Post # 1
I wanted to share my Mirena decision/insertion story because I feel like there are tons of horror stories and not enough “good” ones.
So I finally decided, after many years, that I no longer wanted to be on so many hormones. I was on Seasonale which contains 30mg of ethinylestradiol (synthetic estrogen) and 150mg of levonorgestrel (synthetic progestogen). I didn’t want to go completely non-hormonal because I’ve gotten so used to only having 4 periods a year. So I talked to my doctor and decided to go with Mirena. It’s a much lower dosage of hormones (20mg of levonorgestrel) and it makes your periods lighter/shorter or sometimes even eliminates them. I submitted the paper work and waited to hear if my insurance would cover it. A couple days later I got a call from my insurance confirming that I requested the Mirena and that it was 100% covered. They shipped it to my doctor’s office that day and I made the insertion appointment the following week. Side note: my doctor (actually she’s a NP) likes to do the insertion during your cycle so I had to wait until it started, but luckily I was sceheduled to start the following week.
My NP prescribed me 2 tablets of Cytotec to take the night before and the morning of the procedure. Most people complain that this causes cramping but since I was already cramping a little bit from being on my period, I didn’t notice a difference. She also gave me a giant bottle of 800mg ibuprofen and told me to take 1 an hour before the procedure. When I got to the office they took me back and did the normal things like weight, urine test to make sure your not pregnant, blood pressure, etc. They had me remove my clothes from the waist down. The NP came in and explained all the scary looking instruments laid out on the counter. She did a quick pelvic exam and then we started the insertion.
The insertion took all of maybe 2-3 minutes. She used some betadine to clean my cervix which I didn’t really feel. Then she used this long, thin tube thing to put some drops of lidocaine in my cervix/uterus. This was the “worst” part. When she pushed the tube through my cervix there was a ‘sharp’ cramp. It wasn’t a sharp pain, definitely more cramp-like but it was very brief and almost felt like a sharp cramp you get when you have to, for lack of better words, poop really bad. It’s kind of hard to explain lol. It didn’t make me want to scream, curse, pass out, cry, etc. I just let out a breath and a “ooooo” noise. That was over in about 1 second and then it was on to the actual insertion of the Mirena. I was prepared to feel another sharp cramp when she inserted the tube thing that holds the Mirena, but it never came. She looked up and said “all done”. That was it! After all the horror stories I read and being so freaked out I only felt one sharp cramp that lasted maybe 1 second. Maybe I just have a super high pain tolerance because that was nothing!
Anywho, I’m 1 day post-insertion and doing great. Last night was a breeze as well. I wasn’t any more crampy than I was earlier in the day due to period cramps. I still feel fine today. The only downside is I can’t use tampons for at least 3 days so I had to go buy some pads. I haven’t worn them since middle school and I don’t miss them. However, I’ll deal with it because now I no longer have to take a pill everyday and have tons of hormones running throughout my whole body!
Post # 2
- Wedding: June 2015 - Dreams Las Mareas - Costa Rica
I have th mirena and love it too… My experience was about the same as yours. My 5 years is up so Im about to get another one inserted next month
Post # 3
IzzyBear: Thank you so much for sharing your experience with this. I’m planning on getting Mirena after I deliver and was wondering what the actual procedure was like, so this helps a ton.
Post # 4
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
IzzyBear: Glad it worked for you. I have had mine since September and love love love it. My period got way lighter as soon as they put it in, and then I had one more really light one the following month, and then it stopped forever. I still get some of the symptoms–food cravings, breast tenderness, kinda cranky–but pretty mild and no actual bleeding. Hoping you’re as happy as I am.
Post # 5
I am on my 4th Mirena. #1 & #2 were awesome. #2 was removed to TTC and I got pregnant without even having a period! Super easy! ( way easier than I ever imagined!)
#3 was put in this feb and I had weird pains and bleeding and than it expelled about a month after insertion! #4 was put in this May. Everything’s good so far but lots of spotting. I read to expect to spot more than 50% of the days for the first 3 months and that’s been true for me. with my first it was the same and eventually my periods stopped, which I personally love!
Post # 6
My doctor ordered the mirena for me but my insurance wouldn’t cover it because they said it could be birth control ( thats not why my dr ordered it). Now that they have to because of obamacare, I’m going to try again.
Post # 7
ive had mine for almost 2 1/2 years and i love it!! i got it insterted 6weeks after i had my son.. i did not experience any pains when it was insterted or afterwards probably because i was still stretched out in that area.
However i am getting ready to take it out soon. time to plan for baby number two!! 🙂 any one ever have theres taken out how was the experience?
Post # 8
Glad to see everyone loves theirs! I really was pretty nervous about the insertion because so many people say how horrible it was. Just for reference, I’ve never been pregnant. Sometimes they say that can cause it to hurt worse, but that wasn’t the case for me. I hope it keeps getting better from here. i.e. no periods 😉
Mrs.Z.: my mom tod me she had 2 and the first one had no problems. When she got the second one, she had awful pains after insertion. She had it taken out immediately. She thinks it wasn’t placed right.
FutureArchidiacono: go Google the words “iud” and “divas” and a website will pop up that is super helpful. There are tons of stories on there about insertion and removal.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2015 - Eloping
I have the copper Paragard, and LOVE it. Was very easy and inexpensive to get.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2015 - Eloping
FutureArchidiacono: I had an iud removed once. It was very similiar to the placement, pinching, eyes closed really tight, hands in a fist, etc. It was over before I knew it.
Post # 11
IzzyBear: I love my Mirena too. I’ve had it since May of 2010 after I had my daughter. so i’ll have it removed about a month before we get married next year. Good and bad timing lol
I haven’t had any issues with mine, and I get usually about 4, 1-2day “periods” a year.
Post # 12
I am 2 years into my Mirena and I LOVE it!
I did have spotting for like 3 MONTHS – I got so fed up I started researching what I could do. I found an herbal tincture called Sherpherds Purse at a local organic grocery that has been used to stop uterine bleeding by midwives for centuries. It worked in 2 days! Boom.
Post # 13
1.5years with mine and I NOW love it! Barely have any periods, and it does come (like once every 5-6months) a pantiliner is all I need for about 4 days. I dont have any kids and the insertion was HELL!!!!! Seriously felt like I got hit with a truck, severe cramping and back pain. I to take the rest of the day off work and was on pain meds for 4 days. Was it worth it?…yup!
Post # 14
MrsBuesleBee: I’ll have to keep that in mind if I have spotting issues.
AquariusLove: sorry to hear your insertion was so bad. It’s crazy how dramatically different people’s experiences with the same thing can be.
Post # 15
I love mine as well. Seriously game changing for me not having to deal with periods all the time. Plus the ease of not thinking about birth control.
My insertion was very similar, but about a week later I started getting sharp cramps that lasted on and off for two weeks. After that just mild spotting for about three months.
Completely worth it.