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8/30/15 8:10 P

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RedRoxy222 any luck with weight loss after having it removed? Feeling better? I'm having my removed on Friday and have been trying to get in sooner. I cannot wait!

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8/30/15 12:31 P

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uuuuuuugh. I have read studies showing that birth control does not cause significant weight gain, but after reading these stories here, I am wondering if the research was correct. I have gained 15lbs since mirena and I can't lose it no matter what I do :/

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NINAKEKE Posts: 10
8/24/15 2:53 P

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It will be a year in December since mine was removed and i am still feeling like crap and only lost ten pounds ! Mind you i did gain 50lbs while on Mirana !!! I don't look or feel like myself anymore !! It sucks !!! Good luck to everyone, i hope you have better results then me !

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8/14/15 1:57 P

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I do not go in until Sept. But I am also curious to see if anyone else had good results after having it removed.

CTCONKLIN Posts: 1
8/14/15 1:38 P

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Did it get better now that some months have passed? I know exactly how you feel and my husband just thinks I am making excuses why I can't lose weight.

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8/11/15 12:53 A

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I am so glad that I saw this site. I have been on the mirena twice. The first time was for a year and it was defective. So they had to take it out. I've had it in now for almost 5 years. I have gained almost 45 pounds! I exercise and eat right all the time and I still can't get the weight off. Unfortunately, I had a breast reduction 10 years ago & because of the mirena my boobs have double in size!
Now I am constantly in pain and I'm going to get it taken out within the next month. I cannot wait! I will let you know how I feel after it is out and if it causes me to lose weight

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7/21/15 10:43 A

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My weight gain is due to the Mirena. I'm 100% sure of it, because this is my 2nd Mirena, and I took a 9 mos break between the IUDs. During that time, I dropped 30lbs without changing anything in my life. I ended up back on the Mirena because my hormones were making me baby crazy, and I was not making great choices in men. I was dating men that I'd make beautiful babies with, but not necessarily be great partners with. My period was crazy heavy as well. Got it reinserted, and slowly gained the weight back. In Sept 2015, it'll be the fifth year on this Mirena. I'm starting to lose weight without trying, and I think it's because the hormones are less.

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7/19/15 12:40 P

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I am 47 i am in my second cycle of mirena when i had the first one out in after a year i gained 15lbs while running marathons and eating healthy i owned my own salon and fitness center teach zumba yoga and aerobics the next few years thought it was muscle weight but then everything started going wrong acne for first time mood change milky discharge from breast dr kept sayin was age
I run even at this time 2 to 5 miles every other day and work as a courier for fedex and i wear a fitbit and jump on and off my truck about 100x a day and pit 6 to 8 miles on it 5 days a week. Still no luck finally after putting second one a year and in my whole world just changed after almost 2 years i was 155 in the beginning im now 200 pnds i have had all kinds of testing gyno said im in pre menapause and i am having it removed tomorrow. So i will keep u updated on my rd without it ues it mirena works for aome but its been hell for me.

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7/16/15 7:52 A

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I have 2 kids and since my last child(5yrs) i inserted mirena. I had it removed and put in another one last year. From what i remember i have always weigh in the 180s . Ive been eating less and alot of exercising but no change. i was recently talking to my mom about it and wat she told me was that I should take out the Mirena. That it might be not helping me in loosing weight. So i decided to google it and it brought me to all this. Apparently Mirena is a huge thing out here and I didnt even think of it. Now im more convinced on taking it out and giving it a try and see if i can loose some weight. Now my question is to those who have had it removed and lost weight
After getting it removed do you guys go on a diff BC or just use condoms? I dont want ro get preggo as of now and Im married
Please help and im open to opinions and advise!!!!!!
Thanks

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6/25/15 3:57 P

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Hi guys! I stopped paying attention to this site after having my Mirena taken out, but I was reminded of it today and wanted to report back with my progress! I initially gained roughly 25 lbs when I had my Mirena put in in June of 2013. I had it removed in February of 2015. Since then, I have not changed any dieting or exercise habits and have lost 15 lbs! It has been kind of a rollercoaster waiting for my hormones to settle down. Periods came back with a serious vengeance but are starting to level off again. My boobs also grew about two sizes while on the IUD (I had never experienced that when I've gained weight before), and they are slowly getting back to normal as well. For those of you who just had them out, have patience. Things will get better, and maybe even faster for you because I'm not really trying.

STYLEZ2012 Posts: 1
6/14/15 2:29 P

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I am now 32 and I had the Mirena placed back in 2007 till 2012 then replaced with a new one to current. I am so tired of the weight gain yes I'll lose it but gain it rapid, sucks. My emotional state is wacked, memorie lost, migraines, out burst, mood swings , depression, and anxiety. It says there's no side effects that's crap, I was never mean or down but with this mirena my hormones bounce ever where, I can't wait to take it out again and pray I can addapt to not having it since I had 2 equalling a total of 7+ yrs I need my energy level up again my motivation and means of life. I need to lose this weight and see how all goes from there.

