Hi everyone. I've been reading all your horror stories and unfortunately I'm one of the unlucky ones as well. I've wanted this thing out for ages, having had it in for over 2 years now. I've spoken to two different doctors about having it removed and both of them (one male and one female) have talked me out of it. I feel stupid for not listening to my instincts and my own body because I know that this Mirena is not right. I've put on over 20kg since I had it put in, and because of the weight gain I've become very severely depressed with everything else in my life as well. Anyway, I guess the deciding factor for me is the amount of excess pubic hair I've developed. I know that sounds disgusting, but what's worse is the direction its growing - in towards my vagina and down towards my anus. I've never had this problem before and I'm horrified by it. I'm a single mum so I don't have a partner, but the thought of having someone else see it is completely embarrassing. I haven't told my doctors the real reason, and I've not had a pap smear since I had it put in. Oh, and I've started getting thicker black hairs on my arms and a few long black hairs on the back of my legs. It's just way too much of a coincidence that these things are getting worse the longer I have this in. If anyone else has had similar problems, I would really love to know. Thanks for listening. I'm taking this thing out myself after I post this message. Hopefully it hasn't attached itself to my uterus.