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January 7, 2012 2:19 PM
I had minimal problems with my Eirena for the first 2.5 years. But around year 3I I started gaining MASSIVE amounts of weight. I have acne 20 times worse than I did in high school. It WILL NOT go away and I have tried nearly everything including prescription treatments. Since last year when weight gain started I went from 150, healthy for me, to a whopping 220 pounds!! And I keep getting bigger! Tried dieting, changing my whole diet, supplements, and excersize. Nothing is working.

I have friends at work. Who told me it was my mirena and they had the same problems with it. Apparently my friends sister lost the weight after taking it out.

I am getting it removed Tuesday.

Hope this helps.
January 7, 2012 2:38 PM
Just picked up in this thread..I had the mirena put in last sept after trying the implant n I love it. My periods have stopped, I don't suffer bloating, cramps or headaches like I used to every month n I haven't put on weight through it. In fact I've noticed I don't crave the same amount of rubbish I used to each month so its been easier for me. I also had it put in 2 yrs after my youngest was born so my hormones were back to normal. Like others have said before me tho, we're all different and what works for one won't work for another x
January 19, 2012 4:41 PM
Wanted to bump this thread... I had my mirena removed after 5 years of weight gain, mood swings, worsening of bipolar 2 disorder, fatigue, etc. After much thought I finally tracked it all back to the mirena -- wish I had figured it out sooner. However I was hoping the weight would FINALLY start to come off after removal... it really has not yet (of course my diet and exercise has been terrible, since I became fairly depressed after seeing no results). For you ladies who had bad experiences with mirena, did you have your hormone levels checked after removal? I only recently got insurance again and have not had a chance to see a doctor in several years (paid cash for the removal) so have not had any tests run. From what I have read, it seems that the mirena made me go into an estrogen dominant/almost premenopausal state. Did anyone else have this experience?
  3785495
January 19, 2012 4:42 PM
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I had minimal problems with my Eirena for the first 2.5 years. But around year 3I I started gaining MASSIVE amounts of weight. I have acne 20 times worse than I did in high school. It WILL NOT go away and I have tried nearly everything including prescription treatments. Since last year when weight gain started I went from 150, healthy for me, to a whopping 220 pounds!! And I keep getting bigger! Tried dieting, changing my whole diet, supplements, and excersize. Nothing is working.

I have friends at work. Who told me it was my mirena and they had the same problems with it. Apparently my friends sister lost the weight after taking it out.

I am getting it removed Tuesday.

Hope this helps.


BBKitten I had many of the same problems -- my weight gain happened in spurts too. NOTHING helped. NOTHING! I think the mirena combined with a bipolar medication really messed me up. Have you noticed any difference yet?
  3785495
January 19, 2012 4:59 PM
I had been on birth control pills since I was 17 and then in 2008 when I was 26 I had the mirena (5 yr) put in. I have not had any kids and had never had any cramps with my period. When I was on the pill I always knew when my period would show up and it was usually light and only lasted about 3 days.
After I had the mirena put in the first 3 months I had really bad cramping and off and on periods. I thought about taking it out, but I decided to stick with it. After 4 months my periods stopped and the cramping stopped. A year later when I went to see the doctor I questioned her about weight gain and she said it would not be from the mirena. It has to be removed in Oct of 2013 since it will be 5 years then. I plan on having a child in about 1-2 years so well see.
January 29, 2012 3:57 AM
I had it at 23 before ever having kids. Still got it 3 years later. I had pains but no weight gain. No side effects.

There maybe a connection between having it post shild birth and the hormones?

I see similarities in stories about uncontrollable weight, moods, sleep extra hair growth but all post childbirth insertion.

I can't blame my weight on my mirena
  13032745
February 13, 2012 7:33 PM
UPDATE:

It has been around 5 weeks or so since I got my mirena removed. So far I am a long way still away from my weight loss goal. However, I have noticed one VERY big difference. I have NO MORE ACNE!! My face is healing and I already feel better about myself. Another thing, I have stopped GAINING weight. I still see some of the mood swings, but after nearly four years, I can imaging my hormone levels are still off. Have not had any periods yet either. I have seen a slight increase in energy, and have actually been able to go for and hour long walk here and there. Sure hope my energy comes back. I used to walk 3 miles or more per day.

