Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mirena IUD: My insertion experience and 1 month later

In my last post, I described how I chose to get a Mirena IUD, since my physical health looks like it will not support carrying a pregnancy to term with safety.

Prior to my appointment, I took a preventative Ibuprofen. It was certainly uncomfortable, but quick. My doctor reviewed the procedure, including what would happen and how he would insert the IUD.  He answered any questions I had.  My OB-GYN confirmed placement of the Mirena via ultrasound.  He did an ultrasound both prior to the insertion, to review that there were no barriers or problems and to get an idea of where to place it.  It then proceeded like most pelvic exams, but there was an extra instrument needed to hold open the cervix.  It felt a little pinchy, with some pressure. 

Near the final steps, when he had to take a sample for testing while placing, I felt that and it affected me like cramps---achy pain in the pelvis and immediate effects on my gastrointestinal system. Usually it is nausea, and that was there, but also a need to have a BM.

I was SUPER crampy that night. I spent the evening on the couch with a heating pad on my pelvis.  But, I was able to go to work the next day, with regular doses of ibuprofen.

It has been about 1 month since my Mirena was placed. I don't need ibuprofen as often. I think I had a "period".  It was about 10 days of heavy spotting to very light bleeding. I still have random spotting every now and again, especially after sex--for at least 3 days.  However, from what I've read in educational material, this is to be somewhat expected. Many women notice increased heaviness and length of bleeding in the first six months, but state that after this, they regulate, and some do not even bleed at all while on Mirena.  

Since Mirena is often prescribed to treat women with excessively heavy bleeding during their periods, and my periods are usually medium flow at best, I have hopes that once it settles I will not have any bleeding. I can deal with spotting. I am becoming expert at the features of various pantiliners.

1 comment:

Neha Sahaay said...

I couldn't resist commenting. Very well written. Much appreciated for this superb review.

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