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5/28/15 9:38 P

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OMG! I had the Mirena for 3 years and just had it removed today. I am glad to see I am not the only one that had issues with it. Since having the mirena I have gained 40 pounds and can't seem to loose 1 pound no matter how much I diet and exercise. My primary couldn't figure out what the problem was. We did all kinds of test and blood work and nothing was wrong. We finally agreed to remove the mirena to see if that was causing my issues. Not only did I have weight gain but I also have gone on anxiety meds, I am tired all the time, no libido and have had horrible skin issues since having the mirena. I thought I was going crazy. So nice to know that I am not alone with this. I hope to start seeing results soon.

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5/22/15 5:57 P

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I have had Mirena for 2 years now, after my 5th child was born. I am 31 yrs old. I have had no problems with the actual device, and I still have periods, but they are fairly light and completely random... I have been suffering from many physical issues since my son was born, and it just recently dawned on me that it could be the Mirena causing side effects. I have seen my doctor many times for these problems and have had a full and extensive blood work up, and she can't seem to find anything wrong with me. So I did some research and read many forums about Mirena and was shocked that ALL of my problems could be related to Mirena. So I have another appointment with my doc on May 27th to have it taken out! I will try to post again after I have had it out for a while and let you know if any of my symptoms subside. But here is a list of what I have been dealing with that I never had before Mirena: Weight gain (20 lbs), impossible weight loss, odor & discharge, yeast infections, water retention, ZERO libido, mood swings, insomnia, irritability, and migraine headaches... I exercise every day, I have completely changed my diet, I take tons of supplements, and NOTHING seems to help. And, as I said, the doc can't find anything wrong physically and I was starting to feel helpless and alone, thinking all of my problems were in my head!... I hope you find this post helpful if you might be suffering with any of these symptoms with the Mirena. And I really hope that getting mine out will help ME! Do your research and really listen to what your body is telling you!

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5/21/15 11:45 A

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Hi, I have had the Mirena inserted in October 2013. Before having it inserted, I weighed 164.3lbs. This was a weight number I was comfortable with; however, since the Mirena, I now weigh 189lbs. I have gained 25lbs!!! I have read most of the threads for this. This is the heaviest I have ever been. I was always 145lbs however, that weight number disappeared when I was on depo. That was a bigger regret than the Mirena IUD. I have had some spotting which is not very often, however, the reason I decided to go on the iud is because of severe migraines and heavy periods. My family doctor suggested the iud would be a more convenient approach for me since bcp's were not recommended because of the migraines. As for my emotions and mental state, I am fairly still the same person as I was when I had the iud inserted, just that I gained a lot for no reason. I jog, participate in tae kwon do, I do hiking, canoeing and kayaking. I am a little disappointed with this weight gain, but other than that, I have no other problems. I still get migraines (with aura), I also experience chest pains on the left side, most of the time I am very tired, but I work 7am to 4pm, plus I live an hour away from my work site. I do sometimes experience very bad cramping, usually when that does happen, I do expect some light spotting to occur which does happen. I also experience very tender breasts with a milky like discharge. I had addressed my concerns to my doctor but she said its completely normal. I was thinking about having the iud removed for some time. but then again, I don't want to get prego. I was on the bc patch and it was too strong for my body, that I experienced fainting. I was also on depo, which had me gain about 40 lbs. I was on bcp's but had to get off of them since I have migraines with aura. the best bet for me would be the iud. I have three kids, my youngest being 7 and my oldest being 12. I am 30 years old.

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ANDREFELECI Posts: 2
5/13/15 12:40 A

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Hello. I had my mirena inserted March 2009 and removed January 2015. I have always been no more than 135lbs and 5'8" making me a size 4-6 depending on the brand. Since removal I gab gained approx 30 lbs. Very dramatic change and my eating habits are fairly the same. I can admit to an appetite increase but this weight gain is traumatic! In 4 months I can't fit ANY pants I bought just last summer/fall. I've never had to diet or work out for results so this is extremely uncomfortable. Not to mention the bloated stomach and the pregnancy rumors. Can this be side effects of Mirena? Or am I just getting the middle age spread? PLEASE HELP! Thx!

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5/13/15 12:39 A

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Hello. I had my mirena inserted March 2009 and removed January 2015. I have always been no more than 135lbs and 5'8" making me a size 4-6 depending on the brand. Since removal I gab gained approx 30 lbs. Very dramatic change and my eating habits are fairly the same. I can admit to an appetite increase but this weight gain is traumatic! In 4 months I can't fit ANY pants I bought just last summer/fall. I've never had to diet or work out for results so this is extremely uncomfortable. Not to mention the bloated stomach and the pregnancy rumors. Can this be side effects of Mirena? Or am I just getting the middle age spread? PLEASE HELP! Thx!

