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JUVI59 Posts: 3
5/28/16 5:00 P

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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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5/26/16 10:25 A

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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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5/25/16 5:16 P

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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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5/23/16 2:24 P

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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...

JUVI59 Posts: 3
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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5/19/16 1:09 P

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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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5/18/16 4:31 P

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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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5/17/16 1:49 P

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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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5/5/16 6:21 P

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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 doesnít cover this so $500 later they tell me I need to make an appointment with a different doctor to remove the IUD next week. Iíve read that this is quite common (Mirena migration), and there are lawsuits against the company for it.

I am afraid itís 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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5/3/16 11:31 A

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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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4/28/16 2:50 P

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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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4/24/16 12:26 P

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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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4/23/16 12:58 A

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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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4/7/16 12:29 A

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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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3/30/16 9:25 A

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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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3/14/16 9:08 A

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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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3/11/16 3:59 P

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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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3/4/16 3:43 P

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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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3/4/16 12:42 P

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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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3/3/16 9:08 A

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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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3/1/16 12:49 P

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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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2/8/16 10:14 P

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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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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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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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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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I am so glad I stumbled upon this post. I first got my iud 6 weeks after I had my son in 2009. and I have gained about 55 pounds from my post(yes post ) pregnancy weight of 175. I got it replaced and never really contributed it to my weight gain and inability to lose weight to mirena until now. I have been working out calorie counting and I'm in the military so before anyone says I'm over eating or not working out so you can save the ridicule. After weeks of research I have concluded that mirena is directly linked to weight gain, depression moodiness and fatigue. this iud tricks the body into thinking it Is pregnant thus you carry around the extra weight and eat more because the body thinks It is carrying a baby.




So after sifting through blogs posts and everything else ive decided to make an appointment to have it removed for a few months. just to see the symptoms subside. if they do I will look for alternative methods of contraception (along with condoms). I'm looking for anyone who has had theirs removed already removed, the post mirena symptoms, any weight loss success or lack there of and in how much time . I will post occasionally after my removal

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I had one put in this past October. I have had pain everyday, I am bloated all the time, and I gained almost 20lbs. They maybe all coincidences, but somehow I doubt it. I had my tunes done in 2006 and it has been effective. i do not need this. I was scheduled for a hysterectomy, the doctor decoded he was not going that route. Why was i having the hysterectomy? Because I am bleeding so much each month that my iron levels are not able to recuperate before the next month, causing me to be anemic. So the doctor, bullied, me into this route. I bled for 47 days afterwards. I am sure that was great for the old iron levels. I called the office and was told to call after Christmas if I was still having issues. I have not bothered, Why? I figure if he did not listen to my concerns, and my Family Doctor's concerns about this before why would he listen now?

I would NEVER recommend this to anyone. I am physically suffering and have only been given excuses. My mother almost died from an IUD and i fear that the same could happen to me. This was also presented to the doctor, to which he snorted and said yeah, and that was yesterday. To make it worse, he is supposed to be the best in his field in the province!!!!!

Sorry for the rant. I appreciate everyone's issues with their's and wanted to share mine.

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1/15/16 5:53 A

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I have lost my post-pregnancy 35 extra pounds weight by using just mummy magic weight-loss tea in two months. I am now 135 pounds and wearing mostly my pre-pregnancy jeans.

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So finally after one year of trying to lose weight and gaining instead of losing, I finally got it removed yesterday!!! I'm hoping I smart to see some improvements on the scale. I have been trying to convince my doctor that the IUD was the reason for weight gain and inability to lose weight and I was told no that's not the reason, finally yesterday when I went it to get it removed she was like well it is possible to gain weight and yes there are some people that can't lose weight, I have seen it in a small percentage of my patients. Funny every time I called to complain I was told that was not the issue and to ignore everything I was finding on the internet.



