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12/25/14 7:31 P

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I'm 22 years old. I had been on birth control (pills) for several years because I was sexually active, wanted to manage my acne and period. Two years ago I was diagnosed with factor V Leiden, and blood clotting disorder, so my doctor told me it was not safe for me to be on the pill. I went a while with no birth control, just using condoms and being safe. But my periods were heavy and painful, my acne started getting a little out of control again, and let's face it, condoms arnt fun for a woman either.

So August this year, my doctor told me I could try Mirena as a birth control option. I had read some decent reviews and it seemed safe so I got it. two months into I started getting acne around my mouth and chin, but I figured it was stress from my new job and moving. But it only got worse. PAINFULLY large pimples are all along my jaw and cheeks. I'm now getting acne on my body which never used to happen and random chin hairs (ew). I bled for three months and only got a two week break from the bleeding til it started up again

Not only the acne but my weight has increased a lot. I'm young and like to be healthy. I was actually proud of how I looked bc I worked hard to get there. I was about 130lbs of solid muscle (I like to lift) I love being active. But the fat is now stuck to me like glue I went from 130 to 145 since I've had mirena put in 5months ago.

I'm constantly tired, I have no interest In sex, and I'm a cranky bitch. I haven't felt like myself for 3/4 of the time I've had it in.
I'm now experiencing severe headaches, nausea, dizziness, depression, very heavy bleeding and bloating.
I WILL be getting this removes asap and I don't recommend it to anyone.

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12/18/14 11:42 A

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I will agree the IUD sucks bad. I didn't gain weight but it shifted and caused constant cramping. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.



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12/17/14 9:28 P

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Let me tell everyone the IUD sucks..Nothing but problems for me ! Had in for a year and one month !! 50 lbs over weight now, mood swings & NAUSEA EVERYDAY !!! No interest in sex ! Became a different person !!!! It was horrible ! Just removed it a week ago though, so I will fill you all in as it goes....only thing different now is I DO WANT SEX, FIRST TIME IN A YEAR !!!! Havent lost weight yet so WE WILL SEE .........WISH ME LUCK !


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Hello!! I'm new here, and was browsing the net about this awful thing, the Mirena!! April 2015 will be 2 years of having the Mirena, and I won't be making it to that, because I am having it removed!! :)


When I was 16 I was put on Depo Provera and was on that for about 5-6 years; I was active. I played soccer, I roller skated 5 days a week; and I went from a size 8 to a size 12-14. I came off of that and tried a few different pills (I don't remember them all) and even the patch (AWFUL and only last 4 months). Fast forward to May 2011, I got married, and quickly separated November 2012. I decided that with my outgoing lifestyle I had taken on, with going out and such, that I should get the Mirena. My DR pushed for the implanon, and I refused. So I got the Mirena put in 4/13, weighing a whole 180-185lbs.

Since January, I have been signing up for 5Ks, 10Ks, everything.. counting macros, watching what I eat, Even working out with a personal trainer 3 days/week. I have not lost any weight, I've gained weight. I now weigh 220 last I checked... I refuse to step on the scale. I have gone from a size 10 to a 16! I have never been in a 16 in my entire life!! I cannot button my firefighting turn out pants, I am so self conscious, and I find myself getting mad or sad about the most ridiculous stuff. My face also breaks out more than normal.

I have had my thyroid checked twice in the past 4 months. I've had blood work done. I've been on a Rx medication to help me lose weight, with no help. I even went to talk to my OB about this lovely device. She seems to think that since Depo did this to me, so is Mirena, and maybe these hormones don't do well with my body. She suggest a low low dose BC pill to me, but reading about those, they cause severe headaches ( I have migraines anyway) and bad acne... NO THANKS!

I go to Disney World after Christmas, and I don't want to deal with periods or the suspense, so I am having my Mirena removed on 1/5. I am looking at options to go to after the Mirena, or possibly just going without and tracking my cycles myself. Mirena is NOT the option for me.

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12/9/14 5:38 A

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How soon after your IUD placement did you notice weight gain and skin problems?
Within a couple of days my skin was horrible and I have felt so round and bloated
It's been a month at best since I've gotten it and honestly, I'm already thinking of removing it.
I hate feeling like this

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12/8/14 2:50 P

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I had my son in April 2012. By June I had lost all the weight I gained and was back to my regular size. I got he IUD in February 2013. Since then I have gained 25 pounds. Doctors said that it wasn't related to the IUD. LIES!!! I have never been this size in my life. I am depressed and I have mood swings. Every since I have gotten the IUD I have had so many issues. I have fibroids and cysts. My cramps due to my cycle are worse. I start a new menstrual cycle every 20 days and bleed for a week. I hate it. This board has helped me so much. I want to thank the women for being brave to share your experience. I am so glad that I came here because I feel the frustration and I am ready to remove the IUD.

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12/3/14 6:21 P

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So I am 26 and currently at 205lbs. The biggest I've ever been and I'm only 5'2. I had my Mirena put in right before I got engaged in February of 2013. At that point I was at 140 lbs. since I had it put in I've had nothing but trouble. I was at 180 at my wedding in July of 2013 and even had to get my dress altered cause it didn't fit anymore. :( I had Severe pain right after my mirena insertion(as usual) and for weeks after insertion (not normal). Major weight gain, depressed, mood swings ALL the time, acne like never before, excess facial hair, lack of energy, constantly tired, and horrible eating habits since then. I am wanting to get it out, In hopes that I'll go back to being my REAL me! But not sure of what to use instead. I've never been on any other birth control ever. We want to try having children within the next couple years. So I don't want anything long term. Idk what to do. I just want to yank it out myself. Especially since I don't have insurance anymore. Oh and I'm constantly depressed. Anything triggers it... Bleh

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12/2/14 10:49 P

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Mirena... what a nightmare!!!!! I had that thing on for almost 4 years..... I gained some 40+ pounds and felt into the worse time in my life.... depression.... that lasted exactly all the time I had it on. 10 days after the doctor took it out I was able to feel much better.... it was crazy.... I was crazy..... the dosc always told me that there was no connection between my depression and the IUD. I felt so cheated!!!!! THANKS GOD is over and I have been doing great since then....



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11/29/14 7:22 P

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Hi there. I have had the mirena removed a month ago. I had it for just over a yr. I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and suffered v bad acne which i never had before. I also experienced really bad breast pain and chest pain all in my left side. Even a month later, my left breast espeacially is extremely sore around the nipple with discharge. Nothing helps. Doc gave me breast exam a month ago also to check for lumps. Its just getting worse and im at the end of my teather!!:-(

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11/24/14 9:25 A

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Did anyone have issues with hair falling out during and after removal? I had mine removed about 2 weeks ago and its still coming out in clumps!

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11/20/14 12:29 P

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I'm so glad that I wasn't the only one who taught the mirena was causing all those side effects. I had the mirena for 5 months and gained 10 pounds in 5 months, I was having severe abdominal pain,cystic mild acne,mood swings, dry mouth, anxiety,anger etc... I decided to go and pull the plug yesterday, I literally felt I was plugged and puffing everyday. The first day I had it in me I felt I was going to pass out, my blood pressure went down, and I couldn't walk. All in all I'm glad I took it out, I felt relieved and my skin color went back to normal I started my cycle today again. I can't believe I say this but I did missed my periods. I also researched a little more about the device and found out that the silicone in the mirena besides the hormones were causing me all those problems. I feel like myself now.



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11/18/14 2:50 A

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I gained 20/25 pounds after the mirena. I had a baby....lost all the baby weight and then some... felt great.had the iud put in three months later and then... boom.... gained ask that weight. I've been eating better then ever plus exercise my butt off and can't shed one pound. I know it's from this iud..... this isn't normal.

