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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.

why I took out my mirena IUD. Side effects of my mirena iud. Removing my IUDFast 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.

And finally…

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 forwhy I took out my mirena IUD. Side effects of my mirena iud. Removing my IUD 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!


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  • Margaret

    Oh my gosh, this sounds like you have had a horrible experience! I am glad that I read this because I have thought about getting an IUD instead of continuing to use hormonal birth control pills. I read a lot of mixed reviews about IUDS. I am so sorry that you had to endure such a horrible experience with it. I don’t think any form of birth control should ever give you horrible side effects, but apparently our bodies just don’t like the foreign invaders. I hope your procedure goes well, and that you find a better method.

  • Kirsten @ ObtainingBliss.com

    Great post about all the side effects that birth control can have. Not just Mirena. I got Mirena right after my youngest was born (he’s 9 now). The first year or so was great for me. Then I started getting stomach pains like I had never felt. Went into the dr and they told me I had an ovarian cyst. But it wasn’t very big and they weren’t worried about it. I’d just have to deal with it. I a few cysts here and there through the following years and one night I all the sudden felt a pop and then followed by excruciating pain. Felt like I was in labor. With cramping and everything. I went to the emergency room and they discovered that I had an ovarian cyst that burst. By that time, nothing they could do, just gave me some pain meds to deal with it. All through this process, they never said anything about the cysts being caused by the IUD, they said it was more than likely due to stress, which I was going through a separation and divorce at the time – so yeah, super stressful. Fast forward to when it was time for me to remove it. I decided to get another one, because it was awesome not having my period, no cramping and no other side effects besides the sporratic cysts. Got the 2nd IUD inserted. Everything was great for a few months. Then multiple cysts. So I decided to get it removed because I couldn’t do the cysts anymroe. The dr went to remove it and just like you, couldn’t find it. So I had to be put under to have it removed.

    I have found that not only has Mirena caused issues, every other form of birth control I’ve had issues with. It causes a serious hormonal imbalance that just isn’t natural and I’m now of the belief that birth control does far more harm than good. My hubby recently got snipped so I am so close to being birth control free and I seriously cannot wait.

    • jmillera

      Kirsten, I am so sorry to hear that! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I agree with you on the hormonal imbalance. After my ordeal, my husband got clipped too and I’ve been feeling sooooo much better these last few months! Take care <3

  • Kurt

    Could you inform me what theme are you utilizing on your website?
    It looks nice.

    • jmillera

      Thanks! It’s the Jupiter Theme.

  • goodhealth-goodlife.com

    Here’s some good news for every woman with an IUD even if you had a rough time with insertion, removal will probably not be as bad.

  • Nadine Sandee

    Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m thinking about getting it removed this week. I’ve had my IUD for a year now and almost like clock work my mental health has gone crazy. Anxiety, depression, mood swings, loss of interest and weight gain 🙁 I’m going to see what she says but I think being off birth control for a little bit might help to just make my body normal again. My husband and I aren’t ready to have kids though so I’m a little worried about having a child.

  • Barb

    Hi Ladies, I have a question about this horrible device. Since I just got mine in, not even a month. I have already started to undergo some stupid experiences from this. I was put on this to control my fibroids and heavy bleeding because the gynaecologist refused to listen to me, that half my mother and grandmother suffered with this and had hysterectomies by age 40. I am 37. Anyway today is the last straw I went to the washroom I had a huge bowel moment ( I know TMI) and went pee but was wiping a way little tiny pieces of metal. Know I know the Marina doesn’t used metal in the actual b
    Part inserted in the vagina but is there any on the string? Where would this metal becoming from? Does any one know is this normal the gynaecologist is removing it as soon as I see them on my follow up appointment for all different reasons but this reason especially I don’t know what to make of this? Any advice did you ladies come across this?

  • dawn

    Thank you for this article! I experienced the exact same things. In addition, I was breastfeeding when I had mine put in. I asked if it would hurt my milk supply and I was told no. Guess what? Yep, my milk dried up completely over the next several months despite taking all the natural supplements that are supposed to increase milk supply. I had BF my two previous children without any supply problems. My daughter BF for over two years! But with my last one i couldn’t even make it to 9 months. I’ve had it in for almost 2 years and I’ve gained so much weight! I’m going to try to have it taken out ASAP.

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