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Mirena Coil removal - mood crash

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michelle2706 Tue 05-May-09 23:10:04


Has anyone had problems once their coil has been removed?

I got mine out 8 days ago after it being in for 6mths. Was constantly tired, spotty, headachey, nervous, depressed anxious, no sex drive...etc.

2 days after removal i was spotting. 4 days after I got a feeling like i was going to faint and be sick and this continued for 2hrs. Husband took me to a&e as i hyperventilated (didn't know this at the time) and brought on pins and needles in my arms and legs.

I have been so down then my period started properly on the saturday, full swing on sunday, but my mood is like a roundabout stops and starts very quickly and my tummy feels weird. Am used to having pms and cramps with my period, but this feels weird and it's horrible.

When will i feel normal, how do I know when I ovulate and will that make me feel better?

Any thoughts would be great!


Tanya1973 Sat 19-Apr-14 10:42:15

I had my mirena taken out after three years,it was very good ,but for last few months before taking out it was hurting. I now am experiencing a crash.its been out a week,and i had a light bleed for four days then nothing for a week.i had a really moody day at work and felt so tired in the evening i wandered,whatever is going on here?By the next morning i had a blood clot and bad cramps thought i was on a period,that night i had heart palpitations,my belly felt sick and nervous,i had insomnia the whole night i woke up like every hour and felt so much anxiety. The next morning i had a headache,no bleeding no cramps but a sore feeling.I hope this is not gonna take long to sort out .so IM going to take women's essence from Australian flower remedy to see if it will help regulate it quicker

Hannah636 Fri 28-Mar-14 11:11:09

Hi, ive had my mirena coil in four years now and had severe depression for three, low sex drive , abdominal pain and pain and bleeding after intercourse. I have an appointment to have it removed in a weeks time at the hospital as the strings are no longer visible. I was just wondering if anyone could explain how they go about removing it and if its painfull and also how long it was before you return to your normal self ? Thanks

BitchPeas Sun 23-Mar-14 17:22:05

I'm so glad I've found this thread.

Had my mirena coil out 1 month ago as wanted to give my body a break before ttc in November.

While I had it in I gained 1.5 stone.

When I had it out I bled for two days, but since then nothing but I have continuously felt like I'm about to come on, I'm spotty, pale, nauseous, my boobs have gone from a C to a DD. My stomach in so bloated I look 5 months gone, it's also rock hard and tender, I ache all over, I cry at everything, I'm so short tempered and depressed, my hairs falling out and I veering between diarrhoea and constipation every few days blush

When will this stop? When will my period come back properly? I'm sick of feeling like this! Has anyone lost the weight they gained?

YankNCock Sun 23-Mar-14 16:16:04

I had a copper coil fitted when DS2 was 8 months, due to not wanting hormones. Unfortunately, this caused really heavy periods, where I was scared to leave the house due to needing to empty my mooncup every hour! So doc suggested swapping to Mirena. I had it put in about 5 weeks ago and I've not stopped bleeding since.

I had terrible headaches the first week, then mood swings and irritability, then acne (I'm 37 FFS!), then swelling in my hands so bad that I've had to remove my rings. Constant tingling/numbness in my hands too, like I experienced with both pregnancies. And I've gained about 4 kilograms, even though I am fairly sure I'm not eating differently--assume this is water weight.

I phoned up the clinic crying, asking if they could take it out asap, but there are no appointments till Tuesday when my 6 week check is scheduled. I asked if I could have it out then, and the receptionist hemmed and hawed and said it was up to the doctor! Surely if I want the fucking thing out it should be MY choice???

I'm ready to yank the thing out myself. Was promised 'the hormones are localised' and 'no side effects except your period disappearing!'. FUCK the FUCK off stupid lying wankers!

