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My mom asked me if I was feeling better at lunch yesterday and told me i was looking better in the last week.
See, last week I finally got rid of my Mirena IUD.
Over 2 years ago I walked into my doctor’s office, got blood pressure checked and instructions given, I told my doctor about my wish and she urged me to use a Mirena. My two biggest issues I talked to her about was weight gain (which had happened with birth control pills) and a decrease in milk supply, which is why many nursing moms on the message boards I frequented chose the copper.
I distintcly remember her telling me that, no, Mirena would not cause me these things and sent me home with a little pamplet.
I read the pamplet a couple times, clicked on the website and decided that I was educated enough to go along with her recommendation.
After all, she was my doc, so she had my back, right?
After that my milk supply decreased.
Coincidence? Maybe. But I only made it a couple more months before my son was getting more formula than breastmilk.
I blamed other things… Stress, nature, anything, since I was told again it wasn’t the IUD by a doctor.
I compared notes with another nursing mother who had a Mirena and found out she, too had a decrease, although not as severe as mine.
From the Mirena site:
You may use Mirena when you are breastfeeding if more
than six weeks have passed since you had your baby. If
you are breastfeeding, Mirena is not likely to affect the
quality or amount of your breast milk or the health of
your nursing baby. However, isolated cases of decreased
milk production have been reported among women
using progestin-only birth control pills. (My bolding)
Well, that was 2 out of 2 users right there.
Skip ahead to last week.
Thats two years where I bloated regularly, jumped back to my delivery weight (!) and had mood swings.
I never had mood swings before and frankly Mr. Wonder wasn’t sure what to do with me.
I swung between short-tempered and depressed.
Of course I was irritable, I was told. I have a small child. It made me feel like a bada parent because i would cry in frustration so easily.
I had regular irritation, and used more of my son’s Desitin than he did (doc recommendation).
Why did I stay with it?
I kept it in because it was already done, I was finally used to having a foreign object in my body and frankly, everyone was telling me my issues weren’t the IUD.
So finally, finally, after two years I had it taken out yesterday.
I had enough.
The doctor, a different one, asked why and I said, “because I hate it.”
Stopped her dead in her tracks.
She wanted me to elaborate and I told her everything- the weight gain, mood swings, the depression.
Oh no, she told me. That kind of PMS stuff happens on estrogen pills, and the Mirena was a progesterone-only divice.
Again, doctor made me sound like I didn’t know my own body.
I was upset, I felt dumb and confused and angry because again i was told I had it wrong.
Later at home I wrote Mr. Wonder.
Me:I told the doc I had stronger mood swings on Mirena… and she blew me off too. Am I crazy?
if that is the case, why have I been repeatedly dismissed for saying what my body was doing?
This time I dug deeper on the internet. Three years of blogging had given me better tools to use to find information.
I found a kindred spirit at Life After Mirena – it’s not being updated anymore but the many, many comments echoing things I have noticed made me feel better.
And just by googling around I found comments on forums, medical sites, and other sites where women mentioned severe side affects from the Mirena that the literature does not support.
So Mirena, I am calling you out. I am also calling out the multiple doctors who told me I was wrong, never again will I take it like that.
If it wasn’t the Mirena, then why is it I instantly debloated the next day, peeing on the hour every hour?
I haven’t craved my caffeine fix in a week.
I also haven’t gone crazy with stress in a week. These are the changes already, with more to come.
More energy, less moodiness, less tight bulge around the jeans.
My rings fit better.
I’m wearing my frown upside down.
I’m so done with you, Mirena, and with anyone who thinks what the company told them is more correct than how I know my own body.