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Mirena coil and depression/anxiety?(131 Posts)
Has anyone else using the mirena coil experienced side effects such as 'brain fog', depression and anxiety?
I had mine put in at the beginning of 2004, and since then I have been incapacitated by depression and anxiety. I've always been prone to depression and anxiety, so I put it down to some traumatic life events over the last few years, but I have never been this unwell for this long. I have mentioned the possibility that the Mirena may be a factor to several health professionals, only to be told that it can't possibly have anything to do with my mental health since the progesterone level is much lower than that of the pill. However, I've come across a recent research study that found hormone levels to be double that of the minipill!
Having done some research on the internet I can see that thousands of women are reporting side effects from the Mirena, some of them very serious. In a lot of cases these symptoms have disappeared or lessened greatly after having the thing removed. Some women are taking legal action against the manufacturers and the FDA (in the US).
I've made an appointment to have mine removed next week. It'll be very interesting to see what difference it makes (if any!). If I make a miraculous recovery I'll be relieved, but also furious that this supposedly harmless device has effectively ruined my capacity to cope with life for four years.
I could be barking up the wrong tree, but thought it worth posting to see if anyone else has had similar experiences with Mirena.
there have been lots of threads about this on here - try searching under health.
I have also had my merina coil for 4 years since 2004 and I have funnily enough had depression and anxiety since then which I thought was due to major life events!! I dont want to blame the merina but I have never suffered from anxiety before having this fitted. I am going to make an appointment to get mine taken out aswell. Id rather have heavy periods than anxiety!!! So it will be interesting to see if my moods change after taking it out, and will report back!!!
I have had mine since nov 2005, and I have to admit, I am more 'foggy' than I ever used to be, and I was very low for the first 6mths (I begged them to take it out I felt so crap, but they insisted as I had been so ill with endo previously).
I am now not as bad, but I do take st.johns wort now to help with my moods, and DH says my PMT is worse than it ever was (altho, three teen/pre-teen girls in the house.....their hormones are not helping!).
I am due mine out in a year, so I will be very intrigued to know if it does make a difference to my moods.
i have a history of PND and after becoming suicidal on the mini-pill, there's no way i will touch progesten-based contraception again in my life.
i'm pushing for sterilisation instead.
Yes, anxiety and depression just some of my bad side effects.
Hi Molesworth,yes have also had feelings of depression and anxiety with mirena for last 2 years.I felt a bit jittery days after it went in and hoped it would settle down.I then had some tramatic life events too and following these woke early in the mornings in a nervous panic I had never experienced before.This has passed now but still find my feelings more intense than before and my mood changes throughout the day.Hope you feel better now.
I have had it for 4months now and am feeling very low. I am having an awful time with my husband at the moment and normally I can cope with anything, but I feel so drained and weepy, do you think I should see the doctor and mention the connection with the coil? (I am juggling 3 kids under 5 and a husband with depression!)
My advice would be go ahead and take it out. I have come to discover any hormonal contraception affects me in this way. Whatever you do make sure you get something else sorted, a baby would make your feelings worse! My GP pushed me to have Mirena and I stood my ground and had a copper coil. So glad I did!!
If you don't feel better in a couple of weeks, see your GP. You may need more help. Good luck X
I had a coil fitted 3 and a half years ago, it really hurt being put in but, I never had a single period once it was in and that was the only perk to having the Mirena.
I started to suffer from panic attacks whenever I had to go to a party, wedding & even my daughters christening! then it was the supermarket, kids parties, everywhere. Because my second daughter was only a couple of months old, the doctors put it down to PND as I had this after my first daughter. I was told that the anxitey was just another way of it coming out?
I accepted this & was given anti d's & beta blockers for the panic attacks. Unfortunately the anti d's reacted really badly & whilst I was on holiday I started to have awful panic attacks to the point where I couldn't get out of bed without wanting to go to the toilet or be sick. I was also having suicidal feelings! Not good. I called the doctor who advised me to stop taking them straight away, which I did but, to continue with the beta blockers.
I tried to continue just on the beta blockers but, it was no good. Eventually we found the right anti d's to go with the beta blockers & I plodded along nicely for a couple of years. Eventually I felt ready to come off the tablets which I did as recommended by the doctor & drugs co. I was fine for a couple of weeks but, gradually went downhill & felt very low. The doctor put me straight back onto the tablets & said I'd need to take them for at least another year.
It wasn't until I'd spoken to a friend about this that the coil even came up. She said that 2 of her friends had the mirena inserted & began to suffer from depression which stopped once removed!
I started to look at these forums & couldn't believe how many woman have suffered like me.
I had my coil taken out 2 weeks ago & have felt much calmer, I've not had a period yet but, am really praying that the anxiety disappears. Does anybody know how long it takes for the hormones to get out of your system?
I'd love to know how others have got on after removal & what to expect xx
Hi there, I too have endometriosis and had the coil fitted 5 years ago, to begin with (for the first 6 months) i was still having a nightmare with period/pains/moods etc. but after that time things chilled out a bit and was fine until the last year of having it (which is this year) where i felt it was (if they do?) 'wearing out' so all of the symptons came back, went to the doctors to get taken out but they had put too large a size (i didn't know you even got different sizes!) in me so was sooooo painful when they took it out but was a short, sharp pain! I have had another put in as far too scared of what will happen if I don't (i have tried every pill known to mankind and they never worked at all!) and although my periods and the cramps have got a lot better my mood swings are terrible so am going back to doctor today but feel they don't really know what to do either!?! (especially listening to everyone else on here!). I recommend trying this for people with endometriosis for the fact that it allowed me to get on with a 'normal' life but i suppose like with anything, you have to take the rough with the smooth and weigh out the pros and cons! :0)
Mine has only effected my moods in it's 4th year. For 4 years I have had no periods, no pmt and most importantly no endemetroisis!
However, in the last 6 mths my periods have started to return as have my mood swings - the dr explained it's because the hormone is wearing out so localised to the womb - still an effective contraceptive, but none of the lovely (for me) side effects.
Sounds bad for you
I had mine taken out in November but had to go to a FPC clinic to have it removed as my GP wouldnt do it - GP refused to believe it had caused depression & anxiety. I can't say I've been fine since it was taken out but am a lot better than when I had it. It was recommended by my GP because I reacted badly to hormones in the pill & she said it was a MUCH lower dose, however dr at FPC told me the does is like taking a pill every other day instaed of every day so not that much lower dose. Interestingly my friend went to have her old coil removed last week & asked for a Mirena & they said they're not using them any more as so many patients have suffered bad side effects
While I was pg with #2, I got very bad ante natal depression. My consultant was aware of it and kept his eye on me, as did my gp. After birth of ds, I felt 876876876876876 times better and I was sure it was completely hormonal (I felt as though a toxic tap was being switched on in my body, it was that extreme). At my 6 week post natal check, my consultant suggested that I think about using a coil and I panicked... I really didn't want any more hormones introduced to my body, especially as I was feeling great NOT being pg. He said he would DEFINITELY not recommend a Mirena, he felt I was absolutely not a candidate for that, due to my a-n depression. I had an ordinary coil put in and it's been great. No effects on my moods, no problems at all in fact (and not pregnant either, so clearly doing it's job, fingers crossed.....!)
Take it out. You shouldn't have to live with anxiety and depression....
(Sorry, have read your post again and realise you are having it removed next week...)
Really? Are they not using this anymore???? That is really worrying? I think im going to have mine removed but im so worried about getting pregnant again. My doctor is point blank refusing to accept that my depression is due to the marena - i think it is.
A psych nurse once suggested that my Mirena was responsible for my mental health difficulties (hypomania, mania and depression), but as I'd previously had 3 admissions prior to it being fitted and an extensive family history of bipolar I didn't take it too seriously.
To all previous posts I thankyou for saving my life!!
I have just had my 2nd mirena fitted 3 months ago and even after 4 and a half years of depression previously I had never linked it to the mirena I had inserted in 2004. Since my last incertion I have been alot worse!
We were on the verge of splitting up because of my dark dark moods and anger all the time towards my husband. I was shouting at the kids what seemed like constantly! I just wanted to hide away from friends and family gatherings. Last night I cried and cried and felt like I was at the bottom of a pit looking up to never climb out. This morning something drove me to google depression and mirena and BINGO! I find others out there with the same feelings! I am phoning for an appointment to get this thing removed....hes gonna get the snip...lol
I have a similar story as Freaky Feelings. I got the coil after my daughter was born and i decided that i had enough of heavy periods and moodswings to die for.
As i am on med's for depression i was not allowed what i wanted, which was a hisectomy. Because the HRT would counteract with the depression.
So as a good alternative the doctors told me that the marina coil would be good for me. Well it is now more then a year ago since i had this coil planted.
In that time, i have gained a couple of kilo's, sorry i only do metric. And have had the worsed depression ever. Blaming my partner for everything, anxiety problems, that he does everything to annoy me and just get into my hair. However i know on good days that it's not true.
I am happy i am not the only one, of course most of u have all ready have it reversed and i am thinking about it now too.
molesworth did you have yours taken out?
I was recommended the mirena coil the year after the birth of my second child for irregular and heavy periods. I had no problems but did wonder about weight gain especially as had lost all pregnancy weight easily and have never had to diet ( I know - cow!). I recently had second coil fitted and am now on waiting list (8mths) for hospital appt as Dr who'd fitted it couldn't detect threads at 6 wk check up. But I'm suffering from mood swings, I feel no joy in life, everything is a hassle, no engergy. The worst was some sort of panic/anxiety attack at work a few weeks ago and since then I have had 3 further episodes of tightness in my chest that come on without warning. My GP thinks it may be the start of the menopause - I'm 45 - and has suggested beta blockers. I think this is simply treating symptoms not the cause and may create further problems. My friend who is only in her late 30s is experiencing similar symptoms. Why are GPs so keen to dismiss the possibility of side effects (my GP did when I asked )but quick to blame the menopause? Anyone I know who has had problems with the menopause don't seem to be self aware or to think rationally - usually made worse by GPS doling out anti ds like sweets. Yet when I read messages about the coil all these women are rationally talking about the fact they know something is very wrong. I'm due to go back to dr again. I'm seriously thinking about taking my chances and getting it out.
Oh my god, I didnt know this was a side effect? I have been on it for a year now and my depression has got worse. Dont know how i would know if its the coil though as i did have depression before. I put it down to the pressures of having a baby, not sure what to do now as the pill affected my moods so thats why i didnt want to go back on it....
Got to add more here.. Do people think i should come off it as i suffer with depression? Not sure what to do now as the past year i have been very irritable and angry with my husband, is it this or is it other issues. Plus not idea what contraception to have if i come off this as didnt like the pill.... Can anyone help?
hi,i had the marina fitted 7mths ago and a couple of wks ago i startd suffering from heart palpitations, iv sufferered from anxiety in the past and thought it had reared its ugly head but jst 2days ago i noticed my coil strings were gone?! have bookd in 2 have it removed nxt week IF they can find it!! gonna go bak on the pill as its always workd 4 me,jst a pain havin 2 remember it sometimes, really disappointd that i went thru that pain 2 hav it fitted n prob more pain nxt week while he routes around looking 4 it,lovely!! x
ooh wow, I'd forgotten about this old thread!
Beckbok, I hope you feel better after removal. I could never find the strings on mine either tbh, but the doc removed it with no problems and the removal was quick and painless.
Just to update from the original post: I remember posting this thread and I was really in a bad way at the time. I did have it removed and the first feeling was massive relief, because by that time I had convinced myself that the Mirena was at the very least a contributing factor to my MH problems. Within a couple of months my periods had returned to normal, my psoriasis (which was so bad at one point I couldn't walk) and my depression/anxiety started to get better.
