I am 22 yrs old with one child. I had the Mirena IUD inserted at my 6wk postpartum check-up which has almost been 2 yrs ago. I haven't given it much thought that it might cause problems until now. I breastfed my child for over a year and a half so my period never returned after delivery. The dr. said it might not return because of this IUD. Well, of course that is not the problem. The problems I am noticing now and only begun to notice them about 8-10 months ago is weight gain and loss of sex drive. Just in the past 2-3 months I have noticed a lot more Acne break-outs. My husband and I have only had sex 4 times since Easter (in March 2003). You know something has to wrong for that to happen. I am attracted to him and can sometimes be turned on easily, but when it comes to actual intercourse it's like my mind starts wondering elsewhere and I get distracted and can't finish what I started. If we start to make love I can hardly ever reach my climax. This was never a problem before my child was born. My best friend had a Mirena IUD inserted this past June (2003) only because I recommended it highly. (this was before I started researching the product). She has not stopped bleeding since. Her blood pressure is high and is treated with medication, and she is also experiencing a problem with severe acne. Since I have read everyone else's testimonies about the side effects of Mirena, I have come to believe it is the culprit. I am going to discuss this with my doctor. In the past year I have gained about 33 lbs. I weighed 155 after delivery and now I am up to 186. I thought I was just eating too much because I had a problem. Now I think it is because of the IUD.
Will someone respond and tell me if you have since had your IUD removed and what form of birth control are you now using. Thanks to everyone who shared their stories!