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4/30/15 11:19 A

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I went on Mirena in November of 2009. For 5 years it was the best thing that ever happened to me. No issues, no weight gain, no blemishes, no periods! In fact I lost weight and my skin cleared up like I had never seen. Fast forward to November 2014... I had it removed and the doctor was unable to get a new one in. I was to go back but at that point my insurance wouldn't cover it (another post for another time) so I just didn't get it put back in. Now 5 months later... my skin is a wreck, my weigh is going up and up despite my regular exercise and eating very well. I did some research and I found out that I could be in a total hormone upheaval due to the levonorgestre released by Mirena and my body not making its own progesterone. I have come up with my own system to see if I can reverse this... vitamins, foods, sugar detox. After this (21 days) if nothing has changed I will bite the insurance bullet and get some tests done. This has been crazy...



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4/28/15 3:58 P

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I had the Mirena put in last December because I've had problems with heavy bleeding and it was supposed to help with that. My weight loss completely stalled after that, and I had been doing pretty well up to that point. I had headaches, anxiety, and I was spotting every day. My blood sugar was also higher than it usually is. The Mirena came out on its own at the end of March. I started bleeding really heavily and my doctor put me on Provera pills for ten days to stop it. Right now I've gained back 20lbs of the weight that I had lost. I'm determined to get my weight loss back on track.

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4/28/15 10:07 A

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Hey It's Gwen,
I am noticing there is a lot of people that are sad about this weight gain. I am currently looking for 15 or more people to start a challenge for May. It's called the 28 day Healthy Living Challenge This is a program by Arbonne and it's backed by the Mayo clinic, and even with my IUD in I had lost 20lbs and 5 inches off my waist. This is an all Natural program I would love to help anyone interested, Please contact me ASAP because May is coming very soon. Feel free to send me a message gbrissette@new.rr.com

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4/28/15 12:26 A

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I went to the dr today and told him that after I had my daughter Jan 5 I wasn't breast feeding and I was almost back down to my pre pregnancy weight and now I weigh more now than I did in my pregnancy im at 193 I was down to 169 I gained 20 pounds! My dr then wants to tell me hes not going to remove it because its only been 2 months I haven't let it work its course and he told me its not the iud its me or my eating habits, I eat healthy Im about to start herbal life, oh did I mention he checked my thyroid ( I've never have had any issues!)

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4/27/15 9:12 P

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Hello my name is Gwen and I may be able to help you lose weight, I had the same problem with the IUD until I started a thing called Argonne,, I was at my last string I was so sad and unhappy with myself and since I have done this I lost 20lbs and 5inches off my waist no its not a hoax or some pills or anything like that contact me if you are interested I would love to help you.

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4/21/15 10:35 P

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I had my iud put in the month of September. From the very beginning I had issues!!!! Really bad cramps and periods that would last 20 days or more. I was bleeding to the point that I had to wear pads and tampons (tmi I know) every time I called the nurse on call they would say it was normal. Then I got really sick light headed dizzy vomiting etc. I called the dr they said it may be a stomach bug. In February my period last the entire month heavy as well as light. At this point the dr said this wasn't normal and to come in for an ultrasound. Went in they said everything looked normal. The month of March had a light period for one day. So I began thinking okay maybe things are getting better. Well mid March I began having the worst back pains ever!!! Goggles the side effects of Mirena and to my surprise these were all side effects. Spoke to the dr again they said this was normal and not to worry. April 1-19 heavy periods every single day at this point I was over it!!! I called the dr and they told me to come in the next day to have it checked. I told them I wanted it removed!!! Went in the next day and they couldn't find the strings smh... Lucky me now I have to have surgery in a week.... Not only that I was only 170 pounds when I got on Mirena now I'm 226. I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy this iud is EVIL!!!!!!

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4/20/15 2:52 P

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Good luck at losing weight !!! I removed mine the first weel of December & nothing yet !!!! Im sooo discusted !!! Been exercising & eating better & still nothing !!!! I think my gyno is right , told me IF NO CHANGES WITHIN 2 MONTHS, for me to come in for bloodwork, that the mirana may have my horemones in an up roar !!!!! Im making my appt tomorrow !!!!! Im 5'4 & now weigh 190 lbs....i weighed less while i was pregnant !!!! My normal weight is 120 to 135..at best !!! Ugggg, i now have NO SELF ESTEEM & CAN NOT STAND MYSELF, ALSO BY FEELING THIS WAY , MY FAMILY IS SOOO UPSET WITH ME !!! Though, they just do NOT under stand !!!!!! GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU !!!!

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4/20/15 2:16 P

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I have had the Mirena for a little over 2 years now, and it was the worst decision I ever made to have it inserted. My doctor recommended it to help control my periods which were very bad, so I decided to give it a try. I have constant cramping, periods that last 10 days, and of course the weight gain. So far I've gained 20 pounds and keep packing it on. I saw my doctor last week and requested the Mirena be removed. Was so happy to finally get rid of it! But she couldn't find the strings, so am now waiting to see the gynaecologist to get it removed, and an ultrasound too. The time can't come soon enough. Am hoping after it's removed that I'll lose some of the extra pounds it packed on!! Good luck to those of you who are struggling with it as well.

