Mirena coil removal – let’s talk about it

When should you remove it, what are the side effects and what on earth is the Mirena Crash?!

The Mirena coil is a common method of contraception, and is most loved for its conveniance and longevity. It appears that there’s always a lot of talk about how it goes in, but do we know how it comes out? This post covers everything you need to know about the Mirena coil, from removal, side effects and even the ‘Mirena crash.’

When to remove the Mirena coil

The two most common reasons for removal of the Mirena coil are when a female wants to become pregnant, or it’s been in use for five years.  However, if a female develops certain health conditions, a doctor may recommend removal. The Mirena coil may also need to be removed if you begin to develop side effects such as:

  • migraine headaches
  • severe bleeding and anemia
  • perforation of the uterus
  • pain or discomfort during intercourse

The Mirena coil removal can happen at any time by a trained doctor or nurse. It’s simpler than having it fitted – they will gently pull on the threads and the T shape folds up and it can be pulled out of the womb.

If you’re not having another coil put in and don’t want to get pregnant, you’ll need to make sure you don’t have sex seven days before you have it removed, or use condoms or another method.

Check out our Mirena coil reviews to see how long it took other females cycles to return to ‘normal’, and read up on other after-effects they’ve experienced.

Side effects of Mirena coil removal

  • period pains but no period
  • bleeding
  • weight gain
  • acne
  • breast tenderness
  • fatigue
  • mood swings
  • nausea

Mirena crash

What is the Mirena crash

The Mirena crash is the name given to the symptoms of pain and discomfort that are prompted when the birth-control device is removed and the flow of synthetic hormones stop. Although there is no scientific evidence to prove this is a genuine condition, thousands of women claim to have experienced it.

Why does it happen

When the Mirena coil is inserted, it contains hormones much like progesterone, known as levonorgestrel. As the coil is meant to stay in for five years, the female’s body stops producing progesterone. It can be weeks or months before the body realizes it needs to produce its own progesterone because it has become ‘lazy’, relying on the synthetic provision. This causes a hormone imbalance or estrogen dominance. In many females, this imbalance causes severe symptoms similar to those associated with the insertion of the device. In some women, Mirena crash symptoms appear recurrently before each period, lasting for months. Some other women suffer for extended periods of time both physically and emotionally at any time, day or night.

How Long Does the Mirena crash last?

The Mirena Crash differs from female to female. As it is brought on by a hormonal imbalance, it would be logical to suggest that once the hormonal levels are settled, the symptoms will begin to stop. Ultimately, it will depend on how long a females body will take to restore a hormonal balance.

Symptoms of the Mirena crash

It is not uncommon to have varied symptoms after the removal of an IUD coil. Symptoms are especially prevalent immediately after removal. Among the most noted are:

  • Nausea
  • Soreness of the breasts
  • Pain or cramps after sex
  • A reduced sexual drive
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Runaway emotions
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Disinterest in many normal activities, and
  • Insomnia

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