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Positive Experience with Mirena
I had Mirena inserted a few months after my second child was born. I did experience some cramping and off and on bleeding for several months. However, after about 4-5 months my periods stopped altogether (no periods!!) and during the entire 2 years that I had Mirena in I experienced RAPID WEIGHT LOSS. I am having trouble finding any evidence on the Mirena web site or other threads that support this, though. It could have been related to the fluxuation of hormones after having the baby, but I got down to a size 4 within a few months, with my pre-pregnancy/normal size being about an 8. Additionally - I did experience lot of mood swings and was diagnosed with postpardum depression (about 8 months postpardum) so this could have been the reason for the mood swings rather than the Mirena. Also, we were having a lot of marital problems at the time and it's hard to say which came first -the chicken or the egg - you know what i'm saying?? So after 2 years, some marriage counseling and a year on Lexapro (for the postpardum depression) I had Mirena removed so that we could try for baby #3. Now that baby #3 is 6 months old, I just had Mirena placed again yesterday. Having gained twice as much weight with this past pregnancy (60 lbs. instead of my usual 30 lbs.) and having only lost about 30lbs. now that i'm 6 months postpardum (that means 30 more lbs. to go!) i'm anxious to see if I experience the same rapid weight loss that my provider is confident was NOT related to the Mirena IUD. I don't remember any other marked side effects with hair growth/loss, sex drive, etc. What I noticed most was the rapid weight loss (with almost no effort, so it had to be related to SOMETHING!) and NO periods. I would suggest for anyone who has just had/will be having Mirena placed to go to their website and make a list of both the more common and less common side effects and check off which you may already be experiencing (especially if you have recently had a baby or are weaning a baby as the serious influx of hormones may already be giving you some of those symptoms UNRELATED to the Mirena IUD), then once a week check off which of the symptoms you are experiencing now that you have Mirena. If there's on thing that having 3 babies has taught me it's that you have to be proactive about your own health care! This will help you track whether or not these symptoms are related and will give you something concrete and substantial to discuss with your provider should any marked symptoms occur (pleasant and unpleasant alike!)
S.B.
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replied March 15th, 2011
Mirena and weightloss
I know of several people who have had the mirena fitted, myself included. None have experienced the rapid weightloss you describe, some still got periods throughout the entire 5yr time. If I were a betting person I would put your weightloss down to the postpartum depression as I had this after my first child and was at my lowest weight ever, you also mention several other reasons that could have impacted on this starting with a new baby, marital problems, stress all topped off with depression. These are gaurenteed to either cause considerable weightloss or in some people large weight gain depending on how their bodies deal with it. I was not on the mirena when I lost heaps of weight, it was purely postpartum depression. When I did get the mirena I had done so becuase I finished my family after 4 children, since getting it out I have had irregular periods and irratic mood swings so the hormone level in it helped in a positive way, turns out that at 39 I am menopausal and have been for several years so now on hormones to get the balance back but there is not enough in the mirena to help me at the stage I am at now. I would not be relying on the Mirena to assist with further weight loss it will always come back to a healthy diet and exercise.
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replied December 12th, 2012
See my post below.
Obviously proper nutrition and exercise is always going to be the best thing for weightloss. However, if a younger female has estrogen dominance, progesterone deficiency, or both, weight can be a serious issue and no amount of excerise and proper eating is going to fix that (though it will help in general, it wont fix the hormonal imbalance). So though i agree with your comment about needing to eat good and get your body moving, if there is a hormonal issue, Mirena could be one very helpful thing.
Many people do gain weight on Mirena, however, many people do not have typically have these hormonal issues. Read my post below, if you are interested.

PS im referring to a young woman who is not premenapausal as they (likely) wouldn't require as high a dose of progesterone to help the issue as someone who is menapausal or premen.
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replied December 2nd, 2013
Count me in for the rapid weight loss. I have had two inserted shortly after each child was born (6-8 weeks PP). About a 16 months ago I was at the 5 year mark and it was time to
have the 2nd one out. Gyn said you can keep it in
as long as I don't get a period it's still Very effective.

I had it removed because i did start spotting a bit, but have
continued to gain and have had difficulty losing weight even
with dieting and excercise. I now suspect I'm in the low progesterone
camp, plus 39 yo now. Considering having it placed again as my
Moods seemed more stable during all those years and lately
experiencing extreme irritability out of no where! Makes me feel sad
how crabby I can be with loved ones. Plus I'm tired of not fitting into all my old
clothes!! If there are other solutions out there how to
replenish progesterone please share Smile thank u.