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11/17/14 12:57 P

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I went to the doctor a week ago to talk about having my mirena removed. My problems included weight gain (even with increased dieting and exercise), acne, no sex drive, pain during sex, and cramping.

I could tell my doctor was hesitant to take it out so she suggested some blood work first. The blood work showed very low vitamin D, and high biliruben. Tomorrow I am having an ultrasound to check my liver, and depending on those results, I am getting this thing out!

I am 21 and have never been pregnant. I just want to feel like myself again.

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11/14/14 12:30 P

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I had Mirena IUD after my 4th child, who came after a failed Essure procedure. I was back down to under 150 lbs, a tolerable weight, although 140 would be ideal. I got Mirena when my youngest was 6 months old. I kept it for almost 4 years and I just got my tubes tied a week ago and had it removed. In the almost 4 years I had it, I gained 20 lbs, but only in the past year and a half. I hope to get my hormones regulated through healthy eating ( which was not working no matter how well I ate,) and exercise and supplements like amino acids and B complex vitamins. Looking for more ideas to get healthy. I am 37 years old, almost 38.

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11/12/14 2:10 P

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The mirena made me gain a lot of weight even though I had it for only 4 months. I couldn't lose the weight no matter what. Also, it caused me all kinds of side effects, hormonal imbalances, estrogen dominance, silicona and copper toxicity, etc. I recommend everyone who is serious about stopping all their unbearable side effects to watch the video on this page: mirenadetox.

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Hi ELLEPHANT10, was really interested in reading about your Mirena experience as I have come to the conclusion after trying everything to loose b/f and battle monthly bloating that the only option left is getting my Mirena removed. Had it replaced last summer and have had nothing but bloating and weight issues with it!!! So wondering how has you weightloss been since removal, did you experience the mirena crash and any other advice you might have!

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11/3/14 3:22 P

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I have finally gotten my Mirena IUD removed today and am so relieved! I had mine put in September 2009, so I had mine in for 5 years. During those 5 years, I had a slow but steady weight gain (10-15 lbs), even though I work out 4 times a week and also teach dance classes on top of that and my eating habits were erratic and fueled by a body that didn't know itself.

I am generally a very happy person, relaxed, calm, and had a very healthy appetite for sex and food before I had my Mirena inserted. Two weeks after I had it inserted, I remember waking up and feeling so depressed I could not understand what the hell was happening to me. I was suicidal, spotting like crazy, and with a severe brain fog that has been quite consistent through the entire 5 years that I had it. I got over the suicidal thoughts, but then have felt a very vague depression, I didn't feel terrible but then I just never felt like myself either. I have been to talk therapy since then and my therapist asked if perhaps my lack of ambition and drive for anything was due to something else. Everything else in my life was pretty normal...The light bulb finally clicked on and then I have been wanting to get this damned thing out for about a year now.

The iud unfortunately migrated to the upper part of my cervix and the strings were nowhere to be found. I went in for the hysteroscopy today and thankfully it was painless and over within 5 minutes. Already, even though I just got this thing out today, I feel better. I can't quite explain it, I just feel like myself, like I am finally able to be the woman that I know I am, naturally caring and intuitive and affectionate and just back to being my happy and healthy self. Now, it is different for everyone, but the relief I feel is unbelievable, no longer having "le petit diabla" in me. Thank God!!!!


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I've had mine for over a year and am still having inconsistent bleeding. My doctor said my periods would go back to what they were before I was on BC. I went on BC because of irregular periods.

Overall, I think it's a good product and much healthier than other BC methods.

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10/3/14 9:39 P

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I love the mirena and I have a unique experience with it. I have had two mirenas and two paraguards all within the past two years. I had my first IUD paraguard placed when my son was about 8 months old. I had the IUD in for three excruciating days. The IUD was placed improperly so I was in constant agony. Pain shot down to my feet and while I slept, I dreamt I was in labor I hurt so bad. On that third day I went to the clinic and had it removed. Fast forward a month, I figured I needed some sort of BC, and I am not a candidate for any BC with estrogen. I made an appointment with my doc who gave me the Mirena. I loved it! My periods were gone by four months post-insertion and I had no pain. Shortly after I started gaining weight. I had worked very hard to go from 170 to 135 and I could not stand seeing the scale creep up. So again I see my doc who tells me that in studies the mirena has not been linked to ANY significant weight gain in patients. The average gain among women in the study he references was 5lbs over a 12 month period. His words fell upon deaf ears as I already decided I wanted it out, and the paraguard in. I was sure the copper IUD would solve my weight issue. My doc obliged and my paraguard was placed. Five months pass of endless bleeding and cramps. I could not take it! Worst of all, my weight stayed about the same. Back I went to my doc, who reluctantly places another Mirena after removing the evil copper T. I then took a step back and really looked deep into my eating habits/stress level and exercise regimen. Even though to me, my extra snacking and eating out did not seem to be much, they were the reason I was gaining weight. I am sure the lack of sleep and strsss from RN school played a part in it as well. I have had my new mirena for over 6 months now and I love it again. My bleeding is more than before, but I can deal with it. My current weight is 119 lbs and I am 5'7. I watch what I put into my body and exercise hard at least 3 times a week. Weight gain can be due to such slight things changes in diet, especially the older you get. I am 27 and have noticed a difference in my metabolism compared to when I was 24. The mirena releases such a scant amount of hormone compared to other systemic forms. Yes, although docs say that the hormone only acts locally in the uterus, some will diffuse throughout your body. The amount is scant and progesterone has less effects on weight opposed to estrogen. I am not saying the IUD is right for everyone, and that all of the weight gain women report with it is not directly linked, I am just suggesting those considering removing it look at other factors first. (hypothyroidism, cushings syndrome, depression, dietary changes (even slight) stress, sleep quality etc) I wish I would have when I had my first one removed, I miss the whole not bleeding thing.

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9/29/14 1:23 A

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I was so glad to see your post about your problems with the Mirena. I've had mine for 6 months now. I have friends who love it! I do not. I'm still bleeding monthly and I have gained 14 pounds since I got it in. It has been impossible to lose them. I haven't changed my eating habits or exercise since I got it put in and couldn't figure out why until my doctor said it could be the hormones. I hadn't put the 2 together and was so relieved to have some kind of answer that made sense. I am seriously considering having mine removed after hearing from other people they've had the same problem. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this.

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9/25/14 10:22 A

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I think that like everything, it effects everyone differently. For me I don't think it effected my weight directly but it did mess with my moods which effected how I ate. I have been on it for almost 5 years and I swear my body wasn't this hormonal when I was a teenager. Acne, PMS, inconsistent cycles, it is like puberty strikes again. I really have to keep up with self motivation and not look too much into what is happening on the outside, how do I feel instead of how do I look, it is a lot harder but doable.

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9/24/14 6:58 A

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I had Mirena inserted when my son was 4weeks with prolonged bleeding but this normalised and i do not have any periods now. However in the 4 weeks before Mirena i had managed to loose weight and was 10ibs to my prepregnAncy weight. After Mirena i gained about 10more ibs which i put down to poor sleep etc when i stopped bfeeding i went on reduced calorie diet, walked 3ce a week boot camp 3ce a week but the weight didnt shift at all. Now 17 months down the line i am 25ibs from pre preg weight, tracking my food, body pump 3ce a week, spinning 2ce, zumba 2ce and still not more than 1-2 ibs flunctuation in weight. I am sad and depressed but scared to take out Mirena just incase its not the cause anyone removed and was able to loose the weight?

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9/12/14 9:34 A

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I didn't like that mirena IUD it moved around on me and I had to go to the emergency room and have it taken out



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8/30/14 9:03 A

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The mirena causes serious damage to the female body, and the only way to get rid of these side effects for good is to remove the mirena and take natural supplements, herbs and foods and consider natural therapies that will eliminate estrogen dominance, help restore the balance of progesterone and estrogen hormones, and detoxify the body from all the toxins present in mirena such as silicone and copper.


