So This is the Dreaded Mirena Crash (and Burn)

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Experiencing and coping with the Mirena crash, following removal of the Mirena IUD. Symptoms, feelings, and helpful tips for getting through it.

IUD or intrauterine device

The Mirena IUD… All I can say is never again. Ever.

I used Mirena for a very long time. And yes, I'm experiencing the Mirena crash at this very moment and have been for the last week and a half, though I really didn't know exactly what I was experiencing until I started to do a little more research and reading. 

I can say that I wish I'd researched the IUD more before deciding to go down that path. I wish I'd been more concerned about my health when I was younger, more concerned with living a more natural lifestyle.

Now that we do care more, we're also getting a little older; I'm no spring chicken. And though my family may be shocked to read this (if they read this), we're also planning to try for another baby (more on this in a near future post, I promise).

We weren't going to tell anyone and just keep our secret all to ourselves, but Dan and I both decided maybe I should write about this and share my story.

Mirena removal side effects seem to be something that many women experience, but if they're like me, they may not fully be prepared for them or even know they're coming.

What Causes the Mirena Crash?

In short, the Mirena Crash is due to hormone imbalance following Mirena removal.

Now that I'm experiencing the crash, I'm seriously wondering if some of the problems I've experienced while having Mirena as a form of birth control have been due to that little foreign contraption hangin' out in my uterus. So many things make a lot of sense when I think about it.

For the longest time, I've woke up with night sweats, had severe abdominal pain and issues with what I thought was my colon (nothing found on colonoscopy and other tests), mood swings, hair loss (you wouldn't believe the amount of hair I've cleaned out of my brush time and again), weight gain that just seems stuck no matter how much exercise or eating right I do, etc., etc.

Mirena Crash Symptoms

Symptoms of Mirena crash can include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • General malaise and feeling of just not feeling good

Since having the Mirena IUD removed about a week and a half ago, I've crashed (and sorta burned). Well, not literally, but I've honestly felt like it.


Oh my word, the headaches. I can honestly say the only headache I've had that's been worse than these headaches was due to altitude sickness because they're killer.

No amount of ibuprofen or essential oils help. Nothing. It's like I've gone cold turkey, and I just have to wait for the pain to subside, and it eventually does, but it can last all day.

The pain is all over my head, even in my neck. I've even had pain shoot up from my shoulder/neck area to my head. Awful.

woman experiencing a headache, one of the Mirena crash symptoms


I'm sooooo tired! I could sleep 12-14 hours straight.

Well, I can't, but if I could… So tired.

Mood Swings

One minute I'm fine, the next I feel like I'm raging inside. Well, raging is what my boys call it when you get angry, so I'm going with that.

I'm irritable and grumpy.


I think this has been the worst of it all. I wake up at night, can't go back to sleep, and feel this elephant of anxiety in my chest, mind, and spirit.

I can't put my finger on exactly why I'm feeling that way. There's no reason to feel anxious.

I mean, I have the normal deadlines for work, the normal family stuff going on, the normal chores and stuff that need done, but nothing out of the ordinary. I can't put my finger on why I'm so pent up and worked up!

It's like doom, gloom, and anxiety all rolled up into one tightly wound little package. It's got me feeling like I'm going C-R-A-Z-Y!

And until I learned about the Mirena Crash, I thought I was going crazy.

General Malaise and Feeling of Just Not Feeling Good

I've almost felt like I'm coming down with something.

It's just a general feeling of not feeling good. It's yuck.

So, What Am I Doing about It? Mirena Crash Detox

(Disclaimer: If you're experiencing Mirena crash symptoms, please do your own research, and talk to your health care provider. This is simply my own experience.)

Citrus fruits on a cutting board with a knife

Honestly, I'm just waiting it out and taking a few steps to help myself go through a bit of a Mirena detox.

  • I'm using my essential oils for emotional and general well-being, and I'm so glad I have them.
  • Drinking a lot of water. My water bottle helps me stay well hydrated.
  • Eating more citrus and berries and trying to eat things that will hopefully help me detox just a bit and get through this. My favorite blueberry spinach smoothie and tropical fruit smoothie are just what I'm craving.
  • I'm on a food-based prenatal vitamin.
  • Also, I'm exercising every day, sweating it out; and let me tell you, exercise does wonders for the emotions and for building up a feeling of strength.
  • I'm using my calming bedtime foot rub to both help with feeling anxious, and it helps my restless legs and arms.

From what I've read, I think my body is just freaking out a bit, trying to get back on track, and figure out what is going on and what it needs to do.

Hopefully, this won't last much longer; most people say it lasts for a short period of time, about a week or two… A select few have gone longer or more long term.

I've also read that it gets better with menstruation. Can't say I've ever looked forward to that 'til now. Oh but I do.

I honestly feel like I'm on the tail end of the crash. Yesterday was better, today is ok, tomorrow can only go up from here.

Why Share All of This?

I can't tell you what to do in your personal life, nor do I want to; but I do want you to be aware.

Do your own research, study up on things before you say yes, know what you're putting into your body.

Get to know your own body. Don't ignore problems.

Ask your health care provider, and don't be afraid to go to your visit armed with a whole list of questions.

Your health really is in your hands.
Grab on to that responsibility for dear life, and don't let go.

Of course, I also write this to share my story and relate to others who've experienced it, as well.

With that said…

Have you experienced the dreaded Mirena Crash? What has been your experience?

IUD - Mirena Crash and Burn - Symptoms and Mirena Detox

173 thoughts on “So This is the Dreaded Mirena Crash (and Burn)”

      • Iv just removed my Mirena just under a week ago n since then Iv been feelin just how u described… It’s been awful, an at the minute I can only describe how I feel is hopeless an sad an angsty !! For the past few nights Iv been so anxious an upset, havin odd dreams, waking up evry 20minutes.
        Also while I had my Mirena I suffered from almost as soon as having it put in with migraines bad stomach pains an an excruciating pain in my right leg down to my knee.. Used to happen just before my time of the month (which were almost non existent after the first year, the only upside Iv had).
        I was due for mine to be removed next June but decided we were going to try for a baby an Iv heard horror stories about removal so I read up m decided to remove my own.

        Since Iv removed it tho I feel like a totally different person n it’s got me worried.
        Also I had a lot of stomach problems since havin it fitted.. Had allsorts of tests even a camera in my stomach but never found anything so they put it down to ibs in the end.. I was wondering did you’re stomach trouble get any better?
        And did u ever encounter panic attacks an chest pains while using it? As that was another thing they never worked out for me.?
        Sorry for the long message

        • Hi Ami, Ugh, I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this. I ended up getting pregnant just a couple months after removal. My symptoms were short-term. I really encourage you to get in touch with your doctor and tell them what is going on and your concerns. I hope you are feeling better soon!

      • Thank you so sooo much for sharing your story! I only had mirena for a month but when i took it out (Monday) the next night (Tuesday) i had body chills and my teeth would chatter non stop for about 20 mins. The next day (Wednesday) i started throwing up everything I ate or drank. This went on till the next morning (Thursday).
        The OB never replied my call, she thought my pain with Mirena was unrelated to the IUD since it only releases hormone in the uterus. The PCP thought it might be an infection though i have no fever just the constant throwing up.
        It is horrible, I had hyperemesis in both my pregnancies and for that reason alone i wanted to find a reliable solution to avoid childbirth again.
        But this is definitely not it and it is noce to know I’m not going crazy and the pain and all isn’t ‘just in my head’.

        • I had my Mirena removed almost six weeks ago and started getting sick to my stomach later that week. Thought I had a bug, but it happened again a few days later. I’ve spent the last almost six weeks dealing with tons of anxiety for no reason, fatigue, and sudden and intermittent nausea and diarrhea and occasionally vomiting. Only the blandest of foods seem to not aggravate my stomach, but I’ve begun losing weight due to improper diet and intermittent sickness. I spoke to my doc, got tests done (which all came back normal) and she said if it was normal then she was chalking it up to general anxiety! I feel dismissed. I can’t live like this, it is disrupting my whole life. I see her again to follow up in a couple of weeks and I won’t allow it to just be anxiety. I struggled with anxiety in the past and this isn’t just anxiety. There is a definite problem and I was fine before the Mirena was removed. I thought it was beginning to balance out and the symptoms taper off, but I got sick again last night and I was so uncomfortable and woke up multiple times to sit in the bathroom and hope SOMETHING happened so I could feel better and go back to sleep.

          • Sarah, I’m so sorry you’re experiencing this! Find another doctor who will listen. If you feel that something is not right, keep asking questions. I hope you feel better very soon!

          • I’m having the same, terrible vomiting and diarrhea with period post removal. Can’t keep my regular antidepressants down. The emotional lability is so intense. I’m worried my doc will be dismissive. I think they probably have been pushing them bc of pharmaceutical company pressure and don’t want to believe the side effects. What could a doc actually do to help? Anyone have tinnitus too? Causing crazy ear issues that make me puke more.

      • Omg! This is the worst. I got my mirena taken out 6 days ago and all Iv done is bleed so heavy constantly. Now I’m gettng huge blood clots. My moods are horrendous, I feel absolutely terrible, can hardly keep my eyes open, my head is bursting with pain and my whole body aches, and I’m so cold!
        Thanks for writing u post, as I was seriously considering going to hospital but now I’m just gonna wait it out til I get better. Hopefully not long, this is horrendous!

        • Oh Lynne, I strongly encourage you to go to the doctor and get checked out to make sure everything is ok… You may have something else going on. I hope you’re doing ok.

      • I just came across your story, as I’m just now learning about this horrific “Mirena Crash”. Thank you so much for writing your story.

        I had mine in for exactly four years to the day. Then all of a sudden I began to bleed heavily everyday nonstop. I begged my obgyn to remove it, but instead, she doubled up and put me on the pill as well. It did stop the bleeding but I still wanted it out because I was having severe abdominal pains. A month later, I switched dr’s, and had the Mirena removed that day.

        The very next day is when my personal hell began. I instantly began, what I described as, hemmoraging. Passing HUGE blood clots all day every day, which went on for months. I also got HORRIBLE cystic acne which has since scarred my face, and has yet to stop. I fall asleep at the drop of a hat in the middle of the day, and I now have INSTANT urges to urinate. If I’m not in a restroom within seconds, I will pee my pants. I’m now on month 6 of this, and so beyond done. I’m only 41. Not sure how much more I can take.

        • Oh Trisha, I’m so sorry. I would definitely encourage you to stay in touch with your doctor and let her/him know what’s going on with you; and if it takes finding a new doctor, don’t hesitate. There may even be another underlying problem. I hope you start to feel better soon.

          • THANK YOU so much for posting and sharing your story. I have felt terrible for years, 8 years to be precise. Had the Mirena in, took it out, and straight away put another right back in. I had this last one for 3 years. I have been in and out of doctors, ER’s, Urgent Cares, trying to figure out what is going on with my body. So, for the past 6 months I have had CONSTANT migraine type headaches, loss of vision, pain in my left eye, feeling faint, and then I went to the ER on the 4th of June, my 40th birthday, with numbness in my face, heart palpitations, slurred speech, (sounds like stroke, NOT a stroke). Doctors sent me home with NO diagnosis. I got my Mirena taken out on the 7th after reading about ALL of the HORRIFIC side affects that the Mirena has caused MANY women. NOW, I read about the crash after trying to figure out what is wrong with me and why I feel like DEATH. I just want to sleep. UGHHHH!

