Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hormonal Musings about the Mirena IUD

A friend told me yesterday that with rapid weight loss, the Mirena IUD can become less effective. She thought it was due to the device shifting in the uterus, but I haven't seen a lot of information online about it. What I have seen is a lot of women complaining about a lot of things that I also experience.

Now, I've had three Mirena IUDs. I had one place right after my ten-year-old was born. Five years later, I had it replaced. A year after that, I yanked that sucker when I was suffering from a lot of cramping. Sometime last spring, I had another one placed.

I'm resolute in my desire to not have more children. I would happily have my tubes tied, but the appeal of the Mirena IUD is the lack of periods. I like not having periods! 'Cept...I'm having a lot of periods. Bah. Since surgery, I'm cycling pretty rapidly, and when I'm not on my period, I'm spotting.

This would wear off, I would think. I know with rapid weight loss, they say your hormones are wonky because you store hormones in fat cells. There's more, though. A lot of people online complain about Mirena IUD and hair loss. I have hair loss! I've had it for years. I chalked it up to breastfeeding, to a drug I took for migraines called Topamax, to stress, etc. When I read posts online about weight loss surgery and hair loss, I've wondered, well, does it get worse, or is this already what I'm suffering from?

There's more. I read a lot about women complaining about mid-section bloating and the Mirena IUD. For awhile, I took a prescription water pill because I just felt so damn bloaty. I never noticed much of a difference from the water pills. And women say that their stomach is basically distended with the IUD.

My friend and I were just talking about how I'm losing weight disproportionately: it's very noticeable in my face, neck, chest, breasts, legs, butt...and not so much around my apple-shaped mid-section. Sure, it's changed a lot, but not proportionate to the rest of my weight loss. And sure, it is just my body shape, and I have a lot of weight left to lose.

But isn't it interesting to wonder about how much the continuous hormones might be affecting me? I went through a similar process last summer when I stopped taking antidepressants. I had been off and on them for years, but finally got to a sad, flat state that made me wonder, "how much is me, and how much is the medication?" All these months later, I have to say I'm so delighted I stopped taking them! I feel much, much better.

Ugh, I hate having periods. I know women have endured it, but I am whiny and want to be outside the fray. There's not even anything especially grueling about my cycles. I'm just a baby. But, the good thing about the months that I went without the IUD last year was my cycles evened out and normalized. After a good long six week period, sigh. They think that's what (combined with my every 56-day blood donation) tapped out the iron in my blood, leading me to get all those iron IV infusions.

Anyway. I think I'm going to yank that sucker. Or, as my friend suggested, make an appointment to have a doctor do it. ;) It's a bummer, because that first five year Mirena was SWEET. Since then, it's been downhill.

Also, I'm like the world's worst person for noticing how things I do affect my body. The absolute worst. It took me FOREVER to figure out I was lactose intolerant, and these were some pretty horrible reactions to it. It could well be that an observant person would have notice bloating, mid-section weight gain, hair loss, etc and tied it to the Mirena IUD, oh, I don't know, TEN YEARS AGO.

Or maybe not. I think I'm about to find out.

18 comments:

  1. Ugh - hormones! I've had all sorts of problems with them. Haven't been on the Mirena, but two of the different pills I was on affected me in very bad ways. Maybe try that pill where you only get your period 4 times a year?

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  2. Hormones are overrated, can you say blood clots? Get off it!

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  3. I have a non-hormonal IUD. I can keep it for 10 years. I used to take birth control pills and had tons of issues with irregular bleeding from the hormones. This IUD has been such a blessing! I have regular periods and don't have to worry about birth control.

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  4. I don't know much about IUD's... but I'm with you with the funky period-spotting business of losing weight so quickly. I'm totally OVER it :(

    If it wasn't for the fact that I've heard sometimes with birth control pills you have to wait a year or so for it to get out of your system I'd totally take it in hopes of it helping. But, we plan to figure out the baby stuff once I'm 18 months out.

    good luck!

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  5. I also have mirena...have had it for nearly 2 years. And in that time was when my weight shot up about 40 more lbs. My mood swings have gotten worse and worse and its been pretty horrible. Still getting cramps too! The only good thing is the no periods... I think I am getting mine yanked out too. I dont think my insurance will cover me to get a non-hormonal IUD but that would be nice. Curious to see if things change for you after getting it out.

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