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Questions, thoughts, and opinions welcome! Sorry male race, this one's for the girls.... About two years ago, I had a miscarriage, which was my third, in fact. I have had 3 live births, 2 natural and one c-section. After my last miscarriage, I felt my depression kicking in, I stopped eating, and my sleep was also affected. After about 3 weeks of this, I got an IUD put in..... 2 years later, I am about 70 lbs heavier, and unhappy, more depressed than ever. I have changed my diet about as often as a rat mates. I have increased my water intake, watch what I put in my mouth, and walk daily. What am I doing wrong?? Could it be my Mirena? It seems as though I conitnue to gain weight rather than shed it... Now, my menstrual cycle lasts about 10-12 days, my pad has to be changed about every hour and a half, and I even have severe clotting... Is there anything anyone can suggest? These mood swings and fatigue, I'm just not having it anymore.

dahlia asked this
July 15, 2011 at 4:19 PM



Hi Dahlia,

I'm really sorry to hear about all the trouble you're having, and truly sorry about your miscarriages. There's nothing easy about that.

I do not have any personal experience with IUDs, and the few women I know who have them seem to be happy with them. However, a quick peek online showed me several message boards where women are complaining of weight gain and depression with IUDs.

My first thoughts are these, just from reading your story:

  1. Have you ever been checked for endometriosis or any other disorder of the uterus/ovaries and surrounding area? I'm not suggesting that anything scary is going on, but certain conditions can make periods difficult, and managing them can be a huge help.

  2. Changing your diet often might be confusing to your body... the best bet is to stick with a varied, healthy diet, high in plant-based foods like veggies, WHOLE grains and fruits, and lean/lowfat (ideally organic and hormone free) animal products like meat, eggs and dairy. Also, make sure your immunity and digestion get support from enzymes and probiotics. You can supplement these or get them in your diet with healthy yogurts and raw produce. Cut back as much as possible on refined stuff (white bread, rice, pasta, sugar), heavy fats in sauces and meats, and acidic things like soda and alcohol.

  3. I totally understand the anxiety of not knowing what the deal is with your mood and 'lady bits'. For me, reducing stress and anxiety over the course of a few months made a world of difference. Take time to breathe deeply throughout the day, letting your chest and stomach expand as you inhale and pull in as you exhale. Consider trying a gentle yoga routine (they're all over online). Give meditation a try - it can be anything from a religious practice to the simple act of contemplating each step while you walk.

  4. Keep taking those daily walks! Walking is one of the easiest, most gentle and effective means of exercise. And, it's free! Walking with a friend is even better, as it allows you to discuss anything on your mind with someone you trust. I've benefited greatly from doing this.

  5. If you haven't already, establish a healthy and regular communication with a doctor you trust and feel listens to you. Consider seeing someone who is willing to combine conventional treatments (medication) with alternative ones like massage and herbal remedies.

All the best to you Dahlia! Things WILL get better:)

Katie from SLN answered
July 18, 2011 at 10:01 AM
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