          • Becky, I am so sorry. I hope that you start to feel better soon. Don’t give up on the doctor; even if you have to keep trying until you find one who will listen. There may even be something else going on. I hope and pray you’re feeling better!

      • I have gained such comfort in reading other woman’s stories including all of these in this feed. I have written this to share my story but also my concern for woman that think this is a wonderful easy solution to birth control or have been encouraged by dRs to use it. I had my Mirena for 5.5 years (since 2014). It took 4-5 months to settle in and for cramping and bleeding to stop but was reassured by my OB that it’s worth persisting with as it lightens periods and stabilises mood and is localised hormones and very safe. Once it settled in I thought it was great and even promoted it to friends. I am now writing this after experiencing the most devastating 2 months of my life that I now know is a merina crash after removal and have also now realised that I’d been living with symptoms for 5 plus years due to the merina. I have now spent a lot of time and money understanding Mirena complications and the Mirena Crash since it’s removal and cant warn people enough that this product should be banned and has devastated me. While in place a developed strong anxiety and pain throughout my whole intestinal tract. These symptoms gradually developed so I didn’t relate them to the Mirena but after loads of investigations, tests, colonoscopy, endoscopy, physcology sessions etc I did query the Mirena being the cause only to be told it’s highly unlikely by numerous doctors. My Mirena expired so got it removed and 2 weeks later the crash hit. I was overwhelmed with crushing anxiety, panic attacks and mild depressive feelings along with brain fog, shaking and occasional headaches and a very sore throat that came and went. I have not been able to function, be left on my own, have interest in normal activity or care for my children let alone myself. I have not been able to work and have been overwhelmed by the extreme effects I was suddenly hit and consumed with. Doctors thought I was having an anxiety episode as I had presented for years now with moderate anxiety (likely the Mirena). Through research and other woman’s posts,blogs plus my naturopath I have now learnt why this has happened. The Mirena stops your body from producing progesterone (in the brain, adrenals and ovaries) and gives you an artificial form. It’s not localised hormone at all and is then not metabolised the same as your own progesterone hence why symptoms like gut,mood etc can occur while it’s in place and then when it’s removed your body is thrown into a severe imbalance that can take months to rectify. On a positive my gut symptoms totally resolved after removal but I’m still very much trying to heal and recover from this debilitating crash and feel super frustrated that anxiety and gut issues that I’ve had for 5+ years could also have been avoided. Dont be fooled that it’s an amazing thing. I too had this opinion as yes it’s good to have light periods and not think about contraception but how it works, what it does to your own hormones and then the risk of a crash after it’s removed is very scary and devastating. Please don’t be fooled by it or the medical profession (who actually dont know a lot about its impact due to following manufacturers “bayers” advice. I will also add that Bayer – the drug company has a huge number of lawsuits against them in relation to Mirena Complications including the “crash”and the FDA are being pressured to remove this item. This has been one of the worst experiences in my life and I feel scarred from the experience. Thousands and thousands of woman around the world report exactly my story also. This won’t happen to all users but it’s not the miracle product you may think it is. You are at risk of symptoms while it’s in place and if not, symptoms when it’s removed. It’s not healthy for your bodies production of progesterone to be ceased completely. I hope this warns people and or helps others avoid what I’ve experienced or give comfort to those going through what I’m going through as I’ve seeked comfort in reading other woman’s posts also to realise I’m not going crazy. I’m gradually getting better but it’s taking a long time with acupuncture and naturopathy to balance my hormones but I know I will get my life back soon.

        • Kate, thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m so sorry you are dealing with all of this but so glad you’ve been able to seek the help you need to get through it. I hope you begin to feel so much better very soon.

    • I had my MIRENA pulled 3 days ago after 9 years (didn’t have insurance for a while so it stayed way too long) and holy cow. The crash is awful. I’m so glad I found this. I thought I was just crazy.

    • Oh Nichole, I’m so sorry you went through that. It sounds like it was a horrible ordeal, especially having it removed. I agree with you, definitely listen to your body; I know I’m trying to be much more aware now… If anything, having Mirena taught me that. So important.

  1. That sounds absolutely terrible and I’m glad that you’re on the tail end of it. The hair loss and fatigue you mentioned are something I experience with my hypothyroidism. Have you had your thyroid checked recently?

    Also, let’s say congrats on the baby plan! (We are trying, too. One last ditch effort in my 35th year. Here’s to the “spring chickens!!”)

    • Sara, thank you; it’s been an experience, that’s for sure. I’ve had my thyroid checked and things seemed ok, but it might be worth checking again.

      Congrats to you guys too! Oh, that’s so exciting! That’s how I feel about this, one last ditch effort (and we are so trying for a girl). Here’s to the “spring chickens!!”

  2. I’m so glad to have found this. I’ve had my mirena out for over a month now, but for the last several weeks I’ve experienced mood swings, increasing depression and unbelievable fatigue. I have NEVER battled depression, but I feel like I have nothing left to give. I have the best son in the world, but I started feeling like I just didn’t even want to be a parent anymore. And I have loved being a mother. We all have our days, but this has gone on for weeks. It only occurred to me within the last few days that these might be side effects from mirena. It has been driving me crazy. I feel isolated and uninterested in life and friends. I can’t tell you how encouraging it is to know that I’m not alone, and that this “mirena crash” is a very real thing. And that it ENDS. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • Sarah, you are NOT alone. I’m so sorry to have taken this long to get back to you; we’ve been out of town and I’ve been offline just a bit. I just want to encourage you to hang in there, even to talk to someone about it, your doctor or midwife and maybe a trusted friend. It’s a very real thing, and from everything I’ve read, countless women have gone through it. I had no idea until I started thinking and looking and reading; then the pieces started to come together for me as to what I was actually experiencing. I hope that you’re starting to feel better. The first month was the most difficult for me, but it’s gradually gotten better, if that is any consolation. Of course, this is my experience, and everyone is different. Let me know how you’re doing; I just want to encourage you! Hugs!

  3. Thanks so much for writing this post. I have had Mirena for over 7 years and am getting it removed on Monday. I just turned 32 and my husband and I want to start trying for our first child, and I am hoping it won’t take a crazy amount of time for my body to re-adjust. I wish my 25 year old self would have been as concerned as I am now about living a natural & healthy lifestyle. If you have any other tips for making the transition a little easier, I would absolutely love to hear them.

    • Nicole, thank you! I hope the transition has been smooth for you. My first month was the most difficult, with all of the physical symptoms. But it’s gradually gotten better, if that is any consolation. I truly hope your experience has been positive. I know what you mean. It took me too many years to come to the realization that I have to take better care of myself and be more concerned with living a more natural lifestyle. If only I’d been this concerned 12 years ago… Live and learn, I guess. Let me know how you’re doing; Just want to encourage you.

  4. Hope all is well with you. I just wanted to write you since I am ahead of you by a year although it doesn’t sound like your crash was as bad as mine I had severe problems- heart, breathing, blood sugar, cognitive, pain (inflammed), anxiety, emotional chaos you name it I had it. My symptom list was off the chart crazy. My entire body crashed. I had zero medical support as most women coming off this hormonal train wreck do. I had mine removed late June 2014, and crashed 1.5 weeks later. I was not better until late August/September and now August 2015 I am still not 100%. I remember almost nothing of last year and still have some memory problems as well as a few other symptoms still. I see a compounding pharmacist who is very knowledgeable about hormones, we met last September. She had my hormones tested via silva (not blood or at least make sure you have a knowledgeable person interpreting the results) obviously I was severely low in progesterone. I take 300 MG of bioidentical progesterone after ovulation every cycle, which costs me over $60 a month, plus many different supplements about 30 pills a day to help relieve my symptoms and naturally increase my progesterone while lowering my cortisol. Overall I’ve spent around $1,000.00 fixing me! It’s been a long and extremely emotional and physical battle thankfully my amazing husband stuck with me through it, I have read way to many divorces because of this. Please email me if anyone needs support and/or advice.

    • Kylee, I’m so sorry to hear about your experience; it sounds like quite the ordeal! I have heard a lot about compounding pharmacists, leading me to think about that, especially when I begin to experience menopause. I’m really glad she’s been able to help you. I think that is a lot of the problem… is that it’s hard to get doctors to listen when it comes to things like this, especially if it involves anything to do with pharmaceuticals. I hope that you continue on the uphill; be sure to stay in touch! I am really thinking I’m beginning to come out of the woods on this. I’ve experienced a few more things since I wrote this (heart/breathing), but I’m beginning to feel more like myself.

    • OMG – I’m sooo glad to have found you – I’m in England, UK – I had my Mirena out 14 days ago after 13 years and I have been so worried I’m dying!!

      I feel so poorly, nausea (just like morning sickness), extreme fatigue, night time panic attacks, anxiety, loss of love of life – so similar to you.

      I at last got my GP to admit that my hormones are to blame as I’ve had the fake hormone pumping into me every day for so many years and it’s suddenly been taken away. Why, oh why, did I trust my doctor all these years; looking back I’ve never been myself since I had it put in after my 2nd was born – I lost my mojo and became an anxious person. I kept being told I was suffering from anxiety because I was now a Mum and wife. In my heart, I never believed I had anxiety – now I know the last few years of malaise have been down to Mirena side effects.

      Please stay in touch and let me know how you are doing – I’m 16 days into Crash and pray I’ll feel more human when my period comes or soon thereafter!

      • Rosie, I’m so sorry to have not answered before now. And I’m so sorry that you’ve had to go through this. I really hope that things are going better for you now. I myself have been very sick the past 2 months with severe morning sickness and finally seem to be turning a corner now. Whew! I pray you are feeling better!

      • Completely hear you Rosie!! My GP made me think I was going mad because of my Mirena side effects. They absolutely refuse to accept the hormones have a wider rather than just localised effect!!! Had the most awful year with it in and now day 3 of the crash and feel like I have lost my soul as well. We have all been so mis- and uninformed. Feeling very let down by everyone who convinced me to keep it in even after I asked for it out at month 4 and the total lack of acceptance in the medical profession about the wide ranging and very consistent reports of horrible side-effects. Hope you and everyone else here has overcome the crash now and are the road to amazing health and happiness!

    • Hello. Your comments ring true to me. Had my coil out 4 weeks ago. Was fine for two weeks and then on the first day of my period my world fell apart. Adrenaline surges, palpatations, unbelievable fatigue, diorrhea and vomiting, felt like I was dying. I have had that for 11 days now and it’s starting to settle but I’m terrified it’s going to happen again next period. I’m convinced it’s a progesterone crash after having Mirena out. Doctors won’t agree. They think it’s anxiety! I’ve never had anxiety and I’m 42 and very happy. Help!!! Advice needed about when this will end.

        • Hi Mel. Thank you for your message. I can tell you that British Doctors will not hear anything negative about Mirena. They love it! I thought I would give an update. After the terrible crash 2 weeks after the removal of the Mirena, i felt dreadful for much of the following week and then things have gradually improved. I have had another period since and I was terrified that I would crash again but I didn’t! I have been tested for all sorts of things at the Doctors; thyroid, adrenal tumour, infection, anaemia and all have come back normal. My Doctor still refuses to think what I have been through is mirena-related, however, she said that hormones are “funny things” and does think I have been through a hormonal blip. I am virtually back to normal but still get the odd pang of anxiety – not because I am depressed – because I am just terrified of all this happening again to me. Hopefully this is the end of this nightmare and I will be OK. I just pity all the women out there that are going through the same.

