Mirena: One Year Today!

Huzzah! Hooray! Happy birthday, little guy!

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I have carried you for one year in my womb, nurtured you with chocolate, loved you as only a non-mother can… etc etc. 😉

So, it’s been a year. As per all of my updates until now – I fucking love my Mirena. It’s been a great year for me. My Depo/Implanon woes have vanished and I feel normal. My period has disappeared. My libido has mostly returned, and I’m having vaginal orgasms (plural!) which I’ve never had up until now at the ripe old age of 29.

Anyway, I’m off to buy my uterus a birthday cake! (…To be eaten by mouth, in case you were wondering.)

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Mirena: 10 month-ish update

Well, hi there! As you can see, it’s been some time since I’ve posted. That’s mostly because everything is going smoothly. Here are a couple of updates as I approach the one year anniversary of shoving a foreign object into my womb:

Bleeding. I can say with some confidence that my period has completely stopped. I haven’t bled since July, and that was practically invisible. In fact, I only recorded it as a period in my period tracker because it might have been blood. It also might just have been bad lighting or patterned toilet paper, it was that indiscernible.  Seriously. Period – gone. AWWWW YISS.

PMS. This behaves as normal, just sans bleeding. I still get the stupid depressive feeling about a week before a period would be due. If I catch myself feeling mopey or crying at an ad on TV just because there’s a cat on it, I whip out my period tracker, and without fail find that I would be due for a period in the next week if I was still bleeding. So as far as PMS goes, it remains unchanged in me. My periods exist emotionally; they just don’t show up in my pants anymore. Fabbo.

Libido. Okay, here’s the best part. For years I’ve had an altered libido from the Implanon and the Depo shot. I’ve also never had a orgasm in my sexual career through coitus alone. That is, until last night. BOOM. Genuine vaginal orgasm. For the last couple of months, I’ve felt a little something down there during sex that I’ve never felt before (I’m approaching 30 and have been having sex since I was 17, so needless to say I wrote myself off as one of the majority who can’t orgasm vaginally). I am mentioning this to show that, at least for me – and keeping in mind that all contraceptives affect everyone differently, your results may vary, yada yada yada – the Mirena has not affected my sexual function or libido. I am quite chuffed with myself today. Yes indeed.

That’s about all for now. Unless something terrible happens, I am looking forward to the next four years!

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Mirena Update: All’s Well

I don’t really have much to say at this point other than I am still loving having a Mirena. My cycle is averaging around the 40-day mark, and my most recent period was the lightest yet. I kept waiting for at least some moderate bleeding, but it never came. Just really light spots for a few days. It’s looking like I might lose my period altogether – I can’t wait!

So… yeah. Nothing to say that hasn’t already been said. Love it. Big ol’ thumbs up.

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Mirena: 3 Month Update

I. Love. Mirena.

I could pretty much leave this update with those three words, but I’ll elaborate a little further…

Periods. Since I had the Mirena I.U.D inserted 3 months ago, I’ve had two periods. The first ran from December 21-27, and the second has just finished up, running from February 3-9. For anyone who doesn’t want to count (that would be me!), my period tracker tells me that’s a whopping 44 day cycle. They have both been what I can only refer to as “reverse-periods”, by which I mean they start off lightly and tend to be heaviest on the last day. However, I’m playing fast and loose with the word heavy – I’ve never needed anything more than a liner. Old pads and tampons are just gathering dust in my cupboard.

Moods. I feel wonderful. Sure, I still have occasional dark days, and PMS still hits me the same as it normally does. Generally though, I feel like me again – the me who I was pre-Implanon, pre-Depo. Regular, unaffected me. Not crying, serial-killer me! I’m also finding it much easier to handle food cravings, and although (as I’ve documented in my previous updates) I’m struggling with weight, it doesn’t seem to be so much of an emotional battle anymore. I can say no to excessive food more often now, and although I still catch myself binge eating, it’s not at EVERY opportunity. Saying no once out of every two or three times is positive progress, and I’ll take it.

Libido. Normal. No painful sex, boyfriend has never felt the Mirena strings.

Cramps. Normal period cramps.

Pimples. Negative. I mention pimples because I’ve read many reviews where people have noted that Mirena has given them issues with this. I seem unaffected.

Sooo, there you have it – here at the 3 month mark, things are going very well. This is my personal experience and yours will be different, but if you are scared to try the Mirena, know that there ARE positive experiences out there, and this is one of them. Hopefully it stays that way!

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Mirena: 2 Month Update… Let’s Talk About Vaginal Lubrication!

That’s right, vaginal lubrication! I promised you this blog would be uncensored, and uncensored it shall be… so let’s dive right on in.

It’s been exactly two months since I had my Mirena inserted, and for those of you who read my original post, you will know that I was having trouble with extremely painful intercourse, due to the side effects I experienced with Implanon and Depo Provera. I am overjoyed to report this particular issue is no more. My libido seems to slowly but surely be returning, and along with it has come (pun sort of intended) some good old fashioned, slippery, naturally lubricated sex. Good.

It is not just this that tells me the Depo is finally making its exit from my body. For the first time in well over a year, I’ve managed to start losing the weight I gained from my previous contraceptives. The hormones involved in both the implant and the injection gave me an appetite that was out of control. I became obsessed with food, and although I was aware of the problem, I could not control it. This might sound like fantasy, but I’ve spoken with other women who have reported exactly the same problem – hormones can do really, really crazy things! In the last month, I’ve been able to lose 3kg (6.6 pounds), and although this is not even close to what I put on over the last year, it’s a good start. How have I lost the weight? The food obsession seems to be decreasing. I have the ability to feel full again, and to tell myself I don’t need to snack. I’ve been eating very well and hope this can continue.