I will never know with certainty if the Mirena caused these problems or if it was a combination of factors. I'll never know if my recovery was placebo effect because by that time I'd latched on to the idea that the Mirena was the problem. All I can say is that I now feel normal again. So my advice to anyone out there who suspects Mirena is the problem is to have it removed, use another form of contraception and see what happens.
Hi all, i had the mirena fitted 4 years ago for heavy periods and to be honest at the time felt very little pain when inserted. After a few months my bleeding did slow down but i seemed to have spotting all the time. Over the 4 years i have developed all these symptoms bad cramps, headaches, unbelievably sore breast, feeling sick, unable to focus, suddenly i developed bad anxiety and would panic for the least wee thing. I mentioned to the doctor that it was just since having the coil in that i developed these symptoms.I was told no chance that it would have this effect and was given pills for anxiety cause he thought i was stressed (DIDN'T TAKE THE PILLS). Then going to the nurse a month ago for a smear test and coil check (which they couldn't find my strings) a blood presure check was done and it was high as well. I mentioned to the nurse do you think it could be my coil as i had trouble with high blood presure when i was on the pill. I was firmly told AGAIN that there was no chance it was the coil. Now atfer reading the side effects online i'm pretty sure it is the coil. Needless to say i have an ultra sound to find my coil and make sure it is still there next week, even though i know it is because my bleeding would be very heavy and clotty if it wasn't. Then the first thing i'm doing after that is getting an appointment for as soon as possible to have it removed. I would rather have heavy periods and the odd headache when i get my monthlys than a whole list of things all through the month. I just want to feel like my old self again.
XCandyX, does sound like it could be the coil. Most drs believe it doesn't cause any symptoms, but to me, there are far too many cases for it to be a 'co-incidence'
Hope you feel better soon!
Thanks differentnameforthis i do hope i feel better soon and its so true the doctor won't believe it causes any symptoms. Anyway just a wee update had my scan to find my coil its still their strings most be up inside. Going tomorrow to see about getting it out i honestly can't wait the soon the better.
Hi all I had mirena fitted 2 years and like so many of you I had spotting for 1st few months then almost non existant monthly's. but I did start having heart problems palpatations,spasms, my heart even stopped for a few seconds, docs have been trying to establish a cause and put me on beta blockers (even though I have a naturally slow heart rate and low bp), had the coil removed 2 weeks ago and not a single flutter in my chest since :/ although I am still bleeding and getting clots after reading this post I know it's normal.. just hope it dies down soon...
Thanks Prolesworth like you the coil has made my life hell for years and the doctor just won't believe the fact that its the coil causing all the problems. Anyway i have an apponitment for 15th of june to have it removed (CAN'T WAIT).
I've just been reading all about other people's experiences, and I don't know whether to laugh or cry.. which just about sums up the last 18 months . At first, I laughed at the irony of experiencing PMT for the first time when my periods had stopped!Then my hair started falling out in handfuls but I was reassured by the family planning nurse that she had never heard of hair loss as a side effect so I assumed it was my imagination. Things went from bad to worse, culminating in my needing to take time off work with severe depression, serious suicidal thoughts (plan and everything) 5 lots of counselling, 2 lots of antidepressants, nearly ruining my career ( I'm a Nurse!!) wrecking my relationship and having me beg the GP to test me for early dementia because I'm so weird and foggy in the head. I feel 90. I'm also covered in painful boils.. Yuk!
I only hope to God that it is the mirena doing all this.. if the surgery don't take it out tomorrow, I will. It's evil.
I am having one fitted tomorrow!
But I am already fat and on anxiety meds, it's for heavy periods which are a week long and on days 1-3 it's hard to leave the house!
Stopping my periods will be the best thing ever.
I know loads of people who have it and have had no problems at all.
I lasted 6 months, I became very depressed/angry, unbearable to live with. I had it put in for very heavy periods, I bled constantly after it was inserted with clots etc.......... While there are no doubt alot of people who would swear by it, I have said on here before I think it's definitely not for everybody although the medical profession seem to be inserting them left right and centre for almost anything.
I am now probably looking at a hysterectomy - far preferable imo than how I felt on the mirena.
Had mine removed 2 weeks ago after 3 months of depression, what felt like permanent PMT, suicidal feelings etc etc. I got conned into the mirena after asking for a copper coil as the GP said it would help with the pretty full on PMT I get anyway
Very traumatised by it tbh, thank god dh worked it out and didn't just leave me, even after I called him a c@nt in front of the dcs and screamed at him again and again and told him he was abusive
Its taken just over a week for the residual hormones to go but I feel like a different woman
I know it was a while back but did the removal have an impact?
Hi All, just been reading all these awful stories and really wished I'd read up on the Mirena 4 months ago when I had mine fitted. My Dr recommended it after I went to see her for my 8 week postnatal check and said to get it fitted at 12 weeks so I booked it. I had heard that it was a bit of a traumatic expecerience getting it put in, but even after a horrific birth (2nd degree tear and no pain relief at all) I found it quite painful and wasnt quite prepared for it. Anyway I went home, expecting to have a few months of uncertainty of when I would bleed etc, but had spotting every week for the next 4 months. I have a 2 year old toddler plus a 3 month old baby (at the time of fitting) who never slept during the day and is breastfed so wakes in the night a lot so most of the time I am knackered, but I look back on the last 4 months and I was soooo depressed, it was like being in a big fog most of the time and I was very irritable especially with the kids. Some days I felt so guilty for being such a rotten mum....anyway I checked the leaflet about the Mirena that the Dr gave me and saw all the common side effects and they seemed to match all mine - my skin went all spotty like a teenagers, I couldnt stop eating crappy foods so was gaining weight, the blleding was really erratic plus cramps so I decided to have it removed last week and maybe its all in my mind but I feel like a different person now! I would advise anyone thinking about having one to wait till they stop breast feeding before getting it fitted as this makes it hurt more going in and coming out! Other than that I saw that you can get it fitted under local anaesthetic if you want, which I wasnt made aware of, but would defo do if I get a normal coil fitted in the future. I dont think I would advise anyone to have a Mirena, all them artificial hormones in your body cant do you any good at all.
This is my third coil but after the birth of my daughter (2 years) i have also suffered depression. I have always been a very positive and self help person but my health is really suffering from my negativity. We're going for the snip too...rather my children have their happy , energetic mum back. Again i have heard loads of stories about this link with depression and especially linked with having a daughter. I feel totally out of control at the moment..
I am going to see my homeopath after taking it out so i can get my hormones rebalanced. X good luck with it ladies, take control of your hormones...mirena has been great contraceptive and i fell pregnant within 2 weeks of having it out (both times!) but depression is crippling to a family balance, that is never worth risking. i would rather do heavy periods... i will let you know how i got on.
I had the Mirena in for 9 months. I became progressively worse, depression, anxiety, brain fog. I tried to take the thing out myself. Ended up going to the family planning clinic, where they took it out, no questions asked. Well, they asked me why, I told them the truth, they took it out without trying to persuade me otherwise. I felt better almost straight away.
I hate GP's attitude to the Mirena, most of them think it's the most wonderful invention ever, and refuse to believe it has these side effects.
I wonder how many women are suffering, but have no clue that it's down to the Mirena.
I had it removed on Wednesday! I've been anxious and depressed for two years always shouting and screaming at everyone. I thought I had PND after birth of 2nd child - he's 2 and a half and I've been like this the whole time! He is and was always really hard work; so I assumed it was that. Everyone tells me to get some anti-depressants but I wanted to remove coil to see if that would have an effect... after reading all of this I'm hoping I will feel less mental / manic soon!!!
had Mirena fitted after having my son in October last year, fitted in the january and by the March was diagnosed with post natal depression, I had 3 really bad bouts of this, after the first I asked my Dr if it could be the coil, but was told no as the hormones are localised. I have never suffered depression and am always a happy person, so the depths of this was catastrophic for me, finally, I relented and went to the Dr for anti depressants, (Dr had suggested these immediately, but give her her due she did not push them) she gave me the prescription, but after lots of research and talking to everyone I could, I just felt that they weren't for me, just not the right thing to do, I looked at all the alternatives, St. Johns Wort, etc. and it was only after reading instructions within those that I had a "lightbulb" moment and did a quick search for Coil and Depression, finding this site - Eureka! It was such a relief and I immediately rang the Dr to get an appointment to remove the coil. My Dr was away, but the one I spoke to (another lady) said that she could guarantee that the removal of the coil would not cure my depression and that I should take the anti depressants. Nevertheless I made an appointment, the nurse I saw agreed with me!! She had seen it a few times in her patients!!! I had the awful thing removed in July, I have left it this long to write my experience to be sure that I am ok and I am. Not a sign of any depression and since July I have had to cope with things which if I was going to be depressed then for sure these things would have sent me down previously, but I am clear of the coil and "post natal depression". So, don't be afraid of Dr's, do what you think is the right thing to do, go with gut instinct and be aware that it could be this coil that is the cause of your depression!
I had Mirena for about 2.5 years, and suffered with bad PMT and high stress levels. I also put on about 1.5 stone.
I had it removed in March to try to lose weight. I have failed completely to lose weight, but the PMT has been much less, I feel calmer and the brain fog is less!
Replace it with copper coil asap!!
I had the Mirena coil removed 3 days ago and am feeling better already.
Where do I start, I had it fitted 11 weeks ago and over the last 4 weeks have started to feel anxious, very panicky, unsettled, headaches, nightmares, heat across the left hand side of my back and complete lack of sex drive.
I have a 6 month old daughter and am completely happy and settled so could not imagine what on earth was causing this, which was adding to my anxiety, I just happened to Google the Mirena coil and anxiety / depression and could not believe the stories I read, all stating the same side effects.
I still didnt think it could be related to the coil as I had had the mirena for 10 years previously, until I realised that during these 10 years I suffered with anxiety, depression hence I took anti depressants, you do the maths! If only I had known about the side effects then
I immediately made an appointment with my doctor to have it removed and they were not very keen but I insisted I wanted it out, I was literally shaking with anxiety in the doctors and they said that maybe it was post natal depression but I said I am the happiest I have ever been and that I felt completely not myself, I didnt want to tell them how bad I felt as I was worried they would want to monitor me looking after my daughter.
I cannot tell you how different I feel, back to my bubbly, confident self again and calm and peaceful again, my husband says the difference is clear. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go with your instinct and do NOT rule out the coil giving you these horrible side effects, the doctors insist it is not the coil, but you only have to look on the internet to see different. I am going to write on as many websites as I can, even if it only helps one person, good luck.
Hi all, Ive been wondering for a while if it is possible for my coil to be having any effect on my moods and decided to have a look on the net and I found all of you talking about it. Im not sure which one I have but it sounds so likely its the merina. That "foggy feeling" is something ive been trying to describe to my doctor along with tiredness, always feeling below par etc and ended up on anti-depressants then onto counsellors not to mention the problems its caused at home. I really hope this is at least some of the answer. Ill get back to you hopefully with lots of thanks.
