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Many women view modern intrauterine devices, or IUDs, as the holy grail of long-term birth control. No more pills to pop or rings to change, and lighter periods to boot!
The small, T-shaped device is inserted into the uterus and can prevent pregnancy for several years. When used correctly, IUDs are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. If you’re here, you’re probably wondering what happens once the love affair wears off and you’re planning to remove your hormonal Mirena or Skyla IUD. Before we dive into the Mirena crash, let’s talk briefly about how hormonal IUDs work.
How Mirena Works
Mirena and Skyla work by releasing a small amount of progestin, levonorgestrel, into the uterus. The synthetic hormone thickens the mucous membranes in the cervix and thins the uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to enter.
Mirena, which lasts for five years, releases 20 micrograms (mcg) of progestin daily.
The smaller Skyla IUD, which lasts three years, releases 14 mcg daily. Some of the other benefits of hormonal IUDs include lighter periods and less painful cramps. Sounds awesome, right?
Well, before you make an appointment with your doctor, there’s more to know about Mirena and Skyla … it’s called the “crash.”
The Mirena Crash
You might be wondering what is the Mirena crash? And when does the Mirena crash happen?
The Mirena crash can feel like it came out of nowhere. It can hit in a few days, weeks, or even months after you remove your IUD.
Once it’s gone – boom – your hormone levels drop and the crash occurs.
Normally, your body produces both estrogen and progesterone. While on Mirena, things go a little crazy, your body can get lazy, and it will take some time for your body to kick back into progesterone production. Until then, you will experience a Mirena Crash.
My Crash Experience After Mirena Removal
I was off on vacation soaking up the sun, sand, and having lots of fun telling some jokes and then – WHAMO. it hit me.
Not knowing about the crash, I had the Mirena IUD removed a couple of weeks prior to leaving for our vacation.
I had trouble with my Mirena from the beginning of getting it inserted. After five years, I had it removed. I could have removed it sooner, but I wanted to keep it in for the full 5 years.
The Mirena crash came out of nowhere.
I went to bed feeling relaxed and happy to be on vacation, and then woke up with a crushing, heavy, almost suffocating feeling of blah. Not just any blah, but an “I need to go home now because I cannot stand this feeling anymore” blah.
That was just day one.
For four days, I felt a crushing anxiety. Then I realized I was experiencing the dreaded Mirena crash.
I won’t lie: it sucked. But after four days, I felt pretty much back to normal. Thank you very much, Mirena.
How Long It Lasts and What Side Effects to Expect
The Mirena crash is more uncomfortable than dangerous, but it can leave you feeling low and out-of-whack. The most frequent side effects include:
- Mood swings
- Sadness, anger, anxiety, and/or depression
- Fatigue or feeling tired
- Nausea, bloating, or abdominal pain
- Flu-like symptoms, such as sore throat, muscle soreness, or cough
- Breast tenderness
The crash generally may last one to two weeks (four days, in my case), but sometimes it lasts longer.
If your symptoms become too severe to manage, or you have suicidal or self-harming thoughts, seek medical attention immediately.
Managing Your Crash
If you think you can manage your crash on your own, give yourself the space and time to recuperate.
Drink plenty of water, get daily exercise, and talk to your health professional about options like herbal remedies, essential oils, or hormone therapy.
We’d love to hear from you if you experienced the Mirena crash. How long did it last and what helped? Share in the comments!
NOTE: This has been imported from our old EverythingMom Blog. We have copied just a few of the 594 comments we received on that post below. Feel free to continue the conversation by adding your comments at the very bottom.
October 12, 2010 at 11:39 am
Three months later, I almost recovered from my Mirena removal. After the removal, I bled 13 days straight, with clots like the baseball ball, used night pads, adult diaper, and mostly stayed home. Three weeks later, I ended up in an emergency room. I told the doctor there, that I must be going crazy. I was very cold, shaky (no fever), had a migraine for five days after bleeding stopped, at night suffered from leg cramps and restless leg syndrome. Also, I was awakened many times from numb hands, and like I was shocked in my chest area. It was scary! My anemia was near the point that required a blood transfusion. After three days of iron pills and multivitamins, my migraine was gone. Since I could not tolerate iron pills and refused to have an ablation or hysterectomy, I found a holistic medicine doctor, who takes care of the body as a whole (not just symptoms) and monitors me closely. My hemoglobin lever is almost normal, three months later. Heaving IUD and post-removal time was the most frustrating and terrifying time of my life. I will be very cautious with everything that goes into my body. Ladies, be your own health advocate and do as much research about medicine or devices as you have access on !!!!
November 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm
I had mine out October 19th and started my period on the 22nd and bled for 10 days straight. My hubby and I are also trying to conceive. Started my period again on the 6th (only had a few days rest in between) and right now as we speak I feel like I need to go to the hospital. This is the worst pain I have ever experienced in my entire life. I have gushes of blood and it comes on so unexpected and my left ovary feels like it’s going to burst. Tylenol IB profen, Midol, nothing works. This pain will not go away. I have blood clots the size of quarters every time I go to the restroom. I don’t know what to do I can’t take this anymore it’s so painful!
January 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm
I had mine removed January 10th, I had my period right before so I have bled for 15 days. Of course, after it was removed I bled the most. No one told me about a Mirena Crash, but I decided to look it up because I have had a huge overwhelming feeling of blah! I feel nothing and everything. I want to cry but I don’t cry. I want to do things with my family and go places then I just sit in the same spot in my robe and do nothing. I have never felt so lifeless. It sucks! My doctor told me that I should take prenatal pills for 3 months and I should feel better. Level out the hormones. Some moments are better than others. We shall see.
January 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm
There’s actually a pill your gyno can give you that can make your regular period come back. My doctor recommended I come back and see him in his office if I had that problem 🙂 Good luck trying to conceive that’s so exciting!