I am absolutely positive that it was my mirena. I don't care what my doctor said. They say that herbal suppliments are bad too. Sometimes (though not always, I know) they are just trying to find a solution to put cash in their pocket.

Anyway, I hope this is helpful. I plan to keep updating this as I see new changes. I also have before pictures and will get some after pictures once I start to lose weight. Good luck everyone.
February 13, 2012 7:43 PM
I have the copper iud (no hormones) and it works great!
  9161324
February 17, 2012 10:39 AM
I am so glad I found this thread! I don't feel so alone.

I decided to go with the Mirena because so many people I knew loved it. I wasn't on any birth control when I got pregnant with my daughter (condoms are not reliable! embarassed ) I have always done really badly with hormonal BC (can we say crazy wench!). So I decided that the low hormones would be good for me.

I really did not think any of my symptoms were due to the Mirena. I had chalked everything up to being a new Mom. Now that I can step back and see...it all started after the Mirena was inserted.

The weight gain: I had actually been losing the baby weight and was only 25 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. Then I had the Mirena put in...20 pound gain very suddenly and then another 15 through out the year. I too began counting my calories again and working out and am not seeing ANY results. The scale actually goes up! It is enough to drive someone insane. Especially when I had lost 50+ pounds previously with MFP and counting calories and working out.

Exhaustion: I steadily have become more and more exhausted. No matter how much I work out (which used to energize me) no matter what time I go to sleep or how long I sleep. At first I attributed that to the new baby. I was lucky though, she started sleeping through the night pretty early on and is a very good sleeper. So I realized quickly that was not really the cause of that.

Depression: I wouldn't really say I am 'depressed' but I am certainly not happy go lucky. I am a shadow of the woman I was. I am incapable of getting excited about ANYTHING. I am getting married in less than 3 months, I am finding it hard to get excited about it. It is not wedding stress, we are having a very low key wedding and everything is already paid for and in place. And it is not he man, I am marrying the most wonderful man and could not be more sure of that. Yet, here I am just "blah" all of the time.

Uterine Pain: Oh my gosh, It hurts! All the time! Especially after the deed. My doctor said my uterus is just sensitive after having the baby. Ummm, she is almost two, I would think my body would be healed by now. But no, it actually gets worse.

Which brings us to...Libido: None existent. Which is not like me at all. (and I will admit the weight gain plays a part in that, it is hard to feel sexy when you feel like a whale. But again I have an amazing man who somehow still finds me irresisitable and tells me how sexy I am every day. And I still can't get in the mood.

Acne: Yep, like a teenager.

Back pain: I attributed it to giving birth...again here we are almost 2 years later and I have done a ton of core strength work and even sit on an activity ball at work instead of my desk chair...still not relief.

Heart Palpitations: Scary! Luckily those went away

Just an overall feeling like crap feeling every single day. I have explained it ...how your body feels when you are about to start your period, the achy, bloated, moody person...every single day of every month.

It has made me realize that a cycle is a good thing. I never thought I would miss my period but I want it back! I want the natural cycle of it. The week where I feel damn good (ovulation when we feel sexy and are appealing to the opposite sex laugh ) I miss that.

So I have an appointment to get the wretched thing removed in 1 week. This post gives me hope that my body will be mine again and my exercise and eating right may actually start seeing some results! drinker
February 17, 2012 11:57 AM
Nevermind... flowerforyou
Edited by darkrider42 On February 17, 2012 12:01 PM
February 17, 2012 12:00 PM
I gained 13 pounds the 4 years I used Mirena and was very active love the gym. I had it taken out last summer. It takes about 6 months for your hormones to go back to normal. I have now lost 10 pounds in the last 6 weeks and am very excited for this summer to finally be fit again!
  14712265
February 17, 2012 12:11 PM
I am scheduled to get an IUD on Friday Feb 24th and after reading all this I am not sure what to do!!! I cannot take any pills because I am breast feeding. I could take a small dose of progesterone but it made me sick when I was breastfeeding my son. Ugh...decisions decisions!
  17594844
February 17, 2012 12:11 PM
This is very interesting to me because I had a few friends who had the IUD and LOST weight while on it, without having to do anything, and I was like "oh wow thats awesome I can't wait to get mine".....so I did, I've had it almost 2 years and have gained about 40 lbs, I'm sure not all it due to the IUD, but I was wondering if it had something to do with it. So I finally decided it's time to loose, i have about 100 lbs to loose all together, and I have been counting every calorie going in and out of my body. so i waited a week to step on the scale to find out I gained 3 lbs.!!!! I'm still at it , excercise every day, but would have thought that with this much weight to loose, i would have seen at least 1 lb lost, and def. did not expect a gain of 3 lbs!, so I'm wondering, if it continues on this way, i may just have to have it taken out and see if it makes a difference.
February 17, 2012 12:14 PM
FYI it was like the weight was put on over night, I felt like I woke up one day and my pants just wouldn't fit! like immediatly!
February 17, 2012 1:55 PM
QUOTE:

