A - Z Challenge

IUD- My Mirena Experience So Far

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“Have you thought about contraception?” asked my gynaecologist at my six week check-up. “Well I was thinking of the IUD”, I replied. She handed me a brochure with Mirena written on the cover. “I thought you should get one too”, she concurred. I booked a date to fit the IUD and purchased it at our local pharmacy beforehand.

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IUD is short for Intrauterine Device. It is small, T-shaped and made out of plastic or copper. The Mirena is classified as a hormonal IUD. It slowly releases a hormone called Progestin, which stops oestrogen from thickening the uterus lining. The Mirena lasts five years and an annual check-up is required.

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I was so grateful to have Mr’s sister over when I was fitting the IUD. She was staying in Cape Town for the week as she had a few loose ends to tie up before moving back home to the Northern Cape. She was a great help with the children and around the house. The IUD insertion was quite uncomfortable and the discomfort lasted a few days. Some over the counter painkillers eased the pain.

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Soon everything settled and I was able to resume everyday life. I had some further discomfort while exercising and was unable to do some of the moves, but a friend of mine had no such issues with her Mirena. Everybody is different and the reaction varies.

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The first year was the toughest. I had frequent spotting and cramping. I felt like removing the IUD on multiple occasions, but I stuck with it. One year after inserting the IUD my periods shortened and eventually stopped completely and I didn’t experience any pain or discomfort anymore.

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The Mirena and I are like good friends now after two and a half years. I love that I am able to remove it when I decide (within five years). It works for me, because I don’t trust myself to remember to take the pill every day. I didn’t have any side effects like weight gain or mood swings. My mood swings were probably worse before the IUD, to be honest.

 

An IUD is a suitable form of contraception for:

  • Those who want birth control that lasts up to 5 years
  • Those who want to have more children…someday
  • Those who are happy with the size of your family
  • Those who are not sure if you want more children
  • Those who recently had a baby (6 weeks ago or more) and you’re looking for an option that fits your birth control needs. Mirena should not be placed earlier than 6 weeks after you give birth or as directed by your healthcare provider

For more information on the Mirena, feel free to visit their website.

A Mirena or IUD isn’t for everyone and you should discuss the best option for you with your gynaecologist or healthcare provider.

 

Do you have an IUD? How has your IUD experience been so far? What birth control options have you tried?

Let me know! I’d love to have a conversation with you!

 

Love and Blessings,

Lindsay Sign Off

 

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25 thoughts on “IUD- My Mirena Experience So Far

  1. My partner recently had an IUD fitted (we call it “the Coil” here, dunno if you guys use that term), due to the nurses’ hesitation to put her back on the pill. It seems to be working ok, and she seems to enjoy not having to remember to take a pill every day! So far there have been no issues, but she hasn’t stopped having periods yet. Needless to say she is looking forward to that bit! 😄

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    1. That was the main selling point for me 🙂 I’ve never heard of it being called the coil. Haha. IUD’s are still thought of as the old copper ones that gave people problems and most people I’ve spoken to don’t want to try it (due to the aforementioned stigma). It works great for me and it seems like it is working for your partner too. I love your A – Z challenge post today 🙂

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  2. That’s very kind of you to say so, thanks! 😄
    The nurse sold it well, as expected, and I think my partner’s sister has had it for a year or so with no problems to report. I’ve not heard of many, but to be frank I didn’t know what it was until a few months ago! 😂

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  3. I was going to get it but since I had to have another emergency cesarean I told my doc to go ahead and tie them tubes and to keep super safe my hubby got a vasectomy. So no more birth control here. When I was on bc I used a patch.

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    1. Mr has been threatening to have a vasectomy, when I say I want lots of kids. I see you made double sure! 🙂 I’ve heard about the patch. Was it effective for you? I’m not sure how it works exactly, could you share more info?

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      1. Lol I wanted lots of kids too but my health is at risk. The info on the patchhttps://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/birth-control-patch-ortho-evra
        It worked for me until I took it off then it only took 3 months for me to conceive.

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  4. I’ve had what’s called an Implanon inserted, had it for probably the last five times. I’ve had no issues with it, although the first year the bleeding was a little sporadic. Now it’s all working well, though when it comes out next year that will probably be the last one.

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      1. Gee, I’m surprised that it took so long to launch over there, given that it’s been here for so long. As I said, I’ve found it good for me. Have a good day Lindsay. 🙂

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