Talking about Mirena IUD
So we all have our reasons, but when choosing a contraceptive, it can be a stressful, and sometimes confusing time.
We had just had our second son, and we discussed our future on whether another baby was an option for us or not. But regardless, we knew we really couldn’t afford another, nor did we have enough space for another. So we decided that I would get the Mirena IUD. To be honest, I wasn’t too happy with my choice, mainly because, my body had been through so much. I had given birth to a child after a long 9 month pregnancy. I just wanted to be left right alone. But I went ahead with it anyway. I booked at our Family Planning Centre, and went to speak to a nurse about the procedure and the pros and cons of having the Mirena IUD.
– You have 5yrs of coverage.
– You don’t have to worry about if you remembered to take it, like a pill.
– It could mean never having your period again for the whole 5yrs of having it.
– It is highly recommended for women with Poly Cystic Ovaries, and apparently can help regulate hormones to have regular periods, if you are irregular to begin with.
– It prevents you from getting pregnant, as it blocks the entrance to your fallopian tubes, and acts as a sperm repellent. Meaning making your uterus a hostile environment for foreign invaders.
– If you feel that you don’t want it anymore. You just get it removed by a nurse, which is a simple procedure, much like removing a tampon.
– Having it inserted can be a very intrusive procedure, that can be painful and awkward.
– After insertion you can have a few months of bleeding to start with.
– For the first 6-12 months, it can cause a lot of hormonal imbalance, causing mood swings, sometimes unpredictable bleeding patterns, and a little bit of hair loss.
– Although the chances of you falling pregnant are extremely low with an IUD. On the chance you do fall pregnant, you will have to more or less terminate the pregnancy, as the IUD would have to be removed.
– Also if you are pregnant, you have a higher chance of it being an ectopic pregnancy.
– There is a chance the IUD may fall out within the first 6 months. And in some cases you don’t even realise it has fallen out.
The side effects are rather long, but the gist of it is, if it doesn’t agree with you in the first 6 months, and the problems are unbearable, you are just not compatible with this type of contraception, and you can get it removed.
I made my appointment to go forward with the procedure, I figured 5yrs of protected sex was worth 15-20mins of discomfort, but I was nervous as can be. They prescribed me with the Mirena, and I went and picked it up from the chemist. Now I am telling you, it comes in a MASSIVE box. So don’t freak out, it comes with the applicator which is the big object in the box, the IUD itself is small. I then arrived at the clinic, I was sweating, I was that nervous. They tested me to make sure I wasn’t pregnant to begin with, and made sure I had stopped taking my other form of contraception.
They set me up just like I was having a pap smear, legs apart, bum in the air. Except, like a dentist chair, the chair went up, and I was literally lying on my back, head down, but high in the air. It was weird. They had a second nurse there for me to hold her hand. They insert the clamp just like in a pap smear.. But.. they go that little bit deeper. Because they are opening up your uterus, not just your vagina. Now it wasn’t pleasant, it was very uncomfortable, and I hated it. The Dr attached the IUD to the applicator and inserted it. This again was not a good feeling, as you could feel the objects brushing the top of your uterus, which causes you to have kind of like severe period cramps. After she made sure it was in the right position, she made sure the strings attached were long enough, and then closed the uterus and removed the clamp. I laid there for a little bit, until I was ready to get up.
The Dr told me I had to check my ‘strings’ every month to make sure the IUD was still in place, and that if I could feel anything different about them, or if my husband felt something sore during sex, that I was to come back to be checked out. I was also told to experience some cramping for a bit, and bleed for up to 6 weeks.
I have now had my IUD for a year. I have had my ups and downs with it. It has shifted a little, but nothing serious, some unpredictable bleeding patterns, and some serious mood swings, that has since become regular and normal. I am still relatively happy with the IUD and am in no rush to have it removed.
Finding the right contraception for you can sometimes be a huge trek, So don’t be afraid to try everything, because eventually you will find something that works for you. Talk to your doctor now, and Good luck!