those before I ever got Mirena. Chest pains worry me. If at all possible, please go to the hospital. You shouldn't have to pay anything to get checked out.

Private hospitals can turn you away but not community hospitals. I think they are called community hospitals.

Good luck!!!

Janae 5 years ago

I had my Mirena removed 11 days ago. I wasn't even aware of the impending "crash", and then right on cue, a few days after removal began the feeling "weird", the anxiety, the crying, and for the last 3 days, incredible drowsiness. Can't wait til this hell is over.

I had it in 4 months but got sick of the weight gain, breaking out, and bleeding gums.

jamie 5 years ago

I had my mirena removed on June 9

nelle 5 years ago

Oh my gosh. I'm soooo glad I found this page. I too was experiencing something out of the ordinary which made me go searching.

I had my Mirena inserted June 2006 and kept it in all five years. My doctor had mentioned slight weight gain was a possibility, but when I gained 40 lbs the first year, I figured it was stress related. Now, after five years and a total of 60-70 lb weight gain, I'm starting to wonder. I had my IUD removed 15 days ago, and the weight is starting to come off, my food cravings are just generally calming down. I've always had a bit of acne, but the acne I've experience the past five years HURTS!!! I also, like someone else posted, experienced an increase in facial hair growth on my chin. In fact, I started wondering when I first noticed the chin hair. I definitely couldn't remember experiencing it in college, or even before the birth of my kids. It sort of clicked! The last five years!

Anyway, while it was nice not having periods the past 4-5 years, it was not worth the weight gain, facial hair, acne, and even the decreased sex drive. I'm a somewhat sexual person, so I didn't lose it completely, but my sex drive this past week has been INCREDIBLE! lol.

So what made me search post-Mirena side effects tonight was an almost debilitating bout of depression today. I was feeling like I was completely alone in the world and that not a soul could care about me and didn't want to do anything other than ignore my kids, lay down, and cry. Then I realized my "mental well being" had been slightly off the past two or three days. So I put out an SOS to my best friend and then started searching. I just had a hunch that it was related to my body trying to rebalance my natural hormones.

You all have made me realize that I'm not crazy, and not alone.

Also, my BFF called and we had a wonderful chat, and I'm feeling like now I know to monitor myself the next few days for this crash and that I should call her if I feel down again so that she can help me laugh. I have always had a feeling that healthy women shouldn't be adding synthetic hormones to their bodies, and this sort of confirms it. I'm glad I chose not to go back on any kind of BC after this. I think synthetic hormones probably have their place in the medical field and probably can help some women who need them for a medical reason other than BC, but maybe we need to think about placing an emphasis on non-hormonal BC.

nelle 5 years ago

Oh, I forgot to say that while my dr. told me it could be up to three months until my period came back, I got it like two days later. Heavier bleeding than before Mireana, lots of bigger clots, but it only lasted like 7 days and I think my regular cycle is kicking back in. I'm hoping that because I was practically textbook normal before mirena, that i'll get back to mostly normal fairly soon!

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Baronetta 5 years ago

I am wondering what you people think of tying tubes for a birth control method. I am seriously considering since i really don't want any more children. (i have three already) Do you know of any side effects of a website to get better info? thx

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Here's a link to a few things about it. There are probably better sites out there. I'm working so can't really search them out for you.

Good luck!!

mell 5 years ago

HI ladys I had my IUD 4 1/2 year really with out any problems A few months ago I started having bad pain I mean pain were I could not move or stop crying would last for an hour or two I could only decribe to as labor pains and I have went through this at least one or two times a month for the last 4 or 5 months just wondering if any one ever had this problem I did go get the IUD out on monday thought it just needed to come out Im feeling ok just a little cramping


Nicole 5 years ago

Ive had the iud for 4 1/2 years now and all up intill 2 months ago ive been great but now its like im having all the same symptoms i had when i was prego with my two children i have now.Is it possible to get pregnant after having the iud for almost 5 years????

Angel 5 years ago

I pulled mine out about a week ago cuz I was having massive labor like cramps the last time I had those it had fallen out. Well past few days I have been lightly bleeding. And some cramps and headache and lower back and tummy tenderness. I called me OBGYN after I pulled it out and they said it was okay. I just want to know if these symptoms are normal and how long do they last??

KATE 5 years ago


I had my Mirena removed 2 months ago after having it in for 4 years. It was great although I did gain weight but only about 5kg. I was happy because I had very bad period pains which were gone due to the fact that I didn't have periods. Anyway to cut a long story short I'm having all the bad effects now! I have really bad mood swings and am feeling very sorry for myself. My husband and girls have had it with me. I wake up at night sweating and have to undress to cool myself down. I have poly-cystitis but my periods used to run like clock work before the Mirena however now they 10 - 15 days late! Not sure what is going on with me and need this sorted out. I phoned the gynie and he said he does know what to say or how long this is going to last! He sent me a scipt to help me sleep????? Any suggestions?

Laura 5 years ago

Had my Mirena removed 6 weeks ago, after having it in for 4 years. I gained 12kgs while on it, had sore boobs all the time, cysts on ovaries. I felt better immediately on removal. But the last few weeks have been horrible. I have been anxious all the time, depressed, tired, dont want to socialise, dry mouth and throat (from being anxious I believe). Im not hungry anymore and have to force myself to eat. I tend to feel better in the evening but the days are horrible. I just want to be me again - at least I know what is causing all this which is a good thing. I just want to smile again. I am taking Chinese herbs, evening primrose oil, and b group vitamins - not sure if they are working though. Hope this doesn't last long it's driving me crazy and my family (who have been very understanding).

Thankful 5 years ago

Thank you for posting this information. I had my IUD removed on Thursday and today, (Sat.) I have experienced sever bleeding, cramping, and the passing of very large blood clots. I thought something was seriously wrong and called my OBGYN's emergency after hour number. The nurse nor my doctor stated the following symptoms to be normal. I almost spent $100 at the ER if it was not for your post. THANK YOU!

May I pass on some helpful information to you. You stated " have Fibromyalgia and have suffered from pain and exhaustion for years." The same is true for myself, until 2 months ago when I was diagnosed with a food intolerance for dairy, egg, garlic, wheat, and gluten. I noticed when I ate the following foods my pain and exhaustion were intensified. So with the help of an allergist, I eliminated the following foods and the pain, exhaustion, back pain, ears ringing, itchy skin, joint pain, are GONE! Please read about food intolerance.

roxy 5 years ago

Hey ladies now I know am not going crazy .. I had my iud for 1year it was great just for the fact less periods hated the symptoms bad headaches and gain a lil weight my boyfriend couldn't stand me because I was so cranky and always mad at the world . I had my iud removed 3 days ago I have a light o

period but I feel really emotional hopefully as the days oass by I feel way better . But reading all these stories made me feel way better ....

thanx .... :)

Jo 5 years ago

Help.. i had my merina coil taken out five weeks ago as felt it was making me feel pmt all time. i had copper coil fitted instead. to start with thought i feeling better but since last Fri i have got worse to point i not sure what to do, anxiety.attacks all day night hot sweats, not sleeping now. i just at end.of first period. does this sound familiar? need advice as doctor said i should go counsellin. don't know what to do next. Family planning clinic said she be surprised if i feeling like this jn three months time. how long will it last. does hormones last this long.

Jo again 5 years ago

Ps my husband keeps saying it in my head and to calm down and stop thinking about it. easier said than done. my heart is racing today i feel i losing the plot

leslie 5 years ago

I'm 24 and in a faithful marriage. I just had my iud removed today. My doctor told me my pelvis was severely inflamed that I had PID ... she said its possible the mirena was the cause but was most likely a std. I have only had one partner (my husband) for 4 years. So not likely ... I also had large amounts of yeast in my cervix could that be a cause. I'm very scared bc we had it removed bc we are ttc but Google says PID causes eptopic pregnancy and or infertility . Has anyone else experienced this? I'm so glad I had this demon removed I have gained 100lbs over the past 2.5 years and I have completely lost myself. I am so happy that in a few weeks after detox I will feel like a woman again.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

It takes time but you will feel more like your old self again. I weighed myself yesterday, I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight!

I have a lot of muscle loss though. Gotta get to building myself back up to toned and fit. :)

Vaishali 5 years ago

Thank you IsadoraPandora for starting this forum..... I have been a silent sufferer for almost 5 years now.Never attributed my symptoms to Mirena. I could deal with the hair loss,acne and even the weight gain .... But when depression hit me .... I started hating my self. I am overall a healthy person & it was hard for me to digest the fact that I was taking anti depression meds. My happy life before Mirena turned completely inside out. Thankfully I had mine taken out yesterday . Got a slight headache last evening but this morning the aches gone. However I'm feeling very exhausted & sleepy. Slept in this morning ..... & even now post lunch am back in bed ready for a long nap. My husband is very understanding & he says he will help me cope with my crash symptoms. I am so looking forward to having my life back..... I really want to make it up to my family for all the time lost because of this wicked Mirena. I do hope all the other ladies experiencing similar problems get their like back soon.

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sweet mommie 75 5 years ago

after having my mirena since 2008 i just had it removed yesterday because me and my husband want to have another baby, so my doctor removed it and put me on a prenatal multivitamin called concept ob,so last night i took a vitamin and i have been nauseated and very, very tired all day today and i just dont feel like myself. i was wondering if the nausea and tiredness is coming from the vitamin or if it is a side effect of my hormones being out of whack from having the mirena removed. does anyone have a answer???? thanks!

alissa 5 years ago

I had my mirena put in 4 yrs ago. Never thought I had any symptoms until I read this page. Just had it removed a few days ago. I have never been so sick after I had this thing removed. From throwing up to passing out pounding headache hot sweats cold chills. Wanted to sleep and sleep . My dr. that took it out said NO side effects, that is a line of bull. I dont know who to be madder at the dr. that put it in and didn't tell me what this thing does to you or the dr. that took it out and said Oh No side effects. Thankgoodness I found this page, thinking all kind of things is wrong with me. I am going to my PCP tomorrow I am certain now that this is what is going with me. And I am going to survive this awful thing . God Bless

Fionulla 5 years ago

Hi Isabella. like everyone on here, I am looking desperately for answers. i had my Mirena in for only 7 weeks (to treat heavy bleeding and anemia). I got it taken out after 7 weeks, due to horrible side effects. That was 2 days ago and I am now bleeding heavily. I guess I was just going to ask a few things:

* I have gone from a slim size 8 (about 62kg) to a pot-bellied size 12 who looks 7 months pregnant! It is very depressing. I feel as though i have morphed into a new body and I hate it. I hate how I look. Will this puffy pregnant look EVER pass??!

* How long should I leave the bleeding go on until I see a doctor and have my iron tested again?

Yes, I'm on lots of supplements - vitamins.

I just wanted to ask if it is normal to feel completely anxiety ridden and hopeless/ helpless after the mirena comes out? I feel like I am going INSANE. I just don't feel myself at all.

How long am I going to feel like a freak for?


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sweet mommie 75 5 years ago

hey allisa...i had mine removed 4 days ago and i had all of the terrible side effect you were having and as of today i am feeling so much nausea is gone and i haven't been near as sluggish...i am finally statring to feel normal again!!! my guess is that when they took the mirena out my hormones started going crazy!!! i still haven't had a period yet...i bet after i have my first period that i will feel totally normal again!!! i hope you start feeling better soon!!!!

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I saw a vast improvement in the puffiness within days. I felt like crap a while though.

Eat as much meat as you can. Meat, eggs, raw, organic milk. The best thing you can do for your body now is to heal it with good food. I would keep in touch with your doctor about the iron though! If by some chance you got pregnant, low iron is very bad when you're pregnant!

Its been a while since I had the Mirena taken out but I am finally back to my old weight. Unfortunately, lots of muscle loss so I still look "fat". Gotta get those muscles back in shape!

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Seriously, MEAT and EGGS. Organic whenever possible! Not that I am recommending eating this many but, I eat upwards 6 eggs a day from my lovely chickens.

I do have an abnormal addiction to free-range, yummy, perfect, wonderful, love them, eggs though, LOL.

Megean 5 years ago

I had my IUD removed after 5 years almost 2 weeks ago. I have been reading all over the internet that you are not supposed to have any intercourse, the week prior to removal. Now I have not started my period at ALL, and me and my fiancé did stuff 2 days prior to removal. My OB had told me its fine theres nothing to worry about because the IUD will kill anything that goes inside. IDK if it takes time or what..can someone PLEASE explain to me what is going on!!?!?! Ive had minor cramps nothing major, had very little bleeding the day or two afterwards but it had stopped. I have NO idea..can someone please reply!??

sdoty 5 years ago

I had my Mirena removed after having it in for a little over a year and a half on 8/12/11. A few days later, on 8/15/11 I had a "normal" period. (Light/5 days) Last night, 9/2/11, I started another period. This time it is a lot heaiver with some clotting. Should I be concerned? Is this normal? I have NEVER experienced two periods in one month.

Amber 5 years ago

I had my IUD out a week and half ago and I was doing good till I started getting headaches and hot flashes. I also had similar prob.s as everyone else with it in: Weight gain, bad mood swings, crying all the time. So after fighting with my OB GYN to get it taken out (as if she gets paid for me to have it in) I left the office feeling great, that lasted 2 days. How long should I expect this headaches and hot flash-hormone crap to last?? Thanks!!

elusyve 5 years ago

I had the Mirena for 5 years and honestly LOVED it. I did experience some discomfort with the original insertion of it, and over the course of those 5 years I did experience a 20 to 30 pound weight gain, but the overall experience was WONDERFUL...that is, right up until I had it removed. For the final 4 years of my 5 years relationship with the sweet and lovely Mirena, I had NO period. I had mild bloating, mild breast tenderness, but NO BLEEDING :) When I went in to have the Mirena removed, I asked my doctor specifically what I needed to watch for aka bleeding, cramping, nausea etc. I was told NOTHING. That's what she said, "NOTHING". She said I MIGHT experience some tenderness in my abdomen or groin area, and that my periods would gradually return. That was it. That was all. WHAT A CROCK OF SH*T! I started bleeding later that same day, by the next morning it was like someone had turned a faucet on! Before having Mirena, my periods were moderate at their worst and only lasted a max of 4 days with the first and last days being only slightly pink. After Mirena however, I am having a period every 2 weeks (the longest span of time I have had between periods since having it removed was 21 days and that was only 1 time!) I have extremely heavy bleeding now and my periods on top of occurring so frequently, last for 6 to 8 days!!!! I had my IUD removed in January of this year, it is now September. :( My feelings of blah and depression have not improved, but then again, how can they? ~ I am in a constant state of PMS! this time last year I would have recommended the Mirena to anyone, in fact I did! However, based on what I know now, I wouldn't wish this on anyone :( It angers me that I was not informed of ALL the possible side effects. Had I known that I would have 2 years worth of periods in 10 months, I would not have made the decision to have this horrible little device inserted into my body to begin with.

Jeanna 5 years ago

I have been using Mirena for over 7 years (first one changed after 5 years) - no problems. So, for some - it is not an issue.

Nakiesha 5 years ago

does anyone know if you can start taking the pill while waiting to remove the Mirena. I've had it since October, and am not happy. I get unexpected periods out the blue, that last a whole week. I had been on depo for over 10 years, and the doctors wanted me to stop. I tried a few weeks of the pill, but would always forget... But I'm thinking of going back to the pill, so I at least could plan my life. I can know when its coming, and that its only coming every 3 months. It will be a few days before I can get to the Dr, and I wanna know if I can start the pill now, before my period comes again. lso, for all those side effects that happens when you come off the miren, do they stop when you are immediately put on another method, such as the bleeding.

Bethaney 5 years ago

I had my mirena removed last year in march. I was hoping to become pregnant with my 3rd but I have had no luck. I'm starting to wonder what's wrong with me and if I will ever conceive. It's heart breaking every month to get my period. I wish I would have never gotten that thing put in.

Kathy 5 years ago

Thanks for the post. Its nice to find others experiencing the same symptoms and I'd like to share mine, so others won't feel alone. After two and half years I had my Mirena removed last Tuesday. The first day I spotted and it progressively became heavier. I also have had diarrhea for the past week, anyone else experience this? Day 5 I began spotting brown, hoping this was the end of cramps and feeling like poo, but towards the end of the day I began bleeding again and releasing clots. That was the scary part! Today I'm back to brown spots. I've been taking prenatals, craving lots of meat and drinking lots of water. Still a little short fused, but my energy is coming back and I expect to hit the gym for some light cardio and yoga after a week of being couch potato. Peace and Love to all my sisters out there!

Bobbie 5 years ago

I had mirena for 5 yrs, since June 2005. It was removed in October 2010, heavy bleeding at first then the last few months it has tapered off and has been regular but very light. Now this month I'm late. I know I'm not pregnant as I got tubes tied when iud was removed, my question is "can mirena still be affecting me and my period now?" I've been really emotional, crying or tearing up alot and had suicidal depressive type thoughts. I would never actually get into that deep of a funk but I sure feel like I could if my family waswasn't

DeeDee 5 years ago

I've had mine for4 1/2yr and not 1 problem, thank God. I stopped my menstrual completely. I'm thinking of getting it removed on my next appt. Oct. My sister got hers removed after a yr due to something unrelated. She has been getting really bad anxiety and feeling blah, she hasn't been in work in over 2 weeks and even went to the ER because she thought she was having a heart attack. What are the chances of the side effects happening since I've breezed through having it?

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Fyrefrye1327 5 years ago from Colorado

Hey! well had my mirena for 2 years... after my second kiddo... i thought age (23) was getting the best of me... about my weight struggle and mood swings...i totally gained about 65 lbs... but over 2 years... i was more active and eating better. I saw another thread talking about other womens experiances.... and scheduled it out. it was REMOVED yesterday... and omg ... i haven't bleed a drop... but have been vomiting pretty rough. headache and the only soreness is from "praying to the porcelin god".

... almost like a damn hangover..

has anyone tried safyral birth control pill?something my doc recommended

thanks for the thread honestly I hadn't thought about taking vitamins..THANK YOU

I had gotten the mirena cause i was on medicaid and it was fully paid for. haha i guess 'I got what I payed for'....

Jacey07 5 years ago

Hi, I am scheduled to have my mirena removed monday 9-12-11, January 2012 will be exactly 5 years that i would have it. But, my husband and I want to have another baby, But, with all of these stories on here im kind of scared that we wont be able to. We have 1 little girl after the birth of her i got the mirena put in. I haven't had a period at all the whole time i have had the mirena in. I did have bad pains in my side and lower abdomen, the doctor said it was my gall bladder, so i had to have emergency surgery to have it removed ( they said it was my only choice or die) which let me tell you, was very scary! I was wondering though about getting pregnant after the mirena is removed, how long should we wait and to allow my body to go thru detox of the mirena???

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Fyrefrye1327 5 years ago from Colorado


OK- so i had the little sucker REMOVED on Wednesday.

It has been only THREE DAYS

at first i gotta say i barfed like crazy.. and got in a fight with my b/f ( just be careful with mood swings)

BUT OMG sex drive has INCREASED and my stomach... doesn't feel bloated at all!!! I started to gain weight so bad.. (i still have all of it) like i said its only been three days.. but my chin is going AWAY :)))

you know when u get so bloated and a friend took a pic of me.. i hadn't realized that i was starting to develop a double chin... apparently it was water cause... dang glad to see that go.

I wanna THANK EVERYONE for their advise and stories and i wish well to the newcomers on here!

MFisher 5 years ago

Hi. I am having so much trouble after having my Mirena removed on 7/20/11. My Dr. said I would be feeling so much better after it was taken out. I had previously experienced paranoia, depression and nervousness along with bad emotional ups and downs. After I had the Mirena taken out, I felt better for almost two weeks and then it hit me... I can't stop crying. I feel depressed and anxious all the time. I did feel better after a light period on 8/23/11 (less nervous and less paranoid), but the erratic emotions, strange thoughts and dreams and depression are very hard to deal with. How much longer will I have to suffer through this?! I just want to feel like me again!

Isabel 5 years ago

Hello everybody :) I had my mirena for two years, I never had a problem with it, I did not gained any weight , and I did not have any discomfort while it was implanted. I went to the Dr. to get it removed, but they could not find the strings. So they did an ultrasound and it showed that the IUD was in the right place, the problem was that the Dr. who put it in cut the strings too short. So last Friday 09/09, I had a hysteroscopy performed, where they introduce a camera in my cervix to find the iud, was ridiculous painful but successful. Has been two days and I am bleeding like a regular period with some cloths , I was worry about this but it is good to read that it is normal. My husband and I want to conceive as soon as possible, I keep track of my cycle, and I ovulate yesterday; even that I am bleeding my sex drive has increase like many of you have mention, and because I want a summer baby I decided to try right away. I am wondering if the bleeding will affect conception? even that I know that I ovulate yesterday. What you guys think?

Zo-Zo's 5 years ago

Thank goodness for this!!! I've had the Mirena taken out 7 days ago and I'm feeling really odd. Moody as hell, eating everything in sight, headachy and dizzy!! I did think it's probably the side-effects of having that nasty coil taken out, after 4 1/2 years of it being there!!! I'm hoping it doesn't last too much long though as I think my family may well leave me!!!

sick and tired 5 years ago

I've had my mire almost two years. I want it out now! I've had sinusitis for 4 months and couldn't figure out why until I started searching the net. I've had hair loss, weight main acne, constant cramping, facial hair and most recently hot flashes (I'm 32 w/ no kids). This thing is absolutely the devil! But after reading all the removal stories I'm now scared. The pain going in was bad enough, then the side effects, now more issues coming out. Oy Vey!!!

Malika 5 years ago

I've had my mirena for 1yr and 6mths and I'm having it removed Saturday. I have been feeling sick lately and bleed for a week and a half, so I went to the doctor and I was told the mirena moved and either I can have it replaced to it the right spot or remove it. So i decided to have it removed and after reading everyone comments I'm kind of scared but I'm a trooper I guess I can handle whatever comes my way.

Christina 5 years ago

I had mirena for five years - no periods and it was great. Just had removal two weeks ago without any negative side effects and hoping to be pregnant soon.

Becca 5 years ago

Okay so I had my Mirena for 4 1/2 years and recently had it taken out the begining of May this year. It was taken out on the day I started my period. I bleed normally after it was removed and the next month a had a normal period. Since then I have not had even a spot of blood and it has been three months. Has anyone else gone from bleeding normally to not bleeding at all? I'm worried something is wrong with me. I have always had a regular period even while on Mirena. The Home pregnancy tests keep coming back negative. I never feel well and I'm getting really depressed and nervous something might be wrong with me. How long do I wait to see a doctor? If this is normal I don't want to go in.

