02/07/2019

Mirena

Hormonal coil (IUS)

4/5

About the reviewer

Age
Over 45
Time used
5 - 8 years
Had children
Yes
Height
5'4"/162.5cm
Weight
80kg - 85kg / 12st 8lb - 13st 5lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

I suffered with hormone induced depression when I started to use the Mirena which lasted about six months. I realised this was the reason as I had felt this way when taking progesterone based medication to stop bleeding after a miscarriage. I was prescribed anti-depressants which helped. For me, if the Mirena had not worked then I would have needed a hysterectomy due to abnormally heavy and frequent periods. Eventually everything settled down and I had two Mirena coils in eight years until I reached menopause.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Somewhat negatively
Weight
No change
Periods
Stopped periods
Sex drive
I don’t know / can’t tell

Side effects whilst taking

Migraines

Headaches

Aura symptoms

Enlarged breasts

Spots or acne

Back pain

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

Impact after using

Mood
Neutral - no change
Weight
No change
Periods
I don’t know/can’t tell
Sex drive
No change

Migraines

Headaches

Aura symptoms

No effects

No effects

Experience after taking

I was relieved that I had got to menopause and no more periods! I did not depend on the Mirena for contraception as I had been sterilised at my request following two difficult pregnancies.

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