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Hi, I foud this site looking for Green Tea to lose weight!! But is so Ironic that this very same thing happing to me with Mirena back in 2009! I became a Trainer in 2005 after a battle with wight gain due to lossing my job at Gas Co went under!! I was a size 16!! So since I had All time in the worl now, I started reading books to learn how to eat properly and loose weight. The book Body for Life got me stared and I begin to train 4xs a week and ate 6 small meals a Day but the weekend I ate what ever I wanted. It took me 2 yrs but I did It!!! I was a size 4 Now! and you can see the definition of the muscle in arms, stomach & legs! I was so happy with my self & became a trainer to teach others but later got full time job that demanded all my time didn't go gym as much but I didn't gain any weight but remain active. I travel the world haking, snorkeling, scuva. I also did kikboxing, cycling and enjoy Running.
But in 2009 They swap the old copper Mirena to the the New Mirena because as they say
" is a lot better & you don't get any periods" what bunch lies!!! Have you ask your selfs where is ALL this stuff that is naturally supposed to come out Go!!?? I have history of recurring UTI's
So after they inserted Mirena the "new wander" I stared having a lot UTI's within 3 months so they send me to a specialist who wanted to remove my kidney bc he said it was no longer good!! ??? I told him he was creazy & that I felt that the problem was the Mirena IUD, he didn't lessened to me, so I went for 2 & 3 opinion! I finally got somone who agree that maby Mirena was to blame for my UTI's! but by then I had taken it out even though they didn't want to but then I treat to sue if I lost my kidney, so they did. In one of the MRI they did, the Tech guy told me that he could see some blood internally. I thought that was strange that he would tell me that ?? But it make sense! This why I was having the infection! All this blood was causing a bacteria to form & why I was hving so many urinary infections!! I also had Gained 30lbs in 3 MONTHS!!! Didn't understand why!? They put on antibiotics for a while but I swith to natural Medicine instead of antibiotics are Bad if u taken for long time since they kill blood cells!! I had lost 15 lbs during 4mos and got Engaged as well but Guess what!!?? I got PG!!!
During my pregnancy I gained 30 More lbs!! But staid healthy no More UTI's!! My son was born at end of 2010 & in Jan of 2011 I stared workingout hard again doing my old routine but my right knee stared hurting a lot! Specially during my squads. I finally went see a sports Doc and he told me I may hv a torn meniscus and that I shouldn't do any Running nor squading. I knew it was also most due to All the wight I've gain!! I was 60lbs havier Now!! So I leid low a few yrs but couldn't loose All the weight, only 15lbs but now it came back!! I Don't eat much and eat healthy most times but I couldn't loose the weight! I had to train hard. I did a few machines but couldn't do Spinning class or very high impact. So in 2014 after reading abt Arthroscopic surgery & also talking to people who had it done and went back to Running, I dicided to do it!!! So in Sep 2014 I had the surgery done! they said " I had to have done" bc my patella was out place from all running, I guess ?? But maybe it was rally the weight ?? Because before I had the Mirena implant, I surfed as they call it "runners knee" but it didn't bother me as much as when I was 60lbs havier!
I was exited though, that I was finally going to be active 100% like I use to be - Running, kikboxing, cycling & More!!
But Unfortunately a few days later after my OP, I notice that I couldn't Lift my Leg!! ??Something went wrong! I kept telling my therapist but she didn't believe me nor even cared!! Then I told my Doc who call me a wimp & said I wasn't trying hard enough in therapy that there was nothing wrong with me and it was All in my Head!!
He denied the fact that I had All the symptoms of a partial paralysis!! I began to read abt it and it all indicated to Femoral Nerve Damege!! Yes!! Now Couldn't even put on my shoe bc my feet wouldn't come off the floor!! I couldn't walk without cruches my quadricep muscle was so flabby went it use to be as hard as a rock!! I swich to another therapy at a gym and the therapist there did belive that some was very wrong! He saw how hard I Worked wt resistance to bring the muscle back, but no results!! I went to other docs for help but they All told me "this was so rear & they couldn't find anything" the EMGS showed some abnormal activity but they said they couldn't tell for sure was wrong wt me ?? I think they didn't want Point Fingers & this is why they wouldn't Say! So bc of them I lost my disability pmts and Also lost my Job. I was a sell person-banker. I can't go to work like this can't walk, drive, and have No Energy most of the time. When I was a very energetic person! It's has been 1yr Now & I still can't Walk!!
I have new Wonderful doctors now who did find the nerve damage but they said is still going to take a while, who knows how much longer! The Good news is that my Nerve is reGenerating!! God is Good!! I never lost my faith! But Nerves take a long time to grow back. I can't even bend my leg to ride a bike. I was swimming this summer, that help, but now is cold out. I can't afford monthly dues at gym wt indoor swimming pool so I'll hv wait for that.
InConclusion, All THESE that's Happening to me right Now!! Is Due to MIRENA IUD!!! They need to take this IUD of the MARKET!! Doctor just want make money selling whatever! & they don't care if they Harm People! & Destroy Lifes!!