Aline 5 years ago

I had Mirena twice and the first time with what I thought were little symptoms but no ability to lose weight. That was my sacrifice for no periods but my husband complained I was super emotional and irritable and I had no sex drive. I had the first IUD for 18 months and had it removed to have another child. Which took another 18 months.

Despite all this, I decided to have Mirena again after my second daughter, that was a mistake and to my husband's dread but he usually lets me do what I want and figures I will find out soon enough for my choice.

I have had constant cramping, moodiness, headaches, back pain, hip pain and absolutely no weight loss despite my efforts, which really peaked the last two months. After six months, I decided to have it removed ten days ago. The doctor could only find one string and it really felt like it was in the wrong place. He said the uterus doesn't like foreign objects in it and that was causing it to spasm to reject the IUD. Well that explains the pain I was in.

After removal, felt great for two days and then the extreme heavy bleeding, cramping, headaches and clots started and now I am on day eight of this, when will this end? The bleeding is similar to the periods you have after childbirth. I feel like I am on the neverending period. I do intend to get pregnant again and hopefully this will all pass but doesn't seem to be soon enough. I also hope it doesn't take as long to get pregnant either.

Tapley 5 years ago

I am 20. And I just had the demon thing removed 5 days ago. I had it for 2.5 years. I think this thing has been the death of the old me =( anyways. Today I woke up with the worst pain in my side almost like it was my appendix. I looked it up and it could possibly be painful ovulation. I haven't had a period since the 3rd month of having it inserted. While on it I felt pregnant. Food made me sick. My boobs we sore. I took 4 tests and all were negative. Then we decided to have it removed so we can have another baby. =\ I have met people who have had good experiences getting pregnant right after having it removed. So we are gonna try. =\ I'm scared to death tho. I've had bleeding off and on since removal and I feel horrible today. This pain is killing me in my side! I may go to the dr later to get this check out. I want to be pregnant ASAP so our kids won't be super far apart. My obgyn said she haft heard of bad symptoms and I told her to google it. She did while sitting in her office and was amazed and Said I made the best possible choice. I felt so sick for almost a year. I just hope I haven't ruined my chances of getting pregnant by ignoring these symptoms for so long. I am anxiously awaiting the crash so I can move on with my life. I've been depressed for a year now. Mood swings constantly. My husband deserves the hubby of the year award for putting up with me. I have had trouble dealing with our two yr old. I have lashed out at her and have gotten so mad at her for absolutely nothing! When I get upset now I just let my hubby deal with her. It was coming to the point that I felt I was close to beating her! I never did. And luckily that feeling has gone away after removal! I feel so bad for the way I have treated everyone!

The first year I had it wasn't bad. It was the second. I don't regret having it inserted I only regret not understand how bad the side effects have been on my and not realising it sooner.

Debz 5 years ago

Hi i need some advice,i had a mirena for 5 years for medical reasons,i had it removed after 5 years,6 weeks ago,i spotted for the first few days and had a period the following week,its now 5 weeks since that period,my boobs really hurt,my stomach is cramping,i have had sickness for the last 4 days,home preg tests are negative.I went to the dr this morning who never really took me seriously and told me hormones could be to blame.Has anyone had anything similar?HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lacey 5 years ago

I need advice! I have my mirena removed on 11/29/2010!! And I STILL have not had a period. Docs cant find anything wrong with me. Im so bummed out because we just knew were were going to be having another kid soon and not it looks as if it will never happen!

Jacey07 5 years ago

OK GUYS..... I have had my Mirena out for exactly a week now,When it was removed IT DID NOT HURT AT ALL... Didn't even feel it. Since then, the second day of having it removed, i had cramping but no period, the next day i had a little bit of a period, but that is it, since then i have not had a period or cramping, mood swings(like i did when i had it in), i have had a few headaches ( but nothing terrible), and i feel GREAT, with it being out, i was so scared to get it done because of all the stories i have heard, but, when they did insert it, i felt cramping and it hurt because they clamped my cervix, but coming out was a breeze, and i asked them about the woman that take it out theirselves, the Dr. said that it is fine IF you can feel your strings, because all they do is grab them and pull at the doctors office anyways, But, im glad i went in, i got it removed and got my yearly pap done all in one, it took maybe 2 minutes to do all of it. Now, my husband and I are going to try for a baby.... Hopefully everything works out, I will keep everyone posted!!! Also, i hope that everything works out for you guys too, I wil be praying for all of us!! :)

FG 5 years ago

For me, removal was a breeze. It didn't hurt at all. I had a slight period the first month after and a more moderate period the second month after removal.

After taking 2 months off and not having the Mirena in, I had mine replaced. My doc had me wait until I was on my period. I've never had kids. She clamped my cervix, and I wanted to yelp, but after a minute or two, it was tolerable.

Then, she had to dilate my cervix, which hurt so bad, I almost jumped off the table. Luckily, she continued on and inserted the Mirena through my squirming and whimpering.

I'm only a few hours post insertion, and I have terrible cramps - like a bad period. This happened with my last insertion, and I expect to have mild to moderate cramps and spotting for about 6 weeks.

I hope the pain of the insertion is quickly overshadowed by the convenience of not worrying about birth control, pregnancy, or a period. I loved my first Mirena. I hope I love this one too. I think it was hard for me because I knew what to expect and it wasn't great.

I still recommend it to my friends. Most have no problems at all with it.

Karen 5 years ago

I had my IUD put in after giving birth to my daughter. I did not have any side effects or issues at all. I had the IUD for a little over 3 years. I never had a period but would have occassional light spotting. I never experienced any negative side effects at all. Guess I was lucky.

I had it removed in October of 2010. I did not experience any crash or horrible feelings. The IUD was the best form of birth control I have ever experienced. We are now expecting our 2nd child any day now. I loved my Mirena IUD!

lovelyleo66 5 years ago

I had the Mirena IUD for 5 years and 4 months. While I was on the Mirena, the problem I had was irregular cycles every once in a while. Some months I would have two menses, and the menses would go on for a couple of weeks, rather than the regular seven days that I was used to. This still happened even after being on it for a few years. When I finally got it taken out August of 2010, my menstrual cycles have pretty much gone back to the regular schedule. All the other side effects people are talking about, I did not have, so everybody is different. I am now trying to conceive, so I hope the hormone is out of my system by now.

Lyn 5 years ago

I got the IUD taken out in July after my fiancé and I were having sex then i felt like it had pushed it way inside me. After that, I couldn't have sex at all without it hurting. I went to get it taken out. My doctor said it wasn't from the IUD. She just assumed I had an STD. After I made her take it out she tested me anyway for all kinds of STDs. The pain stopped right away. I waited a couple more weeks after i had it removed. All my test came back normal, just like I said they would. But ever since I got it taken out, it has smelled weird. I shower myself everyday just to make sure I don't smell anything. But I still smell it. Has anyone had the same problem? Or know what to do to make it stop? My friend suggested I detox, but how do you detox to make that stop?

mez 5 years ago

thank you for the advice and information , the doctors didn't tell me what I was going to expect when the IUD went in or out at least I am reassured that I am not crazy its my body adjusting !

Scared for ??? 5 years ago

My boyfriend have recently been talking marriage and babies. I have had my Mirena in for a little over 4 1/2 years now. After doing some reading today, I'm TERRIFIED to have it removed. I know it eventually has to come out, but I'm struggling with waiting until after we are married and he's stuck with me "for better or worse" or having it removed early and being able to focus on trying very soon after I get married. Any thoughts?

aracely 5 years ago

hi my concern is that i had the mirena iud for 3 1/2 years i had it removed on december of 2010 and I haven't got pregnat what can I do and what medicine can I take for my body to take all the toxication out please answer to

Sassnki 5 years ago


I had Mirena inserted after having 2 beautiful babies and my journey of madness began chronic infections I had a standing prescription for Clyndimycin (that doesn't say something's wrong damn doctors) aggressive mood

swings butt acne low sex drive it was awful I was seeing a psych well finally I realized it was Mirena and I pulled the strings on 9/4 my doctor kept tryn to convince me all this was also my lifestyle I felt 110% better by the next morning I had a normal pre Mirena period on 9/7 all was good me n bf are using with drawl for now condoms irritate me and I don't want ANY hormones!!! So anyways I had some cramping on 9/17 and they disappeared and pregnancy symptoms started along w/this back ache that is keeping me up at night I've had tests done blood+urine+pap smear so I am leaning towards this all is side effects today my boobs are HUGE & sore busting out of my bra lol if this is in fact side effect how long should I expect to experience this part??? I saw others post I "felt" pregnant but no updates on if they actually were or when it subsided. Thank you ALL for sharing your stories:)

Sassnki 5 years ago

Scared for ??? This is just my personal opinion and experience GET IT OUT I've heard of infertility and an array of problems some women say thy loved it but many of had a terrible experience I personally think it shld b taken off the market but it's possible it may take some time for your body to be able to bear children and again you could concieve the first month so who knows but it has messed me all up if I were you id have it out and give your body time to go back to normal so when you guys are ready to start trying you won't be faced with the wonder of is it because of Mirena im not getting pregnant I don't know what form of birth control to suggest at this point for me I'm not using any hormones what so ever but I have had such a terrible experience I'm scared to death of them again this is just my opinion

kidds17 5 years ago

I had my mirena put in after I had my daughter in 07. I had no period the whole two years it was in. I finally decided in 09 to get it removed because I was ready for another baby. When I got it removed I found out I had a cyst on my ovary and after two years of trying I still haven't gotten pregnant. Has anyone else experienced this or can anyone give me advice on this?

PULLED IT OUT ON 9/23 5 years ago

I'm 27, have 2 kids and want to try for #3. Been on Mirena for 4 1/2 years. PURE HELL!! I experienced itching legs as someone stated, hair loss/thinning, mood swings, suicidal thoughts, weight gain 40lbs Weighed 120 went up to 160)& (went from a size 8 to a size 12), extra chin hair, horrible acne, lower back pains, and more.

Just got it pulled out 3 days ago and horrible clotting and bleeding has begun. Wondering when will this end and should I continue to have sex through this to try for #3?

I have already lost 2lbs (must have been water weight and the bloating). I already feel better and the bloating feeling went away on day 1.

MIRENA IS EVIL!! For some it WORKS, but seems like 95% of the blogs I have been on, it isn't what women signed up for!!!

Please warn your friends!!!

Korin 5 years ago

I just had my Mirena taken out last week Tuesday. I had to have it surgically removed because it was imbedded in my uterus! Has anyone else experienced that before. Granted it was a quick out patient surgery but it is scary at the same time! I had it in for 4 years and no one knew that it was causing extreme pain! Mirena was HELL! No other way to put it. Also the hormones made me really unhappy. I had no sex drive and gained tons of weight! No matter how much I exercised it did not work :(

Now the real question is... I have a HUGE sex drive that it is out. Is that normal? I have to wait another week because they advise no intercourse for 2 weeks due to the chance of infection.

Thanks all!

Michelle 5 years ago

After have my twins which made so i have 4 kids, My dr said the Mirens would be great for me , due to me having DUB (dysfunctional uterine bleeding) prior to having my twins. So I was like ok we will try it . And it was ok for the first 6mo-yr and then the hell began. Pain all the time to sit back pain enough to put me in tears, and it just got worse until in Aug I have had sever pain, and i finally went in the ER and they found a 4cm cyst on my left ovary and 3 different cyst on my right. So i had my appy with an OB and he said we will watch it for a few weeks and see what happens and if it does not go away we will go in take it out and remove the Mirena and tie your tubes, ( 4 kids is enough LOL) So the weeks go by and it kept growing and by the time i went in for the surgery. It was 10cm and due to me having endo he said the my Prior DR should have NOT put on the Mirena because it does cause cysts. And now i do back thrus for my follow up post op and he told me he found something while he was doing the surgery and Can not tell my over the phone he needs to do it in person ,So Ya WORD TO THE WISE DO NOT GET THE MIRENA AND IF YOU HAVE IT PLEASE GET IT REMOVED.

Barbyjs 5 years ago

I had my mirena removed about 2weeks ago, I have had the brown spotting, no period I am waiting to have baby #2 however I dont know when to start since I haven't gotten my period yet to start counting, for avulation day, pls help. I am getting enxious to be and get pregnant?

Jackie 5 years ago

I had Mirena taken out 38 days ago after having it nearly the full 5 years. Up until the last few months I had no periods at all and so I have no idea when my cycle is. More recently I did have some brown discharge and light bleeding but nothing I considered having a period. For those of you who fear removal, don't. I feared having it removed also but it was a very simple thing and much easier than having it put in. The Dr. asked me to cough, I didn't feel a thing. Post removal I have had headaches and moodiness (a lot of crying about tv shows, songs, anything really). We are trying to conceieve. For those of you who have had a similar experience, how long after removal did it take to have a period?

MarcoGirl 5 years ago

I have had my Mirena for 11 mos and am having it removed due to horrible skin changes and acne! I am very nervous after reading the post for the removal aftermath. Other than the acne, i have really had no other issues. What is the average detox time? Am I looking at weeks or months? Thanks for your info everyone!

206lady 5 years ago

Ok so I have had my IUD for 3.5 years. I have not ever had a period longer than 2 days but this month I am already going on 5 days. I called planned parenthood to see if i could get my IUD removed and they want to charge me $100 to do it. I spoke to a friend of mine who works at an obgyn office and she says i can take it out myself. I have found quite a few blogs about women who have done it themselves but I am still too chicken. Any experiences doing it yourself?

Corina 5 years ago

So i notice not to many people are still posting but i have question... so i got my mirena takin out the 19th of October after having it a yr... it was ok but did have a few cramping while on it and did gain weight... the removal went really easy no pain, the next day i had my first period and boy was it heavy i had blood clots and it lasted about 11 days. Well a month and half later i haven't gotten my period again am not on ne other form of birthcontrol. me and my husban are trying to have a baby. I was getting the symptoms of a period coming and nothing.. i did LOTS of pregnancy test all came out negative and even went to the doctors for a blood test and still negative. So my question is did any one experience missed periods or nnething of that sort. and how soon did it take for your period to become normal??

pink 5 years ago

I had mine removed on Monday after just over 2months as I could not take the pain or mood swings anymore.I had pretty much constant pain and then some days I would get really intense pains that would knock me to the floor. The docs thought might have been my apedix, then kidney infection. I said probs all started when I had the evil thing put in. Docs refused to take it out. But my symptoms got worse and now.its gone. Felt so good pains gone part from normal cramps and heavy period with flitting atm. Am feeling very emotional right now dont know if thats the crash or the fact that me and my fella broke up on day I had it removed. I was not my self with it. Am getting there tho. One min im good im bad. Thanks for this page. The marina is nasty to most by the sounds of it.

pink 5 years ago

I had mine removed on Monday after just over 2months as I could not take the pain or mood swings anymore.I had pretty much constant pain and then some days I would get really intense pains that would knock me to the floor. The docs thought might have been my apedix, then kidney infection. I said probs all started when I had the evil thing put in. Docs refused to take it out. But my symptoms got worse and now.its gone. Felt so good pains gone part from normal cramps and heavy period with flitting atm. Am feeling very emotional right now dont know if thats the crash or the fact that me and my fella broke up on day I had it removed. I was not my self with it. Am getting there tho. One min im good im bad. Thanks for this page. The marina is nasty to most by the sounds of it.

Lily 5 years ago

I have had my Mirena since March 2006 and have appt. to remove this 1st week of October. After reading everyone's comments on this HUB I am feeling a little nervous as to what is to come. I always felt I had no problems with the IUD but now realize that I HAVE been having symptoms with it. I have had no period except for spotting only 6 times these 5yrs, I have had the weight gain and lose of hair AND the most horrible acne on my chin. It never crossed my mind it was the IUD. The acne clears up with Rx from dermatologist and I do exercise but just thought with age that my metabolism slows down. I am going in with a positive attitude that everything will be okay with the removal and I do not experience a lot of pain, discomfort and heavy bleeding. The plus side of reading these comments is that I am excited and anxious to lose the weight and have a clearer complexion. I do worry if I will have the mood swings of depression and rage. I can only advise my family about it so they too are prepared.

Shannon 5 years ago

I had my Mirena Iud removed last Wednesday. Literally a 2 second procedure after set up. I was nervous as hell because although insertion wasn't painful, it triggered what I guess you would call a panic attack that lasted 4 hours. During the 2 years I had satans device planted I shared the same symptoms as most of you. Moody, full of rage, joint pain, bloating, didn't gain weight but couldn't lose weight that I still had at 6wk post check up with my second son. Had a falling feeling like I just got off an elevator and sometimes it felt like my head was shaking. So many more symptoms but I don't feel the need to write a book. The only positive thing I can say about the IUD is I enjoyed not having periods and able to have sex with no fear of getting pregnant. I felt so much better right after I had it removed and left the office. Bled that following Sunday pretty heavy and clotty but got lighter the next day. Been feeling a little blah and moody the past couple days. It's been raining for what seems like a decade so that might be the reason. Not sure. I seem fine at work then blah in the evening. Ridding myself of all contraceptives and letting my body get back to normal. Pull out and pray didn't work for my 3 year old and the pill didn't work for my 2 year old so going to try the condom route. Rather risk having another child then being put through that 2 years of hell again. Wish I get would have known it tricks your body into thinking it's pregnant ahead of time. Anyway bloating is gone, haven't seen a change on the scale but hope to lose the weight and detox my body of this poison by looking into some multivitamins. Any suggestions??

Vanessa 5 years ago

so hey ii haven't taken any of that . ii just got the shot and now i've been off of it since 4 or 5 months and i'm still bleeding .. is it bad or good.. anyone know anything about it . if so please e-mail me at i'm really worried . thought it would go away since i did the first time ii took it but it hasn't . so iddkk please help if you know anything


Sassnki 5 years ago

•Jackie-I had mirena removed on 9/4 I had a regular period on around 9/8 I've read tons of stories and just about anything is possible w/this Mirena & removal

•MarcoGirl-I experienced some changes the most significant being a backache & feeling pregnant but as far as I know w/tons of HPT & 2 blood test I'm not but I SWORE I was because it felt like it but I'd didn't hv the "emotional crash" whatever I experienced lasted about 2wks I still have sore breast but no big deal I worked & cared for my young children no problem just happy to be me again-good luck

•206Lady-Girl I pulled mine out lol I had no problem basically if you can reach the strings then pull just like a tampon slowly the plastic folds up to come out if it doesn't release w/a tug it could be imbedded and of course you would need to see a doctor I slept so good that night I pulled it out it's not hard to do just scrub your hands well and give it a try I had to relax and lay on my back if your strings are too short you can ask your hubby or sister i don't know who but ask for help TMI lol I would!! I was desperate to get it out!! google Mirena self removal and you will find stories probably things on YouTube that's what I did-Good Luck!

Stacy 5 years ago

Wow, this has been really helpful for my fiancé and myself.... I had my IUD for 4 years with no real problems. I had it removed 4 days ago and have just started to bleed pretty heavily, and have had a blah kind of feeling. We are both glad to know all will be well in soon and we can resume our lives and let nature take its course.

Shannon 5 years ago

I went to GNC and bought womans ultra mega energy and metabolism. Taking one a day instead of two and so far so good. No more crash feeling from IUD removal!!

ketta 5 years ago

Worst birth control ever

Leslie 5 years ago

I have the Iud right now.. reading all this has scared me so bad.. i knew something was sooo very wrong with my moods so i came searching and landed up here...trouble is now im scared to have it removed because of all the pain it causes.

bethany 5 years ago

I have had my mirena Since november 09 after my 6 week check up of having my child. After almost 2 years we are ready for another and I have an apt tomorrow to get it removed. HOWEVER I decided to look up the removal process and found a bunch of sites that explained everything I have been experiencing and never thought it was the mirena until now. When I talked to my doctor about which birth control I wanted to go on I made it VERY clear that I did not want to gain weight from it. After my doctor promised I wouldn't, I believed her. Well what do you know, 2 years later I have gained almost 30 lbs bringing me to the weight i was when I was PREGNANT. I had no idea what I was doing wrong since I never changed my eating habits and I was working out MORE than I have ever done in my life. Now I know that it was thanks to this lovely Mirena. Also the same with all the mood swings, My family thought I was pregnant again and had to go buy a pregnancy test to show that I really wasn't. I cant even count how many people I suggested the mirena too because I loved it, when it was inserted It just felt like period cramps and I mean it was simple to keep up with. UGHHH just hoping after tomorrow I can lose atleast some of the weight before I become pregnant again!

Ali 5 years ago

Had my Mirena for 9 months and had it removed 13 days ago. One week later, I went to the ER at night due to the massive amounts of blood pouring from me, dizziness, and severe cramping. I feared a uterine laceration or the like. After a pelvic exam, the ER doc told me my cervix was basically traumatized and sent me home with an anti-inflammatory and Lortab! It didn't really help. My gushing bleeding has now turned in to golfball size clots that are freaking me out. No tampon or cervical cup can hold it in. I can't work or do anything that requires me to be up very long without leaking. This is awful and I wish I knew how much longer I'll be bleeding like this. I'm just trying to drink lots of water and eat iron rich foods. Hugs to you all out there going through this a well.

katz 5 years ago

Hello I am 33 years old and had the Mirena in for the full 5 years and other than having to get the strings trimmed we loved it.The first year my period came and went whenever it wanted but then it just disapeared all together,I had a new one inserted as soon as the old one was removed and when the next 5 years are up I plan to get one more.I love my Mirena.Sorry to here of the negative things that some of you have had to deal with.I think as with any perscription they are not right for everyone.

Littleb 5 years ago

I had my Mirena removed 23 days ago. Felt only a small pinch with removal, unlike the insertion 3 1/2 ago that was VERY painful! 3 days after removal, I spotted for 2 days. 9 days after removal I had period like cramps and spotted again - this was at the time I would have expected my normal (very light) period. Around this time I also started suffering from dull headaches and mood swings. I am constantly tired and have picked up 2kg's in the past week!!! I feel bloated and not at all myself!! Its been 2weeks, how long are these symptoms going to continue? My husband an I are ttc and we would love to hear from others who might have experienced the same side effects? Any advice would be appreciated!!!