<disclaimer: I am very very moody and irritable now, see above for evidence.>

SuperMum84 Fri 21-Mar-14 21:28:17


I had my coil removed 7 days ago. It was in for 2 years, my 2nd coil, the first was in for 4/5 months as I had a bartholin cyst & blamed the coil. The 2nd coil I had fitted also caused a bartholin cyst a few weeks later so I think they're definitely related.
I have put on a stone since having the coil, I was feeling bloated, grumpy, lower back pain, cramping around my c section scar area, I'd had spitting for the first 3 months of getting the foil fitted but that was all.

I've had it out 7 days, I had some spotting on the Friday it came out, mood swings Monday, what seemed to be a very light period tues-fri, I've always had clear skin but I'm on my 3rd spot since the coil came out, not even a small spot, a beasty! My back is less achy but my breast are tender and sore, I used to get this when I was on my period or due on. I'm really tired but that may be stress from other things. I'm going to give my body a break and see what happens, I suffered really bad with heavy periods before the coil was fitted, super heavy tampax and changing every 15 mins! Hoping they stay away!

Kelkel1980 Sun 16-Mar-14 14:20:59

I suffered with extremely heavy periods was changing sanitary wear ever 15-20 minutes it was affecting everything i did and was ruining my life
I had the coil fitted a year ago but now want it taken out to try and start a family with my partner
Has any one with heavy periods like this have it out and successfully have children as this is really worrying me and the doctor isnt that helpful and just says having a baby will help with the bleeding

madchocolatemum48 Sun 16-Mar-14 12:06:01

Update on me removing the MC on friday night.
The horrible stench has gone. grin
Within 24hrs of removing the coil my vagina doesn't smell as though something crawled in and died there anymore. blush
Still no bleeding or pain either.

madchocolatemum48 Sat 15-Mar-14 07:49:28

Think I may have removed the MC myself last night.
Had it in for heavy periods 4 years ago, after about a year my periods stopped, About 6 months ago I started bleeding again on a regular monthly basis, definitely not heavy but there.
I also started noticing an odour that was extremely unpleasant no matter how often I washed.
I had been bleeding for 3 weeks and yesterday I was so aware of something being not right so last night I had a feel about for the strings thinking it may have dislodged. Usually I can just feel the tip of a string but last night I could actually grip it.
So I pulled, very very slowly, thinking if it is still in then I should feel a twinge and I would stop. No twinge, didn't feel anything and out it came. Not bleeding, no cramps or pain YET
I actually feel elated that it's gone.
I have been reading up on the MC and yes the lack of a period is one of it's primary jobs and for that I was grateful
The more I have been researching up on all the additional emotional baggage that no one seems to be warned of is astounding.
I have had the depression, weight gain, zero sex drive, apathy, feeling of dread, the list is endless.
I will wait and see if I start feeling better in myself but I doubt if I will have the MC refitted.

blackorchid1959 Wed 12-Mar-14 12:44:44

hi just had mine removed after almost 8yrs . I recommend not leaving in so long lady's . should be removed after 5yrs as it really isn't doing much after that .the hormone is basically gone . had mine removed 1hr ago. I was unfortunate that it had bedded into my womb ! was a very painful experience. pls don't do what I did and leave in so long . resting now with painkillers .

jaxx36 Mon 10-Mar-14 01:34:31

Still have bloated thou...urgh!!

jaxx36 Mon 10-Mar-14 01:34:07

Still have bloated thou...urgh!!

jaxx36 Mon 10-Mar-14 01:03:18

I thought the merina was a brilliant,for 8 years i had no periods or period pains but I had bad emotional Pmt each month for about 5 days but I never once thought the Merina was to blame just thought it was the norm.I also would get occassionl mysterious illnesses like extreme joint pain but again never once thought the coil was the cause. Then after 8 years I got 3 very slight periods in a row and after that I never seemed to be as emotional or angry again but I started to feel physically ill at times, swollen leg, heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, Shortness of breathe, sleep apnea of some kind but blood tests would be all clear and so on, so eventually I gave uP going the doctors and started to believe I was turning into a hypercondriact because it would always pass! Its very hard when not having periods and its something that's not happening every month to realize what's wrong.

