Birth control is something I have never had much luck with. I have tried the Depo shot and for a very brief time I also used the pill. The issue that I had with them was that the hormones in them were way too much for me; And I had to get off of them for my emotional well being. Fast forward to May of 2017. At the time my son was 3 and my daughter was just born. We had our boy and our girl and we decided that some form of birth control would be best. Another baby was not in the plans for the next couple of years.
I was hesitant on which form of B.C to go with. I knew that the pill was not an option for me (I am very forgetful) and that the shot and implant were also out. When I went in for my 6 week check up after having my daughter the Dr. said great things about the Mirena. She said its an intrauterine device that is good for 5 years. That it is 99% effective and that even though it does have hormones, the hormones stay in the uterus and will not effect my mood. This seemed like the best way for me to go. So I made the appointment for insertion day.
I was told that the insertion process was very quick and that I wouldn’t feel much of anything. When in reality, it feels like labor pains. Contractions. Extremely uncomfortable. It only lasts for about 5 minutes but it is brutal. Then you are sent home with all of these high hopes on how easy and effortless the next 5 years are going to be with your new Mirena. Little did I know that this little device would cause me so much discomfort in just a few weeks.
Chest pain, splitting headaches, acne, fatigue, mood swings. Just a few of the symptoms I started to experience with the IUD. The chest pains were so bad that I went to the emergency room where they ran tests and they all came back normal. I knew it had something to do with the IUD at that point. I had an appointment to get the strings checked to make sure the IUD was still in place. The strings could not be found. So they had to do an ultra sound to find that the IUD had moved but tried to make me feel better by saying that it is still effective.
Knowing that there is a foreign object in my body that is moving around and causing me all of these health concerns, the decision to get it removed was a no brainier. The removal process was quick and painless. I was told that my body would go back to normal in about 30 days from the removal. The headaches stopped, I am getting my energy back, I do not have acne anymore and my mood is also better. Getting it removed was the best choice for me!
This is my personal experience with the IUD, I wish that it had worked out for me but unfortunately that just wasn’t the case. Doing further research I found that there are a lot of women out there who have had it much worse than I did with the IUD. If you are considering this form of B.C for yourself, please do your research and make sure to ask your Dr. the ins and outs of this IUD.