Month 32 (September 2015): It’s been two years and eight months since I had my Mirena inserted. My last blog post was in January and since then, nothing has changed. I still have roughly a 28-day cycle each month, with a day or two of light spotting and only need to use a thin panty liner.
I did have an odd cycle in June / July, where I had two periods really close together. I wasn’t sure if this had been due to us flying long distance (I’d flown halfway across the world for a family wedding) and my period was due around the time we flew back home and I always seem to battle with long-haul flights (15 hours or more). I had my usual two days of spotting a few days after we landed back home and then 17 days later, I spotted again. Thankfully, I then went on to have my longest cycle so far … a huge break of 55 days between periods and my next one was still only one day of light spotting! I now seem to be back to the 28-day cycle again.
A few things I have noticed since having the Mirena (and going off the Pill) is that I have gotten to know my own body much better. After doing a little internet research and reading up on mucus changes during the menstrual cycle (see interesting links tab), I’m now able to tell when I’m ovulating or when I’m due to get my “period”. I also have slightly different PMS symptoms compared to when I was on the Pill. PMS used to consist of a week of bloating, cramping, migraines, swollen and tender breasts along with mood swings and food cravings. These days I still retain water (or bloat) and still get sore breasts, but not every month and the mood swings aren’t nearly as severe (this could be because I take 30 Plus NuWoman supplement), but something that I have noticed over the last 4 months is insomnia for a few nights before my period is due.
Apparently, insomnia is a common PMS symptom in women who aren’t on the Pill. It’s caused by a change in hormones before you start your period. The Pill prevents this huge shift in hormones and stops the insomnia from happening. Still, I’d rather be almost period-free and battle with a few sleepless nights every month, instead of having all the side effects from being on the Pill, having a seven day period and having to remember to take the Pill every day! (I find taking my daily allergy medication before bed, instead of in the morning, helps me sleep better on those nights).