December 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm
Hi, I have been searching online for answers to try and calm my anxiety. I had the Mirena removed last week and feeling very anxious. The reason I had my Mirena removed is that I started losing my hair which has been devastating. Everyone has been telling me it is stress and premenopausal but then I put two and two together and thought it could be the Mirena. Thinking back I started asking the hairdresser about the hair thinning maybe 2 months after I put it in. I know there is no hard evidence this is what the problem is but I’m taking a chance by taking it out. My question is, did you see any hair growth after taking it out?
January 26, 2012 at 8:12 am
Wow, this is all so horrifying. I am at that 5-year mark myself and getting more scared by the day. All of these stories are helpful, as far as preparation, but it doesn’t help my mental state much. I too have been losing my hair for the last five years, and reading this is what just made me realize it could be Mirena. I have not had a great 5 years with this thing in me, but it did do its job, I can say that much. I have had really bad cramps, some times even to the point of incapacitation. I can’t move or do anything, just lay on the couch for 2 hours till the pain goes away. Sometimes my period is really heavy and goes for a week, and sometimes it’s very light, and only lasts 2-3 days. I even went one month without, that was scary because I thought I might have an ectopic pregnancy. Turned out to be nothing. I am worried about how my body’s gonna take the removal now. I also can’t help but notice how many of us Mirena users suffer from Anemia… coincidence?
January 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm
My doctor said it can take up to 3-4 months to get my regular period back, but he also said that within that time frame if I didn’t get it back to normal to go and see him in his office and he would give me a pill that would get it back to normal. He said it was something similar to birth control. Hope my answer helped
January 28, 2012 at 11:36 am
I had my Mirena removed two weeks ago. I having experience horrible migraines appetite loss and extreme fatigue. In Sept 2009 out Jan 2012
June 18, 2011 at 4:40 am
I had the Mirena for a year and four months. I honestly can say I have been unsure if it was a help to me or just a headache because though you all are experiencing similar Things as in hair loss and things I Juss spot from time to time I’m very moody. I gain weight but not as much and I want to gain a little of something because I’m very small. I get margins and sever sharp pain in my stomach. However, when I spoke to my physician she told me its normal. I’m confused about what to do. Leave it in or remove it.
November 18, 2010 at 3:25 am
I fixed my Mirena in June 2009. Prior to this I always had fantastic skin. Exactly 6 months after insertion, I stopped getting my periods, and I started to get one acne a day. I really didn’t take too much notice of this because each of these acne disappeared only to be replaced by another. As of July, I started to realize this was no ordinary acne I was dealing with, this was something way serious. Bottomline, my face is horrific! I finally realized what the problem was and confirmed my worst fear! It was Mirena!!! Well, I finally took it out after I started getting yeast infections that never went away (the infection would disappear or 2 days and come back with full force!) This went on for 2 full months. Finally, I took it out exactly one month ago October 16, 2010. I am yet to recover from the acne, in fact, it’s gotten much worse! I am unable to find info on the internet about how long it took for peoples’ acne to disappear after acne removal. Can anyone please supply this info. My doctor mentioned that it does take a while for the hormones to be dispelled, but how long are we talking about? 6 months? 1 year? It’s unbearable, and I struggle to put up a bold face as it doesn’t affect me, but it does. I have these big pimples all over both cheeks, even my 5-year-old son, said “Mum, why do you have all these strange things on your face?” Could I answer him? Not really. Someone, please help, I need some kind of time-line to look forward to. Thanks, everyone.
November 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm
My experiences with Mirena have been somewhat similar to a lot of the testimonies I’ve read so far. Unfortunately I too have gone through the hair loss, the unstable emotional roller coaster, weight gain of about 10 to 15 lbs, very low libido and lack of energy. I’ve not had mine removed yet, but I’m scheduled to go this week. I realize it will be a while before my body gets back to normal, but the outcome of removing this IUD has to be better than keeping it at this point. For me I can say the only upside from getting the Mirena was lighter periods and less cramping.
December 21, 2010 at 12:44 am
I’m, not the only one going through this. I got my Mirena two months ago and the last month I’ve been having mood swings like nobody’s business, first I was irritable to just depressed. And I’ve also been sooo tired where I don’t even want to get out of bed.But has anybody had any chest pains from it? they’re starting to come on more frequently.(at least once a day to two days apart) I’m going to talk to my doctor about it when I go in for my suns nine-month visit.
November 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm
I am in the same exact boat. I had the Mirena put in exactly 6 months ago and the last 3 months my acne has gotten much worse. I just went to the dermatologist after realizing it was from the Mirena to see if I could still have it in and take care of the acne. He prescribed me a blood pressure med that makes me feel sick and drowsy so I talked to a doc today and they said the male hormone is causing acne and you will never get better if you don’t resolve the problem not just cover it up with another drug. So I called today to get the Mirena taken OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I never would have done this if they told me it could cause acne one of the most painful ugly acne, not just a pimple and PLEASE I am 30 should not be dealing with acne!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! n @ more days the Mirena is gone I pray for my body to go back to normal QUICK!!!!
Raquel LV says:
December 19, 2010 at 11:52 pm
The acne may also be coming from unstable hormones altogether. You need to do a total detox. The best way to do this is to get some Kangen Water. It has a very alkaline 8.0 to 9.5 ph. Drinking it makes your body less acidic. Also get the other waters. 2.5 and 5.5 beauty water. Do a google search and try to find someone near you who has it. Otherwise contact me at[email protected] and” mailto:[email protected] and”>[email protected] and”>[email protected] and I can help. This has helped my skin greatly. I also removed the Mirena because of pain REALLY REALLY bad pain and went to ER and everything. I am hoping not to crash but am also having my hair fall out. Try the water it really helps!!!!
August 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm
Can anyone tell me if the acne, mood swings, and WEIGHT GAIN went away after removal? I want mine out, I am starting to feel like a complete nut case (a fat bumpy faced nutcase). Please someone post if these things went away.
