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COLEYG29 Posts: 1
9/3/17 3:22 P

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I have had Mirena for 10 years. I had my first one put in when I was 6weeks post postpartum. The first 5 years was fine with the exception of always feeling bloated and no sex drive. I lost all my baby weight and maintain my weight for the most part. It was not until I had it replaced that I started noticing weight gain and the inability to lose weight. I have 2 children and have always weighed between 120-125 since having kids. Over the past 3 years I have gained 25 pounds. I carry most of my weight in my stomach and now in my back which is so werid. I am 5'4 small framed and 35 years old. I have always been some what been active...IN past I have had Minimal issues losing weight with diet and exercise. Over the past year I have been working out with a trainer 3 times a week for 1.5 hours. The other 2 days I am running 3 miles. I am exercising more then I ever have since kids. I also follow a strict diet and count calories. I am toned up but, I have lost 2lbs. My friend who started the same time I did same training routine with the exception of running has lost over 30lbs. I am so discouraged. My trainer even thinks it is bizarre. I have even had my thyroid tested and everything is good. For the longest time I thought that maybe it was just the fact that I was getting older, after researching mirena and reading your stories I am convinced that the iud is the issue.It all makes since, while it is convienant not to have periods it is not normal... I am scheduled to have the mirena removed on Friday, I can not wait! I am really hoping and praying that this a step in the right direction.




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8/29/17 7:01 A

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I created an account just for this thread. I've been on the Mirena IUD for three months and have already gained over 3lbs, mostly within the first two.

No change in diet really and actually since I have a herniated disc and haven't worked out properly in the last month or so, should be losing weight due to loss of muscle mass. The 3 lbs were actually gained before I even knew I had a herniated disc.

I know 3 may not be significant, but nothing I do including dieting and expending more than I'm consuming seems to do the trick. I'm fearful that these are pesky hormonal lbs that'll be near impossible to shed. My mother and doctor said anything within the first six months to a year when switching BCs is normal, so I think I'll ride it out since the benefits of Mirena are too good.

Im only 5'6" so even 3-5 lbs looks like a difference on me. I don't want to get accustomed to my "new norm" weight, especially when I was almost 15 lbs less in college.

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8/24/17 6:50 P

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I had the Mirena IUD for 3 years. During that time I gained 50 pounds. I talked to my doctor and had numerous tests done to see why I was gaining so much. I tired every diet imaginable and couldn't lose the weight. Almost 3 months ago I had my IUD removed after reading how it had caused weight gain in numerous people. Since then I have lost 17 pounds and haven't changed my diet or exercise at all. I'm a firm believer that Mirena was the cause of my weight gain and inability to lose weight.

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8/23/17 6:43 P

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Im glad about this talk! I have been keeping an active lifestyle for the past year, although I have been lacking my time at the gym in the past 3months, I have been constantly on my feet for work. I had the Mirena since Sept last year. No matter how hard I balance my diet, I cant lose any weight but kept on adding more! Im having it taken out before september ends!

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8/2/17 2:45 P

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I am beyond thankful I found this thread! I was talked into the iud 3 years ago. I was 40 at the time. My #1 concern was will it cause weight gain. I had successfully been losing weight at the time through diet change & exercise. I was told it was an uncommon side effect to gsin weight. I was concerned because in my 20s, I used Depo & despite being an extremely active person (I worked 3 jobs, snowboarder, avid hiker), I gained 60 lbs in 5 years. It all came off, and then some, in the 2 years after I quit using Depo. I've been to my doctor several times over the last couple years about my weight, I've kept food journals, use a pedometer, and continue to be an active person. There is no reason I should have gained the roughly 40 lbs I have the past 3 years. My doctor has resisted my request to have the iud removed, but, since she couldn't find the strings at my last exam I get to have the always fun vaginal ultrasound to find it. At this point, I'm 43 & have dealt with endometriosis & ovarian cysts for decades....I'm so tired of bc & honestly ready for a hysterectomy.

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6/21/17 11:45 A

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Hi! Read your post and I'm schedule to have mine removed to this afternoon. I'm hopeful the removal will give me some since of normalcy again.

Looks like you've had yours out since May... Would love to know what changes you've experienced since then. Weight loss or gain?

Thanks!
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5/25/17 4:00 P

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I am almost in tears reading all of the previous posts.I have thought I was crazy because I have gained weight even though I am working out 5 days a week and Tuesday and Thursday I work out morning and afternoon. I had my Mirena placed in January and I'm ballparking around 10 lbs is what I have gained since then. I have absolutely no sex drive at all and Im still a newlywed. My husband has complained and says that he wants his girlfriend back, but I am not comfortable because all of the weight is right in what I call my pooch. I have never had this issue ever in my life! He likes the convenience that the IUD gives us but I want this thing out of me! I want my old self back! We don't want kids but I am still only 34 so apparently IUD is the best bet. Has anyone been in the same boat that has switched over to something else and been happier?



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5/19/17 11:22 P

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I found out the hard way that I am far too sensitive to the hormones released from the Mirena. I get migraines now, probably due to stress and it started after I turned 30 so not usual to develop. Im 38 now and I get bad headaches every month when I get my monthly but I don't regret taking out the Mirena! I actually got my first migraine a week to 10 days after getting the Mirena put in and didnt understand how severe the headache would turn out to be. I got tunnel vision, major light auras swirling around, very scary! So I pulled over right away but as luck would have it I hit a empty parked car. Did not see it till the last moment since I could only see what was within a small cirlce directly in front of me. What if right?! My OB/GYN doctor to this day still says the Mirena is perfectly safe and was not to blame but my regular Doctor disagrees. It is strange that taking Ortho never gave me headaches but I suspect the off week tabs were what saved me previously. (I went ahead and got a tubal ligation~I have several children, one very special needs) I also bloated and felt very lethargic, lol!
Good luck to those who get the Mirena!
p.s. I met a woman at work and she showed me the cute pictures of her son, which she called her 'Mirena baby'. She actually had the device adhere to her and become ineffective, within that year, BAM! Hello baby! Crazy right??

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5/19/17 8:32 P

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Thank god you made this thread. I just got my Mirana taken out today and my doctor argued with me about this for 45 minutes saying it wasn't the Mirana... I have paraguard now. But I got the mirana implanted after the skyla wasn't effective for me.. and I've gained 20 pounds since it was inserted... and absolutely could not lose the weight... I changed my diet to where I practically wasn't eating and I didn't even lose weight then!!! Not only that, but my mood swings were out of control...
So today I went to the doctor and told her I wanted the copper iud because I was done with the hormones from mirana. She fought with me on it saying the Mirana doesn't have these side effects it must be me.... and I was making the worst mistake of my life taking it out for the non-hormonal iud .

I'm so glad to see a thread of women talking about this... I left the office feeling like I may have.

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5/12/17 5:52 P

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Thank you whoever started this board! I am losing my mind. I had the Mirena put in to control my super heavy, crushingly painful periods (Those did stop. Umm...Thanks?) But I would take those in a hot flash over what the Mirena has made me feel. I've had it for only 5 months and I've lost a ton of hair, put on about 10 pounds of pure pudge (while exercising more and eating better. Nice.), I've ruined all my underwear with constant spotting, I have zero sex drive which is really weird for me, and feel like a Super Bitch most of the time. this is not like me At All. i want ME back!!

I'm getting the thing taken out of me in three days. Sending good thoughts to all of you. !!

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4/1/17 7:15 P

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I just had my 3rd Mirena removed and am about to get a 4th. I am kinda dreading the initial side effects. For all 3 of my past ones, the insertion itself wasn't particularly pleasant (now I know to load up on ibuprofen before going to the appointment!). Each time, I was very bloated (weight gain) and crampy for the first 3-4 weeks. Then it all settled down. I also spotted for the first 3-6 months. So....miserable for a few weeks followed by 4.5 yrs of not worrying about pregnancy and minimal periods.

