MIrena Coil and weight gain!!!!!! Anyone else have it?

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allthegirls Fri 04-Nov-05 08:19:50

Hi

I have had the mirena coil for just over a year now and have put on massive amounts of weight!! I have put on around 1 1/2 stone!!!!!! I go to the gym at least 3 times a week but try to go 4. i do a hard work out for an hour and am actually quite fit for a fatty!! But what is really annoying is the fact that despite all this I never seem to lose weight. Infact it is the oppposite the pounds just seem to creep on. It is really getting me down now. Has anyone else had the same problems with the mirena coil? I am going to get an appointment with the doctors hopefully next week but just wanted to hear from anyone else who may of had the same problems!

rickman Fri 04-Nov-05 10:58:39

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Superblastofflips Fri 04-Nov-05 11:00:16

as you go to the gym... sounds like youve turn your fat into muscle maybe??

winnie Fri 04-Nov-05 11:01:24

I thought I'd put on weight because of the coil and everyone tells me it is not possible. There is a thread here somewhere.

winnie Fri 04-Nov-05 11:10:31
mymama Fri 04-Nov-05 11:13:00

Don't know about the coil but I found when I was on the Depoprovera injection for contraception I gained heaps of weight because it made me hungry all of the time. I ate healthy and exercised but was eating far too much. Maybe the coil has same affect.

Loobz Sun 06-Nov-05 01:22:44

Yep and couldn't lose it - no matter how good I'd been. Got it taken out and weight has come off okay!!!

linnywith2 Sun 06-Nov-05 14:57:54

have had mirena since june 04 and cant say it influenced my weight honestly..
having said that i do (did) have a weight problem and joined weight watchers in april this year and lost 35lbs and am now a gold member..
maybe its your diet?
i know from past experience that no matter how hard you work out you still need to watch your food intake.. last year i was playing football, training HARD 3 times a week and couldnt shift a pound.. know its prob not what you wanted to hear allthegirls..

louise35 Sun 06-Nov-05 22:20:58

Hi, I was just about to put a post on the lighter life thread and I spotted this one. I had the miena put in 7 weeks ago, about 3 days before I started the lighter life diet. So far it has not affected my weight as far as I know. I had lost 25 pounds up until last week, at a rate of around 4 pound per week then last week I had only lost 1 pound. I am beginning to wonder if the effect of the mirena is finally catching up and my weight loss is starting to slow down. If my weight loss stops altogether then I know tht the mirena has started to effect me. I will keep you posted. If you check the thread about the mirena I think you will find that there are lots of ladies who have gained weight and lost it again when the mirena has been removed. Apparently, most of the weight gain is supposed to be water, thats why is supposedly comes straight off when the coil is removed. Hope this helps, Louise.

poppyseed Sun 06-Nov-05 22:25:46

I've had the mirena for around a year now. I've recently lost a stone with WW and the gym so am now my thinnest for nearly 7 years . Don't honestly think that the mirena made me put on weight - more like the biscuits if I'm honest . What I do notice though is that I can fluctuate up to 4/5 pounds over the month due to water retention that I never had before.

amandaf Tue 20-Mar-07 16:07:16

sorry, harping on about mirena again... now im getting migraines at least twice a week, after having had about 10 in 35 years. went to my doctor who told me it cant be down to the mirena. i also mentioned that i cant lose even a pound in weight, now weighin 14.5 stones, last july i was 12 stone. he said this had nothing to do with mirena either, he's put me on betablockers to prevent migraine.
is it me or is there something looking like side affects????

bellarosa Wed 21-Mar-07 21:03:15

I also have a mirena and have found that the weight has gone steadily up since having it put in in august despite increased exercise/ dieting. am about to have it taken out on thursday so will keep you posted as to any eight changes!

I have heard that some women get very moody and experience headaches as side effects All the info about mirena is very iffy about specific side effects, but because it has a hormone release in it then it is similar to the pill and therefor similar side effects can be expected.

hormonedebbie Sat 15-Mar-08 21:40:32

I had the minena coil fitted in Dec 07 due to heavy periods. I have gained about 5 lbs I have terrible mood swings and my breast become really painful before a period.
Some time i get really low. My periods are not has heavy I can go out when I have them now but they are slight longer than before.
Im going to stick with it for another 3 months that's if I haven't killed anyone by then!!!

hormonedebbie Sat 15-Mar-08 21:40:56

I had the minena coil fitted in Dec 07 due to heavy periods. I have gained about 5 lbs I have terrible mood swings and my breast become really painful before a period.
Some time i get really low. My periods are not has heavy I can go out when I have them now but they are slight longer than before.
Im going to stick with it for another 3 months that's if I haven't killed anyone by then!!!