October 24, 2011 at 8:58 am
It all goes away almost instantly. Then it will kinda come back but not near as bad. I simply feel lighter and way more normal. However yesterday my breasts got extremely sore, almost like I am pregnant, but that is not likely. I got my IUD removed 1 month ago. The acne is most definitely better
November 12, 2011 at 10:48 am
I had my Mirena taken out 11/8/11 after 3 1/2 years. These postings made me a bit nervous. I’m sorry that so many women have had problems with the Mirena. Ths only problem I had with the Mirena was low libido and possible weight gain (might be lack of exercise). I decided to take if out b/c I didn’t want to not have a period. The Mirena crash is so real for 3 days I was every negative emotion in the book. My libido is up already after the crash and I have light bleeding. It has only been 4 days but so far all is well.
June 6, 2011 at 9:33 am
Hey. I just had my Mirena removed on Wed. It was a quick lil pain.. and then over.. I blinked and it was over.. don’t be afraid to get it removed- call ur Dr… Do it now.. before it causes more problems… Goodluck!
June 15, 2011 at 2:56 am
I only lasted 3 months with Mirena. I had it removed today, Anxiety, unbearable monthly cramps that went on forever, and recently I’ve been developing wicked bruises all over my body. I feel so relieved to have it gone.
December 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm
I have had the IUD in place for a little over a year. I am so miserable most days that I could just cry. Not to mention ruining my life. The emotional roller coaster for me is taking a toll on my son and the rest of my family. They wonder if I’m going crazy. I feel bad every day because I treat my son and boyfriend like crap. I’m sorry that all of you have to go through it too, but I’m sure glad I’m not the only one. Sharing your stories has helped me make up my mind to get this stupid IUD out. I hope one day I will feel better and my family will be able to forgive me.
Other symptoms include Cramping, bad acne, extremely low libido to the point where I don’t want to be touched at all…..but really I want to have the libido back!! I get my IUD taken out 12/17.2010. And I can’t wait.
December 3, 2010 at 1:15 pm
Last night I had a moment of clarity! I had/have reached the bottom of the psychological barrel. After six months of PURE emotional craziness, I was going to declare that I needed to be admitted into the hospital. My kids have witnessed me having a meltdown, my husband a couple of times, and I had one at work and feel as if my job is now at risk. Six months ago I was hit with a terrible case of depression. I took a week off of work and sought daily help so that I could function. After a day-long test, it was determined that I have major depression (bipolar), ADD, and an anxiety disorder that morphs itself into OCD (I am fixated on negative thoughts and cannot control or stop them). Antidepressants don’t help, they just make me feel worse! I’ve never had this happen and I’ve been living a nightmare and could not foresee a way out. That is until I decided to do research on possible side effects of Mirena. HOLY COW!!! I haven’t felt this happy in months! SO MANY WOMEN FEEL THE SAME WAY!! All of the symptoms many describe are exactly the same ones that led the shrinks to believe I have each of the disorders listed above – feelings of pure emptiness, trouble concentrating, anxiety attacks, and continuous negative thoughts that I cannot stop or control. It has been just over a year since I got Mirena – and now I am making an appt to get this out of me. I was a fun-loving easy-going woman a year ago and I’ve turned into this lunatic that feels like she’s in a box with no way out! Thank you, ladies, for saving my life! I don’t care about the “crash” – can’t be any worse than what I’ve been going through!
December 10, 2010 at 8:22 am
Thank you! I can’t say much more than that right now. I’m sitting here, reading all this, and just crying. I’m so happy that I’m not crazy. I AM sorry that it took me so long to make the connection. Since my daughter was born six years ago I’ve been depressed, figured it was postpartum, and have been on just about every antidepressant out there (all of which did a great job at numbing me for a while, but the long term never really helped). I never made the connection – I had my IUD put in a few months after my daughter was born, and that’s when the nightmare began. I don’t want to look back, I just want this thing out. My husband has been saying for years how “he wants me back” all the time thinking it was the antidepressants causing the changes in me. I weaned myself off the anti-depressants over the last month and I think I’m finally experiencing the true side effects of the Mirena (I’m ready to have myself committed). I’m calling my doctor this morning and look forward to a happier life without Mirena. Thank you soooooo much for sharing your story!
February 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm
Holy crap! You just described me in a nutshell in this sentence: I was a fun-loving easy-going woman a year ago and I’ve turned into this lunatic that feels like she’s in a box with no way out! That’s me. I thought I could ride this out and honestly don’t have some of the symptoms others do but I have started to get migraine-type headaches, much more emotional but the worst part is how moody I have been. I can’t afford to have another kid and hated to be on the pill but I will go back to that so that I don’t have to deal with these headaches, the mood swings, and the crazy emotional wreck I feel like I have been lately. Thanks, everyone. I have an appointment for Friday to, I hope, get it out OR get a referral to an OB to get it out.
August 16, 2011 at 8:32 pm
I had a Mirena in 2004, primarily to control my periods which at the time were lasting for up to a month and extremely heavy. I was not happy to control them with the pill as it sent my moods CRAZY. My doctor explained to me that because the Mirena is delivering hormones directly to the uterus the hormones would not have to pass through my whole system and would therefore not affect my moods as the pill did. In my case she was right, it was a dream once it was in, with my periods reduced to virtually nothing for 7 years. Looking back I did lose a lot of hair some years ago which confused me at the time but now I see that it was probably Mirena. However, the hair loss stopped and all grew back whilst the Mirena was still in! I had no weight gain or acne problems with it either. I had the Mirena taken out 4 weeks ago, and experienced moderate bleeding for about 10 days. No mood problems at all. I am still experiencing mild headaches, which is what brought me to this site, as I now realize its probably a side effect of ‘the crash’. While I had it in I was happy to recommend it to others, and in fact, I still would.
November 22, 2011 at 8:47 am
My experience was much like yours, I loved the Mirena, didn’t have huge problems with it, my libido was great, etc. However, I was on antidepressants before I even had the Mirena in. The only negative side effect I had, which I didn’t realize was due to the Mirena until much later is FACIAL HAIR. I started getting coarse, dark hairs on and under my chin, on my neck and sideburns…which I’d pluck daily, at least 30 a day. Ugh. I had the Mirena out about 2 wks ago and am still plucking, but hoping that it’ll go away once the hormones are completely out of my system.
