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Mirena IUD and ED - September 1st 2017, 07:15 PM

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My eating disorder has been active for the last month and a half or so. I've been restricting heavily when it comes to food intake. I have the Mirena IUD so I normally don't have periods, but I've noticed if I start restricting for a prolonged period I have light bleeding. It feels just like a period, with cramps and irritability and whatnot, but it's only enough to really use up a panty liner. It's been going on for a week and a half now.

My question is does anyone know what can explain this? I know it's probably related to hormones but if you have any more detailed information (since I'm having trouble finding any) that would be helpful. Furthermore, does this mean my IUD is ineffective? Could I potentially get pregnant? Thanks for your help.

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Re: Mirena IUD and ED - September 2nd 2017, 01:01 AM

I don't have the answer however I do know birth control can sometimes 'act' weird when a person is struggling with an Eating Disorder. However, I have mostly only heard people who have had issues because they were purging.

However, eating disorders can naturally cause issues with periods so I don't think it's a far stretch to assume that when you are taking birth control and struggling that there can be issues.

I think that you need to consult the gynecologist. They might make you schedule an appointment but they might be able to give you some information without all that. There have been a few times when I have needed assistance from mine and they have been able to help me over the phone.

I know you probably don't want to have to get into all of this with your doctor but it's probably the only way for you to make certain that these issues aren't happening due to your restriction and to make sure that the birth control is still effective.

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