I too believe this site may have just saved not only my career, relationships with family and partner, but most of all my life. I had my first mirena coil fitted 7 years ago to help symptoms of endometriosis - at this time I had not long lost my father and had had other major surgery. I felt low, and anxious but put this down to life events. I got on with life and was generally okay but no highs in life like I used to have. I then had my 2nd coil fitted in May o9 - woooh hang on there!!! I have never ever in my life experienced feelings like it. Extremely anxious, worried, scared of life, constantly crying - at times when all smooth in life becoming exceptionally scared of things going wrong in the future, mood swings, back pain etc etc etc the list goes on. At my 6 week check up I asked the nurse if this could be down to the mirena, she completely ruled this out so thought no more of it. I then started to have suicidal thoughts regularly - how I would do it, when I would do it - anything just to get away from the pain I was feeling every day in life. I knew I had to act so visited my GP who referred my to cognitive coach, then therapist and I now see a clinical psychologist. During this time I have to admit I opened up about being sexually abused as a child and work stresses however at the age of 43 this had never ever affected my life to this extent before - to me the abuse was the past and I had buried it. However through talking it brought on post traumatic stress disorder as everything came flooding back extreme nightmares, panic attacks, feeling worthless, suicidal, physically ill and with zero energy. I have now been off work for 6 months as what I used to see as good stress as I felt so motivated - became unbearable and was at a point that I felt I could snap at any second with staff or colleagues. Every day was terrifying not knowing how I was going to react to situations and crying regularly in the loos and all the time at home. Im at a point where I may be dismissed after 23 years service which would be devastating. I reacted badly to anti depressants headaches nausea dizzy even less energy, however to show willing for work I am persevering to ensure I am doing everything possible to try to get well. I am desperate as life is just not worth living like this. However, when having a sort out in my drawer 3 days ago I came across the Mirena coil leaflet - written on the front was check up date July 09 - I thought about it and backtracked - thats when I started to become ill. I then read side affects - most common depression - bingo - have I found the answer!!! I immediately googled and found a couple of sites but this has been the most useful. Its like breathing a sigh of relief that I may now have found the answer to my problems hearing that so many other women are suffering the same and I am not imagining these dreadful symptoms. I am booked in for tomorrow afternoon to get this thing removed from my body for once and for all so fingers crossed this is the turning point for me. I will keep you posted how I get on so heres hoping its good news. Who knows if I hadnt had the mirena I may never have had to remember the awful events of childhood and would be the bubbly confident person I once was - I hope I return in the near future!!! If anyone has had good results from having it removed, could you let me know how long it takes for bad affects to go. Thanks.
I started to think my Merina coil may have been the cause of my anxiety and depression after reading this and many other threads on this subject. After previously been on anti-depressants for it, with no effect, I had my coil removed last month, after 3 years. I feel like my old self again. Having mine removed was definately not a placebo effect. Even my doctor commented on how well I looked when I went to see him last week.
Hello - Piplup - that's very reassuring. I'm having mine out next month. Unfortunately I have to have mine out under general anaesthetic as despite numerous people delving in my nether regions, they can't find it.
I too have felt brain fog, I wouldn't go as far as depression, but I sometimes sit in the house looking at all the mess, completely unable to clear it up. It's sort of bewildering to me.
Am hoping to feel a lot better next month once it's out. And also lose the stone in weight I put on within 3 months of having it fitted.
Hello Piplup 37, thanks for this - its good to know that there may be light at the end of the tunnel. I had the coil removed on Tuesday so I am praying the old me returns as quick as you recovered. I have seen 5 medical professionals over the last 2 weeks and all just roll there eyes and shake their heads when I explained the reason I wanted this removed and advised that there was minimum chance that the coil would relate to my depression - why oh why oh why do they not believe what we are telling them?!!!! Im baffled to say the least. So heres hoping anyway and thanks again.
I have had the option of having the Mirena, but after reading this thread and several others on the Internet I chose not to.
I have a fibroid, this time round I have had a 5 week very heavy and painful period.
I have been referred to a gynae for possibly an operation, I cannot go on like this.
The last few years of my life have been hell.
I forgot to mention I did try hormone tablets but they sent me into uncontrollable rages, so do not want anything to do with hormones tbh.
I have never posted on a forum before but I feel I really must as a result of this evil contraceptive called the Mirena Coil.
Thankfully, I only had it in for 8 months & to think that in that time, it turned me from a happy person into a monster, who was starting to think there was nothing in life to live for (bearing in mind, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children!).
As well as depression, which I had never suffered from, i gained over 1 1/2 stone in weight - which no matter what I did could not be shifted due to a monstrous appetite for sweet & sugary food.
I had a constant bloated tummy, which led a parent at my kids school to ask when I was expecting child no. 4!
Complete and utter loss of libido, to the extent that I thought I no longer loved my husband & might therefore have to consider divorce!
The last straw was when I started to suffer from debilitating back pain - such that I couldn't get out of bed without being in agony or get into the car, without my son lifting my legs in.
I only connected all these ailments to the coil after only accidently coming across posts, through researching what was causing the back pain.
In my opinion, there appears to be what could be termed a conspiracy by GPs refusing to believe that in some women the coil produces some distressing & debilitating side effects. I was practically bullied by my GP into having the coil inserted in the 1st place & then he refused to remove it when I asked him to - I had to bypass him by getting the nurse to remove it!
Have only had it removed for 4 weeks now, but already bloatedness has gone, feeling happier, although sex drive still low, not eating as much & my back within days of having the evil thing removed, started to get better!
Ladies, for some the MC works fine, for others like myself, it can become a living nightmare - all I ask is if you are thinking of having it inserted, that you at least be aware of its potential side-effects & are not caught unaware. I didn't read the info leaflet given to me after insertion - in fact I threw it away as I did not expect something recommended by my GP as safe to cause me so much pain & heartache.
Please, we are intelligent women, who know our bodies better than anyone, doctor or no doctor, so lets listen to it, when its not happy!
Hi, thought i should come back and post again. I called my doctors to find out what kind of coil I have but having moved a year ago it appears the my notes from my previous doctors have not made it onto the new doctors system and are now lost in cyber space. Great . Well since them i've dillied and dallied about worry what to do about birth control once its out but I really must bite the bullett as my depression is no better and I need to at least try without the coil to see if its the cause. I get it sorted and let you know. I hope you start to feel better soon Voddygirl.
Hi just thought I would keep you posted. As said I had my mirena coil removed a week past Tuesday, and believe it or not I can actually feel a difference already. Just now just chinks of light but my goodness, what a feeling!!! I have actually giggled properly for the first time in years. It is very early days though so and still have many of the symptoms but at least I can see light at the end of the tunnel. A message for Tanyalou - I too had concerns about what to do for birth control but I realised that my psychological health had to come first and foremost so my priority was to have the mirena removed. However he clinic I went to was very helpful discussing all my options, however I chose to have a normal copper coil fitted that has no harmones whatsoever and is equally as safe as the Mirena. Please dont'dilly dally' your mental health should be your priority - I know I can never ever go back to the place I have been and I do believe its been mainly due to the Mirena. Good luck with what you choose to do and I pray you get well soon - this message also goes to anyone else who is suffering due to this awful device. As a matter of interest I have just finished reading Denise Welch's book 'Pulling Myself Together'. A very interesting read in which she is brutally honest about what she has went through during her years of depression - and low and behold a few pages from the end it reveals that she too mainly suffered due to the harmones in the Mirena coil - it drained her of all oestrogen and she needed to have this replaced. She still has bad days but the majority of the time she is really well since having it removed. I related to many of her symptoms and feelings during the black spells, and it helped to understand that what I was feeling was real. A message to all - stick with your own instincts, if you believe that you are suffering due to the Mirena - this will be the problem - do not be swayed - get it removed. Up to now it is working for me and I will keep you posted.
Yes, definitely The mirena coil did affect my mood. I agree with everything Molesworth has written above. I had my mirena coil fitted(age 34) after a termination for an unplanned pregnancy (which did break my heart). At first I put my low mood, lethargy, anxiety, sleep problems, etc to the reason why the mirena coil was fitted in the first place and other stress related items that were happening at that time in my life. However I am normally a logical and 'sane' person and I knew that there was something else causing me to feel this way; I couldn't see anything positive in anything - not even my two beautiful children who normally make me so happy. I was beginning to think that my existance was a complete waste of time. Then, I started examining factors and did a random search on the internet linking the mirena coil to depression - bingo! There were a significant number of threads that linked the mirena coil to the symptoms that I was displaying. At this point I must mention that I didn't have any of the other symptoms that people were mentioning - no weight gain or bleeding (didn't have a period at all during the time I had the coil). I did have slightly problematic skin - but nothing major. Anyway, I decided to have it removed - to see if it would change my mood. If it didn't then I'd put the depression that I was feeling down to the termination and would think again. My doctor was brilliant - she didn't judge me or make me feel useless and agreed that we should remove it to see if it made me feel better. Removal was very quick, very straightforward and didn't hurt at all - not even a teeny bit. Now, a month later, I feel so much better - There has been a significant improvement in mood - I do not feel anxious all the time, I don't cry at the drop of a hat, I am coping better with work, I find joy in my children again and I have even started running every weekend - and it's not too much hassle - unbelievable. I had to share this because if people are feeling this way - do not be persuaded that you are being ridiculous. I truly believe that the coil made me depressed and having it removed (for me) was the best decision I could have made.
just had my second coil removed yesterday. No problems with the first. Had second fitted last june and within weeks started suffering from anxiety depression panic attacks headaches constant thrush mood swings the list goes on. Been having CBT through my GP, but when I discovered there may be a link to the coil and that hundreds maybe thousands of women were feeling just like me I decided to have it removed.My Gp put up no fight yesterday nor did she try to tell me how I was feeling was nothing to do with the coil, maybe she has researched the net also. Anyway its out now,not looking forward to heavy periods but will be worth it to get my sanity back.I am 44 and thought I was having a breakdown.Goodluck everyone.
Oh, at last! this just might be the key to my anxiety, depressive feelings, crying, short temper, etc etc,,,,. My partner has just researched anxiety and the mirena. I feel like I am going mad! I have mirror image feelings to so many of you who have the mirena. I have had mine for the last 2 1/2 years since the birth of my last daughter. Its been the worst 2 1/2 years of my life!!! I have had a lot of stressfull times over the last 2 years but after reading all the messages I am hoping that my "innability" to cope is down to the mirena! I am going to have it removed ASAP. I really hope I will begin to feel abit like my old self again and start enjoying my life, and sex life again. :-)
Wow, I had no idea that there were so many other women experiencing problems with Mirena.
I had a mirena coil fitted back in June last year, and I have been thinking I have been going mad.
Terrible mood swings, bad temper, irritability like I have never experienced before and on a bad day feeling that I can't go on with life being this hard (yet knowing in a more rational moment, that it's not THAT hard). Oh and crying loads too, and generally feeling no joy.
I put it down to post-natal depression, but looking back, these feelings started shortly after having the Mirena fitted. I don't believe it's a coincidence, neither does my DH.
I am going to have the coil removed, and see where I am after that, but have my fingers firmly crossed, and like so many others hope I can start to enjoy life properly again!
Hi everyone, as said I would keep yous posted on my progress after having that nasty device removed from my body. Well its a month since I had it removed and I just CAN NOT believe the difference.
The fog is finally lifting, and I am having what I feel are euphoric days, but really probably just getting back to how I would have been normally prior to my days of having the mirena fitted. I do have the odd bad days still but the good days are starting to overtake the bad ones and its a fantastic feeling. I am also now planning on returning to work in April
Anyone still unsure of whether to have the mirena removed please dont - its the best thing I have done in years and may have saved not only my career but my life.
Hi, just wanted to add my tuppenceworth....just had my second mirena removed before christmas and it feels like someone has removed the fog from my eyes and brain, I actually feel human again for the first time in too many years. I cannot believe I let it go on for so long, like many others I put a lot of it down to life-events but having finally googled it I now know otherwise - I'm just glad I still have a husband and family after all that nonsense, himself cannot believe the difference in me, and to be frank, neither can I!