Today I was a bit freaked out though…I had a leep procedure done the same time I had my Mirena removed, and this morn when I woke up I had to run to the toilet because of the gush of blood, and then I passed a large clot. After reading online it could be from either the leep or Mirena removal, not sure, but I’m going to monitor closely to make sure I’m ok. I haven’t had any other issues though, no headaches or anything.
November 3, 2009 at 7:03 pm
Shocked at reading all of these reports & afraid to say I have suffered most of the above too..
I’m sure it may work for some, as yes we are all different, but listen to your body… it does tell you something after all. Can’t believe I’ve had the Mirena twice now (having the 1st removed as was having pain in my hip area & wanted to remove all possible causes..) Again the first few months have been pretty good.. but yes have had day after day of feeling somehow just -anyhow- almost hard to put my finger on just what is wrong…. I’ve gone from a gym loving energetic woman to a sluggish heavy mumsy looking middle-aged blob.. I could stay in bed almost every day, can’t be bothered with anything, nothing really excites me, it’s terrible. Booking to have mine removed first thing tomo, bring on the crash! As when you hit bottom the good news is… there is only one way left to go! UP!! sick of big sore boil like spots on my face, back & chest.. fed up with severe headaches & no energy.
Thanks to all on here that have left such honest reviews… you may well have just turned my life around.
I will keep you posted. Lisa
August 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm
I had Mirena for just under two years, and I had absolutely no problems with it. I recently had it removed, had a bit of spotting and feeling bloated. I highly recommend this product, the safest method of birth control.
October 15, 2010 at 10:54 am
Ok. I have had the product twice. The first time after my first child in 2004 and didn’t have periods for 3 years. I got it taken out and it was uncomfortable and bled a little, but it was fine. I got pregnant with my 2nd child 9 months later in 6/2008. I had the new one put in in May 2010 just before my 2nd child turned 2. The pain was horrific! Not like the first time at all!! I bled for 5 months. Totally defeats the purpose of having it. I got it taken out on 10/12/10 and have been bleeding like CRAZY, blood clots, etc. This is scary. I know everyone reacts differently, but it’s the same drug and I’m the same person and it is light-years apart.
I loved Mirena the first time, but will never use it again. It’s not worth it!!!
November 10, 2009 at 7:12 am
It’s so subjective to compare the “crash” Mirena puts onto. A woman because everyone is so different..and I feel for all you ladies who have endured the misery! I am 19 and had Mirena inserted because I have a severe case of endometriosis. My ob-gyn suggested it because no pills worked (irritability and so on) and I was just a. Hormonal wreak at only 13 when my journey of bad periods began. I had the IUD inserted in august after a laparoscopy surgery for my ‘endo and I love my merina..remember the bad side effects can last up to 6 months..it doesn’t work overnight and its no magic pill or device. I sympathize towards the ladies who’ve gained weight and so on but remember it’s hormonal and you put the food to your mouth-not your IUD (mind you I’m not a thin miss speaking out I ca relate) its an expensive method if you’re wanting purely birth control and I think all these side effects suck–myself I bleed for 5 weeks after and occasionally I get a yeast infection or bleeding during sex or in my urine (haha and I’m saying its worth it) but let it settle in you before you go hog wild on how it’s horrible. Our bodies naturally take time to adapt for a foreign device in us..we are a woman- we’re sensitive!
Remember to those wanting to try it out or who have been suggested by your doc-
You will come across more ranting reviews of how BAD something is before how great it is.
Keep an open mind, and again to all those who’ve had the crash or agony I feel for you sincerly and all the best in whatever form of Birth control you and your doctor decide to use.
August 14, 2010 at 11:20 pm
A lot of women (such as myself) have given it time. I have had Mirena for 13 months and the side effects are only getting worse. I agree that you should wait it out, but in some cases, it is just miserable to do so.
August 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm
I waited for 2 years now! I have severe back pain, menstrual cramps all the time! Bloating headaches, I gave it time I didn’t get it for birth control I have 3 kids and I’m done. I have very bad periods, and this was supposed to stop the heavy flow and pain! It did I still bleed for 2 weeks but it’s not heavy! But I don’t like the mood swings the pimples all over the headaches etc. The only good thing is I didn’t gain extra weight! But I hadn’t lost any either!! It’s not for everyone nut I say from my experience if you get it in then at least give it a year.
October 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm
Wow, I thought I was the only one having these issues. I have had the Mirena for 2 yrs now. It hurt like hell getting it put in, I had small issues in the first 2 weeks. After that, I loved it until about 9 months ago. I gained A LOT of weight, major mood swings, acne, and now I have acne on my scalp!! Never in my life have I had it there. I just recently started bleeding painfully after all this time. I’m in pain every day. I have headaches, lower back pain, bleeding that won’t stop, feeling tired ALL the time, I can’t sleep more than 5 hrs and the list goes on. I got this IUD because my periods would bed ride me until it passed. I was told this is the best way to go and now all this happens. Yes everyone is different but so many seem to be having the same problems. I am calling the doc this week to schedule the removal. I thought it was just lack of sleep, but after reading so many women with the same problems it’s for the best.
November 1, 2011 at 12:51 am
Wow…I came here looking for what would happen to get a Mirena removed for baby #2. Everyone has been so negative. I have had NO problems- no period, no cramps, no nothing with my Mirena. Why on earth would you ladies rain on this girl’s parade? The girl you’ve commented on had a good experience- the first I’ve come across on this board. It’s helped her.
You’re wondering why you’ve gained weighted? Try sleeping more than 4r hours at night. You’re tired all the time? Did you get your Mirena inserted after a child? Welcome to parenthood.
If anyone here is looking for a different opinion:
I got my Mirena as soon as possible after my first child. Insertion was uncomfortable but less uncomfortable than a pap. Little to no bleeding. and no period/bleeding since. No other symptoms that I’m aware of. Came here looking for what I could expect with removal but these are obviously all horror stories, to be taken with a grain of salt.
