(Closed) Small check in my CBC win column!

posted 10 years ago in No Kids
Post # 17
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Bee Keeper

Well the odds are in your favour: 90% of women get on great with it, it only doesn’t suit about 10% of women. I was seriously gutted that I was in the 10% as aside from the pain it was great; I lost weight, had no periods while on it, and the only hormonal side effects I had were slightly greasy hair and a few spots for about 4 weeks (if you compare this to the 12 pounds I ut on out of nowhere in 10 months on the Depo, along with the anxiety attacks, depression, bad skin, fatigue, vaginal dryness and zero libido, you can see why I liked the Mirena lol); this is why I’m quite quick to recommend it despite it not suiting me personally.

Re endo pain: I’d say it sounds similar to yours; I’ve been bed-bound, and no painkillers even touch the pain (morphine would maybe take the edge of perhaps; but that’s hardly practical lol). I do also get other issues inc very heavy periods, bowel pain etc though. One of the (many) reasons I’m CBC is that for me, coming off hormonal BC to TTC could be potentially damaging in many ways; both in terms of my career (how many employers would be happy for me to be off work for 4-5 days a month?!) and also my long-term physical health. I will NEVER understand people who like having periods lol; the last 2 years have just been AMAZING, why you’d WANT to bleed every month is beyond me! :-s

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

IT is pretty shocking to me that a woman needs to convince a doctor of her decision aroudn birth control.  Obviously octors should interject their medical opinion and knowledge into the conversation, but as long as there is no health issue, I don’t understand why this is so hard for so many women!

Post # 20
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Aure:  At Planned Parenthood, they offered me an IUD. They said that they don’t have a rule against placing them in unmarried, childless women. To them, it’s your body/your choice (imagine that?!) and as long as the patient knows the rists and pro/cons, they are more than willing to put one in.

I chose not to get one, since we want kids in less than 5 years, but that’s definitely an option for any bees out there who have doctors who are fighting them on it!

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@hisgoosiegirl:  I had a good friends Mom that ended up with a 3rd child, many years after her husband was ‘snipped’. I’m talking 10+ years…

Post # 23
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Bee Keeper

@Aure:  

I hear you re condoms: I hate them anyway as I hate the feel, but, I don’t trust them and have only ever used them in combination with the pill, to protect against STDs on one night stands or at the start of relationships. They’re only 97-98% effective when used perfectly; and the actual efficacy rate can be as low as 80-odd%. I never understand people who use them who definitely not want to get pregnant; IMO they’re fine for protecting against STDs, and fine for doubling-up; but I’d never rely on them on their own unless I didn’t mind getting pregnant.

Re the depo: it was seriously 10 months of hell. I stuck with it for 3 shots, but it was awful; I was dieting, on a plan where I normally lose 2-3 pounds a week, and I was STILL GAINING weight!! It’s VERY effective though; nurses like to refer to the dose as being higher enough to contracept an elephant; hence why the risk of side effects is so high, because the dose of hormone is so high (plus it’s delivered into the blood, unlike the Mirena which is delivered locally). I honestly struggle to recommend it; IMO it’s a real ‘last resort’ method. If the mini-pill and combined pill stopped working I would have to go back on it; but I’m praying that will never happen!

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper

@crayfish:  

Just wanted to chime in re wanting children in less than 5 years, because both the Mirena IUS and copper IUD are actually great for people who don’t want children yet, but want children in a few years, because unlike with methods like the pill, where it can take 6-18 months for fertility to return to normal (not ideal when TTC) with coils, fertility returns pretty much straight away. But I’m coming at this from a UK perspective where there’s no financial investment; obv I appreciate it’s different if you’re paying out a lot of money and want to ‘get your money’s worth’ so to speak.

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had a Mirena and I loved it. I had it in for a little less than 2 years. (Took it out to TTC) But I recommend them to everyone. I also had really heavy periods.

Only a few down sides. Having it inserted hurt like a MF! Ask them to use lidocane numb your cervix. Also, I did spot for the first 6 months and on-off for most of the time, but really didnt have any period to speak of. I can handle a daily panty liner.

My only regret is that my heavy period was a sign that something was out of whack in my body. Now that I’m TTC the underlying problem was never resolved. I wish I had started Traditional Chinese Medicine (herbs and acupuncture) to get my heavy periods under control first, then had the IUD inserted.

Good Luck!

Post # 27
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’d really like to get the Mirena, my doc won’t do it though ugh.

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper

@Aure:  

See I’m pretty anal about my contraception; I used to get my Depo shots bang on time (they book them in for you while you’re there to make sure it’s exactly right), and am good with my pill (take it roughly the same time (within 1-3 hours) each day, abstain if I’m late with a pill/miss a pill/on anti-biotics etc. Been sexually active for 10 years now and no issues. I do know people who’ve got pregnant on hormonal BC; but every single one wasn’t taking it according to the instructions (eg wasn’t using a back-up method or abstaining if they missed a pill; didn’t realise some meds interfere with the pill; didn’t realise if you vomit within 3 hours it’s classed as a missed pill; etc etc). But yeah, I am WEIRD about taking things properly lol

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Aure:  I get really bad cramps and my doctor prescribed me Naproxen, an anti-imflammatory and it has worked so well.  Has your doctor ever tried prescribing you something like that?  I feel ya though period pains SUCK!!  I hope the mirena works for you!

Post # 31
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@MrsPom:  

I really think it depends how severe the pain is. IMPO, pain is not severe if painkillers enable you to do things roughly as normal. I’ve had pain which is bad, but which painkillers help, and I tend to class this as ‘moderate’ on a pain-scale, around a 6-7/10. With severe pain, I’m talking an 8 or 9/10; and when pain hits 9/10 I’m talking being delirious/unable to comunicate with people, vomitting, being physically unable to move, etc; and in these cases, I’ve found that even strong painkillers barely take the edge off.

As a point of comparison, when I came round from my last op for endo, I was in a LOT of pain, and needed 3 shots of morphine as well as tramadol and diclofenac, and was still in some pain; but I would put this pain at an 8/10, whereas my period pain has hit a 9/10. so we’re talking pain that even morphine would not fully alleviate.

It’s very difficult to describe, and I’m not belittling your experience or suggesting your pain isn’t bad; all I’m saying is that in some cases, no amount of painkillers help. My only real option is hormonal BC which either shortens and lightens my periods and makes the pain manageable, or hormonal BC which stops them completely.

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