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Anyone using the Mirena IUD have a low sex drive?

By April 24, 2009 - 1:10pm
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Low Libido

Mine is almost non existant! :o(

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(reply to LadyKush541)

I think that you need to do what is right for you, but if you are feeling unhappy with life and depressed, then I would tell you to have it removed. I had the Mirena taken out this past Thursday, and although was told it could take up to 2 weeks for all the hormone to be completely out of my system, I am slowly feeling changes. Feeling a little happier and not so depressed and from having a 0 sex drive it is now about a 1 or 2 (on scale of 1 -10).

I had read many posts on various boards and it depends on the woman as to how long it takes the sex drive to return after removal. Some had it returned/improved in as little as a week, others months. I think the longest I read was 8 months from one woman who posted.

I think you need to do what is right for you. I understand that it is a marriage, and your husband doesn't want you to have it removed; but he isn't the one with something inside him that is causing him to be something he isn't. To fell bad about himself and depressed etc. Hopefully if you explain everything to him on how you have been feeling he will understand and change his mind. Even if he doesn't, you have to do what is best for YOU!

February 6, 2013 - 6:33am
EmpowHER Guest

I actually have an appointment scheduled for this coming Monday to have my mirena removed in hopes that I regain my sex drive and get out of my funk that I so often find myself in. After 2 years it has been nothing but a headache and has caused so many issues. I just over it all ready... My fiancé is really on edge bc my libido has decreased so much and he thinks it has to deal with him well I'm over him feeling like that.. So my hope for this coming Monday and beyond that I slowly get back to me!!

February 2, 2013 - 1:28pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am the husband on the previous poster. And please all you ladies and men listen to us. We both made the decision as a couple to have the thing put in her. This thing has caused us so many problems that are not only sexual. And like another males post on here I felt my wife did not want me anymore, kept asking if it was my looks as I am getting older and darn sure not as attractive as I may have been in my younger years.

Yes I complained a lot about the sex. But I was more concerned with the total lack of affection that I would be receiving from my wife. My wife went from the best affectionate sexual partner a man could have ever asked for to being total null of any affection in a 2 years time span from insertion. Then the depression set in. All I can hope is I can repair the damage I have done due to this thing.

So please never let your significant other have this thing put in her.

February 1, 2013 - 1:48pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I had that thing 3 years, total loss of libido. But more than that, like you say about ur wife, I didn't feel affectionate about hardly anything. My child and that was about it. I think it's the hormones it secretes. I felt horrible for 3 years and within 2 months of it being removed my sex drive was back and I feel like my happy self again. I hope your wife had it removed... if anyone here was willing to have Mirena IUD...my suggestion is Paragard IUD....same process of insertion, but NO HORMONES. Mirena secretes hormones...That's what is screwing us up!! WHY won't they ban this horrible product???

February 3, 2013 - 3:33pm
(reply to Anonymous)

What is sick, is that all us women had to pay thru the nose for something that was harmful to us and the drug company makes a huge profit! I am going to stick with Paraguard!

December 4, 2013 - 11:46pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am now 41 and have had the Mirena for over 5 years (just had it replaced in December). I have an appointment this afternoon to have it removed. The last 5 years has been pure hell. When I first had it inserted, after my last child was born, I bleed daily for over a year and a half. I gained some weight and had a decrease in sex drive. I went to my OB/GYN multiple times and each time was told everything was normal, that my body was still adjusting to the Mirena. The bleeding eventually subsided and I lost my period all together. But that wasn't the only thing I lost; my sex drive was continually decreasing and for the past 8 months is non-existent. I have no interest in sex and it feels like a chore. I had also started depressed. At first I thought it was due to the marital problems brought on my lack and then no interest in sex. I started gaining weight, which I attributed to being depressed. I went to my family doctor in July/August to check if I could possibly be going through early menopause. I had all the tests done and my hormone levels were normal - no menopause. I was told it was most likely due to my "emotional state" that I had lost my libido. The progression of the lack of feelings toward any time of contact with my spouse continued. I went back to my OB/GYN in September to discuss the Mirena as at the end of the year I would have to have it replaced. I discussed all the issues with him and was told the is would be very RARE is the Mirena was causing my issues, but if it was contributing to them, then having the Mirena replaced would help my situation, as the level of hormone would be higher on the new one as I was at the 5 year mark for the old one. I trusted my doctor and discussed with my husband, and made the appointment to have it replaced.

