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Review: could Mirena cause Headache?

We study 62,559 people who have side effects while taking Mirena from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,436 have Headache. Find out below who they are, when they have Headache and more.

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Mirena

Mirena (latest outcomes from 62,914 users) has active ingredients of levonorgestrel. It is often used in birth control.

Headache

Headache (pain in head) (latest reports from 1,191,904 patients) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis.

On Oct, 13, 2014: 62,559 people reported to have side effects when taking Mirena. Among them, 1,436 people (2.30%) have Headache.

Trend of Headache in Mirena reports

Time on Mirena when people have Headache * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Headache17.33%32.19%17.90%13.14%14.67%4.57%0.19%

Age of people who have Headache when taking Mirena * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Headache0.00%0.09%3.98%37.72%36.22%19.70%2.30%0.00%

Severity of Headache when taking Mirena ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Headache14.29%71.43%14.29%0.00%

How people recovered from Headache ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Headache0.00%25.00%75.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Contraception (863 people, 60.10%)
  2. Menorrhagia (108 people, 7.52%)
  3. Endometriosis (20 people, 1.39%)
  4. Uterine leiomyoma (16 people, 1.11%)
  5. Dysmenorrhoea (14 people, 0.97%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Topamax (15 people, 1.04%)
  2. Lexapro (15 people, 1.04%)
  3. Zoloft (14 people, 0.97%)
  4. Ibuprofen (12 people, 0.84%)
  5. Levothyroxine sodium (11 people, 0.77%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (3 months ago):

  • I DO NOT recommend this device for ANYONE. I have had it for 13 months and it has completely changed every aspect of my life. All of my symptoms began around the 12-month mark except the excess vaginal secretions and odor which began almost instantly. I also blacked out for the first time in my ife while using Mirena which was the most terrifying experience I have ever had.

    It does prevent pregnancy but it is ruining my physical and mental health. I hope to have it removed soon.
    Hopefully this will help anyone out there in my situation. You don't have to take my word for it either. Research it on your own.

    Reply

    Lisa on Mar, 9, 2013:

    I am 34 yr old female who chose to have the IUD placed for painful/heavy periods after having side effects from oral birth control. I had it placed 3 months ago. Since then I have had severe mood swings ranging from anger/aggitation to severe depression. I have gain 15 pounds (in 3 months), all in my abdomen- I look 6-7 months pregnant and no longer fit in any of my pants. I have severe headaches from the moment I wake up until I go to bed- to the point it feels like my head will explode- I take 3 aleve daily and that does nothing for the pain. I have no sex drive, and started having vaginal dryness- for which I was prescibed a vaginal estrogen cream.When the IUD was placed, I bled for almost the whole 3 months to the point I am anemic. I have changed NOTHING in my lifestyle since having the Mirena placed- I am active, work out 3-4 days a week, eat healthy. So, since having the Mirena placed I am on Iron for anemia, been on 2 different anti-depressants, have a vaginal cream. I have called my Dr who said all these side effects are 'normal'. It is not NORMAL for me- I am NOT the same person I was only 3 months ago. I am having this taken out as soon as possible. I am a nurse, and thought I researched this enough, until I started reading these blogs and see how many women have had the same side effects. Some women have had none. I STRONGLY encourage any woman to read more than what the medical and IUD websites state- read what real women are feeling.

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    Mandy on Mar, 10, 2013:

    I have been having some of the same effects I informed my OB/GYN that I would probly want top have it removed. They told me that the insurance said when they paid for it I would have to try it for six months.I didn't remember them telling me that nore did I sign an agreement. When I got upset about this they sent me a letter that they dropped me as a patient. Now how am I supposed to get this thing out?

    Reply

    Vee on May, 30, 2014:

    Hello I'm 45 years old and electively requested IUD. I have now had Merena for 2.5 months or so and I'm having severe joint pain in many parts of body and bone pains that I never had prior to the IUD. It is 5/30/14 and I'm currently trying to contact my MD to have this removed!!! It's making me sick. ;( ;( I hope this pain goes away once removed. Has anyone pain resided?? I'm regretting that I am using the Merina now.

    Reply

    Vee on May, 30, 2014:

    I should add I have also gained a,lot of stomachs weight!!! This med should be banned my body is not right!! Aches all over

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    Maria on Jun, 2, 2013:

    I had my mirena put in 11 months ago for horrible cramps and heavy periods. I started having breast tenderness, severe mood swings, then milky nipple drainage. I was also having pregnancy symptoms. I reported ithese symptoms to my object/gyn and dismissed them. I was pissed. I took matters into my own hand. I consulted a homeopathic doctor. I take some supplements from natures sunshine called liver balance and proactizyme. I feel sooooooo much better. If i deviate from the amount im supposed to take all the symptoms come back. Good luck to you. Know there is hope for feeling better.