I had a mirena fitted four days ago - and had no idea that it could cause anxiety.
Within 24 hours I had a panic attack; I never have these, I am a very 'sane' and 'together' sort...just like so many others, I googled after the attack. I cannot BELIEVE how much evidence there is out there to suggest that this is a highly dubious device for some people.
Since that second day, I have been jittery, nervous, panicky at very random moments and for no apparent reason. I am also utterly exhausted- and it seems, the tiredness brings the defences right down with it...cue yet more panic and nerves.
I'm having it removed on Wednesday...so it won't even have been in a week! That's how much I hate it.
Has anybody else experienced these kinds of side effects this quickly?
Looking back, the bad effects of mine were pretty instant. I put it down to needing time to adjust. My moods just got worse and worse as time progressed, though.
I had the mirena removed yesterday, and I have to say, although I don't know whether it's psychological, but I already feel better. And it didn't hurt at all. Time will tell whether it's the solution to my feeling down / angry / irritable / 'foggy' randomly and a lot, but I am pretty confident that things will be easier to manage.
snowflower, I felt like I wanted mine straight out, but gave it a chance - if I could rewind, I'd follow my gut and take it out straight away!
Yes, yes, yes...
I had mine fitted and for 9 months I had constant PMS, raging tempers and gained over a stone in weight. I was just so angry all the time...
I had to fight to have it taken out. But within 3 days I felt like a different person.
Hi everyone, just to let you know I am having my mirena coil removed today! I saw my GP 2 weeks ago and explained how I have been feeling (in floods of tears might I add :-( ),. He agreed that I should have the coil removed and then make another appointment with him a week later, if I dont feel any better he wants to start me on a mild anti depressant, eek! will keep you posted how i get on and how I feel post removal. My family have been great, my partner is at his wits end with me so really hope I feel better as soon as it is removed.
I've read this thread wth great interest as my consultant has just prescribed anti depressants which I am not yet taking. I have Parkinsons too which is linked with depression but I cant help wondering whether the coil is affecting me, having read your comments. Did your symptoms affect you all the time or was it a monthly cycle? I definately get far worse PMS now.
As a suffer of depression and anxiety the coil hasnt made an ounce of difference to me - I love it! When I get mood problems its deffinatly not down to the coil.
Yes, there must be some instances where it goes have a bad hormonal effect but I read lots of co-incidences here too.
All I want to say is, it may not be the coil, so dont put all faith in that removing it your suddenly going to be 'happy'.
Bacon - same here -also suffer from depression/anxiety etc- not the slightist bit of difference - and know loads of people who have it and have had no problems
Thank god there are so many people out there feeling the same - horrible for everybody but it's given me hope that I'm not going completely mad. I had the mirena fitted 5 weeks ago and suffered from a really bad bout of flu 2 days later. Almost to the day I started to feel very depressed, tearful everyday, very anxious, unable to cope with everyday things like taking my son to nursery without thinking I was going to burst into tears.
I have suffered from depression and anxiety for many years but had been feeling really well for a long time and coping well after having my 2nd child 5 months ago. Feeling on top of the world, in fact. I put all these awful recent feelings down to having had such bad flu but my mother-in-law suggested it might be the coil. I thought it unlikely and my dr actually laughed when I suggested it and said the hormones only worked locally. She then increased the anti-depressants I am taking (I had been thinking about coming off of them for ages as I was feeling so well, now I'm on double). I had a few days of feeling much better then went to pieces about having to go out to some planned social activities. So bad in fact that I got into a restaurant yesterday and had to walk straight back out to my car and spent the rest of the day in tears. The feelings of being unable to cope are unbearable and are making me feel so sad. I plan on calling my GP later today to get an appointment to have this coil removed. It could all be a coincidence but having read so many similar messages it seems unlikely. I will report back once I've had it removed - hopefully I'll be feeling more human by then.
Hey I don't usually post on these forums but after reading your posts I want to throw in my experience.
I've only had the Mirena for a month now and after 2 weeks had the most frightening anxiety attack- having never had anxiety/depression/palpitations before. I had hot flushes, palpitations, heart rate of about 150 a minute, felt as if I was going to pass out and die (by no means am I exaggerating!) so I called an ambulance and was taken to A&E. My blood pressure was 165/110 and I'm a healthy 21 year old! I was told it was an anxiety attack and I left when I felt able to walk as they made me feel silly for coming in.
GP did a few tests and ECG and nothing other than mild anaemia and basically left it there. I had a few more palpitation attacks over the next week and was pretty stressed, and then yesterday had another awful one where I fainted laying down during it after an hour of the horrible heart racing, distorted vision, feeling like I might die so my boyfriend called an ambulance. This time I got checked and they asked about periods so I mentioned I'd had a coil so am spotting all the time. I then wondered about the coil being a cause. Read a few websites and called my family planning clinic- they were absolutely lovely and even though they were about to close told me to come down. They took me seriously and took it out there and then.
I really hope the Mirena was the cause- it certainly sounds possible!!!!
I'll update how I get on in a few weeks, hopefully I'll get back to normal. I do think Mirena is great- but obviously isn't for everyone! I honestly have never felt worse in my life than the last couple of weeks and these attacks are the most frightening thing I've ever had- and at 21 I seriously doubt my heart is the cause especially as my ECG was normal.
Update - removed today - doc said v unlikely mirena cause of problems but didn't try to dissuade me from having it removed. Said it could take 1 - 2 weeks for hormones to settle
Hi I too have never posted on a forum before but felt I had to share my experience of the mirena coil! I was advised at my post natal 6 week check to have it inserted as I had just had my second baby and didn't want anymore in the immediate future anyway. I agreed and had it inserted. For the first 12 months I experienced almost continuous spotting. This was quite inconvienient but by the second year it settled down. I also always had a withdrawal bleed every month which I found quite comforting!!
I have had the mirena coil for nearly 12 years and had it removed a few weeks ago due to feeling extremely low, foggy, lacking energy and having the worst PMT - something I never had before having the coil. I visited my GP several years ago to discuss horrific PMT and asked then if the coil could be having an effect. She was adamant that it wasn't and offered to prescribe anti depressants which I was to take 2 weeks a month?! To cover the worst 2 weeks. I have never suffered with depression ever and have always been happy go lucky.
During the last few months my symptoms had worsened to such a degree that I was thinking about dying, how pointless a mother and wife I was, I didn't want to socialise with my friends and was getting paprnoid that noone liked me!! I fell out with my mum (who happens to be one of my best friends) and felt totally helpless. I did some research on severe PMT and then had a light bulb moment and connected it to the coil. I couldn't believe that so many other women had experienced such similar problems.
I went to my GP who said she couldn't remove it as she wasn't trained??!! Told to go the the family planning clinic which I did. Neither my GP or FP doctor tried to discourage me from having it removed and agreed it could be a factor. The GP did suggest anti depressants but I decided to get the coil removed first.
Well the results have been almost instant, I feel back to my normal old self. My husband and kids are no longer living with a moody, grumpy, screaming banshee. They have the old fun person back. I have suffered for nearly 12 years and just wanted to say to anyone else thinking it could be a problem to get it removed. Please do not suffer like I have. I feel quite angry that the first GP totally dismissed it and assured me that it was just hormones changing post having babies and I have put up with all this for so long.
My first post! Having read those before me it is amazing that the mirena is being so strongly recommended. I went to the family planning determined not to have a hormone coil as I had a bad time on the pill but she so strongly recommended it I am sure now there is some sort of commission!! I believed her when she said she had never taken one out due to a woman not liking it and very low risk of side effects. So I went for it.
It was so painful being put in and I had spotting for months afterwards. I went back after 4 months and told the same doctor I was feeling low, no energy, irritable and just rubbish...she said I must be hormone sensitive and it would "settle down" but she gave me a low dose of HRT - a gel to take for 3 months... Having wanted no hormones at all - I was now on mirena and HRT! But the HRT made me feel fantastic...but then as soon as I stopped it, all the bad feelings came back. I still have a full period every month and have had no history whatsoever of depression or anxiety before this. The word that others have said which have now convinced me it is 100% the mirena is "foggy"...that is exactly it, I feel I never quite wake up all day and am also feeling anxious about socialising.
I keep thinking - I've come this far with the mirena coil, perhaps next month it will be ok. It is nearly a year now and having read the posts above, I have now made up my mind to have it taken out ASAP.
I think I will talk to my other half re the snip but may consider the copper coil as friends have had no problem with this other than heavier periods.
I think there are so many women out there feeling depressed and not linking it with mirena...
update: had the mirena out and had no attacks since. the next day woke up feeling like a cloud had lifted! still haven't come on yet though so not back to normal completely- but just to reassure others with the same problem that getting it out completely cured my palpitations
Hi all, I had my mirena fitted on the advice of a midwife who said that it might make my PND BETTER! I have had it 2.5 years now and I still have PND and anxiety. I was wondering about getting it removed to see if it made any difference when I came across this thread. Reading all your stories makes me really want to get rid of it but DH has an objection: He wants to know if there is any chance it is helping the PND and I would get WORSE if I have it removed???? I had pretty bad PMT at times but PND is like being PM all the time... A penny for your thoughts ladies ...
Hi, first time here as well... I was really desperate with the feelings I am having lately... had it fitted in February and the doctor was very positive that my PMT would completely disappear.... Wrong call as it seems like I am on constant PMT and sex drive is completely gone. I was crazy about sex just before having it fitted. Had just decided to break up with my boyfriend next week... so depressed I feel... I have always been crazy about him as well. I have a gorgeous 5 year old boy and I have been a depressed mum since I inserted this horrible device. Thank you everyone to share your experiences. I am making an appointment now and will have it removed no matter what. I will be back to let you know the result.
Hi, After reading this site yesterday I have finally made the decision to have the Mirena Coil removed after 3 years. I have suffered badly with mood swings, crying, helplessness & anxiety & also low self esteem. It will be removed tomorrow. I have had enough of the low moods I have suffered over the years as it has affected my relationships with my partner & my family. I went to the docs again today to explain I have had enough & want some answers. My doc said I should have Anti D's (again) & have CBT & anger management. I am now at a loss & hope that after the removal of this coil I will feel better. Please can anyone tell me if I will feel different? Any advice is helpful, thanks
Hi, I just had mine removed few hours ago as I had a nightmare for the last 2 months as explained above. I am glad I had the chance to read all testimonials on a very early stage (only had it for 4 months!)
I am sorry you have been suffering with this for 3 years!! Yes have it removed and I feel better already... could be phicological, but I do know it was the right thing to do... I forgot to mention how I had suffered with low self-steem as well. It might be good for some women, but it is hell for many of us... I will keep you posted over the next days/weeks.
Thank you all for sharing your experiences as it has saved my relationship and well being.