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Hi Hon, NOT sure why myself...Started thinking doctors must be getting a few bucks for selling mirana !!! Good thing you researched though...I had NEVER gained weight from pill but being 45 & a smoker i could no longer get !!! I had the IUD for year before i had removed AND STILL HAVENT LOST A POUND & I DO NOT FEEL LIKE MYSELF ANY LONGER ! IT SUCKS !!!! " DON'T EVER GET " !!!!

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Hello, I'm new to this board, I just came back from my OBGYN because she recommended Mirena. She recommended it because she says that I am probably no longer ovulating (not uncommon for my age I'm 44) and we need to do something to prevent tissue build up in my uterus and regulate my cycles. I was on the pill for years and it made me feel bloated and gain weight. When I went off the pill I felt so much better. I asked if Mirena had the similar side affects of the pill (weight gain, mood swings) and she said absolutely not, because it does not release Estrogen and only a very low dose of progestin. I was skeptical, and after reading this message board, my concerns are confirmed. Why is that the doctors do not acknowledge the side effects?

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Ok so here it goes. In 2009 I had my first daughter. After I gave birth I lost 13 lbs ( lost weight wjile pregnant as well. No I didnt starve myself I just tend to loose weight when peegnant) my daughter was born at 6lbs 13 oz. Eight weeks after my c section I had the mirena inserted. At first I LOVED it was so nice not to have to worry about condoms and I had no periods which was also an added bonus. About 3 weeks after insertion I started noticing mood swings and seriosu acne problems. About 6 eerks into it I notice I had gained a whopping 10 lbs!! There was no channge in diet or excercise change. Long story short I started out weghing 160 when getting it in and got all the way up to 221 at one point. The most I have ever weighed was 170. At the four year mark I had it removed I lost 15 lbs in 5 weeks and all my crazy symptoms started to ho away ; heart palpitations, dizziness, migraines, which I never had before, that were causing facial numbness, acne, weight gain, horrible mood 90% of the time the list was endless my fiance and I were trying for another baby it took a year and finally we got peegbant. During my pregnancy I lost weight had no issues felt myself rhe most I had in 6 years. I had my other baby had lost 18 lbs by my last post partum check up ( the same appointment I got my mirena put in) . I weighed 189 day after I had my baby and 171 the day I got my mirena put back in ( middle of july of this year) today I weighed nyself and I weigh 190!!! My mood swings are back acne is back head are back... calling tomorrow to have it removed. This is just horrible. Not to mention, there is no point in having birthcontrol if you're never in the mood anyways. No matter what the doctors say, the mirena causes a lot more issues then they say is possible.

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11/15/15 9:45 P

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Ok so here it goes. In 2009 I had my first daughter. After I gave birth I lost 13 lbs ( lost weight wjile pregnant as well. No I didnt starve myself I just tend to loose weight when peegnant) my daughter was born at 6lbs 13 oz. Eight weeks after my c section I had the mirena inserted. At first I LOVED it was so nice not to have to worry about condoms and I had no periods which was also an added bonus. About 3 weeks after insertion I started noticing mood swings and seriosu acne problems. About 6 eerks into it I notice I had gained a whopping 10 lbs!! There was no channge in diet or excercise change. Long story short I started out weghing 160 when getting it in and got all the way up to 221 at one point. The most I have ever weighed was 170. At the four year mark I had it removed I lost 15 lbs in 5 weeks and all my crazy symptoms started to ho away ; heart palpitations, dizziness, migraines, which I never had before, that were causing facial numbness, acne, weight gain, horrible mood 90% of the time the list was endless my fiance and I were trying for another baby it took a year and finally we got peegbant. During my pregnancy I lost weight had no issues felt myself rhe most I had in 6 years. I had my other baby had lost 18 lbs by my last post partum check up ( the same appointment I got my mirena put in) . I weighed 189 day after I had my baby and 171 the day I got my mirena put back in ( middle of july of this year) today I weighed nyself and I weigh 190!!! My mood swings are back acne is back head are back... calling tomorrow to have it removed. This is just horrible. Not to mention, there is no point in having birthcontrol if you're never in the mood anyways. No matter what the doctors say, the mirena causes a lot more issues then they say is possible.

