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2/13/18 11:09 A

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Hi everyone
I realise this post is about a year old..

My situation is perhaps a little different.. I had a Mirena installed 😂 about 2 years ago.. It was a last ditch attempt to not have a hysterectomy as I have quite a few fibroids that were causing bleeding (flooding) every two weeks & lasting over 7 days at a stretch..

I have always suffered from heavy periods, as well as period pain & emotional swings pre/early onset of that time of month. So, to be honest the Mirena has been a god send in many ways... Although it will not reduce the fibroids the pegesterone to the area helps to mitigate the estrogens ability to help fibroid growth..

So there is perhaps no choice for removal, before menapause (generally the hormonal changes cause fibroids to reduce, even disappear)..

I however still suffer the annoyance of weight gain, it is not a huge amount & there is a possibility that it's age related changes. However, I tend to think because it is forming around my belly area in a manner I have never held weight before (in fact my general fat distribution, weight gain & loss has changed).. I'm resigned to having this difference. I am 43 active (work in animal related field / horses) but would like any suggestions on how I might loose the weight or maintain it without adding over the top excercise routines. Maybe one of you have had some simple changes that have made a difference?? I have a leg injury from an accident years ago, so am not sure I can manage too much more in the way of added exercise, but low impact exercises might be doable.. I have never before struggled to shift weight in this manner before & am finding it rather frustrating always feeling bloated & plump round the middle (have always had a waist, now although it's still there[be it less defined) & I am by no means fat... I feel fat!!
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Have changed my eating, as I rarely had to watch what I ate (to a small extent maybe) but it was always easy enough to loose when I decided to drop a few extra kilos.. But now I feel like my body is holding onto every ounce, & Im not very thrilled with my slower metabolism & extra belly conditioning..

Any suggestions covering alternative health ideas, foods that have helped for you or added exercises that are easily added to the normal daily routines would be appreciated

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I want to share my experience with Mirena.

I have been on birth control since I was 13; a year after my periods started. My periods left me immobile in bed for several days a month with a heating pad, taking 4 midol at a time, etc. I started with the Nuva Ring at 13. It began at $3/Month of the Nuva Ring on my parents insurance.

When I was 20, the price of the Nuva Ring had gone up to $35/Month on my parents insurance.So I decided that I wanted to get my tubes tied but my OBGYN would not allow that without several months of counseling first. She wouldn't even allow me to get on the Mirena unless I had a child first because it would be too painful. A week later, I went back and talked with her more and she agreed that we could try it. Feb 6th, 2010 was the date I got it put in.

I was on that Mirena for 6 years. Probably one of the best things to happen in my life and only cost me $8!! Periods stopped completely. I gained roughly 40-45lbs in the first year on it. Went from 5'10" at 155lbs to 195-200lbs. The weight gain didn't bother me much except when my mom would tell me I'd look so much better if I just lost 10 or 15lbs -_- parents. From 13-20, I was suicidal and depressed and now all that disappeared on the Mirena.

It wasn't until I had the Mirena removed in Jan 2016 that I realized the hormone had actually been helping level me out mentally. I went through a severe anxiety/depression phase for months after removal, I lost 50lbs in 2 months, and the doctors didn't know what was wrong with me.

I got my 2nd Mirena put in on July 14th, 2016. Drastic change in my mental attitude over the next couple months and I gained the weight back all over again within a year (of course after buying new clothes but good thing I didn't get rid of the old ones).

I met my current bf May 2016, before the weight gain. He doesn't mind it. I know when I get off the Mirena, I'll lose the weight again and the anxiety/depression will be back. He says that my weight gain is because I'm happy and that's all that matters.

Try telling all this to a doctor and they deny that the Mirena caused any of it. I love the Mirena despite the weight gain.

Also, for those curious as to why I didn't just get another Mirena put in after the first got removed is because I actually /did/ but it got infected within 2 days, I had to go to the ER due to pain and the doc there said it was infected and he removed it. Then they wanted me to wait a while after the infection, so I went back to the Nuva Ring. The pharmacy I used gave me a 6-month supply, so I waited until those ran out to get back on the Mirena.