November 19, 2011 at 12:22 am
For those of you that have had good experiences, you are very lucky. I got the Mirena almost five years ago. I had terrible cramps at the beginning that had me back at the doctor’s office wanting it removed. He told me the cramping was normal and pretty much mace me feel lime I was being a baby about it. I had constant spotting for the entire five years, and again my doctor kept telling me it was normal. Three years into having the IUD I had hair loss so severe I had to go through all kinds of testing. I told my primary doc about hair loss and my gyno and neither mentioned it could be from IUD. I wish I saw this site years ago because it could have saved me a lot of money, sanity, and damage to my body. In October 2011 I ended up in the er with a ruptured ovarian cyst. During my recovery, my gyno still found it unnecessary to remove the IUD. Needless to say, I ended up back in the er ten days later with a massive infection and I had to have the IUD removed immediately. Once removed the sharp stabbing pains I had been experiencing for weeks suddenly stopped. The hospital fixed me up with antibiotics. Since the Mirena was taken out I’ve developed severe complications. Complications that have led to a CT scan of my brain to check for a brain tumor. Negative thank god. An emergency MRI of my brain stem to detect nerve damage, stroke, seizures, or lesions….all negative thank god. I’m experiencing migraines each week…unexplained. I’ve developed bouts of binocular diplopia….double vision, thirty times a day. At first, they thought it was tied to migraines but have since ruled that out. Today they still haven’t figured out what is going on and I’ve been scared to death for the last month. I want to thank everyone that posted on this site. I feel there is a good chance my recent problems could be tied to the removal of my IUD, as my symptoms started within a week. I used to recommend that people get the IUD….. But never again…I haven’t had children yet, but I do want to..i just hope the Mirena hasn’t created complications that will make that impossible.
January 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm
I had a very similar experience with Mirena, and am now ready for my second child. A little bit of pain going in, light periods, that lead to no periods, and a little bit of pain taking it out after 2.5yrs. Now I am 3 weeks post-Mirena, and I am wondering what happens now? I have cramping (just the last couple of days), and keep waiting for the period to start but it hasn’t. How long did it take for your periods to resume after getting it taken out?
September 17, 2010 at 9:46 am
I have had mine for 3 years and I LOVE IT!!!! No side effects. The best thing I have ever done for myself:) I plan on having a new one in 2 years!!!!!!!
November 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm
I had mine in for 5 years and I never had any side effects from it. I guess I was one of the lucky ones. I am concerned however about how long it will take to conceive not that I have had it removed. The only thing I did not like was how bad it hurt when it was put in. That was horrible, but in the long run, it was worth it to not have my period for the last 4 years. Good luck to everyone out there having problems with it.
December 9, 2010 at 1:44 am
I had mine in for the full five years and never had any problems with it. I’m so sad to read about all the horrid issues others have had. But EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. I removed mine in October and my only concern now is that I have not had any bleeding or cramping or even spotting since. I’ve taken two pregnancy tests over a period of one month and they have both been negative so that rules out pregnancy. If anyone has any info on this then I’d gladly appreciate it!
October 11, 2010 at 2:44 pm
I have had the Mirena for 18 months. I am 34 years old and I compete in runs including marathons and I run at least 20 miles/week. I eat healthily and am constantly running after my 2 girls under 5 years old. I lost all of my baby weight plus more after my first child. However, 8 weeks after my second daughter, I had the IUD inserted 18 months ago and I have been on this terrible weight loss/gain roller coaster. I feel and look bloated much of the time and my thighs are still considerably larger than they should be at this point in my athletic stability. I am tired of the feelings of being pregnant and looking pregnant. I am having mine removed tomorrow. Hopefully, my energy level will increase and I will begin to lose weight. I am hoping to qualify for the Baker to Vegas Law Enforcement relay 2011 since I did not qualify last year due to a sluggish time. Wish me, luck ladies.
January 9, 2012 at 10:55 pm
I have had Mirena in for a little over 3 years and have had a very positive experience with it…but my Dr. Did suggest that I come in if I was not liking it or if it was uncomfortable. I am getting it removed…I have gained nearly 20 lbs. With no change in eating habits exercise. And we will be trying for baby #2 soon!
November 11, 2009 at 11:59 am
I had my Mirena taken out surgically last month due to the strings being retracted, one that perforated my cervix and the other that was entangled with a polup (sp?). While I enjoyed not having a period for the five years it was in, my husband noted that I was constantly moody and crabby. I also had no sex drive during the time it was in. Outside of that, not too bad. When they removed the Mirena, I had them insert another IUD that lasts 10 years and doesn’t have hormones (I can’t think of the name but it starts with the letter P) since the pill brought me, two babies. The only complaint I have about post removal is the sudden and severe breakouts on my face, chest, and back. I can only hope that this is caused by my hormones getting back into check and praying it won’t last…
May 19, 2011 at 6:09 am
I just had my mine removed on Monday after 5 years. The actual removal was done at my annual exam. I was sooo nervous and had mini attacks all a.m.about the removal. I can honestly say “IT WAS NOTHING” I felt a little tug and that was it. It took less than 30 seconds.
It is sad to hear about all the BAD things that come with the Mirena. I was a happy lady with it. I did have spotting for 3 months upon insertion but I had 5 years of no bleeding. 2 days after the removal I have started to bleed. I am happy to hear that this is common and will take on what ever crash comes. We all have our reasons for putting it in and we have to all weigh the side effects for ourselves.
