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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!


vronx Thu 29-Dec-11 09:55:20

I had no problems with mirena in other than strings disappearing! Worked well for me, very light occasional spotting, no mood swings, no weight gain. Since having it removed in Sept I'm like a bear with a sore head, mood swings, faint, tummy cramps, bloated, pains in arms and legs, nausea, depressed, little sleep, craving sweet food. Is this due to hormones?

twooter Thu 29-Dec-11 10:33:33

Got another mirena dilemma - my husband feels the threads during sex - says it's like being jabbed with needles, so he's not particularly enthusiastic, ahem, during sex. I've also have put on a bit of weight - or at least not lost what I should have, considering a dramatic increase in exercise.

I've been thinking about getting it out, but it has improved my pmt, and I love not having periods. Btw, I was on the copper coil first and my periods were ridiculous - I'd leak after two hours, even with a mooncup and fat sanitary towel ( sorry for tmi ).

Shanster Sat 14-Jan-12 23:15:54

I just had mine removed yesterday after 7 months. At first, I bled for 6 weeks everyday, then the bleeding stopped and I haven't had a period since. But I felt per-menstrual every day, and I had really bad cramps on a daily basis. I had the device taken out yesterday, and the ultrasound was normal apparently. I felt sick with the pain of having the ultrasound, but then this morning I started throwing up and feel like I have a terrible hangover (didn't have a drop to drink last night either). I have a headache, and it does feel like I am having some kind of withdrawal effects. Hoping this ends soon....

Fitzroy Sun 22-Jan-12 15:37:20

I have had the mirena coil removed 9 days ago, but I am feeling so anxious, and so sick, no energy, can;t think straight. I am really frightened about my feelings, and am pannicky about getting back to work. I have been off sick with all this.... any help or advice appreaciated. I have lost 6 lbs in weight, through not eating, and I know I am drinking too much at night, as that is the only time I feel like myself...... so frightening....

Seona1973 Sun 22-Jan-12 15:49:22

twooter, I think you can get the strings shortened so that might solve the problem (rather than getting the whole thing removed)

Fitzroy Sun 29-Jan-12 11:53:58

HOw long before these blooming hormones get out of my body, I still feel awful, can't stop crying, instead of getting better, I feel I am getting worse???

Fitzroy Thu 02-Feb-12 13:31:34


bepe11 Tue 21-Feb-12 02:25:12

I was a big fan of the Mirena. Had the kids late (@40 and 43) and persevered with condoms until my periods got heavy and too frequent. Had Mirena fitted Feb 08, so it has lasted 4 years. After some initial pain and spotting, my periods stopped entirely. Last few months, though, I've had general cramping and more spotting. Gyn advised having it out and waiting to see how my bleeding returns before deciding whether to fit another. Despite being 49, he says I'm definitely not menopausal. It came out last week.
I had no idea about the 'Mirena Crash' that affects so many of the people I've read on forums. Now, I'm normally very upbeat and busy. But I have had a hellish week of weeping, overall tiredness, depression and inability to get on top of it all.
One other thing. I'd always been 'large'. But the past four years have seen my weight creep up to beyond my full-term weight with No2. OMG. I put it down to work pressure/sedentary. Am now back at WW and lots of exercise. Hoping that one of the post-Mirena side effects isn't weight gain, or my WW leader will think I've been slack! Seriously hoping these overwhelmed feelings won't last, though.
Anyone had any success with multivitamins - and if so, which ones?

Fitzroy Tue 21-Feb-12 12:12:40

I am still trying to recover, and I only had the coil for about 2 months, but before that was treated with Sandrena gel, twice the dose you normally get. So I was on both for about 2/3 months, and on the gel for about 6 months... I am on ad and diazepam, and attending a counsellor... off work as well

Sera83 Sat 17-Mar-12 17:21:24

I haven't had the coil removed yet, but it was due to be removed 3 weeks ago. And I have been experiencing similar things to you. My moods are constantly up and down I go from being fine to being really angry, to crying for no reason. It's really affecting my abilities to cope as a parent and also effecting my relationship. They really should warn you about these things

ChildofIsis Sat 17-Mar-12 17:27:01

I've had my mirena in for 5 years and am due to have it replaced next week. It has been a fantastic success for me. I wouldn't use anything else now.

Jsl1966 Sun 18-Mar-12 00:09:48

Hi everyone ,

I'm single.. Recently divorced ,
I had mirena coil in for 5 years , had it renewed and was using for 9 years 2 months..i thought it was fantastic .. No periods & never thought i was having problems with it until i decided that I may as well get it removed as I'm single..
I was looking on internet to see if i would lose weight if it were removed .... I couldnt believe what i was reading and realised that i have had problems whilst having mirena ...Huge belly, that the mirena is probably cause of hair loss, thrush , smelly discharge , sugar cravings , eating loads , headaches...

