Story submission 10/06/2022

I just wanted to share a little of what I'm going through with my Mirena IUD. I'm 36 years old and have had the Mirena IUD for about a year. My OBGYN said this is the best most effective birth control with low chances of side effects. Well I have had this for a year now and let me tell you my life has gone in the toilet. Before the Mirena I was up everyday at 5:30am making breakfast, going on 3 mile walk every morning, working a full time job and generally just overall a happy person. Since the Mirena IUD, I have been super depressed and don't even want to get out of bed, late for work everyday because I feel like I just cant, I never exercise anymore or walk(something I have done for 10 years), I've gained 20 pounds, my hair is falling out, I cant focus at work, I'm exhausted 24/7, I cry all the time, My relationship is crumbling with my partner! All of these things are happening to me and the only change in my life was the Mirena IUD. I kept it in for a year because every doctor seems to think this is like a miracle birth control and tell you basically its all in your head. I'm finally getting it out on 10/18/22! I cant wait to be myself again. I'm so disappointed in the health care system due to there lack of knowledge and lack of counseling they give before inserting the IUD. I feel let down by my OBGYN, but also as women I feel like we are all let down because there is not that much information and awareness out there on how the IUD's are ruining lives for many women. How many Women are suffering from this and don't even realize it's the IUD?! Something has to change, more awareness has to take place on the OBGYN side or whoever is inserting the IUD. There should be monthly follow ups and monitoring because its a silent killer!
Thank you for taking the time to hear my story and thank you for putting this out there. I feel like I'm going insane and my whole world has just flipped upside down. Since I've had the Mirena inserted I don't even know myself anymore, and this site really helped me see that I'm not alone. Thank you