Mirena Removal Before and After Symptoms
It'll be almost 6 months since I had the mirena removed. When it was removed, I noticed a small change right away. That small change was big to me because I was experiencing immense pain in my abdomen at the time. My pain was at an 8 at the Doctor's office and on the way home without the Mirena, my pain was at 5. The next day, I got my period. I was excited because I haven't gotten a real period in 2 1/2 years. I felt free from this poisen called Mirena. ... more »
It'll be almost 6 months since I had the mirena removed. When it was removed, I noticed a small change right away. That small change was big to me because I was experiencing immense pain in my abdomen at the time. My pain was at an 8 at the Doctor's office and on the way home without the Mirena, my pain was at 5. The next day, I got my period. I was excited because I haven't gotten a real period in 2 1/2 years. I felt free from this poisen called Mirena.
Like you all, I had a laundry list of problems with Mirena. To name a few, weight gain, severe acne on one side of my face, severe mood swings, abdominal pain, increased hyperglycemia, increased motion sickness, painful sexual penetration, hair falling out, and other social and marital problems that resulted from these side effects.
A few months after my Mirena was removed, I noticed I was losing 2 pounds a month without even trying. Also before, my hair would fall out in small clumps. I would search for random hairs on my head, pull them gently and feel them detach so easily and painlessly from my head. It was so bad it grew into an obsession. Now, my hair is growing back and getting thicker. From time to time, I'll test a random hair and it stays in strong. My acne was going away but the acne scars are still there. The scars are slowly fading more and more. It was embarrassing to go out in public with acne scars prevalent on only one side of my face. I broke out crying many times because of the acne scars but now my face is more smoother and more vibrant than it was 7 to 10 months ago at it's worse.
I got my period right away and I kept having it off and on for almost 6 months. These periods were way different from any other periods I had because the blood was so thick it would clot up. In simpler terms, I kept bleeding almost the entire time after having it taken out. I would still have other period symptoms so I would know it is that time of the month even though I kept bleeding. Now, the blood looks like it is back to normal consistency and normal flow but I am still bleeding. My body is not quite back to normal yet even after almost 6 months. When Mirena was inserted, I had bleeding for 5 months and then any period bleeding completely stopped.
Most of all, I kept having this lower back pain similiar to the back pain a pregnant woman would experience during labor. It was so umbearable. It was during an outing with my husband when the back pain happened shortly after the removal. I didn't do anything strenuous so I know I didn't injure it. I was standing and I felt it develop right in my lower spine. I have never had a pain like this in my life and never had it during Mirena. The longer I stood, the worser it got. It would spread into other lower back muscles and into my tail bone. For two months, I really took it easy. It caused me to question if I was pregnant but testing myself every two weeks after the removal proved I wasn't. The pain subsided during month 3 but came back again after. It is now month 6 and it is almost at it's worse again. I haven't went to the doctor because I have it in my head that this pain is from my body's hormonal inbalance trying to get back in balance. No matter how many pain killers I took, the pain would still be there. If the pain is not gone in another 2 months, I'll go to the doctor.
The removal of Mirena is both bitter sweet. I am not having those laundry list of problems anymore but I am still having bleeding and hormonal back pain. Whether it completely goes away in another month or 6 months, I'll just be glad it'll be gone. I haven't tried any other hormonal birth control methods because I learned the hard way that anything that messes with your hormones is bad. The permanent effects of Mirena are the acne scars. Hair loss, emotional problems, and body pain, will all get better and go away in time after mirena but scars won't. It took a long time, but I accepted the scars and have began doing research on scar removal products I might try.
What I have learned from using Mirena is to research before you try anything. After having my first baby, I was looking for a birth control that I wouldn't worry about. So, I opted for the IUD Mirena. The doctor would just insert it and I wouldn't have to worry about gettting pregnant again. I was both nieve and dumb for even using this poisen without knowing anything about it.
Everything was fine and dandy for the first two years. When the problems I was having began happening, I was trying to find the reason. Stubborn as I was, I waited for 5 months to see if things would get better but they were only getting worse.
I felt like the world was against me and no one was trying to understand me. During my worst emotional breakdown, I laid on the bathroom floor crying and thinking about other people in my past who did me wrong. I thought their actions and words led me to this path of anger. I would be so angry that I wanted to get in the car and leave for days without telling anyone. After I cooled off, I felt so emotionally and physically drained. The slightest pet peeve would cause me and my husband to fight. He pointed out that I would find things to pry about. Things that weren't necessary to bicker about like undusted furniture. Because things between me and husband weren't getting better, I actually contemplated a divorce. If he couldn't understand me, then no one will is what I felt. I felt like I was being a strict and overbearing parent but I thought it was normal considering my child was 2. I thought to myself, I'm a new parent and I should be feeling joyful and happy everyday, but why am I not. I knew something was keeping me from being the loving and understanding parent I could be. The physical pain, physical changes, and the anger proved too much to be considered normal so I did online research about the side effects of Mirena. I felt better because I learned that I wasn't alone. Other women were going through the same things as me.
The abdominal pain was unbearable so I decided it had to come out now. Nearly half a dozen clinics I found out had waiting lists up to 3 months to see a doctor for IUD removal. Feeling defeated, I then prayed to the Lord for help that he would help me find a way to see a doctor right away. I then called the university hospital women's health clinic and they said they could see me the next day. Because I didn't have insurance, I asked how much was it going to cost out of pocket? Fortunately, it was only $50.
I felt like a changed woman. My relationship between my husband and stepsons has gotten noticeable better. I'm a more loving, patient, and understanding mother. I wasn't moody, emotional, and picky as monumentally as before.
I commend you for having the patience to read my experience with Mirena. I know I written a lot but I just want every woman to know that a contraceptive can ruin your life. It almost ruined mine. Please, take care of yourself and remember that you are not alone.