Iwas petrified when reading about the possible crash after having Mirena removed ... I still went ahead though and had it removed.

I would like to join this thread and let everyone know my experience after having mirena removed ... Hopefully will help someone that is going to go through the same experience ...
Hopefully , I won't have to ask for help myself and will sail through it all....!!!!!!!

I had it removed friday at 4.30pm.. It took 2 seconds no problem..
I got home and felt a little light headed and dizzy, slight cramping and alittle bit of spotting.
As the night went by I was feeling better.... Happier , headache that i had for about 3 days had gone and felt wide awake...

I had quite a late night and spotting had stopped...
Got up saturday morning...and WOW... I felt euphoric , best I'd felt in a couple of weeks....and my scales said that I had lost 3lbs !!!!!....( Overnight )

The euphoric feeling lasted well in the afternoon...then i just felt really spotting , sometimes felt a little cramp as if it were period pain...

I don't watch much tv normally ... Actually had a normal night watching tv till late .. That really is unknown for me.. Better concentration perhaps ? I hope so

Will come back and let you all know whats happening very soon x

MsKittyFane Wed 16-May-12 17:06:47

Scared to death reading this thread as had mine taken out yesterday!
Please don't let me crash!

ladydepp Wed 16-May-12 17:18:36

I have had an MC for 2 years and I love it. I initially had a couple of months of on/off bleeding but now I have no more periods, hurrah! I got it for contraception reasons only and it has been brilliant. No weight gain, spots or bloating. I do still feel a bit pmtish sometimes but certainly not any more Thani did before.

I have several friends who are big fans too. One friend is planning to have hers removed as she is not hapoy with it but she is a raging hypochondriac and blames all her health issues on the MC, even the same issues she had before it was fitted!

Just thought I would balance out the negativity a bit, I know when I first researched it I found it hard to find anyone with anything good to say.

I hoped i don't suffer the crash in 3 years time! Doesn't sound fun....Hope those who are going through it get through it quickly...

Harri1711 Tue 22-May-12 09:14:48

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 : (

Jsl1966... did u stay symptom free after removal?

MsKittyFane... how did it go?

pippa23 Thu 06-Dec-12 15:39:04

For those of you having the Mirena coil removed after 45 years of age, especially if you have been period free, it is worthwhile getting your estrogen levels and LH levels checked. My doctors said I couldnt be menopausal, Im too young and that it is only the mirena stopping my periods. I was given the Mirena 18 months ago (2nd time)like a lot of you to control frequent and heavy periods, however I have been having menopause symptoms on and off for 8 years since my daughter was born. I insisted my doctor checked my levels and true enough I have the estrogen levels of the average man! (no wonder Im so grumpy lol). I am not just menopausal, I am post menopausal at 36 years of age. My Coil is coming out tonight and my GP has prescribed Ovestin cream and norithisterone tabs. The ovestin should help with menopause symptoms and prevent bone loss and the norithisterone will prevent the "crash". I will be weaned off them slowly.

The first Mirena I had 15 years ago when they were a "new" thing. Had no probs at all, prob cos I had enough estrogen to counteract it.

Listen to your body, don't take no for an answer with GP's and get your levels checked. Ladies! we were not born to suffer. If you don't feel right chances are your hormones are not properly balanced.

juwie Sun 07-Apr-13 03:16:36

I signed up just to post on the mirena threads, It is an evil vile thing, roll on may 31st when I get mine removed, this will be the third attempt in a year and i'm having it done under anaesthetic at my hospital after two failed attempts one from my nurse and a horrific first attempt at my local family planning clinic. I have had it for just over 3 years and its been a nightmare, severe migraines, abdominal pain, massive weight gain, terrible mood swings (sorry to my 3kids&long suffering other half) lethargy, brain fuzziness,and general feeling of yuck. And yes i have had all bloodwork done and various other tests they all came back clear its not the coil mind you according to my dr what do they know they aren't me. I am now counting the hours until its gone. If you have a mirena and feel ill all the time get it out, if you're considering having a mirena do some research first and listen to what others have to say before having it inserted. thanks to all who have shared their experiences good or bad you've made me feel so much better that i'm not alone. Sorry its such a long one but it makes me angry these damn things are still in use and thers such a denial about the side effects. ok i'm done now.xx;)xx

offbeatmum Sun 09-Jun-13 19:08:59

I just wanted to come on and add my personal experience of the evil, evil Mirena Coil. Ladies, please think twice before you have this thing inserted. Doctors will not tell you how it can make you feel or tell you what happens when you have it out because I honestly believe they don't know; there is not enough research about this thing, we are the guinea pigs!

