Megan’s Story

I got the Kyleena IUD on December 15th. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression, which wasn’t great before the placement, but the last two weeks have been some of the worst of my life. My chest aches. I have heart palpitations. Recently, I feel random shooting pains all over my body. I’ve been experiencing what I think is heartburn for the first time in my life. I’ve been to the doctor once for an EKG due to chest pain and the ER once because it hasn’t gone away. I can’t sleep. I’ve had one intense panic attack, and I spend the rest of my days fighting off intense, physical anxiety. I don’t like taking medicine, but I keep a bottle of Ativan near me just in case. Everyone tells me either that the symptoms will go away soon or that it’s not my IUD at all. Just last month I was drinking coffee, eating what I wanted, working, going to yoga, sleeping well. Now I haven’t been able to do any of that. I worry that this is my life now and that it will only get worse. I just wish I knew for sure if it is the Kyleena. My doctor assured me that the hormonal dose would be so small and localized to my uterus, so I don’t know what to think or believe.

Submitted on January 3, 2022

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