- Fertility & Reproductive Systems
Mirena Contraceptive- My Experience
After a few months of research, I decided to gather some courage and try Mirena. It has been exactly one month, and I can say I am very pleased with the results. I was skeptical after reading a few negative responses, but everyone is different so I figured it was worth a try. This birth control will last for five years, and it is completely reversible! I am not sure if I want anymore children so this is perfect for me. Just knowing that I am protected without having to remember to take a pill everyday is comforting.
I have read many stories on the pain it has caused some people, but it was not painful for me. It was over so fast! I did feel a pinch when they opened my cervix. I held my breath, closed my eyes and hummed to myself. Fearing the pain that I have read about, the nurse said "All Done"! I could not believe it was done that fast! I did have some mild cramping for the rest of the day, but I was prescribed Ibuprofen 800mg, and it worked pretty good. I have heard of women bleeding for six or seven months at a time, but this was not the case for me. I bled for a few days, then I started spotting for about two weeks. Now, nothing! This is just wonderful for me, because I have always had heavy periods.
The ironic thing for me, was that for the first week or two, I actually felt like I was having morning sickness. This was a scary feeling for me, but that has stopped also! Now of course, with any birth control there are side effects. Everyone responds to medicines and birth control differently. You should always do some research on anything you will have put into your body, whether through mouth or vaginally. However, don't let a few negative comments discourage you. You have to do what is best for you. If you constantly forget to take pills, or dislike using condoms, then I would suggest looking into Mirena. It is not recommended for women with multiple sex partners, due to a higher risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. It is also not recommended for women who have never given birth. I would suppose this has something to do with opening the cervix. Everyone also tolerates pain differently. Some have described excruciating pain, others a pinch. That is what I felt a pinch. From my experience, the equivalent pain of a booster shot.
As for the other negative comments, I am sure a lot of them are true. You also have to be objective. If you have an increase in acne, and you are not washing the makeup off of your face at night, that's probably why. If you have gained weight in the past year, and you are eating fast food twice a day, Hmmm I wonder why? Others have reported a low sex drive afterwards, but you also have to consider other issues. Examples, infidelity, finances, stress at work, or from raising kids! As I said before, I am sure a lot of the negative things are true, and due to the Mirena. However, everyone responds differently. I would not give up on this idea simply because it didn't work for someone else.