Us girls are complicated; I suspect the ladies really struggling for a prolonged time with Mirena have a heightened sensitivity to the hormone it releases. If my experience aligns with ladies who respond well to Mirena, I'd say to give your side effects a good month to start calming down. If not getting noticeably better by 6 weeks.....it may not be for you.

Hope this helps! (I'm 45 now, btw...so used Mirena since I was 30.)

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I am 42 y.o., 5"2 and normally 130 lbs. I got the Mirena inserted due to extremely heavy periods with clotting which caused anemia and accompanying extreme fatigue. I have started eating less than I normally do (under 1000 calories a day), and exercise vigorously 6 days a week for an hour (spinning, running), but have gained 10 lbs, mostly in my embarrassingly bloated belly, since going on the Mirena. The doctor did not mention one word about weight gain or bloating as a side effect (I am close to being a grandmother and look 3 months pregnant in my usually flat stomach.) When I went for a check up, the doctor decided to mention that weight gain is a normal side effect from the progestin in the IUD. I have no choice but to stay on the Mirena and deal with the weight gain and bloating, since I can't tolerate the Pill, and can't function while hemorrhaging and being anemic and lacking energy. Stuck between a rock and a hard place. I just want to throw in the towel and get an endometrial ablation or hysterectomy and not have to deal with heavy periods and birth control any more at my age... Perimenopause is the WORST.



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3/30/17 6:53 P

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I did not get Merana, I did get the arm implant, and it was ten months of hell! I bleed for seven of the ten months, non stop. Most days were light but still enough that I had to use a pad all the time, and then on top of that I would have a normal period lasting around 10 days every month. My moods were crazy and I gained...40 pounds! You read that right in 10 months I gained 40 pounds. None of the places I called would remove it because my insurance would not pay till I had, had it for a year. Planned Parenthood ended up taking it out for me. After it was gone I started loosing weight crazy fast, the first 20 came off in a month, by the second month I was 5lbs away from where I was when I had it taken out. After the whole ordeal was over it was discovered that I have a heart condition so hormone birth control is off the table and i'm trying to get my hubby to get snipped.



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3/19/17 5:17 A

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I'm am onto my second Mirena. First had it put in 10/2011, just after I'd successfully lost 15lb on SW plan.
I know to eat healthily and exercise but no matter how much I stuck to SW plan my weight just crept back up and all on my stomach area. Any concerns I had about mirena causing weight gain were dismissed by doctor and I believed them. Mirena also completely stopped my AF which was a bonus but it caused the most excruciating hip joint pain and sciatica, which I've had X-rays and pain relief for.
I thought it was just me getting old, I'm now 42.
Mirena was replaced in 10/2016. I've put 10lb on in weight since October (in addition to the previous 15lb I lost and put back on) and I've been following my SW plan which is embarrassing because in 2 weeks I lost 1lb only to put that back on. I use my tracker to count steps and go to gym. My legs and arms are slim, my body shape looks pregnant. So enough is enough, I'm having Mirena removed this coming Friday and I'll see how it goes.

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3/13/17 10:19 A

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Thank you for sharing your story. I got the Mirena in September 2016 and have gained 8kgs since then, apart from this I haven't really had any bad experiences with the device. Keeping my weight under control is very important to me and I would say I'm quite a healthy and active person so this issue with my weight has depressed me a lot.

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3/11/17 9:10 P

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I had Mirena inserted Dec 2016 and today after trying on clothes decided to search to see if it causes weight gain. I'm happy to find info in this post but so disappointed that my Dr never mentioned weight gain as a serious concern. I'm not someone who works hard at keeping my weight under control but I know my body and my belly bloat and gain of 10 lbs in 2 months is not right. And my rings don't fit at all. I'm now convinced its the Mirena so will be calling my Dr on Mon. Ugh! I had it inserted to control my terrible periods, at age 51, so now it looks like ablation is my next step. Again, ugh! Thanks for sharing though, ladies. Helpful!

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3/7/17 9:18 A

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Years ago after my son was born, I did get the Mirena. For a while it was ok, but I did not know what it was doing to my body. I did start to lose weight, but I did gain it back and then some. After four years I had to get it removed because my body was behaving weirdly. I was not getting my period at all but either every three months to every week. After it was removed, I still was very irregular. I even gained more weight. The doctors told me that everything was fine, but it wasn't. I also did want another kid and I could not get pregnant at all. This has been going on for the last 3 years. Since then, I chose to lose weight so that I can get regular again and possibly get pregnant. I do not know if the Mirena was to blame for my weight gain, before and after I had it, but I do know that it did affect my body.



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You can't take Mirena. It's an IUD ( intra-uterine device) that is inserted into the cervix through the vagina. Mirena is NOT a pill. There is absolutely NO WAY you are "taking" Mirena. It MUST be inserted. Lol.

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2/13/17 10:00 A

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I have a rather sedentary job but I work out four days a week and watch what I eat. I had my Mirena implanted in December 2016 and have gained easily 10 lbs since. I thought it was due to the Holidays and not working out but in the past after I started working out again, the weight has come off pretty quickly. Not this time and I'm actually gaining weight instead! I really am not looking forward to going back on the pill but I am miserable with this weight gain!

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2/2/17 8:26 A

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I've been taking Mirena. I'm 29 and I've been on this pill since I was about 21. It didn't really give me noticeable side effects, but not many benefits besides no pregnancy. Also I like it's quite affordable and accessible to anyone through this resource - all-day-chemist.us/

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1/27/17 3:16 P

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I got the Mirena IUD about a year and a half ago. At first, I lost weight. But then a back injury left me sedentary and depressed (ie. eating constantly) for a while and I ended up gaining, but that was not because of the IUD. I'm back to losing weight now that I'm able to exercise more and am watching my diet more.

I have not had a period in almost a year. The first 4-6 months were annoying - lots of random spotting and very unpredictable, but I was told that would happen so I wasn't surprised by it. Have not had a spot since.

Overall, I'm happy with the Mirena IUD. Haven't had any issues.

Everyone is different though.

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1/27/17 11:09 A

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I just wanted to share somewhere- hope it helps someone. I had the mirena for 2.5 years and gained about 10 lbs on it. I was frustrated but since I'm over 40 I thought maybe this is just slowing metabolism. Then last summer I went on weight watchers, and really stuck to it. I lost maybe 1-2 lbs and it was so hard to lose weight. I had never had that kind of trouble losing. At that point, I was ready to take out the Mirena since I realized that my suspicions must be true about it affecting my weight. I took it out in August 2016, and now, in January, I've lost 10lbs- so back down to weight I was before the Mirena. That is with absolutely no dieting or change in my diet. It was definitely the Mirena. My advice- try a weight loss plan and if it doesn't work, then take out the mirena.

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I am so happy to find this thread ! And after lots of searching , many other similar forums are showing the same things. The mirena has been the worst thing I have ever done to my body - or so I should say - worst thing I have let happen to my body. Similarly to lots of other women the mirena was presented to me by a gyn who basically said it was the best thing ever and that there were no side effects and that it would fix all my contraception issues (I had a blood clot in 2014 and am sworn off oestrogen)
-Firstly I tried the mini pill for 2 or 3... Jesus Christ it turned me in side out. I literally experienced my first "panic attack " over a social interaction. My throat closed up, I couldn't breathe, I was crying !! My mental / emotional state was completely interfered with by the mini pill. On top of that it made me nauseas , bloated, spot bleed irregularly and turned my skin into a bumpy mess. I went to GP (male) for advice because I couldn't get into the gyno, he told me I was the problem basically and that the progesterone dosage in the mini pill was so small it doesn't effect people - OK ASSHAT !!
-back to the drawing board where I was told about the magical mirena that would make my life so easy, convenient, immune to pregnancy and comfortable. Lies, lies, lies, lies. I had it inserted June 2016. To begin with the insertion of the mirena was unlike any agony I've felt. I was told to take some panadol before the appointment ... Unfortunately that did nothing to numb the fact they were shoving a rod straight up through my cervix and into the top of my uterus !! I haven't had kids yet and apparently it's not meant for people who haven't given birth dude to that reason.
-here I am now, 24th January 2017 (7 months in) and having it removed TOMORROW. THANK GOD ! I have had non stop pain - horrible pain every month. Three weeks out of my normal four week cycle I am in huge amounts of pain that nothing will help, not Naprogesic or codeine, nothing. I have had three internal ultra sounds to see if everything is ok (how unpleasant are they ?!) every time I get told the same thing "the Mirena is in the correct position to act as an effective contraceptive" .... I don't care right now ? Haha what about the pain ? I eventually found out from the last medical imaging person that the pain is caused by the mirena pushing down into the top of my cervix and causing it to dilate !! Hahaha crazy ! No wonder I was in so much pain ! But no one would listen :( still my gyn said it should be ok. Stupid me listened and put up with it for s bit longer.