December 11, 2009 at 3:25 pm
I got the mirena about 1 and a half years ago. I new that after my second son was born that I would experience deprression because I did with my first son. I was given an antidepresent by my dr. and after that I decided to go ahead and get the mirena inserted. I experienced lots of irritability but I have a history of depression so it was something that I have learned to deal with. I have gained about 20 pounds since I had the mirena inserted and I feel so fat and unhappy. We just moved recently and with the move and getting settled in money is very tight. I have been without my antidepressant for a little over a weak now. I am now seeing, clear as day the many negative full blown side of the mirena. I am a big fat zitty emotional wreck. If you experience any emotional side effects with regular birth control then I would not try the mirena. I am going to the dr. soon to talk about having this removed, well demanding that it be removed. I want to get the pargard put in. The iud with no hormones if there is anyone who has paragard and can inform me of there experience with it it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to all who posted their mirena experiences. I guess I am not insane after all.
August 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm
I just wanted to let you know that I have had the paragard and I now have the mirena. The paragard is a very painful IUD. You can feel it inside you and my periods were heavy and long and filled with horrible cramps. I am also in the process of getting the mirena removed. (Have to wait til my doctor comes back from vacation!) I have gained 10 pounds, headaches, bloating, emotional, and I have been bleeding for the past 6 months with a couple of sparatic weeks off. I don’t know what Iam going to do for birth control after this because the pill makes me crazy, but I can’t have this anymore. Not looking forward to the crash though! I’ve never heard of that!!
March 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm
I got the Mirena Dec.2008 and It was fine but after the first year, I started to get side effects like acne on my back and pain in my left shoulder that I didn’t know was linked with the Mirena until I read other girls have had the side effect. I didn’t like all the side effects I was reading on the internet about menopause in 20-year-olds and a lot more! So I went to the ob/gyn and had it removed March 14th, 2011. that was a couple of days ago and I just started bleeding really bad today and I feel like crap! I never had heavy periods any way I just want myself to go beck to normal! And my Doc. doesn’t seem to think that any of my side effects are from the Mirena I hope he’s wrong and all my symptoms go way! I I am running a marathon in Oct. and I hope none of this silly Mirena crap slows me down!
January 18, 2010 at 7:02 am
Hi, I have had the Mirena for 3 years now. I have loved every minute of it until recently. I haven’t had a period for a good couple of years. How good is that. In the last 12 months I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and need to use a CPAP machine at night to sleep. this is due to the absolute exhaustion I have had over the last few years. It initially work but have become ic=ncreasingly more tired again. To the point that I cant sit and watch tv, read book or play games with the kids because I will fall asleep. After a friend commenting on feeling as lethargic as me she pointed out her s started after having the Mirena inserted. I am devasted by this as I thought it was brilliant. After reading many comments by women on a few pages I have realised I have had a lot of side effects. I have had painful,itchy blister type pimples on my face that no matter what I use , they won’t go away. I have been on antidepressants for years but it has gotten worse in the last couple with me having to increase medication. Looks like my dream contraception is my devil in disguise. my problem is, I am about to go on a holiday to Fiji. Do I have it taken out now so I don’t fall asleep every 5 mins and risk the possible Mirena crash. I think I might wait. better the devil you know. Would I recommend it? definitely worth trying. I found the first 3 months hard but seemed to be smooth sailing after that. Just give it 3-4 months and be aware of what may happen. Good luck
January 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm
WOW I’M NOT CRAZY!!!
I had my Mirena put in 2 weeks after my daughter was born in June 2007 and blamed every single symptom on being a new mom.
I didn’t get the severe headaches or migraines but I did get;
-sores on my face, back, and chest (I’ve never had skin problems and these weren’t pimples they were like sores)
– extremely tired, (my daughter never woke me up in the middle of the night, I breastfed and coslept so I always had at least 8 hours sleep if not more) I was not motivated to do anything!!
-foggy head, which sounds weird and is extremely hard to explain but it’s like I was slow…slow to process things people said to me such as an implied joke…I felt like I was suddenly stupid.
-no sex drive..my whole life I was the one who wanted sex every other day, if not every day…this turned into once every 2 weeks and I didn’t even care if it was longer than that…
-weight issues..from cravings and lack of energy..I’m only 15 pounds more than my prepreg weight but I couldn’t lose the weight for anything!
-not depression, but I haven’t been as happy or fun as I used to be, I’ve just been so tired and blah! for the past 2 years!
-some pain during sex (part of the reason I didn’t want to do it as much)
-cyst on my cervix
I had Mirena removed 2 weeks ago and within days I was taking my daughter out sliding (twice) and felt happy and clear-headed. I had energy and wanted to do things again. My sex drive is recovering and my cyst has shrunk a bit.
BUT now the past 3 days I’ve had severe headaches, crying for no reason, and I’m extremely tired and irritable. How long does the crash last?
I can’t wait until the crash is over but at least now I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I’m so relieved that my symptoms can all be attributed to this little foreign object and I look forward to getting better and being the mom and wife that I can be.
I’ve been on the pill and then had Mirena (which I used because it was supposed to be a very small dose of hormones compared to the pill, yet symptoms are worse?)
Anyways I’ve learned my lesson and will never mess up my hormones with medication. Getting fitted for a diaphragm and that will be my birth control from this point on.
January 23, 2010 at 6:05 pm
So good to have found this site. I too think I am experiencing the infamous crash. I had the Mirena for 3 years and had it taken out 2 1/2 weeks ago. I felt good the last week but last night and today I feel like the whole world came crashing down on me. I have the feeling of my heart wanting to jump out of my chest, racing!! Crying, actually sobbing and just wanting to curl up and not exist for the moment. I have 2 young daughters and of course, that would not be possible but if given the chance would probably sleep for days. If everything goes well, I should be getting my 1st period on Tuesday. Not sure if you start to feel better after that. Here’s hoping that we all get back to feeling great!
January 30, 2010 at 5:18 pm
holy crap! I’m not nuts. I had the Mirena in for only 7 months. During that time I continued to bleed, gained 15 lbs, and felt bloated and crappy at least half of each month. I had the IUD removed and 1 week later began bleeding like a stuck pig. MD put me on BC- which helped after a few days, but then it began again. it has been 10 days now of bleeding, clots, cramps, and depression. No one told me this could be a reaction to the IUD. I have been sure I was dying of some rare and horrible disorder. Thank you for all your posts. I can’t wait to get back to “normal.”