Stacy 5 years ago

Thank you so much for all the help! I just had my IUD for 6 months with horrible mood swings, mean all the time, lower back pain, no patiences at all, always doubting everything, horrible weight gain and still bad cramps and crazy periods! This is the 1st site I found that actually helped me with my concerns! I am bleeding heavily and big clots. This is the only site I could find that says it's normal. Thank you

pam 5 years ago

The mirena has been in me for 5.5 yrs. I have had zero period for the entire time. The pain was intense when inserted, I have wanted it out for @least 2 yrs, but the dr says they do not know where it is?! Also, I have been told that the hormones only excrete for 5 yrs & tech I could get pregnant...but I still have zero period, and the dr says just leave it(wherever IT is)because it wouldn't be causing any harm. I really dont want to go through the pain & problems related to others stories of removal. Any thoughts on just keeping it? I dont think Ive had the major problems evryone has been talking about, I was already fat & like to eat, so Im not blaming the IUD 4 weight gain, moods are normal Thanks

Becky 5 years ago

I had the mirena inserted in 07/10 after having my 2nd child in may 10. After having it in for 10 months i had to get it out. I had horrible pains all over and would go 1 month period, 1 month no period over and over. got tired of hurting and going through the monthly guesses and ended up having some odd color discharge of some sort. went to the er one night from the discharge and the er dr did a pelvic and said it seemed to be coming from the mirena. had it removed at the dr office the following few days. They had to get another dr in to help because it had attached itself to my muscles which hurted like he** when getting it removed. I would never ever get that again. Me and my husband have not been using any birth control since having it out, we would like to have another child but doesn't look like we will be. We haven't been able to get pregnant for 5 months now.

angelique 5 years ago

Had my IUD inserted 5 years ago and bleed constantly for the first 3 months and continued to have a period to this day.. sometimes 2x a month. I like so many of you I experienced the weight gain, facail hair, thinning of hair and crazy bouts or rage, mood swings, paranoia and just plain craziness.. I truly believed this was due to my age at having another baby (38yrsold) I never even thought for one second it could be due to the Mirena well everything but the bleeding part i knew was due to the iud but i thought everything else was just age and the effects on my hormones from having a baby at an older age. I got married 5 almost 6 years ago and my daughter is 5.. so you can do the math.. I have been on the IUD for the entire time of my marriage and I can cound on my hands the happy days that i have truly had.. now mind you there always regular problems but I now believe all the depression unhappiness, mistrust and anger have had so much to do with the iud!1 and had affected my marriage deeply.. I am in awe that we stayed together this long although we will probably be filing here soon.. I am getting it out this week and cant even bear to think about the crash.. I feel like i have lost the last 5 years of my life!!

nmt9yr 5 years ago

I had my IUD removed 12 days ago and am still experiencing on and off bleeding (mostly on). I had my IUD for a little over 3 years and really after the first 2 months had no symptoms at all with it. I loved it, well I am 33 and we have decided to try to have another child. It seems like every time I am over the bleeding is starts back again and now with large quarter sized clots. When will I regulate back out? I want to get on with it and stop eating everything in site and feeling so blahhh.

kathy 5 years ago

Hi all, i have had my marina in since 2009. I had to have a termination at the same time of my implant so i cant remember any pain of it being put in i was asleep but from what i have just read just as well.... The reason i went for the marina in the first place is because i fall pregnant very easily and had heavy painful periods and the doctor said that this will fix both.

Since 2009 i have had constant pain everyday off n on like period pain and have just assumed that this was part of the marina's side affects.

Now after reading this im scared and im booking into my gp for tests hoping i have no cyst's or anything major.

Im not looking forward to taking my marina out as i have NOT HAD MY PERIOD SINCE IT WAS PUT IN...concerned!!

Diane 5 years ago

It's out! I'm full of rash today- looking forward to detox!

Mary 5 years ago

Boo!!! I as well loved my mirena...I've had it for 5+ years with the general side effects of weight gain, depression, mood swings, hair thinning, and lower back pain. But I really didn't put it all together until recently. I had my mirena removed and it's been 6 days. I've experienced depression, anxiety, throwing up, head aches, but no bleeding. I honestly feel like I'm detoxing from opiates. I didn't even think of this until my friend mentioned that I might be sick from the synthetic hormones that my body is used to. My DR said that the hormones ran out at the 5 year mark but I feel every bit sick from the removal of this device. It's a horrible feeling and I can't wait for it to be over. I also could't lose weight to save my life. I started cycling at a crazy rate. within the first 2 months I was riding about 75 at one time. I STILL didn't lose weight or fat but I gained because of the muscle I was building. I can't wait to get back to myself again and I will definitely keep you guyz posted on when this hell endz for me. Noe more birth control for me. It seems like the "easy" way out of being cautious isn't always as easy as it seems. Good luck galz!

Diane 5 years ago

4 years in string was lost took the puppy out.

Day 4 and 5 RASH still on my torsal chest and some on legs- benadryl to the rescue.

Zumba is my medicine- watch out crash I'm going to win!

daniS 5 years ago

Hey..that device is pure evil. I took it out myself..didn't feel a single was after researching on the internet that I decided I could do it myself. So many other women said it was nothing..and they were right! literally tugged and it was in my hand! I feel sooo much better after almost 16 months of that f****ing thing. I am excited to have a period. I bled for about 2/3 days after removing it..then had a full blown HEAVY period3 weeks later. That was over a month ago and I'm feeling the PMS and waiting on my period. I was looking to see how many others had irregular periods at first, after removing it.

And if you're thinking about removing it>>> DO IT!!!! trust me !! :)

seedhousel 5 years ago

Thank you all so much for your brilliant advice, and making me convince my b/f that I am actually NOT mental!

After being told by my GP that the mirena was the best thing ever, I had it fitted back in June 2011. After feeling completely irrational, stressed, paranoid and anxious and having my normal outgoing personality disappear, I decided to get the rechid thing removed at the beginning of September.

Felt much better, and starting taking Cerazette immediately. Tout things were better until the last four weeks, where I have again become MENTAL as my b/f puts it. Anxious and irrational. I'm assuming this is the CRASH kicking in.

I want to take vitamins if this helps, so am about to go out and buy some multi vitamins and some HTP tablets. Hope these will help calm me down.

Also, without wanting to sound crude, I have more spots on my face than ever, and have also deve

Oped some on the vulva. Could this be part of the crash, or a symptom from Cerazette? Any one else get these large sore spots inside their vulva?

ashley 5 years ago

I took my mirena out myself almost a yr ago due to no health insurance and hated and my bf hav been ttc for months and no luck..since i had mirena and now still i hav very frequent uti and my pee smells bad and have alot of discharge..i have many signs of pelvic inflamAtory disease has any one else got this from mirena or hav the symptoms? I have a son so i was able to concieve four yrs ago..what gives..plz help

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

You need to see a doctor as soon as possible. Seriously. A year is plenty of time to be over many of the side effects/withdraw symptoms. Try your health department if money is an issue--they should work on a sliding income scale.

Diane 5 years ago

So my body rash is still happening- have you heard of this side effect? I saw something on line about it. 8th itchy day Benedryl to the rescue but now wondering if it's a new scent of tide? Yikes

Merana out one week and two days yippeeee

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Try using a different laundry detergent. It may be the Mirena though. I started making my own detergent out of borax and washing soda and soap and vinegar.

Josey 5 years ago

This is the most ridiculous article I've read! I had breast cancer at 41 yrs. old, mastectomy on one side w/ silicone implant, no further treatment (no radiation nor medication); history of breast cancer in my family. One year later, I had a Mirena inserted & have had it for 7 years (Europe says it is effective 7-10 yrs). NO problems with anything: no periods (only slight spotting), normal pap smears & normal diagnostic mammograms. Mood swings, depression, anxiety occur among most ppl for many, varied reasons. Crazy how everyone tries to blame their issues on something other than their own weakness! Reminds me of all the hype about MMR shots causing autism, absurd!!!

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Well Josy,

Just because you aren't having problems, it doesn't mean every one else isn't. I know my body, as do many other women. I did not have these problems until the Mirena IUD was inserted.

And then after it was removed I started healing and am now very much like I was before the IUD.

Say what you want, it WAS the IUD causing my problems. ;-)

Jill 5 years ago

I had mirena in for almost 3 years. It was fantastic. The insertion gave me cramps for the first day but after that it was great. I started feeling some pain every now and again, and we are talking about having our 2nd child. I had it taken out last wed and have been feeling nauseous every since. I immediately started on the pill so I haven't felt too moody. I also take An antidepressant and a mild anti psychotic for cyclothymia ( mild form of bipolar disorder). I want to stay on the pill until I can discuss how my other meds will effect pregnancy and if there are safer alternatives. Other than feeling sick and a little blah, I don't feel like I "crashed". I wonder if this is because of the pill. I also developed a cyst that should go away now that I'm on an estrogen hormone. I'm going to go get some prenatal vitamins today to help. Thanks for all the posts! Very helpful.

Eve 5 years ago

I had the mirena inserted in feb 2010. the minute it was inserted my stomach blew up, but i thought i was crazy, little did i know what was to follow. I had three months of constant bleeding, i was extremely emotional went on a diet to lose the last bit of baby weight and that didnt even work 100%. I kept justifying the mirena by saying it is a small price to pay for not wanting anymore children, well let me tell you I have become anaemic, tired all the time I can sleep for hours and still wake up tired. My period became seven days long instead of the 5 that it used to be. Sex was a mission and a half, i was moody and bitchy towards my kids (cos of the tiredness I didnt feel like doing things and forced myself. my weight keeps going up and up, i had sharp pains on my side just before my period, headaches that lasted for 2 days, pimples that were huge and took days to leave my face and back, back spasms, anxiuosness (which I have never suffered from anytime in my life), bloated stomach that I couldnt pull inwards. I didnt realise this was the mirena until i read the side effects on the american website (I am from South Africa).

I kept telling my hubby that something just doesnt feel right, I just didnt feel myself. I went to a bodytalk session which helped lift my moods and made me feel better about myself, but the 'emptiness' was still there. eventually i decided my health was more important than birth control. I had it removed on Monday i felt great that day, but on wednesday my period started again and it is heavier that usual, but I am just happy to feel the normal cramping associated with womanhood. i hope it just gets better from here, i have become more erratic and bloated but I am sure it is from the 'normal' period I am having at this moment.

Thank-you for your postings, you have made us feel very normal and that we are not crazy and making up stories. I will not recommend the mirena to anyone, i see it is about 1 person out of 5 that their bodies agree with the Mirena and good for them.I should of listened to my body and my sister earlier.

wendy 5 years ago

I had the iud put in in 2006, I didn't think I had any problems because I was happy about the no periods, I now realize I did have weight gain, my pap also came out abnormal with cancer cells, cysts too, my doctor said that it had nothing to do with the iud so I fight think it did either, well I had it in for the five years I just had it taken out in feb 2011, it had ben 8 months now and I have now went threw the hell of depression, no energy at all, I haven't had weight loss yet but I hope I do.but I was very hateful and fight even want to be around anyone.I also recently got acne and chin hair .I never had the problem while it was in so is that a side effect of removal? my husband and I have been trying for 8 months now to conceive and still nothing I'm beginning to think the iud has ruened my life. also when he removed it he had to pull it twice and made me cough it was so painful, I went with my friend today to get hers removed and they pulled it straight out with no problem, she didn't even feel it.was there something wrong with mine? I know the iud has changed my life and I will never have it or tell someone to get it again.thank you

Morenita78 5 years ago

I removed my iud and started a period 2 days that lasted a week. Exactly 2 weeks later, today, i have started another heavy period. Will this ever end?

Julie 5 years ago

I had my Mirena in for 7 years & didn't realize some of the problems I'd been having could have been related to the IUD until I found this site. (acne on my neck the size of the end of my thumb, hair loss, NO sex drive, feeling like a hot poker poking my back thru to my ovary). I was going to have another inserted, but decided not to after reading the posts - thank-you. I had it removed 2 days ago - a little pinch (I took Tylenol 1/2h before my appointment) & some spotting x1 day. I've not had a period since my Mirena was placed 7 years ago - I'm looking forward to it's return (weird!?). What I didn't know & my doctors never told us - is that you're not supposed to have sex for up to 7 days prior to removal -OOOPS! I can't describe what it felt like after it was out, other than that good/empty feeling after a good poop -- sorry, but that's what it felt like, but in my uterine area. I do have a yeast infection post removal - which I've only ever had once before in my 40years - not sure if that's to do with the hormonal changes with it out or not. I will update if I do have any other 'crash' or nasty post symptoms (and hopefully not a surprise in 9months time -frig!). While on Mirena I was diagnosed with low B12 - this caused super fatigue, depression like symptoms -had scopes in everyend & no celiac nor reason for low B12 found. But once I started taking the B12 felt like a new person.

Diane 5 years ago

It was the Tide detergent "Sport" - My daughter got a rash too. Washed all of our clothes, bedding,and linens twice and Benadrilled like crazy to stop the itch on our torso - but so thankful we are better! The IUD removal has been good for me so far, just alittle teary eyed at times (not normal) but you are awesome to be helping everyone out! Isadora you are the best!!!! keep up the great work! ;)

belinda 5 years ago

I had unportected sex a day I removed the iud is there any chances on becoming pregnant

Claire R 5 years ago

So glad I stumbled upon this. I had my IUD taken out a few weeks ago and have been bleeing horrendously ever since, although today it seems to be calming down (still super plus tampons but not changing them every half hour/hour). Big blood clots too, but not the size of golf balls. Feeling very drained, what with all the blood loss. This is the first place that I've read about the dreadful mood swings, which I've found the most shocking. I'm normally very cheerful, but I've been extremely bad tempered and snappy with my daughter/family, weepy and anxious. I'm hoping this stops soon, it's very unpleasant and not at all like me. My tummy is hurting and no sign of my acne disappearing just yet, but I'm hoping that will disappear in time. Wish I'd read this before I'd had it fitted!

MARY 5 years ago

I get my out tomorrow..i hope i can get pregnant after..

bigmommy3 5 years ago

I had my mirena inserted in 21st June 2007 and had it removed on 24th October 2011 as my husband and i would like to ttc. No problems whilst it was inserted, no bleeding no cramps nothing, no pain or problems on removal. However 4 days after removal i had a very light blood flow lasting just a few hours, then on Monday just under 2 weeks after removal i starting bleeding again with a vengance. I have been losing large clots, probably golf ball sized and i am still losing the same size today (Friday), having to change pads and tampons every hour, using both as flow is that heavy, is this normal? I would like for things to return to normal so that we can concieve our 4th child.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

If you are passing a lot of large blood clots, I would see your doctor. I remember passing some that were pretty dang scary.

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Ashley 5 years ago

Hi, I had my Mirena inserted in 28th June 2008 and had it removed on 24th October 2011 because my husband and I want to have the third baby. I had pap smear test on the day I removed the Mirena and last week, my doctor called me and she said she need to do an other test because the result show abnormal cell. . It's been 3 weeks since Mirena was removed but I still have no period or light blood, etc. Like I read a lot of comment above and normally everyone have period back within 2 weeks.I'm kind of worry. Is this normal?


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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I think it varies with person to person on getting your period back. Since you are going back to the doctor, make sure to ask the Dr. about it. I hope your tests turn out OKAY!!

Unsure91 5 years ago

I have had mirena for 3 years now I have very painful cramps...I never had cramps until I got the iud. I have pregnancy symptoms from it. I know I'm not pregnant. I get sharp stabbing and throbbing pains in my right ovary and in my lower back. It's livable but painful. I really am not ready to have any children why I got the iud in the first place I forget to take the pills and my body reacts very badly with the shots. I just wanted some advice as to weather I should keep it for the last 2 years or should I just get it out of me once and for all?

Ashley 5 years ago

Hi everyone,

I had the Merina for the last 4 months and experienced the negative effects including weight gain, depression, anxiety, acne, moodiness and lack of energy. I became someone I didnt know.

I called the makers of this awful drug Bayer on 1800020 653 to notify them of these effects and made a complaint.

Also called the TGA to make a complaint. Please everyone-forums are great for venting and letting other women know they are not alone and going crazy (as the doctors and company push this and say the negative effects are only happening to small numbers) OMG- TGA number is 1300 020 653. Please report your experiences and side effects.

DL 5 years ago


Well I hope that you can help me or give me a little bit of information. I had my marina in for 5 years and it was great for me, I haven't had my period though for 4 1/2 years though. I took out my marina out about 2 weeks ago it was NOT painful at all, thank God!! But since then I have NOT had a full period. Yesterday I spotted here and there mainly when I whipped myself and that's about it. When well I have a period? I also have been having headaches and have been very tired is this regular? How do I get my body back to normal is there certain vitamins or anything out there that I can take to get my self back to normal? Sounds crazy but I really would like to have a FULL menstrual cycle....

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

My cycle still isn't like it used to be. I think you need more time before you get back in order. I still get headaches and am tired but it might be because of my fibro. Since it has only been two weeks, I'd say this is normal. Maybe call your doctor?

Le 5 years ago

Hello, I used Mirena for 8 years and 3 months, and I thank you for creating this blog, because I never believe that all my symptoms were because of the Mirena ...

I inserted 2 weeks after the birth of my youngest daughter in 2003, and was very bloated, fat, and with the enormous face! After completing 5 years changed .... symptoms worsened ...

All the symptoms I felt ... headache, facial hair, big tummy, my bra was up 3 numbers!! And I thought I was eating too much or had another more serious problem.

And in 2006 I had to take my thyroid because I had a huge goiter, I had not before that bomb.

It's a shame the doctors still indicate that for women, I put on 15 pounds! And my doctor always said it was not the Mirena.

I finally took this for 2 weeks and am hoping to improve my self esteem.

I wonder how long after the Mirena removed the body returns to normal, if that's possible ....

Thank you IsadoraPandora is helping to spread the side effects that no one speaks !!!!!

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

You're welcome!

Your tummy swelling should start going down within days. As far as the fat loss, that really depends on you and your body. Just like everyone else that gets fatter than normal for years, I am back at my pre-pregnancy weight but am far from as muscular as I used to be.

Right now I am starting ballet to help tone my neglected muscles, lol.

I hope you get back to normal soon!!

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

As a matter of fact,I think I weigh less than before, just have MORE FAT! I remember the days of a 26 inch waist. I am at 28 or 29 now. Doesn't seem like much but that means I went from a size 4/5/6 to a solid 8. LOL I am short with a big bum so it doesn't look like a pretty 8! I had a big bum before though, it was just nice and toned. Arghhhh.

We shall see how this ballet stuff works out. It sure helps with the fibro!!

Le 5 years ago

IsadoraPandora thank you!

God Bless ...

And all find a better life ... without Mirena! ;)

I'll have news soon! Tks

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

:-) Anytime!

mandy 5 years ago

I got my IUD out about a week ago, felt fine the first day a little spotting. The next day I got so sick had a headache and was down and out for two days. I am still feeling like blah and have a headache still. I have taken some ibuprofen. Not much of an appetite either so that doesn't help. Fun thing is my doctor did not tell me anything about any side affect, took it out and that is it. Nor did I ask, I knew there would be some differences but not like this. When will it get better? Are headaches normal?

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

There seems to be quite a few people experiencing headaches after Mirena removal. My uneducated guess would be that it has something to do with your hormones. Maybe call your doctor and tell them what is going on?

mandy 5 years ago

Thanks I think I am going to have to because this is terrible. Do or have you heard people getting back to normal after this is taken out? Haven't read a story about someone feeling completely better after these symptoms?

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Well, I really don't know. I am not back to complete normal. I'm sure maybe some women get there though. Sometimes normal changes in our bodies can happen after Mirena that might seem like Mirena caused them. I hope you recover quickly though!!

SRB 5 years ago

i just had my mirena removed yesterday and after a slight amount of spotting i started passing small clots and bright red blood today, i was miserable for the past 8 months, i would go 1 day or so with out bleeding only to be out in public and feel sudden gushes and ruin another pair of pants. mirena was the worst choice i have ever made, i was pushed by my mother to find a long term BC because she feels like we shouldnt have another kid ever. (ha like thats going to happen) she does not believe in more than one kid... im looking forward to my body returning to some semblance of normalcy. ive noticed as the months have gone by that my lower abdomen was getting bloated and hard, ive had heavy hair loss, (which everyone has attributed to postpartum stuff)i mean its been so bad i can come away with a good chunk of hair every time i wash it :( or take out a hair tie, glad to see im not alone and that i am not out of my mind like everyone thinks i am, i had been losing weight in the months between having the baby and getting the IUD, i have since put on 20 or so lbs, i will never use another hormonal BC, cycle and barrier will be the norm with us from here on out, i hope i can return to normal after this,

Vanessa22 5 years ago

okay, so after reading all these blogs, i came to a conclusion earlier today to schecule appointnent to get this sucker out! I had it inserted May of 2010 & i swear ive gain like 20 lbs! & to be honest, ive never really had a problem with my weight. I always thought that maybe i still has left over baby fat , but it always bit the back of my tougne & told my self how can i possible gain weight, especially 10 lbs in about a month!

Seriously WTF! Ever since like these past two months i feel like crap, i have no self esteem, i literally feel like a fat cow bulging out of her skin. I feel terrible & literally just wanna cry right now. Im a 5'7 girl, almost 20 & i weigh 188, i know i dont look like i weigh that much cuz i still have a flat stomach & all but i litterally feel so self cautious ALL THE TIME. before i got pregnant i weight 140 & i was satisfied with my weight. I looked good & now i feel like i look fatter than ever. I exersize watch wat i eat, & nothing has help. & im a girl that loves to shop but now i hate shopping for clothes cuz i feel like nothing looks rigjt. I have also been getting really bad acne on the rihjt side of my face, & to top it off i swear im the biggest BITCH around. Me & my husband have gotten into to many arguments, not even funny, & Wth is it with these crying spells, geez, sometimes i feel like im bipolar or something.. My husband has even told me that before, or joking he'll tell me that i need pills. & sometiMes it really gets to me & ifeel really low & down on my self.