Until now 28lbs (roughly 12 KGs) HEAVIER IN SEVEN MONTHS ! I am only 24. I have never had issues with weight, always active competitive playing group sports and going to my gym regularly. I have change nothing. Infact to combat this rapid and excessive weight gain i hired a Personal Trainer and have been going for 4-5 times a week for 3 months !! And I have not dropped one pound !! Infact I have gained (6 pounds since Christmas alone !!! Only one month ago!!) the weight gain has been so rapid that I have stretch marks on my thighs and around my hips. I could just cry. None of my bras fit, I hang over my jeans and I feel horrible in my own skin :( I have also noticed really bad scalp dryness and flaking and hair loss (not in patches like some- but my hair is thinning )
I didn't notice much instability with my mood though which is one good thing out of this whole nightmare.

I can't wait to have this thing out of me and finally after 10 years of hormonal birth control (started the normal pill at 15 y.o) let my poor body get back to normal and do its thing.

Listen to you body, ladies !! We should not be little lab rats taking artificial hormones and damaging ourselves just to please our male counterparts and make their lives more ...pleasurable ;)
There are safer methods for not getting pregnant. Love to all !

I would really like to hear your experiences with weight loss after mirena removal. Thank you for reading !!! :)

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Firstly, so happy I found a thread about this. I've struggled so much with weight gain after having Mirena fitted June 2015. I had it taken out today! 23rd January 2017. At 27 years old, this has literally been the worst 18 months of my entire life. I've never really suffered with bad periods so got the IUD inserted purely for contraceptive purposes, but on boy. I really didn't know what I was letting myself in for!

I'd gone to the docs for a routine check up and to discuss a new type of pill (I've always been very sensitive to hormones in contraception, the minipill turned me into a raging psychopath and gave me migraines).

The first year was total hell. I bled non stop for 6 months, only to start a 4-5 day period every 2 weeks! I lost all sex drive, my mood swings were legendary! Im a placid person by nature, never been emotional as such, or overly sensitive about anything but the Mirena changed that over night. My mood, anxiety and depression, was the worst affected after the weight gain. I fear the mental reparation will take much longer to put right than the weight gain though! Vicious cycle really as they all feed each other!

I've had literally every side effect from this product!

I went back three times to the doctor to get it taken out but they point blank refused, saying I needed to give it more of a chance to settle in, and that the weight gain and depression was caused by external factors and not the mirena! I'd gained 40lbs in 6 months from nothing. My diet and exercise level had not changed! I've always been active, I'm on my feet all day at work and I exercise regularly. I even tried a strict calorie controlled diet to shift the weight (a diet I've used before with great success) and I gained 3lbs!! The thing is a total joke. Admittedly, there are women out there who love it! I got it on my doctors recommendation as she told me it was the best thing she'd even had done! Total lies! Luckily I live in the UK where the health service is free, if I had paid for this thing I'd be demanding a refund.

So, I'm hoping after a year and a half of hell I'll get back to my old happy self :)

I'm a little worried about pregnancy so I'll be using condoms with my partner (whether he likes it or not!) how long did it take people's cycles to return to normal after removal? I've always been 28 days like clockwork till I had that horrible thing inserted.

Interestingly, my psoriasis is MUCH worse after having merina, and I have only noticed one other person (from this thread) mention it! No other forums or threads have mentioned it. I put it down to stress of having the thing in, but it occurs to me now it could be hormonal! Or maybe psoriasis isn't as common as I thought.

I haven't bled yet from the removal and I've been having some mild cramps. No worse than an average period but time will tell if I "crash". I'll update with weight changes/if I notice anything particular etc.

Hopefully my life will be back to normal soon!

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1/17/17 9:17 P

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I had the Mirena IUD for 3 years and my breast size increased 3 cups from a 34DD to a 34F (I didn't gain weight)! They were also very hard, lumpy, and sore all the time. I had my IUD removed 2 months ago, but they have not gone down at all. I'm hoping my situation isn't permanent! I'm in a lot of pain and my chest is HUGE! Did anyone else experience this? I'm hoping they will shrink eventually!



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I didn't lose weight. I end up preggie about a month after mine came out. So i guess not much there. Good luck i hope it works for you!



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How was your experience? Mine comes out tomorrow




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I am curious how many of you have been successful in losing weight after Mirena removal? Mine is scheduled to come out tomorrow. I've had it for about 1.5 years and really feel it's the reason why I've gained weight so rapidly (about 30-40 lbs). I've also experienced the WORST scalp psoriasis ever since shortly after insertion. I've had to really stop wearing black!

I got the IUD to protect my lining. Last year I had a 40 day period (heavy with major clots and gushing...sorry to be so explicit) and after an ultrasound they determined that even with all of that bleeding, my lining was still abnormally thick. So we did a DNC and had the IUD inserted. Shortly after, I gained 5, then 12, then 20 lbs, and my hair started to fall out. I figured it was getting used to a foreign object in my body. Mood swings weren't necessarily an issue.

After the hair stopped falling out in clumps, and normalized (about 2 months in), I developed the worse dandruff ever. Was referred to a dermatologist and was told that it must be the Mirena. I decided to stick with it since I was enjoying not having a period. I wasn't sexually active either.

FFWD to now...I've made the decision to remove it so that I can lose weight (my numbers are starting to creep up too...LDL and A1C). But I've recently become sexually active....and my psoriasis seems to now be in check. Go figure.

I worry that I'll have this removed, and still have psoriasis, no weight loss and more weight gain, and the add mood swings and heavy periods on top of that!!

Since I am 48 and it's really too late for me to consider having any children (currently child free) I am considering having the ablasion (sp) treatment. I'll keep you posted, but I hope to hear your success stories too! Y'all have given me hope!



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11/21/16 9:47 A

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I am finally having this thing taken out next Monday. I'm interested in hearing your experience as well.

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Had the Mirena put in Sept 19. No weight gain but over 6 weeks I had horrible mood swings, lost all interest in sex and was just not myself! Decided to have it out on Nov 4 and went back on my bc pills and I feel almost 100% except I'm gaining weight, already 5-6 pounds and still going! Plus I'm bloated, rings are tight on my fingers and my stomach feels like it's filled with air!!! Drinking water, eating salads and exercising just like Ive done for years but still packing on weight! It's as if any fattening thing I have (small cookie, a beer or glass of wine, roll with my salad, small potato) turns to fat!! I've always maintained my weight with very little difficulty and this is the first time I've packed weight on in such a short time and not been able to lose it! Hoping I stabilize over the next few weeks and the weight comes off but holidays are coming and I'm scared!!!

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11/10/16 10:59 A

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I had the Mirena inserted 2015 of Sept.I weighed 146 lbs. Today im 160 lbs. I had it removed yesterday. And surprisingly I woke up with energy and no sugar craving! I would run to Starbucks every morning after the IUD for my fix of sugar and cheese danish. Im hoping these 14lbs I gained in the last year will cease as well. Will keep you posted in the weeks to come. emoticon

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Hi there,
I had my mirena removed today, I only had it in for 6 weeks, but I have gain at least 3- 4 KGs, and had bloating, stomach pains, cramping, bladder pressure, and yeast infections. Wasn't feeling my self either, I look forward to getting back to normal. I am very active and exercise most days, but couldnt shift the weight, and couldn't fit some of my clothes. Will give an update in next couple of weeks.
I was so disapointed with my Doctor and she tried to convince me to not to take it out, she just did not understand. Best decision I have made, remember that you know your own body. :) emoticon

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10/3/16 2:37 A

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Had one inserted in 2009, yet removed w/in 6 months due to crazy weight gain & other symptoms y'all mentioned (air thinned, skin changed ) and my GUT bacteria has never been the same since--- like my body was prematurely aged. SAD that hormonal experimentation on women continues. :-( Kick the habit ladies. Let you man 'tolerate' wearing a condom instead of giving up YOUR health!