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I wanted to give a positive post removal story, so here goes... After having the mirena 2 1/2 years I could not lose weight I gained from quitting smoking. I too looked pregnant. I also began to have suicidal thoughts, which to me were bizzare because I wasn't really depressed. They were quick, scary thoughts that I had never experienced even though I have suffered from depression off and on for 20 years. After completing a survey for a natural medicine type specialist I got curious about the mirena being the culprit. After reading discussion boards and blogs I was sure I was right. I was uneasy about speaking to my doctor about removal because of so many of your reports of negative responses from physicians. He wasn't against it, but told me it was highly unlikely that the mirena was causing these issues. It's was not painful to remove. I spotted for a few days and had no mirena "crash". I lost 2 pounds the first week and 3 the second week. (I had previously been exercising 1 hour a day, 5 days a week and eating well for roughly 8 weeks. And lost about 3 pounds total) I was now convinced!!! I lost weight and was not exercising or dieting!!! No more suicidal thoughts. My doctor recommended a copper IUD stating I could be just sensitive to hormonal meds. And that the copper IUD had no hormones. I declined for now since reviews on that one are worse that the mirena. I did attempt ortho cyclen for about 12 days. I was again exercising and dieting to get to my weight loss goal, but began gaining again. Maybe I am sensitive to hormones. I quit taking them 4 days ago and this morning ended up in the ER with a kidney stone. The only other time in my life I have had a kidney stone was while pregnant. I don't drink soft drinks. I can't help but suspect that the oral contraceptive had something to do with this too. At this point I may just tie my tubes. I probably just met my deductible now!!! I would like to say that I am glad I went with my gut and I will continue to even though as my doctor said, "there are going to be more negative responses online than positives because people report those more and there are crazy people online". I know I am not crazy. And I know that pharmaceutical companies make millions and can make research appear in their favor. I seriously doubt there are studies about the mirena after long term use. Only our complaints.

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I have the mirena, actually this is my third, used this type of birth control method for 13 years. The first 5 years was wonderful! I came out of depression had tons of energy. Never bled, no PMS. The 2nd iud put in I started having a few drops of blood, here and there. Still felt good mentally, physically. Until about the last 6 months before time to replace it. I started having these fits of outrage toward my fiancé and anything would set me off. I was diagnosed with extreme rapid cycling bipolar disorder. I couldn't understand what was going on, I was sucicidal and just a horrible person. It was time to have it removed and a new one put in. Went to have it remove and the dr. Couldn't take it out in the office so I had to have it surgically removed. When the new iud was put in everything got worse! My moods became horribly worse! I couldn't stand myself. I just figured this is how I was and had become that there was nothing I could do to change it. But I wasn't like this before. Until I started researching the side effects of this iud I had no clue the mirena could have such effects. Especially with this being my 3rd one and not really having side effects until the end of having the 2nd removed. I still question if it's the iud or me. Considering taking it out but not sure what to do for birth control. Any ideas?

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7/28/14 6:28 P

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There's a very informative site with lots of information on how to lose weight and get rid of the mirena iud side effects and find other natural birth control options. Check out: mirenadetox . com/mirena-weight-gain/ Her detox has also been immensely helpful to my recovery and I seriously recommend it


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7/22/14 8:57 P

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Sorry if this was already answered, is the weight gain (and bloating) still there with paraguard, if that's the one with I hormones?

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my IUD is the Paragard. It's horomone free!! I've had it it over a year now, it's good for up to 10 years!!! I love it.....no weight gain and my periods are actually normal now...like almost to a T.



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The only symptoms I can honestly attribute to mirenia is dryness and no libido. As far as weight loss I have been on T for 4 years lost 20 lbs in a month an 90 lbs my first year. That is with calorie counting an the gym on at least 5 to 6 days a week for an average of 2 hours a day. I do still get cramps and have started to get libido back as well as light periods. I am happy with mirenia as my friends all have about 4 kids each back to back and after my second I feel in control over how many kids I will have. Although after next year I will have it removed and do old fashion way of birth control.

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I couldn't take the cramping and pain no more and after reading all the blogs on everyone who was having the same trouble I decided to go to a different doctor and ask his opinion and he said some peoples bodies just reject the mirena and cause all kinds of problems, so I asked him to remove it and as soon as he pulled it out the cramping instantly stopped!!! I couldn't believe it and by the next day I had no pain at all he put me back on a pill and i am loving life again!!! I just wish they would have told me all the things that other people are experiencing when telling you to get this iud it would have saved a lot of pain!!

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I lost 5 lbs 1.5 weeks after Mirena removal. Turns out I wasn't crazy afterall! ;)



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I am so glad I found this! I know I'm not crazy now! I got the Mirena April 2013 after an unexpected pregnacy and a miscarriage. After I lost the baby, I had excessive bleeding for a month and anemia, My Dr. suggested I get a Mirena not just for BC but to control the bleeding. I was about 180 when it was inserted. I am 37, so I know your metabolism slows with age and I am lightly active and I eat fairly healthy. But I have ballooned up to 205lbs and it is very upsetting. I didn't weigh this much even at 9 months pregnant with my children. I have very bad acne and mood swings. I am trying to get it out asap.

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Life back after Mirena!
I had my Mirena IUD put in Oct 24th 2013 and felt fine for maybe the first month. At my 6 week check up I had been feeling really depressed, crying uncontrollably all the time. I thought that this was due to recent events in my life that happened right before I had the Mirena put in. My Dr. warned me that the depression might be due to my IUD.

I had never been depressed in the past and am not normally a crier. My Dr. said that I should wait till the 3 month mark and if I was not feeling better I should have it taken out.

Over the next few months I developed acne, constant nausea, was bloated, sad, dizzy, spotted for weeks at a time, major cramps, no energy, and gained 10 pounds on my 5'2 frame. Oh! and ZERO sex drive and could not get wet for the life of me..... My poor boyfriend.

In February I was rushed to the hospital with severe pain in my abdomen. Ended up needing emergency surgery since a ovarian cyst was bleeding. I almost lost an ovary. My surgeon said my cyst was most likely caused by my IUD. WTF.
A week later the same thing happened to my cousin, she ended up losing an ovary and a tube.. weeks later my friend had to go to the ER lost a ovary and tube as well. We all had the IUD. This was getting scary.

So, last Friday April 11th 2014 I had mine removed. It has been a week and I feel SO GREAT! have already lost 4 pounds, acne clearing up, sex drive is back with a vengeance, Happy(no tears) no dizziness, cramps or nausea. I cant believed how fast I feel back to normal. Im so happy I removed it. I will never go back to the IUD.

So ladies, if you don't feel like yourself you need to get it removed. I lost just over 5 months of my life to a person that wasn't really me. I'm so Happy to be back.



