So to start, Mirena is an IUD (Intrauterine Device) contraceptive, which is also approved for the treatment of heavy periods. I was diagnosed with PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder). I’ve dealt with large bouts of depression, immense cramping, and extreme exhaustion surrounding my menstruation, so I have been on the pill since a little after I first started getting my period.
I know there’s a taboo in our society surrounding the open discussion of birth control and menstruation, but I also know I would have wanted to read something like this before receiving my Mirena. Below is a picture of the IUD.
Mirena is not normally recommended for women who haven’t had children (I have not) but after discussing it with my gynecologist, we decided it was the best option for me as it’s easily reversible, unlike the shot or implant, and I don’t have to worry about taking it every day. It is also supposed to alleviate my PMDD symptoms, so I was all for it. Mirena lasts up to five years, and most women eventually don’t even have a period on it.
The reason, however, it isn’t recommended for women who have not had children is because the cervix has never been dilated before, so there is risk for pain with the procedure. I, unfortunately, learned this the hard way.
The procedure to insert the Mirena is simple. The IUD is placed in a tube, which in turn goes into the cervix and releases it, then the tube comes back out and the Mirena is inserted. Most doctors use a numbing spray, but mine unfortunately did not. During the procedure I was in so much pain that I just wanted it to stop. Because I’ve never had children, my cervix had never been dilated, and so this was to be expected.
After the procedure, I got up to go to the restroom and blacked out from the pain. The nurse found me in the restroom, and I had to get an ultrasound to make sure the Mirena was in the correct place, fortunately it was.
I am writing this on the second day since I received the Mirena, and the pain has gradually subsided. With a new Mirena insertion it is expected that the patient may cramp for a while after, and will also bleed. The bleeding is not as severe as the cramps, but the cramps feel as bad as the ones I had with my untreated PMDD. I have woken up several times in the night from cramps, but ibuprophen and heat help a little bit.
However, I am not sorry I got this contraception as the benefits far outweigh the shortcomings. Eventually, my period will resolve and I will not have it. Also, this will last for five years, and is more effective than the pill. Finally, it costs considerably less than other options. Because I won’t have to buy monthly supplies or the pill every month, and it was covered by my insurance. I only had to pay a one-time fee of $45.
All in all, I personally recommend this. Sometimes some initial pain is worth it in the long run! The effectiveness of alleviating symptoms and cost consciousness make this contraceptive well worth the initial side effects!
As for continued results of this operation, I will create an updated article to continue to review this product.
Disclaimer: I personally recommend Mirena for women like me who are diagnosed with PMDD, but please consult your doctor and talk it over with someone who cares. For more information on the Mirena IUD visit www.mirena-us.com.