Ive had mine for 5 weeks! the reason I had it fitted was to help with my uncontrolable PMT...Ive been PMT since having it, I also feels like Ive had an intense course of gammer rays. Im going tomorrow to have it taken out I hope, as it has turned my world upside down. I dont know whether they will take it out or are they going to let me suffer for the next 5 years, I believe it is my rite to have it taken out as it is not working for me and I am also going to offer the cost of the coil. Any sympathy most welcome lol x
I thought I was going mad, and can only put it down to the Mirena coil, i have been on it for 10 months now, my moods seem to be getting worse, I have just got my dream job, a lovely man and yet I feel so unhappy, angry, paranoid, withdrawn, lack confidence. Although now I have no periods and are pain free mentally I am starting to feel unstable. So I suppose I have to weight up whether I want to be physically ill or mentally ill????? Any suggestions or any suggestions for other hormone treatment??
back last september i had an infection that caused severe anxiety. nothing i had ever experienced before. i started seeing a therapist and it was relieved, to the point that i was feeling the most content and happy i have felt in years. then, i decided to have the mirena fitted in the beginning of this month. i cramped for about 3-4 days and then was feeling ok. then, this five days ago and i had the worst anxiety take i think i have ever had. tight chest, racing heart beat, constant negative thoughts. it was the day before i was supposed to get my period. i have been a nervous wreck since. i found this site and decided to go my doc and see what is up. my doc. wasn't in but the nurse assured me that there is no way the mirena could be the cause. but it just doesn't make any sense to me. way too much of a coincidence. i feel horrible, haven't slept well in days, and don't see an end in site. i have another appointment coming up in two weeks, but don't want to wait that long to have it removed. i am calling again this morning and am putting my foot down. i actually originally went in for a copper coil due to the fact that i get migraines, but they talked me into the mirena instead. now i truly regret it.
sorry, i meant to say anxiety attack!
what do u mean by brain fog?????i av had the mirena in now for about 3-4 yrs....got it fitted because i was having very heavy periods....at 1st i thought it was the best thing ever as i had no more periods an my pmt had disappeared but now i suffer from cramps an spot bleeding.....could it b finished or could it of moved???? but my worst problem is what i would describe as a swimming head.....have them a lot....is this what u mean by brain fog??????????????help
I had mine removed after reading threads on here and I am sure I feel much better. I agree about brain fog, the inability to make a decision or remember anything. That has gone now as has some of the anger and black moods.
Just be warned, I had the period from hell 2 weeks after it came out and bought a mooncup to cope with it!
Hi I just wanted to right a little message to you all because i think you all saved me from going completely mad !! I had my coil fitted in feb this year and to start with i thought it was great no periods and no effects as i thought i may get! But then a month after having it fitted i started to feel anxious when i went socialising and my head constantly felt foggy and i couldn't think straight!! This has been getting worse and worse until the point i have be vomiting before and while i have been out because i am so anxious my body would feel heavy and my palms start sweating it had got so bad that taking my daughter to school was awful and i would feel emotional drained by the time i got home!
Anyway after searching the coil and anxiety i found this page and that evening i went back to my family planning clinic sat there for 3 hours waiting !! Had the coil removed after nearly arguing with the doctor that this is the right decision for me ! And this morning my head feels a lot clearer then is has done for a long time and i feel a little less anxious as well ! I'm not saying i am totally cured overnight but i would say the coil has a lot to do with the problems i have experienced for the past 7 months ! I am now hoping that in the next few weeks my anxiety will totally disappear and i can stop taking my tablets my doctor perscribed to me for panic attacks!
I really hope these side effects that obviously a lot of us are getting will be reconised by doctors and something is done !
Thank you ladies xx
Hi, I have fitted my coil 3 months after the delivery of my third child, since then I have been experiencing a bad depression, hair loss and tiredness, I have gone to see a therapist who has prescribed me an anti depressant (which has dilated my pupil as a side effect). Now my son is 20 months and my health is getting worse and worse,I am not enjoying life as before, I can't stop these negative thoughts, I am really suffering...
After these posts, I can't wait till I take an appointment to remove it. I really pray God that the reason is the COIL.
Hello all, I am a husband and father of three children. My wife had the coil inserted 7 years ago and it has destroyed our marriage. She left two weeks before the coil was due to be removed after 5 years and I think has had another inserted since because it regulates her flow. As a person on the receiving end of all the anger and blaming for most of the last 7 years, I have suffered so much I can't describe. We are due before the family courts next month, but I have done all possible to reconcile. My wife does not accept that the coil is to blame as its all my fault as she sees it. i believe this device has ruined countless relationships world wide. At first, i didn't get the economics for the medical industry to sell a one per 5 year product, when they could sell the pill continuously. Then I realised...they get you on the anti depressants! Probably made by the same manufacturer as the coil (Bayer). Also, on the product insert they claim breast cancer as a side effect with "frequency unknown". Should they not be researching and surveying to find out? For us it may be too late. Unless a miracle takes place like my wife goes to the doc, has the coil removed, realises I'm not the devil incarnate after all and comes home, our family will be torn apart forever. Any help that can be given by anyone is most welcome. My wife, the kids and myself have suffered enough already.
I had the mirena coil fitted 8 weeks after having my premature baby , I had no post natal bleed after delivery or major post natal depression , however as soon as the mirena coil was fitted I bled everyday ,& continued to until today when the coil was removed due to excessive bleeding and passing blood clots the size of a saucer, I suffered pre eclempsia at the end of pregnancy which has left me with severe hypertension and heart defect. I suffered severe mood swings, depression permanent pmt, aching ankles knees and back, exhaustion and weight gain. My poor suffering husband has had to endure 3 years of he'll with me and I have been unable to physically cope with my baby, I blame this mirena coil without a doubt, as apart from feeling a little sore from the coil removal I feel a ton of bricks has been lifted from my shoulders and guess what not a drop of blood has been passed since the removal at mid day today! Coincidence ? I feel not. Be warned don't bother with this coil unless you feel the need to suffer both physically and mentally.
Please read my message , this is so typical of this coil I suffered terribly until mid day today when I finally had the bloody thing removed and guess what ... No bleeding no dizziness no feelings of deep depression no aching joints and no passing clots so go get it out and start living your life again, it's an awful coil and I wouldn't be surprised if it's use is withdrawn in the very near future and you and I may meet in a lawyers office when we sue the pants off the company , good luck and make that appointment tomorrow .x
Hi I had the Mirena put in in March 2010 and have also started to suffer from general anxiety which I never had before. About nine months ago my GP prescribed Mirtazapine I took it for a few months but hated the way it let me feel (numb) so weaned myself off it, but it's strange some days I'm OK others like a nervous wreck, tight chest, palpatations worrying over odd things. I have an appointment this evening with my GP and am seriously thinking of getting it removed, give my body some time to rid of hormone and see what happens. I am so glad I am not the only one suffering from these symptoms, for a while I really thought I was going crazy!
I had my coil removed 3 weeks ago, and you can't imagine how much I felt better, even my therapist was chocked to see the change, she couldn't believe that mirena coil can cause all these problems.
For Disndat: please try to show your wife these posts, may be she will be convinced. Good luck
It's insane so many women are suffering with this contraception method, I went to my GP yesterday and she said it was strange as I was not the only woman that had been to see her with similar problems. She has suggested I see a physiologist for six weeks to see if anxiety clears if it doesn't she has agreed to remove it. Had a sense of relief with her plan, anxiety is horrible and really debilitating. Also all the other side effects, just want to be back to my old self!
Jul1967 I totally agree, I think it suits a small minority of women but for the vast majority it has too many side effects. Glad tour feeling much better, looking forward to the day that I do too!
THANK YOU. I NEEDED TO HEAR THIS.
I had the Merina put in 8 weeks ago. I have had depression on and off for 7 years since birth of DS1, had been off medication since November last year (longest time ever and really thought I was through it). I had a great pregnancy DD born end of Jan and have been having a great time with her, a few blips when I stopped breastfeeding at the end of August - but nothing abdormal. I had a Merina coil put in September and suffered a really rapid spiral downwards almost immediately. Was ready to go back on to tablets as thought it was depression again - I went back to my counsellor last week and she said it seemed to her that it was a chemical thing rather than psychological. Having read through through all these comments it's given me hope.
I'm going to have the coil taken out today and see what happens with my symptoms. It started after a couple of days with anxiety (like too much caffine, when I never get a chance for a cup of coffee before morning walk to school and suddenly on a bright sunny day with the boys on scooters I would feel hugely panicy.) Since then have been having massive mood swings - very tearful, unable to face anything, huge rages that are almost impossible to contain, then dreadful guilt and wishing the world would swallow me up/ or that I could dissapear. I have also put on about 10lbs with ridiculous comfort eating over the past couple of months.
I have an appointment for a scan today as at my check up GP couldn't find coil threads - but I am going to ask her to remove it. I will check back again in a week or so and let you know how the symptoms are. I'm so grateful for this discussion, it's given me the confidence/reassurance that it isn't just me and that maybe it isn't depression. Fingers crossed. It's great to know that I'm not alone in this.
Thanks, after reading all the above after googling mirena and depression I have booked to get mine out (docs are making me wait 19 days due to lack of staff!). Had it for 7 months and have suffered with low self esteem, irratibility, depression, paranoia and general negativity and anger, which is getting progresively worse (and which I too put down to other things). I am about to start councilling. With it out I'm hoping to return to my old self and save my marriage which has been on the verge of breakdown for several months. Just hope I dont get pregnant again cos I have 2 both through using the withdrawal method (or not as the case may be!) and due to staff shortages at the surgery I cant get a copper coil fitted at the same time they remove the mirena.
I posted previously about the Mirena, I have had three sessions with a therapist and still didn't feel any better ..... So went back to doctor and told her to remove it! She did there and then..... That was a week ago, I felt a huge sense of relief, the first couple of days had no bleeding but then I started to bleed heavy with some clots it seems to be tapering off. My anxiety is a lot better don't feel so nervous, constant ache in my chest is gone, feel clearer in my thoughts, no sense of dread, it's early days and still feel 100% but do feel better than I did when I had the Mirena in!
what is the difference between the copper coil and the mirena, DOES THE COPPER COIL HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Sorry to hear people having bad experiences with the mini pill, but it's kinda comforting to know others as are in the same boat as me.
I started the mini pill (Micronor) about three months go, and for the last month or so have been experiencing a bit a depression. I'm usually a very happy and positive person, but have been feeling really out of sorts, kinda numb and not enjoying things I should be (was in Disneyland last month and walked about miserable). I have a bad habit of over thinking things and feeling the way I have been has made me over-analyize everything and its driving me crazy - feel like i'm going to explode sometimes. My GP doesn't really take me seriously and prescribed propanolol, but to be honest I just want to be myself again, wihtout the aid of medication. I've also been crying at the drop of a hat and had a but of acne which I didn't really even have as a teen. Sorry for the rant, but just had to offload .
I am having extreme symptoms in the past couple of days and really need some advice as I think it is very abnormal and I am a bit nervous about going to the doctor about it.
I feel like I am having the start of anxiety attacks as a result of thinking about having the mirena coil. I have been having strong stomach pains and I am getting extremely anxious about it. I got so panicky about it I even tried to take it out. I am really distressed and can't think clearly. I googled it but nothing seems to match what I am experiencing.
I tried to call the doctor to organise an appointment to get it removed but hung up as I am embarrassed about going there and saying "I want to get it out of me as it is making me freak out."
It is just so strange even writing this and thinking that it is there is making me freak out and start to hyperventilate.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
please can I have some advice? I am seeing gyno on tues ,referred by my gp because of heavy, increasingly more regular periods.( 3 in 6 weeks) I am 48 and had my tubes tied 15 years ago(I have 2 kids). Since then have had endometriosis and heavy periods. I never suffered with any gynae problems before tubes tied. I think I will be offered a coil of some type or hysterectomy. I read terrible things about the coil and I really dont want to make the wrong choice ,any thoughts? I have never had depression or bad mood swings or hot flushes. Just heavy periods which are really interfering with my work ,social and home life.