    • I would love to hear if you have any advice on dealing with the anxiety/depression aspect of the crash. I had the mirena removed a month ago, and I’ve been having panic attacks and crying often. Thanks!

    • I am going through the worst time of my life with Mirena crash syndrome… none of the doctors in UK heard about it . I am going through all the symptoms it listed in the web. After reading your experience I am happy that it will pass and know what to ask my doctor to test … oestrogen, progesterone and cortisol. Thank you and God bless you.

    • Hi, I had the Mirena in for approximately 2 years to stop Heavy Bleeding. I had it removed as was having 3 periods a month on it. It was 1/2 way out anyway. The the “Crash” 1/1/2 weeks after. Not expecting this. No one warned me. Emotional, anxious, bleeding 6 out of 7 weeks and so tired, depressed, you name it I hadn’t it.!. I rang many hospital staff etc…. and not much help. Finally went to GP who has put me on BC pill to stop bleeding. I am booked in for an Abulation next week. Any advice for coming off BC pill and back to normal body? God wish I never said yes to that Mirena. It was only because couldn’t handle more blood and that’s was the only option they gave me. Cheers Andrea Auckland NZ.
      Only when I googled realised other woman experience this. Thought I was going CRAZY!

      • Andrea, I’m so sorry you’re experiencing this. But I’m really glad your GP is helping you. I don’t have any advice for coming off the BC pill, unfortunately. But I wish you all the best.

  5. I’m so thankful for your post. I had my Mirena removed three weeks ago because I was having horrible monthly headaches, constipation and mood swings. Since then I feel like I have been unwell non stop with heart burn, nausea and the like also, having uncontrollable feelings of anxiety. Then on Friday I had my first panic attack..ever. My heart was beating so hard. I’ve been finding other stories from women online who had mirena removed with similar symptoms. I’m feeling calmer now knowing what may be the cause of my sudden onset of anxiety. Thank you !

    • JoAnn, thank you; I’m so glad it could be of help. I know exactly how you’re feeling, truly I do. Mine has eased quite a bit, but I’ve still had a few lingering effects. Hang in there, and know you’re not alone!

  6. I got my mirena in January and from the moment I got it, I regretted it. Always tired and extreme fatigue. All I wanted to do was sleep. My sex drive completely went away as the months passed. At the end of June 2015, everything started going to crap out of nowhere. Mood swings, anxiety, depression, back aches, migraines, and tachycardia. Around the second week of July, my heart rate elevated over 150, just sitting still. I ended up going to the ER by ambulance. Scariest night of my life. The next 3 weeks were complete hell. In and out of the hopsital, doctor office, cardioloist. Keep in mind I’m 21 years old… I was dealing with major depression and panic attacks which led to me having to quit my job. I have always been the happiest person. Never felt any of these emotions in my life. I didn’t even feel like myself. My boyfriend finally did research and read all of the horror stories about the Mirena. We both wanted it taken out ASAP. First week of August I had it removed. I still don’t feel 100. Like you said, I am having a general feeling of doom and anxiety when I have nothing to be anxious about. I’m very tired and still have the headaches. I’ve noticed I’m having a lot of muscle and joint pain. I’m just praying to feel better. Physically and mentally. I don’t even remember how I felt before all of this but I’m praying I can get back there. I’m leaving it all in God’s hands. ♡ Prayers to all of you. Hopefully this will pass soon.

    • Taylor, hang in there. I know this feels like it’s never going to end. You are not alone. Prayers to you that you will be feeling better and more like your old self very soon! I’m so sorry you’ve had to go through this.

  7. I had my first Mirena placed after giving birth to my second daughter. I loved it! I didn’t have to worry about periods and didn’t have to concern myself with remembering to take birth control. I felt great and was very pleased with my decision. My IUD came out (on its own) after about 1.5 years. I conceived within two months, and knew I wanted to get another once my baby was born.

    Everything went fine when my next one was inserted, but things were more difficult in my life at that point. I thought my weight gain/acne was due to stress and depression, and never considered the fact it could have been somehow related to my IUD. My husband just had a vasectomy in July, and I was planning on speaking with my doctor about getting my IUD removed once we were told he was sterile.

    I never got that chance. After about 4.5 years, my IUD came out (on August 14th). Again, it wasn’t planned. I’d been feeling anxious for several days before then, not really being able to pin-point the cause of it. We’ve been talking about buying a house, we have less time together since I started working 5 months ago, and I thought maybe I was just getting worked up about life – but I just couldn’t get away from the crushing anxiety.

    This past week has been hell. I feel unsettled all the time. My heart will race, even when I’m just sitting. I keep trying to tell myself calming things, to talk myself down, but nothing I’m doing is working. I’m having anxiety attacks at work, feeling it when I wake up in the morning, and when I go to bed at night. I’ve dealt with anxiety before (and do on a fairly regular basis), but it’s never, ever felt even close to this before.

    I feel like it has to be related to the Mirena. I’ve never been through this before, and I’m struggling with the crushing weight I’m feeling. How long did it last for you? I have an appointment with my doctor on September 14 (which will be a month after my IUD fell out), which was the soonest I could get. I’m not sure how long I can handle working, taking care of my kids, the apartment, and my husband all while feeling this way. Please, any advice other than to wait it out? I’m pretty desperate at this point…

    • Hi Chelsie, I’m so sorry you’re experiencing this. I would recommend trying to get in with your doctor sooner. Have you ever considered a midwife at a birth center (our local birth center does regular exams), or maybe a naturopath? I wouldn’t really feel comfortable giving advice because I know everyone is different, but I do want to encourage you to hang in there. Mine has gotten better. I’m still dealing with a few after effects, still the anxiety somewhat. But it’s gradually lessening. I did a lot of reading, and things I read recommended drinking lots of fluids, eating certain things to help flush the toxins out of my system, etc. But I’d definitely encourage you to call your doctor and see if they can fit you in any time sooner, just to make sure this is really what’s going on.

  8. I had Mirena for almost three years.


    No period after the first year
    No need to take a pill everyday “set it and forget it”

    Recurrent BV (4-8/year)
    Itchy and scratchy vagina at times
    Anxiety through the roof
    This past summer my depression was so bad I attempted suicide

    After having the device removed within two days I felt better.

    About a week ago now, I started having nightly panic/anxiety attacks. Two nights ago it was so bad, I started to shake all over and visited the ER.

    They diagnosed me with anxiety.

    I have a general feeling of not being well, mood swings out the ying yang, I don’t have any appetite, the first three days of the last miserable seven I threw up, smells have been making mr nauseous, crowds have been scaring me, and my life has been severely interrupted.

    I wouldn’t recommend Mirena to my worst enemy. This has been the ordeal from Hell.

    • Octavia, I’m so sorry you’ve experienced all of this. It really was quite the experience, though it seemed to get better for me after a month or two. I hope you’re doing better. I definitely encourage you to find a doctor who will listen, or a primary care provider, so they can help you. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  9. I had my iud remove after 4 months, I was experiencing hair loss , weight gain bleeding problem I would bleed so much each month …so I decided to take it out three weeks after I start having this general feeling of not being well , anxiety, I have this foggy feeling , pain , I would get this anxious feeling inside for no reason I thought something so really wrong with me but then I did some research I heard about the crash I’m presently experiencing it ..the feeling of impending doom I pary it get better..Ps I also get this weak feeling inside and it all started the day before I start my period

    • Hi Cheryl, I really encourage you to talk with your doctor or primary care provider. I surely do hope you get to feeling better soon; I’m so sorry you’re experiencing all of these symptoms. Hugs!

  10. Hi Mel, I Just had my Mirena removed on December 4th,2015. I feel happy about having that evil device out of me. The first time I had it, it wasn’t all bad except for my first Mirena crash as my daughter told me, I was a complete mess. Lost alot of blood and sleep didn’t exist at all. Now for the 2nd time of having Mirena, I noticed all of these horrible nasty side effects and thought HEAVENS TO PITTSBURG!! What is going on?? I did alot of research and thought to myself, this is amazing that alot of women have the same problems of me. What’s helpful is how we as women deal with it. So far being in the early stages of the mirena crash, I’m dealing with mild cramps, headaches every now and then, clotting and feeling malaise(I call it eh). I been eating greens and currently taking prenatal vitamins(I’m not trying to have a baby) and I feel good plus I know what to expect this time around. Will I get the Mirena again?? Never and since I have a big mouth hehe, I will tell all and any woman my story about Mirena. And I also got diverticulitis from the Mirena as well. I can say this, I’m glad I came across your website and speedy recovery to all.

    • Elizabeth, wow, I didn’t realize it could cause diverticulitis. That’s awful! I’m so sorry you’re experiencing all of this. I’m so glad you shared, though. I hope that you are on your way to a very speedy recovery. The first couple of months were the worst for me, especially the first. Now I am expecting, so that’s a whole ‘nother ball game.:) It is nice to know that we are not alone, agreed! Praying you feel better soon!

  11. THANK you for writing this. I had my Mirena taken out a month ago and I have been SO anxious. Anxious to the point that it’s making me ill. I was feeling so scared, thinking my mental health might be deteriorating or something. I just thought to Google “mirena removal emotions” and learned about the Mirena Crash, which I had never heard of.

    I feel comforted knowing I’m not just losing my mind and appreciate you sharing your experience. Hopefully this ends soon.

    • Jennifer, I hope you get to feeling better soon! I had never heard of it either, until I started Googling and a lot of what I read was exactly what I was experiencing. I hope this encourages you!

  12. I can’t thank you enough for writing about your experience, and all of you who have subsiquently posted. I. Cried as I read, now as I write. I had my mirena removed on the 17th, after 3 1/2 years. It was so freeing to me, once that tiny little thing was out.
    I wasn’t expecting was to come over the next few days, and still continues. Why doesn’t anyone tell you about these things. it’s obviously not all that uncommon. I literally feel like I’m losing my mind. I’m so emotional, Im either crying, or lashing out on someone in my family. It’s awful, but at least now I know there’s an end in sight. Thank you

  13. Hi Mel. Thank you so much for your post. I had my Mirena out yesterday. It has almost been 5 years and we decided we want one more baby. I had actually tried to ask my OBGYN to take it out a couple years ago because of all the crazy symptoms that I believed it was causing such as numbness, tingling, ovarian cysts, cysts in my wrists, abdominal pain, etc. He looked at me like I was crazy. I have trigeminal neuralgia and peripheral neuropathy that started just a few months after the Mirena was inserted. My doctor have no idea where it came from because these are normally diseases that those at least 50 to 60 years old start to have. I’m excited that it was removed, but worried about the crash. This gives me hope to know that not only did it go away for you, but also that you’re expecting. Congrats!

  14. I want to thank Mel and everyone else who posted their experiences at having their Mirena removed. I’ve had it for almost two years. The most serious side effect I’ve experienced is weight gain. I’m now a size larger and my new clothes are already feeling tight. Despite the exercise and diet. After talking to my doctor about it, I decided to have it removed last December. But postponed it because of fear of the hormonal crash. I am afraid of dealing with the effects and my demanding professional life. I will have to keep gaining weight until summer when I’m off work.