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4/15/15 6:03 P

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Hey everyone, I was wondering if anyone has any updates about being able to loose the weight after having the Mirena removed. I love my mirena but am all of a sudden having weight gain, bad skin, return of spotting and some other symptoms. I don't want to jump to conclusions and assume its the Mirena but if others are seeing these symptoms resolved after removal I would definitely consider getting it removed. Thanks in advance

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4/9/15 9:01 A

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When I first had my IUD put in, over the next year I did gain some weight. In January I was looking in the mirror one day at 190 pounds (5'4), and said I am changing this. I created my goal weight of 150 pounds (what I have always been), and I am currently at 160. I've lost 30 pounds with the IUD within a few months, so it's definitely possible!

There were many times when I tried dieting and exercising for a few weeks and seen no changes, and simply blamed the IUD. It took intense exercise and completely healthy eating, and most of all consistency! Don't give up, because I almost did by blaming the IUD.

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4/9/15 12:06 A

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Hey guys I Too have gained weight since mirena and my bf notices it as well. Some days I feel like a fat cow. I also been having trouble finding the string for about a week. I feel something poking me whenever I put my finger there but it is not the plastic itself, it's like it is behind something and poking out. It did not feel like this at all the first month. I have an appointment to have it REMOVED on Friday. I do not feel comfortable with it and I am scared that it has moved out of place. I don't know why I listened to the doctor about this. I will take another type of BC after this, I just can't deal with the fear of having this thing migrate. Anyone else know anything about mirena?

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4/4/15 1:06 P

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To the last girl who posted...i too weigh 190 lbs...and im 5 ft 4 ......Dont feel bad, im right with ya....ive never weighed over 135..until mirana !!!! Had it removed & havent lost one pound !! Im fat & miserable now !!! Good luck to you !!!

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4/3/15 1:00 A

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Hello Everyone, I keep searching to see if anyone has lost any weight after the mirena removal but not much luck. So I decided to use myself so people can compare and possibly help any of you with the same questions. I'm 5'4 and weigh 196.6lbs pretty big I know, I had my mirena inserted after two back to back pregnancies. I have a 5 and 4 year old boys which are hyper and always keeping on my feet. Well back to the fatness, I never had a chance to loss the pre-pregnancy weight and had the Irena implanted on the 60day mark and here I am still stuck with all this extra extra cushion. No matter how hard I tried I could not lose no more than a few lbs just to later gain it back. I'm a pretty discipline person when it came to diet and exercise but all that hard work never paid off. The only thing that would slim down would be my legs, I looked like a freaking weirdo. I defined my body type as a ice cream cone with a scoop of ice cream on top, (skinny from the bottom and big muffin/kangaroo on top grrrr). I was so emotional, sex drive lowered dramatically(and I loved having sex) my eating habits didn't change much but I would get urges out of nowhere to eat everything in sight but nothing I couldn't control because I was determine to murder the fat out my body but no luck. Well anyways I had the Mirena IUD removed March 31,2015(2days ago) I felt so relieved to have that evil little plastic out of me. I have had little cramping as of now. I will happily informed you my appetite has dramatically gone down and when I do eat I literally have a few bites and I'm just like yeah I'm so full; I do get some crazy bloating like a blow fish. I'm not emotional anymore, I would cry about everything. What else my feet are not swollen that much anymore( they used to look like two loaf of breads in my flats lol) I'm just overall so much happier and I know my body needs a lot of healing and recovery from having the Mirena in for so long. Oh yeah I had it in for a little over 4 years and didn't get a period for most of the time in. Yeah that can't be good and I started to feel kind of butchery like a man. Well it's just the beginning but I try to check in next week or so. Hopefully this helped but also women want to know if you lose weight and I hope I can help with that question in my next post. Best of luck to you all.
-Nessa

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4/2/15 8:02 P

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Did anyone have success losing weight after mirena by going on oral contraceptives for a period of time? I have been with out mirena for 14 months now and after trying several detoxes I have had no luck losing the weight. I eat extremely healthy and exercise regularly and am with out luck shedding the weight that is concentrated around my hips. I have been curious if I went on oral contraceptives (estrogen and progesterone type) for a couple months and then got off them if this would initiate a weight loss at all. I would love to hear if anyone has had success. Particularly @catsandcarbs

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4/1/15 10:32 A

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I have been reading through the posts on this thread, and I just want to say that I went into this Mirena thing with a totally open mind. I researched on the internet, and saw that there were side effects. Some women loved it, some hated it. I had the paraguard for 10 years and had no problems whatsoever, some women have horrible side effects on the Paraguard. I think it is a body chemistry thing that, unfortunately, most women don't realize until they actually have the IUD inserted and have lived with it for a while. I found this site/thread through a search for weight loss after Mirena, not weight gain. I wanted to know if women had trouble losing the weight AFTER it was removed. I gained 15 pounds in 6 months, eating and exercising normally. I also went on a diet at one point- 2 shakes and one meal a day, and continued to gain weight. For women who are "allergic" to Mirena (and again some women thrive on it), the side effects are real, and they should have a forum to discuss their issues.