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The Mirena has been my worst nightmare!. (this is my second one) I had the Mirena back in 2007 when I first had my daughter. It was awesome.. periods were shorter, less cramping. There were hardly any side effects besides the normal cramping here and there but other than that no complaints. Fast forward five years when it was time for it to come out. I immediately made an appointment to have another one place a week later, but when I was told my copay for it was over $75 I decided against it. (I had changed jobs and gotten a new insurance and besides I wasn't in a relationship) In December 2013 I decided to put it back in finally.. Ever since I put it in I have gained 30lbs!. in 4 months! I am constantly constipated, I am irritated VERY easily, I have no sex drive, my breasts are HUGE. I have this ridiculous kangaroo pouch in my lower stomach area. Please note that I work out regularly I eat right.. I have NOT changed my eating habit not one bit and the scale does NOT budge.. I even cut my calorie intake to 800 calories a day per my doctors orders and nothing,, its actually goes UP!.. I weight myself this morning at 199.2 lbs.. this coming from being 170 in December and 170 my whole adult life almost. I am so so frustrated depressed I feel ashamed and uncomfortable in my skin. Now some of you may say that 170 is alot but I am 6 feet tall.. so 170 for me is a size 6-8 on my worst day. I made an appointment for this friday 4/18/2014 to have it removed.. Please wish me luck!.. uugh smh

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My experience: I just had my Mirena taken out yesterday- I've noticed that I've slowly gained weight in the last year and four months I've had the Mirena, and the weight loss strategies (exercising and counting calories) that worked in the months BEFORE I had the Mirena put in were no longer working AFTER the Mirena was put it. Otherwise I didn't really have any problems with the Mirena and would have even recommended it to others. However as I was going through my clothes yesterday contemplating the thought of buying clothes the second time in one year because of weight gain in the last few months I just felt broken (I've gained 15lbs in 1 year). I felt like I had no control over my own body.

I began to freak out that the bridesmaid dress that I ordered late January- based on my measurements in late January- would no longer fit. Its a custom order dress in a very specific color and all the dresses had to be cut from the same bolt of fabric to ensure they matched. I had basically gained 1.5 inches in my waist in THREE MONTHS! So I went to PP and got the Mirena removed because basically I was at my wits end and desperate! My PCP didn't really think it was a problem, I guess because they don't think 15lbs is a serious amount of weight to lose- however when I have to keep buying new clothes and slowly gaining weight no matter what I do, THAT is a problem! My weight doesn't fluctuate very much and I've never been a yo-yo dieter so yes, 15 lbs IS a lot of weight for me to gain in such a short time (especially with calorie counting and exercising). I began to lose motivation to exercise and count because I felt like it didn't matter what I did anyway.

I think the weight I gained was a combo of water weight and actual fat weight. So far I lost a pound overnight (yes yes I know weight fluctuates and maybe this means nothing). And you know what, maybe it wasn't the Mirena afterall, who knows? I just needed to try something.

I think a lot of people are totally fine on the Mirena and its great for them- yeah! But I think other people have a problem with weight gain on Mirena. I think its an unusual side effect and not as strong as the weight gain seen with Depo.








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Oh man, the Mirena. Yeah, I had one for a year, and not only did weight stick to me with absolutely no change in diet, exercise, or lifestyle, I got aggressive cystic acne on my back when even as a teenager my skin was always fairly clear, and it exacerbated my depression. It took me a long time to think it might be the IUD because I'd been on the Pill since I was 15 with no ill effects (that may even be why my skin was so clear). But then I found out that the hormones in the Mirena are considered a "second-generation" formulation, whereas the pills I was on were "third-generation". If someone could make an IUD with the third-generation formulation, I'd get it put in in a heartbeat. But until then, I'll stick with the pills. Supposedly the copper IUD doesn't have these effects, but it apparently makes your period heavier.



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I just scheduled an appointment with Planned Parenthood for next week to get my Mirena IUD out. I have slowly gained 15lbs in one year with in with no major change in lifestyle, AND with counting calories and exercise. I've just felt so frustrated with myself lately. I'm hoping this will help with my weight-loss programs.



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I love the doctors (not) attitude these days. I am a healthy person other than being overweight. My OB/GYN said it was my age (she was about 120 lbs), ignored my comments about my struggles even after I changed my diet and increased my physical activity level. All she said is I should be eating 1200 cal a day. My family doctor did little to nothing during my physical. I look around the waiting room and am surrounded by very unhealthy people and compared to them I guess the doctors think maybe I shouldn't complain? I was talked into the Merina an never told about the side effects. I have paired up with a friend with similar weight issues and frustration with doctores. We have started a weight lifting routine (after menopause bone density decreases along with metabolism) to counteract age related issues In addtion we are adding some cardio (walk/jog) at least once or twice a week. I've also done research on supplements, estrogen dominance, etc. I've started taking Vit D, and some others daily vits. I've lost 4lbs over the past month and feel my winter weight is dropping off, my body feels tighter, clothes a little looser and sleeping much better. I am very intersted to see what happens in the second month. It will be the 4th month since having the IUD removed.



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I'm glad to know that all my problems is being caused by one source...the mirena. I got the mirena put in Nov 2011. Within the first 6 months I gained 20lbs. Since than I gained a total of 45lbs. I lost 10lb (but that's only because I had the stomach flu for a week. It doesn't matter how much I workout I can't seem to lose the weight. I went to the doctor trying to figure out what was wrong. At first I thought I had a thyroids. The doctor said my thyroid was ok and suggested eatting healthy and working out to not gain weight and lose weight. But I only eat healthy and there is a treadmill in my room. He ignored what I said and gave me a nutrition pamphlet.( He was such a big help...)

Also last year I kept getting BV. At one point I had them at least twice a month. My GYN doctor said that BV is normal and it's because the women body changes from time to time; however, she was even confused on why I was getting them so much. I've had pregnancy symptoms for up to 2-3 weeks at a time. Vaginal dryness which than become irritated. I've sometimes had small bouts of depression as well.

After reading different post online I realized what the source of my problem is. This Mirena is hopefully coming out on Friday. I will keep you all updated if I get it out and it's taking it out helps.

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I have recently had an "ah ha" moment. Trying to be very honest with myself I decided to look at everything that I have been doing the past couple of years to understand why I continue to fail. I remarried in the fall of 2007 and by the fall of 2008 had gained 20-30 lbs. Some may say it was the phat factor of a happy marriage. I leveled off but was so unhappy with myself that I began the C25K in the fall of 2011. I finished it and was able to lose about 10 lbs and that was it...since then I have continued to maintain an exercise habit, switched from soda to water, switched from prepackaged oatmeal to rolled oats with almond milk, cut out so many different things. Nothing has worked, but a friend made a comment recently after we discussed menoapaue...I had my Mirena removed 2 months ago because I was due to have it replaced (5 years - the "ah ha" moment) when my OBGYN had me testing positive for menopause. Prior to that I had the copper only IUD and never gained weight. My new marriage did not change our routine since we'd already been living together for a while. Now I am wondering if the Mirena was the cause of weight gain and lack of weight loss. The upside was I no longer had a period..but I'd have gladly kept it versus gaining the weight.



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Anything that has hormones in it could potentially have the same side effects. That includes depo shots, the pill, etc. I am 42 and have 3 children, so I had my tubes tied with the last one. I only had the Mirena put in to stop my very heavy periods. Honestly, if you are married and don't want to have more kids I'd tell your husband to go get snipped. If you are still planning to have children one day, your only other option is a condom. Everything else has potential side effects like the ones you have been experiencing. And having been through it, I would never put myself in that position intentionally again.

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I have had hair loss, insomnia, weight gain, i've had spotting and light flow for as long as 6 months, lack of sex drive, and depression. I have ask my obgyn about it and all she tells me is that i need to talk to a nutrionalist. So i have been dieting since February and still feel terrible, still bleeding, I did loose a little bit of weight but don't feel like i have. Now i find this link and it is all making since, because i had the mireana put in in March of 2011, and i have had all this stuff since then. So I think i will have it removed. But my main question is what kind of birth control has everyone went on after they have had it out? My obgyn says i can go on depo shots, which i read about tonight and they sound like they have the same issues also, or she said i could do bc pills. If anyone has went on the pill again what is the name of is and is it working? Any input would be greatly appreciated. thanks

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I've had a major problem with this too. I've been going crazy thinking I'm pregnant. I used protection on top of the IUD but these symptoms still makes me feel funny about it. I have taken 3 pregnancy test already, and they're all negative, but my stomach keeps on getting bigger and I feel pregnant but I went to the doctor they took a urine test and he told me that he doubted that I was pregnant at all. I'm getting my IUD checked on Wednesday I hope they can take it out then, I can't deal with this anymore.

