Low progesterone and the IUD

I am 27 and naturally have always had very low progesterone levels. I also have mild polysystic ovaries syndrome. I recently just got the IUD mirena and am suffering from many side effects.

I have severe mood swings, increased appetite, hot flashes, flush VERY easily, and lowered sex drive. I am confused if this will level out after I have the IUD for a few months (i am in month 3) or if it will stay like this. I am also concerned that if I get it out then I do not feel that great either due to my low progesterone levels. Any suggestions?

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Aug 22, 2011
Low progesterone and the IUD
by: Wray

Hi there Unfortunately the Mirena is not giving you progesterone, but a progestin called levonorgestrel. Hence your many adverse side effects. The progestins also lower progesterone even further, not what you need. Please see our page on Contraceptives for more info. We do have a page on PCOS, it's an inflammatory disorder, and progesterone is always low. So too is vitamin D, please have a test done. For more info see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital websites. The PCOS page explains how to use progesterone, should you consider trying it. Plus how much to use, and gives advice on other nutrients which help. Take care Wray

Aug 22, 2011
Miscarriage and Autism linked to low Iodine, & progesterone during Pregnancy
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I heard these things mess up your cycle ..if you want children later on I have heard many stories posted online from women who cant get pregnant for two years after words..You can use all natural progesterone to stop ovulation an theres no side effects like with the synthetic form Please have sufficient levels of progesterone before you get preggers by using a product like this because when you do want a baby you dont want all the complications asscoiated with low progesterone like Miscarriage and Pre clampsi which can affect the fetus and cause learning disabilites later in life.Also do research on iodine during pregnany they say if your low in this you are also low in the other which can lead to Autism in the child and birth defects ..Most women with PCOS has low thyroid ie low Iodine

Aug 22, 2011
The Mirena IUD
by: Anonymous

The Mirena IUD realeases Progestin (a man made hormone) into your system. You have what we all know as estrogen dominance. If you use natural progesterine cream you would feel much better, but chances are you will have to use at least 100 mg of progesterone each day or more. I suffered myself for many years with low progesterone and I am so thankful I found some really good books and this website (however I went through menopause before I found them)!!

Good luck, my step-daugher has a Mirena IUD and she is also having many problems.

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