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Mirena - making me sick?
Need to decide by tomorrow whether to take out!

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#1 Nanns

Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:07 PM


Almost a year ago I had a mirena put in. After a few months of spotting, things settled down and I have been thrilled to barely have had a period since.

Downside (and I am not sure if I can attribute this to the mirena) - my boobs are really sore oftern, my ovaries regularly feel swollen and sore, I always feel like I am about to get my period but never do, I feel quite depressed and anxious, my joints hurt all the time and my health has been crap. I recently had a whole heap of blood work which came back with all sorts of anomolies in relation to antibodies and thyriod.

It could be all a coincidence or the mirena.

I can get into see my gyno tomorrow afternoon (and then he is going on leave for a month) to take it out but I dread the retrun of my period. Given how unpleasant it was to get it in, I don't know what to do.

I know it is a process of elimination (and I am not asking for medical advice) but has anyone had similar experiences. Did you feel better when the mirena came out?

Argh, I wonder whether I should just sit it out for longer.


#2 Nanns

Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:14 PM

I forgot to add, if you had it taken out, what form of contraception did you find more suitable?

#3 Tobias'smum

Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:38 PM

i will be following as i may be having it put in

#4 ~Winter~

Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:47 PM

I had a mirena put in after a lap for endometriosis. I hate the mirena! I gained weight - about 6-7 kilos in less than 6 months while still exercising and eating well, I was still having horrific periods, acne went nuts, moods were terrible and I felt depressed. It also slipped down and was poking my husband - not fun for anyone! I've gone back on yaz- the pill and my skin cleared up, I started being able to lose weight again and my moods went back to normal. I had been on Yasmin/yaz for the 7 or so years prior

#5 Kez82

Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:45 PM

There's a fair bit of stuff on the WWW about how sick the Mirena is making people.

I suffered badly with neuro symptoms - underwent testing for MS (as all symptoms pointed to this) but it came back clear. As a last resort I had my Mirena removed, and after a week or 2 I was symptom free. It was the Mirena playing havoc with my body.

Having it removed is super easy and can be done by most GPs. Not painful at all

#6 QueenElsa

Posted 25 September 2012 - 06:22 AM

My mirena's wonderful, can't fault it.  But give it a 6 month break and see if that's the issue.

What other contraception will you use?

#7 bailee

Posted 25 September 2012 - 06:33 AM

I had one for a few years and it wasn't till I had it removed that I realised how much it had been affecting me. I was using mine for medical treatment not contraception and it was a better option for me than pills which left me with depression and fatigue. But still the Mirena left me in what I would describe as a fog, it really dulled my feelings and energy levels and I had been putting it down to simply being a parent.

I'd say take it out and see how you go. I noticed a difference within a week after taking it out.

#8 Riebe

Posted 25 September 2012 - 06:36 AM

I had the mirena for many years, and as i started to put on a bit more weight, and also to have more problems with breakouts on my skin, I decided that to rule things out i'd get it taken out.
I too was worried about the return of periods, and it hadn't been exactly fun getting it put in either.
I didn't notice any change in my skin or weight or any other symptoms that i was hoping to pin on the mirena after taking it out.
We ended up getting pregnant not long after having it removed, but i will be considering using it again in the future.
I know a lot of people online seem to say they have problems with it, and i'm sure they do - however just thought i'd share the flip side - for me it is a great form of contraception.
Think maybe the weight gain and skin problems in my case were due to either stress or ageing original.gif

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