So I had my Mirena inserted around noon today. It is now 8pm here and it has definitely been a positive experience so far. To recap my story, I am 18, nulliparous, have a long-term relationship with my live-in boyfriend, and don't tolerate hormones well - the pill caused me heavy depression and anxiety. I was prepared for the insertion to be far worse than it actually was. For me, the worst part was the insertion of the speculum - I have never had a pap smear before and didn't know what to expect. I took 800 mg of ibuprofen before my appointment. The whole insertion only took about a minute. The sounding and the insertion felt like a weird deep cramp, but I wouldn't say it was painful. My doctor explained to me everything that was happening as she did it. I had cramps for only about 1/2 hour afterword and they were less severe than period cramps. My doctor said the insertion was easier than she expected, and the fact that it was the last day of my period made it easier. I now have no cramps or pain at all and only a small amount of bleeding. I can feel my strings but they seem to be quite short - just poking out of my cervix. The doctor said to wait a week to have sex for the bleeding and cramping to subside but overall it was a very positive experience. I'll see how I react to it over the next couple months, but as of right now my body seems to be handling it very well. The only question I have is: Is it normal to not schedule a follow-up appointment? My doctor said I only need to come in if I have unusual pain or if myself or my boyfriend can feel the device.
So mainly I just wanted to thank everyone in this community for providing help and advice to a nervous teen, and to tell other teens out there that the procedure might end up being a breeze, despite all of the horror stories on the internet!