I apologize for such a long post.


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1/25/18 1:28 A

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I am so happy I found this post!! I have been engaged for over 2 years and about a year ago I started working with a personal trainer to get in shape for the wedding. Hundreds of dollars, calorie counting and healthy eating later, my weight is exactly the same! I had the Mirena inserted about 3 years ago and ever since then my weight has steadily increased despite all of my efforts! Even my trainer can't figure it out. I thought I was going nuts! In the past I have never had a problem losing weight, one summer I actually lost weight by accident! (I was also 22 but still...) I am going to call the doc tomorrow to set up an appointment to have it removed. The way I see it, if it helps great, if not then what harm was done?

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1/7/18 9:52 P

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hello i’m new here and would love some help with what’s going on and if any of you ladies have felt with this . I had the mirena in for 5 years , got it taken out fast and simple and put a new one on right away. Now take been a little over a year , got the new one put in on sept of 2016, i was having issues with it , really bad pains on my sides or random cramps and nun sex drive completely disappeared. As if sex was hard enough to have , the pains i would have due to the mirena were horrible . So i decided to get it taken out in early december and to my surprise , she couldn’t find the strings. so the following day i had the ultrasound and they said it was on place but the results were that it was connected to my lining a little. So jump ahead to january 3rd i had lunch surgery , got it taken out and went home. slept most of the day. I was bleeding for two days then stopped but it came back and had been on and off for the the past 2 days. Now other then that i have been feeling so BLOATED! my stomach hurts all the time. i couldn’t pass a bowl the other day for the life of me. Even after i go now i feel like my stomach isn’t still hurting. I don’t go back to the doctor for another week and i’m just wondering if any of you ladies have dealt with this or are. Thank You :)

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12/29/17 5:05 P

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I am well over 200 lbs despite major changes in eating and physical activity. So, I had the IUD removed yesterday after 4 years. The doctor insisted that my weight gain was not related to the Mirena. The removal was complicated since the string was not visual. The doctor used an ultrasound while he searched around trying to remove the IUD. My options were to deal with the searching or come back for a more detailed procedure. I only felt minor discomfort during the process. Finally, it was out followed by some minor bleeding and an uneasy bloated stomach. It is out and I am hopeful to see some results.

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I have never had an IUD before but in my experience, ANY form of hormonal birth control has caused me weight gain. In December of last year I finally stopped all hormones....I have finally been able to loose over 30 lbs. It's been a struggle for years and I just kept gaining weight. I would be able to maintain if I worked my butt off but could never lose until I stopped hormones. Now the weight is finally coming off but it's just as slow as it came on.

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11/18/17 4:53 A

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I had the Mirena about10 years ago and i still have side effects my life sucks because I'm always sick I have high blood pressure now I have cervical cancer and i get headaches all the time and get this I never had any problems at all before I got the IUD ... Ok so when i got the IUD put in I was good for a few days and then I started getting pains in the bottom of my tummy so I went to the obgyn and they told me I needed to get use to it so I went home hurting ....3 mouths after that I went from136lb to 183 and I did call my ob doctor almost everyday or I was calling the paramedics because my Hart was coming out my body and they said I had insanity and I'm like so I just got it out of the sky after I get the IUD anyway I went to my doctor and she sent me to see a thyroid doctor and they did there test and it came back nothing so I got it took out and I've been sick every since .....2 years ago I find out I now have overactive thyroid the say it's genetics but I had already got tested for this 😔😔😔...that's my story ...ps I'm still sick.2017..

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10/1/17 11:32 P

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Anyone know signs of Miriam messing up

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9/26/17 11:59 A

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Momspin- Did you go on the pill after removal? I am debating getting my removed due to weight gain, but am worried I would have the same side effects from the pill.

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9/26/17 11:58 A

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Momspin- Did you go on the pill after removal? I am debating getting my removed due to weight gain, but am worried I would have the same side effects from the pill.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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