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    Cat on Jun, 20, 2014:

    I am 50 years of age now but had a Mirena fitted at the age of 46 after my GP suggested I should go off the contraceptive pill. I have always had menstral problems, heavy periods and pain etc. but whilst I was on the pill everything was manageable. My GP suggested a Mirena to control my periods so I had one fitted. For the first couple of months I noticed only slight side affects I.e. mood swings, and I always had this feeling that something wasn't right, like I had something inside me that shouldn't be there. After 3 months I started to notice I was having difficulty turning taps on and gripping things with my hands. It cam eon quite suddenly and within a month of the first of those symptoms, I really started to worry that I would be crippled with arthritis in my hands within a few months. I spent time on web sites and found a few stories of people with these type of side affects, so after much encouragement from family decided to go and have my GP remove the Mirena. Best thing I ever did, and within 2 weeks my arthritis was completely gone. Don't know why or what caused it, but deep down I think it was the Mirena. It doesnt stop there though. The Mentral problems I was having were manageable, but sine then they are out of control and I have now been diagnosed with Andeomyosis. I had a pelvic ultrasound when the Mirena was fitted and it was not found then, but now I have it. Again dont know what's caused it, but things have not been the same for me since that Mirenda was fitted. I am sure there are many women out there who don't have these issues, but I think something must be done to warn women these types of side affects can happen, and the impact to their quality of life and emotional well being is being compromised.

    Reply

    Tiffany G on Jun, 27, 2014:

    Thank you for posting that! I am 30 & had the murena put in 2 1/2 weeks ago & just had it removed yesterday. I couldn't even wait the three months that it so adversely affected me. My doctor wanted me to wait it out & boy am I glad I didn't!!! I don't normally suffer from depression, but I'd feel depressed or outraged for no reason,loss of interest in sex & exercise have headaches, abdominal pain, odor & over the weekend I contracted seborrhic dermatitis & had to have an anti fungal cream prescribed! The doctor did not think all these symptoms were caused by the IUD, but I know my body & it was feeling pretty amazing up until I got it put in. Upon waking up with out it today, I feel amazing & miraculously the rash is disappearing... hmm & I know it isn't just from the cream helping! So fine, an IUD might works for some, but I've seen a lot more who it works against. Have doubts? Look & feel like crap? Do yourself a favour & get it removed! A stupid contraception device shouldn't run your life or make you feel miserable! It's NOT worth risking your health, like I did.

    Reply

    Tiffany G on Jun, 27, 2014:

    If you still have your insurance, I would either find a new OB or go to the emergency room! If your having issues, I strongly encourage you to seek help in getting it out! I will keep you in my prayers!

    Reply

    Tiffany G on Jun, 27, 2014:

    YES!! I would be restless all night because my joints in my legs felt as though I had severe arthritis & I'm only 30! I read on the murena IUD webpage, that you can get arthritic-like symptoms... since I had it removed those pains have ceased.

    Reply

    Tiffany G on Jun, 27, 2014:

    I sincerely agree! & I see way too many doctors dismiss these problems & build the murena up to be something of a miracle! Yeah... a miracle I didn't loose my mind while I was on it... something must be done to spread more awareness. Also, I believe doctors don't warn us enough about side effects. Almost like they want us to believe there are none or when we get them, they want us to think something else is causing it when we all know by our women intuition that it is the IUD!! Lol

    Reply

    Priya on Jul, 4, 2014:

    I too have my mirena dilocated into my cervix. I am scared to know if my uterus is perforated or not. I had my U/S yesterday, where they found the dislocation. I Mirena has bloated me up and my moodswings stand evidence to all the side effects of mirena. I am constipating like hell and spotting scares the life out of me!

    Reply

    Katiem0701 on Jul, 13, 2014:

    @Tiffany G- I also had the Mirena only 2 weeks and it was the most awful experience of my life.. I bled the entire time and too became depressed and developed difficulty sleeping.. It's amazing that these symptoms are dismissed by obgyns and they almost try and convince you to keep it in.. How long before you felt "normal" again? I can't even believe they allow this to stay on the market, there are so many horror stories when you research it..

    Reply

  • From this study (13 months ago):

  • the dizziness, fatigue and muscle issues started after i had a cold in June 2013.

    Reply

  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • I have been diagnosed with anxiety, emotioally unstable personality, anxiety, depression, migraines, non-epiltpic attacks, sleep seizures, night terrors, and PTSD
    Have recently had coil fitted very tired

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