I hope getting this hormone munipulator out of my body helps me physically, mentally & emotionally, cuz this is literally too much for a damn 19year old to handle. December 1st plz come by faster!

softballmom76 5 years ago

My body expelled the mirena on its own after almost a year of 3 to 4 weeks a month of bleeding or spotting. Terrible weight gain and now I've been bleeding for a week straiht huge blood clots and feeling like I'm b leeding to death. I wake up in a pool and if I stand I have to run to the bathroom in fear of leaking. This am I woke up in a pool headed to the stairs and had to stop and hold my legss together and ended up in a pool of blood at my feet... any suggestions? I'm already boarderline anemic I've had an iron transfusion about a year ago...

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Go to your doctor! That is too much blood, too often. Especially since you're anemic!

Isadevon 5 years ago

Little update and hope for everybody, I got my mirena removed on September 9th by an special procedure because the strings were really short and Dr. could not removed normally. I bleed for a week after that, got my normal period a week after that bleeding. In October my period was late for a week , I believe because my body was still adjusting to normal. Yesterday (Thanksgiving day) I tool a pregnancy test and was positive :) . Today they did a blood test to measure my hormones and the nurse said I have to be about 4 weeks pregnant :). So yes people can conceive after the Mirena, took me a month an a half. Some people takes longer, even 6 months but that is normal, just keep trying and try to eat healthy, exercise and take those prenatal vitamins even before :) Good luck everybody!!!

AH 5 years ago

I had my Mirena placed in March and haven't had a period since, I was in the doctor this past week and was given a pregnancy test which came back negative (so I know I'm not pregnant) but tonight I found blood down there which came as a shock to me since its been 8 months since I've bled...should I be concerned? Or is random bleeding normal?

This is all so strange to me. I've noticed I've gained weight and my face has been so bad lately with pimples (a lot of deep painful cystic ones) and I haven't known why. Its good to know removal will help both of those, I'm just really struggling with deciding whether or not to keep it in or have it removed, I really like the convenience of no periods and no worrying about taking a pill or using condoms. I'd love your thoughts.


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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Congratulations!!!! So happy you're pregnant!

I still spotted when I had Mirena in. I think it is probably normal. Having it removed should help get rid of the acne and make it much easier to lose weight.

Debb 5 years ago

I had Mirena removed on Oct 22 due to all the usual complaints- fogginess, severe anxiety, wt gain, etc. It was Very easy, just spotting- felt INCREDIBLE after it was removed! Got my period 28 days later. My problem/question is how long will the crash last? I felt great for 1 week post removal, THEN had the worst of all anxiety. I have been getting acupuncture and taking herbals to help me thru it based on some others comments. THe herbs/acu was great, but my sessions are over with my Dr. I'm just getting nervous...which is making my anxiety worse. Please help put me at ease!

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

It is so different with every person, it is hard to tell. Since it has been a month, I would think the worst symptoms should start to fade. I hope you feel better soon!

PrincessBlu 5 years ago

Hello everyone wow thank you all for sharing and as i know we are all different it is good to see aht others if not ourselves are experiencesing life after Mirena.. so well it has been 11 onths since we had the IUDremoved and still no baby... ithought for a moment .. Ok getting my period on track ,, good ,, but not necessarily.. 4months good ., same time ,. next few months erratic some 31 days apart .. some 51 days apart , the last time October 21 before that was august 19th now its november 28 and still no period im thinking of going to get a ovulation kit? hmmm well lets just see cause well tic tock tick tock thanks ladies again and any information you may have that might just help . besides you know what lol cheers!

Genny 5 years ago

Hey ladies,I have read almost ALL the comments on here and have a question of my own..what was the longest someone spotted for once they got their IUD place in? I got mine placed in on Aug 1 and still haven't stopped bleeding since, I can't even wear cute panties or have a nice moment with my husband because Ive been spotting since Aug.,I have an appt at the end of this week to see my dr. I don't know what to do anymore,my hair is falling out like crazy and I feel so sad for no reason. My skin is fine and I didn't gain anything. Please ladies let me know what you have done. Whats the best pill someone has been on and love it?

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I cannot help you. Currently my husband and I are using only condoms and being careful. Good luck!!!

singingrunner 5 years ago

I had the IUD removed November 15th, on November 17th I started bleeding....heavily. I had already had my normal perior for November. It is now Nov. 30th and I still have very heavy bleeding and clotting. I only had the IUD in since March of 2011. During that time, my periods became much worse, I'm 37 and had acne for the first time since I was a teenager and I gained 25 lbs. Stopped running, stopped everything. I had no idea what was wrong with me until reading the comments on this site. I wish I had known this information prior to going on the IUD. Hopefully I get back to normal soon. I feel like I'm losing my mind!

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I hope you get to feeling better ASAP! Good luck!

zaina 5 years ago

I had my iud removed on october 6 and got my period two days later.we had protected sex both times and I even Took the emergency pill so I wouldn't get pregnant. I should have gotten my second period almost a month ago but nothing!! I'm really worried is this normal? I would really appreciate ur feedback.

Spanographer 5 years ago


So I had my Mirena removed after about 4 months. I had uncontrollable, heavy bleeding for the entire 4 months. I have had the device out for a little over a month, had what I thought was a back to normal period, but I have constant pain. (cramping?) When the device was removed, the ob said I may have a slight infection, being as she pressed on my abdomen and I almost hit the roof. This happen to anyone else?

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

It is normal to skip periods after having it removed. Your flow should start getting back to normal after a few months.

You may want to go back to your doctor Spanographer. That much pain is not normal. You could still have an infection would could become very serious if left unattended!

Good luck guys.

Mary Ann 5 years ago

Murena saved my life! I was losing so much blood every month that I had become anemic. I would sleep for hours & hours days & nights from heavy periods as a result of fibroid tumors. In addition I was PMSing for 2 weeks before my period. The huge gross acne boils on my skin & cramps were the worst pain beside childbirth. The pain sent me the ER. My ob/gyn suggested Murena. I researched & decide I'd try it. Within 2 weeks my periods disappeared, cramping disappeared, pms diapered & those boils call acne were all gone! I LOVE Murena. I got my life back

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I am glad Mirena worked for you Mary Ann. I hope it continues to work out for you!

amber 5 years ago

I got my mirena sept 15 2010.after my second son and it was wonderful for a while the periods i could deal with i just always wore a pantie liner cause i never knew when i was gonna start or how strong it was gonna be. which was kinda annoying but whatever.i started gaining weight, horrible mood swings,terrible migraines,never wanted to be sexually intimate,never had energy to do anything.i started getting really bad pains in my stomach in sept. but i was dealing with it cause i wasnt sure what it was. it starting getting so bad i was ready to go to the ER well after reading story`s on many different sites. i just had a feeling it was something to do with the iud. on oct 21, 2011 i took it out yep thats right i got brave decided i was not paying a doctor to pull a string lol. it came right out no pain. no discomfort and the pain in the stomach immediately ceased. so after that i started bleeding Oct.23 and didnt stop until Nov.4 really bad very heavy to the point i felt like i was peeing in my pants so that was kinda scary.(the only time i have bleed that bad was after i had my kids)and after reading alot i come to find that normal to.. go figure.then it just stopped no spotting just stopped. didnt start again until yesterday and its the same way very heavy. i feel great since it came out.besides all the bleeding and i will never get another one.and once my body gets back to normal we are gonna try for another baby hopefully a girl :)so i just thought i would let other people know my experience cause as much as i loved it in the beginning i would not recommend the iud to anyone.. :) I hope if you decide to get one do your research and ask alot of questions.

TTMarie3 5 years ago

I no longer have the mirena as of about 20 days ago! I spotted for only a few days and now the bleeding is gone! I am a breastfeeding mother of a 14 month old but have come concerned with the fact that since I have no longer had the IUD I have gained 5 pounds. And a week and a half later got really sick, I could barely eat or even think about Ranch( i know weird ) but for a week following the though alone would make me sick! I figured I would lose weight cause my random sickness. but gained those five lbs plus! Which isnt normal for me cause my weight has NOT raised since I have had my son anything I can do? Or anyone know the posiible reasoning? I am lost for words with it and a emotional wreck about the random weight! HELP! If can!

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I have never heard of anyone gaining weight after having Mirena removed.

I'm not really sure why, hormones messed up?

Maybe try and keep eating good food and stay active. It might adjust itself. You may want to ask your doctor if you cannot lose weight, it could be something else.

Good luck!!

TTMarie3 5 years ago

I was very shocked cause I got it taken out and then I was sick so I even told people this could be a good diet joking of course with the sickness cause I couldnt eat NOTHING! And the ranch commercials would make me sick!! Gahhhhhh Thanks:)))

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Are you sure you're not pregnant?

Linda Lou 5 years ago

I am 45, I had mirena put in 1 year ago(not for birth control but to control my heavy menstrual cycle) boyfriend and I are talking about marriage..we are practicing Catholics..So that means Mirena comes out and

we will use the Natural Family Planning..we are open to life, but will primarily use it to Prevent pregnancy ..

I am worried about my periods being awful after Mirena is removed...and having problems to the point where we can't get married because my boyfriend is concerned about my health..and will not take the risk..Just wondering if my body will be able to straighten out so

I can use NFP..or if I am asking for problems..??

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

You will need to talk to your doctor about that. I am not sure if taking the Mirena out will cause bleeding issues or if yours have been resolved from having it in for so long.

My periods are pretty heavy now, heavier than before I had my Mirena placed. Not sure if this had anything to do with the Mirena or if its because I am getting older or had a baby.

Hannah 5 years ago

i had my mirena put in on august 20 2010 i was 18 at the time and it hurt like hell for months and months it started to go away after about a year of having it in but now ive become a super moody/really bitchy person and gained over 30lbs ive gone from a size two to a size eight and a C cup to a DD my doctor tells me it doesnt cause weight gain but 30lbs is alot for me who works two jobs and im on my feet all the time so after a year and four months of debating i have decided that my iud is coming out im just scared i wont be able to have children when the time comes i have heard to many stories of not being able to. hopefully things work out! fingers crossed

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

It does cause weight gain. Either your doctor is lying, or is grossly misinformed.

I was at a 30 pound weight gain with Mirena, after it was removed, I QUICKLY lost over 25 pounds. I didn't change anything in my diet or life--I just had the Mirena removed.

You haven't had it in long so maybe you won't have an issue with getting pregnant. I wish I could be of more help.

hannah 5 years ago

you and this site have helped!!! i know im not crazy at all and what to expect when its you know of any meds or vitamins i should take when its out. i dont wanna jump back on birth control right away i wanna do a detox first before putting a different horomone in my body? thanks!!!

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

It doesn't just cause weight gain, it prevents you from losing the weight. Seriously, I was shocked at how easily the weight came off after having Mirena removed.

I started taking B vitamins and eating lots of Kale. Also an organic honey and plenty of good meat and free-range eggs have helped me.

I suggest a good women's multi vitamin, too.

Linda Lou 5 years ago

I spoke to my doctor again about options for heavy periods after Mirena is removed, she suggested a D&C or an ablation, which I will not consider..scraping and scooping of the uterus sounds way too much! She did also suggest Lysteda an non-hormonal, non contraceptive tablet that you take 3-5 days when your period starts to

help heavy bleeding...

Has anyone heard of or tried this medication for heavy bleeding..I am just trying to figure out whether to keep the Mirena in and not get married because of the hell I might put my body through..or if this may be a help for me...(again..I am catholic and birth control other then natural family planning is not an option..thanks all...

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I have never heard of it. I hope someone will post soon with their experiences with Lysteda.

Linda Lou 5 years ago

In my research I found this...regarding lysteda

FDA Approves Lysteda to Treat Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Lysteda tablets (tranexamic acid), the first non-hormonal product cleared to treat heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia). Lysteda works by stabilizing a protein that helps blood to clot.

Heavy menstrual bleeding is reported each year by about 3 million U.S. women of reproductive age. Women with uterine fibroids may experience heavy menstrual periods. But in most cases, there is no underlying health condition associated with the condition.

“Menorrhagia can be incapacitating for some women,” said Kathleen Uhl, M.D., FDA’s associate commissioner of women’s health. “Heavy menstrual periods can cause pain, mood swings, and disruptions to work and family life.”

Tranexamic acid was first approved by the FDA in 1986 as an injection, under the brand name Cyklokapron, and is used to reduce or prevent bleeding during and following tooth extraction in patients with hemophilia, a hereditary bleeding disorder caused by the lack of a blood clotting factor.

The most common adverse reactions reported during clinical trials by patients using Lysteda included headache, sinus and nasal symptoms, back pain, abdominal pain, muscle and joint pain, muscle cramps, anemia, and fatigue. There was a statistically significant reduction in menstrual blood loss in women who received Lysteda, compared with those taking an inactive pill (placebo).

Use of Lysteda while taking hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack, according to Scott Monroe, M.D., director of the Division of Reproductive and Urologic Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Women using hormonal contraception should take Lysteda only if there is a strong medical need, and if the benefit of treatment will outweigh the potential increased risk.

Lysteda is manufactured by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals of Newport, Ky.


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Linda Lou 5 years ago

Lysteda was fda approved in 2009 so not very long ago.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Thank you Linda! The clots, and heart problems are pretty common in other birth control too, aren't they? Especially if you smoke.

Linda Lou 5 years ago

Yes that is correct..I was starting to lose hope that I could get married and practice Natural Family Planning..with heavy periods for 7-12 days or more how can u do that?? I am trying to find information on using lysteda and being able to practice NFP..I'm 45 and not ready to NOT have relations with my possible future husband..I don't believe it was meant to be that way.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

That really is a tough decision to make. How much did the doctor believe a D&C would help? If it has high rates of success, it may be worth looking into?

Naturally before you ever have relations in case you could be pregnant during the procedure.

Linda Lou 5 years ago

Correct me anyone and everyone..but I just read on the EWTN Catholic website questions and answers that a ablation/d&c/baloon therapy...if you have your uterus lining scraped conception if it happens the embryo cannot attache to the uterine wall because there is no you are aborting...!!!!.I think I have to tell my doctor this..because they are saying this is just an alternative to a hysterectomy...that is why I am so cautious..I wish I would have researched the Mirena even more then I did before having it put into my body...

I was told it has nothing to do with not being able to get pregnant...WHO can you believe..and I am not meaning they are being dishonest..just very mis informed..

Mzvee 5 years ago

Hi, its sad that this Mirena has caused so many health issues. I just took mine out about 3 weeks ago and I'm praying that my hair grows back and these toxins leave my body asap. I had it in for 15 months but didn't put two & two together because of my Carpel Tunel & knee pain plus an hereditary back problem. I was already in so much pain but it did increase very bad.I now have anxiety issues and depression and everything else you guys named...I was wondering if it was possible to start a class action lawsuit. This has really changed my life..

Deb 5 years ago

Wish I had found this site sooner. I am 49 and had my Mirena removed 2 days ago after carrying it around for 5 years and 2 months. My doctor did not mention any of the side effects after removal, she simply yanked it out and said "that's it". I spotted a little old blood that day and the next and today woke up to bright red, heavy bleeding. I thought it odd since I had my period just over a week ago. The bleeding got worse, I could not keep a tampon in place and used pads. I soaked through a pad in less than an hour, then 15 minutes... I paniced and phoned my doctor's office. They said it is entirely normal...WHAT!!! No one even mentioned bleeding to me let alone this draining of all the blood in my system. After passing several enormous clots, things have slowed a bit. I am incredibly bloted and have extreme pain in my lower back... alot like after giving birth. I will never again put hormones in my body!

serena 5 years ago

Ughhh I'm so upset.. I wish I knew abut all this stuff before I got it. I'm 24yrs old I had the mirena iud for 3yrs and just barely got it removed in sept 2011 now its dec 2011 and I can't get pregnant. My husband n I are constantly trying and were not geetting anywhere.. I hope I'm not like some of u that 3yrs pass and still cannot concieve :[ ill be so devistated...

Sammy 5 years ago

So I've been reading all the posts on here and wondering if anyone can help me out? Got my iud removed a week ago. Did not really have a period for the two yrs and four months of having the iud. Two days later spotted but really nothing...then 2 days ago thought I was getting my period i had some bleeding used a tampon came out clean. When should I expect a period? Also, heard you can ovulate up to two days after getting it removed is this possible depending on your body? We have been having sex every other day since eager to get pregnant! And have a event to go to this wkend is friday too soin to take a hpt if I havent got a period? wouldnt want to have a couple of drinks if I am pregnant.

Isabella 5 years ago

The IUD is NOT TOXIC. That is a ridiculous assumption from someone who has no knowledge or done any research on the subject. The Mirena is a flexible plastic device that emits a small dose of projestin into your uterus over time. I can't say I haven't had an issue with the Mirena, I have been getting severe acne but that is the risk that I was aware of getting it put in, and is the risk for MANY birth controls. I talked to my doctor (which by the way is a much more intelligent alternative to just making rash assumptions about how bad the Mirena is) and I got put on Allesse (a birth control pill) t control the acne. I am happy to say that after a week my skin is improving a lot. There are plently of risks with ANY birth control whether its an iud, pill, patch, ring, or implant. There are side effects for every form and each woman is going to react differently. People stop taking the pill for the same reasons as the mirena too, don't forget about that. Its a risk and a personal choice and I don't think that people should bash the Mirena because they had a bad experience. I did, and I still have it in. If it doesn't work for you, it may work very well for others and I know many people who are happy with it.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Mirena's own words on known side effects.

Medical Definition of Toxic

"2. Capable of causing injury or death, especially by chemical means; poisonous"

Mirena does cause harm. If you haven't been reading the comments here, why not try looking at the Mirena website I posted.

This is a Hub about Mirena, not other forms of birth control, Isabella.

Progestin is a synthetic form of progestogen. Here, read a little on the side effects of progestin.

My experience with Mirena was horrible. I am still dealing with the cysts that it caused me. Absolutely the worst medication I have ever, EVER taken.

And it seems that more and more women are coming out of the woodworks with the same problems I had.

Glad you're willing to deal with the side effects Mirena is causing you, I on the other hand refuse to go through hell for something like that.

And I have also done more than enough research on the thing that made me feel like I was dying.

You’re casting your net on stony ground here Isabella. Do your own research and see how badly this piece of garbage is harming women.

It’s a good thing there are some people out there that do more than read the pamphlet that comes with their FDA approved medications.

I am not going to hash out the glorious wonders of the Mirena IUD--because I feel there aren't that many to speak of.

Good day. :-)

Lyndseyrae 5 years ago

Hi, I've had my Mirena IUD for the past 5 weeks. After it was inserted, i cramped for the entire day. I went without a period for about a week. After the first week, me and my husband had intercourse. After that, I started my "period" and been on it for 4 weeks today. I have no clue if its just me or the IUD, but I've been passing old blood, (blackish brown with a little bit of bright red blood). I called and told my midwife that i want this thing out of me because i have loss my sex drive, always having this nasty stuff coming out of me, Horrible mood swings, acne is horrible, eating constantly (use to be 120 pounds, already up to 130 in this short amount of time!) Is anyone else out there with this problem? I've been researching if anyone has been passing this for this long amount of time as I have and no luck yet. Someone please help

dee 5 years ago

I've had my mirena in for about a month and have been experiencing tooth pain..and feel very sick after intercourse..are these things part of mirena side effects? Seriously thinking about taking it out..

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I don't know about the toothache but the illness during/after sex, YES.

Lyndsey, yes. I had all of those problems when I had the Mirena in place.

jen 5 years ago

I am having my mirena out this afternoon and I am terrified of the crash. I can't imagine I will feel worse emotionally than I do now, after 4 years of being on the thing. Someone talk me down, please.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Don't be scared! You might fly through the removal without a hitch. Knowing what could possibly happen is supposed to give you a heads up, not frighten you.

I'm sure you'll be fine!

dee 5 years ago

Makes me feel like I'm on birth control for nothing..also I've noticed my muscles seem sore all the time..had some spasms a few days ago..after reading everything n here I'm starting to wonder if that has something to do with my iud..

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

If the IUD is the only thing you have changed in your day-to-day life since the problems started, then I would say, yes.

I got the point I was feeling pretty hopeless,too. Its a horrible feeling. :(

dee 5 years ago

Also I've been breastfeeding as Dr said it was completely now I'm afraid something could be wrong with my baby and I might not even realize it..nothing seems out of the ordinary with what are your thoughts?

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I don't think it will do anything to the baby. I breastfed my son until he was 18 months and he did well. I cannot say for sure though.

onetimepost 5 years ago

When reading through this post, please know I display my comment respectfully. All of our bodies react to many forms of birth controls in different ways. It pains me to hear that you have had such a horrible time with your IUD experience. It wouldn't be expected of you to 'hash out the glorious wonders' of the Mirena IUD. However, I feel it truly unjust to those women who seek an alternative birth control method who choose to try it, for you to leave such a bad taste in their mouths with your harsh article. Bashing the Mirena IUD birth control method leaves many women with a feeling of nervousness and doubt. They may now be less willing to try an alternative birth control method that may in fact work for them. I am glad that you feel you can support your theory with your research. However, ALL medications, including birth control methods of ALL forms, have side effects. The severity of the side effect(s) depends on how an individual's body reacts to the medication or birth control method. Please keep this in mind. I realize also, due to your hardship with this certain birth control, that you only wish to reach out and help those women who seek these alternative methods. However, being a member of the health care team, I find it wise and implore you to leave suggestions of medications including herbal supplements up to the discretion of any individual's health care provider(s). This is advisable due to the safety and well being of all persons and I would hate to see any other person's hardships be blamed elsewhere. As I mentioned before, this discussion is not meant for any ill intent. I only hope to teach that we are all unique and what doesn't work for one person, may very well work for another. Please keep this in mind when reading through posts regarding any form of medication and/or contraception. Good luck to you all.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

As I stated in the article and throughout my comments, when in doubt, see your doctor. ;-)

The truth at times can be quite harsh. But the truth is truth and I refuse to sugar coat anything I write.

Thank you.

Seadream 5 years ago

IsadoraPandora. I had mine removed today (hooray!). Thank you so much for your excellent article and well done on following up all the posts since!

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Thank you very much! I hope you get to feeling better soon!

its OUT! WHEEW! 5 years ago

Ok...long story short..... My doc, glorified iud....I had it put in earlier this year....had many problems during the procedure..I.e.body went in a lil shock/shaking! 5 minute procedure turned into a few hours procedure. I shoulda known then. Well once put it all the way, I thought I was fine. Turns out, pelvic pains, weird , 25lb weight gain was in I had it taken out yesterday! I literally felt lighter (pressure relief) coming out of the office. I'm nervous for a crash BUT I'd rather crash than keep that crap in me. DO YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE ANY VITAMINS OR NATURAL REMEDIES TO MAKE MY CRASH...NOT SO CRASH-ISH;)

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

The only thing I can recommend is taking a good multivitamin. I tried to eat iron-rich foods like kale and collards and lots of eggs and beans. I'm addicted to eggs though. lol

You might explode if you eat as many beans as I do, lol.