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Hey ladies, I recently had my Mirena removed after 5 1/2 years! Yay! I had all the symptoms that no doctors understand. Weight gain, depression, bloating, painful as giving birth gas/bloating, migraines, cystic acne, NO LIBIDO, facial hair, hair loss, pregnancy symptoms, etc...
So I just had a painful as all get out bout of gas and bloating today. Again, thinking the e.r. would be in my future. It subsided after a couple of hours. So I was just google searching what could be the culprit. Pregnancy and gas pain kept popping up, so I decided to finally click on it.The reason you have bad gas during pregnacy... PROGESTERONE! Your body is producing progesterone which slows down digestion, which I would imagine causes fatigue, and a slow metabolism. Progesterone is the only hormone on that horrible iud... and if it's something our bodes produce during pregnancy, why would we want it in our body when we aren't pregnant? Five years of the dr. not knowing why I have these symptoms, totally going to research this more!

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THANK GOD I found this thread. I had the Mirena put in October 2013. I gained 15 pounds in less than 2 months. I started Weight Watchers in January (which I usually lose 2 lbs on average per week when I follow it like I have been) and have been losing and gaining the same 5 pounds over the past 6 weeks. When I say I am following the plan, I mean counting every morsel that touches my lips and exercising 3-4 times each week. I knew this wasn't normal so I started to do an inventory of what had changed in my life and the only thing that had was the insertion of the Mirena. SO, I did a simple google search, and I CANNOT BELIEVE how many women have the exact same story. No sex drive, weight gain, can't lose it no matter how hard they try, acne, mood swings, lethargy. I am so upset. And relieved. I called my doctor a half hour ago and am having it out tomorrow afternoon. I got the Mirena because of heavy periods, now I say BRING IT ON! I welcome the flow.

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I have had mirena for 4 years now. I feel pretty lazy a lot and also easily angered and occasionally moody, but i think I've always been that way. Exercise really helps with that. I am also often short with my kids and that bothers me a lot. Perhaps it is form the Mirena. I also gained a lot of weight, but actually lost 40 lbs after I had Mirena put in, so I don't think it was that. For me it's been a good solution nothing permanent and I love not having periods. I do sometimes experience breast pain (mild) at times and on rare occasions (every few months) a bit of spotting or cramping but also very mild.

All in all I am pretty happy with it.

Never giving up! I CAN do this. I WILL do this. I AM doing this!


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My experience has been similar only I had the Mirena for 4 years. Inserted in 2009. My Dr. (whom I adore) insisted my side effects had nothing to do with the Mirena - he said the hormone was so little that it was the perfect BC, so I just figured my symptoms were something else.
I have always been in good shape but I gained eight lbs in the first year. I wasn't paying much attention to my eating habits so I assumed I needed to - I started eating healthier but my weight increased even more. I gained 20 lbs over the course of 3 years (and I'm 5'2")! By this past spring (2013) my husband shared with me that he could no longer stand my depressive mood swings and crazy behavior. I had no libido, my hair was falling out in clumps, I cramped a lot and my breasts hurt all the time, plus I had severe insomnia. I look back and it amazes me that I didn't connect it all..I chalked it up to how busy work was and the stress of life in general.
I stumbled across a blog back in the summer, completely by accident. After my husband had told me he couldn't stand it anymore I decided I needed to figure out how to change ME. While internet surfing "mood swings" I came across a site that had my symptoms to a "T" all stemming from Mirena! The more research I have done the more convinced I am it is this BC. I SO want to get the word out to warn women of this issue. I don't think it affects everyone the same but I do think many women have had issues that have been ignored. Dr.'s and nurses side with the drug company but I am finding so many patients with issues, I have to believe it is a problem that needs addressed. It nearly caused my husband to call it quits with me after 20 years!
Since having it removed Nov 1, 2013 (after my insistence) I am so much happier, my weight has dropped considerably and is still dropping, my cramping and pains have gone away and I am sleeping again!! It is amazing how much better I feel. I know your hormones change with age and all but I can't ignore the side effects this caused me. My theory is that it built up over time and that's why my symptoms became worse and worse every month. Not sure if that is accurate but I do know that I am so glad I am back to normal and grateful my husband has hung in there with me~

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I had the Mirena put in at Planned Parenthood on December 3, 2013 I got it taken out today January 21, 2014. Here is my story: I had a breaking point last night when I looked in the mirror and did not recognize my body...I had put on all this weight around my midsection that was uncharacteristic for me. I had been discussing my weight issues with my boyfriend. We have a relationship where honesty is appreciated and he admitted I looked different...there was more of me to love! During the first month I attributed the weight to the holiday season. However, starting the first week in January I went back to my normal diet. I am an extremely conscientious eater and love eating healthily. My preferred diet consists of quinoa, steamed vegetables, grilled fish and other seafood, oatmeal, fruits, greek yogurt. I never diet, if I notice weight gain I simply get back in gear with what I know makes me feel healthy and helps me stay my preferred weight (130 lbs. on my 5'6" frame). I moved with my boyfriend to Thailand on January 8. With the move we have been running around like maniacs looking for an apartment, furnishing the apartment, and taking a trip to Singapore, during which we walked many miles a day, in the heat, including many walks involving lots of stairs and hills. I had planned on this type of physical activity to help me lose the holiday weight. I have lived in Southeast Asia before and found I lost weight superfast upon moving because I am just so active here and I love it! Instead, I continued to gain weight and all in my love handles and tummy. This is not the way I want to look in the country where "The Beach" was filmed. So last night I googled Mirena and weight gain. Well, my fears that the Mirena was behind my weight gain/difficulty losing weight was confirmed. Post after post about women who had inexplicable weight issues, women who never had trouble in the past or who started working out and eating right but to no avail. Yet, it wasn’t just the weight issues women discussed that both comforted me in their similarity to my situation but also terrified me. Women wrote about feeling anxious, depressed, "crazy", moody, irate, lethargic, as well as having headaches, nausea, back pain, cramps, constant spotting. This was, as Oprah would say, and Ah Ha moment for me! Like many other women I willed myself to believe my change in behavior was situational, an international move, moving in with my boyfriend for the first time, starting a new job, etc. I thought I was losing my mind when I threw my boyfriend's coffee on the floor in the middle of a crowded shopping center when we had a minor disagreement or the excitement of moving overseas wasn’t exciting, or I never wanted to have sex with the man I absolutely love and find extremely attractive! I found myself apologizing on a near daily basis for completely outrageous mood swings…I am a laid back person who tries to find the joy in life where I can…granted I sometimes wane on the pessimistic side but I can usually bring myself back to seeing the positive or laughing through difficult times just to make it a bit easier. Yet just a month into having my Mirena put in my world had become doom and gloom…nothing was going to work out…that apartment we wanted, something would prevent us from getting it, the Thai work visa I needed, I would be denied it, just everything was bad! And you know what? My really kind, easy going, carefree, love for life boyfriend was getting really fed up. He and I are a team, we love each other, we respect that everyone has their bad days and we work through those together. But my near constant outbursts were threatening our relationship and my sanity. We had discussed the possibility of my new mood and disposition as well as constant spotting and weight gain were Mirena related but I didn’t want to believe it. My doctor insisted this was the safest form of birth control for me, nearly no hormones (something I had problems with on the pill and ring), as she put it the amount in ONE birth control pill. I thought this sounded great, plus the length it stays effective and lack of thought it required were really appealing to me as I move internationally often and never know the quality of care I can get in certain countries. I think it was this insistence that side effects are minimal and rare made me inclined to believe my symptoms were not Mirena related. I am so glad these forums exist because now I know I am in great company of women the world over who suffer unnecessarily because of Mirena. Luckily, I was able to call the Bumrangrad Hospital in Bangkok, an internationally renowned place of medicine, today and made an appointment to get the Mirena removed within a few hours. The doctor I saw seemed unimpressed with my laundry list of symptoms stating that this was common and my doctor in the US should have told me…no kidding…

In summary I suffered from:
Depression
Mood swings
Anxiety
Daily spotting
Cramping - mild to severe
Headaches
Dizziness
Pain shooting down right leg
Weight gain - abnormal - unusual deposit around stomach
NO Sex drive

Hope this helps! I know the Mirena works well for some women but it is disturbing that so many women are having the same disastrous side effects. I just cannot believe it is worth risking! I had my first ever, EVER suicidal thought...that enough terrified me to the point I thought I needed to seek immediate medical attention. I am hoping that after getting through Mirena Withdrawals I will never go back to such a dark place, ever again.