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I got mine out a week ago .. at first I gained a few pounds ( I figured hormone change) but a week later I am down 3 lbs from my beginning weight... I am hoping it keeps coming off

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Wow I Cant Believe I Never Looked In To These Side Effects I Have Had The Merina For 2 1/2 Years Now And Every Sense I Have Been On The Merina I Have Gained 60+ Pounds, I Have So Much Depression Its Crazy, I Feel Tired All The Time, I Feel Like I Keep Gaining Wait And It Wont Stop Before I Got On The Merina I Was Between 170 And 180 And After 2 1/2 Years I Am Now At Like 250 Iv Never In My Entire Life Been This Big When I Was Between 170 And 180 I Would Allways Gain A Few Pounds And Loose It Rarely Ever Did I Go To 190 And Mind You I Have No Sex Drive What So Ever I Can Litterly Go Weeks Without Sex And Before I Was On The Mirena I Allways Wanted To Have Sex And Now After 2 1/2 Years Iv Been Getting Cramps On And Off Bad For The Past 2 Months And Im Feeling So Bloated Like I Just Wanna Stick My Stomach Out And Look Pregnant Its That Bad Im Not Comfortable With My Body Im Upset And Depressed And This Is Coming Out Im Making An Appointment Monday To Get This Tookin Out. You Guys Helped Me Realize That All This Sh** I Been Feeling Could
Be Because Of This Merina Thank You All.

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Wow I Cant Believe I Never Looked In To These Side Effects I Have Had The Mirena For 2 1/2 Years Now And Every Sense I Have Been On The Mirena I Have Gained 60+ Pounds, I Have So Much Depression Its Crazy, I Feel Tired All The Time, I Feel Like I Keep Gaining Wait And It Wont Stop Before I Got On The Mirena I Was Between 170 And 180 And After 2 1/2 Years I Am Now At Like 250 Iv Never In My Entire Life Been This Big When I Was Between 170 And 180 I Would Allways Gain A Few Pounds And Loose It Rarely Ever Did I Go To 190 And Mind You I Have No Sex Drive What So Ever I Can Litterly Go Weeks Without Sex And Before I Was On The Mirena I Allways Wanted To Have Sex And Now After 2 1/2 Years Iv Been Getting Cramps On And Off Bad For The Past 2 Months And Im Feeling So Bloated Like I Just Wanna Stick My Stomach Out And Look Pregnant Its That Bad Im Not Comfortable With My Body Im Upset And Depressed And This Is Coming Out Im Making An Appointment Monday To Get This Tookin Out. You Guys Helped Me Realize That All This Sh** I Been Feeling Could
Be Because Of This Mirena Thank You All.

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Wow I Cant Believe I Never Looked In To These Side Effects I Have Had The Mirena For 2 1/2 Years Now And Every Sense I Have Been On The Mirena I Have Gained 60+ Pounds, I Have So Much Depression Its Crazy, I Feel Tired All The Time, I Feel Like I Keep Gaining Wait And It Wont Stop Before I Got On The Mirena I Was Between 170 And 180 And After 2 1/2 Years I Am Now At Like 250 Iv Never In My Entire Life Been This Big When I Was Between 170 And 180 I Would Allways Gain A Few Pounds And Loose It Rarely Ever Did I Go To 190 And Mind You I Have No Sex Drive What So Ever I Can Litterly Go Weeks Without Sex And Before I Was On The Mirena I Allways Wanted To Have Sex And Now After 2 1/2 Years Iv Been Getting Cramps On And Off Bad For The Past 2 Months And Im Feeling So Bloated Like I Just Wanna Stick My Stomach Out And Look Pregnant Its That Bad Im Not Comfortable With My Body Im Upset And Depressed And This Is Coming Out Im Making An Appointment Monday To Get This Tookin Out. You Guys Helped Me Realize That All This Sh** I Been Feeling Could
Be Because Of This Mirena Thank You All.

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Wow I Cant Believe I Never Looked In To These Side Effects I Have Had The Merina For 2 1/2 Years Now And Every Sense I Have Been On The Merina I Have Gained 60+ Pounds, I Have So Much Depression Its Crazy, I Feel Tired All The Time, I Feel Like I Keep Gaining Wait And It Wont Stop Before I Got On The Merina I Was Between 170 And 180 And After 2 1/2 Years I Am Now At Like 250 Iv Never In My Entire Life Been This Big When I Was Between 170 And 180 I Would Allways Gain A Few Pounds And Loose It Rarely Ever Did I Go To 190 And Mind You I Have No Sex Drive What So Ever I Can Litterly Go Weeks Without Sex And Before I Was On The Mirena I Allways Wanted To Have Sex And Now After 2 1/2 Years Iv Been Getting Cramps On And Off Bad For The Past 2 Months And Im Feeling So Bloated Like I Just Wanna Stick My Stomach Out And Look Pregnant Its That Bad Im Not Comfortable With My Body Im Upset And Depressed And This Is Coming Out Im Making An Appointment Monday To Get This Tookin Out. You Guys Helped Me Realize That All This Sh** I Been Feeling Could
Be Because Of This Merina Thank You All.

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I had mirena in for 7 yrs . Gained 10 lbs a year ... I'm getting it removed in 2 weeks... How long does it take to start loosing weight ???

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8/13/16 2:05 P

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I have had the Mirena since 2008, replaced every 5 years. Though I haven't had an real issues with it, I do notice mood swings and weight gain.

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8/11/16 6:56 P

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So little update. - I had the IUD outed of June and declined all other hormonal birth control. I KNEW it was the reason I had gained weight and had high blood pressure - so here we are I have NOT changed anything. I couldn't exercise because I was bleeding so bad for at least a month! But I have lost 10 lbs and feel lighter every day. My blood pressure is on a high normal range and I feel amazing! For me the hormones really really messed with my body. I know it's not the right answer for everyone. But I can't wait to go to the dr and check in 10 lb lighter- she said I was wrong, wasn't the IUD. Guess she was wrong

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So I had two go-rounds with the Mirena. First insertion in 2012, where I gained about 20lbs and was extermely moody. Took it out in 2014 to try Paragard, which helped with the emotional roller coasters and the weight gain - actually had a much easier time losing weight when eating right and working out. Couldn't tolerate the heavy bleeding with PG, so decided to try once more with the Mirena in case it was a fluke. Got it inserted in Sept 2015, and by Jan 2016 I had gained 28lbs. My doctor recognized the familiar issues & removed it, replacing it with BC pills again. I don't ever remember gaining weight on the pill when I was younger (20s) but of course now I'm 38, so anything could have changed with my tolerance to hormonal birth control. The Mirena has been out since end of January, but I haven't lost a pound. Could it really be my body not tolerating hormones well? I'm asking anyone - has anyone had this issue with any type of hormonal BC? My husband is willing to go get "fixed", and I am too, but I guess what I wonder most is could the BC hormones be the main culprit of the rapid weight gain? I'm the heaviest I've ever been, and it doesn't seem to budge no matter what I do. Terribly depressing & discouraging :(
Would love to hear from ANYONE who has experienced anything remotely similar!!

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7/11/16 7:36 P

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UPDATE: Sooo. It's been 15 days since I had my IUD REMOVED. There has not been a single day without heavy bleeding- passing very large clots and moments of crazy bleeding that NOTHING would stop. It really really sucks'. Dr said that because the progesterone thickens the uterin lining... I'm shedding all of that! So 7 years is all finding its way out now ... That's the bad part! The good... I feel amazing :). No mirena crash at all! And I'm down 2 sizes. Most noticibly in my belly and thighs. I can't workout because of the bleeding. To much activity brings on the flow:(. So as soon as that is over I am positive that I will get my body back in no time!!!

