Frequently Asked Questions About The Truth Regarding IUD Depression

My husband, Jesse, and I got married when we were both 21 years old. We were already technically adults, but many people frowned upon our decision in the beginning because we were still young. The primary opposers were my parents, to be honest. In the three months that it took for us to prepare my dream wedding, there was never a day when my parents asked if I was pregnant. For the record, I was not – they merely believed that I was because they still could not fathom that two young yet responsible adults would want to get married immediately. My parents only thought that I was not expecting when I remained a size 0 even on the wedding day. 

There was a simple reason why I agreed to marry John: I knew he was the one, and vice versa. Of course, my husband naturally wanted to have a baby as soon as we tied the knot. However, he understood that my work contract required me not to get pregnant within five years. He wanted me to be happy and follow my dreams, so Jesse said we could use contraceptives. While that’s sweet and all, neither of us liked using condoms after marriage, so it meant that I had to use contraceptives.

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The Search For The Best Contraceptive For Women

The first thing I tried was to pick up birth control pills. It was easy to buy those little pills at the pharmacy; they were easy to swallow even without water, too. Making sure that I would not forget taking them every day was not challenging either. However, after a few weeks, I noticed that my skin started to break out. I initially blamed it on my new makeup foundation, but the pimples continued to appear even after I stopped using the latter, so I suspected that the pills were the culprit. My OB-GYN seconded that possibility when I called her, which made me flush them in the toilet at once. 

The next thing I tried was a diaphragm. My coworkers recommended it to me, considering my husband and I could only be together a few times a month due to our busy schedule. I never heard of it before, but they said it was like the female version of a condom. When I bought one, I realized that it looked like a condom, too, although it was shallower, not as stretchy, and supposed to go inside me. I thought it was acceptable to use it a few times, but I eventually grew tired of it, so I asked for another contraceptive from my OB-GYN.

That’s when I considered using an intrauterine device (IUD). Some friends of mine had been using IUDs for years, and they gave me glowing reviews about it. The idea was that a T-shaped device would be installed in me, and it would secrete hormones that would keep me from getting pregnant. I thought it was a neat product since I would not have to worry about anything once it was in place. I thought it was the best contraceptive for me.

I Was Wrong

I opted for a Mirena IUD as the OB-GYN highly recommended it to me. The insertion process was painless and quick, so I took it as a positive sign. I was warned that it might get displaced during intercourse, but it didn’t, so I was happy.

But then, after a couple of weeks, I started feeling lethargic for some reason. I did not catch the flu or gain weight, but it was as if my body felt heavy. I also became more emotional – sadder – than ever whenever my husband would drop me off at the airport. While I worried that I might be pregnant for a minute, three negative pregnancy test results confirmed that I was not. So, what’s the problem with me?

Can IUD make you depressed? 

No, IUD cannot technically make you depressed. However, the possibility of the IUD increasing or triggering your depressive symptoms may rise if you end up using a hormonal IUD. In case you have no history of depression, though, it should be the least of your worries.

Does an IUD cause emotional changes? 

The answer depends on what type of IUD is or will be in your uterus. In case it is a plastic or copper device, you can feel assured that it will not cause emotional changes. However, if you get a hormonal IUD, you may experience mood swings from time to time.

Can Mirena IUD cause depression and anxiety? 

The connection between depression, anxiety, and Mirena IUD is still blurred at the time of writing, given that there may not be enough researchers focused on this matter. However, Mirena IUD may make a woman feel hopeless, helpless, lazy, or anxious sometimes, and such symptoms can stay even after the IUD removal months later.

One possible reason behind this is the progestin that comes with the contraceptive. The more progestin you have in the body, the more depressed you may become.

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Can changing birth control cause depression? 

It is not easy to say whether changing birth control causes depression or not because more studies must be conducted with this subject matter in mind before anyone can conclude it. Despite that, we know that taking hormonal birth control can intensity your depressive episodes, especially if they happen when you are dealing with mood swings. This is why many depressed women end up using non-hormonal birth control instead.