February 2013 I decided for some strange reason to switch to the contraceptive implant Nexplanon(which releases the same one hormone like the marina, due to health risks I can't have combined)Again I had no periods..great!! But I started to get the common and natural stabbing pains mid cycle which I had never had ever before and for 2 weeks of every month I'd find my concentration was to be low, my legs would hurt etc, then in October I felt really Ill again as before severe palpitations, leg swelling, I went to the doctors, he basically told me I was just stressed, a few days later I had a period and felt marvelous after, that's when the penny finally dropped and each month since its been the same symptoms but without the period so I got the nexplanon removed nearly 3 weeks ago as after 11 years without a break I want to find out what my hormones are like and if the implants have helped or made it worse.
BUT what I didn't understand or expect was what I'd go through after removal, on the first night I slept for 12 hours without waking, I then went over the next few days with hot flushes, dizziness, stomach cramps,anger, doom, bloated stomach, feeling pregnant, visiting the toilet on average 15 times a day, even after I had a period I felt awful, stabbing pains in my back, the list goes on, a shaky feeling like a drug addict might feel trying to get clean! But I am happy to say that it seems to have all just gone, 2 days ago! I feel great, ok I won't know until my normal periods return if my pmt will be any better but what I can say is that right now I feel better than I have felt in years because if you think about it these implants/ius slowly release a hormone into our bodies and in some ways we become dependant so I guess what I experienced was some kind of withdrawal or crash!

Seasidemother2014 Sat 08-Mar-14 07:43:39

I thought I would post my experience as reading those of others has been helpful. I had MC fitted in mid December due to heavy periods. In the 9 weeks that I had it, I got very spotty, unexplained mood swings (which I never had), retaining weight despite running three times and week and watching diet, bloated stomach and sore breasts and I bled to some degree or another every day except for 5 days.

When I went for my gynae check up I told the gynae the symptoms and she tried to persuade me to keep on for a few more weeks to see if the bleeding sorted itself out but I said that due to all the other symptoms, this wasn't going to work for me. They are the same symptoms I got on the pill years ago (13 years ago). I agreed to have the MC as I understood it was a low dose hormone that would stay localised. That clearly wasn't the case for me.

The doctor took it out at that same appointment - didn't feel a thing and only took a minute.

That was 8 days ago since when I have been bleeding a lot and having what feels like a proper period. I am hoping that this will stop soon (please - 3 months bleeding is enough thank you) and I will start to feel the benefit of the exercise and healthy eating. It seems that for me, I will just have to put up with heavy periods. At least I knew when to expect them and could plan life around that.

From this thread there are clearly many people for whom the MC has been great but for me, the hormones that it pumps into you and the effect of them just doesn't work and outweighs any of the benefits (I hadn't found any yet!).

Laurenrocks Fri 28-Feb-14 22:04:40

Hi, I was just doing some reading and found this thread. I had my mirena removed on the 10th of Feb after having it in for 4 years. I have had a really bad period since. I've had a couple of days with no bleeding (not together) but it has been pretty much non stop. I'm on a new pill. Should I go back to the doctors? Or do you think it will pass?

Izzyjm Sun 16-Feb-14 20:07:31

I had my mirena removed on Tuesday after six months of feeling bloated, bad tempered, putting on half a stone in weight and for the first 4 months being really spotty. The removal took about 30 seconds and was like a smear test maybe a little bit more of a pinch but so worth it. No headaches, dizziness or cramps that some others have experienced just a normal period that started 3 days after the removal. My mood is better and I have rediscovered my knee caps that disappeared in the bloating which has also gone, just hoping the weight drops off too.

