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I had a Mirena IUD inserted 6 weeks after the birth of my daughter... it has now been in for 2 months. The initial effects of spotting and occasional headaches seem to have passed, however I have one big complaint. I have ZERO sex drive. I am not sure if this is due to breastfeeding, the Mirena, or both. I am very dry, and even with lube, sex is uncomfortable and I quickly lose interest and end up just pleasuring my husband.<br><br>
Has anyone else had this experience with Mirena & breastfeeding? I am missing this part of myself (my husband does too!) Yet, if this is just due to normal breastfeeding hormones, I can live with it more easily, knowing I am doing it for her. I am reluctant to take out the Mirena, because in every other way it is such a convenient form of birth control, and so nice to not worry about another pregnancy. And if I have it removed, I cannot afford to have it put back again, if I find out nothing has changed.<br><br>
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I had the Mirena removed after 8 months I think (had it in at 10 wks pp). Same reason - zero sex drive, painful sex when attempted, other side effects too. Was also BF at time and thought that might be contributing to the no sex drive. Actually thought about stopping the BF before removing Mirena. Glad I didn't cos SD returned within a couple days of Mirena removal and with no change in BF. DS was 11 mo at time (yours is younger so who knows...) With my 1st, I had SD issues until DD was about 5 mo (was on no BC)
 

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I have breastfed and had the same side effects- dry, little sex drive. Plus it happened on the Depo shot. Not on the Mirena though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have breastfed and had the same side effects- dry, little sex drive. Plus it happened on the Depo shot. Not on the Mirena though.</div>
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Depo is the devil. I noted this in the other x-posted thread, but Depo is literally, for real, no exaggeration, used to chemically castrate sex offenders. Damn anti-androgens.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Depo is the devil. I noted this in the other x-posted thread, but Depo is literally, for real, no exaggeration, used to chemically castrate sex offenders. Damn anti-androgens.</div>
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The hormones are the same in Depo as Mirena. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Man, I thought it was just me. I had the same issues (no sex drive and dry). I couldn't figure out if it had to do with the BFing or the mirena. When I had it removed to ttc, I was crazy with sex drive, and I still am even with being pg and BFing. So, I am convinced now that it was the mirena.
 

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Wow. I am shocked that the same hormones are in the Mirena as Depo. I was on Depo and it was TERRIBLE for me. Absolutely terrible. And once I stopped it, I had to take birth control pills a year later to make my body begin to ovulate again. Yet when I got the Mirena out, I was still ovulating with normal cycles immediately.
 

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yep, zero sex drive, bf'ing and have the mirena too. when i do dtd with dh i bleed and have cramps every single time afterwards (like the next morning). i think i am going to have it removed soon.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have breastfed and had the same side effects- dry, little sex drive. Plus it happened on the Depo shot. Not on the Mirena though.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Depo is the devil. I noted this in the other x-posted thread, but Depo is literally, for real, no exaggeration, used to chemically castrate sex offenders. Damn anti-androgens.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">The hormones are the same in Depo as Mirena. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:</div>
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Isn't it just progesterone? Depo *is* used as a castration drug, yup. However, there is MUCH more of the drug in depo! I was having hot flashes and zero sex drive and mood swings on the depo, plus dryness. I thought it was just post-birth issues, but it wasn't that bad with the other two. (This was after my 3rd.) Even my ex commented at the time: "That's the way the Depo works: You just never want sex!" He was slightly kidding, but its true.
 

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I double checked and did a quick wikipedia search. They both use a form of synthetic progesterone, but they're listed under different names, so they may work a little differently. But I will say that I feel the same on Mirena as I did on Depo--a constand mix between PMS and morning sickness.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I had a Mirena IUD inserted 6 weeks after the birth of my daughter... it has now been in for 2 months. The initial effects of spotting and occasional headaches seem to have passed, however I have one big complaint. I have ZERO sex drive. I am not sure if this is due to breastfeeding, the Mirena, or both. I am very dry, and even with lube, sex is uncomfortable and I quickly lose interest and end up just pleasuring my husband.<br><br>
Has anyone else had this experience with Mirena & breastfeeding? I am missing this part of myself (my husband does too!) Yet, if this is just due to normal breastfeeding hormones, I can live with it more easily, knowing I am doing it for her. I am reluctant to take out the Mirena, because in every other way it is such a convenient form of birth control, and so nice to not worry about another pregnancy. And if I have it removed, I cannot afford to have it put back again, if I find out nothing has changed.<br><br>
Any insights out there?</div>
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I have not used any bc since giving birth 9 months ago and i have no sex drive at all...actually, it started coming back about 2 weeks ago (this is 9 mo post partum). And even though it's back, i still have major dryness and issues. My guess is it's more the breastfeeding than the mirena. I figured i'd wait until my sex drive was back to figure out b.c. since at my 6 week apt i felt like i'd NEVER want to have sex again...lol...
 

