My experience for nearly six months with the Mirena IUD has left me with both negative physical and mental health side effects. I have dealt with fatigue, headaches, spotting, and cramping. I've endured bloating, gastrointestinal distress and cysts.
I've experienced a drop in sexual desire and self-esteem, as depression has increased. And the list goes on. You can read about my experience with the Mirena IUD in my article My Painful Complications with the Mirena IUD.
But it's important to note that it's not always a nightmare for all women.
In fact, some women experience improved quality of life after insertion of the Mirena IUD. There is almost no chance of getting pregnant for five years, and some women feel relief from previously burdensome menstrual cycle issues.
Just as with any medication, there will be women who have horror stories to share, and others who will only have positive experiences. Just pay attention to your body and realize what it’s telling you, even if it’s not a side effect you would have expected.
Kay B., a 49 year old married mother of two children, said in an email that she’s had her Mirena IUD for 10 years and is planning on getting it replaced for the third time because she’s had a positive experience.
“I have not had any physical or mental health issues,” Kay said. “While I found the loss of my monthly cycle a bonus, it’s also left me without any clues to when menopause is approaching.”
She said within the first year of having the IUD, she didn’t have more than spotting, and now she doesn’t have a period at all.
“I do have periods of ‘warm’ and some sleepless nights, but am told I could be in perimenopause, but the symptoms aren’t definitive enough to really know,” she added.
She said prior to getting the Mirena IUD, she used to have very heavy periods with side effects like back pain and diarrhea, so she would recommend the IUD to other women. She’s used other forms of birth control but they didn’t agree with her emotionally or physically for the most part.