‘Natural Urban Mama’ – Poster Child for Mirena? Not!

Holy Hormones Honey! Now, let’s just say women were the doctors and the healers.  What do you think they would say to a young mother who had two babies back to back. Go on the Mirena?  Let our artificial cancer causing synthetic hormone device override your nutritionally wiped and hormonally balanced body? They would say – honey, you need to take a break. Get that man of yours to zip up his pants or pick up the slack while you build up your nutritional reserves and get your hormone ratios back to normal. Those babies took a lot out of you. Time for you to care for yourself – or you are go to be in big trouble.  At least this ‘stay at home feminist’ did not resort to Xanax to be a ‘better mommy.’  But really – a feminist – stay t home or not – calling her baby ‘Princess?’

There are over 200 comments on this article.  Even though it was a year old, the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research posted it in their newsletter that went out on 3/30 – and thought it worthy to share and I do as well.   There are many here wondering about their side effects – depression and anxiety while on the Mirena.

The case of the tiny little IUD vs Natural Urban Mama.

The Stay at Home Feminist
by Natasha
April 21, 2012

I have had more than a few ‘foreign’ materials in my body over the years.

I have titanium hip joints and polyethylene and ceramic hip sockets.

I have had surgical steel rings pierced in my belly button and various parts of my ears.

And up until 6 weeks ago I had a tiny little T-shaped polyethylene and hormone-filled device in my uterus.

Yes, I am talking about the ever popular intrauterine device known as Mirena.

mirenaThree and a half years ago, after Princess L was born and we were pretty darn sure that we did not want anymore babies, this seemed like a really great birth control option. Easy office appointment to have it put in place, minimal side effects (more on this in a bit), safe to use while breastfeeding and no need to even THINK about having an oops baby for at least 5 years. What was not to like about it?

So in I went to get it inserted and off I went on my merry way, having glorious birth-controlled sex with my husband for the next three years without a care in the world. (Uhm, do not try to confirm this with him, his version MAY be a bit different than mine… 2 babies under 2 years old people!!)

I thought I had hit the jackpot of birth control. I really didn’t feel like I had any major side effects from Mirena. And I stopped having a real menstrual cycle and period for the three years that I have had the Mirena in place.  I have not had to purchase more than a few boxes of panty liners to deal with dear old rarely visiting Aunt Flo and I told all my friends about Mirena and I have recommended it to lots of mamas.

I was the poster-mama for Mirena!

Or was I?

In the past three years, I have had two major bouts of depression. One I chalked up to postpartum depression (PPD) after Princess L  and one I felt was due to life just overwhelming me.

I have been so severely fatigued for the past 2 years that no amount of sleep could fix it and no reason identifiable on any blood work or medical test has been found that would explain it medically. This too I attributed primarily to having a newborn and a 22 month old, tandem nursing and kids that needed a lot of night-time parenting and later to me just doing too much and staying up way too late trying to get it all done.

I have had multiple episodes of such severe bloating and abdominal pain that I have had an ultrasound to rule out a ruptured ovarian cyst, a trip to the emergency department for a suspected appendicitis and I have spent multiple nights doubled over and writhing in pain in bed with no relief from any and all forms of over-the-counter anti-gas medications.

Read full article…


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.