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11/13/15 11:13 A

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I have lost a lot of bloating and almost 10 pounds since I had it removed 10/13/15. My body feels lighter, my mood is better.
My friend has noticed weight gain with her Mirena as well.

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Me too ! It will be a year in Dec and i haven't lost a pound & my stomach is still so bloated looking that i look like im 6mths pregnant !! Its awful !!! Ive NEVER had a stomach before !!!! Its very depressing !

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I've had mine out for 8 months and haven't lost a pound and my stomach still looks like I'm pregnant

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11/12/15 10:54 P

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Has anyone else not lose weight after having there mimirena removed

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11/6/15 4:41 P

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I feel like all these posts are like me talking, I had an IUD out I about 10 years ago and had no issued and really liked it. I have had issues with my weight on and off for years but I got the Mirena reinstered last November as my old one had expired. I gained 10 pound pretty quickly but I blamed it on the holidays since thanksgiving and xmas were right after I had it put in.

January I ent back to working out and even got a trainer, working out 5-7 times a week doing weights, cardio and two hour long zumba classes a week, watched what I ate and nothing on the scale not even one pound.

Even the trainers could not understand why I was not losing any weight. Lots of headache, tender stomach and I believe weight gain.


I have lose weight in the past so I now how to do it calories in versus exercise etc but this time nothing, once I started reading these posts, I mentioned to my husband he thought it was an exclude, I upped by gym time added two more days and he asked how much weight I had lost, I said a pound, he finally agreed to have a vasectomy, he just had it done two weeks ago and im just waiting for the green light ot get the IUD removed.



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My libido has skyrocketed.
Down 8 pounds since 10/13/15, which is awesome considering I am still on my AF. AF has been here for 6 days now with the paragard inside me, however, my flow is normal just prolonged.

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Wow so glad I stumbled upon this post bc I to have wondered this. 6 weeks after I had my son I was at 198 and when I got the iud, bam the weight sky rocketed. Now is time to remove it do you all have any suggestions on a better birth control.



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I have been gaining an EXCESSIVE amount of weight. Im just mad it took me this long to figure out that its possibly the IUD. I have it for 8 years total. 5 years the first time, got it out and back into my 3rd year now. I asked my dr several times could this mirena be the cause of my weight. I went from 128 to 143 in one year, Now I have to pretty much starve myself and i weight 177. I was just at 163 one week then look up and 177. I mean this is craaazy. I am very active, workout consistently, and have even modified my diet. I dont know what else to do.

All of this weight gain has caused a lot of depression and mood swings. Im definitely getting this IUD marena out now. All of your posts have really helped me. I knew I couldnt have been the only one. When i get it out. I will make regular posts to update you on my weight loss.

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11/2/15 9:49 A

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My body, especially my face retained water and caused severe bloating....No more, even with this first period I'm on without the mirena and having the paragard in.

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Feel like I am in a blur really, can't believe all the info I have read on the site and all the symptoms which I also have from the mirena. I'm in Australia and it is the only one of its kind that are fitted here. Have had it in 3.5 years and steadily put on weight, so depressing, tried to lose weight and couldn't. Getting it removed Monday, have put on so much weight, so tired all the time and aching all over. My feet and body ache when I get up in the morning, which is weird as you would think your body would have rested but I hobble down the hallway! Does anyone else have these symptoms of aching feet? And I'm swollen too, everywhere. Thanks for all your posts and will post my update and hopefully better frame of mind and weight loss as its happening!



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I am happy i switched, it has been 15 days now. Five pounds down and much happier.