Just to say thank you very much for sharing all this, I feel absolutely elated. I had the mirena fitted about 14 months ago while I was still breastfeeding. I put a lot of the symtoms down to still being hormonal after the pregnancy, but over the last 12 months I have started to wonder whether I am loosing my mind. I have never suffered from depression or anxiety before and am known as a "coper", but have seriously considered seeking help after getting to the point this year where things felt overwhelming and difficult to cope with. I have a busy, but happy family and work life and usually thrive on this busyness, so I thought maybe some old childhood traumas had caught up with me. The there was also the weight, I have always been a size 12 outside of pregnancy and have always returned to this fairly easily when I had finished breastfeeding (4 kids). This time, I have exercised, followed restricted calorie diets, then exercised more, e.t.c.. I have toned up, but I haven't lost an ounce, I kept thinking maybe it's because I'm getting older (37), but it just hasn't felt like me and I couldnt' get an angle on it. I more than a stone heavier than I have ever been and the moment I stop harshly restricting my diet I start putting weight on. My body has never done this! There are a few other things I have spotted which some of you have reported as side effects, which in a way I am now really hoping they are side effects for me also. One of them is real having problems with my joints, my knees are really bad and again I have been putting it down to age, but the weird things is that they have been fine in pregnanct despite all the extra strain. I am now fairly certain that at least a couple of these things are directly related to the coil and am having it out asap. My christmas present this year is my husband having a vasectomy. I just can't believe it has taken me so long to join up the dots, but then the "fog" hasn't helped with being able to think clearly.
I had my Mirena changed about a month ago. The first one which I had for 5 years was fabulous. This time around I'm going mad, acute anxiety, weepy, can't breathe, can't stop feeling awful. The big question, is it this coil or just the awful weather and pressure of Christmas. Was mildly anxious before but out of control now. Yuck.
Hi everyone, I am due to have my mirena coil out this afternoon, and hopefully be able to go back to my work, as it has destroyed my life during the last 2/3 months. I have hot flushes and the consultant put this in, and put me on a gel as well. I would suffer the hot flushes anyday. I am in constant suicidal mood, and go up and down, crying at nothing, and I am running away from these thoughts constantly.... This was a very slow downturn in my symtoms, as I just began to feel very edgy and nausea about everything. Couldn't seem to lift myself out of it, so have been off work for a month now, would rather be back at the daily routine. Feel awful all the time, have tried and tried to ignore the awful sickness and depression about nothing. Will let you all know if it is the Mirena, as I am pinning my hopes on, if it isn't I will be phoning the samaratians, as I simply don't know what to do with myself.....
Silverlace, thanks for your reports on this awful thing, I am now nervous and pannicking in case I am going mad, and it is not the Mirena Coil......but your message is comforting..... how I long to be back to my old worrying self, and back out to work.... my employer is coming out to see me on Monday, I will hopefully be able to tell them I will be back soon.....
Hi all - thanks so much for all your posts. I had my mirena fitted 6 months ago and since then have suffered anxiety, depression, and panic attacks to the point where I could not work or look after my kids. I don't know what made me google the mirena and anxiety but am so glad I did! Within 4 hours of having it out I felt the fog lift, within 24 hours I felt so much better, whether it is psychosomatic I dont care. Ladies trust your instincts, if you think the mirena is causing or making existing conditions worse then get it taken out!
OMG! Don't tell me what I been through (ANXIETY HELL!) COULD BE DOWN TO THE COIL I HAD 5 YRS AGO! been prescribed 200mgs of Sertraline developed psoriasis and was told I had an ANXIETY DISORDER!!! No mention that it may be down to the coil!!! Be visiting my doc asap cos I mentioned to her many times that it may be the coil cos funny enough my symptoms only began when I had the coil! Her reply was always NO no its not down to the coil! Tamping!
After reading all these threads and from my own experience feel we have all been victims of being used as guinea pigs! Looks and sounds like GP's are instructed to endorse any meds, coils etc no matter what! (even if they do believe it could be the coil etc!) even after seeing and hearing their patients woes of the side effects it brings!
This infuriates me even more! Seems they have been pressured into protecting the coil, meds etc names more than their patients lives even though it making their lives worse!
I have had the coil for 5 yrs or more and then + ONLY then did I lose control of my life by the devastating impact it brought me!.... EXTREME ANXIETY, PSORIASIS, DEPRESSION! BUT like many of you here also put it down to GOING THROUGH A TOUGH TIME IN LIFE! TO BE HONEST I HAVE BEEN SO CONFUSED ANXIOUS ETC THAT I DIDN'T KNOW MY ASS FROM MY ELBOW IN THE END!!!
NOW After stumbling across this site reading all the other threads and having time to sit and think back what I have through KNOW that I was right along! But have been just so consumed with the devastating side effects to function properly to do anything about it!
BY GOD I WILL NOW!
ITS CRAZY!!! NO WONDER THE NHS MENTAL HEALTH ETC IS AT BREAKING POINT! BECAUSE WHAT'S HAPPENING IS THEY ARE PUTTING PATIENTS ON THESE COILS ETC AND OPENING UP A WHOLE NEW CAN OF WORMS!!! MAKING THINGS WORSE AS WE THEN NEED MORE HELP SUCH AS COUNSELLING TO HELP US UNDERSTAND WHY WE FEEL SO CRAP+PERSONALLY FOR ME * PHOTO THERAPY* FOR MY COIL INDUCED PSORIASIS CONSTANT GP APPOINTMENTS BECAUSE WE FEEL SO ANXIOUS ETC AND IF YOU DON'T KNOW THEN PLEASE KNOW NOW THAT ANXIETY MEANS FEAR + FEAR ITSELF IS THE WORST FEELING A HUMAN CAN HAVE ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER IT!
WHICH I KNOW NOW WAS BROUGHT ON BY THE COIL! [ANGRY]
Reading this has made me realise that I need to get mine taken out. I have had panic attacks and an anxiety disorder in the past which I had got under control due to CBT. However I then had the coil fitted due to severe endo and heavy periods. It's weird that once a month I get this intense feeling of panic and foreboding which comes for about 24 hours then goes just as quickly, it's really very strange and disrupts my sleep with the pounding heart ,racing pulse and restless tingly legs symtoms then it's gone.I'm seeing my Gynaecologist next month any way so I'll discuss further management then.
I am in tears reading this thread!
I had the MC fitted about 10 months ago, when my little one was a year old and I felt fully recovered from the pregnancy and birth. Since it was fitted my hair has halved in thickness to the point I am embarassed by how awful it looks and it really worries me. I've also had really bad mood swings to the point where my husband and I have been on the point of leaving each other as I saw everything in such a negative and angry way. Some weeks i just cry! My hips hurt, my legs... feels like the bones hurt. Thought I was getting arthritis... or had a DVT at one point. I have psoriasis develop on my chest. I don't want to socialise or talk to friends anymore as feel so hopeless and worthless. I have migraine like headaches that put me in bed to sleep off. I'm sooo tired and lethargic.
Had several trips to the GP suspecting it was the Mirena but was told it couldn't possibly be. Have been tested for Thyroid problems, anemia, diabeties etc. Was told it was most likely post natal depression and I was struggling to adjust after the birth... yet I was fine in the year after the birth until I had the coil fitted.
I adjusted my diet and started taking multivitamins and fish oil supplemnts as I thought perhaps my lack of energy was because I was so busy looking after LO that I wasn't eating properly but it made little difference.
Had an appoitment to get it removed but the nurse managed to convince me my symptoms aren't symptoms of the Mirena so still have it.
Have got another appointment today to remove it as I'm convinced the coil is causing all these problems! Just read about the 'Crash' here and can't believe that having it out may not be the end of it! Am soooo nervous : (
I just want to firstly say a massive thank you to everyone who has taken the time & effort to post on this thread, you have honestly changed my life.
I would like to share my story with you, I separated from my husband after a 16 year marriage last Nov & as I started to pick myself up I had to consider a method of birth control as my ex had the snip many years ago. As I had an issue with heavy periods my GP reccomended the Mirena, so in early feb I had it fitted. I felt that I was starting to deal with my break up and things were starting to get back to normal, until several months ago and I started to suffer from terrible anxiety & palpitations, the frightening thing for me was that this could happen for no particular reason, I become very scared & firstly thought it was due to my break up, but as I am a Health professional myself, I just thought I knew my own body & my mental health enough to think that something else was going on. I was not taking any medication & the Mirena was the only change that I could think of, so I googled Mirena & anxiety which lead me to this thread. I felt such a sense of relief reading other peoples post & I immediately thought I am going to get it removed even if it just to rule it out & then I would have to deal with my anixety if it wasnt linked. When I visited my GP she said very firmly that the Mirena would not cause anxiety & that she didnt want to remove it, but I stood my ground & said I needed it to be taken out. Well that was one month ago and I can safely say my GP was wrong & I feel 90% better already and I think the other 10% is just a natural reaction following my break up, I feel normal & in control of my feelings again & no palpitations at all. I think it is terrible that an IUD and cause these terrible side effects for some women & this should be researched further. Thanks again for sharing your experiences & I am delighted to feel normal again
It took me six months on citalopram to get the anxiety and depression under control after having a mirena coil, my worst moments were going to bed every night thinking it wouldn't be at all bad if I died in my sleep, I did not want to commit suicide but I wasn't that bothered about living because I felt so awful and I just wanted it to stop. The relief I felt when I googled mirena was immense, I went back to my gp and told her what had been happening and she said 'oh yes that can happen'. Thinking back now it's frightening how ill I felt.
Hi. I had the same type of coil and it cause a serious deppression,maybe it was because I had it fitted to soon after childbirth and it trigged my post natal deppression. I can not prove itbut deep down I feel this was the cause of this and then some events after that destroyed by life because of the deppression. Remove it get the copper coil would be my adviceif you even suspect it is because of this.
Also its worth bearing in mind that your brain and thoughts can make strange things happen so if you really think your becoming deppressed because of the M Coil then you may not feel better untill its removed even if this was not the caused the deppression for you.
I came across this thread this evening after trying to find info on effects of St Johns Wort on Mirena coil. I have been shocked at what I have read and wanted to share my feelings.
I have always been fairly highly strung and a bit of a control freak so when I presented to my GP in Nov 2011 and April this year with acute anxiety and panic I was willing to try whatever was offered and gladly commenced Citalopram 20mg. I have been feeling so much better since taking it but due to unwanted side effects decided today to ask GP about St Johns Wort.
I had the Mirena Coil fitted in April 2011 after finding that my periods were getting heavier after using the copper coil for 6 years and I fancied a change. Mirena Coil was always pushed as preferential but always ignored it until this time. 6 months after it going in I was commenced on Mirtazipine for anxiety but it never sat right with me and after 3 days I threw them in the bin. My anxiety, paranoia and forgetfulness increased so greatly, that April this year I took a month off work due to being overcome with feelings of helplessness and agitation and it was then that the GP started me on Citalopram. In the 12 months of having the coil in I have noticed a 2.5 stone weight gain, thinning hair, enormous breasts and complete lack of concentration. My insomnia has worsened and I just don't feel right.
I have argued with my GP today as I have low ferritin levels and blamed this for my depression even though he thinks I may always have been anaemic due to being vegetarian all my life. Not once did I mention Mirena and neither did he... Until now.
Looking back, this last 12 months have been the worst for me psychologically, I have a very loving husband and 2 children but even they have noticed how more uptight I was.
I will be making an appointment on Monday to have this device removed and will see if I notice a change in my anxiety levels once it's out. I will hang fire on the St Johns Wort as this thread has really interested me. I will post again once I have had it removed. I am so hoping that I will start to feel normal (albeit slightly highly strung as years before) soon! Ps I am a Midwife and Nurse and not completely bonkers which is how some people make you feel lol :0)
I have to add as a mild depressive and anxiety sufferer the coil has made no difference at all. According to my GP who specialises in placing these coils it contains the same as the pill and if you had no problems with the pill then the coil should be fine.
