Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I had an email request today from a lovely lady wanting to know more about the Mirena IUD, which I have had for about 2 full years now.  I have a love-hate relationship with this little thing.  I love the simplicity and lack of concern I really need to have for it, but at the same time it makes me wanna kill myself some days.  

Since I have had no kids, and clearly am in no hurry to do so, that changes how my body will treat it and how it goes in. I had to have it implanted via "surgery" where she knocked me out for 15 minutes and for that I am eternally grateful because otherwise I'd have died.  

The pain afterwards, and for like 8 weeks thereafter, was hell.  The best way I can explain it is that your body wants it out. And it tries like hell to get it out.  The cramping was so bad I literally laid in bed at night for a week with heating pads and wore those Thermacare things you buy for backpain and whatnot.  I had been taking Advil like it was candy just to try to dull it.  Even now, nearly two years later, it still gives me surprise spikes of doom that are almost unbearable.  

I honestly think a lot of this has to do with the fact that , like I mentioned earlier, I have not had kids. I have a feeling the innards would take it a little differently since a woman who had a kid has a slightly different arrangement  going on. 

The cycle for me is ...odd. The cramps are actually shockingly awful, which is not something I am used to, since I was on OTC for like 18 years. For the most part on the pill, I didn't have much going on. Minimal anything. But this is multiple times a month sometimes, and long, and painful. And it might be what causes me to give up. You'd think after nearly 2 years I might be used to it. But ... no. Supposedly this is normal, but I can't believe that.  Nothing else with my body goes as planned, so why should this.

If your insurance covers it, and the pill/patch/ring/shot aren't working so well, give this a try. Everyone's different, and I really think new moms will benefit from this greatly.  The fact that it lasts 5 years is a pretty good selling point.


  1. Wow, I'm even more scared now! Thanks for the review. I may ask to be knocked out too if I do it.

  2. Well I know a few people who think it's the greatest thing on earth, never have any sort of period, any pain, anything. They said insertion was a little painful but not like what I went through. Then again everyone except for one that told me to get it, has had kids so I honestly thing your bits get all rearranged in a manner that allows for it to not hurt.

  3. --oh and only the non-kid-having girl was knocked out.


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