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to do a quick poll on who felt an improvement in PMT/Mood after having their Mirena coil removed?

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TattyDevine · 11/04/2011 18:14

Having it removed next Monday. Fairly convinced its causing me to be depressed, moody, dark cloud of irritation to the extent that I can't really "enjoy" things much as before. Or much at all.

I've had it nearly a year and a half so I've given it a fair whack. I love the idea of it, really I do so I'm gutted this might be wrong for me, I wanted it to be right.

Very hard to find any official statistics on the side effects. So much of that has to be anecdotal I guess that it must be hard to gather them. And Mirena wouldn't want them published anyway.

Its at the point where I feel unless I have it removed I will never know what is causing therefore I have to have it removed, even if only to rule it out.

Hopefully I'm not doing the wrong thing, but did anyone have their Mirena removed and feel better quickly enough that they are convined that was it?

Anyone convinced that was it and found they were a mardy cow even without it?

I never suffered PMT before, or mood swings (unless really provoked...)
Sorry, I know its not really an AIBU topic but I want traffic and the moods I get, rest assured I am well and truly capable of being very very unreasonabler!!! So feel free to tell me I am!!!

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MaundyBra · 11/04/2011 18:16

Marking my place - GP wants me to have one fitted to deal with period problems and I'm a bit suspicious as I'm mardy enough already.


HotCrossJins · 11/04/2011 18:20


I felt an improvement within days. I also stopped having constant cystitis


TattyDevine · 11/04/2011 18:22

Thing is Mardybra that it effects people in different ways but you can be fairly sure it would sort your periods (if its heavy flow you have trouble with) and may not cause you to be moody - specially if you already are - see I wasn't. Or it might. Hard to know! I guess you can only try it eh?

It would be harder for you to determine whether it made you moody if you already are.

My DH said he's sure that's it, because its too much of a co-incidence, and I think he is right.

The other day (Thursday) I was just so down after a bad week of things and this horrible feel-sorry-for-myself feeling caused by nothing really then Friday my mood magically lifted. Went to loo and noticed period. It was amazing. It was if by magic...

Arghrrr I really wanted it to work...

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TattyDevine · 11/04/2011 18:22

Ooh cystitis eh? I dont get that, I have to say...

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TattyDevine · 11/04/2011 18:23

I still get periods though so I'm certainly not one of those lucky ones who's periods stop. Sure the flow is less. But I've had it a year and a half, I think they would have stopped by now if they were going to... graaaaaaa

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latermater · 11/04/2011 18:25

Just had mine removed after 5 years and did not notice any difference (it's been 4 months). If anything am more prone to irritation when premenstrual than I ever was with Mirena.


susall · 11/04/2011 18:34

Sounds like me when I had mine in. Bleeding never stopped, PMT was hellish, I caused arguments and the one experience where I found myself at the top of the stairs ready to throw myself down them sure that nobody would miss me had me at the Drs the next day scared for my safety. I had it removed after 9 months and felt human again within a couple of days. I cant do hormones as I am sensitive to them so DH is in the process of finding out about the snip.


MaundyBra · 11/04/2011 18:38

I was semi-joking about the moody thing (normal name is MardyBra) although I do get pretty moody with hormonal contraception. I've been suffering with "flooding"/passing blood clots. (Constantly wearing black trousers and carry a change of clothes with me!)


YouLittlePiggy · 11/04/2011 18:38

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mischiefmummy · 11/04/2011 18:40

I felt like a totally different person. Miserable, moody, no sex drive. I managed two months. Within two days of its removal I was back to my happy self. I felt like I was having an out of body experience most of the time. Really weird! And worse my GP was really off with me and made out that I was just neurotic! Never, ever again. Went for a regular one instead and seems much better three years down the line.


Riddo · 11/04/2011 18:45

I feel much much better for most of the month but the heavy, painful periods are back with a vengence. On balance, though, it was still the right decision to get rid of the coil.


FlamingJamie · 11/04/2011 18:51

Still got mine in (I'm on the second one - 7 years altogether) and on the whole it's the best of the choices I have. My main desire was to have no periods (mine were v painful), and that's great.

It took about 7 months to settle down, and in that time I did get depressed, but that could have been PND, or simply because I was fed up with the daily bleeding (not much0 and grumbling pain.

I do still ovulate, so I can't help thinking things would be worse if I didn't have it in. The only thing I wonder about it a decrease in libido ....