This is very interesting to me because I had a few friends who had the IUD and LOST weight while on it, without having to do anything, and I was like "oh wow thats awesome I can't wait to get mine".....so I did, I've had it almost 2 years and have gained about 40 lbs, I'm sure not all it due to the IUD, but I was wondering if it had something to do with it. So I finally decided it's time to loose, i have about 100 lbs to loose all together, and I have been counting every calorie going in and out of my body. so i waited a week to step on the scale to find out I gained 3 lbs.!!!! I'm still at it , excercise every day, but would have thought that with this much weight to loose, i would have seen at least 1 lb lost, and def. did not expect a gain of 3 lbs!, so I'm wondering, if it continues on this way, i may just have to have it taken out and see if it makes a difference.


I did countless hours of research and countless women have had the same issues! What Mirena does is "tricks" your body into thinking you are pregnant. I was loosing hair in the shower just like when I was pregnant. My 13lb weight gain was all in my bells, butt and hips just like when I was pregnant. I actually had 2 people ask me if I was pregnant I weighed 150 and 5'5". It was embarassing and ridiculous. The average gain with it is 20lb in the 5 year IUD plan. I gained 13 in 4 years but was working out alot during that time with NO weight loss!
  14712265
February 17, 2012 2:15 PM
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I've gotta say, I LOVE my mirena. I didn't gain weight because of it. I gained weight because I was a Fatty McFatFat and ate everything in sight. I also haven't had any problems losing weight. I love the fact that I don't have periods with it, too. I never worry about TOM weight/bloating. [:



^^ This
February 17, 2012 5:36 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I've gotta say, I LOVE my mirena. I didn't gain weight because of it. I gained weight because I was a Fatty McFatFat and ate everything in sight. I also haven't had any problems losing weight. I love the fact that I don't have periods with it, too. I never worry about TOM weight/bloating. [:



^^ This


^^This for me too! I have had my Mirena for 5 years, it's time for it to come out and I plan to make an appt. to have it removed and a new one placed soon.
  14900344
February 18, 2012 4:23 AM
I was obese when I got my Mirena in five years ago at the age of 36. I had had three children. I used to have really heavy periods with cramping and they would last at least a week or more each month. I had some spotting a a bit of mild cramping after the Mirena was inserted but this went away after a month or so.
I got the Mirena in 2007 and in 2008/9 I lost over 40 kilos with no trouble.
In the years that followed insertion my periods became milder and milder. I now have one or two days a month where I get some discharge but I would call it spotting only. I no longer get cramps.
I gained back some of the lost weight in the last 12 months because I was a lazy bum and ate too much. I am now losing the weight steadily with little hassle.

I get some acne at TTOM usually in the same spot on my chin.

My sex drive is the best it has been in years. I am 41.

I am exhausted at times but that's because of my current work and family life commitments. I work full time, have three kids and a new husband with his own kids.