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replied April 4th, 2012
i had miirena placed about 10 - 11 months ago now and i have had the rapid weight loss like you are saying, ive lost probably 20 - 25 pounds and counting no efort and also have no periods with mirena.. sounds like weare just getting the better end of this deal then everyone else Wink
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replied September 3rd, 2012
Mirena IUD and weight loss
I had all of the above, baby, postpartum weight to lose, depression as a result of a medication prescribed to increase breast milk production, Mirena IUD insertion and rapid weight loss. I too failed at finding a medical professional to attribute the weight loss to Mirena and started to believe my doctor's.. UNTIL...my five years of the Mirena IUD expired and almost immediately experienced a rapid weight gain (I consider "rapid"+ or - 30lbs. in 1 month). I(not a medical professional) think the missing link here is that those of us who experience the weight loss have underlying issues with PMDD(Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) or severe PMS(Premenstrual Syndrome) and the absence of the associated symptoms due to the Mirena's miraculous side effect of no menstrual cycle allow for our bodies to function as if not afflicted with the above disorders. Just having a steady hormonal level throughout the month allowed for me to physically feel better, no swollen breasts, no 10lbs.+ of bloating and edema(swelling of abdomen, hands, legs and feet), no acne and no lower back or cramping pain, made me psychologically feel better. That gave me more energy, a sense of knowing month to month what my body was going to doing which improved my relationships within my marriage and with my children which I believe led to increased activity, less emotional eating and my weight loss. Sometimes it is hard to realize how deep of a rut you are living in if you haven't ever lived outside of it. My appointment for a new IUD id tomorrow, can't wait!
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replied November 7th, 2012
After my first child I had mirena put in and experienced rapid weight loss just like you described. Within a few months I had lost 60 pounds and weighed less than before I became pregnant. I have now had my second child and go on mirena again today. I guess I'll have to wait and see if I lose like I did the first time.
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replied December 12th, 2012
There could be science to back your weightloss claim!
I have a progesterone deficiency and an estrogen dominance. I have been reading up a lot on Mirena because it supplies the progesterone that i need (and dont produce enough of). Def look up the symptoms of these issues. I have almost every single one of them in the book. the weight gain, the trouble losing weight, endometriosis, underactive thyroid, low sex drive, hair loss, etc.etc. This can all be due to low progesterone. Well i know most ppl on Mirena gain weight (or they have no weight changes, but the majority gain) HOWEVER, i know most ppl dont have a progesterone deficiency and/or an estrogen dominance. Thus, they gained weight. BUT i think for those of us who do not have enough, this could actually be a positive thing for our hormone therapy! What im saying is, if you suffer that problem (most ppl dont even know they do) then perhaps adding progesterone to your body would help you lose weight. Progesterone declines 75% premenopause, well thats also when women start gaining weight. So if you live with that sort of issue during your reproductive years, it can cause weight gain and other issues (which is what im experiencing) SOOO if i get Mirena put in, there is a chance i could lose weight. Maybe thats not the norm, but having this issue isn't either. what my point is, maybe, just maybe, those of us with lower progesterone and/or high estrogen are losing weight on Mirena bc we are getting the proper dose of progesterone. The reason why there isn't much info out there on weight loss with Mirena is bc most ppl do not have this problem. they have enough progesterone to begin with and you add too much progesterone you will gain weight. if you have too little you gain weight. you need a perfect balance. Im wondering if this may be your case? I have read a couple of documents where women under went hormonal replacement therapy in London. They used the Mirena to accomplish this. Now that isn't the FDA approved (or even studied) reason to use Mirena BUT there are quite a few scientist out there that think Mirena can be used for hormone therapy sucessfully. It can also help with PMS bc of the hormone.

I am getting mirena inserted in the coming weeks. Ive had one miscarriage. I know have a 2 year old boy and a 10 month old boy. I am feeling (right now) like all of the symptoms you have described (preMirena). My hopes are that getting Mirena will at least help this. Not that that is my main thing, but my doctor is willing to see if Mirena will fix my progesterone deficiency and plus i want good birth control anyways. and i def want to stay away from any estrogen Birth control.

I believe there is science and proof behind what you are suggesting with Mirena. I just think it hasnt been very well studied. The research, i think, will grow with time. I think we will see an increase with this device for the purpose of hormonal therapy. but thats just speculation.
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replied February 25th, 2013
I am booked for a Mirena and feel I too am oestrogen dominant .I have been experiencing fortnightly heavy periods which is in the family .. I will be interested to whether I will achieve any weightless which I will be grateful off as I have had such difficulty losing the extra 15-20 kilos i carry since children. I breast fed for 14 months and 9 months and achieved no weight loss along with 3 months if rpm classes, surgical and somewhat cosmetic interventation with no results also. I am convinced that my hormones are keeping me overweight. I am hypo thyroid and a health eater. Not one of those people that think they are a health eater .. I studied nutrition for 6 years , and while I don't exercise as much as I would like I still feel there is a missing link.i have been interested in Sandra Cabots research amongst others and the benefits of progesterone .
