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!