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So, I am having this same issue. I was just wondering if you started losing weight after you had the IUD removed? I have had the hardest time ever losing the 12 lbs that I gained after getting my IUD regardless of how clean I eat, how much I work out etc. I did an herbal cleanses which helped me lose 3 lbs and am down 5 after working VERY hard. I have never had such a hard time.

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After the birth of my daughter on 12/30/11. I went with no birth control for 10 months. In that ten months, I lost all baby weight. I was down to 118 by June 2011, and this was a consistent work out regime and just watching what I ate. In October, I had the mirena put in because my dr. stated that I would gain no weight and the other options, I could gain weight. Right off the back I started gaining weight but I thought, maybe it is do to workout so I changed the work out regime, but I continued to gain just a little weight each month. And there was the holidays and everything else so I thought maybe just tighten up on eating. So now here I am a year and a half later and I have gained 22 lbs, and this is with constant working out. I eat or drink no sugar, I eat small portions. I kept changing things thinking it was me until last week someone mentioned their own issues with the Mirena and weight gain, and I had never thought about it. But when I look back on my weight logs, November 2012 was the first month I saw weight gain since I had my daughter in december 2011. This was a total relief to me because I have felt so helpless in my battle with my weight. I have scheduled to have the IUD out on Feb 10th and I honestly wish I could do it sooner especially since I just weighed myself and I gained another 2 lbs despite running 5 times a week (6miles in an hour). I guess my biggest frustration is that my Dr. does not seem to believe me and continues to say there is no weight gain and does not agree with my decision to have it removed.

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I had a Mirena IUD placed a little under year and a half ago after the birth of my son. I was totally excited because I wasn't supposed to have to worry about it for 5 years! Sounds good right? It was great for the first few weeks, then slowly I started experiencing weight gain, I had just had a baby and was breastfeeding, along with working out, I didn't think I should be gaining weight. I also started experiencing hair loss! It was crazy, If I ran my fingers through my hair it would come out covered in hair. It was horrible.

I asked my doctor and they said that it wasn't a side effect of the IUD. I just couldn't figure out where the weight was coming from. I started getting pretty bummed and extreme mood swings from the hormones.

After 1 year I had it removed and the mood swings only seemed to be worse in the days after having it taken out. I didn't know what to do. I did some research online and came across this book called Mirena Detox (you can Google it). I ordered it and figured maybe it would help with getting the weight off and so far I've been seeing positive results from this detox, lost a little weight and my energy is a bit higher than usual.

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Wow this is an eye opener. About a year ago I had the Mirena IUD inserted, just at the same time as seeing a nutritional/therapist. I have been struggling all YEAR. I was being really great with my food choices, gave up soda, and was exercising but not seeing many results. Been pretty down on myself. She is thinking that my body is in distress because of my personal life just keeping me down but now I wonder if the IUD might have had some effects?? Going to have to see about this.

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I'm sad, yet glad to be reading so many women having similar symptoms as me! I had my mirena put in just under two years ago. The pill i was on was hellacious so my sister told me about her IUD! it sounded amazing at the time; my son was 9 months old, my husband was crying about the thought of a vasectomy (give me a break!), and I did not want to deal with the hassle of taking a pill! I felt fine at first but I can honestly say I have had consistent migraines ever since the IUD was put in. They cause me to miss work and completely shut down. Ive began living my life knowing ill have some type of headache EVERY SINGLE DAY. My appointment to get it removed is next thursday and I am very confident that having this removed will help with the headaches, and yes! weight gain! I too have a constant feeling of bloating! All in my front like im pregnant again. It changes regularly, but this past month everything has escalated to the point of being unbearable! I cannot wait to have this removed, and i really cannot wait for my husbands scheduled vasectomy!

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I have heard a lot about this from both sides.
I have heard a very convincing argument that most people who start an IUD have major life changes and thus causing weight gain. I could see that as being true - usually women put it in after having a baby, changing relationships and so on.
I have heard from women who love it, who hate it and have gained as much as 100lbs.
My experience is similar as in I am experiencing life changes, but different because I am trying/fighting daily to keep the weight off.
I had mine put in (Mirena) in September, since then, even though I work out regularly I am constantly fighting 3-5 lbs changes each week. My weight will fluctuate almost daily. I have been struggling with weight so I am always conscious and battling it, but I feel like I have to try a lot harder now. I have had to cut my calories by a lot and I have had to add some extra stuff into my daily routine to make myself constantly aware of the weight gain I am not constantly fighting.
The plus side of the weight gain is that it appears to have gone directly to my chest (I won't complain too much) instead of my thighs. I barley fit in my bra now.
On the negative side, I believe a lot of the weight may be coming from water weight because I am having my period every two weeks and it lasts for 2 weeks.


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Ive had the mirena for two years, and Im so glad I did my research, I could not find answers to what was happening with my body. When I first got it put in, I was 170lbs, prior to that I was 160, but I got pregnant and sadly miscarried, I am now...... 205lbs! I couldnt understand where the heck all that weight came from, now I do. The bloating is unbelievable, some days I almost feel like theres a 20lb weight in my stomach it gets so bad. My boyfriend of 3 years one day asked me if there was something I wasnt telling him, he thought I was pregnant, I bloat so badly. The acne is very annoying, ive tried acne treatments and nothing. The discharge is awful, Ive had several tests done because I thought I had an infection, thankfully nothing. Ive always had bad cramps with my time of the month, but ive never experienced cramps like this. Yes, I enjoy having light to almost no periods and not having to worry about taking a pill everyday, but I would not get another IUD.

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I just had to take my Mirena out this past Monday on November 4 I had it put in on June of 2011 and since I had it put in I have gained over 30 pounds but since it was taking out this past Monday I've already lost six of those pounds. Last March I also had a miscarriage at 2 weeks. When I went into the doctor to have it removed on Monday I also went through the checklist of symptoms and found out I have had several other side effects including blurred vision and headaches nausea dizziness. I loved the Mirena but I didn't realize that it would causes many problems with my body as it did. I don't know if I will get another one put it or not, I just could NOT lose the weight that I had gained...