Ags Sat 15-Mar-08 21:53:29

Hi, I had Mirena fitted in Sept. Did not notice any weight gain that I could not attribute to eating too much food! grin Joined weight watchers in JAn and have lost weight, as expected, since then. As a serial dieter, I know how much weight I can lose when I diet and Mirena does not seem to have affected my ability to lose weight at all. Also have no side effects apart from really long light periods. I see this as an improvement from really long heavy periods! When I read all the information about Mirena, it does seem as if every single side effect is possible so it is not surprising that it affects people differently. Sorry you are having a hard time with the weight gain.

Ags Sat 15-Mar-08 21:53:31

Hi, I had Mirena fitted in Sept. Did not notice any weight gain that I could not attribute to eating too much food! grin Joined weight watchers in JAn and have lost weight, as expected, since then. As a serial dieter, I know how much weight I can lose when I diet and Mirena does not seem to have affected my ability to lose weight at all. Also have no side effects apart from really long light periods. I see this as an improvement from really long heavy periods! When I read all the information about Mirena, it does seem as if every single side effect is possible so it is not surprising that it affects people differently. Sorry you are having a hard time with the weight gain.

Ags Sat 15-Mar-08 21:54:24

Sorry, dh threw remote control and I lurched to try and catch it, missed but managed to post twice!

MrsThierryHenry Sun 23-Mar-08 23:40:12

I had the mirena for about 5 years and I definitely noticed an increased weight gain. It apparently does affect your appetite, and the instructions that come with it do say so. I couldn't find the instructions online, but the v reliable netdoctor website should help (scroll down to near the bottom): www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100001706.html

Some people experience weight gain and some just don't. Could be a metabolism thing - who knows?

sammic Tue 03-Jun-08 11:58:03

Hi, Ive put this message on other sites as there seems to be many probs with the Merina. Thought it would be helpful for others to here about my probs, if anything to make others realise ther're not on their own. Hope it helps!

I cant believe what Ive read about the side effects! Ill tell my story - as the stories ive read on other sites have certainly helped me and I didnt even realise I needed help!

For about 8 years now Ive put on nearly 4 stone - put it down to turning 30 and also still to this day blame it on pregnancy weight (my youngest son is now 9!).

Ive suffered bad back pain - doctor said on many occasions that is muscular, ive put down to weight gain.

Mood swings - and depression 6 years ago - tablets given and I think went away - I can never be sure really! Even the Dog knows not to approach me in the mornings! Didnt think I was still depressed just put it down to two beautiful but demanding, moaning children and an unreasonable boyfriend who doesnt do as I say!

Worst of all have been the Migraines, theyve been horrific. Never suffered them before being 30 so blamed all my ailments on age and change in lifestyle! Doctor perscribed me stronger tablets, which I am popping like smarties. Im constantly getting my eyes tested thinking it must be that. Im even scheduled to have a heart scan because she has now informed me that Migraines can be caused by Heart Palpitations!!!!!?????

After my first child (now 12) I had the Copper IUD Coil - no hormones involved, all was fine but decided to have have child No2 (now 9)so had it removed. The second birth caused many problems (he weighed 10 lbs but anoyingly he is now very stick thin!), including stress incontenence so had to have an op to correct things. My Gyno informed me after the op that she also found endometriosis (i wasnt aware of it!) and she cleared that and fitted the Merina, apparently keeps it at bay. Great, wanted another coil fitted so saved me the agro. I wasnt aware at the time that there were different coils.

3 years on I needed another op and again while I was under she renewed the Merina for me. So I have now had the 2nd one in for about 5 years. Ive been thinking lately that it must need changing, hence why I googled to find any info and came across this website.

I thought the Merina was the best thing ever until I read the stories! Havent had a period for 8 years, never suffered from heavy periods before but it was still a lovely break! But that was the only advantage I had.

All of a sudden it dawned on me - could almost see the tumbleweed go by! Weight gain, bad back, awful migraines (sickness and bedridden for 2 days sometimes) and mood swings so bad that the father of my children is no longer around! God I hope he doesnt see this, after all the heartache it could be down to the Merina! Anyway, new life and happy now - I think!!!