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This is my second go around with the Mirena. It is not for Birth Control purposes this time around. It is to stop the horrible periods I started having after I had my daughter. I've had it for about 2 years now. After reading these posts it could explain why I am having such a hard time losing weight. it has helped some with my periods but I have been thinking about calling my OBGYN and having her take it out because the consistency of my periods are basically the same. The next step just scares me and I think I am putting it off.



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I Had Mirena Put In 2 Weeks Ago And this Is Really Scaring Me. I gained 50 pounds dueing my pregnancy and desperately trying to lose it.. So This Whole Weight gain is pretty Stressful! Its only been 2 weeks and since yesterday ive been feeling extremely depressed amd horribly anxiety 😔 I really need this out i cant let this go any further! Definitely making an appointment for the removal 😔

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7 years with the mirena IUD( had one replaced at 2yers ) in this time I have gained 30+lb and my blood pressure is very high. After doing months of researching finally had the little bugger removed yesterday! My dr refused to remove it 2 months ago when I was in. She ran they thyroid panels and other blood work to find a cause of my problems ... No thyroid issues. No high cholesterol .... I know my body and finally just insisted! I started a journal to document life after mirena. I'm nervous about the crash I have read about but hopeful that when these hormones are out of my body I will start to feel human again! Not taking any other form of BC at this time. How long before people noticed a change in weight, hair loss etc....

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UPDATE!

I had to have my Mirena removed surgically on June 7th. I had it is for about 2-1/2 years. They had to use general sedation. The IUD had migrated all the way to the top of my uterus. I spent the rest of the day slightly tired and spotting, but not a huge deal. I still have not had my period yet, but so far I have lost 15 pounds in 20 days. I have not changed a single thing. With the Mirena, my breasts grew from a small B-cup to a larger C-cup. They are already back into a comfortable B-cup. I feel lighter in my mid-section, and my face seems to be clearer. I can't believe so many of my doctors say these side effects are not related! Is Bayer paying them kickbacks? I will never get an IUD again.

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I am 35 trained this past year for a fitness competition I was in it in May in 2016...... Never had trouble with bloating or loosing weight till I got the IUD ......In September 2015 I had the Mirena IUD Put in I have done nothing but gain weight my hormone levels are way off and I eat very clean have for 2 years and I work out hard 5 to 6 days a week .... I have a trainer that monitors me in my nutrition etc. I am bloated etc..... I want to get it out like I said have only had it sence September ...... Will the Dr. Take it out if I say Iam not happy with this and want to go back to birth control ?

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I am down 12 lbs (before pic was May 15, 2016, after is June 20, 2016) since having the mirena removed after 5 years...and for the first time, I am actually able to lose weight!! I am doing the 21 Day Challenge and walking the treadmill for an hour each day at a pace of 3 miles per hour, and I am so excited to finally see results after 5 years of feeling horrible about myself and frustrated that no matter how healthy I ate the pounds just kept adding up. If you feel the mirena is causing you to feel tired, bloated and making you gain or preventing you from losing weight...I urge you to follow your instincts...after arguing the fact with my doctor for a year I am so glad I had mine removed.

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6/13/16 11:15 A

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Hi everyone,
In reading your posts, I'm sure the weight gain and the acne that has occurred since getting the IUD in October is due to this device. Convenient to not have to worry about the pill on a daily basis but the cravings I get for horrible food is ridiculous. I've always had a sweet tooth but this is mental!
Can someone please tell me if they've had this problem (TMI so get ready!) - when aroused, do you get cramping? I've never had that in my life, whether I was on or off the pill.
Your insight is greatly appreciated

Thanks everyone!

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You guys have me so scared. I just recurved mirena about a month ago and I'm in love. It's nothing like the pill. The pill drove me insane and caused me to reach 215 pounds I swear I always felt hungry!!. But with mirena its different. I've went from 195 -182 in a month and just started to go to the gym last week. I have no cravings what so ever and my skin looks real pretty these days. People often ask me if I'm wearing makeup in the gym. I can't tell if I'm having mood swings because I been haveing a attitude since forever lol. Idk ever since I received the mirena I don't have a appetite for sweets and nor fried food, kinda makes me ill. A blessing in disguise

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6/9/16 9:48 P

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I have been with mirena for 3months and having removed Thursday. I can not wait!!! In 3 months I have gained 20 lbs and I on an expensive diet regimin that i have wasted my money on. I can sleep 18 hrs and late for work everyday. My hair is falling out but facial hair is going crazy!! Terrible mood swings that I have been violent with my child. Craving food I never would have ate before, headaches and dizziness. I am so depressed that this evil device has ruined my summer. When it comes out how long till I feel normal???

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Hey again.

I had mine removed yesterday and no far no sideffects. Only some minor cramping after the removal.

Already I feel lighter, the bloating has gone away and I'm craving slighter, cleaner food. Don't know if that has anything to do with the Mirena, but I crave nothing but carbs and now all I want is a fruit salad.

Will keep y'all posted on the weight loss.

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Has anyone had problems with cystic acne while on Mirena? I switched from a bc pill to Mirena in October. I battled acne in high school and college but have not had a breakout in years. Since October, my cystic acne has flared up and is awful. Also, had some weight gain and cannot shed it no matter what I do! Thanks for everyone's input!!

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Hi ladies,

I did not experience any of the crash effects, and I felt perfectly fine the day after removal. The only thing I has was that my first period after removal was like 7 days and pretty heavy. Now I'm back to 2-3 days and very light. I also used to get severe migraines 4-5 times a week while I was on the mirena and now I have one maybe every 2-3 weeks and not as severe.





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5/23/16 2:35 P

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I read your previous post, and I was always bloated too...another side effect to encourage me to have it removed. I truly thought my migraines were being caused by the mirena, but since I had it removed and experienced the worst one I've had yet, I'm not sure the mirena was the cause. It could be the Ashlyna pills or it could be something not related. Like I said, it has only been 3 days for me so we shall see.

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Oh no. That's what I'm most worried about. I scheduled an appointment for this Friday, so it sounds like I'm spending Memorial Day weekend in bed.

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5/23/16 2:17 P

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I just had the Mirena removed 3 days ago. I had pain with intercourse, dryness, functional ovarian cysts, mood swings, irritability, and what I thought to be menstrual migraines. I had a regular period while on Mirena for 3 years. I had it removed due to the side effects. I was immediately switched to the generic for Seasonique, Ashlyna. TMI ahead: I woke up last night to go throw up and could not hardly move my body because my head hurt so bad. Has anyone had severe headaches upon Mirena removal? I'm trying to narrow down to the cause...

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5/22/16 8:43 P

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Hi everyone. I desperately want to have my Mirena removed. I have always been naturally thin but have gained 15 lbs in 2 years since my Mirena was inserted in 2014.

I can't wait to have it removed and from what I've been reading, start to feel like myself again. I am always bloated. Painfully bloated and have never felt this bad about myself and how I feel.

I am however worried about the "crash." For those of you who have had it removed, is it okay if I do it the week prior to a big work trip or are the after effects something I need to seriously plan for?

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Hi ladies, here is another update since getting it removed 01/07/16. Down 16.1 pounds. Just reiterates it was the IUD even though all health professional say its does not affect. I am seeing the weight come off and I will be honest I am now adding more gym time more walking and have cut back on soda and breads so I know that is making a difference but the difference was that when I did this before I got the IUD removed, it made no difference so it would frustrate me and I would think why bother, now I know the more effort I make the more results I see. it has given me the motivation I needed.

The most irritating to me was that I argued with my doctor for six months before I got it taken out, kept saying it was not contributing to weight gain, but when I went it and said I want it out, I'm done then she said well it can cause weight gain in some people but a very small percentage.