      • Hi Mel, I removed myou IUD about 4 months ago and I was going through the same symptoms as many of the readers on this page. However, I know that the sideadline effects can last a while but was breast pain one of your side effects? I am so terrified as it hurts so bad. I am in the middle of changing my PCP because my current one doesn’t do the right things. I am so scared of this and wish I never put it in. My husband praises me and wants to have intercourse all the time now as he stated when I had it in the smell that I got when my period was coming was so bad and he didn’t want to hurt my feelings. I had these headaches that were so bad I had to get IV at the ER and it still didn’t help. I even got and MRI done on my head and I have to get the results next week God willing. That’s how bad it gets. I never knew that the removal of this contraceptive had side effects, had I known, I would’ve never had one of served 6 years ago.

        • Oh Candi, I’m so sorry for your experience. I would definitely talk to your doctor about the things you’re experiencing, the breast pain, the headaches, all of it. I hope and pray that you can figure out what is going on and feel better very soon.

  15. Hi, I had my coil removed 8 days ago after having 3 over 15 years. I felt great the first week then BOOM yesterday just out of nowhere got awful anxiety, palpations and suddenly feel manically depressed!! My children are 14 and 15 and I felt so anxious I’ve kept me son off school with me!! I gained weight and my hair thinned a lot with the coil! I’m hoping this crash is temporary and I soon feel normal again. The way my mind feels at mo I don’t even feel like I can concentrate and do my job properly!! :(

  16. Thank you for posting. I have had three of these horrible things and 12 years of strange symptoms that never made sense. Until now. My Mirena was removed three days ago. I have noticed that the crash is different for everyone and it scares me a little so I have decided to blog about my experience too. Partly to help others, as your blog helped me, but also to talk about it. Knowledge is power. You can find my blog here Once again, Thank you for sharing your story Mel.

  17. Thank you for posting this. It’s nice to know I’m not alone in this. I only had the Mirena just over a year. That was long enough! About 9 months into it, I started having brain fog, concentration and memory issues, then progressed into anxiety and depression. This got so out of hand that it caused me to take a 3 month medical leave of absence from work, see a Psychiatrist and Psychologist, get on antidepressants and Anti-anxiety meds. Not a fun ride at all! I lost my libido and had muscle aches and pains and headaches. I’m Mirena free for a month now and only still suffer from the muscle aches, pains, and headaches. The anxiety and depression have lessened most likely because I’m still on meds. This may be a good form of birth control for some women. Just not for me.

    • Rachel, thank you for sharing your story and experience. I’m so sorry you’ve gone through all of this. I pray you’ll continue to find healing and feel better and better as the days go by.

      • Thanks..I appreciate that. I feel there needs to be more awareness about the synthetic hormones that Dr’s prescribe and recommend to us, like it’s candy or something. :-/

  18. HI Mel. Thank you for writing your’s very similar to mine. I had the Mirena for 1.5 years. My doc convinced me it was the best bc. I have 4 kids and I wanted something I didn’t have to worry about..this was my first time with hormonal bc. I bled for 6 months after I got it in ..the docs kept saying it’s the body adjusting and I went along being a mom! I fell off the stairs and I had the worst panic attack for something that wasn’t tha awful for i didnt hurt myself from falling. I had to call 911..vitals were fine so they left and then again heart racing chest flutters went to ER..everything came back negative got a dose of advan which calmed my nerves..I couldn’t believe what was happening to me for something so silly..I have been through so many other traumatic events and I never had any anxiety why now for a fall? I looked online and found so many people complaining of chest flutters,palpitations anxiety out of nowhere?! After researching I was convinced it was the Mirena. After another 3 months of debating what to do I decided to remove the Mirena on my own, I just slowly pulled it out on my first day of my period. I was expecting to bleed but I didn’t until after 2 days..I’m having heavy bleeding and yesterday I had another panic attack my heart racing 130 just sitting down doing nothing. .I was calm nothing stressful and just out of the blue palpitations and looked online again to find out about the Mirena crash also coming across ur site. I had no clue of a Mirena withdrawals. Im writing this on my 4 day post mirena.I’m having heavy bleeding ,heavy chest feeling and nausea ..I’m just drinking a lot of water .I’m having trouble sleeping and I was considering ordering some relaxing oils..asked my husband to pick up some vitamins,Gatorade ..hoping it will get better soon. I will update on how I feel next week. Thank you for your post!!

    • Oh, Sid, I hope you are feeling better. I write this with concern… I encourage you to see a doctor right away. There could be more going on with what you’re experiencing. I’m so sorry you’re going through this, but it’s so much better to be safe than sorry. Keep us posted how you’re doing!

  19. I just had my IUD/Mirena removed on April 5, 2016. I felt great having it out. I had a lot of complications with the Mirena.(Massive weight gain, anxiety,stomach pain) I spoke to my GYN and he told me that I should talk to my primary care doctor about anxiety issues and thyroid issues. He didn’t believe me when I said it all started after having the IUD. After loads of tests, my primary care physician told me that my thyroid levels were off, but not enough for medication. It has been a terrible ordeal.
    Having the IUD out has been refreshing. I was great until this week. I have been experiencing nausea, mood swings/tears, smells make me want to throw up, indigestion, headaches and general discomfort. Granted, I haven’t gotten my period yet and my husband thinks I am pregnant. I think I am experiencing the Mirena crash. I don’t think I could get pregnant in that short a time frame. I figure I am going to wait and see what happens.
    I don’t think doctors should be pushing IUD’s without giving all the facts.

  20. I think I may be going through this. I have got my iud removed today and have had horrible stomach pains all day and just don’t feel comfertable in general.
    Anybody tips to make this time as comfertable as possible?

  21. Thanks so much for writing this post. I had the mirena put in 3.5 years ago and ever since haven’t felt right. In the last 6 moths though things have been coming to a head- crippling headaches, joint pain, weight gain, ZERO sex drive, bad eczema and acne, facial hair…just BLUEGH! I’ve kept putting it off having it taken out as it just seemed convenient but now I’ve finally made an appointment for 2 weeks time to have it removed and I cannot WAIT!!
    Quite scared about the potential crash so am looking for ways to help that along.
    But yeah, thanks again for sharing this post and helping for us to not feel alone!

  22. Over the past 3.5 months I have come back to this page and find it comforts me soooooo much. To see that I’m A) not the only one and B) there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. I wanted to share my story in hopes of helping someone. Since I am not out of the dark yet, I PROMISE to update in a couple months with my story. Here is my story so far:

    I had the Mirena for 3 years and had never once experienced a panic attack or depression. I have difficult things in my life like everyone else, and I have always been able to deal with them. In December of last year, I had my first panic attack after an argument with my husband. I could not calm myself down and I felt so scared but couldnt figure out why. One phone call to my mom and I was able to calm down. 2 days later I started my period. That was EXTREMELY odd because the Mirena had stopped my period. I called my mom and we chalked it up to bad PMS. The same thing happened about a month later. Panic attack and period came. I decided to get the Mirena removed since my cycle had clearly changed. My OBGYN said sometimes the Mirena can break and release too much fake progesterone or not enough. GREAT.

    I felt amazing for about 2 weeks and then out of no where I was experiencing 24 hour anxiety, diarrhea, zero appetite, blurred vision, floaters in my vision, extreme shakiness even when laying down in bed, trouble falling asleep. I literally thought I was dying. I finally went to the ER because I wasnt even able to take a nap without jolting awake as I was drifting to sleep. I thought I was having a heart attack. The ER doctor did a standard blood test and everything came up normal. I left with a diagnosis of Anxiety and a prescription for a mood stabilizer. Although I’m relieved all of my tests and MRI are normal, I am left in the dark still trying to help myself get better. I take supplements, eat healthy, and need to work out more. For a long time I punished myself for various things. For getting the Mirena in the first place. For not being able to handle the crippling anxiety. For not working out enough and eating like a saint. It’s not our faults ladies!! It’s just life and we can get better.

    I have just started my 4th cycle off of Mirena and each cycle is a tiny bit better. When you are talking about anxiety and panic attacks, a tiny bit does not go a long way. But taking a step back and telling yourself that each month it WILL be better is the best thing you can do. All of my symptoms were at a 9-10 when this all started. 3.5 months later they are sometimes at a 1 and sometimes at a 5. That is progress. It sucks we have to deal with it, but I think the best thing to do is to keep moving forward and allow yourself to cry, heal, punish, forgive, whatever. I’m hoping the next 4 months will continue at this rate and I will be able to update with what we all want.. For life to go back to normal.

    • Thank you so much for sharing your story. It truly makes a difference knowing you’re not alone. I hope and pray you’ll be feeling much, much better in a short time. Be encouraged and know that your story is an encouragement to others!

  23. Thank you for this! I got the mirena removed a few days ago and feel like crap! I found this in my search for answers and felt as tho it was written by me! Sent it to my husband too for him to understand better how I’m feeling as I struggled to put it into words


      • Hi- I just got my Mirena out last week. I went to the hospital yesterday with dizziness vomitting and anxiety hey said its vertigo I think it’s the Mirena crash but every doctor I call has never heard of it and says it anxiety and vertigo. Have u spoken to any doctors can you give me any kind of reassurance that it’s the Mirena crash and not something actually physically bad wrong with me?

        • Kim, I would definitely encourage you to talk to your doctor about all of your symptoms, even seek a 2nd opinion if needed. I don’t want to give you any advice, and I definitely can’t give you any assurance of what the diagnosis may be. I do hope and pray that you find the answers you’re seeking and hope you are feeling better very soon. I’m so sorry you’re experiencing all of this.

        • I think vertigo can be related to it, inter cranial something (?) the class action law suit sites mention a neurotically connection which involves vertigo and tinnitus. I think that might be causing the vomiting for me, in addition to the crazy emotional side effects

  24. Hi! This is my first and only time sharing my story. It has been a long journey to my healing. I had the mirena for a long time (7 yrs). Perhaps I ignored the symptoms the first 5 years, but after i had it replaced it’s when it almost ruined me. I’ve always been active, with regular excercise and eating healthy but convinced after two babies I was going through the struggles of managing working full time, wife and mommy duties and everything else in between….

    October 2014- I was at work one morning when I had what felt like a major anxiety attack – I thought I was going to die. Went to the hospital to find nothing wrong with me. According to my symptoms (left arm feeling heavy, dizziness, rapid heart palpitations, anxious & feeling faint) they said most likely a TIA. What?! I was 34 and I was in disbelief. I was released only to find myself going back that same night (then again 2 other times thru Dec.)…. I was afraid to be by myself, I honestly felt I was going to die. All test results came back good – I was healthy! In the course of 1 yr, I made several doc visits to follow up, seeking to find answers and all I got was a prescription to Xanax to treat my so-called “anxiety disorder”. This truly hurt me more in every way, shape and form. I was not depressed – I had a great life with my kiddos, husband and most importantly our loving heavenly Father Jehovah. I of course did not take that!! FYI – these type of meds worsen anxiety, so you cannot just stop taking it (doc disclosure – anxiety sky rockets) wow. Pharmaceuticals is nothing but a money business.

    The only thing left to question was my IUD – so I had it removed. I didn’t care at this point, I needed a solution not something to mask the problem!
    Why was this happening to me? I researched online looking for answers and found similar blogs and was so thankful to know I was not going crazy and finally find comfort without worrying people thinking I’m truly sick.
    I read about detox and how this was eminent to get better sooner. I found a nutritionist and learned about Nutrition Response Testing (vitamin deficiency triggering health setbacks) – this is when I learned how the Mirena ruined me without knowing any better. Our adrenal glands produces a variety of hormones – lacking in specific vitamins can cause concerns. I started to take natural vitamins (food in capsules rich in vitamins) for a couple of months – it helped to speed up my well-being.
    This worked for me. We are all different and can only say that it alleviated the uncertainty I had as I didn’t find any answers with doctors.

