Jump to content

Mirena and Mood


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 Genabee

Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:22 PM

Over the last few months I have found myself feeling irritable, frustrated, moody and plain PO'd, often over small, insignificant things. I've been taking it out on DH and sometimes get really frustrated with DD, perhaps unnecessarily. I am having trouble articulating the things that are leading me to feel like this, which makes me think I am possibly going nuts.

I am trying to work out if it is some kind of depression, belated PND or perhaps the mirena?

I had the mirena put in 18 months ago, just after DD was born. Physically, I have had no complications or issues with it what so ever, and up until now, have thought it to be the best contraception yet!

But my mood is concerning me. I have not had much luck with the pill in the past - a few have affected my mood (caused depression) significantly, others I have had physical side effects from. Going back on it is really a last resort option for me.

I am interested to know if anyone else has had poor experiences with their mood, while being on the mirena. If so, was it an instant thing from the time of insertion, or was it gradual over time?

I had always put my fatigue, mood and irritability for the first few months post baby, down to slight PND/normal post birth hormones and the natural stressors of life (we've had a few this past 12 months). But now I am wondering if it was the mirena?

I have never had thoughts of self harm or of hurting my husband or daughter. Though I do have moments where I put her down and walk away, to have a breather before going back in to her. And I have been known to yell at her in frustration. sad.gif I generally don't feel 'down', just have periods of being angry.

I just want to feel like my normal self again. I'm not sure if taking the mirena out will help more than therapy or not. Another baby for us is not an option right now (or for the next three years minimum), so the anxiety of an accidental pregnancy is a big risk factor to consider....

I would be interested to hear your thoughts and words of wisdom. original.gif

#2 FreeRangeMum

Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:48 PM

I have had pnd, and my psychiatrist recommended the Mirena to me as it is the least likely of the hormonal birth control options to be implicated in worsening depression.

I certainly haven't felt any changes in my mood since getting it nearly 2 years ago. I guess the only way to tell is to get it out?

#3 Genabee

Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:52 PM

Thanks FreerangeMum.

That was also what I was told about the Mirena - Apparently it has the least amount of hormone (secreted on a daily basis), compared with all hormonal contraceptives on the market.

I had originally asked for an old school copper IUD - one with no hormones, but they didn't want to give me one of those and I was assured that it was unlikely that I would experience any of the symptoms I had in the past on hormonal contraceptives...

I will be seeing my GP about it.

#4 mumto3princesses

Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:04 PM

I had the mirena. I didn't have a mood problem as such but realised I wasn't myself. I realised didn't really like cuddles that much. I would still hug my girls but would have quite happily not hugged anyone. I also had problems with my anxiety getting worse. I did have an anxiety problem before the mirena but it got much worse. Weight gain, hair loss, not as much energy and I forget what else now.

I spoke to both my GP and my Gyno and they both said nope not mirena so I just carried on dealing with it all. Finally I got to the point where I spoke to my Gyno again and said I think the mirena is to blame. He agreed that there are rare cases where the mirena can cause problems with mood etc but its meant to be rare. I told him I wanted it out and if after a while I found it wasn't it then I would get another one put in.

About 24 hours later (or maybe a bit more) I realised I had been walking around for I don't know how long with a weird foggyness in my head. I only realised it I had it when the foggyness lifted. Energy returned soon after and then everything else slowly improved.

#5 No girls here

Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:23 PM

I haven't noticed any difference in mood since being on the Mirena.

I have experienced significant weight gain though so I am wondering about getting it removed for that reason.

#6 lamarque

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:54 PM

Hi Genabee - I'm going to cut and paste some responses of mine from previous threads if you don't mind (I've expanded a few points in relation to your situation):

I had mine removed after 4.5 years in June last year.

I had no history of PND or mood swings etc but after the insertion of the Mirena things slowly started deteriorating for me.   I had many side effects, all of which are listed on the Bayer website - depression/mood swings, acne, cysts (ovarian and breast), headaches which eventually led to migraines, no libido and more recently unexplained hives.

I remember some days just wanting to stare at a wall. I didn't want to talk to anyone, be touched or engage in life.  It was bizarre.

I honestly felt like I was going nuts. The brain fog was awful too.  My GP thought my depression/mood swings, ovarian cysts, migraines, extreme breast tenderness were all due to hormone fluctuation (being over 35).