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5/18/16 4:42 P

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How long after removal did you start losing weight? ive had mine out for 4 weeks now and i am still not able to lose any weight

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I had Mirena for a little over a year... I had my son in July of 2013 and after having him I looked better than ever!!! I even had abs! i got Mirena in April of 2015 and just got it out at the end of April 2016 because i put on 40 POUNDS!!!!! Nothing i did would make it come off I even paid hefty for Nutrimost program which helped me lose ten but that was it I was stuck super frustrated I got it taken out but I am still having a very hard time losing the weight gained. PLEASE any advice will help. I've given up all caffienated drinks (only drinking water) eating smaller portions, had my thyorid tested (its fine) kept up with exercise but nothing seems to be helping what else can I do to get all this pesky weight off??!

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So I'm on day 5 after Mirena removal.

While on Mirena for a year and I half I gained a LARGE amount of weight. I had actually just reached my goal of losing 100 lbs. I went from 283 to 179 lbs (size 24 to 14). Then got Mirena. I changed NOTHING about my eating or exercising and now I'm back to 270. That's almost all of it back!

About a month ago I realized my feet looked fat. I'd never had fat feet before even at my heaviest. It kept getting worse. After a couple weeks my ankles were the size of soft balls and the top of my foot was ballooning out over the bottom of my foot. I started going over all the changes in my head. Mirena was the only thing I could come up with.

I ran to have it taken out. The doctor INSISTED that my symptoms were not cause by Mirena and even went so far as to refer me to a weight loss clinic saying that diet and exercise are always the problem (the jerk... I lost all that weight on my own). I demanded it come out anyway. He shook his head, said it wouldn't help and offered to give me an immediate birth control replacement. I declined.

5 days later: Count em... 5. My ankles are back to their normal size. Entirely. No puffy anything. I'm not going to adjust my diet and exercise... but I will keep everyone posted about any weight loss.

Luckily my husband is sterile, so the birth control was really just to manage my periods.

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I got my Mirena about 3 years ago after experiencing horribly heavy irregular periods caused by fibroids. I was severely anemic from it. My doc told me the Mirena hormones would make the fibroids shrink, and regulate my periods better. The first 4 months after insertion, I basically had one solid period. Yes, I bled for like 4 months. Then boom, not one period again for the last 3 years. That was the only benefit.

In the last 3 years, I have gained 50+ pounds (from 120 to 172 pounds, I am 5'8"). I have changed NOTHING, in fact I've tried to diet for the first time in my life, yet I continued to gain weight. Lots of weight in the stomach and my breasts swelled 3 cup sizes. I have never had kids, but it looks like I am pregnant. At my last physical, I have high blood pressure for the first time in my life. I always feel cloudy and mildly numb. I have ZERO sex drive. Every single doc tells me the weight gain and other symptoms has nothing to do with the Mirena. I call bull****.

I decided to get it out. So I went in, and they couldn't find the IUD! After digging around for 15 minutes with horrible pain, they said they couldn't find it and sent me to get a sonogram. At the sonogram I learn my fibroids have doubled in size. Of course my insurance doesn’t cover this so $500 later they tell me I need to make an appointment with a different doctor to remove the IUD next week. I’ve read that this is quite common (Mirena migration), and there are lawsuits against the company for it.

I am afraid it’s going to hurt when they remove it. I worry my periods will come back like they were before. But I am looking forward to feeling normal again.

I can't believe doctors deny that the Mirena causes these issues!


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Like many of you, I was looking for "post-Mirena" reviews, so, I posted on 4-14-2016 and here I am on 5-3-2016. Like many of you, I had my Mirena for 5 years and loved not having a period, but I didn't realize the negative effects it was having on me for so long! I am happy to report that I have not had any of the "crash" effects, and not change in mood, however, I will say that I am and have been on a mild anxiety medication and that could be helping. BUT...the thing I am happiest to report...is that I have lost 6 lbs (even though my tracker says 1.something I didn't log my original weight)since having the Mirena removed!! I am tracking calories in my SparkPeople and trying my best to get 10,000 steps a day, but finally the scale is moving in the right direction! Don't give up ladies, don't let your doctor tell you the Mirana doesn't affect your body...you know your body best!!!!

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The Mirena is my last viable option before a hysterectomy. After having dymenorrhea for years and it progressively getting worse. An ultrasound/sonogram found I had a submucous fibroid that was removed in February. It only sent my cramps into to escalating pain.
The IUD was placed last Thursday. I have had some pelvic pain which I was seen for on the following Monday. It was also noticed that I lost 2 pounds. Over the last three days ( and a week after Mirena placement ) I have not changed any of my habits in regards to eating and I can tell that I have lost a couple of more. I am not sure if this is normal or not. I swear I am not crazy. I am only continuing with the Mirena a couple of more weeks in hopes that it calms down and does not give me more pelvic pain.
I am simply writing because I can attest to losing weight as it is the only change.

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I just stumbled across this board and wanted to add that I too can't lose the weight after getting the mirena! I wasn't tiny when I received it, probably 20 lbs overweight after 3 pregnancies. I've had it for 2 years now and at first I had issuesome but after 3 months it worked itself out and I've loved it.

However I received it 2 years ago and I'very put on 25 lbs in the first year. I chalked it up to being older, poor eating choices, becoming a stay home mom and reducing my activity level. So I joined a gym. I don't go regularly but I've drastically changed my eating habits and increased my activity level. Nothing changes! I'm up to 200 lbs now and I feel awful but I can't get any of this weight off. Not to mention my hormonal acne has exploded and there is no end in sight.

I've loved the mirena but this weight is causing me such anxiety and depression I don't know what to do. I don't want to jump the gun to have it removed if this isn't the cause, but I need this weight gone.

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I have had the marina for nearly 6 years and I am the heaviest I've ever been in my life. No matter what I do I struggle to loose anything. I've eliminated all possible reasons for that except for the marina. After seeing this forum I'm more sure it could be the marina. I've gained about 25 lbs since being on it and can't shake it even with vigorous exercise and pt and eating next to nothing. I have seen that most after removal have not been able to shake it off still. I don't know what to do as my periods were so terrible before the Marina so if it take it out I don't want to be overweight and have the bad periods. Pls share your post marina stories with me

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4/14/16 10:30 A

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I spent the better part of yesterday reading all of the stories on this topic before my doctor's appointment. I was absolutely amazed at how many other women were feeling the same frustration about weight gain and inability to lose while on an IUD. I started the Mirena 5 years ago, at 5'7" and 160 lbs, 38 years old. As the years went by, I gained, more and more and MORE! Yesterday, at almost 43 years old and the most I've ever weighed 210 lbs and felt bloated ALL the time...I insisted that my doctor remove the IUD. She agreed (although in the past she talked me into keeping it) and it was removed. My doctor, like many I have read about said that the IUD had nothing to do with my weight gain, it was "my age". I however, have always been able to lose or maintain my weight through tools like Sparkpeople or WW....I am hopeful that having the IUD removed will get my weight and my body back on track! I will repost in a week or so to let you know if I am seeing results. I wish you all luck, follow your instincts, it's your body and you know it best!



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4/13/16 3:05 A

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INSANE BLOAT.

I look 7 months pregnant, carrying the bloat in the middle not on my sides and low down to below my boobs. At my heaviest weight in life and can not drop the weight.

Have almost all the negative side effects listed on the website for Merina. Bloating, headaches, tired, stressed, tense, gas everything I didn't have before going on the iud.

Getting it removed tomorrow after a year and a half. Wondering what I can do to detox my body once it's out?!

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I was just googling mirena and weight gain and came across this thread. I wanted to share that I got my mirena placed in October 2015 (almost 6 month ago) and I've gained 20lbs. I'm at the highest weight I've ever been and feel gross! My nutrition is not perfect but it's not bad and I exercise at least 5 times per week so this is extremely frustrating. I have an appointment to have it taken out next week because we are going to try to get pregnant but I'm really concerned about going into pregnancy at this weight and gaining more! Ugh!!

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Thank you all for sharing your experiences!

