To want to shout from the roof tops how evil the mirena coil is!!!(143 Posts)
I know there have been 1000s of posts about this and widely discussed, but I am genuinely shocked by the difference since I had my mirena coil removed and just needed to share. When I had it put in Dr assured me little to no side effects. At the time we were going through a bit of a stressful situation but I have always been a strong coper and was fine. Then within about a few weeks my moods started to spiral. I would feel anxious, panicky, burst into tears etc. I went back to dr was told no way was it the coil I was obviously just very stressed. Having two young children, they were assumed the cause. My parenting changed, I went from positive gentle parenting to struggling to control shouting and angry outbursts. In a fit of happiness I threatened and tried to leave my absolutely wonderful husband and children thinking I was obviously a bad thing for them all, On my husbands request I returned to the GP worried I was having delayed PND, was reassured again about coil and told me they thought I was depressed. But I started to research it all and I didn't think I was depressed as it would come on in cycles, directly linked to ongoing break through bleeding etc. I ended up insisting coil was removed, and pretty much had a row with the GP about that decision! That was 4 weeks ago and my life has transformed! Once again I am calm, happy, confident. I feel I am parenting my children 1000 times better, I am attracted to my husband and our sex life has returned to what it was. I haven't cried or shouted since one week after it was removed (I had a bit of a crash for a week after!). I am really, really genuinely shocked by the profound affects this had and when I researched into it, even more shocked by how common this is! I wish I had done more research prior to having it fitted rather than relying on the GP. I know GP's receive a lot of money for promoting and fitting the coil but I do worry this is at a cost of warning patients that though on on hand it works wonders, it can seriously screw you up on the other!
You are welcome to shout all you want, but I like mine
Everyone reacts differently to different types of contraception. FWIW, I hated the mirena, but I know plenty of people that love theirs.
May be my post title should have read 'how evil it an be!' Completely agree for some people it is wonderful but there is a huge number of people for whom it has really profound effects. When I questioned my GP about this she basically told me it was nonsense. I think there needs to be more transparency and honesty about the potential good and bad. The problem is the coil is linked to financial incentives and gains for GP's so I not convinced they are always solely motivated by what is best for the patient!
You described my experience. I'm getting it out.
You can shouted from the rooftops that it is bad for you I really love mine so I think you are wrong
I had exactly the same experience as you, run. My GP was very dismissive of my concerns as well. I had my merina replaced with a copper coil, went to bed to get over the procedure (I always experience a 'shock'reaction after anything like that), and woke up the next morning feeling like a huge cloud had been lifted. My entire outlook on.life changed overnight.
The GP said it was all in my mind
I had the opposite experience, once it had settled down (a few months). I feel much better than I ever did on other hormonal contraceptives. I totally appreciate how awful it can be for some people though. I'm lucky with this one.
I'm the same on the pill. I only realised how awful I felt and how much it had changed me when I stopped it as the effects came on quite gradually. I was depressed and crying myself to sleep every night. I almost dropped out of uni. I had no libido. I put on weight. All of these side effects disappeared within a fortnight of stopping it. I wish it were more well known that hormonal contraception can have these effects on some women.
I'm glad you are feeling better now OP.
I luffs mine.
I have a similar reaction to the contraceptive pill though, so hear where you are coming from.
Nothing will work for everyone.
It was awful for me too. I thought I was losing my mind. I had a year of hell and was fed up with my GP telling me it would soon settle down. I have many friends who love it so I felt like it was me. It does not work for everyone and GPs should listen to women who are not happy on it.
I fully agree on the need for more transparency etc. I have never had a Mirena but am considering it after I give birth (currently pg). I have previously had an implant and found it awful and wish I'd been given a bit more information first, including the risk of bleeding near-constantly... which anecdotally seems to be quite widespread! This was never mentioned. On the other hand I suppose I could have done more research myself but it's not always easy for a layperson to understand or even have access to the results of trials etc.
SHout all you like, but it has given me my life back for the last 15 years. Before it I couldn't do anything for 3 days of my period. A SUper Plus tampon and a super pad would keep me going just about long enough to teach an hour's lesson.
YANBU to dislike it yourself, YABVVVVVU to scare people it might help by using words like 'evil'. It doesn't work for you, that's all.
I felt very much like you describe in the first month, it has gone better after 4-5. It is getting much better but that doesn't mean your case would be the same.
Good on you for being so assertive with your doctor, to be honest I'm surprised that you had to do so much to convince them to remove it, they should have done because you wanted it out, end of.
Cutiecat your state 'I thought I was losing my mind' - resonates so strongly with me. I couldn't understand what was going on - I felt like I was spiralling!
I didn't have any problems during the time I had it in.....but Jesus Christ having it put in (so painful!) and taken out was a bleeding nightmare!
The strings were well and truly lost, had to see a consultant who used a special implement to get it out....took about 15 minutes of fishing about! Was horrific......never again!
love mine too and did research it alot before going ahead. do not miss those 10 day painful periods
doesn't everyone research this before changing>?
Perhaps The reason you will get lots of responses from women (like me) who think the mirena coil is brilliant is that when I started doing research into the cool before having it all I could find were threads like these saying it was dreadful.
Of course it doesn't suit everyone but the reality is that for the majority if women it is great with no problems.
There's quite a skewed anecdotal view on line whereas once I started asking RL friends for their experience all I heard was positive experiences.
So while I'm very sorry you hard such a hard time of it, your thread title is somewhat inflammatory. I hope you find something that works better for you soon.
Sorry I had such a bad experience but I loved mine, no periods, no side effects, all sorted for 5 years.
The thing is, it doesn't work for everyone
The problem is, doctors seem to completely dismiss any of the side effects some people suffer from and its a horrible battle trying to get them removed. My doctors still refusing. I've been tested for all sorts, all clear, and she still won't remove it. I wish I'd knowm that before I chose to have one.
I loved mine, had no side effects.
Fully accept that it affects everyone differently though. Although on that note, I suppose anyone can react badly to anything. I've had some very nasty side effects from anti biotics for example.
Oh op poor you.
My mirena had been excellent and stopped my heavy constant bleeding so I am happy.
My dd was on the combined pill and was dreadful, headaches and nausea.
The real issue is finding the contraception/solution to problems that suits you and doctors must listen to women and act accordingly.
My moods were all over the place for probably six months, which given I had 2 babies and a fairly recent bereavement didn't help. But it settled down after that and I'm happy with it now. I don't know what I'll do when it needs replacing, though.
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