Now, periods. So far, I could not be more pleased with how the Mirena is affecting my periods. I have had one period since I wrote my last update. It lasted for seven days and was very, very light. I am using an iPhone app to track my period, and should be due for another one in 4 days; I’m interested to see how my periods progress from here on, and hoping they’ll disappear completely soon!

There’s really nothing else to report here at the two month mark, which is a very good thing in itself. I am very happy with my decision to get an IUD thus far.

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Mirena: 4th Week Update… And Some Depo Remorse

Here we are at four weeks, and once again my body has decided to make a liar out of me; in the best possible way however, so I’m certainly not complaining. In my 3rd Week Update I noted that I had started to bleed again. On the very day I published that update, the bleeding ceased completely and hasn’t come back. I am now of the opinion it was actually a week-arse period. Good work, uterus! Valiant attempt. If that was a period, then I’m already a Mirena fan. It was practically nothing, hence why I thought it was still to do with the insertion. I hope this little-to-no blood loss continues.

That is not to say there hasn’t been spotting. I do spot, but it is exclusively after sex and it is a very tiny amount. I assume this too will pass.

Onto cramping. Nothing to report, it’s gone. Gone in the sense that I still occasionally feel something in my nether regions, but in just the same way they would feel sans Mirena. Everything feels completely normal.

I mentioned that I was having headaches. These, too, seem to have lessened…  but I am now irrationally moody! I’ve been in a huff all week. I’m again not willing to blame the Mirena for this just yet; I’m fairly convinced that this is all down to various “life” stuff and that it will blow over if I start taking care of myself a bit better. I’m trying to eat well and lose the Depo weight, but so far nothing has shifted. It’s just so hard to tell if the headaches/moods/weight is still a result of the Depo shot. According to some women, their Depo withdrawal side effects can last a year or more, so I just can’t blame my Mirena for any of this – it’s far too early to know. I now wish I’d never taken that injection. The more I reflect on it, the more I realise it was just an awful thing to do to my body.

When I went in for my initial Mirena appointment, both the admissions nurse and the doctor responded the in same fashion when I told them I was on Depo: a drawn-out “oh nooo”, a shake of their head, and then “so how much weight have you put on?”. All contraceptives have their side effects, and I am able to say I was fully aware of the Depo side effects before I had the injection. Unfortunately, none of us know how we personally will react until we try something. Many women handle Depo wonderfully. I was not one of those women, and feel as though I am certainly now dealing with the fallout.

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I’m still feeling very optimistic that this is the right birth control method for me. I just wish there was a way to judge it on its own, without wondering about what the Depo may or may not still be doing inside of me.

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Mirena – 3rd Week Update

Well, it’s been 3 weeks (almost… 2 weeks and 6 days, really), so I’m here to give an update on how I’m travelling with my Mirena. Today is also my 29th birthday, and I’m feeling great about the prospect of not having to worry about contraceptives until I’m almost 34. (Conversely, I’m also terrified that when my Mirena is due to be removed, I’ll be turning 34. Eek!)

Firstly: cramping. The cramps seem to have significantly died down in the past few days. Up until about 4 or so days ago, it was still very common for me to be getting some intense cramps after eating dinner. I was almost getting used to being in pain, and started to worry when I couldn’t feel a cramp coming on – oh no, has it fallen out? is that why I’m not hurting?? But of course, you’re not meant to feel anything. At the moment, I get some teeny tiny pangs, the sort you might get during your period that let you know something is happening down there, but that don’t really hurt you. I don’t want to jinx myself just yet, but I am hoping the pain is over.

Also on the topic of cramps and pain, I have had absolutely no problem during sex. I haven’t felt the Mirena (thankfully my boyfriend hasn’t either), nor have I had any adverse pain from it due to orgasm. The first orgasm I had was 3 days post-insertion, and although it felt slightly odd (like my insides were contracting against something that shouldn’t be there… funny that!), I wouldn’t define it as pain. I do personally recommended waiting a few days before putting your uterus through those contractions, just in case.

Possibly unrelated to the Mirena, but I can’t be sure: headaches. I’ve been having very, very dull headaches more often than not. They haven’t been hurting enough to use pain killers, but they are there. They are more the “ouch-that-computer-screen-is-a-bit-bright” variety of ache. I’m not ready to blame the Mirena for these yet, though! I’ve been eating terribly and feeling a bit stressed at work, so I’ll monitor this over Christmas and the New Year, while I have some time off and can relax.

Something I did jinx a bit too early: bleeding. I mentioned in my previous post that I wasn’t having any sort of notable blood loss. Since then, I have been lightly bleeding, the sort of bleeding you might experience on the last few days of your period. Definitely noticeable, but never enough to warrant more than a panty liner.

I am finding it hard to judge whether or not this bleeding is still directly linked to the fact I’ve stopped using the Depo shot. I’m trying to objectively judge my moods, appetite, libido etc, and although I feel as though I might be getting my libido back (yay!), I still have the same ravenous appetite that the Depo gave me. However, that might just be because I have spent 6 months gorging myself and it’s become a habit.

That’s it for now, nothing more to report this early on in the game. Feeling positive so far that this is going to work for me! 🙂