Fair warning: This may be a little TMI.
The initial checkup: At end of September 2013, I asked my doctor about birth control options and he recommended Mirena (I react badly to BC and have trouble remembering to take pills.) I had to get checked for any STD’s by my GP. Once I passed that, he wrote me a prescription for a Mirena and recommended me to a gynocologist. I had to wait about a month for an appointment with my gynocologist (end of October.)
The appointment: End of October, I had to pick up my Mirena at a pharmacy (covered under Canadian health care) and head over to my gynocologist’s office. I was a little nervous, and I knew my GP said it was okay to take a painkiller beforehand so I took an extra strength tylenol. When I got to my appointment, the nurse did a checkup (tested my blood pressure, etc).
I then went to gynocologist’s office. He asked me if my GP had given me a suppository to “loosen up” down there. I said he hadn’t. My gynocologist was surprised but asked me if it was okay if we proceeded. I wanted to get the procedure completed so we continued. The doctor first tried to see if he could get me to the point where the Mirena could be inserted into my cervix. Unfortunately (since I’ve never been pregnant) he could not. We then made arrangements to get the Mirena inserted via surgery.
November 2013: A pre-surgery evaluation by my GP.
Mid-December 2013: I drove to the hospital and waited for my appointment. Went through pre-op. Eventually I was put under and they inserted the Mirena. I woke up kind of groggy from the medication they gave me and my partner was there. (I had arranged for him to meet me, since you can’t drive home). The rest of that day was spent in bed, drugged up and feeling just exhausted and cramping a little.
December 2013- Early February 2014: I had to wear pantyliners pretty much everyday. There was only a little blood, but it was enough. I was annoyed by this but I knew it was fairly normal for someone who had never had children. I could feel the strings of my Mirena but my partner said he didn’t notice them during intimate moments very much (only a little).
February 2014: I suffer from anxiety so I had an appointment with my gyno to make sure everything was okay. I couldn’t feel my Mirena strings and I was worried I was pregnant. (I hallucinated losing the Mirena in the toilet). Doctor said everything was a-okay and not to worry until our next annual checkup.
March 2014 – Present Day: I have a regular cycle, although it is VERY light. I only need pantyliners. I do still get the cramps and mood swings, but compared to the horribleness of my regular heavy period that I had before, it’s a walk in the park. My partner says he can’t tell it’s there, and we have a very active (occasionally rough) sex life.
I will go for my checkup at the end of December 2014/Beginning of January 2015.
Side Effects: The first 2 months I found I was losing quite a bit of hair (more than usual). I do think this was also related to stress. I didn’t gain or lose any weights, and my skin only breaks out during times of stress (midterms).
Conclusion: Even though it was a bit of a process to get my Mirena, I recommend it to anyone looking for an easier form of birth control. I don’t want children and this was the best option for me for now. I got my Mirena when I was 21, I’ll be 26 when I’ll need a new one. The freedom and intimacy afforded by having no worries about children is wonderful as well (no condoms! yay!)
I hope that answers a few questions, sorry I know I wrote a novel. 🙂