Re: considering Mirena (iuc) after having baby
My Mirena story is:
On 9/27/07 I decided, simply for convenience, to have the Mirena IUD inserted by suggestion from my OB, who just thought it was the greatest thing. Within 3 weeks I suffered a horrible panic attack in the middle of the night and from that time on, I constantly felt foggy, light-headed, and I never felt like I was really "here"..... Like it was all a dream (I knew I was there physically, but it was almost like an out of body experience).
On my 1 month checkup with my OB, he said that the Mirena could not have caused the anxiety and to give it some time for my body to adjust. I was concerned that I hadn't had a period yet and he indicated that it is normal and it's ok not to menstruate ever month.
Fast forward to 6 weeks ago... The fogginess seemed to dissipate somewhat, but I started to worry about EVERYTHING, not normal worrying either, but excessive worry and the anxiety started to build in bad. Then, while simply watching a movie with my husband, I felt this sudden waive of anxiety over nothing. So, I decided, that's it, I'm googling Mirena and anxiety to see what I can find. I found tons of websites with people talking about the same damn thing as I was going through.
I immediately saw my primary care and he had indicated that, yes, the Mirena could very well be the cause of my symptoms (anxiety, excessive worry, panic attacks, moodiness, NO LIBIDO, poor motivation, etc). Unfortunately, by this time I've already seen a psych and been put on zoloft and lorazepam. However, my primary care does think it is a good idea that I continue with the anti-anxiety meds to help me get over this hump.
3+ weeks ago, the IUD was finally removed (no pain and minimal spotting) and I immediately started my old pill again (which I was on for 2 years with no problem). I contemplated going hormone free for a month or so, but I've read about so many woman having problems with their 1st and 2nd periods, so I thought this would help me. During my appointment, neither the nurse or my OB were surprised that I was experiencing these symptoms and that if I don't begin to feel better over the next 3 weeks, to call him so we can discuss my options.
I can't say for sure that I would be feeling this way now if I never had the IUD put in, but it is certainly coincidental that I'm feeling like this after a change in hormones.
Mirena has worked well for some woman, but if you have the slightest sensitivity to BC, I do not recommend it.
I'm sorry, but it's just not normal or healthy for a woman not to menstrate. I just started my first period in 8 months and I feel better today than I have in just as long.
Good luck with your choice and I hope everything works out.