June 19th, 2013

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First short period?

So I have the Mirena IUD. I suffered really horrible severe cramping every time my period came around, and they were heavier than usual, and I've heard the cramping compared to pre-labor pains. So, you know, it's nice to know that should I ever give birth, I'll be able to handle it. Maybe. Sort of. Not really.

This time my cramping was mild and my period lasted maybe three days and was much lighter. It was also combined with exhaustion, a constant-not hungry feeling, and complete and utter paranoia that I was actually pregnant. I was convinced that the period was actually implantation bleeding, that the cramping I felt was more similar to the cramping I got when I actually WAS pregnant, and that somehow, my husband had super sperm and he'd managed to get around the IUD. (To be fair, I was not irrational in thinking this last one, as he's gotten around my birth control before, the bastard.)

I haven't taken a pregnancy test, but two nights ago, I briefly suffered the severe cramping from before, after my period had stopped.

I'm crazy paranoid about my IUD falling out (I've never been able to feel the strings, even after the doctor inserted it), but does this sound like the Mirena FINALLY settling down? Is it going to finally quit its bitching?

Skyla in about a week...

So I'm getting a skyla next Tuesday. A bit of my history: I'm 29, haven't had any babies yet, and had a Mirena for 3 years. I loved my Mirena, but my GYN thought it might have been causing some pain I was having, so she took it out a couple months ago. I still get that pain now and then so I don't think it was my Mirena. After having it taken out, she gave me a pill (Natazia) to take until I could make my mind up about what to do next. I have been so emotional, and have been breaking out REALLY bad. I'm ready to switch to something else.

Reasons I loved having my Mirena:
- Not having to remember to take a pill every day, or remember to pack them when I'm going somewhere overnight.
- My period got very light and almost stopped. Which I loved.
- Almost no side effects whatsoever; not emotional, no skin issues, no weight gain.
- Knowing that it's *very* effective.

I chose the Skyla (over a new Mirena, a Paragard, or the Nexplanon) because:
- It has the same hormone as Mirena (just a lower dose). Because I had my Mirena for 3 years with no issues, I think my body will react to the hormone similarly (as in, not make me crazy like this pill is doing).
- It lasts for 3 years, which is about right for what I *think* my family-planning timelines are.
- It's smaller than the Mirena, which I'm hoping makes insertion less painful (my Mirena insertion was VERY painful; I've been told that while I'm a *big* woman, my uterus is on the small side).
- My insurance is covering it 100% (I have no idea what the cost is)

Anyways, I'm kind of nervous. I ended up moving almost 2 hours away from my GYN about a year ago, so it's a bit of a drive to get there (but I've been with her for 10 years, so I don't want a new one). My boyfriend will be driving me, and will be there to hold my hand, thank goodness. He's never been to the doctor with me (not even for a cold) so I think the most interesting thing will be to see how he reacts!

Has anyone ever had both the Skyla and the Mirena (at different times of course)? How did they compare? Also, for those with the Skyla, have you found insertion to be terribly painful? What about the few days following?

Thanks for your input!