After much deliberation and trying different forms of estrogen based BC, I decided on Mirena. The estrogen based BC was giving me headaches almost every day, so my doctor suggested Mirena. I waited until after the new year as I was advised as insurance policies change and my insurance covered the procedure and iud 100%. I am pretty much a wimp when it comes to anything related to my cookie. yea, that's what I call my vagina. (haha) I recommend to not read reviews online though I did find iud divas helpful. I have a friend who is a doctor and she is on her 2nd mirena and loves it. Anyway, January 25, insertion day.
NP and I talked for several minutes before beginning the procedure. I wasn't sure what exactly to expect and didn't know that she would need to measure my uterus. She opened the cervix very slowly and I didn't feel it at all. She then put antiseptic on my cervix and vagina, just a little cold. At this point she tells me that I am going to need to take deep breaths as this next part could get a little crampy. She was going to measure my uterus. This is the part that hurt the most; it was an intense cramping, made me think of what a possible contraction could feel like. I freaked out and had her stop. Like I said, I am wimp and have never been pregnant. We talked through the next part of the procedure, the insertion of the iud. She explained that it may be a little worse then the sounding, and that it wouldn't last long, but she would need to open the arms in the uterus, etc. She told me I could try a progestin bc but it wasn't as effective. I finally just told her to do it as I had gotten this far I might as well deal with it. I had to stay still though and during the sounding I wasn't. Somehow, I remained still, I begged her to hurry up, I was breathing in and out deeply and got really hot. She had me put my hands in fists and she was done. The best feeling was the speculum coming out. She said 'you did really well actually'. I felt bad for the NP, but was thankful for her patience. in retrospect, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The sounding was the worst part for me.
Insertion day was fine. I had some discomfort but nothing ibuprofen couldn't handle. The next day, I was fine most of the day, but in the evening I had a slight headache and slight cramping so I took some more ibuprofen and slept with a heating pad. The third day was just a little crampy and I wanted to see what would happen so my boyfriend and I had sex...he didn't feel anything, and I felt great. No cramping - nothing. Its now a week and 3 days post insertion and I am doing great. I've had some cramping off and on today, but its nothing that I didn't experience while trying out the nuva ring. I pretty much forget that I have it. I've been waiting for bleeding/spotting but haven't really had any. I am sure I am not out of the woods entirely - but I am doing a lot better post insertion then I Thought I would.