When I first wrote the post about the placement of my Mirena, I had no idea how popular it would be. There are currently 167 comments, most of which are not very positive. Early on I kept thinking, “Well, I had bleeding & headache issues for a while, but now it’s fine.”
More comments were made and I began to look into the Mirena more carefully. I read about side effects such as headache, water retention, breast tenderness and acne. I thought, “Well, the headaches have gone for the most part and the other things don’t bother me, so I must be lucky.”
Even more comments came and went. This had led to me looking into it again, as of late, because I just can’t get past so many people looking for information about this and having such negative results. I found other sites that listed more side effects such as abdominal pain, upper respiratory infection, leukorrhea, nausea, insomnia, nervousness, weight increase, abnormal Pap smear, depression, vaginitis, hypertension, decreased sex drive and sinusitis. That’s when it hit me.
Over the last year that I’ve had the Mirena in I have been the highest weight I have ever been, leading me to seek out weight loss surgery (which I will have at the end of June). I’ve had mood swings and bouts where I really don’t want Joe touching me at all. I have had acne like a teenager and have had the hardest time going to sleep at night. I recently began taking anti-depressants again because I feel like I’m in a funk. I have explained it to my Internist as something that just doesn’t feel right.
My best guess is that the one thing that may be causing some, if not all, of these symptoms is something I have overlooked for quite some time, despite the fact that others put it in front of my face constantly.
On the 18th of this month I am having the Mirena removed because in the last year I have had to see doctors in the specialties of Internal Medicine, Neurology, Sleep Disorders, Dermatology & Weight Loss. Does this mean that those symptoms will magically disappear? Who knows. All I know is that it’s worth a shot.