My Mirena is due for replacement next month. I am definitely getting another one.
February 22, 2012 6:08 AM
I am glad to see these posts as I have been really frustrated. I got mine inserted in January and have gained almost 10 lbs. Some due to diet but it has not changed THAT much. I have not been strictly logging, but I am starting that today and committing for at least a week to see if there is a difference. I am going to my general physician for a physical tomorrow and plan to discuss this as well. I worked out for 45 min yesterday, ate yogurt and granol for lunch and chicken fajitas for dinner and gained a pound!
  3701921
February 22, 2012 7:53 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I've gotta say, I LOVE my mirena. I didn't gain weight because of it. I gained weight because I was a Fatty McFatFat and ate everything in sight. I also haven't had any problems losing weight. I love the fact that I don't have periods with it, too. I never worry about TOM weight/bloating. [:



^^ This


Well, that is wonderful for you. I have gained weight because of poor food choices but I know my body well enough and have lost weight successfully enough in the past to know something is wrong here.

Every woman is different every woman reacts to birth control differently. To insuiate that someone is a "Fatty McFatFat" because they are having issues is rude.
February 22, 2012 7:55 AM
And just a though on how every one is different...some people can lose weight by skipping breakfast. Others will blow up if they skip meals and throw their metabolism off.
February 22, 2012 7:57 AM
From what I've been told by doctors-and heard from others-a weight gain of 5 lbs or less is normal. It's best to evaluate your eating habits before jumping to conclusions. That being said, if you genuinely feel you've tried EVERYTHING and given it time to work-I'd go see a doc.

I had mine put in right after having my daughter, whom I gained 40 pounds with.
  11794816
February 22, 2012 11:24 PM
I am so glad to have found this thread!

I am working out harder than before I had it inserted and am eating healthier but my weight is standing still.

OMG my mood swings are insane! I have a wonderful husband but I keep finding myself fighting with him, and my kids drive me crazy even though they are very good and pleasant.

My skin is ok, not having huge flare ups but it is not as good as it was before.

I too am exhausted constantly. I first thought it was the kids (1 and 4) but after reading these posts am now certain it is the Mirena.

I have my annual gynaevisit tomorrow and am going to discuss removal of it with her then.
February 23, 2012 4:14 AM
I have had mine for about 9 months and no problems. I currently weigh the same as when I had it inserted, although I have fluctuated by 4kgs (I think that is nearly 8 pounds?) over the time. However, I have also struggled with knee problems in this period so my exercise routine was pretty much no existent. Since I started making an effort, I lost the 4 kgs easily. Working to lose more of what I had to start with now.

I never had any problems before I had it inserted and only minor cramping and periods for a couple of months. I can't remember the last time I had a period and am very happy with that element. No acne, no depression, no mood swings, no problems at all.

I love this and will probably have it replaced when my 5 years is up. I don't have any kids and don't plan to have any. I know these things affect different people differently, but also wonder (as previously commented) if the fact that someone has had children changes the way it affects you.

Saying that, if it is obviously not working for you, get rid of it. For those considering it, remember there are a lot of people who are happy and you may end up being one of them...
  8794035
February 23, 2012 2:11 PM
QUOTE:

I have had mine for about 9 months and no problems. I currently weigh the same as when I had it inserted, although I have fluctuated by 4kgs (I think that is nearly 8 pounds?) over the time. However, I have also struggled with knee problems in this period so my exercise routine was pretty much no existent. Since I started making an effort, I lost the 4 kgs easily. Working to lose more of what I had to start with now.

I never had any problems before I had it inserted and only minor cramping and periods for a couple of months. I can't remember the last time I had a period and am very happy with that element. No acne, no depression, no mood swings, no problems at all.

I love this and will probably have it replaced when my 5 years is up. I don't have any kids and don't plan to have any. I know these things affect different people differently, but also wonder (as previously commented) if the fact that someone has had children changes the way it affects you.

Saying that, if it is obviously not working for you, get rid of it. For those considering it, remember there are a lot of people who are happy and you may end up being one of them...


Ya know, I wonder if the kid thing is a big factor in someone having issues. Most people that I have seen say they have issues are people that have kids.

And most definitely, I am not suggesting anyone not get it if they feel it will be a good fit for them.I have several female friends that love theirs and have had 0 issues. I on the other hand, we know our bodies pretty well and a lot of women that are having issues just don't think about it being the Mirena because it has been bashed over our heads that it does not have side effects. Well, it is unrealistic to think that any form of birth control won't have side effects for some people. Listen to your body and talk to your doctor. flowerforyou

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