    In the course of a year, I dealt with the panic attacks that came from no where, feelings of doom, emotional roller coasters and much more. But I prayed excessively and kept busy at the gym every chance I had and drinking lots of water. Yes, I kept getting better and better as time passed. I couldn’t have done it alone, without God. I can say now I’m back to the me I once knew.

    I hope my experience helps and comforts anyone out there. You are not alone! Look to Jehovah God in prayer and see how he guides you through this. As I look back, I can see how He helped me. Things don’t happen as coincidences… Psalms 34:18 & 55:22

    • Jacqueline your situation sounds very similar to mine! I only had mine in maybe a year, right at. Roughly around 5 or 6 months i started getting numbness in my face, which i started with my neuro doc on. Never once crossed my mind that the mirena thing could be causing any issues. After all the tests were done and I was cleared of stroke issues,etc, we thought maybe it was a new symptom of my migraines, until it progress to the whole right side of my body and intensified in feeling (to include the inside of my mouth being numb).

      It was almost like a little voice in the back of my head was telling me to think of the timeline of when it all started and think about it, that’s when i really started looking hard at the mirena side effects and low and behold what i was having was the worst one possible. Luckily my gyno was very receptive of what i was telling her, had me in her office that day and took it out that day no questions asked. It’s been 4 days with it out and i already have noticed a huge reduction in those symptoms. The very day after she took it out there was not spotting it was a full blown cycle, heavy one and now I feel so sick to my stomach and threw up twice. Is this normal? I had horrible chills last night too. I surely hope this doesn’t last long and really wish i had researched this better before hand. This was an option since regular BC is too strong and causes my migraines to be horrific.

      Thank you for listening and any advice you can give is appreciated.

  25. thank you for posting this. i too went through the mirena crash. after i got the mirena i started to feel anxious and scared for no reason. my chest would also hurt and i got terrible headaches that would last all day. the worst part was the anxiety attacks. i would get so anxious, to the point where i couldn’t leave my house because i was scared of getting an anxiety attack in public. i finally got it taken out after three months, and the same day i took it out i woke up in the middle of the night because my heart was beating fast. i got scared but i remembered reading about women who have gone through the same thing. i was able to call myself down after 10 minutes. i am much better after 2 weeks of having it out. if anyone out there is going through this just remember you are not alone and you will get through this. once again, thank you mel. btw thats my daughters name! :)

  26. Like many of these lady’s I too am experiencing the beginning of a mirena crash. I took my mirena out 4 days ago. And I can say before that I was already dealing with depression and anxiety that I knew wasn’t me. I’ve always been a happy person but like they say the symptoms get worse while you have the mirena and sure enough I removed it right at a time I am dealing with depression. I can’t get my Dr to believe me as they assume there’s no such thing. I did see my endocrinologist today for some lab work to check k my thyroid levels as I have hypothyroidism. Dr says I’m depressed and should seek a physiatrist. I’ve really put my family through the ringer. They know I’m not myself, I wish I could just run from this all.

    • Nancy, hang in there. I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Please don’t hesitate to seek help if you need it. Seeing a counselor may be just the thing to give you the tools you need to get through this. I hope and pray that you’ll be feeling better soon.

  27. Sounds like a horror story! I got my Mirena on August 21,2012 and absolutely loved it until the past week or so.I have been experiencing abdominal pain,bleeding and cramping for a few weeks now.I went tony Gyno today because of the feeling that something wasn’t right and cramping. The first of bleeding and cramps since 2012. She did an ultrasound of it and it had totally turned around in cervex,she was in total shock and had never seen this before.Well needless to say with trouble she removed it and I’m looking forward to my partial hysterectomy soon

  28. Thanks for putting this out there for us to find. Had the Mirena for 3 years and loved it. I would argue with people that their negative symptoms maybe weren’t Mirena related bc I was just so pleased with mine. Well, after some bouts with bloating and ovarian cysts (which, looking back, I started getting while on Mirena), I finally decided to have the Mirena removed and start birth control pills since I needed to resolve the cyst issue (and my obgyn suggested the pill would help with the cysts). I had it removed on July 7th. In all fairness, I already had an anxiety disorder and a slight panic disorder. Removing the Mirena threw it into overdrive. I had a massive panic attack like never before on 7/10 and had them daily for almost a week before meditation and yoga started to help. While my bloating mostly went away, I’ve been nauseas, dizzy, my vision gets blurry, and I’m so, so, tired. I’ve also started birth control pills, so not sure how much is Mirena Crash vs. BC pill side effects. But the panic I definitely contribute to Mirena crash. It was absolutely awful. I literally thought I was losing my mind. It’s only been 12 days, I’m sure things will get better in time. Best of luck to everyone else dealing with this.

  29. This explains why I am feeling the way I do today. It actually started last night. My fiance looked at me and asked what was wrong, i didn’t have an answer. But I have been having a bad summer so far-,I got hit by a car on June 17, I was a pedestrian. So I have some pains and issues and stuff related to that. then on July 21 I had the Mirena removed, along with having an edometrial ablation. So, what’s wrong??? Where do I start? But this overwhelming feeling of sadness, low motivation, lack of energy is more than I have felt since the first week after the accident. I have suffered with depression almost my whole life, so I know when it’s more than the “usual” for me. Seeing that others are or have been there helps. Thank you!

    • Oh Patti, I’m so sorry. It sounds like you’ve been through the mill, especially with the accident and all. I hope and pray you’ll be feeling better soon. Hang in there!

  30. Thank you so much for your article. I really thought I was going crazy. I got diagnosed with anxiety while on Mirena and I just had mine removed August 19th. After it was removed 4 days ago I have been having anxiety and depression. Missing work due to not being able to function. I’m so scared of what will happen when I get my first menstrual cycle. Hoping this gets better soon.


    • Hi Tracey, I’m so sorry you are going through all of this. I encourage you to get in touch with your doctor and tell him or her what is going on and your concerns. I hope you are feeling better soon!

  31. Thank you thank you thank you for writing this. This is the first time in two weeks I don’t feel like a complete looney. I had Skyla (lower horomone IUD) for a grand total of two months and it caused my life to turn upside down. Horrible anxiety out of no where, the elephant on my chest, the moodiness. I finally got the dreaded thing out and I think I’m going through a crash. The anxiety has improved, but I’m still crying in my bed. My OBGYN had no problem removing it, but didn’t seem to think it was causing my issues. For the life of me I can’t get back into my normal, carefree, busy bee routine. I’m just hoping the crash ends soon. Thank you again for writing this, you made my day a little bit better.

  32. Reading this has been so reassuring to me. I’ve dealt with anxiety my whole life but when I get the mirena in a couple months ago it spiraled into constant panic attacks, depression, and just feeling so overwhelmed. I had the mirena removed a week ago and I was hoping things would start going back to normal but I’ve still been having panic attacks daily. I wake up feeling anxious and spend most of the day feeling like I’m losing my mind. Reading this makes me feel better knowing I’m not alone, but I still plan on seeing some about the anxiety, because it’s gotten bad enough that I can’t live my life the way I want to. Had I known about this hormonal disaster I wouldn’t have gotten it in, and I wish doctors were more transparent about the problems it can cause some women. Thank you for writing this!

  33. Thank you for sharing your story. I just had my Mirena removed after 5 years. I opted to have it inserted as I have battled with Iron deficiency due to blood loss during my periods for many years and it was suggested after trying all other options that it was a good method as it would eliminate my monthly periods until I completed menopause. I am now 55 years old and hoping I am done with menopause. I had no trouble with it all over the past 5 years except maybe it caused my 20 pound weight gain (my doctor says no). We will see now that I am off it if I can lose the weight. I have never had a weight problem in my life until now. I have experienced a lot of tiredness and irritability since removal one week ago. I really don’t feel like doing anything and I am a reasonably active person. I am trying to drink lots of water and use Advil for the general all over achiness I feel every day. I hope this goes away soon because it is really depressing. Thanks again for sharing and congratulations on your pregnancy. It is a beautiful time of life for a woman. Enjoy!

  34. Thank you for all of the information and ability to share our experiences.

    I had the Mirena IUD removed yesterday morning and have been nauseous and tired since yesterday afternoon. Since the symptoms were similar to what I experienced in my first trimester of pregnancy, and I treated those symptoms during pregnancy with Dramamine, I took a Dramamine pill this morning. It actually helped relieve the nausea quite a bit. Fingers crossed that this will pass quickly.

  35. Thank you so very much for your post. I had my Mirena removed 5 days ago. I have had a nagging headache since then and the crash on day 2. The general just not feeling right since day one and today started with the roller coaster of emotions. I go from wanting to cry to on the verge of anger in a matter of minutes. Yesterday started the slight progression on bleeding which started out as spotting and slowly increased since then.

    I too wish I would have done more research on this prior to getting this devise. Mine was removed due to it shifting and causing excruciating pain. I was planning on having it removed a little after Thanksgiving since my boyfriend and I are planning on having child. Which will be starting over for me since my son just turned 17 in Aug. But with the shift I had it removed early.

  36. Hello there,
    I’m Lupe. I was reading your story and not to say it’s a good thing, but I feel much better knowing I’m not alone!!! I honestly thought I was going crazy. I’ve had so many Dr visits and they all say the same thing. I’m just depressed and have anxiety. I had my Iud for 5years. I took it off on August. Ever since then, I have not been the same. The nausea, vomiting, headaches, depression, anxiety, chest pain, stomach aches, heart burn, feeling of numbness on my hands and feet, hot/cold flashes, wanting to cry and scream, feeling like hopeless, I can keep going. The worst has been me fainting from not being able to eat. I was told I had an ulcer that was causing all of these problems. I don’t think so! I did my research because I wanted some answers. This all makes sense!! I am going through a mirena crash. I was on the verge on checking myself in a mental institution. I honestly believe the IUD removal is the reason for my symptoms. After reading everyone’s story it gives me hope that this will pass, slowly but surely! Any advise on what to do to make these side effects go away faster!!!!!! Please

