Pernicious Damsel (damsie) wrote in iud_divas,
Pernicious Damsel

First Timer

Last Tuesday I had my first Mirena device installed.  I am 41 years old and just have really terrible periods.  That's all.  Never had any kids and won't be having any.  Not worried about getting pregnant, as we're not able to conceive... my partner is infertile.  So for me... it's just about getting my periods under control.  Hoping this works.  I'd been on various birth control pills since I was about 21 years old.  I just got tired of taking them all the time and also "forgetting" to take them all of the time.  So here I am... giving this thing a shot.

The insertion was not a good time.  I had taken ibuprofen a few hours prior (even though my doctor did not tell me to do so) and I had a pretty uncomfortable time.  Honestly, I'd read some stuff online and experiences from women who HATED it.  That didn't bother me in the least when it came to getting Mirena.  Grain of salt.  Everyone's different.

My doctor asked me if I wanted the play-by-play as to what she was doing... and I said that I did.  She told me about cleaning my cervix all nice n' sterile, which didn't hurt.  Then told me about the clamp on the side of my cervix.  Yep... pinch.  But I was "okay".  Then she was using a device to straightening me out to measure the depth of my uterus.  A bit uncomfortable, but still... okay.  (I'd been through a few colposcopies before, so I've been used to pinches and such).  She had to change which side of the cervix she was grabbing onto because my cervix and uterus are tilted to the opposite side that she'd thought it'd be.  So there I was getting more uncomfortable.  I Was a little pissed off.  Taking deep breathes.  Doctor was apologizing.  I was reassuring her that I was "okay".  Just sucking it up.  After some more pushing, proding and poking... she was able to measure me.  Then... she got the device in after trying a few times.  She said it was pretty challenging.  And was "tight".  :/  The worst thing was... after she'd finished getting the Mirena placed properly... and cutting the strings... she went to take the speculum out.  Yeah, because I was "open" for so long, the speculum was kinda "stuck".  I was embarrassed.  :(

I was in some decent pain for the rest of the day.  The next day was pretty cruddy as far as "cramping" goes.  The day after, much less on the cramping front.  And then by the next day, cramps almost totally gone.  Well... yeah until I got my period.  I'm so used to using tampons and the doctor told me to just use pads.  So here I am, using pads since Friday... and some seriously painful period cramps.  Hoping that the Mirena works for me in killing off my heavy/painful periods.

It has been helpful for me to read this group.  Glad it's around.  Fingerscrossed that this thing works! :)

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