Also, drink a lot of water! You may want to try a bit of Spirulina as well. It tastes nasty but its pretty good.

I hope you don't crash at all!

relieved im not alone 5 years ago

I Got Mine removed October 12, 2011. I had a normal period for four days, starting oct. 14th. I haven't got my period since. I lost it completely the entire time i was on mirana but I'm a little concerned that it hasn't come back and all of the pregnancy tests are coming up negative. I am really out of it and have a hard time focusing or doing much of anything. It is a relief that im not crazy! I was not told about the after effects before i got Mirana or i wouldn't have gotten it in the first place. Next time im doing my research!

5 years ago

I had the Mirena inserted in May, 2009. I didn't realize that the hair thinning/loss, depression, mood swings, irritability, lethargy, fatigue, etc., were in any way related to the Mirena until I started looking up whether it was possible to become pregnant with a Mirena inserted. That lookup eventually got me to this site, and others like it, where women have posted their issues with the Mirena. It is nice to know that there may be a root cause to the problems I've been experiencing.

I'm very lucky that I did not experience the acne or weight gain that so many others have posted about.

I have an appointment for its removal on Dec 22. I'll post back here any issues (or lack thereof).

Lisa 5 years ago

I've had the mirena for 2 1/2 yrs and I haven't experienced any of this. No weight gain. No acne. No pain. No nothing. This was the best form of birth control and I didn't get my period anymore. I believe everyones bodies react differently. I love the mirena! Just had it removed to have another baby and I will have it put back in afterwards.

Cindy 5 years ago


I am thankful that you created this blog! I have been researching Mirena side effects and effects after removal. Most of the time, the posters are reporting the day of or a few days after they had it removed but then do not follow up!

I am also impressed that you have continue to correspond a year (or so) since you started this blog.

Additionally, I find you credible because you do cite resources to back up your claims. It inspired me to do some further digging.

In a nutshell, other studies on Mirena have been done outside of the U.S. and 60% of women have it removed under 5 years due to bleeding, pain and/or progestogenic adverse effects (acne, weight gain, hair growth, mood swings).

Gynecological Endocrinology, 31 July 2009

Mirena® - the discontinuing story

Dr. Ayman A. A. Ewies, MBChB, MSc, MRCOG, MD

Consultant Gynaecologist

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Teaching Tru

I will share a very detailed summary of my findings in the next entry!

Cindy 5 years ago

IsadoraPandora, I spent a couple of hours this morning looking up information about the synthetic hormone in Mirena but you do pose a good point about the Mirena being a plastic device. Mirena's pamphlet says not to use it if you are allergic to latex or another form of plastic (I forget). SIGH---another weird caution!!!!

This post has links to websites and snippets that I pulled from those sites to highlight my findings. Here is the nutshell summary:

Mirena contains 52 mg of levonorgestrel, a progestin which is a synthetic form of progesterone (steroid involved in the menstrual cycle and pregnancy).

It releases 20 mcg per day (equivalent of a mini pill).

ALL progestins produce a level of "androgenic activity" that causes unpleasant side effects like hair growth, weight gain, acne, mood swings, etc. but each have varying levels.

Levonorgestrel is on the high end of "androgenic activity"

Furthermore, the study I posted the link to in my last entry cited that Mirena claims it provides a local affect only and adverse side effects ease after a few months, but research findings in Europe (scroll to bottom or read the article) found more than 60% women have the Mirena removed before 5 years due to these side effects. LOW LIBIDO was ALSO a common complaint! (I found that study in wikipedia when looking up side effects of progestin. )

My conclusion: Some of us are sensitive to the levels of progestin AND/OR to forms of progestin only birth control. Mirena is not for us! Obviously, some women do not have this sensitivity, and Mirena may be right for them.

I am having mine taken out January 17. Thanks to this blog, I will be prepared for the crash and hope my weight will come off!

Part 2- why I "googled" side effects of mirena and my experience:

Let me preface this by explaining my epiphany- that actually embarrassed me once I had it.

Here it is: Why would one "size" (or product) fit all? SERIOUSLY!!! Why would I ASSUME that Mirena was "right for me" just because I didn't have the risk factors they warned us about? ( You know- do not use if you have...blah blah blah) My obgyn told me that she had only one patient ask for it to be removed and everyone else is loving it. She was confident and I don't think she was lying- what I think is that she has MORE than one patient who are having problems but are not associating it with Mirena and therefore are not complaining!

I had Mirena inserted PAINLESSLY on August 8, 2011. My son was 2 years old, and I had one of those foley balloon things inserted into my cervix to induce labor (didn't work- don't try it- was excruciating). I also had 2 LEEP procedures, so maybe my cervix was just desensitized!

I had minimal spotting but my first period was 10 days long. I knew that. I was very bloated and PMSy. I figured that made sense- just got an IUD with hormones in it! Duh!

A couple of months later, in October, when I started gaining weight quickly (I was up 10 pounds since August), first I thought "damn it- my metabolism is slowing down. I AM 35." But then I wondered about the IUD. Although I hadn't experienced weight gain on the BC pill I took previously, I knew it was a common complaint that women had.

I started searching and found pages of women complaining about it on They also complained of things I rolled my eyes about like hair loss, anxiety, body aches, headaches.

The next day, it got me thinking about my hair- 3 weeks post Mirena insert. At the time, I actually didn't really notice (I have a lot of hair) and thought SHE was full of it! Sure, my hair comes out in the shower and when I brush it or blow dry but I just figured that was post pregnancy thing. (no bald spots thank God)

Then, I also noticed that I wasn't really desiring a man in my life, wasn't really having those "aroused" feelings, and frankly, couldn't care less about dating! I am taking Wellbutrin and wondered if that was the culprit,although I did take it previously and was randy enough back then.

I also noticed that my stomach would get REALLY swollen prior to my period starting! I read that bloating was normal and would decrease over time.

I was experiencing depression and mood swings like whenI was pregnant. I figured that was also normal and would subside (4 months+ post Mirena and my depression is WORSE!)

Back in October, I decided to email my obgyn and listed the complaints and asked about having it removed- what would be involved, what side effects would I have. Her reply insulted me: She said bloating was normal and it would subside. She had never had a patient complain of weight gain, back pain or low libido. She wanted me to give it 4-6 months because it was "an expensive device" and I should give it a fair trial.


Still, I figured maybe I should wait another couple of months. This month, my depression has been worse and I really thought it had to do with my weight gain- up to 16 pounds since August- and then decided to google again last night.

I went onto the Mirena website to read about the side effects as well as some others. When I read "it is unknown how Mirena works" that was a concern for me.

My side effects (low libido, weight gain, thinning hair, mood swings) were all listed in the category of side effects suffered by less than 5% of the women who participated in the study.

I also read that everyone gets 52 mg of levonorgestrel, that releases 20 mcg per day. Really? EVERY "body" receives only 20 mcg per day--how does it do that, exactly, when a pill has the controlled amount in it and we swallow one per day to only receive that amount?

But, I guess we could argue that there are "predetermined" prescriptions for BC pills, too!

I took Loestrin FE 120 for years without side effects or pregnancy. I stopped it and got pregnant the next month. (planned)

Other women complained about it. For me, it worked. What is it about Mirena that is NOT working for me (and so many others)? Is it Mirena or just another "bad fit?"

I think what really pisses me off is that I had a sneaking suspicion that the side effects were UNDER reported or downplayed somehow- when countless women are complaining of similar side effects on so many different blogs! Maybe more than 5% blamed themselves and didn't report those problems when they were doing the study. Anyway,

It truly is a great thing that Mirena doesn't give all women adverse effects and makes life wonderful for those women. It makes sense, though, that some have a great experience because all of our bodies are different.

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and also suffer from mild-moderate depression. For each of these conditions, I had to try multiple medications until I found those that worked for me.

Why wouldn't it be the same for birth control methods?

Part 3: The "google" findings

After looking up the "active ingredient" in Mirena, I wanted to know why I had no noticeable side effects with the Loestrin birth control. What IS levonorgestrel? What was in Loestrin? I looked it up here:

"Which Oral Contraceptive Pill is Best for Me?"

This website simply compares the levels of hormone in each pill and gives recommendations for ones based on the side effects that the varying levels of estradiol (fake estrogen) and the type of progestin (fake progesterone) in each.

I read this:

"Each progestin has a different potency, milligram per milligram, in terms of progesterone effect to stop menstrual bleeding or androgen effect to stimulate acne and hair growth." And gave a table of the progestin

and the level of "Androgenic Activity."

The Loestrin that I took had estradiol AND the progestin "norethrindrone acetate" with this level of androgenic activity (likelihood that progestin may cause adverse side effects)


levonorgestrel (MIRENA) has


I googled "androgenic effects of progestin" and got this:

Androgenic Effects:

"Androgenic effects refer to the likelihood that the progestin may cause unpleasant side effects. Progestins with highe

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I will reply preoperly to your comments after Christmas. Been really busy!! Thank you for such a detailed and thought out reply!!!!

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Properly too. lol

Ash 5 years ago

Wow yo don't understand how helpful this was for me. I truly thought I was going crazy. I had my mirena in for 2 hrs now and since I put it in I've been getting horrible migraines that have put me in the hospital many many times and did not allow me to enjoy life with my son and husband. It also made me very moody and I pushed away alot of close friends. I also was unable to lose any weight. I finally got it out 4 days ago and the next day my body just crashed. I felt sick I hated every portion of my life, felt like a horrible mother for feeling that way and could not stop crying (mind you this is 3 days before Xmas). Then my husband found this posting for me and told me it's not me that many women have gone through it before. I didn't feel alone anymore and it helped that he knew also. I did vomit a lot for about 24 hrs and the day that was done I started the bleeding which is today. I hope this means it may be coming to an end. But I wanted to say thanks for posting this and for everyone postings their stories it really helped me get through it all.

Cindy 5 years ago

oops- this is sooo long that it didn't fit- so here is the last part which is info about levonorgestrel and that study:

Androgenic Effects:

"Androgenic effects refer to the likelihood that the progestin may cause unpleasant side effects. Progestins with higher androgenic activity may increase the chances of androgen-related side effects which mainly include acne and hirsutism (female unwanted hair growth).

Also, progestins with less androgenic activity tend to have little to no effect on carbohydrate metabolism, which is how the body breakdowns and synthesizes simple sugars into smaller units that can then be used by the body for energy."

There are 4 "generations" of progestins, and levonorgestrel is in the second generation family:

"Second generation progestins, which have varying degrees of androgenic and estrogenic activities. These include levonorgestrel and norgestrel."

Another search on androgenic activities of progestin supported that it is high in levonorgestrel-


• General

o Unbound testosterone increases with androgenicity

• Characteristics

o Conditions associated with high Androgenic Activity

? Acne Vulgaris

? Hirsutism (*unwanted female hair growth)

? Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

? Obesity (or weight gain)

? Nervousness

? Lowered HDL-2

o Conditions associated with low Androgenic Activity

? Decreased libido

• Progestins with most potent Androgenic Activity

o Methyltestosterone (50): Upper limit reference

o Gestodene (8.6)

o Levonorgestrel (8.3)

o dl-Norgestrel (4.2)

o Desogestrel (3.4)

• Progestins with least Androgenic Activity

o Pregnane Progestin (0)

o Norethynodrel (0)

o Ethynodiol Diacetate (0.6)

o Norethindrone (1.0): Lower limit reference"

and then I did a search on side effects of progestin and it led me to wikipedia which led me to the report I posted a link to in the first post.

"According to Dr. Ayman A. A. Ewies in an abstract published in Gynecological Endocrinology, 31 July 2009 [16] the hormonal releasal of the Mirena is publicized to have a local effect but he shows that elevated levels of levonorgestrel have been found globally in some women because of various factors including low metabolic rates. He also states that weight gain is one of the major side effects."

Notes: I only pulled out excerpts so please click on the link to read the article in its entirety

LNG stands for levonorgestrel (Mirena)

Gynecological Endocrinology, 31 July 2009

Mirena® - the discontinuing story

Dr. Ayman A. A. Ewies, MBChB, MSc, MRCOG, MD

Consultant Gynaecologist

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Teaching Tru

High rate of progestogenic adverse effects:

It was claimed that Mirena provides a local effect with low constant systemic level of LNG instead of the fluctuating levels obtained with the daily progestogen only pill (POP), and the progestogenic adverse effects were limited to the first few months after insertion (2,17); rarely leading to early removal (8).

Nonetheless, these reports were challenged by finding similar, or higher, serum levels of LNG in the users of Mirena and POP, and recounting high rates of progestogenic adverse effects leading to discontinuation before the 5 years life span recommended by the manufacturer (9,10,12,13,20).

A multicentre 7-year randomized controlled trial (RCT, n=2246) comparing Mirena with copper TCu 380 Ag intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) found that women were 4 times more likely to discontinue Mirena because of progestogenic adverse effects and the incidence of headaches and acne were significantly higher in the Mirena group (12).

Another European multicentre RCT, with 2758 women, reported that removal rate at 5 years was significantly higher in Mirena users when compared with Nova-T 200 IUCD users because of depression, acne, headaches and weight gain (10). Ilse et al. reported 5 women with new-onset acne 1-3 months after insertion of Mirena, and recommended that dermatologists, family planning practitioners, and women should be aware of this side effect before considering the devise (21).

Furthermore, The World Health Organisation Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (WHOMEC) recommended that Mirena usage by women with current breast cancer presents an unacceptable risk and for those with a past history of breast cancer (no disease for 5 years) the risks outweigh the benefits (22). This indicates that Mirena is considered as a systemic source of LNG.

High serum and tissue levels of levonorgestrel

Following insertion of Mirena, LNG is released at a rate of approximately 20 ?g/day, and a steady-state plasma level occurs after few weeks (17). The reported steady-state LNG serum levels in Mirena users are summarized in table 1. The elimination half-life for LNG at steady state is approximately 36±?13h (26), and some studies reported values as short as 9h and others as long as 80h (17). Therefore, it is plausible to substantiate that using Mirena has the same effect as taking 1-2 Noregeston® tablets daily on a continuous basis (27). Moreover, women with slow metabolic clearance rates could have, at any one point, up to three times higher serum levels of LNG than the above mentioned averages.

Additionally, Nilsson et al (28) found that the concentrations of LNG in the myometrium, fallopian tubes and fat tissue were similar (ranged from 3.2 to 16 pmol/g of wet weight of tissue) in the users of an LNG-releasing IUS that releases 30µg daily and in those taking oral contraceptive pill containing 250µg LNG. The fat tissue concentrations correlated with the plasma levels. Nonetheless, the mean LNG endometrial tissue concentrations were 2586pmol/g and 11.2pmol/g of wet tissue weight in the IUS and tablets users, respectively.This means that LNG tissue concentrations, other than the endometrium, in Mirena users could be equivalent to that of 6 LNG-containing POP.

High rate of sexual dissatisfaction:

A recent RCT (7), compared the effect of hysterectomy (n=117) with Mirena (n=119) on sexual functioning in women with HMB, found that only 48.7% of women randomized to Mirena kept it in situ for 5 years. The sexual satisfaction increased and sexual problems decreased in those who underwent hysterectomy, whereas the Mirena did not have such an effect.

This was attributed to the higher incidence of lower abdominal pain.

Furthermore, there was a significant reduction in satisfaction of sexual partners of Mirena users which could be explained by the unscheduled bleeding or as a result of the decreased sex drive in women.


Healthcare professionals should be aware that up to 60% of women discontinue using Mirena within five years due to unscheduled bleeding, pain and/or progestogenic adverse effects. The notion that Mirena works as entirely a local source of LNG should be revised since the serum LNG in users may be equivalent to that of two LNG-containing progestogen only pill taken daily on a continuous basis, and the tissue concentrations of LNG, other than the endometrium, users may be equivalent to that of six LNG-containing progestogen only pill. Mirena seems to delay rather than replace hysterectomy, and it may best suit women who are approaching the age of menopause. The high discontinuation and adverse effects rates should be readily available to women to be able to make an informed choice as regards using Mirena.

5 years ago

I originally posted on Dec 21 and had the IUD removed on Dec 22. The removal itself was painless--thankfully. It was not embedded in my uterus.

I've had some slight bleeding and spotting since then, but nothing that a panty liner couldn't handle. I had some cramps on Christmas Eve, but that's it so far.

What I've not figured out is if the depression I'm feeling is related to the removal or left over from the Mirena itself. I keep waiting for the crash I've read about and hoping that I don't experience it.

My gynecologist did not try to talk me out of having it removed. He spent a number of minutes talking with me about my symptoms and that with my age (45), I'm at the pre-menopausal stage and that some of my symptoms could be linked to that. He also said that my depression could be related to my divorce (finalized on Sept 15), and he could very well be right. He said that in his practice, he's had about a half dozen women who have asked to have it removed.

Anyway, I'm glad it's out and plan to keep tracking my symptoms and will update here if anything untoward occurs.

gladitsout 5 years ago

I had mirena in for 2 years and finally had it taking out Dec.8 2011. I must say at first I was thrilled not having to remember to take my BC pills. It was one less thing I had to worry about. Boy was I in for a treat! it frist started out my periods were regular but lasted the whole 7 days with cramping. As with the BC pills it only last 3 days, boy was I missing this. Then I started having infections then my partern complained of dryness and feeling the strings. Into the 2nd year I started to spot everyday having to wear a pantie liner,my periods came twice a month. So, my obgyn put me on BC pills to help regulate my periods (it helped but it defeted the purpose). Yep that's right on two forms of BC. LOL!!! Then I finally said it was time for it to go. And during my visit for removal my obgyn informed me that she had hers removed because she got tried of the spotting, so go figure. Long story short, 3 days after removal, I had heaving bleeding(watery like) and clotting for 7 days. And then I started bleeding again on Dec 23. I guess its my regular period. I have no clue. But I am not going back on any birth control at the moment I need to let my body rest from all the stress it has been through these past 2 years.Oh one last thing. I am glad I found this site because I have been feeling depressed and couldnt figure out why.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author


Thank you very much for your useful comments. I think they will help so many women out! You found so much information on Mirena! You've taken a lot of time out of your life to help out other women and we really appreciate it!


I hope you get to feeling better quickly. Just knowing what to expect can be really helpful during recovery!


I hope you feel better soon. You have had a lot of stuff going on it seems. I would say at least a good amount of your depression probably stems from your divorce. Divorce can be such a terrible thing to deal with.

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I am glad your husband found us then! Now maybe you can start getting back to normal. :-) Good luck and God bless y'all!

Elle Linney 5 years ago

Had the Mirena IUD for 2 months, HORRIBLE back pain, bloating , moody, depression, cramping, severe abdominal pain. Gained 5 pounds in 2 months which is strange for me because I watch my weight and was working out more than normal. I had such severe lower back pain I could not move and had to go for many physiotherapy treatments. Since having removed (the OBGYN was very rude to me and not pleased I was having it removed, he was acting like I was aborting a child not having a piece of plastic removed) I have SEVERE cystic acne which I have not had in over 15 years. Even when I did have acne it was not on my forehead or on my nose. This acne is HORRIBLE and nothing will make it go away. I lost most of the weight right away and the feeling of being bloated and swollen was gone. My moods are slowly getting better. I am not as tired. I am still a bit depressed but this maybe because of the acne. My back pain went away right away. I was able to workout again without feeling stabbing pain in my uterus. The insertion was HORRIBLE, I have endometriosis and this pain was worse, removal was easy. I now must find a way to get rid of this acne. Good luck ladies, trust your bodies and your instinct, I am sure this works well for some ladies but did not for me. I should have known better than to listen to others about this IUD.

Any ideas on the acne fix would be appreciated :-)

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

One of the best things I did for my acne after Mirena was this.

Good luck with your recovery!

Elle Linney 5 years ago

Oh I forgot to add in my comment that I measured my waist and after I had the MIRENA removed my stomach was flat again and 3 inches smaller, in 1 week!!!! I felt pregnant on the IUD and my usual flat tummy was so bloated and hard (not a nice hard, a round ugly hard). I find with many BC pills and IUDs that most doctors think they are the BEST THING ever then a few years later you start hearing news reports that the Birth control is really bad and making women crazy or horrible side effects, I know for some women its great but for me I have never had a good experience on BC

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Ive tried a few and all of them caused me problems too Elle. I remember when I had the patch. I woke up after having taken it off and was covered in blood from my feet to my breasts.

Guess I am just unlucky, huh? ;-)

5 years ago


Thanks for your kind thoughts surrounding my depression and divorce, and for providing this forum.

My latest update: I've had practically constant spotting since having the Mirena removed on Dec 23. Most of it is old (brown) blood, though once in a while I'll have what seems like regular blood. I've had cramps twice. I'm hoping that spotting eases up soon.

One odd thing that I've noticed that is different from what everyone else has posted: I didn't gain weight while on the Mirena--I lost about 15-20 pounds over the course of the 19 months I had it. Now that I've had it removed, I've gained about 5 pounds. But I'd rather have that and get my hair and emotional sanity back than worry about a few pounds.

Good luck, everyone, with your decision making process and recoveries.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

You're very welcome and thank you! That is so weird that you lost weight with it! I hope you can maintain a healthy weight now that you're off of Mirena. I think your spotting is normal and I bet you heal up quickly!

CuriousGirl 5 years ago

I skimmed through the posts as best as I could but I'm curious has anyone had issues being around other women on their period? Let me explain a little. The week I got my Mirena inserted I had mild to heavy cramping. An hour after meeting up with a friend who had the Mirena for almost 3 years started complaining of cramping and asked if I was on my period. I thought she was full of crap until this past weekend. I had my period 2 weeks ago. On Friday night, 1 hour after meeting up with a friend, I started cramping and felt like I was bleeding. Sure enough I was. Went away 4 hours after I left my friend, who I later found out was on her period. Then it happened again Sunday. An hour or so after meeting a friend for drinks I started cramping and feeling like I was bleeding. I asked if she was on her period and she said she had just started. Just like before about 4 hours after I wasn't around her anymore the cramps and bleeding went away. Has anyone else heard of this or experienced this?