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4/1/15 10:05 A

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I only had the Mirena IUD in for 6 months-I am 47, 3kids, last one was born 11 yrs ago. Had the Paraguard IUD for 10 yrs no problems. After talking to my dr. Mirena sounded good, especially since I will probably be heading into perimenopause in the near future. Wow what a mistake that was. I gained close to 15 pounds in 6 months and every month I just kept on getting bigger. Lots of other weird side effects. Had it taken out last week and feel like a weight has been lifted off my life.
I think Mirena may work well for some women based on their body chemistry (just like I had no problems on the paraguard copper IUD), but my body just doesn't like synthetic progesterone and I am assuming most women here have had the same unpleasant experience.

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4/1/15 10:00 A

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NIKKAKEKE: Have your hormone levels checked. Mirena uses a synthetic form of progesterone. The longer you had Mirena, the less your body had to produce its own progesterone. After removal some women have trouble getting their bodies to restart progesterone production (especially if you are 40+). Your estrogen/progesterone ratio might be out of whack and that's why you can't lose weight. Also have your thyroid checked-hormone imbalance can slow your metabolism and mess with your thyroid. Hope this helps.

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3/27/15 8:31 A

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Hi ...I also had the merina in afew years back ...I am short so I am only 5'1 and never weighed more than 130 unless it was baby weight i went up to 150 ...Once I got the Merina ..yes it had it's good points at first but then I noticed the weight gain the mood swings the bad skin ...irritable and my periods lasted 10 days ...needless to say I took it out and once I did about 2 months latter I started losing the weight but many years latter I have inflammation issues, pelvic issues, and abdmoinal issues ...not to say everyone will react this way but be careful and do your own research and take those questions to your dr because it is true all the side effects it depends on how your body is going to react but weight gain is a guarantee from my own experience and others that I know have had it.
Best of luck to those that do well on it and those that havent rest assured your not alone.

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3/26/15 5:41 P

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Finally. ....i found the post !!! Couldnt get to it so i wrote on another topic, grrrr.....TO THE LAST LADY WHO POSTED......GOOD LUCK TO YOU !!!! MY STORY IS EXACTLY LIKE YOURS !!! MY IUD HAS BEEN REMOVED FOR ALMOST 4 MTHS NOW & I HAVENT LOST A POUND !! GRRRR, WTF IS GOING ON ???? I GAINED ALMOST 60 LBS IN A YEAR FROM THE MIRANA....NOT GOOD !!!! NOW ITS BEEN REMOVED & STILL HAVENT LOST 1 LB......I DONT KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO !!!! GOOD LUCK TO YOU HONEY !!!

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I am new to this site and like someone mentioned in this thread, only stumbled upon it by googling 'mirena weight gain'. I've had some health issues lately (including a massive weight gain in a fairly short amount of time) and I can't help but wonder if my mirena was to blame and was wondering if anyone has had an experience similar to mine...? I originally had my first Mirena placed after the birth of my second baby and had absolutely no problems at all - I LOVED my mirena. I didn't have to worry about birth control, I had no side effects, and if fact, I ended up losing a lot of weight. When I decided to maybe have a third baby, I simply had my IUD removed and was pregnant within five months. My pregnancy went very smoothly and I was able to maintain my weight during and (shockingly) even after. Since I had had such a great experience with Mirena the last time, I made it clear to my OB that I would be having another inserted at my 6 week check up, which I did. At first, everything seemed to be fin. Aside from some random, painful cramping, I didn't notice any problems at first. I was able to be very active and lost even more weight - however, that weight loss did not last for long. I first started to notice weight creeping on (despite my best efforts) about 3yrs after having the mirena inserted. And once it started, it just kept on coming. I valiantly tried to do everything that I knew to do - I changed my already decent eating habits to try and be even better, I joined a gym and splurged on a personal trainer and did everything he told me to do - but no weight loss. In fact, I continued to gain. The weight seemed to come on faster and faster and at first, the IUD never crossed my mind as a possible reason why. Eventually I started to notice an increase in my mood and irritability, became depressed (probably because at that point I'd put on over 50 lbs in less than two years. It was then that I bean to wonder if the IUD could possibly have anything to do with it. At first I dismissed it because my OB had made it clear that weight gain was not a side effect...but, still, I couldn't figure out any other reason why I would be gaining weight so rapidly with the inability to lose even a single pound. So, I started doing some online research and was stunned by what I found. I could not believe that SO many women out there were also having weight issues that they too linked back to their IUD. I was so relieved that I finally had an answer and I immediately made an appointment to have it taken out thinking that my weight issue would finally be solved. I had my mirena removed in April of 2014, but to my complete dismay, I have not felt any better and I have certainly not lost any weight - in fact, I've gained 20 more pounds. So - I can't help but wonder if my weight gain/health issues have anything to do with the IUD or not. It seems like it's a good possibility that it had at least something to do with it, but I don't know. Does this story sound familiar to anyone else....or am I looking in the wrong direction? Thoughts??

