SUMMARY: Seeking feedback re: the possibility that I could tolerate hormones in Mirena even though I have not been able to tolerate BC pills/Nuva Ring. (And a switch from Paragard to Mirena.
I visited this forum quite a bit on and off over the last year. I am 26 y/o, no pregnancies, had Paragard inserted May 2012. The first five months were very difficult. Constant spotting with really heavy period days mixed in (heavier periods usually lasting 8-10 days in length with heavier spotting on either side before going back to light spotting).
With this - bad cramps -- very pinching, much worse than I have ever experienced.
At this point, my periods are definitely better, but difficult. I generally have 2-3 days of light to medium spotting, then a medium day, then two heavy days (super plus tampons every 45 mins-hour), then a few more medium/light days before returning to spotting. Thus, I am currently perioding for 8-15 days a month, which is quite frustrating, especially since it is quite heavy at times and accompanied by cramps. Cramps have improved, but still remain very difficult for about two days a month, and painful for 5-6 days a month. I also have cramps mid-cycle for a day or two, which are sharp and painful.
I am considering a swap to the Mirena (due to hoping for a lighter/less heavy period/less cramping), but I am concerned. I plan on speaking with my doc about this too, but am curious to hear other people's experiences, since my last doc said it is difficult to predict my response overall.
Mostly, I am worried about the hormones in the Mirena. All BC pills I have tried resulted in clinical depression for me (even low hormones/single hormone pills). Nuva Ring did the same thing. Has anyone had this experience with BC pills/nuva ring but had success with the Mirena? I am wondering if there is a chance of success with the Mirena b/c the hormones are absorbed differently than NuvaRing/BC pills. Initially, I was hopeful for hormone free BC (Paragard), but I am disenchanted with the cramping/heavy bleeding. I am hesitant to switch to the Mirena on the chance that it doesn't work (and then either have to decide to re-insert the Paragard and deal w/ possible adjustment all over again, or to go back to just condoms).
Any thoughts appreciated! Especially from any of you who have been intolerant to hormones in BC pills/nuvaring but have had success with Mirena.
Thanks for any help/feedback!