Im due for a smear next week and am seriously considering having it removed, give my body a break. Problem being Im not good with the pill and am not sure what else to do? Ive gently put this question to my long term boyfriend who obviously couldnt come up with a suggestion so, even more gently, asked him how he felt about the snip (nasty of me I know, but had to rule all possibilities out before I decided!!!) Well he instantly clutched his 3 piece and I thought he was about to cry! "You cant take my manhood away, thats barbaric, you might as well crush them with 2 bricks!"

Trust me, his reaction nearly had me running out to the garden to find some! Anyway, Ive now realised perhaps Im asking too much, maybe Ill try the IUD copper coil again.

I had never connected my ailments to the Merina. Will see what the nurse says next week, but im 99% sure its gonna come out.

So fingers crossed by next year ill be 3 stone lighter, migraine free, backache free and a bit more happier in the mornings!!

Failing that, Ill go on an even stricter diet which will hopefully get rid of the backache, keep popping the migraine pills, change the boyfriend to one that doesnt have an opinion and look into sending the kids to a sweatshop somewhere in India!

Joking aside though, thanks to everyone who has posted msgs regarding the Merina, good or bad, but Im looking foward to maybe starting life again with a painfree happy smile on my face. Wish me Luck!!!

gingernutlover Tue 03-Jun-08 12:08:46

hi i've had mirena since last autumn and although havent really put on any wieght i am finding it very very hard to lose any at all and keep it off not sure if this is the mirena or the fact that i have lost wieght in the past and now have the last stpone to go - which everyone says is notoriously difficult

i have found i have terrible pmt/pms now though, to the point where i reaLLY THOUGHt i was going back downt he route of pnd, am taking evening primrose but because my cycle ha sbecome a bit unpredictable i am fiding it hard to decide when to take higher dose you meant to have befpore your periood

budrose Tue 03-Jun-08 17:31:42

i had my mirena fitted a few months ago and, having been exactly same weight for last 15 years (apart from during two pregnancies), i have put on five pounds which i cannot shift. i have also developed bizarre cravings for sugary food which i cannot control. has there been any proper long-term research done on this thing? or are doctors so pleased with the improvements in heavy periods and dramatic fall in no of hysterectomies as result of mirena they dont really care about a few more tubby women about the place?

mumoftwo37 Tue 03-Jun-08 17:36:18

I had one put in in Sept - put on half a stone. Had terrible migraines and pmt so the doctor took it out 3 weeks ago - I have lost the weight and don't feel as bloated so I am glad it is gone. The only problem is I have been bleeding heavily for the last two weeks, the doctor thinks this is to do with my body and hormones having to readjust.

sammic Wed 04-Jun-08 12:37:49

hi mumoftwo37

Pleased to hear things are almost back to normal for you. Apparently you do bleed heavily after but will settle down. Ive read on another site that because the coil produced the hormones needed, your body eased up on producing them and now that the coil is out and not producing them your body needs time to adjust so that it can start producing again. Ive also heard that during this period you may feel 'a bit down' due to lack of hormones.

Hope the good changes continue for you, and I hope that because ive had a mirena for nearly 9 years now that I dont get 9 years worth of bleeding!!

Kernewek Sun 06-Jul-08 19:39:06

Hi. I have the mirena fitted October 2007. In the first 2 weeks I gained around 5lbs in weight, which is very unusual for me as during the winter months I am usually 1/2 stone lighter than in the summer months. By January 2008 I had noticed that I had gained 1 stone and went to see my doctor, she said that the hormone in the Merina is so small it would not make a difference to my weight and put it down to Xmas overeating! I am now almost 2 stone heavier and 2 dress sizes bigger than I was a year ago - I eat healthily and exercise daily. I went back to the doctor this week and she is still claiming it is not the Mirena. I have spots, headaches and weight gain - I am thoroughly depressed with the Mirena. My periods are also more painful and prolonged. Should I switch to a Copper Coil?

Kernewek Sun 06-Jul-08 19:39:08

Hi. I have the mirena fitted October 2007. In the first 2 weeks I gained around 5lbs in weight, which is very unusual for me as during the winter months I am usually 1/2 stone lighter than in the summer months. By January 2008 I had noticed that I had gained 1 stone and went to see my doctor, she said that the hormone in the Merina is so small it would not make a difference to my weight and put it down to Xmas overeating! I am now almost 2 stone heavier and 2 dress sizes bigger than I was a year ago - I eat healthily and exercise daily. I went back to the doctor this week and she is still claiming it is not the Mirena. I have spots, headaches and weight gain - I am thoroughly depressed with the Mirena. My periods are also more painful and prolonged. Should I switch to a Copper Coil?

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