What is the Mirena crash? 

Mirena crash pertains to hormonal imbalance symptoms that women experience weeks or months after removing their Mirena IUD. There is not enough research to form a reliable connection between device removal and hormonal imbalance. Still, some people assume that it happens since the body does not get progestin anymore. Here are the symptoms of the Mirena crash:

  • Acne
  • Moderate to severe mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased libido
  • Excessive hair fall
  • Tender breasts
  • Severe headache and muscle pain

Is my IUD making me sick? 

Yes, an IUD can make you sick if it has been moved during sex or when you experience severe menstrual cramping. Some of the symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Soreness
  • Cramping even when you are not menstruating

Can I remove my IUD myself? 

As much as you feel tempted to remove your IUD on your own, you should never do that. The reason is that doctors likely have a speculum to help them widen your vaginal opening and a unique grasping tool to pull the device out of the uterus. If you try to do it yourself, you may risk hurting your uterus, getting an infection, or making things more challenging for yourself than necessary.

Does IUD cause weight gain? 

No, there is a minimal possibility of IUD making you gain weight. After all, this device goes into the uterus but not in the bloodstream. It has no way of affecting your appetite or causing fluid retention, two reasons people experience weight gain.

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Does an IUD make your breasts bigger? 

No, an IUD does not make your breasts bigger. The reason is that it is a T-shaped plastic that your doctor may insert in the uterus to block the sperm from fertilizing your egg cells. In case you want to increase your chances of having bigger breasts, you may ask the doctor if they can prescribe oral contraceptives, considering the latter can alter your hormones.

Can birth control make you hornier? 

Yes, birth control can make you hornier. That is especially true when you enter the ovulation period. However, since your sex hormones are supposed to be regulated by birth control, you cannot expect it to make things hotter between the sheets 24/7. 

Does birth control make you lose interest in your partner? 

No, birth control does not make you lose interest in your partner – it is simply not one of their possible side effects. In case you do not like your partner all of a sudden, it is perhaps because of relationship problems, not birth control. 

Is my birth control making me crazy? 

The reality is that there is not enough evidence or research to indicate that your birth control – or any birth control, for that matter – is making you crazy. Experiencing mood swings is quite normal, given that hormonal changes are common when you menstruate regularly. 

Consequently, many people claim that birth control can amplify the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Because of that, the women who have been diagnosed with such mental disorders or deal with signs of them need to think repeatedly if they want to use birth control. Assuming you are mentally healthy, though, there may be nothing to worry about.

Can birth control make you less emotional? 

No, birth control cannot make you less emotional. It has the opposite effect, to be honest, considering it tries to balance your hormonal level so that you get to menstruate regularly. 

According to some birth control users, though, they find it challenging to identify complex emotions at times. Still, it does not indicate that it numbs or dampens your feelings.

Can birth control help anxiety and depression? 

No, birth control cannot help people curb anxiety and depression. The reason is that birth controls are supposed to prevent a woman from getting pregnant by making sure that they get a regular menstrual cycle. Although it is an excellent effect, it also entails that you will most likely experience hormonal changes, which can trigger either mental disorder. Worse, birth control is known to intensify the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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Does birth control make you thick?

It is not always the case for everyone, but birth control can make you think. Contrary to most people’s beliefs, though, the thickness may not be caused by extra fats, significantly if your diet has not changed ever since you started using birth control. Instead, it can be due to fluid retention – a temporary side effect.

Final Thoughts

My OB-GYN revealed that although there was a very little chance of it happening, some women complained about getting depressive symptoms while using an IUD. She did not think of telling me about it since there were insufficient studies about that side effect up to this date. However, I felt like that’s a wrong judgment on her part, so I left her office and look for another OB-GYN. Of course, I pulled out my IUD and threw it in the trash after that. My mood improved gradually, and I stuck with the diaphragm for an extended period. 

Six years later, my modeling contract is over, and I decided to take a couple of years off to take care of the growing baby in my belly.