Post # 1
Bees, I’ve been thinking about getting an IUD since I’m horrible at rememering to take my pills each morning. I finally talked with my doctor this week and they said they can insert it as soon as my next peirod, but that’s a month and a half before the wedding. Is that too close? Should I stick with my pills for now and get it inserted after we come back from our HM? Bees who are using Mirena, how long did you have bleeding and spotting, or any other side effects?
Post # 2
Definitely wait until after the wedding. I’m not sure if this is the case for everyone, but after I had Mirena inserted, I basically bled continuously for 3 STRAIGHT MONTHS!
I don’t say this to scare you, just to let you know that there IS an adjustment period. Wait until after the wedding.
In the meantime, what about the shot? A monthly doctor’s appointment wouldn’t be as difficult to remember. OR you could do the Nuvaring! You only have to put it in once a month. You could put a reminder on your phone.
Post # 3
2 common side effects when you first have the Mirena fitted are irregular bleeding/spotting and also pelvic pain/cramps; these can last for 3-6 months while it settles. For that reason, I personally would wait until after the wedding, as I wouldn’t want to risk side effects on the day.
The same goes for hormonal methods in general; side effects can be common for up to 6 months so personally I would want to stick with something tried and tested where I knew where I was rather than risk suffering with mood swings/weight gain/bad skin/etc on my wedding day or in the run up.
If you have trouble remembering to take your pill my advice is to take it at a time that you will remember eg I take mine at night, before I bed, so it’s part of my nightly routine (wash; brush teeth; take pill); you could leave it next to your tooth brush for example to help you remember. You could also try setting an alarm to remind you; I did that when I first went on it many years ago to help me remember in the first few months before it just became part of my daily routine.
Post # 4
nyan-nyan: I do want to start by saying I LOVE MY MIRENA! It is AWESOME! Yes it hurt, and yes I also bled for MONTHS! (Not a lot, just enough to annoy the shit out of me.) but its still totally worth it.
BUT I will say, I got the bleeding to stop by taking a tincture of Shephards Purse. Its been used for centuries to stop uterine bleeding, and 3 doses a day… I stopped bleeding completely after 2 days. It was a damn miracle. I feel obliged to share now!
Honestly I think 1.5 months is long enough to recover, especially if you use the tincture. Some people dont spot at all though- its different for everyone.
Post # 5
nyan-nyan: I had no problems with my Mirena at all. I had cramps on the day of insertion but after that it was fine and my periods were normal (didn’t go away though like some people say they do). I actually got it a week before being a bridesmaid in another girl’s wedding and had no problems.
The only thing I would do is double check with your doctor how long you should use alternate protection while your body gets used to the new BC so you don’t end up with a honeymoon baby!
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Post # 7
MrsBuesleBee: there are risks associated with any type of hormonal BC. Regular pills can cause blood clots as well.
Post # 8
nyan-nyan: I would definitely wait until after the wedding! You don’t want anything to go wrong! Also, what I do is set an alarm on my phone for my birth control every night. It goes off at 6 pm and then I have ANOTHER set at 8 pm in case I forget the 6 pm one (dismiss it and forget, or whatever). I have them on silent so they dont go off, but I’m always looking at my phone, so I can’t forget!
Post # 9
Another vote for wait til after — I also spotted for months after the Mirena. You definitely wouldn’t want to even chance it while dressed in white 😉
Post # 10
MrsBuesleBee: I’ve been using Nuvaring for years and actually went back to it after having terrible side effects from Mirena. I wouldn’t recommend it to the OP if I thought it would kill her. Edited to Add: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/nuvaring#.
Post # 11
I got ParaGuard (copper IUD) about a month ago and had to have it taken out due to awful cramps. I also got acne, terrible bloating, and generally felt awful. Definitely wait until after the wedding! I would have probably been able to weather the side effects had I not had our wedding coming up.
Post # 12
I have the Paragard IUD, not the Mirena, but I didn’t have any issues after the day of insertion. Yes, pain and cramping the day of insertion, but I took a nap and it was fine by the time I woke up!
I love my IUD! It took me some time to get used to my regular (non-pill) periods, but since the Mirena still has hormones you wouldn’t have much of a difference (I assume).
Post # 13
Westwood: SoobySays: Yes I know there are clotting possibilities on most hormonal birth control. But that Vanity Fair expose just came out just a month or two ago, its new info and definitely worth a read for all ladies on or considering Nuvaring.
Post # 14
I bled lightly for the first 3 months. My periods stopped completely after that. The bleeding during the first three months wasn’t enough to warrant skipping sex or using tampons. I am sure everyone’s body is different, though. Knowing how it affected me, I would go for it.
Post # 15
That’s a lot to consider! Thanks bees! I’ll talk it over with my SO but I think I’m leaning towards waiting til after the Honeymoon just in case there are any issues, weird body changes, etc.