There are many side effects shared by Mirena IUD users, such as frequent abdominal pain and cramping, frequent headaches, and abnormal vaginal bleeding and discharge. Another common side effect, unfortunately, is depression.
Depression, mood changes, and abnormal behavior– all are common side effects of long-term Mirena use. At any given point, 6.4% of all Mirena users are reported clinically depressed.
Even though these side effects should go away after removing the IUD, many women still suffer complications, especially those who remove the IUD early. According to one study, depression occurs after the removal of Mirena in 36% of women under age 33. Women age 33+ are at an even higher risk.
Are you one of these women? The Mirena Detox Program can help.
First, what are the symptoms of depression?
Signs of Depression
Are you experiencing any of the following?:
- Constant feelings of sadness, hopelessness, guilt, anxiety
- Mood swings, irritability
- Fatigue/lack of energy
- Indecision or trouble concentrating
- Loss of interest in pleasurable activities, such as sex or hobbies
- Recent changes in sleeping habits, like insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Recent changes in normal appetite, resulting in substantial weight gain or loss
- Unexplainable pains or aches
- Thoughts of death and suicide
If you have any of these symptoms, or if you believe you are developing depression, seek immediate medical attention. A true diagnosis should come from a doctor or a mental health expert. You may also want to stop using Mirena and choose an alternative contraceptive.
What Causes Depression in Mirena Users?
Several studies have been conducted to understand what causes depression. Sudden or abrupt changes in the concentration or the serum level of certain hormones have been shown to lead to depression. Levonorgestrel– a main ingredient in Mirena– is one of these hormones.
Also, if you have any of following, you have a higher risk of developing depression:
- Personal or family history of depression or related psychological issues
- Stressful or sedentary (inactive) lifestyle
- Positive history of alcohol and/or drug addiction
How Can I Manage Depression Induced by Mirena?
- Stay positive. This is probably a terrible time for you, but is extremely important for you to stay positive. Thinking negatively about yourself or your life will only worsen your condition. As you combat your depression, seek support from friends and family, or join a support group.
- Exercise. Proper exercise and good eating habits not only develops a strong body; it stimulates a strong, healthy mental state. This also helps promote a normal hormone balance.
- Detox. Mirena tends to leave residuals within your body, which makes it challenging to achieve a normal hormonal balance. Healthcare experts suggest a detox– a systematic removal of Mirena from your body– to battle your depression. The Mirena Detox Program will teach you how to do this with natural, holistic remedies. Some natural detox agents are lemon oil, garlic, St. John’s wort, and green tea.
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