Fast forward 2 months to today and nothing has changed, it has only gotten worse. My husband and I are now separated due to the issues that arouse from our practically non-existent sex life. The past few weeks I have read many boards and posts from other women having the same issue of decreased or complete loss of sex drive, depression, weight gain etc. I made the appointment to have mine removed, and can only hope that in time I will start feeling like my old normal self again and start to repair the emotional damage this has left. Some things may not be able to be repaired between my husband and I, but I am looking forward to start being me again.

I will update in a few weeks to see if there is any change. But from what I have read with others, once removed the sex drive slowly starts to come back.

January 31, 2013 - 8:55am
(reply to Anonymous)

UPDATED: 2 weeks after having the mirena removed. Depression is gone, people have actually commented on how different I seem; that I don't walk around with this depressed look on my face. Sex drive has improved slightly, it used to be a 0 and now is about a 2 (on a scale of 0-10). Migraines (without pain but vision issues) are gone thus far. These first 2 weeks I felt a bit "sluggish" and tired, but I forced myself to do things and feeling much better than before. My emotions are coming back, towards my children and friends and family - not feeling so detached. Will continue to update in the coming weeks, in the hopes that it may help others.

I have actually contacted a lawyer regarding my Mirena experience; not for monetary gain but to make a stand; no woman should have to go through what myself or others have. They should be informed of ALL side effects, and if they make an informed decision to have the Mirena inserted they know the warning signs and not feel like they are going crazy when doctors say their symptoms have nothing to do with the Mirena. Like I say, it is not for monetary gain, it is a matter of principle!

February 14, 2013 - 7:40am
EmpowHER Guest

I personally would not recommend getting Mirena ever! I had mine for a little over a year and just had to have it surgically removed last week. I went to my gyno specifically to get it removed because I hated it and guess what......she couldn't find it. After an ultrasound and xray they decided the only way to get it out was with a scope. It had "migrated" too high in the uterus. Mirena never stopped or slowed my periods and my sex drive was non existent. Oh, and not to mention I gained about 40 pounds. Less than a week later I am ready to enjoy my husband again, but I can't for two weeks. Highly disappointed with the whole experience and would not recommend it.

January 30, 2013 - 4:48pm
EmpowHER Guest

Has anyone had any GOOD experiences with the Mirena, and sex drive? I've been on BC Pills since the age of 16. (I am now 27) Last year I decided to "give my body a break" and had a Paragard IUD inserted. My sex drive was through the roof. The downside was that without hormones, my periods were unbearable. I had it removed after 10 months, and went back on BC Pills, to discover just how badly they suppressed my sex drive. I saw a GYN today who specializes in libido and hormonal issues and she suggested that the Mirena would be my best option. I'm seeing a lot of negativity on this page, however, and it decreasing libido. Any positive experiences out there?

January 22, 2013 - 6:12pm
(reply to Anonymous)

I would still suggest the Paraguard for you. Also if your periods are hellish, you just need to get grounded and they will get better on their own. Go to earthing.com and learn about grounding or "earthing". It naturally normalizes your periods and the bad symptoms seem to disappear! Not to mention all the other health benefits you would get, like improved sleep and prevention of pain/inflammation and disease. Check it out and learn how we have become disconnected from the earth and have developed so many problems due to this. I purchases an earthing product from amazon.com and received a complimentary book with my order...i am amazed at what I am learning about us the the earth that we live on! It easily helps women with lousy symptoms from periods, PMS and menapause. Hope this message helps.

December 4, 2013 - 11:58pm
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