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Re: please explain this about mirena side effect?
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Published: 16 years ago
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Re: please explain this about mirena side effect?

The most unbearable side effect of Mirena, for me, was the anxiety. I have always been a 'cautious' person, but I never had crippling fear before Mirena. I have not experienced that fear again since removal. That was almost 4 weeks ago. Before removal I was having anxiety attacks once every week or two.

Levonorgestrel is known to provoke insulin resistance and I had most of those symptoms (loss of energy, weight gain, anxiety reduced after meals, depression, libido loss).

I also had signs of Iodine deficiency (dry skin/eyes/mouth, inability to sweat), but that may be more related to poor diet. Although there are links from both insulin resistance and Iodine deficiency to PCOS; which is a known risk for Mirena.

Iodine plays a critical role in thyroid health and therefore hormonal balance. I wonder if I had more Iodine in my diet when using Mirena if my body would have been able to react better to the levonorgestrel and the insulin resistance (insulin is a hormone too).

Norplant, as you may know, also uses levonorgestrel but in higher doses and is inserted in the arm. I used Norplant for 10 years and in that time only had the insulin resistance signs; not the iodine deficiency signs or the anxiety attacks. So I am convinced this is more than simply a bad reaction to levonorgestrel.

My doctor knew! I was warned about most of these side effects before insertion. I chose to go forward anyhow and I have no regrets. What upsets me is the doctors who deny these side affects are possible and the ladies who continue suffering based on this denial.

Emotionally, I was already improving within a day of removal. I have been supplementing with 12.5mg of iodine in the form of Iodoral for about 2 weeks now. This has improved my iodine deficiency symptoms greatly. I am almost the old 'me' again. I had it in for 19 months.

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