Post # 1
Hi ladies, I have a quick question for you- particularly anyone who has used the mirena iud. I’ve had it for four months now, and for the past several weeks I have been feeling really irritable, on edge, and just down.. I don’t know how else to describe it. I feel AWFUL for feeling this way and just can’t seem to snap out of it! My life is great, I have NOTHING to complain about. Feeling like this is SO out of character for me.
Has anyone else experienced this while using the IUD? I’ve been trying to do some research, and apparently this is a common side effect. Those of you who have, what other forms of birth control would you recommend?
Post # 3
Mirena can definitely cause depression. Its levels decrease around six months, so one option would be to wait it out, with or without meds (assuming you’re not suicidal and you’re fully functional, but see your doctor to make sure this is safe for you). If that isn’t ok with you, I would consider switching to the paragard.
Edit: I am a physician who has a mirena.
Post # 4
I’ve had the mirena since 2007 and never had any problems with my mood. I actually lost 30 pounds after mirena. You just have to chart everything. Are you eating differently? Are you being less active? I wrote down what I ate, drank, and did everyday for a year so there would be confusion as to what caused anything. If I went from 1600 calories to 2600 then I couldn’t blame mirena on weight gain. You might want to talk to your doctor first before trying to self diagnose.
Post # 5
I’ve read horror stories about IUD’s on the TCOYF.com forums. (Taking Charge of Your Fertility) I experienced depression with hormonal BC as well. Personally, I use FAM (charting/sympto-thermal) and LOVE it. I would never go back to using hormones. I hope you can figure out a better birth control solution and that you feel better soon!
Post # 6
Talk to the Doctor! I have Mirena too, and I was depressed when I first got it (and gained weight), but I was also writing my dissertation, so I can’t say for sure if it was the Mirena or me just sitting for 18 hours per day trying to write….ugh, it was not the best time for me! 11 months later, I am done with school and feeling much, much better. Also, I no longer have to worry about the monthly “visits,” which is awesome.