I love the coil its perfect and yes I get highs and lows but its deffinately not the coil.
Thank god I found this thread!!!
I have been experiencing anxiety, panic attacks and a sense of being overwhelmed and worrying constantly. I also suffer with headaches and migraines. Symptoms have got progressively worse over the past few months. My Dr put me on anti d's and beta blockers but I could not work out why I was feeling so low and completely out of control. I started to do some research on the mirena coil and anxiety and found this, what a relief to know I am not going mad! I had the mirena coil fitted 1st march 2012 and my symptoms started about May time. I was even taken to A&E with problems breathing and feeling light headed which turned out to be a panic attack!
I suffered with post natal depression after having my dd but that was 5 years ago and have been fine or years, never had a panic attack in my life! I have also never experienced such bad headaches and migraines along with my head feeling foggy all the time. My anxiety is through the roof and sometimes I think I'm going to pass out.
I went back to see my GP today and she does think it could be the coil causing my symptoms so is removing it next week. I am hoping this will resolve my problems and I can get back to being normal again. I'll post on here how I get on.
I hope other women pick up this thread and realise they don't have to suffer. The mirena coil should come with a warning of these possible side effects, it is evil!
I am in floods of tears here. Have been reading all these blogs for the past 3 hours, cant believe what i have been reading. I got the mirena coil fitted 3 years ago after i had my 3rd child for contraception reasons , I have just realised today that it is the cause to all my problems ,which is a big relief. My marraige is in a mess i cant agree with my husband about anything i feel he is alway against me and dosn want to be around me , i spoke to him this morning after reading this and he assures me he is still very much in love with me and wants the old bubbly , kind ,confident , caring , loving me back as quick as possible.
My symptoms have been the same as most people here sore breasts (was referred for a mammogram last year which came back clear), anxiety, mood swings , low self esteem, constant worrying, no interest in sex (havnt had sex in 6 months even when i was having it i didnt enjoy it so looking forward to getting my sex drive back).
I have an appointment with my Gynaecologist next friday , I am going private costing me 150 Euro i really dont care about the cost as long as i get relief.
Would love my husband to get the snip but he keeps saying no , so i am going to look into sterlization.
This is my first time to write on any website , have totally enjoyed reading other peoples success stories thank you all for this , will be in contact in the next week or so to keep you informed .
I hope your appointment goes well monaghanwoman, it sounds like you too have been suffering. I had the mirena coil out last Thursday, so nearly a week. I don't feel any better yet but hoping that once I get my period out of the way I Will start to feel normal again.
I think my anxiety has actually got worse over the past week and now I am emotional and crying a lot too. My period started yesterday and my boobs are still very sore, I couldn't lie on my front at all last night in bed because they were so painful. I really feel at the end of my tether, finding it hard to keep my chin up and soldier on. I try to hide it infront of my 5 year old daughter as don't want her knowing mummy is unwell. I sobbed my heart out tonight whilst cooking tea, at least it did make me feel slightly better, having a good cry!
I will keep you posted on how I feel in a few day, fingers crossed I start to feel normal and the headaches, anxiety, worrying, cloudy head, sore boobs and crying all go away!!! Oh yeah and no more panic attacks please!!!
Hello, I read all your posts yesterday and promptly phoned the FP clinic to have my mirena coil taken out. Have had it for 4 years and have experienced lots of what others are saying - anxiety, depression, panic, anger, back pain and general fatigue - all of which has become much worse recently. Had an appointment at the doctors this coming Monday to ask for anti-depressants, however am going to cancel this and see how things go. Coil removed earlier this morning, although woman at clinic clearly thought I was a hypochondriac, telling me there's absolutely no way the mirena could affect me in the way I was describing, and that she's never heard of anyone else with similar problems. I directed her to the Internet to get herself an education. I'll post again in a few weeks with an update. But in the meantime, thanks so much to everyone who has posted here - at times I've seriously thought I was mentally ill, and its been very reassuring to learn that I'm probably not.
Can't believe what I'm reading on here! I had the mirena coil fitted when my little girl was 12 weeks old (last October), went in painlessly and have been having regular periods since. I've been telling everyone how great it is and recommending it.
I can't really remember when it started but I feel like since I had my little girl I've just been feeling so over whelmed and weepy. I have no motivation to do anything and snap at the kids (I also have a 3yr old daughter) for the slightest thing and then burst into tears, hating myself for being such a bad mother. My health visitor diagnosed pnd at my daughters 1yr review and sent me to my doctors. The doctor referred me for councilling and offered me anti-depresents which I declined. I'm still waiting for my councilling but my health visitor thinks I've gotten worse and I'm due to go back to the doctor next week and I know she is going to push for anti-depressants again.
I heard about someone getting pregnant because her coil fell out so I decided to google it to see how common it is and was led to this thread and to say I'm shocked is an understatement!
I will be ringing my doctors first thing in the morning to make an appointment to get this thing our of me!!!
I thought I should write a post to update anyone who has been following this thread.
Where do I start! I have finally discovered what was causing my symptoms and it WASN'T the mirena coil. Things got worse and my symptoms especially anxiety, panic attacks, tiredness and brain fog got so bad that I broke down in work and was sent straight to my GP where they ran a blood test. I was shocked to discover that I have an under active thyroid. It all makes sense now, looking back at how gradually symptoms came on me.
My main reason for posting in here today is to tell you all that there could be another reason why you are having symptoms and it might not be the coil that is the problem. The trouble with diagnosing an under active thyroid is that there is a 'normal' range for thyroid function so if you are tested for it, results may come back normal but if like me your normal range drops then you will start to slowly show symptoms of what is called 'hypothyroidism'. Until your thyroid level drops to abnormal, that is only when it s picked up in a routine blood test. I am now taking thyroxine which takes a long time to kick in but slowly a
I am starting to feel better. No more panic attacks and far less anxiety, I don't feel 100% but getting there.
I've just been reading some posts on here and they sound very familiar to the symptoms of an under active thyroid. Other symptoms are irregular or painful periods, joint aches, especially in back, arms and legs, fatigue, weight gain (I didn't have that one surprisingly), confusion, memory loss and constipation. If you have any of these symptoms I'd get to your GP and ask for a thyroid function test. Normal thyroid range is 10-25.
Good luck ladies x x x
Hey ladies been researching on the net about the Mirena coil,
I had it put in 4 weeks ago now after having my baby girl, it's been awful! I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder a few years ago and have gone through a lot of different meds to get me on the right track, but after having this its set of a whole load of trouble! Rage, anxiety, terrible mood swings depression the list goes on .... So have decided I'm having it removed, my health visitor did warn me that this might happen, so if any of you feel like this go and see your gp before it gets any worse. I'm hoping to get back to some normality when it's out. X
Just wanted to say thank god I found this site as I thought I was going stir crazy, I had the coil fitted 3 months ago against my wishes but was promised it was the best thing and everyone in the clinic wanted one apparently. Anyway a week after having it fitted I noticed I started feeling agitated all the time, since then i am an emotional wreck crying all the time and feeling so low with zero zest for life which isn't me at all. My poor husband is doing everything he can to be tolerant with me but I just can't help the way I feel, anyway enoughs enough now and I think I've just spoilt everyone's Christmas by being so miserable so I'm getting this horrible thing out on Thursday, here's hoping I can have my happy mental state back. We shouldn't have to suffer with these stupid hormones. Hope everyone's feeling better xx
I've had my second Mirena in for the last 2.5 yrs. My first was in for only a year or so, six months of that with severe anxiety that eventually responded to SSRIs. I blamed life events for that. Had it out to have another child, then returned back in 2010. Wham, within a couple of months I was back in the dark places. Not until a week ago did I put two and two together. Well, hopefully. Anybody who switched Mirena to Paragard IUD who had improved their anxiety issue? How long does it take to start feeling better? I have an appointment for a physical next week, my doc wants that first before she takes the Mirena out and gives me the Paragard. Thank you for any insight. This thread has simply changed my life. I am so angry for losing these years...
I,m amazed at the amount of comments on here regarding the Merina coil! I had mine fitted nearly five years ago, i bled initially for around 5 weeks which i was reassured would settle and it did. My periods completely stopped which was a great relief after suffering heavy long ones for years. I thought it was an amazing thing until.....1 year after having it fitted i had a death in my family and woke in the night with a panic attack, my shoulders/ upper back was burning, my heart was pounding and I could not settle at all, i can remember walking round in circles in my living room trying to slow my breathing down, eventually my husband called an ambulance and i was taken in, i was left in a little cubicle with a chair to calm down. After a while i decided to leave and felt as though i was stupid and an inconvience. When i got home i managed to go baxk to sleep but when i woke up in the morning i was in a right state....i completely lost all concentration, i was once again panicky, couldnt eat couldnt drink, couldnt sit still, couldnt be left alone i was completely out of my mind (or so i thought). Anyway went to docs a was put on anti D's and it was put down to the bereavement in my family. It took along time for the anti d's to work, i was infact in this state for 3 weeks before i started to feel better. Anyway we are now 4 years on and i am still on the anti d's as i tried to come off them around a year ago and started having panic attacks again so carried on with them. I mentioned to the doc about hormones and he ran a blood test to check it, it came back ok so that was ruled out. I just can't believe that the initial death has caused this for so long.....i still think its got something to do with the Mirena. Its great that i dont have a period but i do not want a new one inserted when this expires if its this causing my anxiety. I am still having random episodes of fear and burning shoulders, mainly when i am trying to go to sleep. Helpppppppp
OMG READ THIS PLEASE!!!!.... DONT GET THE COIL FITTED!!!!
Hi, im 21!
I had the marina coil fitted end of November 2012 - for the reason that i suffer from heavy periods and painfull ones, and was told by my gp this would help with that..since i had it fitted i bled EVERYDAY obs not like when your on a full blown period but eveyrday i had some kind of bleeding, and my actual periods where so heavy and painfull.. then i started to get really low and from then everything went down hill!! im usually a really confident happy person with a stress free life but since the coil, i started to become so depressed and self concious of myself and my body image. i would cry nearly every day!!! and hated life and just wanted to hide myself away from everyone! i lost all my self confidence and my mood swings were terrible. i also lost a alot of hair! me and my bf started arguing alot due to the fact i was so down and was gettin him down!!! i honestly can say i even had days where i didnt care if i was to die!!!! ive never sufferd from depression or anything like that b4! i also started to get regular panic attacks!! i finally went to the gp and decided to have the coil removed hoping this would be the reason for my current state of mind. i had it removed a week and half ago february 18th 2013. I can honestly say since then i feel like the girl i was before i had the coil fitted! i havnt cried once and im feeling confident and happy within myself agaiin!! i honeslty think having the coil fitted was the most worst desicsion of my life!! i never want to feel like that again!!! if your thinking of getting the coil fitted please be aware of the side affects as i was not warned about these when i went to have mine fitted!!! i would NEVER recomend the coil myself xxxx
Thank goodness for threads like these! I honestly thought I was loosing the plot and will to live before I came across your posts.
I had the Mirena fitted in September 2012 - one year after having my first child. It sounded like the perfect contraception -"last 5 years and little/no periods after 6 months". I thought why would any woman want any other contraception.