  37. Here is my story about the Mirena. Grab some pop corn or a snack and make yourself comfy. I’ve had two inserted for a total of 8+ years. The first one was when I was 22 and just got married and we decided we didn’t want kids at first. I had started a new job and was there for 10 to 12 hours a day and was totally exhausted all of the time. I remember I would work, eat, shower, sleep and go back to work. This job was stressful and I remember gaining 20 lbs. I am 5’1 and weighed 110 to 115 lbs. After I quit that job (or rather held captive in my home by my ex husband) I didn’t go back. I eventually lost the weight after four years and weighed about 120. Fight after fight with my ex husband and after the honeymoon phase was over, his true colors came out and I discovered he was abusive. I can’t tell if I started the fights because of the mirena or if he started them. Things got ugly. I had acne and breakout after breakout. Didn’t realize it was mirena causing this.
    Now fast forward to six years later. At my hospital they said the mirena was good for up to 7 years and I knew it was gonna expire so I made an appt to get it removed. (I could almost feel the IUD getting old.) My plan was to get it removed and get a new one placed back in. The midwife I saw at the time talked me into getting the nexplanon (the rod) since I was considering having kids soon. She said it lasted only 3 years and would work out better for my family planning. I agreed. Immediately, I gained weight, felt sluggish and terrible, my overall body felt off and everything hit me at once. I could only stand 6 months of this contraption in me. (Hurt like hell getting it out of my arm since tissue grew around and onto this plastic rod. Still have a scar from the extraction.) The Dr that removed it wanted me to get on norethindrone birth control for a few months to get my cycle regulated. I did three months of BC. Went back and got my second Mirena. Gained 15 lbs again. I had started another stressful job and I contributed it to that. I remember in 2015 I had gained so much weight I barely fit into my Camaro. Acne was still in full swing and this time around mood swings and depression hit hard. Granted my Grandma had passed and my sister was murdered in 2012 plus my brother went to jail, so of course I should have been depressed. I started thinking that this five year depression was getting ridiculous and out of hand. Sickness after sickness cold after cold, every year it would hit me. Five to seven colds a year. I just thought I was a real sickly lady. In 2014 I was experiencing dizziness and extreme bleeding, so I went into the hospital and they said I was lactose intolerant and severely dehydrated. No more coffee with creamer for me and my love of whole milk with my cereal went out the window. Started to drink soy milk and make green smoothies daily which helped make me feel a little better. Then the anxiety and panic attacks kicked in. Felt like I couldn’t breathe and I was hyperventilating. I blamed them on my work because it’s extremely stressful and there is bullying going on, overall, it’s just a bad work environment. I went to my supervisor and told him I wanted to quit and the work issues was too overwhelming. He reassured me and convinced me to stay and stick it out.
    My maternal instinct kicked in and I wanted to start a family. Every time I talked to my husband about starting a family he would become enraged and would knock me around. I endured his abuse for years and years (not only due to starting a family, but little things set him off as well.) I had enough. The last domestic violence encounter, he had knocked me around when we were out of town and that was the last straw for me. Filed for divorce. I’m not quite sure if the divorce was due to the mirena side effects or just the fact that he was an abusive jerk. We were married 9 years and together 12. I had to find myself. I finally admitted to my hospital that I was depressed. They got me to see a therapist and they tried to put me on sleeping meds because I had trouble falling asleep at night. Every night I couldn’t fall asleep-my bed time would be mid night or 1 am and I’d have to get up at 6:30 for work. Getting out of bed every morning was a task. On the weekends I would sleep and sleep. One weekend my depression got so bad I slept for 17 hours and woke up still tired. I could barely function. I had this bloated lower abdominal bump for the past 4 years. I called it my little pooch. It wouldn’t go down. I did eventually lose the 15 lbs. Last year was the first time in 4 years I hiked or ran. Seemed like every time I started to exercise over the years I would gain weight instead of lose any weight. It’s like I came out of my shell. I was definitely doing more activities, but seemed like every time I didn’t get enough sleep or get too stressed out I would get sick. I noticed at the end of 2015 my hair started to get frizzy and the ends started to break and get coarse. My hair is almost down to my ankles, and slowly it started to break at the ends. (So much so that the ladies I work with asked if I cut my hair-which I haven’t in almost 10 years.) The vision problems kicked in about two years ago, almost right after I got the 2nd mirena placed. Contributed it to working on the computer too much and things were blurrier. I used to get away with wearing my glasses only sometimes and now I have to wear them daily just to see. I would wear my contacts every day at work and my eyes became dry and I could only wear them for a few hours a day, two years ago I stopped wearing them at work.
    I started to go to the gym in August 2016 and I was running off and on all of 2016. I also walk my dog daily ever since Nov. of 2015, I should be losing weight right? Wrong. My weight increased: I weight 117 and it went up to 120 and it fluctuates between 120 to 125. I couldn’t eat a whole lot because of this lactose intolerant problem, so I was forced to eat bland food and eat healthier. Still no weight loss. Not that I need to lose weight I love my body and my size, but at least I should have more energy right? (I’ve had eating disorders in my teen years and vowed I would never dislike my body ever again.) Every day after work, I would barely have enough energy to run one errand and walk my dog. I would eat and then took a nap after that. (one to four hour naps.) I didn’t take daily naps for 3 or 4 months in 2016, but every day I napped. I felt like an old person. I blamed the depression. I never had any energy. I just thought this is how life is supposed to be. Every day felt like groundhog day. Same thing over and over. I would take my anger out on my loved ones. Massive bursts of anger on others and then I’d feel horrible. Fits like a toddler if I didn’t get my way. Bad thoughts all the time. I masked this “mirena depression” quite well. Told myself to put on a mask and act happy, but deep down I wasn’t. Stomach problems every day, daily gas and I had to pee every 10 to 20 mins. It was embarrassing at work. I was always thirsty and drank three or four 32 oz water bottles a day. I truly thought I was becoming diabetic. I would have daily headaches (took lots of ibuprofen to take them away) and even got my daith (inner ear part) pierced because it was supposed to help with migraines, they have subsided since I got the piercing in may of 2016. I had gotten multiple piercings in 2015 and almost a year later most of them are infected. Irritability up the wazoo. Everything set me off. Once a month I hated everything and everyone and pretty much let everyone know I didn’t like them. I isolated myself. Destroyed friendships and relationships. I would block them and unfriend them and they would never hear from me again. Dry skin especially on my hands and I was always itchy. Then the hair loss kicked in. I admit I had beautiful hair. Long, thick, shiny and pretty. One day I noticed it was thinning out, then about three weeks ago, it looked like I lost at least 1/4th of my hair. I became concerned. Then the heart palpitations emerged. Chest pains so bad it felt like mini heart attacks. TMJ-my jaw and left side of my face hurt when I would wake up. I had to chew gum daily just to help with the cotton mouth. But then all the chewing would make my jaw and left side of my face hurt even more. My throat was always dry. I kept drinking water to deal with the thrist and kept peeing because of the water. I spent endless money on makeup to cover up my acne and all of the scarring I had from previous pimples. I got bacne as well. Also some pimples on my chest. A huge cyst-like pimple formed on my back. It was the biggest pimple of my life. It was sore and hurt when my clothes touched it. I got random pimples in weird places: on my hair line, in my nose and ear and on my scalp. Oiliness- I was an oil stick and some days I could smell myself at the end of the day. My friend downstairs started to smell as well. Awful odor and it’s always been a pleasant smell- I attributed it to a new partner. Crazy weird dreams. For over a year now I dream every single night, four or five dreams a night-very vivid and occasionally some nightmares that were too real for words. Crying spells. I have never cried so much in my entire life. I am not a crying person. I’ve always resisted the urge to cry. I would make fun of my sister and Mom because they would cry at the drop of a hat. Suddenly I became a big cry baby and at one point and time I’d cry every time I saw a baby or an ultrasound. Nausea – I would turn into a mess when traveling. Driving down long and windy roads made me sick and I’d have to take dramamine. I would have excruciating pain that would travel when I would try to crack my neck. It was shoot from my skull all the way down the left side of my body. Daily neck, back and shoulder pain that I thought was from my extremely long and heavy hair. Increased floaters in my vision and cramps monthly where it literally felt like my insides were dying. I’d jokingly say “my egg is dying.” Minimal bleeding mostly after intercourse and would go away within a few days. Lots of spotting, I wore pants liners every day for at least 4 years. I never liked being touched or held. My therapist said it was probably PTSD because of the abuse I endured. I avoided any kind of event I was invited to, I was very antisocial. I would make up excuses just so I wouldn’t have to go. Breathing, it was like I would hold my breath and forget to breath sometimes. Foggy brain for sure. I’d forget things and I had a really good memory. I was on autopilot and it literally hurt to think or do anything out of the ordinary. Towards the end of my mirena nightmare, I became real forgetful and couldn’t remember simple things. I got varicose veins as well on the back of my legs. Hot flashes! All the time. I was always burning up and felt like I was always running a fever. I would get head rushes if I got up too quickly. I also had ringing in my ears and some hearing loss as well.
    I got my first cold of the winter season right before Christmas 2016 and as soon as I got better, I was sick again. This alarmed me. I was just sick, how could I be sick again? On a Friday afternoon, I was sick as a dog and sitting in my vehicle praying I’d get better, when I believe I heard the the Lord say, “you need to get the mirena out.” I called and scheduled the appointment for the removal. The judgemental receptionist said “you know it’s good for five years, right?” I said “yes, I know, but I’m having complications and I want to get it removed.” I had an appointment three weeks out. The following Tuesday I got sent home from work for my cold, and my heart was hurting from the palpitations, I also had been gassy all morning and had bad stomach pain. After I peed that morning for what seemed like tenth time, I had enough. (The two nights prior, I was scared I wasn’t going to make it to the morning. I was paranoid I wouldn’t wake up, that’s how badly my heart hurt.) I marched down those stairs at the hospital I work at to the OBGYN clinic and explained to the lady I needed a sooner appointment because I couldn’t wait three more weeks with this thing in me. She gave me a sooner appointment the same week on Friday 01/27/17. I started doing my research finally on the Mirena and came across all of these horror stories, much alike to mine and some were worse. I’m so sorry ladies that we had to go through this. (If you’re still reading this, you’re the real MVP.) I went in on Friday 01/27/17 and that’s the day saved my life and changed it. The Dr asked why I wanted this device removed and I literally had a huge list of side effects I endured and laid it on the table. I didn’t go into as much depth as I did here but I explained the big side effects and gave her some of my background. I’m laid back with my legs in the stir ups and I thought the Dr pulled it out because it hurt, but she tried to grab the strings and missed. No “one, two, three,” just a tug and yank and she got it out. It felt like she pulled out my uterus, it hurt so badly. She held up that “demon device” (as some of these ladies called it) almost in triumph because she got it out. That awful plastic t-shaped thing that ruined my life was covered with blood, possibly some flesh as well. But I was soo relieved to have it out of me. I had planned to spend the rest of the afternoon laid out with a heating pad but my boyfriend made me work out that afternoon. I ran my usual mile and we lifted weights. The weekend was calm and I didn’t sleep as much as I usually do. My size 3/4 jeans I couldn’t fit into without my muffin top hanging over were suddenly not as tight and fit better since my “little poof” had gone down. The bloating in the lower part of my stomach went down dramatically these past few days. My stomach problems have been going away. Sunday I had a big bowl of cereal with WHOLE milk which I haven’t been able to enjoy for over a year. It hardly upset my tummy.
    Saturday morning aunt flow came to town. I stood in the feminine product aisle with no clue what to buy. I haven’t had a period in a looong time. Flow stayed for four days and now she’s slowing leaving. I had one big major blood clot on Monday. Scary but expected from these stories. I have been reading everyone’s experience for the past week and a half and finally got down to the bottom part of this section. I wanted to share my testimony. It’s day five post mirena and I feel better. The anxiety and heart palpitations are slowly going away but I feel a lot better than a week ago. I haven’t taken my daily nap on Monday or Tuesday. Things I have been putting off, I have slowly been getting around to them. Had two fists of rage in the past four days. Hot flames are subsiding. Vision seems a little clearer. My frizzy hair feels a little softer and smoother. I currently have three huge pimples on my face right now (right after I found a routine that has calmed my acne down for the past month, it flared back up.) My overall mood is better and I feel more alive. I pray I get better and that the ladies who have shared this same experience (some better off, some worse) get well soon. Prayers and hugs go out to you ladies. I wanted to share my story and I hope it helps someone out there. I have been going through these stories and they’ve comforted me. Good luck and God bless.