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I had the Mirena inserted in October, 2011. I LOVED it. Thought it was fantastic. No more periods, no worries about birth control, no PMS symptoms - it was great and I was recommending it to everyone who would listen. However, in March, 2013 I started having recurrent bladder infections. They progressively got worse, to the point where I was getting them about once a month. I saw a urologist, who recommended I get the Mirena out because he said there was a chance it may be contributing to the inflammation in my bladder. At that point I had spent so much time/money on antibiotics and doctor appointments, so I reluctantly agreed. I should also mention that I gained about 10 pounds since March that I could NOT lose. I attributed the weight gain to feeling crappy because of my bladder issues. One day I would feel okay and could exercise without a problem - the next day I would feel like I had a 12 pound fetus in my bladder (or uterus) and was miserable. I had the Mirena removed 3 days ago. My gynecologist spent the first 10 minutes of our appointment trying to talk me out of having it removed, but I firmly insisted. I have since been reading up on the side effects of Mirena - and have so much insight now. Unfortunately, it's in hindsight. I am 100% confident that my weight gain, bladder issues, foggy head/slight depression are all attributable to the Mirena. I have always had a "suck it up" attitude. I'm not a whiner and for the most part (be it good or bad) I just tough things out. Mind over matter kinda thing. I think this is partly why I was simply writing off so many of the side effects I have been experiencing. Another thing is, I trust my ob/gyn implicitly. I have seen her for over 20 years and she delivered my son. I think this is partly why I didn't do my homework on the Mirena like I would have otherwise. Two days ago I started my period for the first time in over two years, the very thing I was so relieved to be rid of. But now - I couldn't be happier to visit with Aunt Flo. Clearly it doesn't affect everyone the same way - but I encourage you to educate yourselves, make informed decisions, and if things start seeming amiss with your body - don't be so quick to write it off with variable reasons/excuses. We know our bodies better than anyone else, even the docs who know us inside and out (literally). Best of luck to everyone. Now off to the gym to threaten this ten pounds with all I got! emoticon

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I am going through a similar thing and I really never put it all together. I actually just had mine removed after almost 5 years. I was fine the first 3 or so and the last 2 i have had constant infections and just the past 6 months I was basically just like when I was pregnant, I even weigh abt as much as I did at nine months, so I have gained abt 30-35 lbs and 20 of it is recent. My feet and legs get all swollen, I am retaining water, my stomach and boobs are huge and I even was lactating a little bit!i have has so many people ask me if I am pregnant and so on. I quit having periods altogether abt 3 years ago too. And actually I really don't like not having a period, I don't feel as clean and having my period always reassures me everything is ok. I have actually been freaking out thinking maybe I have some major problem like thyroid, cause my dad had cancer betrror kidney problems cause my moms dad died of that. And I used to smoke too so I am concerned abt clots in my legs as well .
So now I am hoping all will clear up once my body and hormones return To normals





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Hi, I agree mirena works well for a lot of people. its a typical birth control that either it works or it doesn't, my issue is I had it placed in 7 months ago after I had my first baby, and I am now having side effects, for the last 2-3 weeks that are very similar to pregnancy symptoms... im not sure if anyone has gotten symptoms months after the procedure is finished.... I was good never had any side effects other than the normal shortening of periods.... so I am not sure... if I am leaning towards pregnancy or if it is truly possible to start having mirena side effects so much later.


someone please help .... if you had similar reactions...

thank you

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Oh CAFELOVER, you hit the nail on the head. I hope you feel better soon. For what its worth, I went to see a nutritionist that works at a health food store and she said that the best thing to do for at least a few months was to focus on taking care of yourself: get rest, don't go too crazy with exercise, don't take supplements that change hormones, eat lots of fresh food, organic where possible. Then after that if I still couldn't lose weight to consider asking for a thyroid test to rule that out. But only after a few months and she stressed that even if something did come back about the thyroid that I was of course not obligated to take thyroxin - I could take the info and educate myself. It's sad that they had you take the morning after pill on top of all that. They should have advised you that you should not have sex without a condom for several days before you have it removed. :(

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I know other people have reported no problems on the Mirena, but women need to realize every body is different and some of us are much more sensitive to hormones than others. To tell someone that it's "All in their head" when they're having so many symptoms- like periods that last for 2 weeks straight- is like telling someone who's allergic to dairy that it's all in their head and that when they get stomach cramps and gas after drinking milk that that is also all in their head. So, uh, yeah, listen to your body! I'm going to see an acupuncturist and trying to do some natural hormone detox (like eating plenty of broccoli and drinking green tea in moderation.) I hope eventually my long periods and crazy sugar cravings will get under control. Has anyone lost any weight? I had to take the morning after pill right after getting my IUD out because my nurse thought it would be safer because my bf and I hadn't used a condom a few days before having it removed. So, I have not lost any weight and have had my period- heavy- for 10 days now. Just waiting for all of this excess estrogen to clear out and for my progestin levels to be back to normal.

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DONSIE9 my husband refers to the Mirena as 'le petit diable' which is french for little devil. There are so many extreme cases of depression and other side effects. I totally relate. Take care of yourself. I appreciate my wellness much better after that catastrophe. I feel like it stole a year of my life.

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I have ovarian cysts and very heavy periods that cause severe pain. My doctor told me about Mirena and how it could alleviate my problems w/little to no side effects. I decided to try it. It has been 4 months and I gained 20 lbs. This is a huge problem for me! In the first month I became extremely emotional. I noticed my hair began falling out, breaking and brittle. I was nauseas every morning. I craved sweet and salty food. The weight gain was all around my midsection. My Triglycerides spiked from already high of 226 to 700! I became so depressed that I was actually playing out my suicide in my head. After 2 months most side effects evened out but I'm easily agitated and have bled every day for the 4 months. I just seem to constantly spot every day and I never did before! There ARE SIDE EFFECTS!!! They are awful! I am going to have it removed! I feel like I could care less if I live or die so don't tell me there are NO side effects. I am a person who loves life and this thing sucked the life right out of me!!!

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I had mirena for 7 months. During that time I gained a lot of weight, I was always bloated, i was constantly spotting, i had cramps, I had major mood swings, rage, starting thinking more and more about suicide. YES! I will never again in my life let a doctor convince me to take any kind of hormone. The notion of trying Mirena came around because I have super heavy cycles due to Von Willebrand's disorder. I started feeling better right away (was less bloated in a day or two) and then BOOM the crash many speak of. I went to the natural health food store periodically in search of something to help me feel normal. It took about 7 months to feel totally normal.

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8/25/13 6:49 P

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I definitely think some people are more sensitive to hormones than others. I've read other comments about weight gain around the belly, which I have never had (goes to my butt and thighs usually) but recently it's like I've gotten a spare tire around the middle. I got it out a few days ago and am looking forward to shorter periods. I will track my weight loss once my period is over, but last time I weighed myself, I was at 138. I don't want to lose more than 10-14 lbs, but with as healthy as I eat and with as active as I am, I shouldn't have this muffin top!

Also, I found this website that addresses hormonal imbalances which can be caused by progesterone suppression (which can happen with the Mirena.)
http://mirenadetox.com/mirena-weight-gain/

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I had the mirena for almost 4 1/2 years. I gained weight. I was working in a restaurant when my son was born until he was about 2 1/2 and then I moved 1100 miles and sat. Then I started exercising and watching what I ate. I ended up removing the mirena at the end of last month for a couple of reasons. One being I haven't had sex in nearly 3 years and there wasn't any point in keeping it in and another was the fact that I couldn't keep the weight that I have lost off. I go to the fitness center 3-5 times a week and use the bike and/or the treadmill for half hour to an hour each and lift weights. I haven't weighed myself since the end of last month. I'm waiting until September 1st. I've been walking a lot. The fitness center is closed due to a repair so I won't be going until it's back open. I definitely feel better about myself not that it's gone.

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I'm curious about the people who posted a few months/years back as to how things went with weight loss. I have read a lot of stories about how impossible it is to lose the weight, and that's where I feel I am. No matter what I do, I can't seem to lose it. Although, I really do need to get better habits. I eat clean, but sometimes I emotionally eat. Anyway, I got mine out 2 days ago. I'm having a heavy period, but I actually like that because my last few periods have been very long (like 8-12 days long) but they were light. Still though I had to wear a tampon all of the time. It was ridiculous!