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

That is not an uncommon thing. When you are around other women long enough, your periods can match up. It really sucks when you match up and there are four women living in the same house! :-)

Stac- 5 years ago

This was the only site I felt compelled to comment on :) I have had my Mirena for almost five years (my son is 4 1/2) and I FINALLY had it removed TODAY! I did not have a period or cramping for this whole time. No spotting......nothing.....but almost wish I did so that I would be able to decipher if I was PMSing or not.

Through it all I couldn't really complain, but looking back (and researching many websites recently I realized that maybe I did experience some side effects from it). Last year I was running constantly and even completed a half marathon, but never really lost weight. Maybe it was from the Mirena.....also....I had been put on antidepressants which I attributed to just being "me"......but reading so many peoples' experiences I'm wondering if the IUD contributed or heightened to it.

I only had it removed today. Some slight cramping, dizziness and ?nausea feelings so far. No bleeding as of yet......but I am interested to see if my weight, etc improve. I am going to keep a journal to keep track. Trying for baby #2 :)

Lola12 5 years ago

Hi, I need help, so I had the IUD for about a year I took it of on oct 7 2011 I got my first period on the 13th that same month, and it was normal an i got my second period on the 15th November and it was normal I had unprotected sex the beginning of December and since I have not gotten my period I have already taken 3 pregnancy test and there all negative but I feel bloated and cramps like if I'm starting my period but nothing .. Could I be pregnant I dong know what to do .. and I don't have insurance to go and get a blood test done just to make sure . ,,, is this normal with the IUD ,,???

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Lola, it is possible you're pregnant. If you cannot go to the doctor, you will need to act like you are pregnant and take more tests until you either start your period or it comes back positive.

Sometimes pregnancy tests don't work and you need to go to the doctor. You should be able to go to the health department they should work on a sliding pay scale. It might be free for your visit.


I hope you get your baby soon! I am nearly positive that the Mirena contributed to your inability to lose weight.

I am working on a hub right now that documents, with pictures, my Mirena weight loss. Its pretty dramatic!

Lola12 5 years ago

Thanks alot isadora pandora,, I'm going to find out where I can go and get checked ;)

germanchocolate 5 years ago

i will be 2ys off the iud and i havent got pregnat yet i was wondering what wrong with me

Lola12 5 years ago

Thanks alot isadora pandora,, I'm going to find out where I can go and get checked ;) and I'll post when I find out ,,

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

You should see your doctor GermanChocolate. Just to make sure you are okay. I hope you get pregnant soon!

We'll be waiting Lola!

becky 5 years ago

What are your thoughts? My husband and I had sex about 12hours before Mirena was removed. I took a plan b about 6 hours post removal because I never knew about pregnancy chances. I never had a period the 3 yrs on mirena so I have no idea about my cycle. We are not wanting anymore children. How likely is it that I'm pregnant?

Anna 5 years ago

I never knew Mirena would stunt my weight loss efforts I am 3 months from having Bariatric surgery, because of the mean time I am gonna see if i can get weight off.... not to mention course wiry hairs growing from my face,bloat fatigue...severe depression ...YAY I am not crazy !! Had mine removed 12/28/11 so far my detox is minimal, headaches back pain joints hurt was spotting but today definite bright red and mini clots ovary pain stopped, I have never had a normal period, and certainly none while on mirena, so I am a little confused to know whether or not I am or will be getting my period ... I took a ov test yesterday, and I think there was a faint line next to the test line... I am not trying to conceive yet because I dont want my body to not be ready and miscarry ( been there done that at 5 months and it was horrible) but I do intend to try before the year is up...should I just test intermittently, a week a full month ?? assuming I dont get my normal periods again... any advice would be appreciated :) sorry so scattered I am just super happy to find this post :) thanks


Linda 5 years ago

Does anyone know?? Can Lysteda (pill for heavy menstural bleeding) be used while practicing Natural Family Planning??

Becky 5 years ago

Anna, I don't really know what to tell you, as I'm having my own anxiety about Mirena...I had mine removed 12/29/11 and AM NOT trying to get preggo. In fact, my husband has his "procedure" scheduled in 2 weeks. However, I was not told to avoid sex the entire week before removal, so now i'm scared to death that I'm pregnant. I did take the Plan B pill the day of removal for safe measure, but I have no idea about my cycle since I never had a period. The only symptom I really have is really sore heavy breasts, but they were always sore the entire time on Mirena and I have a lot of anxiety. Don't know if this is the Mirena crash, or me freaking about about baby #4. I took a test this morning (probably too soon), and it was definitely negative. Going to keep testing for another week, when I'll be 14 days past our last time DTD.

Blessed2BeAMommy!!! 5 years ago

Hi there everyone, I am so sorry to hear about all the problems that the Mirena has caused everyone! But i am also very thankful for this site! I have been reading post on here for about 4 months, and it has helped me a ton! I had my Mirena removed in august in the hopes of having another child! I had the Mirena in for 3 years with no period at all! My 1st Period i got in august was just minor and i felt great! In Sept the day before my cycle began, I had the worst PANIC ATTACK ever on my way to work(I am a nurse and i love what i do), so there was no need to have the awful feeling that i had to come over me! My heart was racing so bad, felt like i was going to pass out, I CALLED 911!!! I have been sent to the ER twice for Panic attacks while working as well!!! I had no clue what could be going on, until my husband reminded me about having my mirena removed the month prior, and questioned it being that! I also had symptoms of no appetite, so weak, tired, moody, scared, feeling of unwell, bad thoughts that something very bad was wrong, depression, and MAJOR ANXIETY!!! The list could literally go on and on, but this is an overview! I thought i was losing my mind and that i should be put away! Once i typed in side effects post mirena, i was so relieved somewhat that i was not alone! Thank u ladies for sharing your stories!! I was not relieved in the sense of not knowing how long it could last! Needless to say Mirena has ruined a lot of things for me! I lost my job because i was so sick and nervous that i couldn't get to work! I have a new job now that i love as well, but it is sometimes hard to get there still, due to feeling panicky! I make myself push through everyday though! I finally went to my last resort the other day which was a natural healing doctor, and i have felt better since he has put me on a ton of vitamins,still not back to my old self though! He also has me juicing fruits and vegatables daily! There is one thing he wants me to do to detox myself and cleanse myself and i am curious if anyone else on here has heard of it??? COFFEE ENEMAS??? I am so desperate i am about to start this , but i am also nervous, bcuz i have never heard of it! He gave me paperwork on it, and it sounds like exactly what i need to do to feel better, but i am just curious! It has been around for years and the doctor that prescribed me to do this, says he does one everyday at 5am!! If it works for me when i finally get up the courage to do it, i will def post all the info he gave me on it, and how it works exactly!!! He swears if i would do exactly what he says, i should be back to normal in about a month and half!!! I just want my life back, just like everyone else, and i hope we are all able to get it back soon!! If anyone else has experienced bad anxiety with mirena, please message me! I really would like to know how u are doing! I also have this weird feeling of not wanting to be alone, i think that is why the panic attacks come on! My daughter is 3 and i never want to be alone with her, bcuz i feel like if something bad happens to me then she would be here alone with me, i know it is CRAZY thoughts, but this is what the MIRENA from HELL has done to me! Thanks again ladies for your support and blogging on here, you ladies are helping me so much!!! :)

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I have heard of coffee enemas but never tried them. I don't see how it would hurt you. Never know until you try it! Post back with your experience.

Kate 5 years ago

I had the IUD removed one week today. I had a light period and lots of nausea. Today the period is gone, but the nausea is horrible. Is that normal?

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I can't really say. I would probably ask your doctor to be sure. I know a lot of women do have nausea while using it and after having it removed. Good luck!

dani1222 5 years ago

Thanks for this site. I've had my Mirena only for 5 weeks and will be getting it removed tomorrow morning. I feel duped by not knowing all of these side effects prior to insertion. This was to make life easier - not more complicated! It's nice to read that other women were not aware of what all this IUD could do to their body.

I've been bleeding and cramping every day of these 5 weeks and cannot comprehend doing it for another possible 5 months! I'd like to think that after removal there will be an end to the bleeding. Am I understanding it right from reading stories that hours, or a day after removal I could have sudden, heavy bleeding and cramping as the progesterone level drops? How long could that last?

I'm thrilled to have it removed but getting more and more nervous about it too.

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IsadoraPandora 5 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

It is different with each person. Some people breeze right through removal. I hope you're one of those!

IUDemon 5 years ago

Thanks for the site! I have had the IUD in for 8 weeks and the past 4 have been absolute hell. The first month was great with no issues however since then I have experienced everything from major heart palpatations where I thought I was having a heart attack,to extreme migraine headaches that felt like my head was going to explode from the pressure, dizziness, constant nausea and breast pain. I had it put in to slow the bleeding from a uterine fibroid but couldn't take it anymore so I had it removed today. As a result, I will have to continue to be a "CSI crime scene" for the next 2 months until I can have the fibroid removed however its been a few hours and I am already starting to feel better.

The insane part is that my doctors have made me feel crazy when I told them about my experience and kept trying to tell me that it wasn't the Mirena. So the only word of advice I would give anyone is to trust YOURSELF and do what you have to do to feel better, I am glad that I did ;-)

Good Luck!

Christie 5 years ago

This is for Blessed2BeAMommy...I have had the exact same symptoms...I didn't feel this way while I had it. I also have trouble sleeping. I knew about 8-10 after it was removed...that something was bad wrong...worst anxiety of my life!!! My progesterone level was .30 when I had it checked. Keep us updated on your progress!!

sweetnaybelle 5 years ago from sacramento

After reading eveyones comments I'm not as nervous to have my IUD removed on Feb 1st. This forum helped me feel at ease knowing the possible symptoms of IUD removal. Going to be trying for baby #2 hopefully it wont take years as i am 27. I have had it for 4 years, never had any bleeding, only minor cramps, no weight gain, no acne. I feel lucky after reading the comments you ladies have posted about your side effects having the IUD. I hope knowing what to expect afterwards I'll be able to stay sane. I'll post back after Feb.1st and let ya'll know how it goes.

orangebrowning24 5 years ago

I wanted to post my experience..I had the mirena inserted Feb 2011 and had it removed Nov 2011. I had it removed because it was causing pains while having intercourse. It was removed 2 days before my expected period. I got my period the 2 days later it was a normal period for me 6 to 7 days and it was on dec 1,2011. My husband and I are ttc. i haven't had a period since then. I was supposed to start dec 31,2011. it has been 6 weeks since removal. i have been havn headaches off and on, bloated(pants are tighter than normal), lower back pain, no breast tenderness, minor cramping, having to pee alot and but my smell has uped alot. i had a very light pinkish bleeding when i wiped monday 1.9.12. so i thought i was about to start well here it is 1.12.12. and nothing. i put a panty liner on because i thought i was going to start and when i went back to the bathroom there was only a couple drops of pinkish blood on my panty liner and nothing when i wiped. a little confused on what that could be. not sure if it was implantation or not? but i still havent had a period and i dunno whats going on. i talked to the nurse at my doc office and they said it was normal..which my period was due dec 1. that it will get back on track soon but hubby and i have been having intercourse alot like every other day to sometimes everyday. we are hoping i am pregnant because i had the mirena once before. before i got with my husband i had it and i got it taken out and had normal periods like i had before..and 3 months after gettn it taken out i was pregnant and she is a healthy 2 and half yr old..just wondering if i could be pregnant and its not showing up on the home pregnancy test? but i am waiting to see if i am going to start by the end of this month. i havn't really ever been able to get a positive result until 6 to 8 weeks hope its pregnancy...

Mel 5 years ago

I can relate! I had my Mirena for 9 months and had it removed recently. Within 48 hrs, I started bleeding super heavy! It was scary...I was literally gushing blood with huge clots. I'm having one of these "bleeding" episodes every 8-10 hrs. or so. It's like my poor uterus is cleaning out after having that awful thing in there! I had it in for about 9 months and had constant spotting, extreme mood swings, horrible acne (which I've never had before this) and pregnancy symptoms. I know that this works great for some, but I was not one of those!

Stac- 5 years ago

It's been about 10 days since I removed my Mirena. No bleeding at all yet. The past few days I have been extremely tired, sore breasts, etc but no period yet. I really hope that I get it soon. My body did this about 4 or 5 days post removal (cramps, lower back pain) and I was sure that I would get a period but nothing so far. I'm getting so frustrated! I just want to know that my cycle is getting regular again. It's been over 5 years since I have had one!

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Leelu5 5 years ago

So glad to have found your hub! I've had my Mirena just over 5 years. I did not realize until researching my replacement Mirena how many symptoms I've developed. I got on to reduce my periods and have a low-hormone birth control option. I have researched the Paragard but that has increased bleeding, which I need to avoid. I do not want any hormones. I am over 40, have a teenager, do not want any more children, am celibate (but open to dating/relationship).

My symptoms since Mirena: acne, chin hair growth, hypothyroiditis, migraines, mind fog, moodiness, forgetfullness, cramps, bloating, palpitations, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thinning head hair, dry eyes and corneal dystrophy (EBMD), hip joint pains, back pains, stomach pains, hiatal hernia with occasional gastritis, anxiety disorder (panic attacks), no sex drive, lethargy, sinus allergies, tender breasts with cysts, abnormal first mammogram (working on getting more testing right now); vaginal cysts, and probably more. I had none of these before Mirena.

Recently, I started getting my period again and having clots. The acne is worse and does not seem to heal. I have a period every two weeks. I've lost weight in the last year, but the belly is big. I will be discussing with my gyno about maybe getting a diaphragm instead. I do not want surgery or the Assure (sp?) (radio-wave w/metal mesh vaginal ablation) technique.

Sorry it's a lot, but now I'm taking so many medicines that I think that it will help me with the upcoming crash. Then I can talk about getting off these things! I would love to be all natural again.

2littlebits 5 years ago

I had Mirena placed about 8 months ago. Last week I finally got a period (not that it was missed) after about 5 months. I have been bleeding like I was before I had it inserted. Yesterday I was cramping all day, and in the evening I went to the restroom and a huge clot came out. When I looked in the toilet I noticed something white in the clot and sure enough the IUD was inside the clot. The clot was very hard. I'm a little worried. I am still cramping and expelling large clots. What do you think I should do? It is Saturday and no Dr.s are open until Tuesday since it is a holiday weekend.

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If you're really worried, I would suggest the ER.Let them know about having a hard clot and that you're still cramping and passing large clots.

NOE 5 years ago

Mirena has worked for me in a positive way.I have no periods and I have been using this method for 8 years.I dont get my period and my boyfriend loves that!Everyone's body is different. If you feel like Mirena is

for you then use it.

Fi 5 years ago

Hi thanks for this post its helping me keep my sanity. I had the Mirena for 4 and a half years, when I put on 4 stone in weight and had that god awful "baby Tummy" I also have an underactive thyroid and that has been borderline the whole time I had the Mirena. Well 2 weeks ago I got it removed after having a chat with the doctor. (I got it for painful periods) ok during the 4 and a half years I didn't have a period, no pain it was great but the other side effects of the weight gain, facial hair (chin) and lethargy were just getting unbearable.

Well 3 days after removal I started my period a week later I am still bleeding, its very heavy with lots of clots and am now feeling completely washed out am exhausted. I am taking a multi vitamin on a daily basis and eating lots of iron rich veg to make sure that I can at least keep some iron levels up. I even commented to my husband, surely no one can bleed this much without needing a transfusion!!! but knowing there is light at the end of the tunnel is reassuring thank you :) x

heather 5 years ago

I had a freak show happen with my IUD...I had it put it Nov9th...I bled lightly until the last two weeks of Dec, no bleeding..New Years eve...I had intercourse with my boyfriend..I started bleeding Jan 5th...I started constantly bleeding at first it was just dripping...then I passed a blood clut the size of a golf ball that had the IUD stuck inside of it...then the bleeding got heavier..and I started dropping blood clots the size of baseballs...I bled for 5-6hrs is now Jan19th and I feel good..I dont feel bloated, I'm not throwing up every morning

dani1222 5 years ago

It's been a week since I had my Mirena removed. The first two days was slight cramping and bleeding. Then it all multiplied by 100. I was bedridden for 3 days. Tons of pain, lots and lots of bleeding. Luckily, I knew this could happen (thanks to this site) so mentally I was ready. I'm still taking it easy b/c too much time on my feet causes cramping and slight bleeding. I'm just shocked how much my body reacted to having the IUD removed. My Dr. said it should have all stopped 24 hours after removal - wrong!

I now have a hysterectomy scheduled and am quite happy about it. Never thought I'd write those words.

Thanks again for this site as it helped confirm that I needed the IUD out (I only had it for 5 weeks) and prepare me for the withdraw.

kimmy 5 years ago

Wow, I found out this past Friday that I need the Mirena surgically removed and I have fibroids and cysts as well.

I have recently been diagnosed with follicular lymphoma and so the CRASH symptoms sound even more scary than the idea of chemo or radiation.

My doctors insist the lymphoma and the i.u.d issues are completely separate. It is a bitter pill to take since I was so happy that my lymphoma was extremely slow growing and we would not need to do any treatments then I got my ultrasound results and thought i felt ok since I guess cancer is worse than a simple iud removal right.

Luckily I have not had symptoms from the iud that are anything like the horror stories on the hub. I just didnt think it was as effective as promised and then I found the swollen lymph nodes in my groin.

So now Im back to feeling a bit freaked out . I am hoping to find an a holistic practitioner to improve my general health and slow the growth of the lymphoma even more so I want to remain optimist that these interventions will help with my post mirena recovery.

Hope there is a class action suit because it seems like this device is causing many women much more stress than is necessary and in this day and age we have to stop giving ourselves over to doctors and let them do whatever they advise.

I dont think this is actually the doctors fault they just put too much trust in these drug companies and think that the research is done under the best standards . The proof that this is not true is the testimonies of many many people that suffer the consequences of the manufactures rushing these things to the market.

This is just a theory but historically western medicine has treated womens bodies and reproductive issues in horrible ways.

Some people do have great experiences with mirena but do your research first and tell your doctor sooner than I did about your concerns. I skipped my yearly and we may have caught this problem earlier but again my symptoms were not all that bad until the lymphoma showed up.

Im hopeful the surgery to correct this does not cause undue stress ,but again, I plan to be even more skeptical of traditional doctors and I wont stop using the internet either but I want to be skeptical about other peoples experiences too because fear will not help the healing process.

Korbin 5 years ago

So like many of the women on here I want my Mirena F****** OUT!!!!! It has been so hard to explain to anyone how exactly I have been feeling and then I also haven’t wanted to because some of those feeling were extremely suicidal and that’s just not the type of person I am. But my symptoms have been; severe head ache and migraines, stiffness in my neck and body, back pain, joint pain, cramps from hell that make you want to tear everything inside of you out and scream at the top of your lungs, cant put on weigh, extremely tired exhausted fatigued lethargic, weakness, suicidal and depressed, irritated, and overwhelming since of anxiety, bad acne, bleeding with intimacy and some spotting throughout that was black… yah no good I know, waves of extreme hunger, hopelessness feeling like everything’s going to collapse in your body as if you cant even pick up a feather or you’ll fall over, paranoid, bloated, way unexplainable amounts of rage where some of the thoughts have just scared me to death that I could think those things., sore breast, constant craving, much shorter fuse, panic attacks, hair loss, nauseous, heart palpitations, dizzy/lightheaded, extremely sensitive to smell I noticed more in the summer and trust me that’s the short list…….. So I’ve had it now for 4 years 3months and my body has been through so many ups and downs before that list above. I was on depo for a yr bleed the whole time got off that for about 6 months then got pregnant with my son at 17 and a half. breast fed him for over a yr got Prego with my daughter at 19 got the Mirena dec/2007 right after she was born.…… with all that said my body with as young as it was, was going through hell already so to through in BC……. It’s done nothing but gotten worse. I got so bad I left my husband of “7” years technically 3 but whatever (together for 7 married for 3). Completely uprooted my life because I thought it was him that was making me sad and the way we were living…. I have been now a single mom for two years fighting major depression thinking it’s because of me and that I screwed it all up. Granted I kind of did because I chose to get the IUD. And my midwife did actually tell me that some of these things would come up and not to get the 5yr one but to maybe try the 10 yr like she had just gotten….. Anyway point being I’m with a wonderful man now we’ve been together for over a year and I’m having a lot of the same things coming up again. But this time I thought it was just to much to handle and so I decided to make some changes cut off all my hair over 15inches changed jobs moved out of my boyfriends house we broke up for a lil while but still nothing was seeming to get rid of this lingering lurking shadow that has been hanging over me for years….. Well one of the only things I haven’t changed is my BC. So I decided to get online and try and find out different things about it. I found this site and have spent hours reading what everyone has written from over a year ago till 2hours ago. And I am speechless. I hope to hell we can all recover. Because that seems to be something that I don’t really see anyone posting. Getting better yes but still having issues. Few things I have to say is that one, when mine was put in it didn’t hurt at all really, and I didn’t really gain weight. I somewhat did in the beginning I guess after my daughter was born I was 186 and got up to 206 BUT once I started the gym again I cant stop losing weight. I stopped working out now because my weight is way to scary low I’m 114 and 5/7 that’s no good and I can’t get the weight back. I’m scared because I keep reading from all these people that they lose weight after taking it out and if that happens to me then I’m going to blow away in the wind. Well I hope to hell that on Monday 1-23-12 I will be able to finally be rid of this POS thing that has done nothing but destroy me from the inside out… My mom is a nurse and being one told me I needed to take this thing out. She never wanted me to get it in the first place. But my mom knows how stubborn I can be and knew it wasn’t a battle to fight me over. However my point is she has been telling me for months now to go and get my thyroid checked out. And I’ve noticed that thyroid disease is something that has been continually popping up on this site and others. I’m sure no doctor will tell you that it’s connected but I find it strange that a lot of women are conveniently being diagnosed with thyroid disease or a gland disorder of some sort….. I pray on Monday I can get this thing out. I hope my life will finally go back to being normal. I want a grasp back on my own life. I want there to be light in this world again because I have to tell you that since I’ve had this thing my world has been bleak and dull. I look forward to living and to be honest a period. Cause I haven’t really had one since 12-22-04 just before I got Prego with my son yes I did a lil bleeding after he was born but not a lot then nothing till after my daughter was born two years later and maybe a week after she was born . But that’s all after pregnancy stuff. I want to be normal again.

