Mirena and Me is all about my personal experience after getting my Mirena IUS.
I am not a medical professional. I am writing from my own personal experience, as I would like to share what I have gone through personally, in case it can help someone else out there to understand that what they are going through is “normal” and has happened to others.
If you find that there is TMI (too much information) for your liking or if you find anything offensive, stop reading! When I was trying to find out what was happening to me, I wanted too much info. I wanted to read exactly what was going to happen to me or what might happen, so that I knew what to expect.
Shortly after I had my Mirena IUS (Intra-Uterine System) inserted, I tried googling certain things that I was experiencing as I wanted to know if it was considered to be “normal”. I came across many forums where women were complaining about their Mirena’s or where they’d had theirs removed after only a few weeks or before the first 3 to 6 months were up. Only a few of the websites and forums that I came across gave me the kind of information that I was looking for. I wanted to read about someone else’s experience; exactly what they’d gone through on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. What symptoms they’d had, how they’d felt after insertion, how their menstrual was flow affected and any other side effects that they might have experienced. I wanted TMI with all the details, so that I knew that I wasn’t alone.
I understand that every woman’s body is different and that we all react differently to different things. Some women have wonderful Mirena experiences (no side effects and light to no periods after a few months), while other women are not so lucky and have awful experiences. There many bad reviews and “horror stories” on the internet and it’s hard not to get caught up in the negativity and start thinking “What if that happens to me?”. I didn’t come across very many good experiences, most of the blogs and forums I read mentioned that they’d had their Mirena’s removed at some (early) stage. After having paid so much to have this thing inserted, there is no way I’m having it taken out in a hurry.
Honestly, my first few months on the Mirena were not great. I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster and that I was no longer in control of my own body. There were many times where I felt like just giving up and having the Mirena removed as I was tired of feeling like I had permanent PMS or constantly having a period. But this passed and it got easier to live with (both me living with the Mirena, and my husband having to live with me!). It did take my body a couple of months to adjust and settle down, but it seems like there may be a few unfortunate women out there who may take a little longer. From what I’ve read, heard and experienced so far, the first 3 – 6 months is definitely the worst. After that things do improve and for some women they no longer have periods after 12 – 18 months.
If you are reading this and already have a Mirena, try to remain positive and stick it out. You never know, you may be one of the lucky ones!