That's odd that your doctor told you that. All BC has the potentional symptom of weight gain.
I don't think I gained any (noticeable) weight from mirena. I've had it twice now after two pregnancies. Although I did end up gaining 7 lbs after initially losing 20 lbs (after giving birth) a year after having it. I attribute it to poor eating habits (of which I had plenty!). I am still on it and have lost weight steadily and easily BUT it affects everyone differently.
The depression could definitely be caused by mirena. I've heard many people complain about depression or crazy mood swings on it. I was miserable the first time I had it after my son and I had the worst mood swings I had ever experienced in my life. I ended up getting rid of it after a year. The whole set and forget it was way too tempting though so I tried it again after my daughter. This time I knew what symptoms to watch out for and I figured if I ran into the same problems I'd just get it taken out again. The 2nd time around the symptoms were less severe. I did experience depression and mood swings my first 3 months but all negative symptoms disappeared after that time and I've been on it for over 2 years now with no complaints.
You're not alone though. I've heard A LOT of complaints from other women about mirena and a lot of doctors telling them that "it's all in their head".
Edit: I forgot to add, another reason I got it out the first time was because I swore up and down I was pregnant. I felt exactly the same as I did in the first trimester with my son.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 11/27/2012 (08:00)