February 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm
I had my Mirena for about two years. LOVED LOVED LOVED it! I will definitely get it again. But. I just had it taken out (accidentally by the gyno, thanks doc!) and neither my husband nor I were quite ready for the side effects. The day it came out, I was depressed and extremely sad. Sad because this thing that was my saviour is now gone. Silly, I know! But you all know what I’m talking about when we get emotional over the silliest things! It has been out for about three weeks and I still have a little bit of dried blood discharge, which is fine with me. But what’s not so fine is my constant mood swings. I’ve been feeling so empty and neglected and, ‘woe is Taryn’ and I HATE this feeling. It’s all about me me me. Yes, I’m a selfish person, but I’m not THAT selfish and I can’t stand it! It’s all I can do to not make it about me. Now it’s starting to take a toll on my husband. So now that we talked about it, I need him to be just a little more compassionate and understanding than he normally is. I can slowly feel things getting back to normal. I love Mirena; it’s been nothing but wonderful for me, I just wish that the side effects after the removal weren’t so severe.
The only negative outcome of the removal is my mood swings. I haven’t had any acne breakouts, weight gain, or loss and my sex drive is still the same. I guess I’m doing pretty good!
February 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm
Thank you all so much for writing about your experiences! I am twenty-six years old and have had the Mirena IUD for about two years and seven months. I have been experiencing what I’m now convinced are my version of its side effects (mild depression mixed with terrible mood swings and general irritability, the worst acne of my life, no libido AND pain during and after sex, moderate to severe anxiety, lack of energy, and the brain fog described in several of these posts) for at least ten months, and I am finally scheduled to have my Mirena removed in four days. It just occurred to me today that there may be some unexpected consequences of the removal, and I’m so glad I found this blog and everyone’s responses. As it seems I’ve had basically the full range of negative responses to Mirena so far, I’m willing to bet I should prepare my husband and I as well as I can for the crash.
While I know it’s true that women experience a great range of side effects and severities with all forms of birth control, but for me and every one of my female personal friends, what I’ve experienced with Mirena is beyond the pale. I hope every one of you who has been dealing with this mess is feeling better already or soon, and thank you so much for sharing your experience here.
February 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm
I was always uncomfortable with the idea of an IUD, but I knew women who had good experiences so I gave Mirena ago. Similar to some of you, I did not want hormones and this seemed like a very minor amount for a great payoff. I expected some cramping, but all indicators were that it would be over by 3 months. Well, it was 7 months this month, and I still was getting stabbing, wake-me-in-the-night cramps as I have never known. It really felt like my uterus was trying to get rid of the foreign invader. My doctor is great, but she simply instructed me to keep taking ibuprofen for the cramps and said that it could take up to NINE months for the cramping to stop. NINE? Not worth it! I realize now that my fatigue and foggy head, which I attributed to fighting off winter flu and colds, could very well have been side effects too. My acupuncturist helped me to put all the signs together, to realize that I was looking for permission to “fail” to adapt, and I had the damn thing out this morning. My main lesson to learn from this is to trust myself and my own body. I hope I do not experience the “after effects” described here, but now I feel prepared in case. I would highly recommend acupuncture and Chinese herbs to treat the hormonal imbalances this device can cause (even if you decide not to take it out for medical or personal reasons).
February 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm
I have had my Mirena in for almost 5 years.
Loved it! Other then Horrible Cramping the day it was inserted, it has been wonderful.
Now I am debating if I should have another one put in when I have this one taken out.
I will be 40 years old when this one comes out, and I was trying to find out
1. if there is pain associated with the removal?
2. Are there side affects to having one put in at age 40?
3. Can a new one be put in at the same time the 1st one is taken out?
4. Would there be less pain associated with a 2nd one being put in since my body is already used to having one for 5 years?
Needless to say, I am scarred to death now about having it removed. I’m so afraid of the pain and possible side effects.!
September 12, 2010 at 8:47 pm
Juicy, I think I had one put in when I was 39 or 40. It was great because I never had to go through the monthly bleeding but I was constantly moody and arguing with my boyfriend at the time. When we broke up, I had removed months later but decided two weeks later to have it put back in. From what I recalled during the removal visit that it hurt so badly. He had to dilate me with those metal hegar dilators. I was in tears during the procedure. I don’t mean to acre you but maybe it was because it was a rough male GYN doctor or because it (IUD) was scarred up and stuck up the cervix or maybe because my uterus is “inverted”, or angled to the side instead of upright. Having inserted back after two weeks was no problem. I’m 44 and now have all the symptoms described on his page. It’s coming out for good!!!
I don’t think I could wait a month to see my OB doc. Her schedule is so backed up but because of my previous experience with removal, I am willing to wait. Good luck!!!
February 17, 2010 at 10:04 am
I wish that I would have done some research on this thing before having it. inserted. I am getting it out today and I just feel so relieved, but also I feel stupid. Man, how could I have done this to myself? I have packed on like 40-50# and Oh God….the smell!!!!!! That “smell” down there is just ugh, it’s gross! I have had to sprinkle the deodorant powder in that area. I have sat next to people with my legs closed together and I think that they have noticed. And I just think that it’s sort of “unnatural” to not have a period, for so long and not be pregnant (or menopausal). So what now? What is this Mirena “crash” thing I got to worry about? You know there should be some kind of lawsuit about this thing. I am just hoping that the thing is removed without incident.
February 19, 2010 at 8:25 pm
I just wanted to put my input in on this one…I have has my Mirena for 3 years now and I have LOVED it!.I have had absolutely no problems with it what-so-ever no weight gain, loss of libido, and surely no “crazy” feelings. I am getting mine removed on the 11th of march because my husband and I are going to try for baby number 3 but I will get another one after that I am sure, it is the easiest and most effective BC I have ever taken. BTW I haven’t had a period in 3 years, AMAZING!…no to put down anyone I just wanted to put a good note out there too…everyone’s body is different, just because one person has bad symptoms most definitely does not mean everyone will. Just keep that in mind.
