The detrimental effects of the Mirena IUD to users are many, with the worst being migration of the device, puncturing the uterine wall and damaging organs within the body cavity such as the liver and intestines. Other possible side effects are ectopic pregnancy, fatigue, depression, mood swings, painful cramps and many more. Many women who are opting to have the Mirena IUD removed to avoid complications are experiencing many of the symptoms that they sought to avoid. These symptoms also occur with women who had the device removed after the prescribed duration of five years. These detrimental effects, known as the Mirena crash, or Mirena IUD crash, can occur for weeks or even months after removal of the device. In a great number of women, the symptoms were severe enough to negatively impact their lives.
The Mirena IUD is a T shaped device that is implanted in the uterus, containing a reservoir of synthetic progesterone which is slowly released. This synthetic product, Levonorgestral, causes a thickening of the mucous membrane inhibiting the travel of sperm, preventing pregnancy.
Mirena Crash after Removal
So, what is the Mirena crash? The Mirena crash is the name given to the symptoms of pain and discomfort that are prompted when the birth-control device is removed and the flow of synthetic hormones stop. It can be weeks or longer before the body realizes it needs to produce its own progesterone because it has become “lazy”, relying on the synthetic provision. This causes hormone imbalance or estrogen dominance. This same period of time reflects the Mirena crash duration. In many women this imbalance causes severe symptoms similar to those associated with the usage of the device. In some women, Mirena crash symptoms appear recurrently before each period, lasting for months. Some other women suffer for extended periods of time both physically and emotionally at any time, day or night. One sufferer described her feelings as being “smothered with severe despair” at night.
How long does the Mirena crash last?
Some women have reported the crash only lasting a few days, while others report weeks or months.
Medically speaking, there is no way to tell. This is because it all depends on how long your body takes to return to a normal hormonal balance. The sooner this happens, the sooner the symptoms will dissipate.
Mirena Crash Symptoms
Mirena crash symptoms include:
Runaway emotions such as anxiety, sadness, anger and depression. Severe cases have produced suicidal thoughts.
Frequent mood swings that can strain relationships and effect work performance
Physical symptoms such as muscle fatigue, cough, sore throat and even fever which are often misdiagnosed
Nausea, vomiting and stomach pain
Decreased sex drive and painful sex
Denial of Mirena Crash
Many physicians will not acknowledge the side effects as being attributable to the Mirena crash after the device has been removed for a period of time. They only rely on the information provided by Bayer the producer of the product. Women are told that their tests are normal and their symptoms are blamed on a number of different causes from anxiety to early menopause. The fact the every woman can experience different reactions makes the doctors accurate diagnoses and treatment less likely.
Mood Swings after Mirena Removal
The symptoms associated with the removal of the Mirena IUD are not necessarily life-threatening, although that’s not to say they’re not painful. However, one symptom does pose some risk, the emotional effects. According to a study of Mirena removal, depression occurs in 36% of women under the age of 33 with a higher percentage for those 34 and older. Once the device has been removed and hormone levels are disrupted, patients often experience changes in mood. These range from depression, sudden mood swings, and abnormal behavior. This is caused by the abrupt changes in the concentration of hormones, which disrupts the way the brain and body functions. One of these emotional changes (or a combination of them all) is the possibility of suicidal thoughts. Obviously, this poses a serious risk if severe. If you are experiencing this symptom, speak to a healthcare professional right away.
Emotional symptoms of Mirena removal may include:
Consistent sadness, hopelessness, and/or anxiety
Mood swings and irritability
Feeling of always being tired
Loss of interest in once enjoyable activities
Excessive sleeping or insomnia
Changes in appetite
Thoughts of suicide
Other Mirena IUD Complications
Mirena IUD can cause other serious complications besides the hormone imbalance referenced above. In fact, Mirena has been known to cause birth injuries to babies who are conceived and carried by women who still have a Mirena IUD in place, posing a serious risk to the developing fetus. This is especially true if the IUD is not removed early on in the pregnancy. Becoming pregnant while your IUD device is still in place can also cause ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, premature birth, and even birth defects and fetal abnormalities.