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LUMIA1980 ~ I totally understand what you are feeling. I had a mirena for 7 years. I finally had mine removed in January and had my tubes tied in february of this year. Now it's August and I have lost a total of 20lbs. I am a very active person but don't go to a gym. It took four months for me to finally feel like me again. The rage is gone, the depression is gone, the cravings are gone, the bloating is gone. The Insomnia is down to one bad night a week instead of eveyr night. I had a nurse practioner tell me that the IUD can not cause all this. I believe that for some women 75% have issues with Mirena. It's very few people that love it. So hang in there and please remove the toxin from your body.


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I just got my mirena out today! When I said that my symptoms were long periods (like 10-15 days! oh the money I was spending on tampons!) and that I have gained 12 lbs, she corrected me and said I've only gained 8 lbs since having it inserted 10 months ago. Still, that's an 8 lb weight gain while I've been exercising more, eating better, and sleeping regularly at night. No matter what I have done lately, I can't lose the weight, and I'm craving sugar like crazy although I eat less of it these days. I used to have a candy bar every afternoon, but during the last year, I've been a lot more disciplined in consuming refined sugar only once or twice a week. I've had thyroid tested, and it's fine. I think it's a case of me being very sensitive to hormones. A few years ago when I was on the pill, I had weight gain and moodiness, so I got off of it. I think I'll have to accept that I can't be on hormonal birth control. Anyway, I'm at 136 now and hoping to get down to my pre-birth control weight of 124. I'll keep you all posted o n the weight loss.

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I have gained weight over the last year on Mirena IUD also. My doctor says it is from the IUD. I am starting to watch what I eat and going to try to lose the weight without removing it. If this doesnt work within the next month or so I will have it removed. You guys really helped me. Thanks

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i have had the mirena for almost three years now. I got it when my daughter was 3 months and weighed 175 lbs then. I was 190 when she was born. Since I got the Mirena, I have experienced extreme mood swing and sever weight gain. I have dieted and exercised and practically live at the gym seven days a week trying to lose the additional twenty pounds that I gained on top of the 175. Nothing works. Shortly after the Mirena, I ballooned to 195 and have fought to get it off. I would lose about five pounds after months of hard work then gain it right back, with consistent diet and exercise. People keep asking me if I am pregnant since i am always bloated. this has caused me to be so depressed. my doctor keeps telling me its not the Mirena, but after some research and reading this forum, I am convinced that i am not wrong. I have been eating clean and short of starving myself, i cant shed these pounds. I will going to my obgyn next week and i want this thing removed. I have never been so desperate to lose weight. I thought it was just me. I even turned to fat burners and those did not work. I was 140 before i got pregnant with my last child and never had issues losing weight with my other two kids. glad i found this. Mirena you are OUT!!!

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i have the mirena my self n i gained about 100 lbs in 3 three years i didnt no were it came from but i been wrkin my ass off to loose it n i cant i didnt even bother to think bout the iud until my hair started to thining n break off that when i started asking my sisters what could it b now tht i no itz coming from this dumm iud im ready to take it out on Thursday but now im worried cuz someone told me that it onli get worst when u remove it can someone help me out here and tell what should i do


.......and i thought this mirena had no hormones??????

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I am on my second mirena (6 years) and I thought I was in love with it because I no longer get my period (and that is a big deal). However, I have been gaining weight consistently for all that time, about 4 pounds a year. I think I didn't gain anymore because I am very active. Now I am trying to loose 15lbs. and can't. The weight makes me feel depressed, frustrated and not myself. I just had my gynecological visit and for the first time the doctor mentioned that my weight gain could be due to it. I don't want to gain anymore weight but not having my periods is awesome! I just started a new diet recommended by my doctor (Dukan diet). If this strict diet doesn't work...I think I am going to have the mirena removed. I'm 46 so hopefully menopause will kick in soon!

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I had the Mirena in for 5 months. I kept telling myself it would get better but it didn't. I got it in when my son was 3 months old. I would get sharp pains on my right side that would shot down my leg, I wouldn't even be able to move it hurt so bad. Then I would have a heavy period one week, be off the next then it would start back up ( at that point is when I had it taken out ASAP). When I was pregnant with my son I got up to 225 lbs soon as I had him I was smaller than before I got pregnant and at about 200 lbs. While I had the Mirena I went to the gym almost every day, was eating good and got up to 230 lbs and it would not come off. Soon as I took the Mirena out I lost 15 lbs almost immediately.


About the copper IUD I assumed I would have the same issues. You haven't? I'm terrified of the pill ( I love my son but was on the pill at the time ) and I'm so sick of hormones in my body. Men need birth control lol.



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Hi all,

I had a bad experience with Mirena. I stuck with it for about 4 months and my body never adapted. I gained weight, acne, regularly bled or spotted and worst of all started getting cysts on my ovaries. I ended up back on the the original IUD (copper T) that I had used for seven years before. I never have been able to use any birth control with hormones, even at the mildest doses. We women have it rough. We are all so different. Good luck!

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i had one for 2.5 years and loved it. then we decided to have our daughter so took it out. and a my 6wk checkup after we had her i got another one. she's 2.5 years now. and i still love it. i haven't noticed weight gain at all. i love that i don't have to take a pill everyday or really think about what if we get pregnant.

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7/6/13 3:49 A

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I got my Mirena installed about 2.5 months ago. After the first week or two, my vagina calmed back down (I think it was yeast? but like, strange) but I had daily spotting/bleeding until about a week ago. Unfortunately I have also gained 10-15lbs in this time period, despite being more physically active and maintaining a healthy diet..
In the past, I have had terrible reactions to the pill (and I've always been on low-ish dosage ones, such as Alesse, Tricyclen Lo) in terms of mood swings and general tearfulness. I don't think the Mirena is as bad for me in terms of depression, moodiness, or skin-oily-ness as the pill, but I've never had spotting before or as much weight gain/bloating, so that's been weirding me out. I'm going to stay optimistic for the time being that my body chemistry/hormones are balancing out right now and that I will just feel normal after this month.



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I've have my mirena for 3 years this month. I had gastric bypass surgery 6 years ago and have only lost weight as side from being pregnant twice...in the last 7 months I've gained 35 pounds and nothing is working!! Help!!

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I am really glad I started researching this because I am really starting to feel depressed about these symptoms. I've had 3 Mirena IUDs and loved the first 2. I had my 2nd one replaced almost a year ago and I could tell something was different. I was like some of you women I loved my BC and when my sister would complain about weight gain, no sex drive, yeast infections, and moodiness I thought it was just her. But as soon as I got this 3rd one I started to go through the same thing she went through. She got hers surgically removed because it was imbedded (that's a whole nother story) and decided to have her ovaries and Fallopian tubes cauterized. Now she's in heaven and I'm now in hell. I have gained 15lbs, I have periods of feeling blue and crying spells, I have frequent yeast infections and UTI's, and I get bloated to the point I look pregnant. I have not been able to lose not 1 pound and that is very unusual for me and none of my clothes fit anymore. I'm starting to notice a pattern with these ladies posting and it's not in your head. You're not crazy and if you know something is wrong with your body don't let these doctors tell you otherwise. Pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars off of us, do you really think they are gonna tell you the truth? I honestly believe they up the hormones on these things and some women can't handle all that. If its working for you GREAT but don't discount that every woman isn't like you and we all react differently to things that are artificially created. Listen to your body and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise.

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i'm thinking of getting the mirena too!

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Zero weight related issues with the Mirena. My periods were about 3-4 days previous to getting it. Now they last 5 days, they are consistent and pretty light by day 3. No complaints. I have had it 6 months. I have heard of others having issues.



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Hi , OMW, i thought it was just me being silly. I have my Mirena for more than a year, i gained 10kg in 6 months, i have tried every thing from diets to exercise , I am a personal train so i know what to eat and do , this explains a lot. But now i'm in a sad place now, i have to chose between weight gain or to have my periods back , what to do ?

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I have depression and interstitial cystitis and also need to lose. weight. Anyone with similar issues i would love to hear from


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