September 11, 2010 at 11:40 am
My first 3 years were pretty good too. So maybe Bayer needs to specify a 3-year limit instead of 5.
November 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm
Have had in for 8 years now and not a single problem!
August 2, 2011 at 6:04 pm
My first 2 1/2 years were great. I recommended the Mirena to so many people. I loved not having a period. I thought the changes in my body were due to having a child. What really got me researching was the horrible dry eyes I developed. I mentioned to my eye doc, but she just said to use artificial tears. A year passed, and the dry eye got horrible-couldn’t wear contacts for very long, and even with them out it hurt my eyes. Chalked it up to allergies until I read about Mirena’s side effects. Then things started to make sense: weight gain, inability to lose weight despite diet and exercise, dry eye, heart palpitations, irritability, etc. I had my Mirena removed 3 weeks ago. The day I had it removed, the doc ran labs. HDL was pretty low (another reported side effect). Now 3 weeks later, my otherwise normal blood pressure has risen drastically (read that hormonal imbalance can cause a rise in blood pressure). I still can’t lose weight despite a low carb diet and doing Zumba several days a week. I bled for the first few days after insertion, but I haven’t had a period since then. I just saw my doctor today, and she said to wait it out through a cycle, but if I don’t have a cycle in the next few weeks we may have to “jumpstart” it. That Mirena is a wolf in sheep’s clothing for a lot of people. I think it’s great some of you haven’t had side effects. I know my friend claims she hasn’t. Still, I think sometimes you don’t realize the side effects are related, or they aren’t prevalent enough to worry you. The weight gain has a lot more to do with hormonal imbalances than us “putting the food to your mouth” as one poster commented. The side effects are real and dangerous. I just really think more research needs to be done on it for everyone’s safety. People thought Phen/Phen was great at first too. The Mirena hasn’t been around long enough. Good luck to those of you who love it, and I hope you continue to stay happy with it. Hang in there to those of you who have experienced the havoc it can potentially cause.
February 19, 2010 at 9:16 pm
Good point, Tabitha! I know people who have had LOTS of wonderful things to say about the Mirena IUD. It absolutely depends on your body.
February 20, 2010 at 6:22 pm
GI had the mirena in for 3 years. Noticed almost immediate weight gain at least a dress size despite no change in what I was eating. I hated the way I looked so much I have hardly any photo’s of myself for the last 3 years and would not have even considered wearing a bathing costume in public – shame for my 2 young children. Also suffered terrible dry skin to my hand and feet which was only relieved with steroid cream from my doctor. I’ve also noticed my hair has been in worse condition slower to grow and more damaged – even my hairdresser commented and said I should see my doctor. I also experienced the foggy feeling some days getting my words muddled up – very embarassing! Doctors put it all down to a busy life and age! but I finally insisted on having the mirena removed as I was unconvinced it was all normal. I had it out about 6 weeks ago and within days felt better. I’ve already lost weight which is very noticeable despite no change in my diet. I’ve just finished my first period which was very heavy but I always did have heavy periods and I was particularly hormonal/stressed which I have never been before with my periods (hoping this was a one off). The only good thing about the mirena was that it stopped my periods for 3 years but after all said I’d rather have them back thanks! I feel upset that 3 years of my life have been affected by this – I wouldn’t recommend this as a form of contraception.
February 27, 2010 at 9:37 pm
I had the Mirena in for 4.5 years before having it removed. I loved it for 4 of those years. then I got an infection in my vagina that turned into Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (about 6 months ago), and my entire life went to hell shortly after. after 4 nearly care-free years with the Mirena, I started breaking out with cystic, itchy, and painful acne everywhere. I had raging yeast infections and BV that no medication would stop. I got panic attacks like I never have before. I went to endless OBGYNs and other docs (dermys, endocrine dudes, etc) with my symptoms – they ALL INSISTED my IUD had nothing to do with my symptoms. only when I returned to my midwife (1000 miles away from where I live now) did she think my symptoms all had to do with the Mirena. within 2 days of her removing it, my acne stopped! my panic/anxiety problems are considerably more manageable. after reading all these posts, I’m starting to wonder if the IUD is the reason I’ve been such a bitch to my hubby the last several years, not to mention my dead libido. I am doing boric acid suppositories to deal with my yeast infection/BV issues, hopefully, that will be taken care of soon. I look forward to a proper shag when this is all over!! I know the Mirena works for some people. it did for me, for a while. but when I got PID everything changed and my health spiraled down at an alarming speed. it’s been 2 weeks since I had it taken out. I had a bit of bleeding after for about 4 days, but nothing major. my ovaries are feeling pretty crampy, I’m hoping things are just trying to normalise back up in there. I can’t wait to have a period again.
March 4, 2010 at 12:49 am
Ladies-I had my Mirena for about 1 1/2 years. I experienced all the mood swings, low libido, gained 20 plus pounds, acne ourbreks, lower back pain, cramping, headaches, constant annoying bleeding, the works. I had the IUD removed 2 days ago and start BC pills the same day. I have been having some bright red, moderately heavy bleeding. Had a melt down after having our taxes done tonight. I have been on vacation this week and had plenty of sleep, yet I feel like I constantly want to nap. I figured I would notice a change in how I feel. Although, I feel emotional and the bleeding is a pain. I still feel like a million bucks compared to having the IUD in. I always felt a low dull pain/pressure in my pelvic area. I would not reccomend this for of BC to anyone. And for those that have recently had theirs removed……
CHEERS, it can only get better now!
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November 3, 2009 at 11:59 am
I had Mirena removed 10/15/09, and I have not stopped bleeding and get heavy gushes and clotting daily and I’ve contemplated on going to the hospital several times. I’m relieved to hear that there are others experiencing this but can someone tell me how long this will last? I can’t take it anymore, I’m scared to leave my house knowing that I could gush at any moment. Luckily the cramping has stopped, it was really bad the first week but the bleeding is INSANE!!!