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ohmyohmyyy
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I was wondering if any of you had experience with the hormonal IUD Mirena.

I've experienced depression and anxiety on all other forms of hormonal birth control, Nuvaring included.

I have awful cramps and six day periods so the copper Paragard is out of the question.

Is Mirena a good plan for someone with depression issues related to progestin?

I've talked to three different doctors and my psychologist and I haven't gotten a single concrete answer.

Two of them even recommended Depo which is probably the worst birth control for people with depression symptoms.

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Heather
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It could be, but just like with anything else, it is likely going to be one of those things where you try it and find out. Many women have done just fine with depression and the Mirena, though some women have not.

I know that blows, but body chemistry just varies so much than unless a given method is simply strongly contraindicated for depression (Mirena is not), that's the way this cookie crumbles.

Like we've discussed before, simply not using methods with any kind of hormone at all is also an option for you, as is taking some kind of medication for your depression.

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Ohmy, I am getting a Mirena placed on Tuesday and I will post my experience with it on the boards. Feel free to take a look at my thread in a few days! [Smile] I have only a sliver of a history of depression from about 5 years ago, so I wouldn't want you to necessarily compare how I turn out with Mirena to how you may. Every individual's hormones are different!

Have you ever taken Plan B before? Plan B employs a massive dose of levonorgestrel, in 2 pills of 1.5mcg each. Levonorgestrel is contained within Mirena as well, delivering up to 20mcg of hormone a day, which diminishes over the 5 year period as the reserve slowly depletes. If you've had adverse side effects to Plan B, perhaps you would need to carefully consider those side effects with your doctor, because although Mirena's dose is significantly lower than Plan B, it may have more of a cumulative effect that can eventually lead to panic attack, anxiety and depression.

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I had a pretty nasty response within my first week to Lutera and that also contains levonorgestrel.

I don't know, I'm on my first couple weeks off hormones completely and I'm trying to figure out whether my body is normalizing. I'm going to check out Mirena at the end of the month but I'll be super hesitant if I find out I've been going through all of this because of my hormones. I've got a Zoloft prescription waiting if it's not.

I want Paragard so bad! But I don't want to suffer with my already bad periods to do it.

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Heather
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Well, almost all hormonal methods -- progestin-only and combined, contain levonorgestrel. But Lutera also contains an estrogen, so I wouldn't presume your experience with Lutera to be representative of your experience with a) something with ONLY levonorgestrel, b) your experience with a much smaller DOSE of it, and c) your experience with an IUD that contains it and only administers a smaller dose of it locally.

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Just FYI, like I've also said before, you do have other options for birth control which aren't hormonal at all, beyond the Paraguard.

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