See this thingy, this IUD. This stupid Mirena. It sucks.

I got one in March this year. Ever since its “insertion” I have been a mess. I’ve had the appetite of a pregnant woman, resulting in a 10 kilo weight gain. My boobs have been big and sore. My tummy always bloated. I’ve had the worst acne, like a teenage boy. My hair has been greasy too. I’ve had mood swings as ferocious as a freakin’ tiger. I’ve had moments when I’ve felt so sad I’ve cried for hours on end. I also started having heart palpations and memory loss, so much so that’s made me think I might have to book appointments to get my heart and brain checked out. I’ve turned into a hypochondriac, I tell you. I’ve been uncomfortable and nervous in social situations. I’ve drank too much. I even started to think perhaps I had depression, but know in my gut I do not. I’ve been a bitch to my husband and started thinking that maybe everyone in my family would be better off if I lived alone. I haven’t liked me very much at all. And then the other 75 per cent of the time I’ve been fine, aside from the big, bloated, forever hungry, spotty faced, limp hair appearance.

Fucking roller coaster, man.

I couldn’t work out what was happening to me. It wasn’t the normal bitchy, pms-ing journey, the lows were lower than normal. So, I started trawling the internet for Mirena side effects. I looked on the Mirena site and right there was this list. Bam, I’d found the culprit.

Between 5% and 10% of Mirena users may experience:
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Acne
  • Depressed mood
  • Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding
Less than 5% of Mirena users may experience:
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Breast pain or tenderness
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Inflammation of cervix, vulva or vagina
  • Pelvic pain during your period
  • Back pain
  • Weight increase
  • Decreased sex drive
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Anemia
  • Unusual hair growth or loss
  • Skin irritations (such as hives, rash, eczema or itching)
  • Feeling bloated
  • Swelling of hands and feet
  • Expulsion
Seriously, having little or no period is not worth feeling like a 15 year old girl. 
So, I am taking back control of my body. I have come to the conclusion that this form of birth control and me don’t mix. I have booked an appointment to get the little sucker removed. The great Mirena removal.
What are your experiences with birth control? Have you had, or do you have, a Mirena?
bigwords x