- Fertility & Reproductive Systems
Symptoms and Crash After Mirena IUD Removal
The Hell of the Mirena IUD
Knowing what to expect, and to expect the unexpected will help you deal with the side effects of having your Mirena IUD (Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine System) removed. Remember, you are not crazy, silly, stupid or needy. You are being abused by a toxic piece of plastic. You are detoxing from the hormones left over after removal. Do not forget to let your husband, children and people living around you know what to expect during this time. Remember ladies; this too shall pass.
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Things to Consider with Mirena IUD Removal
- Ask your doctor about vitamins and supplements to take while coming off Mirena. It is recommended to take a daily vitamin if you are not considering another form of birth control. The folic acid in your vitamins will keep your baby healthy, if you become pregnant.
- Pain killers will kill the pain but at a cost. If you are doped up on narcotics, you are less likely to feel when something is *really* wrong. Try to tough out the discomfort if you can. Unless your doctor agrees with taking pain medication, avoid it.
- Remember, you can become pregnant as soon as you’re taken off Mirena. At the very least, use a condom for a while. Give your body time to adjust properly to the lack of hormones.
What to Expect after Mirena IUD Removal
Just knowing that it could happen will help you deal with the symptoms of the Mirena Crash. Erratic emotions, rage, depression and general feelings of unwell are all part of the Mirena crash.
Expect spotting to surprisingly large amounts of bleeding after having Mirena removed. Try to eat iron rich foods such as liver, spinach and pinto beans to help cope with the loss of blood.
If you are ever in doubt about the amount of blood you’re losing, contact a doctor or go to the emergency room. Even if you cannot afford it—an E.R visit is cheaper than a funeral. Typically, you should only bleed as much as your normal monthly period flow.
Know that many people pass blood clots—some very large, the size of dinner plates. You should only pass clots the size of golf balls. Any larger and it is recommended to see a doctor immediately.
Cramping is a normal side effect of having Mirena taken out. It can be mild to intense. If you experience copious amounts of pain, like are doubled over and crying, see a doctor as this could mean tears or some other bad thing.
Mood swings can come out of nowhere. They include rage, sadness, hopelessness, anxiety and other emotional issues. They should pass rather quickly on their own. Keep hydrated and surround yourself with things that you love.
If you experience suicidal thoughts, talk to someone. See a doctor, have your mother move in or stay with a friend until they pass. If these thoughts do not pass in a decent amount of time or become stronger, professional help is recommended.
General Feeling of Unwell
Unwell feelings include feelings of impending doom, dread and other “can’t place your finger on it” feelings. These feelings should all pass when your hormone levels regulate. As with suicidal thoughts and physical pain, see a doctor if you do not improve or seem to be getting noticeably worse.
Finally, Back to Normal!
After “detoxing” you should finally start to feel more like yourself! Congratulations for having the devil’s contraption removed for your being. Now you should start to lose weight, be emotionally stable, get clearer skin and lose that “baby belly”.
Keep in mind, you may experience other symptoms. You know your body well enough to spot a problem. Keep a check on yourself and remember, when in doubt--see a doctor!
Now it is time to seek a safer alternative to the Mirena IUD. Be it family planning, the use of condoms or celibacy--there is a safe way to prevent pregnancy out there.