tazmania10 Sun 16-Feb-14 04:56:48

hi i'm going in to have my mc removed next week after 7 years ( yes 2 years over due) been worried sick about having it removed...does it hurt? but reading some of the comments it sounds like i have more things to worry about..and i'm not a worrier....but all said and done the mc coil is the best thing to happen to me i was having heavy periods for 15 days and it all stopped once i had the coil, i bled for 2 days and only lightly....when they remove the mc will they put another in straight away or do i have to wait.

misslisalo Thu 13-Feb-14 14:37:47

Just a quick update here from my last post. I removed the coil myself and did not feel any pain at all. Since removing it, its been 6 days and I am now back to my happy bubbly, confident self. Doctors still insist it was not the coil that was causing all my problems, but after blood tests, ecg tests and swabs everything has come back clear. Such a coincidence since I have removed the coil that I have had none of the symptoms I described in my earlier post. Best thing I done was to take it out.

misslisalo Thu 06-Feb-14 12:31:02

I think I have just found my sanity again!! Thank you all. I have had the Morena coil in for 4 months and in that time I have had severe headaches, anxiety, depression, mood swings. Just on Sunday I had to have an ambulance phoned for me as I took a panic attack, couldn't breathe properly and got pins and needles in my arms and legs blurred vision and very confused, this lasted for over 3 hours and was told it was a utine infection after being on ECG for a while. I was then discharged from hospital with a course of anti biotics for a urine infection which I have been told from the doc today I did not have. My mum suggested it could be the side effects of the coil but the doctor quickly dismissed this. I have came home and googled it and got brought here, which all comments suggest the exact same as what I have been experiencing. I actually thought I was going mad until now. Just want to say thank you and have arranged for the coil to be removed tomorrow x

MrsT1984 Tue 19-Nov-13 18:28:39

I've just had my Mirena Coil removed today after having it for 15 months. In that time I have gained weight, got depressed and anxious, and anti-social to the point where I can't face leaving the house. On top of that, bloating, constant spotting where I'm having to wear a pad every day just in case, low sex drive and sharp pains on my left side. Oh and crap hair and crap skin. So far I've been bleeding a bit with some discomfort, when the doc had a look she said my cervix was a bit inflammed and bloody, (lovely), but they always deny any of these things are anything to do with the coil! Not looking forward to this 'crash' that's been widely reported on here I have to say, especially with hubby working nights, mind you he is an A and E nurse so at least he'll be there if I get 15 months worth of bleeding in one go! Bloomin heck, trying not to panic muchly!

Juneyrhubarb Fri 15-Nov-13 19:01:57

I had the mirena for roughly 15 months

Got it removed on Wednesday as it wasn't working for me.

Was constantly bleeding (very lightly)
Constant irritations (felt like infections)
Felt depressed and anxious

Today is Friday and I almost went to A&E today the bleeding was worse than after giving birth!! I have worn a pad since the removal (just in case) and today I'm so lucky I was wearing a pad otherwise there would have been a puddle under my desk at work!! In addition I had a palm sized clot that resembled a placenta come out of me - scary stuff!!!!

I wasn't warned by the nurse who removed the coil so I began wondering whether this is normal period or possibly a wound caused by removing it!! Will see how I go over the weekend and if I'm still bleeding like this I will have to go back.

Be Warned!!!

sylve2013 Fri 08-Nov-13 00:14:23

It has now been 2 months since i had my coil removed. My bloated stomach has reduced significantly and for 3 weeks of the month i feel alot happier. I have one bad week a month hormones wise which is worse than when i had the coil as i felt a bit down all month with the coil in. I bleed heavily for 2 days but it is worth it. I eat an iron rich diet for 2 weeks prior to menstruation and avoid alcohol as this exacerbates my moods during that time. I feel a lot more positive about everything. My concentration is better at work and i have regained a sense of humour. Obviously the contraception side of things and light bleeding were a good thing. The coil is suitable for alot of people. I am having a 6 months trial without but really think i am alot better off without it.