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I also suspect that the low sex drive is more realted to having a new baby, breastfeeding, recovery from birth, and loss of sleep than the Mirena. Breastfeeding causes a low estrogen state that lowers sex drive, increases vaginal dryness and lowers vaginal elasticity.<br><br>
I'm not sure I ever had a patient who reported a great sex drive as a new mom<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"><br><br>
Although the Mirena does contain progestin, most of the hormone stays in the uterus. Some does get into the bloodstream, but the systemic amount is so much lower than Depo.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I also suspect that the low sex drive is more realted to having a new baby, breastfeeding, recovery from birth, and loss of sleep than the Mirena. Breastfeeding causes a low estrogen state that lowers sex drive, increases vaginal dryness and lowers vaginal elasticity.<br><br>
I'm not sure I ever had a patient who reported a great sex drive as a new mom<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"><br><br>
Although the Mirena does contain progestin, most of the hormone stays in the uterus. Some does get into the bloodstream, but the systemic amount is so much lower than Depo.</div>
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I hear you on this, but I had the Mirena for over 1yr from 6mths postpartum and no sex drive. It was removed to ttc, and I had what seemed like a flood of hormones return. My sex drive went through the roof and still is despite being pregnant again. I am really up the air about whether I will use it again after this baby. I will have to discuss it further with my dr.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I also suspect that the low sex drive is more realted to having a new baby, breastfeeding, recovery from birth, and loss of sleep than the Mirena. Breastfeeding causes a low estrogen state that lowers sex drive, increases vaginal dryness and lowers vaginal elasticity.<br><br><b>I'm not sure I ever had a patient who reported a great sex drive as a new mom<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"></b><br><br>
Although the Mirena does contain progestin, most of the hormone stays in the uterus. Some does get into the bloodstream, but the systemic amount is so much lower than Depo.</div>
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Well then let me be the first! After that 1 shot of depo, my sex life (and just life in general) was the pits (for 2 years). It's amazing I even conceived a child. But as soon as that baby popped out I was raring to go. I think having the baby somehow put my hormones back in order and "cured" whatever the depo had done to me. My doc was shocked at this however. At my six week check up she mentioned how breastfeeding/having a new baby was probably taking it's toll on my sex life. I was happy to report that it was (and still is thank god!!!!) quite the opposite.<br><br>
I have no experience with the IUD though. But I would absolutely not rule it out as causing the OP's problems. I will never ever go on a chemical birth control again. For me they are not worth the risk. Weight gain of 40 pounds (even though I worked out all the time), extreme vaginal dryness to the point where I was unable to produce lubrication even in those rare moments where I actually felt like dtd, horrible acne when I had never had a problem with it before and incredibly itchy skin. I almost lost my wonderful dh over how it changed my personality. <b>Not worth the risk.</b>
 

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Thanks everyone for the feedback... I am increasingly suspicious that the Mirena is the culprit here, which makes me so angry. My OB did not give me any warning about side-effects, she told me it is such a low dose and only affects the uterine lining, not systemic, etc... but really, this is B.S. With negative side-effects being so common, women should be warned.<br><br>
I'm planning on having it taken out ASAP, and I will let you all know how it turns out!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks everyone for the feedback... I am increasingly suspicious that the Mirena is the culprit here, which makes me so angry. My OB did not give me any warning about side-effects, she told me it is such a low dose and only affects the uterine lining, not systemic, etc... but really, this is B.S. With negative side-effects being so common, women should be warned.<br><br>
I'm planning on having it taken out ASAP, and I will let you all know how it turns out!</div>
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I was told the exact same thing and bought into the hype until I had it removed. My hormones were very out of whack with major PMS the first month with it out. I leveled back out perfectly the next month, but I felt lied to about not being in my whole system.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">yep, zero sex drive, bf'ing and have the mirena too. when i do dtd with dh i bleed and have cramps every single time afterwards (like the next morning). i think i am going to have it removed soon.</div>
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Same problem here I've had mine 3 years this June. It's getting taken out on June 24th and I'm having the Essure tubal procedure since we don't want anymore children.<br><br>
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i went and had mine pulled yesterday <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
we will be ttc now, but i'm sort of wondering how that will go with me bf'ing and no sign of my period 14 mos pp. we'll see, i guess.
 
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