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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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I had mine put in about 6 months ago and have experienced decreased libido, weight gain and mood swings. At first I thought there was something wrong with me but after doing research I am convinced the IUD is causing these issues. My fiance has asked me for a few months now to go to the doctor and get the IUD removed. Ive been hesitant because it is a very easy form of birth control. But the side effects are not worth it. I am going to make an appointment with my doctor to discuss with her if estrogen will help alleviate the problems like one women posted or should I have it removed permanently.

January 25, 2011 - 8:48pm
(reply to gracebrutus)

Hi gracebrutus,
Thank you for your post, and for being a part of this community. Let us know what you find out from your doctor. We don't like hearing you are having problems with your method of birth control, but knowing the root cause of the situation is a good thing. Hope it gets resolved soon. Glad too your fiance seems in tune with you, and you have good communication.
Hope to hear back from you soon.

January 26, 2011 - 8:19am
EmpowHER Guest

I am 23 years old and I have never had children. I had the Mierna IUD fitted in August of 2010 and noticed a sharp decrease in libido in October... it was such a devastating blow to see my long distance boyfriend and to have no desire to sleep with him. I attributed my lack of libido to (law) school stress, however I finished finals in early December and spent 2 beautiful, stress free weeks in Mexico and STILL no libido.. the Mirena IUD could affect you in this way too. Don't let you OB/GYN tell you there are no studies out there proving this.. you know your body better than anyone else. I got it removed a few days ago.. what is the point in having an IUD if I am not even having sex with someone I barely see?! Same happened to me on BC. I am done trying to feed my body hormones...

January 17, 2011 - 12:27am
EmpowHER Guest

I am starting the last year of my IUD and was seriously considering getting another one. BUT, My sex drive has been non existent for some time now.
I never really put it together that it could be my IUD until I was talking to my sister one night (she has had her IUD for 3yrs) about how sex is the only thing that we argue about with our fiances. We both have the SAME EXACT symptoms and feelings about sex. We were both thrown off because of how similar our situations were.
It is very frustrating because I want to have sex, I think about it but I have no sex drive what so ever. Then, when I do have sex I can only enjoy it for a short time before I just want to stop.
I love my IUD and really do not want to have it taken out....Does anyone have a solution to boost your sex drive other than to have it taken out?

January 16, 2011 - 7:18pm
EmpowHER Guest

I had mirena for 2.5 years and never really noticed any low libido. We have 3 kids. I just assumed I was always worn out. I had it removed about a week and a half ago to try for #4 and now I realize something was wrong. I cannot stop thinking about how bad I want my husband now, no matter how tired I am. With that being said, I think after this baby I will look into a copper IUD because I still think an IUD is the way to go for birth control for me.

January 11, 2011 - 4:30am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Would anyone out there have considered the IUD for birth control if there partner had a vasectomy? Also, why wait 2-3 years when sex drive is either deminished or gone?

January 11, 2011 - 6:51pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,
I'm not sure I understand, are you wondering about IUD in addition to your husband having a vasectomy? And are you also asking why someone else would wait 2-3 years when sex drive is diminished or gone?
Please clarify your question so you can receive an appropriate response.
Thanks for being a part of the EmpowHER community.

January 12, 2011 - 7:57am
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Anonymous (reply to Christine Jeffries)

Why would anyone wait 2-3 years to remove an IUD when the question of deminished sex drive is so clear in so many cases? The IUD seems to be a very unhealthy approach to birth control for many of the women posting and is clearly not helping these women (and their partners) enjoy a normal sexually active life - a life, which in most cases, was experienced prior to the IUD as stated in most of the postings. So the real question is, given a choice between the IUD, no sex, many more side effects which are just plain scary and a vasectomy with no side effects and a normal sex life, which one makes more sense?

January 12, 2011 - 10:23am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

The adverse symptoms don't all happen at once for everyone...mine was gradual and I had other things going on in my life that prevented me from noticing the problem until now. Everyone is different and will make the changes they need when they realize it. I'm just glad I found out now and can do something about it. I hate feeling this way and I hate how it affects everyone around me.

May 14, 2011 - 12:17pm
(reply to Anonymous)

I personally have heard very mixed reviews on Mirena, and other IUDs. It's pretty much either you love it, or you hate it. It's good to keep in mind that not all birth control works or is right for everyone. In my case, I had to try three different birth control pills after delivering my babies to find one that worked for me without breakthrough bleeding or PMDD.
We all are different, so it's not good to draw over-generalizations.
Vasectomy also is not for everyone, especially in the case of an unwilling boyfriend or husband.

January 13, 2011 - 9:34am
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