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Good luck on losing weight after getting mirana taken out.!! I had mine removed first week in December & i still havent lost a pound !!! Gained over 50lbs with that iud !!!! Ugggg...

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Im getting my mirena taken out Thursday.. I haven't had any symptoms. But what u do hate is the weight gain I'm damn near 270 I've never been close to that weight a day in my life.. Even after u had my kids I weighed less before I got pregneat. I hope the weight comes off fast once its removed.. I'm praying for it

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I just got mine taken out and I am so excited and relieved! The best of luck to all of you!!

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Ugh!!! Got Mirena IUD Last October. Went through the holidays with headaches almost everyday for almost 3 months, was tired all the time (and I was running bleachers and working out had lost 25 lbs.!) gained what I thought was holiday weight, spotted for the first 3 months and cramps like I have never had before. I finally Google searched and found this site and am so thankful!!! I was still having all these symptoms and enough was was enough. I went back to my doctor and told him I wanted it OUT! He began to harp on me, that I was making a medical mistake by taking it out. I think he's lost his mind when he told me that there are no calories in an iud!!! It's out as of today so I better start loosing this weight!! I worked too dang hard to get it off!!!!

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Thank you for sharing your story !!!! I too had the mirena taken out the first week of December & NOTHING !!!! No weight loss, mood swings are the same, feel like still throwing up everyday & ive got severe cramping while on period which last 2 weeks now !!! Ive NEVER WEIGHED OVER 135 MY WHOLE LIFE !!! WITH MIRENA I KEPT GAINING & GAINING WEIGHT TO THE POINT I WEIGHED 175 TO 185.....I HAVENT LOST A POUND YET !!! Its been over 3 months now !!! Im depressed im fat my stomach hurts every day, i DO NOT WEAR JEANS ANYMORE CAUSE THEY HURT MY STOMACH SOOO BAD !!!! I live in sweat pants every day & IT SUCKS !!!!! I DONT CARE TO HAVE SEX ANYMORE CAUSE OF MY WEIGHT !!! I am ruined !!!! I dont know what to do anymore !!! Have to make appt with doc soon. He told me if my weight , stomach issues & mood DID NOT IMPROVE BY FEBRUARY then i need bloodwork. ..that mirena REALLY MESSED ME UP !!!! Doc says 2 mths is all it should take to get out of system if not IT MAY HAVE CAUSED SEVARE PROBLEMS & HORAMONES ARE MOST LIKELY OUT OF WACK !!! IT SUCKS & I WISH I READ THIS SIGHT B4 I GOT IT PUT IN !!! THANK YOU EVERYBODY !!!! GOOD LUCK TO ALL !!!!


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This is real, I have been a spark member for a long time, but with all of the ads I went to myfitnesspal now. I appreciate your skepticism about these claims but the stories all sound like mine only now I have liver and inflammation issues. I got the Mirena out a year and a half ago maybe even two years ago. My body didn't respond, it stayed in a slump. I had never weighed over 150lbs unless it was baby weight and normally my range was 125-140 at 5'3". Now I am up to 198 lbs and have periods that last up to two weeks out of the month, my sex drive hasn't increased and my insatiable hunger is/was not manageable. I also had insomnia and depression and so much abdominal pain that I couldn't even wear sweat pants. The reason that I switched my story to past tense is because I recently had my Fallopian tubes out on Jan 14, 2015 and I couldn't walk well for about 4 weeks and since that I am able to control my hunger and the abdomen pressure is relieved and I am happier and I have lost 7 lbs in 4 weeks and I haven't been exercising regularly, actually probably sitting more since I prepare taxes and its tax season. So, please be careful if you are thinking about using this IUD. I am waiting on more liver and inflammation tests that just may be permanent... Plus, I haven't heard of any law suit paying out to anyone that didn't have the Mirena taken out in the case of an emergency. This is real, the Mirena is a horrible and misleading product and I for one attest that it ruined my life.

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Also...by NO MEANS am i trying to tell girls not to get this !!! It works for some people & not gor others. ....just beware,.....if it doesnt agree with you then YOU ARE GOING TO FEEL SAME RESULTS THAT OTHERS FELT !!!!! we are NOT saying, Do not use....just becareful......also...i am sure that people make these post up BUT NOT EVERYONE IS A PHONEY LIER & GETTING PAID TO KNOCK DOWN MIRANA !!! I FOR ONE , AM BEING TRUELY H ONEST ABOUT THE SIDE EFFECTS I ENQUIRED! !!!!