Cindy 5 years ago

It has been 5 days since I had the Mirena removed. I took some ibuprofen ahead of time and it was slightly painful but not that bad- it was fast!

I had spotting right away and then bleeding like a heavy period 3 days later. It has subsided.

Just to prove to myself that I was right about the IUD, I didn't purposely diet and just ate according to cravings and hunger. (I look forward to updating a month after, but I have already lost 2 pounds and my pants are FINALLY looser today!) My stomach is not bloated anymore, my thinking is clear, I don't have intense hunger.

Now, I did get very irritated and emotional a couple of days after but also was sick with a cold. I wonder if my crash won't be that bad because I only had it in for 5 months.

Oh and not to my surprise, the obgyn who removed it was incredulous as to why I would want it taken out. I explained symptoms and she looked at me like I was being a hypochondriac. She said "maybe we need to look at your thyroid!" She checked the last test 2 years ago and it was normal.

I gained 16 pounds since August- it totally reminded me of the weight gain from my first trimester of pregnancy!


Peace and good health!


Cindy 4 years ago

ok so it is 6 days later ( I won't post every day, I promise, haha!) and this afternoon I had another wave wash over me...

TMI warning- a gush of blood, foggy thinking, crying/sad/hurt over little stuff. So the crash is not done perhaps...I was hoping it would be nil since I had the IUD in for less than 6 months!

emzbee123 4 years ago

Please help.

i had my coil removed on the 17th of jan.

i had a bleed as for 4days then i stopped. im now having this really light light brown ether blood or discharge that is really smelly :'( i have no idea what to do or what it is my boyfriend has also said he can feel a little lump inside my vigina.. im so so so worryed please help..

also could this stop me having children ???

linda 4 years ago

hello every one ,i removed mine on dec 27 2011,on next day i am not comfortable,i am feeling vomit sensation ,lil dizzines & some cramps on left stomach but no pain,no bleeding .can any one tell shd i go for pt .........

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Em, you should probably see a doctor as soon as possible. You may have an infection. The lump worries me, too.

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

You may need to take a pregnancy test. I would probably make an appointed with your doctor, too.

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

See your doctor as soon as you can. At least call the doctor and ask about your symptoms. I am not a doctor so cannot say whether you're okay, or not. Good luck!!!

orangebrowning24 4 years ago

im so confused i still havent started..and i havent got a positive result..i dunno what to really do any i said before i had my mirena taken out on nov 29 and had my af on dec 1,2011..last one..i knew it was my af because its due around that time..i was supposed to have another one around dec 31, jan 1..and lately i have been feeling kinda breast feel fuller and my nipples tingle and if i rub across them it hurts a little but if they are lightly squeezed they do kinda feel tender..but still not gettn a postive test..i dunno what to think at all..i have been feeling cramping off and on..i had to buy a new pair of pants because i have been gaining weight.and earlier when i went to make something for my kids i felt dizzy and sickly feeling..i dunno any advice would help..please and thankz.

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

The only advice I can give you is to talk to your doctor. If you're newly pregnant, its possible the test isn't picking up on it. Having your doctor or the health department take blood work would be a good idea.

Kw6132 4 years ago

Me and my partner decided we want to start trying for a baby I have had the coil in since April and I just wanted to know isit advised that you can or shouldn't have sex when it is removed or does it not matter? Scared about the side affects but got to try and stay strong. I haven't had any kind of bleeding whatsoever since I been on it doctor said that was all normal tho

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

If it were me, I would wait a while before getting pregnant. I am quite paranoid though. What does your doctor say?

orangebrowning24 4 years ago

IsadoraPandora... thankz. everytime i do call my doctor they tell my its normal. im like no its not. lol. but they told me i have to wait until the first week in feb before they will do anything. im like why not now? they said its just ur hormomes dont worry about it. im like how can i not worry about it i want to know if i am prego or not. all the nurse tells me is its just my hormones they dont want to listen to me or anything. im think im going to call the health department tomorrow and see what they say and tell them im not gettn a positive that i just want to know so i can take care of my body like im supposed to. it just sucks not knowing. i can say that im never gettn the mirena again if that is what did this to me..but i do hope i am pregnant. and i think a blood test would be better to do just because it gives a better result. if i do get a positive im not going to my doctor im changing doctors because my doctor said i dont want to see you back pregnant. so im changing docs i dont feel like gettn negative feedback if they arent going to help me. i had a different doc to deliver my first 3 chilren and had to change because he moved so i changed to the other doc..he wasnt even going to remove my mirena. which is not right. but yeah i think im going to call my local health department tomorrow or see if i can see a different doc..i just wnna know and if i am or not.

Pfeifeme 4 years ago

Ladies, I need some help! Reading your stories is making me regret my trip to the ob today! I am 24 and had been on Yasmin and yaz since I was 16. After reading about all the terrible things that can happen while on yaz, I decided to look into something else. Today, my doctor recommends I start mirena and that he could put it in immediately. He claimed the side effects were minimal (which I am questioning now) and that it would help with my migraines. The placement was awful! I felt so much pain and became hot and nauseous. My cramps are a bit less but im still in pain. He finished my pelvic exam after insterting the iud and told me I have a very large cyst on my right ovary and set up an ultra sound for me later this week. I now see that mirena has a high chance of causing cysts. I am regretting even considering this change. I'd rather have a migraine every week than have to deal with cysts and all sorts of other issues you have been experiencing. What I am wondering is if anyone can recommend a birth control option that has been successful at treating migraines?? Or has anyone actually had success with mirena and maybe I should give it a chance?? I'm already wanting this thing out of my body but I need to be on some form of bc. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

IUDemon 4 years ago

Ok, I have had this thing out now for 2 weeks and I have had no bleeding at all. That having been said in the last 2 weeks, I have had 4 days without symptoms and the rest of the time, the heart palps, nausea, dizziness, moodiness and over all exhaustioin have continued. The symptoms have felt over all "lighter" except for yesterday when I had to leave work due to uncomfortable heart palps. I only had this things in for 8 weeks, does ANYONE know how long these "withdrawls" will last? My doctor can't even tell me that. I need to start getting stronger for my sugery on Feb 22nd for this fibroid but I am a physical and emotional mess, HELP!!!

NOT a BAD experience for me 4 years ago

I read some of these comments before I went to get my Mirena removed and it had me terrified! But I had it removed this morning and it was not bad at all! It didn't hurt one bit..I'm having very light bleeding and no cramping and I feel better than before! I was more of an emotional mess when I had it in and now that its out I'm feeling great! Every woman is different and will have a different experience..after reading some of these comments I'm feeling very lucky!

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

That is great NOT a BAD Experience! I hope you continue to breeze right though.

I cannot say how long it will last IUDemon. Everyone is different. I hope you heal quickly though!

I know there are some people that love their Mirena, Pfeifeme. Just as a consumer/patient, I would be concerned getting an IUD when I already have cysts. That is me though.

Relieved 4 years ago

This blog helped me realize I'm not insame! I got my iud in may 2011 and got it taken out jan 2012. While it was comfortable not worrying about getting pregnant it was an overall horrifying experience. For someone who's never had to worry about staying thin and has naturally been thin I gained 20 pounds! The doctor told me I was being lazy with my diet... I suffered through cystic acne! Now I'm scarred and hideous. I also got three ovarian cysts :( I hated myself and am already feeling better about myself. I'd rather abstain from sex then use this HORRIBLE contraption for BC.

Since removal I've been suffering crazy bleeding but I notice my stomach shrinking as I bleed so I'm comforted to know that my body is getting rid of the toxins left behind by that monster. And I can't say removal hurt much since I was on my period at the time of removal.

Never ever again :)

orangebrowning24 4 years ago

I just wanted to update everyone. I am pregnant. I took 3 pregnancy test this morning and all came out is exactly 4 weeks from my missed so tomorrow will be exactly 2 month from me having the mirena removed (and im very happy i did) some ppl it just takes time and other no time. after this child i will not be gettn the mirena ever again. all the side effects i had were horrible.

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

CONGRATS!!!!! I love to hear about new babies!!

Tiffany 4 years ago

Listen guys this Mirena stuff is serious. I had myne in for a YEAR before a began to have this horrible stomach, side, hip, and pelvic pain. I went to an er and they discharged me with possible appendicitis. I was still having the pain. Two days later I got a second opinion at another hospital. They did an ultrasound only to find my Mirena had punctured my uterus in two spots. And had been tangled, due to the doctors placement. It has been removed but I am still having pain. While I was on it I was unable to lose the weight from carrying twins, had regular mood swings, anxiety and depression. And it NEVER helped with my periods. PLEASE DO NOT CONSIDER A IUD. This is so dangerous. My new OB wants to place another one now and I just got the old one removed yesterday. PLEASE PLEASE think about putting this foreign object into your uterus. I have two holes in my uterus now, and a chance I will never be able to have children again. I am 23 years old....... My husband and I are crushed, but are happy with the two we have been blessed with.

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I hope you heal and can have many more healthy children Tiffany!!!

Nor 4 years ago

I had the mirena for 4 wonderful years. No side effects, low dose progestin, did the job- light menses and no babies. I just had it removed and feel no different. Its a safe form of contraception, 99.9% effective, low side effect profile, and decreases ones risk of getting chlamydia, gonorrhea, pid, and hpv... Move on!!!

stac- 4 years ago

It's been almost a month since I had the Mirena removed. No period yet (I'm starting to get really aggravated).....and to top it all off I swear I've all of a sudden gained weight. I thought I was supposed to lose weight. I'm hoping that maybe its just the start of PMS and that my period will get here soon.....just getting very frustrated!

Ester 4 years ago

I had my mirena coil removed 12 days ago. I only bled for three days but feel very dizzy, anxious and tired. How long till the hormones will leave yr body and are stabilised again. Really want to feel like me again. X

Tammy 4 years ago

i've had my mirena in for 3years, pretty successfully. i haven't experienced any pain, discomfort, or even bleeding (no spotting, nothing at all). i'm removing it because i'm ready for another baby. i have to say though, that reading all these horror stories about the "mirena crash" is really freaking me out!! my removal appointment is in 2 days, i guess i'll just have to deal with whatever issues that brings. thanks for the informative post!

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

A lot of people don't have all of these symptoms. These are just some symptoms you could experience after having the IUD removed and while you have it in. I'm sure you'll be fine with your removal!

Ester, it is different for every woman. Some women breeze right through while others struggle. Just keep your chin up and know eventually you will start to feel good again. :-)

Pat 4 years ago

I am really freaking out! I had it the first time for 5 years (I noticed depression, anxiety mood swings) but I thought it was just me...can these symptoms be attributed to this device? I am on my thrid year with the second one (I decided this again bc I am awful with pills) I sometimes get really depressed and have gain 20 lbs in 2 years..what are my options?

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Hubby and I are using condoms and prayer, LOL.

I can't offer much advice on what to use. Can you ask your doctor?

Ester 4 years ago

Thanks isadora, the dizzy spells are awful and I feel very nauseous every morning although I am definitely not pregnant. Not to mention the tiredness and dull mood. Really hope it will soon pass as this is not me at all. Are there any supplements you could take to help your hormonal imbalance? X

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

The only supplements I took was a multi vitamin for women and a lot of those b 12 vitamins. Eating a diet that has a lot of minerals and vitamins will help with stuff. Maybe even olives if you can eat them.

I'm not really sure what to eat for hormones though.

Serene83 4 years ago

I just had mine removed and have been on the worst hormone roller coaster ever! I had thought that the hair loss and bad skin and the weight gain was bad for the past 5 years. But from what i have been told and I am just starting this myself but Dandelion and milk thistle and really good for the hormones/detox.Just wanted to share this lilt bit let you know how i feel after doing it for a while.

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Thanks for the tip, Serene83!!

dklyy 4 years ago


Did you all read this! Read the last line cause I'm in tears...... Laughing......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.

Ester 4 years ago

Thanks serene, will def look into that. Soz to hear you are suffering as well. Hope we all are soon feeling lots better and can laugh about this hormonal nightmare. I still feel people don't take you serieusly if you say you are suffering with yr hormones which makes it sooo much harder. X

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

You wouldn't be laughing if you experienced this.

essy 4 years ago

i am super glad i found this site!!! thanks a million isadora =) i've had my mirena for 3 years and instantly noticed acne (im on meds for it and has controlled it ok), i've gained 35 lbs with 2 yrs w/ same lifestyle, i constantly have headaches and not to mention i've had 2 yeast infections (nvr had any in my life!!). 2 family doctors i saw told me it was most likely my iud, but i've been blowing it off since it's awesome not having my period LOL but enough is enough...i'm call my nurse to set an appt to have this removed! i just hope it doesn't hurt...when i got it place it didn't hurt at all and am hoping for same results for removal...please, please pray for me. all these bad reviews on removal have freaked me out a tad. condoms, here we come!!! LOL

hannahbradish 4 years ago

I love NOR's comment...."decreases ones risk of getting chlamydia, gonorrhea" those are STD'S nothing lowers your risk at getting those you should have learned this in grade school

TMARTIN 4 years ago

Hey everyone! so i had my iud out on the 10th of last month. the doctor said it had attached to my uterus and ihad a lot of bleeding and clotting after words and during the procedure it was very painful. Yesterday I began having sharp pains almost like contractions has anyone else had pain like this so long after the removal?

jd 4 years ago

Had mirena in for one horrible week. Three weeks after it was removed I experienced the bleeding cycle of a lifetime. Now, it's been three months with no bleeding cycle. I'm not pregnant. I am concerned.

Aly 4 years ago

I have had two Mirenas, the first being placed in 2007. Had it removed to have a baby and had the second Mirena placed June 2010. I have been on a strict diet and exercising like crazy these past four weeks only to lose 2lbs. I was getting very discouraged and started thinking back when I gained all this weight and sure enough it was after I had the first Mirena. I googled this and was so surprised, and relieved, to see all these other women having the same problems as myself. I had this wt

Aly 4 years ago

Sorry hit "post" by accident before finished.....

I had this wt gain culprit removed yesterday, which was easy as could be. No bleeding or cramps, feel great. I don't know if it's a coincidence but I lost 3lbs overnight! I hope I can get the rest of this weight off and be back to my old pre-Mirena self!

MommaMia26 4 years ago

Thank God and you Miss Isadora.

I am just starting my detox. I had mirena in for nearly 3 yrs. I just had it removed sighting that I wanted to loose wieght to avoid health problems for when my hubby and I decide to have another baby. My health care provider just rolled her eyes at me and said she never heard of Mirena making people gain weight she just thought I was making up the fact that after I had my daughter that I dropped down to with in 20 pounds of my pre prego weight. Shortly after I had it in like a week my ( pre-fiance) and I went and found my perfect wedding dress.. in less than one year I ballooned to nearly prebirth weight.I have been fighting the bulge for about a year since and I only managed to loose 20 pounds and gained it all back plus a little extra....I had the darn thing taken out 1-31-12. This morning @ 2am my time I started my second period. My first one was 1-20-12. I am now having bouts of insomnia. Any one else get this...I still feel drained. And I am experiening the rage and the hormonal changes. I start the pill on Sunday. I am cramping and feeling ready to pass out now that it's 5:30 in the morning and get up @6 am everyday...I don't like this please help.

staci 4 years ago

i had my mirena removed 2 years ago, and am still detoxing, my most recent problems are that im breaking out in acne in werid places. and no luck on concieving either, and i had my period for 3 months straight and then all of a sudden i skip a month, i dont know what else to do, its been 2 years i shouldnt have these problems, i should be able to concieve, and i know i can concieve cause i have a daughter, i just hope the mirena didnt permanently mess me up.

MommaMia26 4 years ago

In addition to my 40 pound weight gain I have also had the unusually high loss of hair and acne, and sever lower back pain and cramps while on mirena. Post-iud I am now feeling headaches ( which were migraines). And bad mood swings that vary from rage to gaity or giddiness to depression and sadness.

Sarah 4 years ago

Hi, I had my first mirena coil inserted 13 years ago and had it in for the full 5 years advised at the time, another inserted straight away when the old one was removed, I thought it was the best contraception ever, no side effects and no periods. Had it removed to have my son, one inserted again at my six week check still all fine. Had that one removed as we were thinking about another child and I wanted to give my body a break from the hormones, but after 6 months had my last one fitted. Within a week I had turned into a beast!!! Mood swings, continuous heavy bleeding, put on 10lbs, dark facial hair and suddenly I couldn't tolerate my contact lenses, my eyes looked like they were full of blood and so sore I could hardly see. Had it removed at the 6 week check and even though I was a complete emotional wreck and looked a state the nurse still tried to convince me to keep it in 'just a few more weeks' I nearly tore her head off verbally he he!! Been out nearly 5 months now have lost all the weight and then some, but I still can't wear my contacts and have terrible excema around my eyes...dr says it's hormone related and will settle with time, but it's driving me mad I look ill all the time, can't wear a spot of make up I have teenage type spots at 37.... How long do these hormones take to settle!!!??????

Sarah 4 years ago

Also...I have always been a happy-go lucky person, positive thinker and since the last IUD was fitted then removed I have been permanently exhausted, hyper emotional, raging( my friends say I am normally the calmest and most patient person they know) and I totally lose it at the drop of a hat at the moment, I don't like myself very much and just want to feel back to normal :( what has this thing done to me!? Feel totally down :(

Lewand99 4 years ago

Hi Ladies,

I'm having my Mirena taken out today and am thankful for you letting me know what to expect.

I do want to clear something up that wasn't apparent to me at first. I'm not a doctor, but I am a biomedical scientist. There is a misconception that local hormone release will prevent major side effects, but these local hormones are halting your ovulation cycle. All of your hormones are part of feedback loops that are interconnected (thus the term Cycle). Many women's bodies don't adjust well to having that pattern disrupted, causing a major flux of progesterone and often drop in estrogen, causing the side effects you mentioned. The docs that try to convince you it's a good thing aren't wrong when they tell you the hormones are very mild and low-dose, but they cannot possibly predict how your body will respond to a lack of ovulation. I hope this clears up some confusion :)

Stac- 4 years ago

My last post was 10 days ago. Had my mirena out on 1/3/12. Never bled or got my period. Maybe just a few hormonal feelings and headaches.....I went to the OB/GYN today for a routine exam and I had a slightly positive pregnancy test. I just couldn't believe it because all along I have tested and they were all negative......and since I had not yet regained a monthly period I was thinking that I would have a hard time getting pregnant. I had the mirena in for almost five years. I did come home tonight however and took a home pregnancy test with read Pregnant!

I wish all of those trying to conceive good luck! :) staci

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Yay for pregnant!! I am so happy for you!!!

Heather 4 years ago

I've had my Mirena for least than a year now, and I am calling my doctor to have it removed Monday morning. I got it because he (my doctor) highly recommended it, and I kept losing my birth control pills. Since then I have had one of two experiences every month. (1) No period accompanied by every sign of pregnancy (nausea, discomfort when I lay on my back, sensitivities to smell, weird food cravings, breast tenderness, darkened nipples, etc) but negative pregnancy tests (and I took three each time) or (2) extremely heavy periods (and I have always had light periods) accompanied by major PMS including cramps that made me vomit (and I can count on one hand the number of times I have had cramps period prior to the IUD). So I have spent all day reading up on the removal process. Your article was very helpful, thank you.

LynnaLou2 4 years ago

I must say Thanks to IsadoraPandora for creating this hub!! Although I Do have a couple questions and really hope someone can give me some insight! Okay so I have had my Mirena Iud for almost 3 years now.. (3 yrs would be in april) I havent had any type of period since i got it in 09. I had some mild cramps here and there, but nothing other then that. I have had a huge weight gain issue and have tried everything to lose it. I lost everywhere but my midsection. well anyways, On February 1st I had some bleeding and even had one clot, (about the size of a silver dollar.) But the next day the bleeding went to nothing but a little bit of brown discharge.. So didnt think anything of it. Well friday feb 3rd My IUD FELL OUT while i was peeing. So of course im kinda freaking out. I havent had any bleeding since feb 1st. None at all. I have had some symptoms mentioned in posts above. Like headaches, moodiness, emotional breakdowns, cramping, (not bad just little tiny bits of cramping) But i have some symptoms noone has mentioned. Gas, foods that i would typically love now seem gross, A major craving for milk, heightened sense of smell, lack of sleep, and weird crazy dreams. (like out of this world dreams like every night I have lots of different ones) basically I feel Like im having pregnancy symptoms. I have had 3 kids so i know what to look for. I even kinda feel preganant. But I have taken 3 hpt and all negative. Does anyone think pregnancy could be the cause of my iud just falling out? Could I really be pregnant? I just really dont know whats going on.. Please give me some input, opinions, advice!! Thanks in advance.

LynnaLou2 4 years ago

I forgot another symptom is frequent Urination!! Its worse at night!!

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

It is totally possible to get pregnant after your IUD falls out. I would maybe go to the doctor and have them test you or treat yourself like you're pregnant until you get a positive result on your tests.

Good luck!!!!

LynnaLou2 4 years ago

Okay Thanks, But my iud only fell out on the 3rd there is no way I could already be feeling symptoms this soon! Is it possible I got pregnant and thats why my iud fell out!! Have you herd of anyone else having these symptoms as part of the crash?

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Actually I have heard of stuff like that after having it removed. Hormones are really funny things. As far as being pregnant making t fall out, I really don't know. I know you can get pregnant while using Mirena, so maybe?

LynnaLou2 4 years ago

Okay Thanks so much for answering my post!! You have done a great job with this site!! Its nice for people to be able to read what other people have gone thru and experienced after the Plastic demon is out!! I will update when I find out more.. Maybe it can help someone else in the future!!

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

You're welcome and thank you! I had no idea when I wrote this it would take off so much, lol. I am glad to be able to help whoever I can!

Thanks. :-)

Serene83 4 years ago

Hey there Ladies, Just stopped in to share something I found out recently.

The body may greatly benefit from some gentle cleansing of the liver and uterus when coming off birth control. The liver has to metabolize synthetic hormones and becomes overloaded and taxed during birth control use. The liver cleanse portion of the Fertility Cleanse helps to remove those excess hormones. The uterine cleansing phase may help to tone and cleanse the uterus. When a woman has not had a regular menstrual cycle for some time because of birth control use it may need some herbal support, the herbs in this phase are nourishing, supportive, toning and cleansing for the uterus. Because progestin has been linked to thinning of the uterine lining, the uterus may really benefit from uterine tonic herbs. These herbs also support hormonal balance and healthy cervical mucous.