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So would you gals recommend Paraguard? I had my daughter 3 years ago and had Mirena inserted 6 weeks after her birth. I have never experienced such a difficult time losing weight. I am up to 225 which is considered obese for my height. It's extremely frustrating because I've tried countless methods got losing weight. Even with exercising a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 days a week is not producing results. Of course all medical personnel keeps saying to wAtch what I eat and workout more. And that the Mirena wouldn't be making weight loss difficult. I have a host of other medical issues that are unrelated to my weight gain but all they see is a fat person looking for something to blame. I need this weight to come of so that I can get the attention I need in the areas I need. The only reason I haven't gotten the iud removed yet is bc my husband and I don't want to get pregnant again right now. So, any suggestions for the best BC once Mirena is removed?

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Tleeannb1:
I have had no issues with my paragard. I had cramps maybe for 3 days after the switch along with my spotting. My period usually comes a few days into a new month. I have lost 5 pounds as of today. I haven't had any of the "pregnant look" bloating that I had with the mirena. In addition, come this time of the month I am bloated so bad (pre-pms), however, I show no symptoms not that the mirena is out of me.

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Which iud do you have?

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I've had the IUD for 4 years an I've had cyst an pains an o hate having sex cause it hurts and I get headaches and now I am gaining weight o am like 130 an I was 110 my whole life anni have 2 kids yah I don't eat the best but I'm wm very active what can I do do u think its the IUD

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That's awesome lovemysj...
So no issues so far with the paragard?? I've read that it can also cause bloating/weight gain as well. Did you have any cramping ? Have you had your first period with it yet?? The horror stories online have me freaked out a bit.


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I switched to the copper if you read my previous comment. Day 3-5 after switch, my body felt lighter. Most hard thing to explain. My mood feels better. My sex drive is...well....that's one of the top things on my mind. For non-related BC issues I am constipated for 5 days now, however, I have still lost 4 pounds in 12 days. I have not changed anything in my diet. I feel so much happier.

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Hi. I just joined this site and I'm hoping for a little insite..
I have a 8 month old, about a month after she was born I was down to 134lbs which was amazing considering I was 158 when I gave birth..
At my 6 week checkup I went back on the birth control pill and it was not agreeing with me at all so my gyno suggested the mirana. I thought why not. August 1st I had it inserted.. Now only 2+ months later I'm up to 143 lbs and I feel and look like I did at 4-5months pregnant. The jeans that fit after baby I can no longer get done up.. It's super frustrating. Also I feel like I'm exhausted all of the time.. Kind of like I felt when I was pregnant.
I have an appointment on Monday to have it removed but I'm scared to death as I don't want to get pregnant again...
I'm debating the copper iud, but again I'm scared that I will still have this weight problem and bad periods.. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience switching?? Or should I give my body a few months to get back to normal before trying the copper iud??


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I feel like my face is less bloated and it hasn't even been a week yet!!!

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I felt like I was reading my own post! I'm also engaged and was on Mirena because it was the best option for us for not getting pregnant before marriage. I had it for 3 years and discovered so many side effects from it that my GP had said time and time again were not side effects of Mirena. TERRIBLE cystic acne, jaw and chin that left my face scared, weight gain and the inability to lose weight, bleeding during sex, spotting all the time etc. I got it out the first week in September, today I'm down 5 lbs my face has not had a cystic break out since it was removed. I've also found a new Doctor... My moods stabilized and I'm not having dizzy spells. GET IT OUT!!!!

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10/19/15 10:19 A

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I had my mirena removed on 10/13 mid-day and switched to the paraguard. I stopped bleeding the night of 10/16. I donít know how to explain it, but I feel 10 pounds lighter. I have not weighed myself, however, I can see my stomach looks smaller and feels firmer. I have been wearing a size 28 pants (or size 9) and I already have room in them. Bloating is going away. Why did I switch? I felt mentally worn out, I felt bloated, I felt like I kept getting bigger. My bras havenít been fitting correctly. My arms feel lighter, my chest has gotten smaller in just a few days. I feel crazy to say it, but I feel like I have lost 5-10 pounds. Even if it was just simply water weight, I feel better.


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10/18/15 1:29 P

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Hey, giving an update. Got the Mirena taken out on 10-8-15 and as off today i have lost 5lbs. Not changing anything. I am no longer bloated all the time. Will update again later.