Jennytailia · 11/04/2011 18:55

I have a copper one!! I LOVE it


TattyDevine · 11/04/2011 19:08

I have a decrease in libido, I'm convinced.

So, copper coil people, you dont have mood swings or libido drop? Because I can live with some heavy bleeding if I am otherwise myself. Particularly if it settles down, or does it not?

Either way...

Keep your anecdotes coming...

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Mumwithadragontattoo · 11/04/2011 20:31

I've had mine 9 months and like you I really want to get on with it. I was saying to DH this morning that I'd like to get it removed. I've been moodier and more anxious since having it and have also put on some weight. My libido is really low too. I'm not sure that it is definitely the Mirena but I think I too am going to have to get it removed to rule that out before doing anything else.


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MikeRotch · 11/04/2011 20:38

no change at all

but no fuckign periods since 2003 yay


deaconblue · 11/04/2011 20:38

I really suffered with depression with the mirena coil. At the time (I had it for about 6 months when dd was 1) I was totally convinced my dh and kids were horrible and that everybody just wanted to take take take all the time. Nothing seemed any fun and I felt like I didn't really engage with conversation much. I had it removed because I had continued to have periods fortnightly the whole time but was amazed to discover I was miraculously happy again a few days after it was removed. Would never have one again.


stealthsquirrelsawaytheeggs · 11/04/2011 20:39

OP - what were you on before, as it were? Only I went from pill, to being pg, to a mirena, and I would say the depression/PMT is about the same, TBH. No other side effects (or maybe I just haven't thought about it in the light of the coil)

It is coming up for being 5 in the not-too-distant future so I will be considering the options then, I guess..


stealthsquirrelsawaytheeggs · 11/04/2011 20:40

oh and like MikeR, no periods.


deaconblue · 11/04/2011 20:41

have you thought about trying the depo-provera injection? I went onto that once I'd "recovered" my sanity post coil. No periods whatsoever, no depression or PMT. Weight gain is a recognised side effect and I have put on half a stone in 18 months but that's also quite probably because I'm greedy :)


TattyDevine · 11/04/2011 20:56

I was on the pill before I started the baby-trying-to-conceive malarky.

No problems whatsoever - in fact I loved the pill. Made my skin clear (was young then, so slightly spotty at times) and really got on with it.

That was combined pill, Celeste.

Now 35, 2 kids. After my son, I didn't use anything, just condoms and roulette. Was happy and relaxed and enjoyed him. Since DD, a dream child, have had mood swings - about one week out of four feel dark and dingey and depressed. Also, less randy than usual.

Need to have it out to rule it out, me thinks.

Thanks for your anecdotes, interested to hear from everyone...

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upthehill · 11/04/2011 21:05

I have had the bod standard copper coil for nearly 3 years. No obvious impact except MUCH heavier period for 2 days or so. A couple of friends have it too and we all get this. It was worse the first 6 months and then it settled down somewhat. Don't think I am more moody!

I used to be very very light, barely need a regular tampax precoil, now I am changing my Super every 2 or 3 hours for 2 or 3 days during my period.

It is worth if for me though. I can cope with the heavy flow and it seems worth it for hassle free, hormone free contraceptive (no baby after 3 years, but I have to admit and I relived every month when I get my period!)

I am lucky in that I do not get period pains, the coil hasn't changed this thankfully.


mummytowillow · 11/04/2011 21:10

Watching this thread with interest!

I've had my Mirena for six months now, can't make my mind up about it?

I had it put in for heavy, painful periods. For the first four months it drove me mad with the spotting and never knowing where I was with my period.

BUT it did stop the pain and the heavy flow. PMT has reduced significantly, but I've got no interest in anything, no motivation to do anything, I feel sad and anxious at times?

I'm spotty and the worst, most distressing thing for me is my thinning hair, I've gone from having lovely thick hair to straggly thin, lank hair? Sad I've searched online and quite a few people have had this?

I'm seriously considering having mine taken out, but scared the PMT will come back?


HooverTheHamaBeads · 11/04/2011 21:30

I'll be following this too. I'm keen on the idea of it but found my libido went completely when on the pill. Right now we use natural family planning and condoms and I so appreciate the hormone 'high' I get from being free of artificial hormones and libido is much improved.

However I am worried it's not quite enough protection although an unplanned pregnancy wouldn't be a disaster.

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