I welcome any comments of experience by others and thank those that have contributed to this forum. I have found it helpful
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replied September 15th, 2013
I have an 18 year build up of stubborn belly fat. After having my son 18 years ago I started the depo and gain lots of weight. After discontinuing that birth control I worked hard to lose the extra 50 lbs I had gained around my waist. Five months ago I had the marena inserted and surprisingly the stubborn belly fat is disappearing on it on with very little effort . I'm enjoying the benefits of this birth control after the negative experience from the depo
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replied September 25th, 2013
Hi I got mirena right after I had my first child. I had it in for about 2 1/2 years. I too experienced rapid weight loss. My normal size is about a 4 and in the past two years i've gone down 3 sizes and about 30 lbs. I look sickly and I know it has to do with mirena because I haven't changed my eating habits and actually got lazier with exercising. I just got my mirena removed today and am hoping to pack on a few much needed pounds. I too have been trying to research if this is the culprit to my weight loss but have failed to find anything. Mostly it's just people gaining weight. Nice to know there is somebody else out there experiencing the same thing.
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replied September 26th, 2013
WEIGHT LOSS
Hi I got the Mirena in Feburary after having my 2nd son in November, I was already a skinny women but I loved my size, to me I was perfect at 5'9" 125lbs before my pregnancy, but now my weight has dropped 109lb 10 months after giving birth! I was depressed for a month but after that I have been eating regularly if not more and am still not gaining any weight. I even eat big meals before I go to sleep and nothing has changed. My metabolism is high but I never ever experienced weight loss like this. I'm becoming depressed because I look sickly. I'm getting this CRAP tookin out next week!
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replied February 6th, 2014
Just Got a Mirena
I just got my Mirena inserted today. I am 33 and just had my first child 6 months ago. I am a few pounds shy of my prepregnancy weight and am currently at 24% BMI. Since I'm 5'11" tall and have small bones I don't look big, but I use to be MUCH smaller (model thin) when I was in my early 20's. I will let you all know if I lose weight easier or without trying. I would love to be a size 4 again, I'm currently a size 8.
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replied March 28th, 2014
Since having the mirena inserted have you noticed any changes as of yet?
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replied August 11th, 2014
Ive had the Mirena for over 2 years and have lost almost 45 pounds since ive had it and no periods. Needless to say, mine has caused me so much trouble and is now being removed. I do not recommend anyone to get this.
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replied November 12th, 2014
The mirena made me gain a lot of weight even though I had it for only 4 months. I couldn't lose the weight no matter what. Also, it caused me all kinds of side effects, hormonal imbalances, estrogen dominance, silicona and copper toxicity, etc. I recommend everyone who is serious about stopping all their unbearable side effects to watch the video on this page: mirenadetox.
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replied February 4th, 2015
Mirena causes all kinds of side effects, hormonal imbalances, estrogen dominance, silicona and copper toxicity, etc. I recommend everyone who is serious about stopping all their unbearable side effects to watch the video on this page: mirenadetox
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replied July 29th, 2015
I have had rapid rapid weight loss with mirena, all i do not have the "no periods" problem. I have to many periods. Around 5 a month.
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replied August 12th, 2015
I don't know if that's a side effect but I've lost 11 lbs this week and I just got it its been 4 days and I don't feel like eating anything Its not a pp thing either because its been 3 month since I had my son and I was fine until 2 weeks ago when I got itit
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replied October 12th, 2015
I'm going to start out by saying that before I ever had kids I weighed 145lbs. After having 2 kids I gained a lot of weight and was 290lbs. I was diagnosed with postpartum depression with my first child that is Now 5yrs old. Still had it after my youngest that is now 3yrs old. So I've been having a lot of trouble losing weight. Well I decided to get back on birth control so I did the Mirena. Back on June 6th, 2015 I had it inserted weighing in at 290lbs. Now today I am weighing in at 240lbs. I have a lot of energy. I have normal light periods. And have no other side effect with it.
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replied April 28th, 2016
I was placed with the Mirena just last Thursday. By Monday, I'd already lost 2 pounds. Today is officially one week and I can tell I have lost more. The IUD was placed as my last viable option before a possible hysterectomy for dymenorrhea. I also had myosure (performed in February).That only escalated cramps to pain. The IUD itself is jabbing and creating discomfort, but am willing to give it another week or two. Yet I am writing as I can attest to the weight loss.
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replied September 3rd, 2016
Weight loss with mirena
My first birth control was a "mini pill" which only contained progesterone. I gained about 25 lbs (went from 160 to 180ish). But last October I had to terminate a pregnancy after I found out the birth control failed, and immediately after had the Mirena put in. Over the past 6-8 months I've lost 30-40 lbs and I know it's not due to diet and exercise (my job is 100% sedentary and I could live off of pizza). But still, the pounds keep coming off. This time last year I weighed around 180, and as of a few days ago I'm down to 141 lbs. I've also been having awful anxiety and depression these past few months, so much so that I had to start seeing a therapist because it was beginning to affect my work and things at home with my husband. The weight loss was welcomed at first, but now I'm a little bit worried. My mother has a history of hypothyroidism, and I was tested with negative results so that doesn't seem to be the culprit. The only thing I can think of is the Mirena.
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