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10/17/15 1:14 A

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hi I'm Christi and I just join today what brought me to this page is I Google is it hard to loose weight while on the IUD and the spark people reviews was number one and as I read what you all was saying I realize that I'm not crazy and this IUD is absolutely the problem, before I had my 1st daughter I was in a sixe 0 weighting 108 pounds while pregnant with her I went from 108 to 180 at the time I gave birth to her I had gestational diabetes but I weighted about 120 after I gave birth but I continue to gain weight now my daughter is 7 and I also gave birth to my second child in 2014 and after I had her I got on the Mirena once again n began to gain weight rapidly so i started dieting and exercise but nothing is happening I'm now 208 which I never thought I would b in my life and cant seem to loose a pound. I really can relate to you ladies and believe you all are real and telling the truth so Monday I will be calling to get the Mirena removed because not for one second did I stop and think that I was gaining weight because of this Mirena I have so thank you all and I will keep you all posted on my journey to loosing 78 pounds. thanks again

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10/9/15 10:13 A

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Just got mine taken out yesterday. I got the Paraguard. Same effectiveness just no hormones and estrogen, but u get a period. Im trying it for 3 months, if i dont like it, im doing the e sure. I feel better as for as being tired all the time. I will post results in a week and let u know how its working.

KDMEDFORD Posts: 1
10/9/15 12:26 A

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I got the Mirena after I had my baby in 2014. I've gained 45 pounds. After reading this thread and noticing that I have ALL symptoms you can think of..I took it out!!

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10/6/15 1:58 P

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I have been to the doc twice this week. First they couldnt find the string and today i had an ultra sound confirming it is embedded in my muscle near my c-section scars. So now i have to go to an in office surgeon to use a camera to pull it out. I am so over this thing. 5 yrs and 45lbs later, Im going back on the pill. I have no energy, low sex drive, acne, headaches and I feel bloated all the time. Went to regular doc and she ran tests. No issues. Checked thyroid, diabetes, everything. Nothing. Hopefullly after this week i will start feeling better. Fingers crossed!

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10/5/15 11:47 A

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I started Mirena 3 years ago. At that time I was 135. I am now 145-147 lbs. First I noticed extreme belly fat (looks like im 3-4 mos. pregnant. Then i started gaining every where else. I run or walk at least 3 days a week, stepping at least 10K steps a day. I eat fairly healthy (salads, veggies, small portions, etc.) Despite all this I can't seem to lose any weight.
I've spoken to my GYN and she says Mirena doesnt cause weight gain because it doesn't release any hormones. But I can't find any other explanation for the inability to lose a single lbs. Even with months of boxing, burning at least 800 calories per session, I still wasn't able to take off any lbs.
I am planning to have it removed next month. Hope this helps. Thanks ladies for sharing your stories.

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9/30/15 9:25 A

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Hi I am 37 years old. I insulted my mirena IUD 1year ago and was so busy playing for my summer wedding this year and didn't even realize the horrible side effects of Mirena IUD. Now two months after my marriage I am on this website and was shocked to know that all my problems were caused by mirenaIUD. I gained 20 lbs in 1 year, I had acne problems which I never had before, hair loss, mood swings, headaches that I never had before. I also had no energy and low sex drive. Wow if this IUD can cause so many devistating side effects then I ques why is it still being used. I wish I would known this. I impacted my health and life greatly. I removed it 5 days ago and starting to feel better.

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9/22/15 6:34 P

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I had my Mirena removed 4 weeks ago and still havent got my period and No I am not pregnant. I have gained 30lbs!! i am so angry because before the Mirena I had lost about 50lbs. I am so disgusted. My appetite is insatiable and the cravings for things especially sugar that I had removed from diet are back. My migraine headaches flared up and my skin broke out. All the progestin side effects that you would expect from a systemic BC pill. When I talked to the NP that placed the Mirena I only brought up my migraines and skin bc I felt that she would just think I was being fat. I know how healthcare providers can be (bc I am one hahahahha!). Anyway, she said she had never had anyone complain and the big thing with the Mirena was that it wasn't supposed to be released systemically but I did see some studies that small percentages of women did have complaints like I did and then I did find numerous boards like these with complaints similar like the weight gain. I had avoided BC control for years due to the weight gain issues. I am still weighting to feel back to normal like I did before I had it placed. I am crampy and my breasts hurt so I am hoping that once I get a period that maybe I will start to feel better? Here's hoping for something

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9/17/15 10:33 A

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@mua madness, what form of birth control are u on now?