I had the Mirena between having my DD and DS and had no problems that I remember, except that the doctor left the strings too long and my husband could feel them during intercourse. Otherwise, I felt like it was so much better than bc pills because it didn't cause weight gain or any other weird side effects. I still had a period regularly, but it was light and short.

After my DS was born, my husband had a vasectomy so I don't need bc. But, my periods have been heavy and long for the last 6 years so I finally gave in and got the Mirena (after many tests, this was the only answer to my period issues.) I got it right before Thanksgiving and I'm about ready to have it removed. My periods are lighter, but they are so irregular. I feel like I'm having one every 2-3 weeks. The breast tenderness is so severe! And, by the end of last summer I had lost 18 pounds since January 1. Due to some depression and anxiety issues, my weight loss stalled and I put a few pounds back on by fall. Since getting the IUD I've gained over 20 pounds! I try to eat healthy and exercise regularly and still gain! I'm so frustrated! I never thought it would be the Mirena, I had such good luck with it the first time. But, the more I think about it and the more I read, it has to be the problem.

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3/14/16 3:34 P

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Btw....it also took me a couple months before i got my period. .Also, before the IUD my periods were very light and only lasted 2 to 4 days.Now they are sooo heavy and last a minimum of 2 weeks !!! It's AWFUL !!!!!

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3/14/16 3:31 P

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Same thing happened to me !! My doc said it would take about 2 mths though !! Its been at least a year in a half and now i keep gaining in my stomach, i too look pregnant !!! It sucks !!! I need to go for blood work because NOTHING has changed since it was removed, though i keep putting it off !!!!

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Hey Ladies, I had my mirena removed 2/21 and I have not had a period and I didn't spot after either. However, I've gained weight. Not much but it's all in my stomach. I'm very bloated some days that I look pregnant but I'm not. Anyone have this happen? I'm cramping like I'm going to start but nothing. My dr said it will take about a month but I don't like this weight on my stomach.
Thanks ladies!!

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I've been on the IUD for about 8 months now and ever since then I've had the worst bloating and it won't go away. Its so bad that people ask me and my boyfriend if I'm expecting. Does anyone know if it'll go away if I get the IUD removed? Bc I've always been at a good weight I just want the bloating to go away.

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3/5/16 3:46 P

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i have had the mirena in for 4 years and i have had nothing but issues with it. i got it when my son was 8 weeks and before i got it i lost 40 pounds after i had my son and when i got the mirena i gained it all back and have not been able to lose any weight i am a house keeper and im constantly moving and going up stairs and i eat a good diet but it seems like it doesn't matter what i eat or how much i eat i cant leave the 200's. i have had awful acne that will not go away either, i bought black soap which is the best and i used the best acne removers and it wont go away at all which that is a awful confidence killer as well as my belly people think im pregnant. i have also had bad feet Oder from excessive sweating in my feet and they say it happens with people that are pregnant with so many hormones and i have very bad hormonal changes sometimes i feel like i am going through menopause which at 21 scares me. i have no insurance and lost my doctor because they didn't take my insurance and a big health problem i had with the mirena is i had a cyst near the IUD which ruptured and the doctors told me it was from the IUD and i should get it removed but i cant seem to find a doctor in my area that wants to take it out they tell me i am over reacting and maybe i should try something else when it comes to the issues im having. if anyone could help me i would really love some advice.

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I am on my 2nd Meraina and while the weight comes on easier than it use to and is harder to take off I would not take mine out. I got it because I get debilitating cramps with my period. I simply meal prep a few extra healthy meals so I don't have an excuse to do drive through. I got an activity tracker and make time to exercise.



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I honestly do believe the iud does affect weight. Here is my update I had it removed 01/07/16 and am now down 5 1/2 pounds its not a huge weight loss but I am seeing the weight come off and I'm not doing anything different than what I did all last year and I saw no results. I have also lost the bloating on my lower belly that made me look pregnant. I have lost 3 inches in my waist and 3 inches in thighs. My husband was not to convinced that it was the iud but now he says he feels bad that he doubted it.

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Hello im 30 and have had the Mirena in for 2 years now I am now 168 maybe more I used to weigh 140 I have game maybe 10 pounds when I was pregnant I started to lose the way after I have had my son then I decided to get the Mirena that's when I started gaining weight. I exercise regularly any healthy diet and it seems to lose some I gain more. Anybody else having this problem debating on whether or not to take it out

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I'm glad I found this discussion. I am 32 years old. I now weigh 198lbs. I have 3 children. I got the Mirena IUD 2 years ago. Prior to that I had the paragard with no weight issues. The paragard caused so much bleeding during my menstrual. It also cause these very painful cramps. I decided to switch to the Mirena to have lighter periods. Now I see that was a bad idea. 198lbs!!! I have never weighed this much except for when I was pregnant. Even then the most I ever weighed was 192lbs and that was delivering an 11lbs baby. I wasn't one to struggle with losing weight. Everyone keeps saying it's because I'm getting older. At first I considered that and made changes to my diet. I have always exercised though. I even tried the Adkins diet last August. My friend lost 20lbs on the Adkins diet. I lost 7lbs in a month. The weight lost stopped completely after that 7lbs. So even on one of the most extreme diets over a course of 2 months I only lost 7 lbs. My weight has been constantly increasing over the last 2 years and I have been trying to figure out what's wrong. I have gain 28lbs over the last 2 years. I don't like it and I can't seem to lose it. I am up to 45 minutes of cardio that includes rowing, jogging, bicycling and the eliptical 4 times a week. I am also doing strength training but I am still gaining weight. I am always bloated. The other day my son pranked my mom saying I was pregnant. She was so happy and then went on about how she can see my baby bump and it explains why I have been gaining weight. I had to say I'M NOT EVEN PREGNANT!!!! I made an appointment to see my OB doctor Monday to have it taken out. Hopefully this helps. I didn't even correlate the Mirena to my weight gain but that's when it all started. I have also read some women on this post have been extremely tired from the Mirena. That is also happening to me. Despite adequate rest I am always tired. I've had sleep studies done and seen specialist but the all say nothing is wrong. I am also very moody A LOT. If taking the IUD out helps with all of this I will be so grateful.

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Hello.
I just have to share my horror story. I had the skyla inserted in may 2015. I weighed around 145. I immediately had painful long periods & different moods. In September of 2015 I told my doctor the cramping was so bad and that I wanted the iud out. He said wait a year for your body to adjust. Then in January 2016 I went in to the doctor because the pain was so extreme that Ibuprofen couldn't control it. Then the doctor tells me I'm pregnant! I had no idea. With the iud in the right place. So they take out the iud. Immediately I feel better! The iud was making me feel bloated & overly emotional. Keep in mind I'm still pg but having the iud out made me feel better. Then, Two days later I have to go to the er for bleeding. Turns out I had an ectopic pregnancy. So I had a d&c & laboroscopy because this was an abnormal pregnancy. Then the doctor claims that I had am ectopic pregnancy because I have pid or endometriosis. NO. My periods & pain before the iud were completely normal. By the way I gained about 15 pounds with the iud & already am lighter. Do not believe the doctors. IUDS are HORRIBLE for your body!

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****I found this thread via google. I am not apart of Spark People. I am just sharing my story because this is an open board in which I am allowed to do so. These are my opinions and experiences with Mirena. I cannot prove that my issues and the BC are linked, but you can come to that conclusion on your own. I also suggest googling Mirena and reading the various side effects, which I explain through my experience below.