Michelemc Mon 04-Nov-13 16:23:22

Had coil for constant bleeding 8 years ago, had replacement after 5 years which fell out after 3 days. Had new one put in a few weeks later. Just had that removed to start ivf. Had spotting for a week after removal and now heavy painful period with pain like never before! Hopping not to bleed continuously like I did before I tried the coil! Watch this space!!

fluffball1 Thu 26-Sep-13 22:05:59

Hi I've registered today in order to add to this discussion. I'm nearly 48 and have had the Mirena Coil in for over 10 years! I'm overdue for removal or replacement of my second cycle. I had been pleased with my coil as it stopped my horrendous heavy periods, but I have also suffered with terrible weight gain and acne! I put on so much weight actually that I had weight loss surgery to help me lose it, extreme but necessary!

I am now a size 16 and feeling better with my weight but my acne is really getting me down, I never suffered with spots before the Coil except at time of the month. So my dilmma.. do I have the Coil removed and risk very heavy periods coming back, or have a final 5 year cycle which should take me through to menopause.. the thing is what if I'm already in menopause? I don't know as I don't get periods? I also have sex drive problems and it's something I didn't realise was linked to the MC!?

I am strongly erring on having it removed, but I really can't bare the thought of very heavy periods again. Also as I've had the coil for much longer than most of you, what will the side effects of removal be for me? I'm not long out of major weight loss surgery.. can't really cope with other problems! Any advice very much appreciated, thanks.

4kayoss Mon 23-Sep-13 11:46:48

Hi, after reading through this thread thought I had to post my story.
I had the mirena coil fitting dec 2009, I was a size 14, have upped my exercise and reduced my food intake since having it fitted (it was fitted to stop me falling pregnant so wanted to shift the excess baby weight) and still I've managed to go up to a size 22!!!! Yes you read that right - a 14 to 22! Several times I went to the doctors about my weight gain and always had the same response, THE MIRENA DOES NOT CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN! go on a diet, join a gym blah blah I did it all and the only time in the just shy of 4 years the coil was in that I managed to lose any weight was when I fell ill with swine flu. So I'm sorry lovely precessional doctors but for me, it does cause weight gain, I'm in no doubt about it! Anyway,
Mood swings - oh yes they are horrendous! I've been a right moo for years now, extremely depressed, anxious, moody, stressy, you name it I've been it. I no longer feel like me! My poor children have been stars putting up with me and well the husband - well erm... Yes he's barely around now cause I've been the wife from hell. I tried getting the coil removed many times and refused every time so we moved town, I went to a sexual health clinic old the nurse I wanted another baby and she removed it no questions asked. Relief!! Then this demon devise puts the final boot it, 2 days of exhilarating pain absolute agony! Then the bleeding begins - tmi (I'm sorry) but I'm having to 'sort myself out' every 20 minutes, it's so heavy! School runs are incredibly difficult (I really wish I stocked adult nappies) I have 'the flu' really bad chest infection from hell, nobody else even has the sniffles so my only guess is yet another side effect, huge blood clots etc etc called the clinic and told its 'normal' hmmm.... Normal being unable to walk down a flight of stairs and feeling like your waters have just gone?! Well thanks for telling me that before you removed it!
So to summarise,
I barely bled for 4 years!
I'm now bleeding 4 years worth of periods in one hit (think ill be needing a transfusion soon!)
No sex drive once fitted - cant have sex after removal due to above problem!
Mood swings
Weight gain
Abdominal and back pain

Not all women experience problems with this coil but if you're thinking of having one fitted please think about the REAL side effects rather than the ones they put on paper. Never ever again for me, I'm hoping to gradually lose the weight now it's out (the large chest is welcome to stay though) go back to being me, the happy me without the devils device inside me controlling every aspect of my

bepaal10 Sun 15-Sep-13 08:20:14

Hi , I had the merina for 5 years and it was great for me. Not side effects at all. I had it removed last month and I feel my moods have change completely. I feel also I am putting on lots of weight. Hope things will be back to normal soon. Anybody with the same experience?

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