  38. Ohh ladies I feel your pain. I got my IUD out after 4.5 years (I’ve never had a baby). I got it out because the melasma it was causing on my face. I had no issues and then BAM a few days before my first period I felt like I got ran over by a bus. I’ve never had the flu but I don’t wish it upon anyone. I did a bunch of research and one of the mirena crash symptoms is feeling flu like. I started feeling nausea earlier in the day which is unlike me.. I eat clean and am never sick. Well that night I barely made it out of the store from wanting to throw up. I got home and threw up everything I ate plus ran a fever over 100* for around 15-20 hours. My normal temp is around 95.4-96 and I got up ton102 at times. My period finally came and it was heavy but short. I was so tired for the 4-5 days I could barely speak to anyone. Well… I am currently in bed since yesterday evening with a temp of over 100 again, aches, horrible cough and tiredness. I tracked my period since I got the IUD removed and this is all at the same time this same stuff happened last month. The only thing I have done this go around is throw up. So I researched more and there are actually law firms for Mirena Crashes. I don’t take any pills, eat additives, etc. and I’m wishing I would have researched this more 4.5 years ago before getting it. It makes sense though that the melasma on my face is all I saw for those last 3 years… I cannot imagine what it was doing to my insides. I did not have a period while on the IUD though. I’m hopeing this is the last month this happens.

  39. It is great to know I am not alone. I have had a Mirena in for about 6 years. 2 in that time. Life was brilliant while it was in, no side effects and no periods. That is until last December when I started getting a cyst on my right ovary when ovulating 7cm in diameter. Went through the month pain of that twice and decided to have the Mirena out. For the first 2 weeks I felt fine the a period for 1 week with 2 lots of awful flooding having me straight home in the shower as no protection could handle it. A week after period finished migraines for 3 days, 2 days ok then all this week again. Such fatigue as well. I am hoping it’s just my hormones getting back to normal. It’s been a month since removal and very debilitating. Did anyone else get migraines and for how long post removal. Thanks heaps.

  40. Hi, just curious. Is it safe to assume you have all gotten better? It would be nice to see happy ending stories after the crash. It’s been 2 weeks now with all crash symptoms and feeling a bit hopeless. Any feedback will help. Blessings…

  41. Just had mine removed a few days ago and now I’m so lethargic and gushing (TMI) whenever I move. I wasn’t sure what was going on so I started to read more about this and came across the Mirena Crash. Woah, this is terrifying but at least I know what to expect and warn the town people of their future for the next few weeks or so, LOL! Reading everyone’s comments has given me a better idea of what to expect and how to cope. Great blog and thanks for the information.

  42. I had my Mirena removed about 4 weeks ago, had my first period 4 or 5 days ago and boy what a crash. All the symptoms mentioned above. Spent a day unable to stop crying, waking in the night in a ball of anxiety, absolutely no energy. I had the mirena (my 3rd) inserted a few months ago and I had terrible anxiety attacks from the start. Headaches, muscle aches. Barely functioning. I can’t believe my doctor didn’t warn me or monitor it. I was due to start a new job but there is no way I can take it. I really hope it does end, feels so desperate.

  43. Mel I don’t know how your still answering all these comments – fair play!
    I found your post because I heard about the Mirena Crash and I’m horrified. I’m due to have mine removed tomorrow after 5 years. I’m totally afraid now. It sounds awful. How do GP’s get away with using something that has such terrible side effects for so many women. Then they seems really dismissive of the side effects. I learn more from Google than a medical professional. I’m full of dread and worry about getting it out. Totally freaked out.

  44. Hi Mel,

    I am sitting on my bed, skipping work, because of the awful side effects from the Mirena IUD. I am going out of my mind, but this blog has given me some sort of peace. I recently got engaged, and the side effects of the Mirena has robbed me of my excitement, and I truly hate it. I can’t turn my brain off because I keep trying to think about how to make things better on my own.

    I have to ask you how you dealt with it in the interim. I feel numb to everything around me, including my new fiance, and truly unmotivated. I am seeing a psychiatrist tomorrow in search of some answers on how to cope with everything.

    Thank you for posting this article. It really has given me hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel!

    • Hi Kelsey, I’m so sorry you’re having this experience. I think seeking out help is one of the best things you can do for yourself; self-care is so important when you’re going through something like that. I hope and pray you start to feel better soon!

  45. I had my Mirena removed December 8 2017.
    First few days were actually a relief.
    Then threw weeks in
    Severe anxiety
    Joint pain (which I never have)
    Waves of nausea
    Numb fingers and toes
    Mild frequent headaches
    Mood swings would probably be worse if I wasn’t so exhausted.
    Lost a bunch of weight (even though I never gained with the Mirena).

    I’m at the end of month two and REALLY hope this will get better.
    The worst part of this, is how dismissive the doctors can be. I finally found a decent one, a man no less, who tested my progesterone levels and agreed it was due to the Mirena removal. I’m going to try and get progesterone supplements temporarily to see if it will ease some of this.
    Exercise helps a little, if you have the energy.

    Good luck everyone, this is a rough ride, but we can get through it.

  46. Small update.
    I am about 12 weeks post removal.
    My worst symptoms (so far) have definitely been the peripheral neuropathy with the tingling in my hands and feet while they were cold and sweaty, legs falling asleep, and the insomnia.
    It all seems to come in waves depending on where I’m at in my cycle. I finally got a real AF.
    I was convinced I was dying for about a week. Pure panic and weird sensations. I read virtually every blog on this darn crash.
    I decided to get a trial membership to a gym and run, use the sauna, drink TONS of water, take vitamins, and Epsom salt baths. It has helped a lot.
    The insomnia is still here, but the pins and needles have eased up and are almost unnoticeable some days.
    I went from not being able to fall asleep for 36 hours, to falling asleep and waking up every hour or two, but it’s better than the former.
    Nausea has come in waves, but is honestly the least annoying.

    Anyway, I am seeing improvement while I’m being proactive. Caffeine is a HUGE NO NO for me. I’m using essential oils on my feet. Clary sage, lavender, peppermint, and coconut oil (yes, I’m desperate to feel normal again) and eating berries, added probiotics, anything healthy.
    The only thing that seems different for me than most, is I’ve LOST almost 20lbs, and I never gained with the Mirena and I wasn’t overweight to begin with.

    There is hope ladies. I know there are going to be more of us who come here looking for answers, help, hope, support, so I will update again in a month or two.

    • So I’m on my second real AF.
      Insomnia has been a huge issue for me. Last night I got a whopping 6 hours. That’s the most I’ve gotten in over three weeks.
      The pins and needles came back right before AF, but this time barely noticeable. The anxiety peaked three days before AF. I use low dose bio identical progesterone cream about a week before, and I have noticed a big difference this month.
      I don’t have much of the other symptoms I had last month, knock on wood. I got a little swollen before AF, but that too was WAY less than last month.
      I had one hot flash, and that was it.
      Now, to try and rid myself of this insomnia.

  47. I just got my Mirena removed 2 days ago after almost 5years in. I stumbled upon this post because I just don’t feel right after having it removed…so might as well google it, right??? I’m terrified of the Mirena crash and had no idea of it, thankfully all you ladies have shared your experiences and it shall help me through!

  48. I’ve had 2 Mirena’s and after getting it placed (both times) I felt like I went nuts!! The big difference with me was all these symptoms happened while I had it. I’m now at the beginning of my 5th year, of my second one, and I am about to have it removed. I’m so excited because if history repeats itself I will lose about 25 lbs pretty quickly. I also won’t have (hopefully) all the symptoms described. I’ve been getting more and more depressed lately, but I just keep attributing it to this device. It’s horrible and great at the same time. I loved not getting pregnant, and having periods, but can’t wait to feel emotionally normal again!

  49. Thank you so so so much for posting about this!!! I just had my IUD removed 3 months ago and am still experiencing what I now understand is the “Mirena crash”. Granted my doctor tried to put me on the pill right after and I think that is effecting how long it’s taking my body to balance itself out. Now I am birth control free and am hoping my body will go back to normal soon!

  50. Thank you for sharing your story. I had my mirena out 10 years ago after having it for less than 1 year and having issues the entire time. I still believe I have symptoms from that darn thing after all these years. How have you been feeling since your removal?

    • Hey Kelcie, no problem! I’m doing ok now. It’s been awhile since I had it out, and a lot has happened… I’ve had another baby and then had a hysterectomy, thanks to adenomyosis and a few other issues. I hope you’re doing well!

  51. Just an update.
    Starting my fourth AF.
    The neuropathy/numbness in my toes came back for only a day this time! Nausea is slowly going away. Anxiety is SEVERE a few days before AF but almost non-existent the rest of the months. I have a lot of fatigue during the day, but that could be because I cut out all caffeine and I’m still adjusting. I’m getting boob pain and nerve pain all over, but AF just started, so I’m thinking it will go away in the next day or two.

    At the risk of jinxing myself, the insomnia was gone ALL MONTH! So even if I get waves of it here and there, I’m less worried these things are permanent.

    I was able to wean myself off of my progesterone cream, but think I might use half the dosage to try and ditch these last lingering symptoms.

    Keep up the fight ladies!

  52. I had mine in for almost 3 1/2 Year’s-got it put in about 5 weeks after I had my child. I blamed having my first kid in my 30s for all my issues because doctors won’t put any blame on the product. Anyways, I had it taken out almost 2 weeks ago… here is where the hell begins. They couldn’t find it! I had to go in for a ultrasound internal and over the belly… they still couldn’t find it. Then I had to get an X-ray and it had traveled to the lower left side of my uterus. They weren’t sure if it had traveled out of the uterine wall or if it was attached to the wall. I had to under go “surgery” to have it removed. I was put under and everything. Luckily it was in the uterus so I didn’t have to get cut open. Needles to say the amount of time I had to take off from work, the co pays, and the upcoming hospital bill my husband and I weren’t expecting. Do your research before considering this product. I didn’t and wish I had.

  53. There is a CURRENT class action lawsuit against them and several other versions – ie: Skyla –
    I’m not one to tell people to sue anyone in general, but when the FDA allows things like this to get passed without care of the human population, I think this lawsuit makes a statement. In researching what it takes for drug companies to get things passed for selling, it’s shocking. Im so sorry for all of you. I haven’t dealt with any of these IUD’s personality, but I have great empathy for all of you.

  54. Thank you so much for your blog! I just had mine removed 6 days ago after having it in for 10 years. Found out when they did the sonogram to remove it that I also have a few other things wrong (Adenomyosis and PCOS) that will cause very heavy painful periods and I haven’t had a problem with that because the Mirana probably masked it all. They say if this does start happening I may need to have a hysterectomy (there are medical reasons why I can’t do the other treatments). I have been bleeding and clotting for three days now. Constant pain but not to horrible. I just feel blah. Feel like I could cry because of anything (and I have). I am very very tired and my body aches. I just do not feel normal at all. Really hoping the crash will not hit me hard.

  55. Thank u for sharing this info. I had mine removed in July and have been feeling totally exhausted for the last 3 weeks. All I want to do is sleep when usually I’m a manic busy working Mum. Not quite sure how I’m going to manage juggling work and kids being off due to it but will take your advice on board. I thought I was going crazy and keep thinking I’m coming down with something but this makes a lot of sense. Thank u x

    • Carrie, I’m so sorry you’re experiencing this. Hang in there! It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor about your symptoms, as well, just in case there is something else underlying going on. I hope you are feeling better soon!

