Mirena Excess Body Hair, Birth Control Option, Fsh and Lh, Fsh and Lh Levels, Fertility Drugs
Had Mirena in for 3 years, removed 1 year 2 months ago... I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) approx. 7 months after having Mirena removed. I am 32, have never been diagnosed with fertility issues (much less PCOS) in my life. I also ... more »
Had Mirena in for 3 years, removed 1 year 2 months ago... I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) approx. 7 months after having Mirena removed.
I am 32, have never been diagnosed with fertility issues (much less PCOS) in my life. I also have none of the usual symptoms/markers for PCOS- I do not have excess body hair, I am not obese, do not have diabetes or insulin resistance, and no one else in my family has ever been diagnosed with this disease. So imagine my surprise and shock when, after testing my FSH and LH levels and doing an ultrasound, I had the abnormalities and growths of someone with PCOS!
For about 10 months post-removal, I did have very irregular periods (at one point, I had gone nearly four months without a period) and was having trouble conceiving. At that ten month mark, I considered fertility drugs, when I began noticing changes for the better. My thinning hair was growing back, I lost the twenty-plus pounds that I couldn't seem to shake while I had the Mirena, my energy levels were steadily rising, and my migraines were all but gone. The amount of time between periods was also descreasing, to the point where I am now back to a regular cycle.
Most significantly, after a recent ultrasound and round of bloodwork, I was told that my FSH and LH levels are almost completely regulated and my previously prominent ovarian cysts are all but gone! My hope is that I will be able to conceive within the next 4-6 months.
I cannot say this with complete certainty, although so many signs point to this- there does seem to be a link between the Mirena and my PCOS diagnosis (as well as a host of other problems in addition to the ones mentioned above- things like severe back pain, dizziness, IBS... just to name a few). Needless to say, for me, the Mirena is no longer a viable birth control option!