Well little did I know that my life would turned upside down thereafter. Depression and anxiety set in and my brain felt murky all the time. I wasn't functioning in meetings at work, was constantly snapping at those closest to me, felt like I had a ton of bricks sitting on my chest by the end of the day and just felt like running away all the time. It only dawned on me that the Mirena could be causing all this ill feeling (and not the usual stress of life) when a friend mentioned that she felt like a different person when she had it removed. Thanks to your posts, I called the doctor immediately and scheduled for it to be removed yesterday. I look so forward to feeling normal again in the next coming days!
Thank you ladies.
Thank you ladies for all of your posts. I literally feel like I have been living in Hell on Earth for the last 10 months. Like many of you, I have felt at times like I was literally going crazy and that I would never be happy again. Here is my story.
I had my first child last March of 2012 and had the Mirena inserted at the end of April 2012. I have suffered from depression and anxiety in the past and have been on many anti-depressants, benzos, mood stabilizers, etc. When I found out I was pregnant, I stopped taking all medications. I started walking every day for at least 20 minutes and started taking a huge amount of vitamins, including high doses of fish oil. Well..whatever I was doing must have worked because I hadn't felt so good in many years. After I had my son in March 2012, I still felt really good. No post partum depression which was a huge relief. It was in July of 2012 that something changed. I started feeling this nagging anxiety that would come and go. I started fighting with my boyfriend all the time which added to the anxiety. My ability to cope with stressful situations was down to zero. As the months went by, the anxiety got worse and worse to the point that I felt anxious every single second of the day. The only way I can describe it is it felt like I had drank four cups of coffee on an empty stomach. I was jittery, scatter-brained, shaky, moody and just felt plain awful. I only had to think of a negative thought in my head, and my body would go into panic mode that I couldn't get out of. Elevated pulse, shaking hands, inability to concentrate, memory problems, etc.
In addition to the anxiety, I have felt this debilitating fatigue about 70% of the time. For many months I attributed that to being a new mom with an infant who didn't sleep through the night. When my son started sleeping all night, I became concerned that no matter how much I slept, I was so tired. I was walking around like a zombie all the time.
The memory/focus/concentration issues have be so terrible as well. I have to write everything down or else I forget simple things almost immediately.
In addition to the above, I have felt waves of depression and absolutely no sex drive. In fact, the idea is kind of repulsive. (That is definitely not ordinary for me). I am slightly naseous most days and have very little appetite.
During this time I started a new job after being out of the work force for nearly two years. It has been a daily struggle just to keep this job as I fell terrible every second of the day.
I have been two several doctors and they just want to put me back on mood stabilizers and anti-anxietys meds. I refuse to go down that path as I am very skeptical of pharmaceuticals at this point.
After googling Mirena and anxiety, my suspicious began to grow that these terrible symptoms are hormonal and related to the Mirena. I pray this is the answer for me and I have schedule with my doctor to have the Mirena removed on April 1st.
I certainly hope I notice a difference within a couple weeks of removal and I will update my post if I get noticeable results.
I am SO glad everyone took the time to post so I was able to get a possible solution for my very debilitataing issues. I know in my heart that if these symptoms continue, I will lose my job, my friends and my sanity!!!
I have read the above posts with great interest. I had a mirena fitted in feb last year following diagnosis of endometriosis. After several weeks of bleeding constantly then spotting, things did settle down - I now have no pain, no periods and from that point of view things are great. However, since having it in I have never cried so much in my life. Pre mirena I wasn't a tearful person, but I reckon I cry most weeks now over the smallest thing and without any real rationale. I'm not really sure what to do. I have no children, I am single, and have no desire to go on any medication, but I don't think I can go on like this for much longer. What is priortiy, well being or the pain threshold?
I thought I was becoming a monster. I had my Mirena placed in April 2013. I've only had it for about a 6 weeks. In these six weeks I've experienced aggression, uncontrolled anxiety, EXTREME mood swings, and aggressive thoughts and suicidal ideations.
Now, I've dealt with PPD and that stemmed into manic-depression. Never have I ever felt this low or this unstable. I don't feel in control. The past two weeks my actions and feelings have caused me a separation from my son's father and I have become a person to fear in my family. I've even become afraid of myself! I'm grateful that my son has not seen any of my outlandish behaviors.
Anyhow, I made the decision to research the root of the cause of this sudden change and first spoke with my psychiatrist about it possibly being due to other hormonal issues I've experienced and not just an extreme manic/depressive episode. I explained that I've had to go through various methods of hormone therapies to tackle some uterine issues and was advised by my ob/gyn that an IUD would be last resort. I simply asked my psych, "Could the hormones that I'm on and off with and possibly the Mirena hormones trigger depressive episodes for me?" The doctor told me it could send me into a depressive state but he wouldn't relate it to the Mirena. I thought What?! Did you just say yes and no in the same sentence? So I did research on all the medicine that I've recently had to take and find a root to this new behavior.
I started in on the anxiety, the negative thoughts, and the constant crying. It began with the Mirena. So I looked up side effects and even checked out forums because I feel like sometimes manufacturers omit some serious stuff. Sure enough I've found that I'm not the only person going through these extremes. Some women didn't have them until later than others or didn't realize it until later but the symptoms are linked nonetheless. There was so much hopelessness that I've dragged into in the past few weeks. I seriously feel like such a monster.
I've found hope. I'm calling my ob/gyn doctor first thing Monday morning and getting this thing removed!!
I'm 49 and had my Mirena fitted in January this year as I had very heavy, irregular and prolonged periods, fibroids causing pain, plus a history of endometriosis and surgery between babies. After a 6 months of irritating bleeding/spotting without letup, I finally stopped bleeding. However, I have put on a load of weight despite exercising and eating the same, I have lost my sex drive, I feel rubbish, tearful and deflated a lot of the time, and feel like an old lady constantly forgetting things and not being able to explain what I want to say. I've also started having the abdominal fibroid cramping pain again, which goes on for 36 hours at a time. Mirena was my last resort to postpone the inevitable hysterectomy. I've made an appointment to have my coil taken out next week. I know it works for lots of people; obviously not me. This thread and also another relating to the weight gain on Mirena, have been very insightful. Thank you.
I'm 47 and have had 2 coils fitted. The first one I had for around 4.5 years, it was very painful when fitted and I felt like fainting as the doctor did it and it went right up into my womb. When the Dr. came to remove it it got stuck so had to have it surgically removed under general anaesthitic and another put it. I realise now that I have never felt right, as in feeling depressed and over anxious with either coil and was told after having my two children that as the progesterone would only be in my womb that it wouldn't cause side effects. The second coil I seemed to have a lot bleeding with and after a couple of months couldn't sleep without the light on, something I'd never had a problem with, 2 years later my Dr. prescribed more progesterone on top of the coil to reduce my bleeding, followed by a little white progesterone pill to stop it while on holiday. Next thing I was experiencing horrific panic attacks (having never suffered one in my life before), fear of going into dark small places (again never encountered before), even shops and supermarkets if I couldn't see a window. Also, part of my tongue went numb for over a week. Thought I was having a break down, realise it was this synthetic progesterone, threw the tablets away and have just had my coil which came out quickly and easily at the surgery taken out yesterday. I feel so much better already and realise now the anxiety and depression I've been suffering is down to this merina coil which should be banned.
Had personal stories from around 10 people, colleagues and friends who have had this coil and all have suffered symptoms of either depression with suicidal thoughts, anxiety, painful breasts and breathing difficulties at times; which they have now linked to when they had the coil in apart from one who seems to have been fine. I believe the copper coil is fine but I'm not having anything in after this and my husband is going to have the snip.
I have read how well St. John's Wort works for anxiety and depression and wish I could use it myself but you really shouldn't be taking it if you have a Mirena iud, it can stop it from working as a contraceptive! I tried looking around for info to back up what I've read but I couldn't find anything substantial. It is written in the Mirena leaflets and booklets not to take it though, it might be worth disussing with your doctor or gynaecologist (although even some professionals seem confused as to whether or not it would interact with Mirena).
*discussing not disussing
*it interacts with not would interact with #badgrammar!
Hi, had mu mirena put in 2 years ago after my first baby. I have previously had the mini-pill (progesterone only) and only took that for 1 month as the side effects were so bad, complete loss of sex drive, minutes of contemplating suicide, depression, mood swings. I didn't have any periods for 5 months after this. So this made me realise that i must be very sensitive to progesterone.
I did a good bit of research into Mirena and decided that whilst it has the progesterone in it, it is localised and the company and doctors were confident that any side effects should me very minimal.
2 years of ups and downs (not helped by money worries) I tried my best to hang in there and allow the mirena to settle in.
I got to a point where I realised that despite having a period each month I would instead have 5 days a month of feeling exhausted and anxious and low. I have definitely put on half a stone in weight that is purely a consequence of the mirena. But the final straw was when every other month I would end up having a nervous breakdown. I would be a wreck, shaking, anxious and incredibly upset. I realised that I couldn't go on like this.
So a week and a half ago I had the mirena removed, painless and effortless (like the insertion).
Couple of days later I started to bleed heavily and then heavier again. Then came the blood clots. I would notice a cramp/contraction as it was passing too which made it even more uncomfortable. The clots varied in size between half an inch to 2 inches in diameter. I was exhausted too and very dizzy. I also had night sweats for 6 days. (just like after i had my baby). I ended up having to take 2 days off work to recover. I upped my iron intake to help with the blood loss and it seemed to help. My doctor meanwhile checked I had no infection with a swab, clear and advised me to keep an eye on things.
9 days after having the coil removed and the bleeding stopped. Still felt bit tired.
Last night (11 days after mirena removal) I felt very lethargic and flu like. I went to bed and all night i experienced nightmares. These were nightmares that exhausted me, I felt very anxious in my sleep and no matter how many times I turned over I still couldn't shake these nightmares. (I may have the odd anxious dream now and again but nothing like this).
By 6am I decided to sit up and go to the toilet to try to stir myself out of the dreams. It took me a few minutes to stand as I still felt exhausted, confused and dizzy. I knew the time because the heating had just come on, usually it is still quite cold at this time but i noticed I felt very hot and nauseaous.
I made my way to the toilet and collapsed on it, sitting right back. My fiance came in as he didnt realise I was in the toilet and I told him i felt sick, I was at this point coherent but still dazed and not in full control of my exhausted body.
He went to check on our son, meanwhile I fell unconscious and collapsed onto the floor (hurting my neck and head also). He came in to find me screaming at the top of my voice. He tried to tell me to calm down and was tapping me to get me to respond. All I remember was feeling like I was screaming but I couldnt hear myself screaming. I was aware of one out of 15 words that my fiance said, the other words I just didnt hear. I also was unresponsive and delirious until he started yelling louder telling me our son was scared because I was screaming. He repeated this over and over until eventually I managed to hear this and it took all my power to try to regain control of my body and mind. My fiance managed to pull me up and prop me in a slumped position against the wall. I then realised that what had just happened was not at all normal so told him to ring for an ambulance.
By the time I got to hospital my obs were perfect, no temperature, good blood pressure, normal heart rate. Whatever had happened my body had recovered almost instantly. They took my blood and tested for everything. Only thing found was a minor cold (which I have had a slight runny nose from but nothing else). They decided that as nothing was found to be a cause and as I am healthy (as can be) that it was possibly due to stress and exhaustion. I mentioned the mirena and the many side effects that doctors aren't widely aware of, but he couldn't really say other than it could have been a factor.
I feel ok now, very tired, I could sleep forever and a bit groggy.
I have been reading about nightmares from the mirena and it appears other women have had them too. I am now going to carry on reading to see if there is anything I can do to help with the mirena progesterone withdrawal effects and go to my local doctor to discuss it.
If anyone else has a similar experience then please share. I hope my experience helps others too. Good Luck to everyone!
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