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Will my menorrhagia go away after removal of my IUD (MIRENA) ?

I am 23 years old and in 2013 I began to bleed really badly, for about 5 months I was bleeding non-stop. Soaking through 5-6 XL pads. I was so bad that when I went to the nearest planned parenthood they told me I needed a transfusion of blood. I would wake up 2-3 times a night to change my pad, and I was starting to feel faint through the night at work (overnight work). I also recall sometimes seeing black spots. In July I finally went to a OB/GYN and she first put me on birth control and I was on it for about 5 days as thats how long she prescribed, once I stopped the BC I started bleeding again almost immediately. So than she convinced me to get the mirena which I did. The insertion process was pretty quick although painful as well, I remember experiencing cramping but not as bad as I had felt in the past. Few days later I was no longer bleeding and I was the happiest I been in a while. After bleeding for such a long time it was like I can live again. It did take a while before the dizziness I had experience to go away, on account of the iron I had lost during the 5 months span. But fast-forward to 3 days ago,  I had my mirena taken out because I did suffer some side effects, that I just don't see myself living with. I had gain about 30 pounds in the last 2 years. I am a college athlete, so I maintain pretty physical through the 2 years my diet didn't change much, but for some reason I couldn't stop gaining weight, I had my suspicious a year into having it in that it could be the culprit but I didn't want to let myself think that it could be true. Because I had experience such a horrible time during those 5 months or so of bleeding. but i had came to terms with the fact that it was the mirena that was causing me to gain weight uncontrollably. As of now I am 3 days post-removal and I started bleeding again, with mild/strong cramping and mild bleeding. I wanted to know if this is normal bleeding from removal or has the non-stop bleeding reoccured. i have been thinking of changing OB/GYN , because the one I have right now still hasn't diagnosed me, or told me why was I bleeding for so long. Any advice or answer any one has could really help. I am really scared to go back to how I was before the mirena, but I cannot allow myself to gain any more weight. It has been hurting my confidences and I don't feel like myself. So Please help if you can or share your story with me . Please and thank you, and God Bless!

PS.
My other side effects where:
breast growth
breast tenderness
bloating
weight gain
Bad acne
moodiness
constipation
loss of labido
facial hair growth
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I have a terrible history of long, heavy periods.  I tried everything.  Finally got Mirena put in about two years ago.  Removed it after 11 months---had a lot of side effects I didn't like (mostly major bloat, hot flashes, daily spotting and uncomfortable sex).  Unfortunately, my period has been more horrendous than ever before since the removal of the Mirena.  I am now scheduling a NovaSure procedure.  But I am 33 and am done having kids....you are so young, I doubt that would be a good option for you.  I'm sorry I don't have better news post-Mirena-removal for you.  Hopefully it's different for you and things go smoothly.
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I got mirena to help with heavy bleeding. After trying a ton of other options that didn't work, mirena has been the only one to make a visible difference. I still get a period every month unfortunately and it still lasts like 9-10 days, but it's way, way lighter and I can still go on vacation but I can bring the smaller and thinner pads.

I almost died from bleeding so I'm going to keep getting morena replaced whenever it's time is up until menopause. I'm 41 now so hopefully it won't be too long.

I've had a few minor side effects, possibly weight gain but I also don't exercise and I eat pretty poorly. So isn't it more likely my sedentary lifestyle contributing to the weight gain and not the mirena? I'm going to say yes, it's highly likely to be my lifestyle to blame for that.

So, for me, after almost dying from blood loss, i would take being overweight any day over that. I don't ever want to bleed like that again. And I know mirena has been helping in that regard. For that reason, I'm keeping it regardless of any minor side effects which, to be honest I really don't even notice so they must not be that important.

As for novasure, make sure you thoroughly research that first before doing it. Search for Post Ablation Syndrome, which affects over 45 to 50 percent of women under 45 who have done the procedure. It can cause severe pain, it can cause even more bleeding, and it does lead to such permanent problems that a hysterectomy is usually the only way to solve the problems caused by the ablation. I've researched it a lot. I mean like hours and hours of reading scholarly articles and reviews and other sources, and these complications are very common and more often than not end in hysterectomy. Some women are fine with yanking out their uterus but for me personally, that's not something I'm interested in having.

Just some things for you to think about. I'm willing to live with mirena but if you don't feel like you can handle the side effects then you need to figure out something else. But it sounds like your situation is similar to mine where you tried everything else and this was the only thing that made a difference. I guess it's kind of a trade off at this time.
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