Just a quick note – I’ve never had much traffic on this blog, since I’m crap at keeping it up and finding relevant topics to write abotu that I’m actually interested in, but my posting on the side effects I was suffering from the Mirena IUD has been by far the most commented-on posting. I plan on continuing my journal of side effects, post-removal discoveries and other germaine postings on the Mirena as I come accross them. This ‘simple’ product has done more damage then the average physcian realizes and women need to be aware of what can happen with this product. At any rate, here’s an account of the post-removal process thus-far.
After a delay in treatment, I had the Mirena IUD removed on March 12th (now almost 2 weeks ago).
Because I needed general anesthetic to have the IUD removed, it needed to be in a hospital. (Small side note: Regardless of what people say about the Canadian health care system, the treatment I have received has been excellent, and free to me. The system is slow – no doubt about it – but I believe that the majority of those working in the system are working on improving it as much as administration, politics and the media allow. It’s not perfect, but I am very thankful for universal and free health care access.)
The lead up to the removal was very emotional and I was in a lot of pain. I would have daily cramping (both uterine and around the ovaries) and was on a daily regime of ibuprofen and acetaminophen to deal with the pain. The surgery was scheduled for first thing on the 12th and after being prepped and wheeled into the operating room, I woke up about 45min later to the Dr telling me everything went perfectly and that the strings on the Mirena were exceptionally short. The short strings combined with the fact that the IUD was in the upper part of the uterus is what caused the difficulty with removal, although does nothing to explain the cramping and pain I was having. I was initially scheduled to have a D & C (dilation and cutterage to gently remove the lining of the uterus in order to encourage new cell growth / remove anything not healthy) but it was unnecessary since the IUD was just poorly placed and not embedded (w00t!).
The recovery from the surgery was very easy. I went home around 1pm after the surgery and besides being ravenous, I was in a bit of pain and cramping, dizzy and bleeding. Immediately post surgery I noticed that the bloated feeling I was having was gone, as was the cramping around my ovaries and my skin had cleared up immensely – clearer than it has been in the last 3 or 4 years at least.
Gradually between the 12th and the 16th the symptoms I associated with Mirena and and also with the surgery began to allieviate themselves – reduced mental fogginess, feeling of being happy and calm, reduced anxiety, clearer skin, less bloated, less hungry, no cramping at all, no kidney / back pain, no breast tenderness, increased sexual drive and just a general feeling of well-being. I’m still tired, although less so and I’m also attributing that to the fact that we just moved and I’m grossly out of shape and need to get back to the gym.
Currently I’m doing well – a little irritable and anxious this week, but otherwise I’m happy and calm and feel good. I’m consistently amazed at how much better I feel – just a feeling of calm and for lack of a more eloquent word, better. I have been taking 3000mg of Evening Primrose Oil (1500mg 2x day) since about mid-February and find that it helped before the IUD was removed with the breast tenderness and some of the mood swings. Since having the IUD out I’ve been less consistent in taking the pills when I get up / go to bed, but overall I find when I’m consistent in taking them there is a reduction in the mood swings, and while they still happen, the peak / valley is much less dramatic and easier for everyone to manage (including my partner).
Once I start my next period I’ll begin to chart my cycle – but if all goes well, hopefully it will take no time for that to get back on track and for me to feel like a normal, moody, happy, dynamic woman. I can’t wait.
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading. I will update this blog during the post-Mirena period, and as always, I encourage relevant comments – my experience is only one of a million or so.