Weight gain, low sex drive… IUD maybe??

posted 2 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have Morena…slight weight gain and I feel like my sex drive is higher then before. I’m sure each person is different. I would talk to your Dr about the side effects…sounds like you might need a new brand or kind of BC

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Mirena… Oops. I’ll also add no more periods and my migraines have gotten significantly better since inserting the IUD

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I had Mirena for about 2 years… I had a little weight gain (not 100% sure if I can attribute it to Mirena though lol)… BUT what eventually led me to take it out was ZERO sex drive, and I was breaking out something FIERCE all of a sudden. Like cystic type acne. It would always be once a month, but the blemishes would take a dang month to heal, so it’s like I was constantly broken out. It seemed with the Mirena, although I didn’t get a period, I still got PMS like symptoms, except way worse!! I’ve been off it since March I do believe, and we’re not using any BC at the moment… Just doing “natural family planning” I suppose, and paying attention to my cycle and everything. Me and BC (of any variety it seems) don’t get along, so this is what we’ll do until after wedding when we’re ready for more babies 🙂   (we have 2 daughters already)

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Sounds like you have gone through some major changes – I suspect that has far more to do withe it then your birth control 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  lfranke.
Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Emss20:  Do you have Mirena or Paraguard? I have paraguard and didn’t expereince any of that- but its also not hormonal like Mirena- I’ve found I just don’t react well with the hormones. Like you said I get a super low sex drive if I use anything hormonal… It sounds to me like you have alot of changes going on that would account for a good deal of this. Loved your job but left to stay at home and now feel useless can have a huge toll on your emotional well being!! I would make an appointment with your dr to discuss these things, but they may just be emotional issues manifesting physically…. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Emss20:  Which IUD do you have? Some women are very sensitive to hormones. Have you tried any other birth control options?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Emss20:  It could be related to the Mirena, as it does have a hormonal component. If you like the IUD for convenience, there is a non-hormonal version called Paragard. It doesn’t make your period lessen/go away like Mirena though.

I would talk to your doctor about other options. There are lower-hormone options like Nuvaring too.

Good luck! 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Emss20:  Have you had your thyroid tested? Especially if you’ve been pregnant before you should get it tested, as sometimes your thyroid can go a little crazy during pregnancy. I have hypothyroidism and unless I am on medication I gain a bunch of weight and get depressed. It doesn’t hurt to get it checked out, but this sounds like more than a birth control problem.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

LindyLu:  NuvaRing isn’t a lower hormone option. It’s a combination contraceptive, and contains both estrogen and progestin, and contributes a much higher level of the progestin a day than the Mirena IUD does (NuvaRing releases 120 micrograms of progestin plus 15 micrograms of estrogen a day while Mirena initially releases only 20 micrograms of progestin a day). So while NuvaRing has a lower amount of hormones than the conventional birth control pill (due to it’s location in proximinty to the uterus), it does not have less hormones than an IUD, and contains a hormone the IUD does not.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

stephncollins:  Sorry, I should have been more specific. Lower-hormone vs other oral contraceptives (which OP said she had a hard time remembering to take) not vs Mirena.

The only non-hormone options out there are barrier methods, Paragard, and natural-family planning type methods.

Thanks for clarifying 🙂

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: mountain venue

I had the mirena and gained 30 lbs, so i was at a whopping 210, and i tried to convince my doc that the IUD was causing my weight issues and then i switched from the mirena to the copper IUD and lost 75 lbs, so yeah i say FUCK MIRENA

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