Hi!
I am so glad people are talking about Mirena. I had Mirena put in in December 2013 unfortunately, without doing the proper research about this method of BC. I was paying nearly $100 a month for the pill at the time, and loved the idea of having a one time procedure that would last me for five years. Note: I was on the pill for five years prior to Mirena.
My biggest struggles with Mirena were the weight gain and breast pain. I also feel that I suffered mentally from the BC, but there is really no way for me to know for certain, so I do not want to completely tie that to Mirena.
My breast would ache for WEEKS at a time. Im not talking about slight tenderness. Im talking about severe pain, so bad it would hurt to put on a bra. It almost felt like I had my period, but I never once had a period with mirena.
Mentally, I noticed severe suffering in my relationships, and i suffered with waves of deep depression and anxiety. I was extremely moody at any given time of the month. I would feel intense moments of euphoria and minutes later, extreme feelings of anger. So much to the point of considering myself being medicated for bipolarism.
And Sex drive? What was that? I don't know because I absolutely did not have one with Mirena. I wasn't even masturbating as much as I usually did. It was very very odd.
When I had it put in Dec 13, I weighed 135-140 pounds. Granted, the weight gain was slow, but definitely there. In October 2015 I weighed nearly 165 pounds! I was a student and a server full time. I don't necessarily have healthy lifestyle and I definitely don't work out, but this is the way I have always lived and never suffered such weight gain. When I serve, I walk nearly 8 miles a shift. Frustrated with odd weight gain, I tried to understand what would be making me gain weight. Eventually, I realized the common denominator had to have been the mirena.
So, I started researching and I found hundreds of message board with threads of women telling their horror stories about Mirena.
After reading as many horror stories as I could about Mirena, I decided that it would be a health conscious decision to take it out. I was not sure if Mirena was causing the problem, but if I had it taken out, I could at least remove it as a possible cause and move forward.
I had it taken out in December of 2015, two years later. When it was removed, i LITERALLY felt a sense of relief. and within a day, I felt happier (maybe this was subconcious, not sure).
Its only been five weeks since I had it taken out and I have already seen my face clear up (which is odd because I did not even think that my slight acne could be linked to mirena) no breast pain, and I've lost TWENTY POUNDS. TWENTY POUNDS IN FIVE WEEKS. I can't even believe it. I've decided that Mirena was making me retain water. That is really the only thing I can take from it, because there's no way I lost twenty pounds of fat that quickly. As i mentioned, I don't work out. I can only imagine the weight I would lose if I did!
I've seen a great increase in my mood: I feel a better general sense of happiness and my anxiety and depression is, in my opinion, gone. I feel more energized and motivated and I have not had a negative thought or feeling the same way I did when I had it in (again this could be subconscious, but it's definitely something for me to consider).
I wasn't sure if Mirena was the cause of my problems, but it wasn't worth waiting around to see. I am SO happy that I got it taken out, and I am so terribly upset that I had such a poisonous form of BC in me for so long.
I DO NOT AND WOULD NOT EVER recommend this form of BC to ANYONE. I know that every body is different, and I have a friend who has a similar IUD (Skyla) and has absolutely NO problems. If this is the case, then great! But for me, Mirena was not worth the suffering. If you're looking for something similar, I would suggest Paragaurd, another form of IUD that does not release hormones.
I believe another big factor in my issues with Mirena could be the fact that my body had been so accustomed to taking the pill: the same amount of hormones at the same time every day for five years. It regulated me. and Although mirena contains hormones, they were not released the same way as the pill.
I hope this story helps someone who's thinking about getting Mirena, or also considering taking it out. If you are having problems and you have even the SLIGHTEST inclination that Mirena could be the cause, do not hesitate to get it taken out! It isn't worth it.

P.S. While I was reading the boards, I noticed many women saying that it was hard for them to have it taken out because the doctor insisted that Mirena was not the cause of (insert whatever problem you're having). If you inquire about getting Mirena removed because of weight gain or ANY other reason you have, and your doctor INSISTS that Mirena cannot be the cause of the problem and ALSO pushes you to KEEP Mirena--- GET A NEW DOCTOR. This is extremely unethical, and the health and needs of a patient should be a doctors priority. It DOES NOT MATTER why you want to get it taken out. If your boyfriend doesn;t like feeling it when you have sex, if you feel like you've put on weight, if you think that it's causing aliens to come speak to you at night--- IT DOES NOT MATTER. A doctor should NOT give you their opinion on YOUR reasoning to get it taken out. It's YOUR body and if you want it taken out, they need to do it. period.

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2/5/16 11:29 A

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Patty, I am in the same boat !! My story is exactly like yours !!! I also gained 65lba ...Its been 2 yrs since removed and i haven't lost a pound and I still do NOT feel like my normal self !!!!!

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I had Mirena put in after I had my daughter in 2011. I lost the baby weight without any issues.. Ive never had any problems with losing weight, During pregnancy I gained 25 pounds but that was gone as soon as I breastfed. Once my body got back to normal ( no more baby hormones) that's when things got weird. I was happy with not having a period but 1 year into having Mirena I noticed I gained 10 pounds, things weren't as comfortable to wear I now have a weird pudge. I started the workout program Insanity and I did great but didn't lose a single pound. I gained more weight and on top of that I now feel when my period is supposed to start, mild cramping and feeling heavy. I told my doctor ( a woman) that this IUD is causing me to gain weight, she says "Maybe its something else because Mirena doesn't have that type of hormone to cause weight gain", I told her take it out today or I will find another doctor who will. Here I am 3 years later and still not able to lose a significant amount of weight. I gained a total of 70 pounds! I still have the side effects like its there and I seen my doctor take the IUD out. I don't have health issues, I've been to doctors to get test done and they all come out negative. Mirena ruined me. smh oh and to add to this I haven't been on any other birth control since 2012.

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So first update after having Iud removed 01/07/16. Already done 5 pounds and have done nothing different than I have been doing for the last year. Same workouts and food glad to see results but pretty upset that I have been fighting with doctor for a year as they kept saying this was not the reason for me not being able to lose weight.



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2/1/16 9:13 P

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I am so glad I found this sight! I will tell you I had the mirena inserted at the end of last September 2015. It wasn't a bad experience but it did hurt. I cramped for a few days, and my periods got lighter and lighter each month. I have always been pretty good about my weight. I have more spurts in the gym consistently, I do watch my portion control but I have gained 10lbs out of no where. I have never had a belly and I have a small tire now. This didn't happen out of the blue, it took about 3 months. I was already 10 pounds over and now I am 20. The 10 that I had to lose I knew that all I need to do was start back hitting the gym and I would be good.
This is not the case. I was in shock after seeing my weight and got really strict in the gym, cardio, and eating under 1400 calories a day. I have done this consistent for 3 weeks already and I have not lost 1 pound!! This has never been my issue, so I have scheduled an appointment to have it removed this Wed feb 3,2016. I will check back with you guys after my procedure, and then a month after to see if this was the cause of my weight issue.

Thanks guys!

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1/26/16 11:53 A

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Hmmmm, I guess everyone has different side effects. I've had mine in for about 2 weeks and I feel fine. Spotting and some cramping occurs, but I was expecting that. This is the first BC I've been since my daughter was 3(she's now 7) and I know I'm done having children. My libido has actually skyrocketed since my Mirena insertion. My weight is down , but I am excersing and watching my proportions. I will only advise this.... Excercise to fight the depression that leads to overeating. Excercise also helps with sex drive. Not sure why some people suffer more than others. Good luck!

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I had Mirena in for several years a while back and don't remember having any issue. I decided to go back on it this past August and just had it removed last week. I had horrible side effects! I put on 10 pounds, had acne and was extremely fatigued!! Anyway since having it removed, I have this weird sensation in my pelvic area. It feels like a fluttering. I've seen in previous posts that people have felt this while the Mirena is inserted and usually in the stomach area. Mine feels vaginal. It's a very odd feeling. Anyone else experience this??? Thank you!

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Just so everyone knows. ...Mirana been out for over a year now...Each month my period gets worse & worse, always had a 3 to 4 day period but since removed it gets longer & longer !!! Now they are between 14 & 20 days & soooo heavy !!! Blot clots & changing a tampon / pad every 30 mins to hour !! Good luck ladies !!!

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just a quick update, I got my mirena taken out Friday 1-22-16 and weighed a whopping 232.4. as far as the removal it was awesome and painless. my gyno didn't hassle me about my removal and supported my decision. IT FELT AS IF A WEIGHT HAS BEEN LIFTED!


I did start a little bleeding that night before bed but not like the stories you read in this thread! I will update in a week



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