I've had the Mirena IUD for a year now and had several different side effects I didn't know was even linked until a few days ago. The OBGYN I went to while pregnant recommended the Mirena when I asked about getting an IUD after giving birth. Reading the information they gave me it seemed like a good choice, they side effects they listed were few/low factor and I felt prepared. For the first few weeks I was fine, then I started to get this sharp pain that felt like a cramp. I didn't really think much of them until they started to take my breath away from the intense pain. I have a high tolerance, but this was ridiculous. I was having this pain sometimes a few times a day. It would disappear for a few days or sometimes weeks then start right up again. I went to my primary with questions for I was due for a psychical anyway, when mentioning it she was very vague. Something to do with menstruation, and that it happens to some women, it's normal. (I later looked it up and found most likely it was due from ovarian cyst during the middle of your cycle, which is common in women who have the Mirena. My family has a history of them, probably why I had so many) In the meantime during all of this my hair started become really dry. It looked awful and I started to slowly shed. I really can't re call exactly all the dates the other side effects started to appear...they just started to blend in with my every day busy/stressful of being a young mother. What I started to feel I just assumed was normal, until it reached a certain point. Over the next couple of months I started to get really nervous more and more, I guess you can call it anxiety. I also developed insomnia, mood swings, lack of sex drive, memory loss/fuzzy mind, depression, and hardcore craving. All the above symptoms first became nothing really, but slowly got worse and worse as the months passed. Now my hair is thinning, and I'm constantly shedding, before my period is due and while having it I'm pretty much insane, I crave foods for days until I finally give in( and no they aren't the healthy kind), always forgetting the most simplest thing (like asking where is the ketchup bottle while it's in my hand), and have horrible daily mood swings that leave me exhausted. The worst part in all of this is I had no idea that my Mirena might be the cause. I accidentally stumbled upon a website where I saw a few stories of other woman's side effects who have Mirena. The more I digged the more everything made sense. It just frustrates me, here I was thinking I was losing my mind, calling therapists to find out what's going on... and I didn't even know. Not a clue that maybe it was because of something my Doctor said was safe, that never told me of the other risks.
There is one thing to know, to have the knowledge to what to look for and know it's the Mirena causing it. But some women go longer then myself not having a clue. There is a petition online now, for Mirena to tell all the facts, for Doctors too. The number of women who are sharing they're stories shocked me. I have them to thank for my wake up call.
Anyways, I'm thinking about the getting Paragard. I believe it's not hormonal but copper. I haven't done much research on it yet, but hopefully it's safe.
I don't want to scare away women about considering the Mirena for I know several people who love it with no/little problems. I'm just advising you toresearch the heck out of everthing, especially new things such as Mirena.
Hoped my story helped!