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First off...i have to different user names on this thread !!! My first one FOR SOME REASON would not let me on any longer !!! Also, you can have your opinion about this site BUT When there are hundreds of people with the same problem your having, YES...YOU BELIEVE IT TO BE TRUE !!! FOR "YEARS", I HAVE ATE & EXERCISED THE " SAME AMOUNT "....NOTHING CHANGED EXCEPT ME GETTING THE MIRANA....AND BOOM,...60 LBS HEAVIER IN A YEAR !!! ALSO, I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE !!!! Along with other side effects !!!! So until you are in our shoes & the mirana isnt working for you DONT KNOCK THIS SIGHT !!!!! ALOT OF PEOPLE FIND.IT USEFUL !!!! ALSO, MY DOC DID TELL ME THAT THE REASON FOR MY WEIGHT GAIN LIKE THIS , " WAS DUE TO MIRANA & I SHOULDVE CAME IN FOR REMOVAL ALOT SOONER THEN I DID " !!!

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Here's ONE example of an individual with multiple accounts:

First post by this individual:
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In this post, she states that she's gained 30 pounds in over 2 years. The ticker at the bottom of the post says she weighs 155 lbs. There's no Spark Page, of course, and, with 30 spark points, it's obvious that this person is not a regular user of this site.

This person made an additional account, about a week later, and posted once under this account. It's obvious that it's the same person because she wasn't very creative about making a different, unique, user name.
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This time, her ticker says that she weighs 254 lbs. She says she has slowly gained 30 lbs in 3 years, since she got Mirena. Again, she does not become a regular user of this site.

There's no followup with this person. She's not a user of this site. She made AT LEAST two accounts (a week apart). Perhaps she got more creative with picking user names for other accounts, so it wouldn't be so obvious it was her posting again. Or, maybe she just stopped by here two times while she went around all the sites she could find on the internet to post her story.

A LOT of women will slowly gain weight like that. A ten pound weight gain over a year equals overeating less than 100 calories per day, even fewer calories if someone becomes less active, doesn't have time to exercise as much or...

As for the rest of the accounts with one or a few posts.... I'm certain that at least a few other individuals have made multiple accounts with different user names.

ANOTHER problem that's going on with this thread (and this is HUGE)...a problem that some of the recent posts have highlighted, is that, yes, this thread does come up when people do a Google search. But, I actually looked and it doesn't come up if someone searches for things like Mirena, Mirena IUD or even Mirena reviews. NO. The search that will bring up this thread is MIRENA WEIGHT GAIN. Now, who do you think is online, Googling for information about Mirena weight gain? It's not the thousands upon thousands of women who are happily using Mirena. It's mostly women who are already looking to blame their IUD for their weight gain. Then, there are the women are are Googling that who are afraid that it could happen...

Now, I'm not saying that Mirena never causes anyone any problems. I'm sure that it does and there are some posts in this thread, made by people who are obviously users of this site (who have spark pages, multiple posts about other things, etc.) where they talk about how Mirena was not for them and caused them some problems. Overall, though, the posts by actual users of this site tell a very different story than the posts made by people who just pop in after having found the thread by Googling Mirena Weight Gain. Posts by users are much more positive about this form of birth control.

But, the posts made by people who found this thread by Googling Mirena weight gain are posts by a self-selected, and hugely biased, group of people. These people are largely individuals who were looking to find other people who think they are having weight gain from Mirena. These individuals were not online looking for honest reviews--they were looking for problems. Of course, you can always find what you are looking for on the internet.

I have no vested interest in Mirena. I don't have one and I don't work for Bayer. I'm just a user of this site. All I wanted to do was to point out the bias in this thread and how it's pretty unusual for something like this to occur on Spark People.

There's absolutely no scientific evidence that Mirena is a horrible product. My gynecologist, who I recently asked about Mirena, says that the good majority of her patients who have tried it really like it and that, no, it is not associated with weight gain. She says it is one of the things she recommends for women who are concerned with weight gain on other forms of birth control. I absolutely believe her. She's a fabulous doctor and very honest. I also believe my sister, who had one for 5 years and told me it was wonderful and completely rid her of her horrible periods (she had to be hospitalized once because she hemorrhaged). She said she would absolutely get another one if she were still menstruating and, no, she didn't gain a pound while she had it. She actually lost weight. I also believe one of my husband's coworkers who I know who has Mirena and says she loves it. I seriously think I may get one myself. My best friend says that, if I get one and I like it, that she's going to get one.

If I do get Mirena, I will give it a fair trial. If it doesn't agree with me or causes me any significant problems, I'll get it removed.

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Perfectly said !!! I only posted here one time but i hope it helped others...when i first read other people's post i was extremely happy knowing that others felt the same way & that i wasnt crazy !! Sure the iud works for some but unfortunately it wasnt meant for me !!! Ive had it out now for almost 3 months & i still dont feel or look like my self !!! Next step is going back to doctor so he can do blood work...my doctor says that i probably have messed up horamones now due to mirana & now he needs to check how bad it screwed me up !!!

