May 22nd, 2013

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Mirena: Sudden Period Disappearance + My Vagina Smells Weird

Hey y'all--

So I've reached two years with my Mirena, which has thus far been a GREAT experience.  I got it to help manage my out-of-control periods and, while I still definitely had a period, it was way easier to cope with than previously.  I can actually sleep through the night and make it through a college lecture without bleeding through multiple forms of protection!  Woot!

My question is "Where is my period and why do I smell strange?"  According to the calendar, i should be having my period right now.  My period has stayed very, very regular on the Mirena, and it's been regular pretty much since I was 17...I'm now 35.  However, I had a couple of days of spotting (Sunday and Monday) and now?  No period.  My last period was completely normal for me, including the bleeding requiring super-absorbent tampons, etc. In other words, it didn't show signs of fading into oblivion.  In addition, at the moment I have a small amount of unusual-smelling discharge and overall just a sweatier-smelling crotch. I keep trying to figure out how to describe the smell -- I think it's mostly very metallic, and the discharge definitely tastes more metallic than usual.  My normal taste is ranges from practically non-existent to very salty mushrooms, so this is a new one. It also doesn't seem to change if I consume more water  I haven't been really aroused since having this problem, so I can't tell if producing lubrication changes the smell.

What do you think is up with this?  I could go to the clinic to get tested for BV, but it will take a few days to sort that out.  Also, I wouldn't really describe the odor as 'fishy,' which I think is what you typically get with BV. If I'm wrong, please let me know?

One possible explanation for the vanishing period is a massive increase in Vitamin E consumption.  I normally take about 1,000 mg of Vitamin E a day to help lighten my period, but in the past couple of weeks i've started eating a lot of chia seed.  Because it's high in Omega-3, I'm now up to about 3,000mg of Omega-3s a day.  I wonder if the elevated levels were what my body needed to respond to the Mirena like other folks who just lose their periods on it. But...still.  It's odd.


NB: I've only had sex with condoms in the past month, and I took a pregnancy test and am not pregnant.  I'll retest in a few days just to be sure, but I don't think that's the explanation.

A three-year Paraguard update!

As I recall those halcyon days of obsessively reading IUD Divas in prep for my own Paraguard insertion, I remember someone lamenting the dearth of long-term updates from users. We see a lot of individuals who are considering an IUD, those who have just had insertion, a few post-insertion updates, and stories of when things go wrong. But few of us come back just to say, "Everything is fine."

I vowed that I would post an update after I had my Paraguard (I'm bad at links, but here is the insertion story: for a year. And that year came and went. Then the next. And just today, a friend told me she was getting a referral for Mirena and I sent her the Diva link so she can be as informed and comfortable as I was. And that's when it hit me: I'm only a few weeks into my third year! What a great opportunity for an update!

Everything is fine. ;)

No wonder people forget to follow up: when an IUD is doing it's thing, it's just nowhere on your mind! Let's see:

1. I was (and am) nulligravida. None of my docs gave me a hard time about it, but as I prepare for the NCLEX (the Nursing Boards test in the US), I'm still finding a lot of textbooks that claim you need to have had a child. I can at least say that my nulligravida status has not interfered with my IUD as far as I can tell.

2. My periods were heavy and unpredictable for a while. Then they tapered to about a week. This is definitely longer than I was used to, and it's a little annoying. But they're pretty consistently at a week now

3. I use a menstrual cup and have not had any problems beyond occasional overflow when my period is at its heaviest. One time, I think I tugged the strings while pulling the cup out. I felt it immediately bcs I always take it slow. So if you use a cup, just be careful and you'll be fine.

4. My partner does not feel it at all. The strings have curled around my cervix quite happily. I try to remember to check them every month or so. Just reach up and scratch at my cervix until I feel them

5. I did have a pregnancy scare last yearish. I have NO idea what happened. My period was over a week late (and I am as regular as they come!) and I was in full freak-out mode. My first pregnancy test was invalid (no lines at all), but the next morning I took a second one and it was negative. I got my period a few days later and everything went relatively back to normal. I have no idea if this was IUD related or just general life, the universe, and everything messing with my bits.

6. Honestly, I'm grasping at straws for anything else.

Overall, it has been an uneventful 3 years, which is the best kind of 3 years you can have when dealing with birth control. To all my fellow divas or would-be divas, I wish you the same satisfaction and peace with your IUDs!
brent wear

6 years

Hi. I've had my paraguard for 6 years now! Amazing.
I felt my strings today for the first time in ages, soft as thread. I guess everything's ok. I had a pap last year and he said it looked fine then, too.
I never had a cramp before I got it. Hardly knew what a cramp was. Now... sometimes they're there, sometimes not. Sometimes it's the running down your legs pain, want to lay down and moan kind of stuff. But usually not.
I've been having unprotected sex regularly for 6 years, and I've never been more than a couple days late. I'm not particularly regular, but I was never nervous.
I don't know. I just read that you can keep the paraguard for longer than 10-12 years? That's exciting. It was kind of weird to think that I'd have to get another one to round out my reproductive years (I'm 33). And it's kinda weird to think that this choice could stay with me.