I had mine in for just over three years. During this time, like many others, I gained weight, completely lost interest in sex, was permanently bloated with IBS and cramps to the point of exploratory surgery and a hundred tests that all turned up nothing. I had severe migraines, back pain and nerve problems which were bad enough to send me to a neurologist plus crippling anxiety and low moods which made life hell for me and my family. Not one doctor (and I saw many) ever suggested it might have something to do with the Mirena, despite my symptoms featuring as side effects in that piddling little leaflet they give you.

Finally I began to get severe period type cramps at all times during my cycle, I started flushing and over-heating at night and I began having palpitations (plus many other symptoms that could easily be mistaken for the menopause) and so decided to get it removed.

The Mirena Coil pretty much stopped my periods, which was great, but, it is not enough of a benefit to put up with everything else. I have been Mirena Coil-free for four months and EVERY single symptom has disappeared. No migraines, no bloating, no pain, no flushing, no anxiety and a massively renewed libido!! I have had my hormones checked and I am not menopausal. I feel - quite seriously - that I have wasted three years of my life. It has been hell. My relationship broke down and my work suffered. I feel utterly conned and used. To say it was mis-sold is an under statement.

The only downside of removal is I now, predictably, have very heavy periods with some scary clotting. Five days are heavy (night time pad/tampon changes every few hours, every hour during the day) then another three days just manageable. I am on my third period since removal and monitoring things closely. My periods were not this heavy pre-Mirena but they are now very regular with no mid-cycle spotting. If they do not improve, I will be visiting the doctors for a serious chat. Despite this, I am so, so glad I don't have that insidious thing inside me anymore. I would rather live with heavy periods and iron pills than go anywhere near a Mirena again. I wait to see if it has caused a permanent change.

I would be very interested to hear from anyone else who is four months+ post removal and having any problems or anyone interested in finding out more about why we weren't warned.

jacey01 Tue 11-Jun-13 00:15:52

Well this is all so interesting to read all of these side effects... I have had the marina coil for 4 years now and have suffered unexplained anxiety... Blood pressure all over the place really high at times 190/110 andy was always 120/980..... I was convinced that this was due to the marina coil so I have had it removed today... I will let you all know what happens now with reference to the Blood pressure and the crashing symptom...
I will post again in a month or so.....

Sarahdjs Wed 31-Jul-13 09:44:16

I have always suffered from pms and extremely heavy periods, after keeping a diary and comparing to a menstrual calender my symptoms are worse when estrogen levels are high so my GP suggested a marena coil. I had it fitted in February and initially it was ok then from may my life has been hell, I have suffered from extreme anxiety, had heart palpitations everyday so bad that I have a cardiology appt today, mood swings and dizziness, strangely i have lost weight rather than gain it, i have been back to GP numerous times and kept being told to give it 6 month. It has been 6 month now and I want it out although I'm a bit worried now reading the problems people have been having after removal. I always suffered palpitations around my period, but since the marena they have been constant has anyone else had this problem.

bacon Wed 31-Jul-13 11:05:53

I have to voice another "fantastic' voice for the coil - I love it! Never had any problems with the pill either.

Hardly any periods - only light spotting on the odd occasion.

JohnStuartMillions Sun 04-Aug-13 23:53:16

Since I had the Mirena fitted I have had severe bloating, the doctors thought I might have coeliacs disease but my blood tests were neg, also I have an extreme thinning of my hair you can see through my hair, my scalp shines out at you. Enough to make my doctor concerned. It started too long after I had my ds so could not be post-partum hair loss.

After numerous blood tests, which pointed out i'm actually a very healthy 23 year old, my Doctor suggested hair loss may be due to the mirena coil! My doctor admitted it (she is my new doctor too and this is the first thing she said). I had it removed 3 days ago, it will take 3 months to see if it is what affected my hair. Fingers crossed it grows back! Women should be told about this!

I have felt soo tired since having it removed, in that hormonal PMT way.

Good Luck everyone, I hope those of you that suffered with the Mirena get better. smile

trishveryhormonal Fri 16-Aug-13 21:01:10

had mine removed after on 9weeks felt terrible in constant pain and low mood and non existent libido, day 2 of removal feeling v low tearful and nagging ache down below- feel like iv been kneed between the legs- any one else feel like this also put on 7pounds in those 11 weeks -good riddance I say .

trishveryhormonal Fri 16-Aug-13 21:02:45

had mine removed after on 9weeks felt terrible in constant pain and low mood and non existent libido, day 2 of removal feeling v low tearful and nagging ache down below- feel like iv been kneed between the legs- any one else feel like this also put on 7pounds in those 11 weeks -good riddance I say .

trishveryhormonal Fri 16-Aug-13 21:03:50

had mine removed after on 9weeks felt terrible in constant pain and low mood and non existent libido, day 2 of removal feeling v low tearful and nagging ache down below- feel like iv been kneed between the legs- any one else feel like this also put on 7pounds in those 11 weeks -good riddance I say .

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