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I agree! When I saw the response, I too thought about responding. However, I was looking for support in this forum, not a debate. I myself have only posted on this thread once but that doesn't take away from what I am going through. I am not saying that the Mirena doesn't work for everyone, I am just saying that it's not working for me. It is okay to voice your opinions on the topic but as you said, the approach of this person was a little harsh. I would never read something on the Internet and make a life decision based on it. I kind of feel like that is what this person was implying. I have researched this topic as well and just used this forum to release my frustration. It was nice to see that similar people understood what I was going through. I'm not sure why this topic was taken so seriously but I hope that people will continue to feel free to tell their stories without being attacked do to their personal experiences with the Mirena.

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I replied only because I've been searching for responses based on this topic. These are a few of many patient responses that popped up first in Google that weren't biased or unreviewed medical reviews. I don't think you should actively discredit what could be valid opinions, because at that point, you're doing more disservice than good.

There were a few comments posted saying that some women exhibit little to no side effects, and that should be kept in mind. People should always be wary of what they read or hear. But a lot of us do experience side effects, and when the doctors accuse us of being liars, we need to be validated. That's the point of this.

You should perhaps develop a level of sensitivity to things that are, based on actual research, being felt and experienced by many, many women with one root cause. And maybe not be so protective of a pharmaceutical rather than the people reacting to it.

If you were a statistician, you could not reasonably point to the root of so many people' troubles as being a radical, mass change in diet and exercise across continents and cultures. It doesn't make sense.

Rethink your approach.

Edited by: BEEPERMAD at: 2/25/2015 (00:07)
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BEEPERMAD, you are yet another account with a single post here on Spark People...

This is exactly what I was writing about earlier.

Like I wrote before, I suspect that one or a few individuals are making multiple accounts/have multiple user names for the sole purpose of posting on this thread.

Just pointing out that people should be suspicious of what they read here in this thread. There's nothing else like this going on anywhere on the discussion boards here on Spark People (meaning a thread with so many posts made by accounts with a single or just a few posts, no spark page, etc.).


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Lovekitties...or whatever...

Your post is disingenuous, and people's reactions to Mirena are real. You're just diminishing them when it's happened to hundreds of women. While implying their reaction may not be from a "real person."

Rethink your approach.

I'd also like to add that I posted this because I was e-searching for things that would make sense to what I was going through. And this is not the only forum discussing this topic and its reactions. Your posts just pissed me off.

Edited by: BEEPERMAD at: 2/24/2015 (23:26)
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You don't need to have a health problem to gain weight. Overeating by just a few calories per day will add pounds, and lots of them, over time. If you eat just 120 extra calories per day, you are going to gain about a pound each month. The same is true if you are a little
less active... Many, many women put on weight over time, as they get older.

To the previous poster, I do hope that you are a real person and that you will continue to use this site, post more, set up a spark page, use the food tracker, etc. It's an excellent resource for getting healthy and losing weight! I lost almost 100 lbs, most of which I lost while using this site. Having said that, I have a bit of advice for you. Please take it in the friendly/helpful spirit in which it is intended. :) :)

You said this...
"I even went on a whole healthy kick with cleansing, walking over a mile daily, raw veggie diet, and appetite suppressants....and guess what? NOTHING!!! Maybe a pound here or there but it would come back later that day or the next day...so aggravating!"

Cleansing, raw veggie diets and appetite suppressants...these aren't healthy ways to lose weight and actually it could be really unhealthy. People who use these sorts of things to try and lose weight typically experience exactly what you've described. They lose a few pounds and then the weight just comes right back. Many times, it's just fluctuations in water weight and not actual weight loss. Walking is good exercise, but walking a mile is, sadly, not going to burn many calories. The key to weight loss is consistently eating within a specific calorie range. Losing a pound or two each week while eating a healthy, varied, diet is the best way to go. Exercise is excellent for the health benefits, but you really can't exercise your way out of eating too many calories.

If you enter your stats and goals into the Spark People tracker, it will advise you on how many calories to eat, and on recommended intake of carbs, proteins, fats, fiber, etc. Track your food and slowly work your way into these ranges. I highly recommend using a food scale to weigh all of your food. I was never able to lose weight until I started using a food scale.

Gradual, sustainable, changes in diet, activity, etc. that lead you to a new, healthy, lifestyle are the way to go and the best way to lose weight and keep it off.

Best wishes.

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I agree with the post prior. You should always ask your doctor but it doesn't hurt to look at forums like these either. I JUST made my spark account when I googled "difficulty losing weight with Mirena IUD"...I felt like I had people to relate to with similar issues. I personally had gone to my doctor and she did a bunch of blood work and said I was perfectly healthy so I KNOW I don't have other health issues but I do suggest getting checked out by your PCP before suggesting the mirena has anything to do with your weight gain/loss or any of the other side effects mentioned. And FYI...I am a real person, not a bot or a troll...just putting that out there! ☺

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