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9/16/15 3:17 P

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Yes! I wanted to have it removed professionally, but the next available appointment was two months from now & I just couldn't take it any longer!! So that was Monday the 14th & today two days later..... Wow I can't even begin to express what a complete turn around I have made! My health is really improving & regulating again. First off I have a crazy amount of energy. My happiness is through the roof & I'm sure it's becuz I have God by my side ever so strongly right now. But I've just noticed such positivity in myself since removing the Mirena. Two days ago I was feeling depression & anxiety & it's completely wiped away. I feel much more focused, I had minimal bleeding after removal but I don't even mind. After not having a period for a whole year it just makes me feel like a woman again and on top of that, I'm incredibly shocked that I've lost 11 pounds in just two days! I can't explain it, all I can tell you is great things have been happening to my mind, soul, & body since the iud removal. Best of luck to everyone on their path to a better healthier you!

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9/15/15 7:21 P

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You self removed ! After a year it is inbedded in you, how did you do this ? I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, especially cause ALOT of women have problems with it growing into them and stuff like that ! I wish i could've removed by myself too but no way would i have chanced that !!! AMAZING THAT YOU DID BY YOURSELF, hope you are all good & ok !!! God bless....

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9/14/15 11:53 P

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I too have noticed serious weight gain while on the Mirena! When I gave birth too my son I started breastfeeding immediately & lost 16 pounds in 2 wks the fat was melting off! 6 weeks later I got the iud inserted. I wasn't really paying attention to my weight because I felt comfortable & I knew little by little the weight would surely be gone. 4 months into being a new mom I started working out intensely. Eating much better, tho I didn't eat horribly in the first place. Any how, I noticed it was extremely hard to lose weight! I would just stay the same or gain. Mind you I've been breastfeeding my son for 1 year & 2 months now & still continuing. So on top of eating healthy & hitting the gym four times a wk for two hours each day I should be experiencing some amount of weight loss. But no nothing!!! I had a doctors appointment today for something else & ofcourse they weighed me & I actually gained 15 pounds more!! They recommended a healthy eating class! Im at my final straw, I'm sick of this iud, So today I finally decided to remove my iud! I did self removal but already 4 hours later I feel much happier. I can't wait for the road ahead I'm looking forward to finally shedding this "Baby weight" that I've kept on for a whole year. I will update w/ my progress good luck to all the ladies having iud troubles. Do your research & trust your gut, no one knows your body better than you do. If you feel the iud is keeping you from losing weight take it out please! & start your path to a better healthier you.

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9/13/15 1:04 A

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I have been using Mirena IUD with hormones for 5 years and I am seriously thinking of not getting this again after removal. Weight gain has been 30 pounds with serious 3x/wk workouts, healthy food choices, hiking and cycling on off time. Mood swings are noticed along with increase severe migraines. Libido is also below normal which is definitely strange for me. I have within normal thyroid levels. But no matter how hard I try weight gain is inevitable. Weight loss has been a struggle no matter what I try. I will definitely look into another bc. My skin is the only thing that has not suffered as with most bc it has improved. I had lost 20 pounds due to breast feeding but gained that back and more steadily while on IUD. Will be looking into other options.

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9/8/15 6:38 A

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Had it for 5 years and gained 70lbs. I workout 3 times a week, do body wraps, eat right... Went to the doc and did tests, they told me nothing was wrong and that i just needed to workout more.
I have had my iud out for a week now and have lost 5lbs. I feel like the 5lbs is in blood. Not really but looking back i dont know if it was worth it.
Dont get me wrong, not having a period for 5 years was AMAZING but gaining that weight when i had an eatting disorder before my iud was SO hard. I even went back to my disorder to try to loss weight then stoped because i know thats not right.
So now i am happy to say i am droppin the lbs in the right away.

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9/6/15 11:44 A

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For those of you that have have the Mirena removed, what form of birth control are you using now? I am having mine removed in October. I have gained 45 lbs in 4.5 yrs. I am very active, watch what i eat etc. Please help!

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9/2/15 12:35 P

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I had my mirena removed 5 days ago and am down 5 lbs.. nothing else has changed other than I did get my period about 36 hours after removal

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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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