The Fertility Cleanse may be great way for anyone who is experiencing challenges when coming off hormonal birth control to create a foundation for hormonal balance and a healthy uterus for implantation. Fertility Cleansing creates a “clean slate” within the body that helps the body to respond and utilize other natural remedies better.

Dong Quai

Dong Quai for fertilityDong Quai (angelica sinensis) is one of the most powerful females tonic and fertility herbs. Dong Quai tonifies and strengthens the uterus by regulating hormonal control, improving uterine tone, and improving the timing of the menstrual cycle.


Maca is one of the best supportive tonics for our endocrine system; which controls and produces many of our hormones. This root is very nourishing. Maca root supports overall hormonal balance and may greatly support our bodies through times of stress. An important factor when dealing with stopping synthetic hormones is the stress factor. It is extremely stressful on our bodies to take synthetic hormones and then abruptly stop them. Maca may help to restore hormonal harmony once again. This is most of the info I got from my aunt who is a naturalist doctor. Sharing it in hopes it helps. By the way My mood swings are way down I am still having a few problems and stated taking Maca last week thanks to this info.

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Thank you for the great information!!!!!

bigtrublelilchina 4 years ago

no one tells you what to expect through all of this. I had an emergency surgery on 12/30/11 removing a 8cm cyst that had basically choked off my rt ovary, removed my rt ovary, mirena iud and my lft falopian tube bc of more cyst. I hv almost quit my job. I have horrible thoughts. My dr put me on horomones 15 days ago. I am not sure I will be able to hold on to my job or my fiance'. It is not fair to be a victim of all of these changes that one doesn't sign up for. Life is not fair it. I can't really blame him, I am not sure I wd want to be with me either. At least I know I am not alone in the emotionally toxic disaster.

Lya A 4 years ago

so i had my mirena for 2 years it was great no cramping no periods nothing. The problem i had was i was sick to my stomach for 80% of the time i had it in. I had it removed 2 months ago. i so super nervous but didn't hurt at all when it was removed. i had a short, light period 5 days after it was removed but now nothing NO PERIOD!! i am not Trying to have a baby so we have been using protection plus i started birth control right away. Does anyone have a clear answer on when i should start a normal period?

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I think you are still in the window where you may or may not get a period. If you are in doubt, keep taking pregnancy tests. It'll take a while for your body to start its regular flow.

Good luck!!!

Dot 4 years ago

These posts are very helpful. I had mine removed yesterday, i am hoping the IUD was the culprit in turning me into a fat bully! And i hope i can drop the 60 lbs i put on since i got it 4 years ago and i can be happy again. Does anyone feel completely back to normal after removal?

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

I am very close to normal me. i'm sure you'll be fine after a while!

melissa 4 years ago

HI im melissa and im about to get my iud out next week and i was wondering how fast will i beable to loos the wait? I got it in about a year ago after my first child and i gained like 20 pounds with it and i worked hard to loose is and it makingit supper hard to loose the wait. In fact i was loosing all my baby wait befor i got the iud in! THen as soon as i got it i started to gain the wait! i was 195 when i got it in . With the baby i was 210. Now after i got it put in i went up to 215 and worked hard to loos it. Now im 205 and im eating right and i walk a lot!!!!! so why is it making it so hard to loose it! before i got pregnant i was 160 and never had a problem with my wait! Im 5 8' so i dont look like i way 205 but i want to get back to 165 or 170 because i would feel more comphritable ..... I gues what im trying to say is , Will i loose the wait faster with continuing to do what i am doing now and getting the iud removed if yes then how much or how fast do you think

Brandi 4 years ago

I had my IUD put in on 8/25/2005 and I have not taken it out yet. I am scared to take it out. What are the possible problems that can occur for leaving it in too long? And just like everyone here I have had so many problems with it but I didnt have insurance or could afford the visit to have it removed.

Audrey 4 years ago

Hi Ladies,

So glad I came across this thread about the evils of the Merena. I have a family history of Endometrial Cancer, (the lining of the womb), my mom, my mom's mum and her grandmother died of it so I was classified "high risk". I am 37, have one child and was having breakthrough bleeding for over a year. My periods had always been heavy with severe cramps so I thought if it will reduce my risk of cancer and make my periods go away how bad? How wrong was I!!

Firstly my periods didn't stop just became lighter but the cramps remained. Then I got a very sore lump just on the lips of my vagina that was like a large yellow spot. This then burst while on holidays, and then came back 4 months in a row. I got disgusting smelling discharge in the 5th month but this went away after 2 weeks. Then I got a period that lasted 13 days, lovely. Then the following month it lasted 17 days so enough was enough. I only had it in 8 months and I felt that 5 days of a normal period is easier to suffer than this nonsense, and I also gained 8lbs and couldn't loose it! I go to the gym 3-4 times a week and I eat mostly proteins and green veg, I cut out the sugar and processed carbs with the cancer risk.

I got the little devil removed and after 2 days began bleeding, it is now day 8 and I am clotting heavily now. Backache, headache, feelingly insomnia. If I knew then what I know now I would never ever have consider this horrible thing, but doctors have a way of convincing us that it is in our best interests!

Cost so far, €150 consultant fee, €200 merena cost, €100 removal fee, +++ doctors visits €50 a pop and painkillers etc! I know some people swear by this thing but it is not for everyone and the risks are not highlighted at all.

Be informed ladies, excesss hormones can really mess with your body!

Ester 4 years ago

Could I just ask if anyone experienced panick attacks and severe tiredness after removal of mirena coil. It's been four weeks now and I feel dreadful and fearful. According to my doctor it's due to low progestrone levels. Any answer or shared experience will be appreciated. Feel soooo low today :(

bdalton 4 years ago

Hi I had my mirena for almost 3 years I had it removed September 2011 my husband and I have been trying to concieve since October. It is now now going on March and we have nothing. I was recently pit on antibiotics. The Dr told me if I was on BC to used another form because the antibiotics could affect it. Do you think That if there are any hormones left in my body from the BC That the antibiotics could affect them and I could become pregnant. I have been on them about a week and about 3 days ago my appetite has changed I go to the bathroom quite often and I feel nauseus. I really wish I knew knew how bad the removal side effects were before I got it. I'm sorry everyone is coin through this its horrible. Another thing is I had no trouble getting pregnant with my 3 year old. :(

snickers 4 years ago

I had my mirena in for a little over 3 years and it worked amazing for me with little-to-no side-effects. After having it removed I returned to a normal period for the first and second months. The third month I began experiencing what has been coined as the "mirena crash" with severely-crippling cramps, and severe pain in my boobs. I went into my doctor and was told that this is just my body trying to regulate back to 'normal' after the mirena was removed and last of the hormones are exiting my body. I just couldn't believe that I wasn't experiencing anything the previous two months. Here's to hoping next month is easier!

AJ 4 years ago

I didn't have any probs when Mirena was in apart from headaches. I had it removed 5 moths ago however and have bad pmt, anxiety and depression. I am wondering if I should get it back in or try to ride it out to see if things get better...

Bere 4 years ago

I just had my mirena taken out on 02/20/2012 had had it in since 11/2/2011 I had them take it out because i had a bad abdominal pain after it was out i felt great no more hurting but now i have my period is light but i dont know if it can get worse istarted my perion on 02/22/2012. I dont like mirena because im afraid of side effects yuk.. I never had ANY side effects thank god but i dont want to ahve them so thas why i took mine out :) Please reply to my message thanks.

4 years ago

I have had the Mirena in for almost 3 years, since having it in i have had no periods (which is a good thing)but have been having period symptoms like sore breasts, mood swings etc.., i have had A LOT of UTIs and BV and cysts and they hurt when they burst. I am looking forward to get it out, but also am very scared. I havent been able to talk to anyone about this, because no one knows what i am going through. I just need some reassurance that getting the Mirena out is going to make all the bad infections and problems go away.

Whschick 4 years ago

I got my iud placed in November after the birth of my son in October. Everything was normal and I had a little expected spotting... But then it all went down hill! Stomach pain almost everyday that doubled me over.. Crying because I couldn't make it stop! I have experienced hair loss and patches of hair loss on my legs! Lashing out and feeling very angry all the time! I was so mean to everyone and was very very irritable... A dirty spoon would make me nuts! I just had my mirena removed today and I felt great! I cleaned the entire house and smiled all day! I was so energized it was crazy! I hope I don't experience the crash but it's well worth it to finally feel like my old happy self! I hope people who want to know about getting the mirena to please read between the symptoms the doctors give you and do your research! Granted everyone is different but please be careful!

Jess 4 years ago

Ive had my iud for almost 5 years with no spotting and no period. I have been spotting almost every 2 weeks for the past 2 months. I will have my iud removed soon, because frankly I'm scared. Has anyone else had issues like this?

Christina 4 years ago

I had my Mirena placed in Nov of 2010 after having my daughter in May 2010 my hair was sooooo pretty curly and shiny. I noticed around july august of 2011 that my hair was falling out soooo bad! Not just falling out but breaking I think I have lost 2/3 of the volume of my hair since then there is hair growing on my chin like a man and not jut that my nails are the most brittle they have EVER been I did research on what the heck could be going on with me I didnt think the Miena had anything to do with it b/c the doctor didnt tell me really anything just that my periods will either be really light or not at all! After reading so MANY bad things about it, even about women taning them out themselves I thought I think I might try to do it ( I couldnt take it in me for one more day ) after knowing all my side effects were caused by this horrible BC! So I read in other blogs women just feel for the threads and just softly pull (like a tampon) if any pain at all occurs then stop and go to the doctor to have it removed because it could be imbedded in ur uterus.anyways i felt for the threads and pulled just a little bit and out it came without effort really at all! I still cant believe i did it. I have been so depressed since I took it out 2 days ago crying like a baby them cleaning my house very upset about nothing really I cant tand it but I know it will get better. Its the hurry up and wait kind of thing I guess. My hair is what depresses me the most Im going to a hair salon that specializes in curly hair to see what they can do for me. Im guessing it will take 4-6 months for things to be back to normal for my hair and nails, I have evn bought a tria laser removal system to get the hair off my chin!!!!!!! I hope it all gets better. I dont like to use the word HATE ever but I HATEEE this mirena and what it has done to me...... they need to inform women of the REAL side effects!

AJ 4 years ago

Please can someone tell me how long till the crash eases up a little?

Chrissy 4 years ago

I have had all these problems i had my iud for four in a half years i had it taken out two weeka ago because i startex bleeding bad turns out my iud was making me bleedd it got stuck in my uterine wall andbthe doc had to pull it out it hurt only because mine was imbedded i have had it out for about two weeks and i cannot stand this E Wecrash i cry over everything i just stopped bleeding today but i made up my mind i am just goingbto have my tubes tied and get an oblation done to stop me from bleeding permanently i would never recommed mirena again i hate that thing

bmichelle 4 years ago

i am getting my mirena removed in 2 days;cant stand the acne & weight gain aymore... i lost 20 of the 35 lbs i gained while pregnant in the first 6 wks after having my son & gained it all back after having the mirena inserted. had in in for 10 mnths & after dieting & working out but still gaining weight, my mind was made up. reading about the aftermath of the removal is kind of scary, but im looking forward to getting my clear skin & prebaby body back... ill let u guys know how it goes :))

TLCgirl 4 years ago

I'm so grateful to have found this group. Thank you for starting this thread, IsadoraPandora!

I had my Mirena in for one year. I suffered mood swings, lower abdominal swelling/cramps, horrible sharp pains in my abdomen, HAIR LOSS (ew), lowered sex drive, slight weight gain, head aches, etc.etc.etc...

I had the thing removed 2 weeks ago today. I am now experiencing pregnancy symptoms, big sore boobs, cramping for the past 2 weeks, nauseated, tired, crazy dreams and interrupted sleep, smell aversions, but better sex drive ;), etc. I highly doubt I am pregnant (we are not trying) but I can't believe how much my symptoms are like pregnancy symptoms! I have two kids already so I know what it feels like :-)

Did anyone else experience pregnancy symptoms after removal? Oh, I spotted 2 days post Mirena removal. And 10 days after the removal I had very light spotting. I thought AF was here because of the heavy cramps, but nothing is happening. I think I may have to wait 2 more weeks then test just to be safe??? Oyyyy!

Anyhow, thank you for this site, I'm SO glad I'm not alone (or crazy)!!!! :-)

I will say I feel like a veil is lifted. My mind is clear and I do have a happier outlook, although I'm emotional and seem to cry easily lately! I'm very happy with my decision. I have also started taking vitamins to help my mood.

Good luck ladies. :-)

Jo Kennedy 4 years ago

Thank you!

I had my Mirena removed surgically via a laparscope at the end of January and started having hot flashes plus the feelings of anger and irritablity that I had felt about my poor long suffering husband have come back with a vengence. This morning after being woken up at 02.00 again with a hot flash I suddenly thought "oh hang on maybe this is to do with the sudden lack of hormones and who knows what else." I am suddenly feeling much better. Yet another thing to add to the list of complaints for my lawyer!

Onetwing 4 years ago

I had mine pulled after 5 years. I didn't have much weight gain or side effects. I was lucky. I never had a period the entire 5 years. Since the removal we are TTC. I still haven't had a period. 2 HPT are still negative. Any thoughts to when expect first period so I can final state planning around a cycle?

Devon 4 years ago

i had my mirena removed january 6 the same day i started my period and lasted till the 9 of january but i have not had my period in febuary and now its almost march and still nothing is this an ok sign

Stacy 4 years ago

Could someone tell me how long it takes for the body to get back to normal after Mirena removal? I'm sure it's different for everyone, but just an idea would be helpful... perhaps it says somewhere in here but there's SO MUCH information (wish I would have read this before Mirena insertion!!) I had the Mirena for 1 year, had it removed 3 months ago, and still have irregular bleeding (long story short). It's so heavy right now that I'm starting to wonder if it's ever going to end.

chermine81 4 years ago

hey there I got mine pulled out 3 days ago and didnt realise that I was changing until my dear husband sat me down and gave me an ultimatum. i decided to research what was haappening to me. Heavy bleeding and clots, cramps, mood swings, back pain and fatigue. thankyou for sharing your guys experiences, I dont feel too abnormal now.

Celina 4 years ago

I had my mirena taken out today after only 5 months. I realized something was wrong because of my marriage. So many arguments that we even sought counseling. About a week ago I started thinking about what was affecting my marriage and realized it was ME. I was bloated, irritated, anxious, depressed, sooo tired all the time, no drive in the bedroom, acne (feeling pretty), hair loss (had to get bangs), hair on my neck (wth), forgetful, foggy minded, headaches, and a GUT-- serously I still look pregnant after 8 months! No wonder my marriage felt like it was falling apart. Then a light bulb went off in my head and I thought--it's that damn Mirena! I researched all day last Monday (rather than working) and saw so many horrible side effects. I called the doctor office that day and told her I wanted it out. I went in last Friday and they could not get it out! WTH! First, they had a dang student try, then the nurse practioner stepped in, then had to do an ultrasound to find it, nurse practioner called the on call doctor and it was sooo painful. They said my OB would need to see me and they may need to remove with a camera--WHAT--''oh but dont worry you will get something for pain'' Today, I went in to see my OB who decided instead to put medication on my cervix to help open. Was still very painful but the dang this is out. I was dizzy and nauseous--couldnt stand. I stayed there for over an hour until I felt I could drive home. I feel crampy, back pain, tired and irritated right now. I am def going to buy a fertility cleanse as mentioned above. I sure hope this crash doesn't last long. I should have seen it as a sign when they couldn't get it in 5 months ago. I actually went back on meds to get it in. I am just glad it’s out now so I can move on. Good luck to all of you out there.

Linda 4 years ago

I had the Mirena put in May 2007 and removed yesterday, Mar 5/12. The whole experience was awful. I could write a novel about how bad the Mirena was, but the worst was getting it out. 2 years ago I was having severe pain from the iud and when my Dr. did an exam she noted that she couldn't see the strings and when it came time to have it removed we could run into some problems. That freaked me out and I put off getting it out for 2 years b/c I was so scared. The last year I have been having multiple infections and stabbing pains and horrible smelling discharge. Finally got the courage to schedule the removal which was at a women's clinic yesterday. I took 2 Advil and an Ativan before the appt and that was a great idea. So as the Dr. said, she couldn't find the strings so she scraped my cervix with a brush without results but definately a lot of screaming on my part. Then she had to freeze me (needle inserted 5 times!!) that hurt like HELL!!! after about 10 minutes without success, she informs me that it is stuck and too far up to hook and suggested I may need to schedule a surgery and remove it while I'm knocked out. I told her just get that thing out of me, I'm not rescheduling anything. She tried and thankfully about 5 minutes later it was out. The cramping reminded me of being in labour. My period started the day before I got it out and I bled for a few hours after removal, but then suddenly all bleeding stopped, which is weird b/c my period is never 2 days, usually 6 days. Today I have been raging at my kids and constantly crying over the weirdest things and cramping really bad, but oddly, despite all that discomfort, I want to jump my husband! I am really hoping I do not end up with severe withdrawal to match the severity of the problems I had with the iud. Maybe I will lose the 20 lbs I gained while on it (and I was a personal trainer with no change in diet or activity level). My Dr. was also a big promoter of the iud and failed to inform me of the many bad side effects I should have expected. I hope the severe pains I have been experiencing in the last few months are not from cysts on my ovaries, but I'm beginning to suspect that is the case. Good luck to everyone out there who made this awful mistake and hopefully we all recover. Thankfully I don't plan to get pregnant again so at least I don't have to worry about any damage to my uterus.

Anna Z. 4 years ago

Wow wow wow that's what i can say

Anna Z. 4 years ago

Wow, after reading all your comments I guess I am not alone. For years i was wondering what is wrong with me. Well here is my story...After having 3 boys in May it will be five yeras ago, (they are 12, 8, 5) I was diagnosed with HPV cervical cancer i had it removed 2 times and so far it has not come back in June of 2008 i had Mirena put in, I am 5'2 was 117 lbs today I am 160 lbs tried every diet there is even miracle pills exercised ate healthy nothing helped i keep gaining I am also craving sweets i can wake up in middle of night and have a chocolate bar, my teeth became bad, lower back pain I have a huge baby belly if i were a shirt too tight my friends ask me that they didnt know i was prego look like 7 months prego i am 31 very bad acne, headaches migranes, my menustaral was in the beginning once a month fading away now i could not have one for 5 months and with out a warning i get one and could change my tampon every hour heavy. So i finally figured it out that it may be the Mirena. tommorrow i am calling my doc to have it removed and i will keep you posted of all my changes. I just hope i can loose the weight and that ugly belly fat.

any one have any questions you can msg me via facebook

Anna Z from chicago


tanyem 4 years ago

I had a pretty easy time with it while it was in for 4 1/2 yrs .. had it removed and was told i could gt pregnant immediatly i tried and did and it went ecopic and almost killed me cus it ruputured .... it been almost a yr n i thought i was NUTS didnt understand wat has been goin on .. no drs said anything to me about hormone balance or anything like that but i p0ut it together on my own high estrogen went to the health food store and got a product called VITEX ... AMAZING all my ailments related to high estrogen are gone in 2 weeks ... there is hope

Susan 4 years ago

like the people at the clinic never talked about the side effects . im miserable...

tanyem 4 years ago

Nobody at ne point in my mirena adventure told me about ne of the things i actually expierenced or close too ... i actually feel pretty let down n i dont usually regret things but i def regret that

Erin 4 years ago

I got a iud december 2006 6 weeks after my secound son. I got awful symptoms doctor said it was post partum depression. I thought most of my syptoms where from having two boys and full time job and went five years with all the symptoms and just went on with it. Which makes me very sad to think about. Well I got it out december 2012!! Hey!! Well i have had some pretty bad symptoms after removal. But the best i feeling much better. Im musc happier with my kids and hubby! I just cant waait it until its all gone!!

kelly 4 years ago

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.

tanyem 4 years ago

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

Erica 4 years ago

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?

SeannyB 4 years ago

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.

Hanna 4 years ago


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

Myownadvocate 4 years ago

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!

Jessica 4 years ago

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?

mariah 4 years ago

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 ??

jayne512 4 years ago

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...

stephanie 4 years ago

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.

Tammy 4 years ago

Hey everyone,

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!

Carmen 4 years ago

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.

Jess86 4 years ago

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?

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Some people get pregnant as soon as they have it removed.

Nicky 4 years ago

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

natocha 4 years ago

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 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..

stephanie 4 years ago

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.

jessica 4 years ago

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????

portia 4 years ago

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!

myownadvocate 4 years ago

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.

JessieBreeden 4 years ago

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?

Nicki_P 4 years ago

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!

Amanda 4 years ago

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.

Ann 4 years ago

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)

Lory 4 years ago

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!

HANNAH 4 years ago

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!!

Angie 4 years ago

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.

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

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!

katie maria 4 years ago

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

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

You could wax it or have the Mirena removed. yes, Mirena does make hair grow in all sorts of places. :-(

Ontheroadback 4 years ago

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.

Valerie 4 years ago

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

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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB Author

Those symptoms are pretty normal. You can go and have blood work done to see if you're pregnant though. :-)

M.A.D 4 years ago

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!

KST 4 years ago

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.

Mama30 4 years ago

Hi Ladies,

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... :(

Savannahraye123 4 years ago

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!!!

Good luck!!!

christie 4 years ago

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 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.

Kristen 4 years ago

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.. 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.

Misty 4 years ago

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.

samantha 4 years ago

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!!

Naturopathchloe 4 years ago

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

Candace 4 years ago

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.

Thanks candace

Beverlymom 4 years ago

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.

Ontheroadback 4 years ago

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.

skysgirl 4 years ago

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!!

Nancy 4 years ago

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!

Angie 4 years ago

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.

Sarah 4 years ago

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.

Sarah 4 years ago

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 :)

Dana 4 years ago

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...

skysgirl 4 years ago

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!!

Nhoek 4 years ago

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.

YoungMom310 4 years ago


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

jae 4 years ago

just got my Merina IUD removed yesterday my fingers and toes are BURNING LIKE CRAZY! any comments????

JessieM 4 years ago

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???

Hannah 4 years ago

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 this just me detoxing finally? or is something else going on? please help!!!!!!

Missnika 4 years ago

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?

heather 4 years ago

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!

Shina106 4 years ago

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?

Maria 4 years ago

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!

Alie 4 years ago

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!

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