  56. I got mine removed about 6 weeks ago and last Friday experienced a horrible crash. Was about 10pm at night and I began to feel nauseous, hot flushes, shaking, reflux. Was horrible. I suffer from anxiety but this was way over the top. 4 days later I’m still experiencing these symptoms day in day out. My dr has put me on the pill but not sure if this be would be helping.
    I have started taking multi vitamins and vit b tablets of a morning as well as happy hormones.
    I’m hoping this feeling will go away soon!!

  57. I had mine removed July 21, we are trying to convince. 3 weeks ago I stared feeling like I was coming down with the flu. Chills, headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, tighten in my chests. Last Wednesday I started having nightmares, every night, multiple dreams. waking up soaked in sweat, with horrible indigestion and getting sick. I’m Crying all the time over nothing. I’m so moody and I can’t focus on anything. Reading your post and all the comments has helped so much. I thought I was going crazy… Seeing the doctor on Thursday to see if I can get any help. I had never heard of the crash, I had it in for 5 years. I have had stomach issues, hair loss and other heath problems that were never associated with a IUD. Thanks again for sharing your story. I’m sure you have helped hundreds of women realize they aren’t crazy. Btw, has anyone conceived since having it removed that shared there story?

    • Hi London, I’m so sorry you’re experiencing all of this. I hope the doctor can help you to feel better. You mention hair loss… I wonder, have they checked your thyroid? And yes, I had another baby in 2016. I hope you get to feeling better very soon!

  58. I know this was posted a couple years back but im just now looking for answers regarding my IUD removal. This is day 5 post removal. 2 days after removal I felt HUNGRY. 3 days post removal I snacked all day, couldn’t concentrate, felt irritable, and tired. Then came day 4 (yesterday) I woke up late morning on Sunday after sleeping 9 hrs and still was exhausted. I also had a headache with some dizzy, gloomy feelings. I took my family on a late morning walk thinking it would clear my head/ mind and work up some energy. I literally felt my legs were cinder-blocks. All i could think about was going to bed. We went home and i put my toddler and myself down for a nap.. I slept ALL DAY! Thank goodness it was a weekend and my husband was home or I dont think i could have mothered my son. Last night i would wake up every hour in cold sweats from odd dreams. Very light sleep. Feeling anxious and bothered. Very unsettling. Now im on day 5 and i do feel better than yesterday but im still to tired and feel scared. I also feel a bit nauseous. I hate the anxious, nervous, hard to focus feelings. I wish i never had the IUD!!! I pray this passes quickly!

    • Mollie, I’m so sorry you’re experiencing all of this. I would really encourage you to reach out to your doctor and let them know the symptoms you’re experiencing, in case there’s another problem. I hope you are feeling better soon!

    • Hi Mollie,

      Going through the crash now and it’s awful. Hope you are feeling better, any suggestions that worked for you would be great appreciated!

  59. I am glad i have come across this site as i am going through the crash at the minute, i am 2 weeks on from removal and feel fine most of the day but then from 4 to 5 pm onwards i feel anxious when i have nothing to feel anxious about and down not depressed just down, i had the Mirena for a totally of nearly 8 years never put my symptoms down to it neither has a doctor untill i saw my gyne in December who said the Mirena can cause your symptoms!!
    I know it will take time to get back to normal but i really hope i do i’m looking forward to my period to be honest so i can start to get back to a normal routine.

  60. I recently had my Skyla IUD out, because I had been experiencing severe chest tightness while on it. After removal, the chest tightness went great and I thought I was feeling amazing-until about 2 weeks later when I was hit with a spotting so heavy I almost went to the ER, followed by a panic attack. Since, for the last three weeks, I have been feeling pretty non-stop anxious. Docs think its anxiety, nothing else seems to be wrong, but I have never experienced anything like this in my life. These have been the worst few weeks of my life. Has anyone had any luck switching off IUD and trying to mitigate the crash through going back on the pill? I am desperate and willing to try anything

    • Margaret, I’m so sorry you’re experiencing this. I don’t have any experience with going back on the pill, but I’d definitely encourage you to talk to your doctor or find another doctor if you need to. Again, I’m so sorry, and I hope you’re able to get some answers and get to feeling better soon.

    • I definitely recommend exercise and adding a magnesium glycinate or malate supplement (ask your doctor first). My crash lasted almost a year and when I added the magnesium supplement, several of my issues resolved including the anxiety.

  61. Hi there,

    3 weeks post removal I crashed hard. Panic attack, anxiety, and depression. I am now 6 weeks post removal and still having ups and downs. It is definitely worse at night. Felt like I was going crazy until I read all of these posts. I have been having crying spells out of nowhere, and the fatigue has hit. Anyone care to share when their crash ended? I’m just so anxious about when I’m going to feel like myself again. TIA!

    • I have had the Mirena for 10 years, had it removed in January and it has been the worst feeling ever. Anxiety, depression, shaking, nausea you name it I had it. And seems to be the worst when my cycle come on every month.

  62. Hi I’ve been researching this since I removed my Mirena, only had it 6 months but blamed it for weight gain and inability to lose it and wanted control of my hormones again!
    However I am actually scared as I write this of the crash symptoms reappearing. It’s been about 3-4 days instantly felt relieved and gained a normal (heavy) period. Good. I’ve always had some anxiety/ depression and on Sertralline, but this increased 10x. Yesterday for example I was relatively happy and calm in the morning and exercised, when I returned I experienced excruciating anxiety and uncontrollable crying bouts where my whole body was shaking and like I just wanted to scream out pain! I haven’t told anyone because I feel like it’s my business at the moment. I had huge anxiety and had to rest, then managed to pick myself up and get out in the sun, felt fine, then again later it returned.
    I’m anxious because I start new jobs (today!) and need to make them work! I can’t be incapacitated by unexplained sadness!
    In America there’s lots of info about ‘injury lawyers’ against Bayer because these symptoms where NEVER explained to me, do you think the UK has similar? It’s making me nervous, anxious, sad and like i’m fighting against falling into a black hole.
    I will speak to my family soon about this and maybe a doctor but I do not want more meds.

    • Steph, I’m not sure about the UK. But I would definitely urge you to speak with your doctor. I’m so sorry you’re experiencing all of this. I hope and pray your new jobs go well and that you are feeling better soon.

  63. Dear Ladies,

    I think or rather hope it’s a Mirena crash I’m going through. I had Mirena for 5 years and got it removed in March 2019. I got my period a month or two after but in June I started feeling tired and mentally withdrawn. It all proroperly started in September. I’ve had terrible very low energy, brain fog(total feeling of not being with it, de-realisation, headaches, extreme anxiety, palpitations, adrenaline rushes, visual disturbances (floaters) after a month and a bit I started getting this pain around the area of my liver and tingling and numbness in my arms and feet.sorry for the details but my digestion has not been great either- it’s more loose and food doesn’t seem to be digested properly. I’ve been thinking it is something sinister like a brain tumor or MS. I had an MRI and it showed i have a cyst on my pineal gland but the neurologist said they don’t give symptoms and are common. My cat scan showed no tumor., I had EEC and angiography of my brain which all came back OK. My bloods are OK. It’s just over 3 months now and the brain fog is not as bad and the headaches not as frequent. The tingling and numbness are not gone and the floaters are are very bad. I’d like to ask if anyone was getting tingling and numbness and weird sensations in their feet and hands and if you had the floaters. It’s been over 3 months now. Has anyone had it for this long? It is slightly improving (I’m even scared to say it in case it hits me hard tomorrow). I’m a single mom and I’m terrified I have a serious condition which will stop me from looking after my boy. It angers me when people say it’s depression or a nervous breakdown. I would really appreciate some responses. Lots of love to all you Mirena fighters and survivors.

    • Hi Ula, I’m so sorry you’re experiencing all of this. I can’t say I had any tingling or numbness… That was not a symptom I experienced. I’ll let others answer and share. But I hope that you are feeling better very soon, and that your doctor can help you get to the root of the problem.

  64. Hi I had my Mirena Coil taken out 3 weeks tomorrow and am suffering with the crash. My anxiety is through the roof. I feel shaky I have the cough heartburn and tingling in my hands and feet. Am I likely to suffer these symptoms for much longer. I feel like I’m going mad and not in control.

    • Nicola, I’m so sorry you’re experiencing all of this. I would really recommend that you see your doctor as soon as possible to make sure something else isn’t going on, as well.

  65. Hi

    Thank you ladies for making me feel I’m not alone ….so sorry you have all gone through this nightmare! I had been having issues down below, horrible discharge and odour so went to get checked out before Christmas and doc said I had thrush …ok that’s not bad then she hit me with there was red aggravation at my cervix so took swabs and said it could be my coil as was due to be removed later this year. Then the C word came out her mouth so I had to get blood tests too. I had a smear in October which came back fine but doc said it could be the early indication of cervical cancer… WTF how is this happening. My dad was I hospital and had just had an emergency back operation so it was a stressful time with Christmas too. Doc wanted an emergency referral to hospital for a better look and more testing. Blood test ok thank god and Got app last week, doc thought it was my body rejecting the coil and it was irritating my cervix causing the inflammation so he removed it . Four days later all hell had broke loose …. I’m teary, am irrational as very short tempered even with my four year old which is making me feel even worse. Like many of you I’ve suffered on and off with anxiety but it was that I was sad, flat, no motivation felt depressed…work was ridiculous and I couldn’t cope was crying every day and getting so angry. Phoned GP and got app with mental health practitioner ….I just wanted a tablet to feel better ( I never like taking pills especially pick me ups) but I was feeling desperate. I know with my dad I had a lot of added stress in life but i had hit a wall! My husband found information about the effects of the coil removal which was nausea, mood swings, low mood, anxiety , Insomnia the list goes on. He booked us a holiday Later in year to cheer me up and I wasn’t one bit excited . Every time I spoke to someone about it I cried…I cried at the news coverage of Brexit (from uk) thinking about pigs and bacon the stuff I cried about is weird !! Mental health said it was build up of stress and depression And wanted me on antidepressants and signed off work. I mentioned what my Husband had seen about the crash and she said she had it and her friends having a torrid time just now too. I have a line off work for a week and she is going to phone next week to see if my mood has improved. I do not want to go on medication as it sounds like my coil removal has rocked my world and I’m hoping it settles soon .

    • Victoria, I’m so sorry you’re going through all of this. I hope that you are feeling better very soon. I’m so glad you’ve sought help dealing with all of it; that’s a really good first step to healing and feeling better.

  66. Hi,
    I had the mirena put in 6 weeks ago. After I got it put in I saw someone post about gaining weight and all the side effects so I decided to research it more. Now I’m terrified and I wish I researched it more before I decided to get it. Do you think I’ll get the crash if I only had it in for 6-7 weeks? I called my doctor today to tell them I want it removed and she said the provider will call me to discuss and she never did. It’s only been a short amount of time but I can tell my body is different. I had my 2nd baby 5 months ago. I started a diet and can’t lose any weight, my back hurts, my left hip has been hurting since right around when I first got the mirena, I’m so tired and just lazy and no energy at all, and I think it’s all something to due with the mirena. I read online that all the doctors say it’s nothing to do with that, but I want it removed ASAP. I also am now scared to get it removed because of the crash. Has anyone only had it for 2 months or so, and still experienced the crash symptoms?


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