Why I Decided to Get My Mirena IUD Removed
When my daughter was born, we knew she completed our family. We had a little boy and a little girl. I went for my 6 week postpartum appointment and decided to get Mirena IUD. I use the word “decided” very loosely here. I didn’t want something permanent even though I knew we were done. I didn’t do any research, I just thought this option sounded great when my doctor explained it. It was a little rough to put in, I had horrible cramps and basically couldn’t get out of bed that day. It was definitely enough pain for me to think that I never wanted to do that again. But after a few days I felt OK.
Fast forward a few months. My husband kept telling me my moods had changed, that I was snappy and grumpy. I didn’t really feel it myself but I believed him. I had a newborn, I was tired and well, we all know how important sleep is. Of course I was moody! But then things got worse. I kept having bad thoughts and feelings. Like really bad thoughts and feelings. I couldn’t sleep anymore, I was having panic attacks all the time. It was hard for me to carry my baby without having visions of me dropping her or worse. I finally went to the Dr. and got diagnosed with postpartum anxiety when my baby was 9 months old.
Around the same time I noticed I started breaking out. Yea, I’ve had the occasional zit, but nothing like what I was experiencing now. Deep cystic acne that left scars. It was painful and embarrassing. I hated it! I couldn’t keep it under control. I went to my dermatologist and the first question she asked was If I had an IUD. All hormone IUDs are progesterone based, and that’s linked to androgens and can indeed cause acne. I’m having the worst acne of my life now that I am on Mirena. I was put on an antibiotic and prescribed some lotion to help get it under control.
One of the other side effects I suffered was severe bloating, to the point where my hands and feet felt tingly and my stomach looked like I was 6 months pregnant. Very very uncomfortable. I also had very bad cramping and bleeding and even clotting on and off most of the time. I had no idea when or what my period was. I basically destroyed all my underwear because I’d bleed so unexpectedly. It kinda made me miss the predictability of my period, even though one of the “benefits” of Mirena is supposed to be light or no periods. I also get super emotional all the time. You know that kind of emotional you get when you’re about to start or when you’re pregnant? That kind of emotional, you know…commercial crying. Not to mention I’ve been so fatigued that all I think about is a nap. I always thought it was because I had a newborn and a 2 year old but that’s just not the case anymore. They both sleep fine and I get enough sleep to where I should function normally. I get up and do bootcamp in the morning so I should be fully energized and ready to go.
Since January I’ve been on a strict diet. I was doing wonderful at first. I lost about 15 pounds and was happy. I finally got down to my pre-pregnancy weight but my body still looked totally different. Remember how I mentioned that major belly bloat? Yep, I still looked pregnant. No one even noticed that I lost a little weight. I honestly don’t understand that part. Was it ALL in my stomach? I thought you lost weight from all around your body, not just one spot. My stomach definitely went down but not even close to my pre-pregnancy belly. Then I just stopped losing weight. No matter what I did I could not get under a certain weight. I was working out at home (BeachBody) and still sticking to my strict diets. I even did an entire 6 week Isagenix challenge. Scale didn’t budge. I figured something had to change. I need to become even more strict. I signed up for a 6 week trial period of FitBody Bootcamp. I got even more strict with my diet. I lost 2 pounds and was motivated enough to sign up for Bootcamp year round. Good for me, right? I’ve been doing BootCamp for almost 4 months now and still no weight loss. I know I’ve probably gained muscle and I know I’m stronger but that’s another post for another day.
Mirena may sound like the perfect birth control solution and for some mamas it may well be… BUT please be aware of ALL of the side effects. Do some research, ask around and make sure that this is the birth control method that really is for you.
I tried to get it out 3 and a half weeks ago but guess what…they couldn’t find it. Yep, you heard me right. They could not find it! I don’t know what happened when they tried to find it but I feel like they jolted some hormones right out of it and they released into me. I’ve been cramping, bloated, feeling really emotional, extremely fatigued, breaking out…pretty much the same as I’ve always felt from it but on a different level. Soooo…because they couldn’t find it, I had to have some sort of procedure where they numb me. Not too excited about that but I just wanted it out. Today was a success but now to wait and see if I experience the dreaded Mirena crash. Look for my follow up post. More to come!