I'm happy to say I'm much better now and improved not long after it was taken out.  

Do yourself a favour and listen to your own body.  You know what you're normally like and if things have shifted since its insertion, I'd be making alternative contraception plans.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

The myths and truths of gender swaying

Here are a few popular methods hopeful parents-to-be use to try to get a baby of their preferred gender – and what an expert says about whether they really work.

10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining a relatively simple and painless test to check for gestational diabetes.

Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.

Video: Baby boy's trouble with twins

These twin girls will no doubt have fun fooling people in years to come, but nobody will be as confused as baby Landon.

Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

Men could soon have access to an injectable long-term contraceptive which works in a similar way to a vasectomy but promises to be easily reversed.

'I tried to kill my baby': one mum's story

After bathing and dressing her three-month-old son, Amanda had a rare moment alone with her baby.

Attack of the 'mummy brain'

I feel that almost every day, someone in my life - be they a friend, family member or complete stranger - feels the need to excuse my behaviour as I have other things on my mind.

Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Modern newlyweds are now well into their 30s and marriage still offers something powerful a new book argues.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Young mum burns 'from inside-out'

A young mum is in intensive care after she took a friend's antibiotic and wound up with an ailment that is burning her body 'from the inside-out'.

The disagreement that can break a relationship

If he doesn't change his mind, all I can hope is that I will. It would be a waste to spend the rest of my marriage mourning a baby that never was.

Co-sleeping or no-sleeping? Mum videos worst nap ever

One mother's futile attempt to sleep in caught on camera in a hilarious - and very cute - video.

Why children misbehave during the festive season

While we all like to imagine the holiday season as being a fun, loving and bonding experience; often our reality is quiet different.

I was fat-shamed by my doctor

The fear of being weighed is the most significant factor in women cancelling medical appointments - and now weight-shaming has happened to me.

End of an era: no more childcare

As we reach the end of 2014, we're closing the book on many things for another year, most notably childcare. Our last child has attended childcare for the very last time.

The 7-year itch is more like the 10-year itch: study

Contrary to popular belief, making it past the seven-year mark doesn't mean your marriage will be smooth sailing from there on.

Stop telling us that parenting gets harder

I’m sure that parenting will get harder. But life isn’t exactly smooth sailing for many of us right now, either.

Should children be forced to sit on Santa's lap?

We teach kids it’s okay to say no if they don’t feel safe, so why do some parents force their children to climb in to Santa's lap?

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Baby born weighing almost 14 pounds

Yes, the bouncing baby girl was born by caesarean section. And mum says no more kids.

The dummy debate

I'm the first to admit that when I used to see tiny babies with dummies in their mouths, I thought "Hmm, lazy parenting." And now I apologise.

'I thought I was an only child'

Imagine meeting your double at a school sports event, or regularly being mistaken for someone you haven't met. Separated twins Margaret and Joy tell their story.

Mums reveal their nappy bag essentials

Ever wondered what other mums carry in their nappy bags? We have, so we asked mums to tell us their must-have nappy bag items.

Toddler died because he wasn't given antibiotics soon enough

A 15-month-old boy would almost certainly be alive today if doctors had given him antibiotics sooner, a coroner has ruled.

VIDEO: moment a toddler falls on to train tracks in Melbourne

Shocking footage has emerged capturing the moment a pram carrying a toddler rolled off a platform and onto train tracks in suburban Melbourne.

Sold on natural birth? Read the fine print

In the excitement and anticipation of a first pregnancy, I ignored the fine print: some women, some of the time.

Child with alcoholic mum who drank while pregnant won't win pay-out

A young child is not entitled to criminal injuries compensation after her mother drank excessively while pregnant.

Superbugs killing India's babies, posing wider threat

A deadly epidemic that could have global implications is quietly sweeping India, tens of thousands of newborns dying because antibiotics no longer work.

Can you teach a toddler to sleep in?

Parents share their tips on getting their early risers to sleep in, even for just a little bit longer.

Keeping your relationship on track as new parents

About 70 per cent of couples experience a slump in their relationship within three years of having a baby. Here's how we tried to get back on track.

America's favourite baby names of 2014

Americans are turning to television, Netflix and sports for ideas for what to name their wee ones.

Carers admit to force-feeding children

As Sydney grieves the loss of Sydney siege victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, reports have suggested that both died as heroes.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.