I’ve always… what’s the word for it… oh, yes… SUCKED at doing follow-up posts. Big things are about to happen and I blog about them, then they happen, and I blog about it, and then… *crickets*.
Good thing I realize this, yes?
Since my “posting like a crazy person to spark my blogging” didn’t exactly pan out, how about I do this: actually do some follow-up blogging. I can’t promise I’ll answer every question or find every unanswered topic because well, that takes commitment and at this point you guys know me. So.
Over a year ago, I ventured into the land of Having an IUD (intra-uterine device). Sorry kids, yes, this means I’m going to talk about birth control now. Hide ya wife. (if that reference makes no sense to you, you better be watching that video)
In my most confusingly title, and SEO-killing, post about My Mirena I shared with my readers what a glorious and confusing time this was for me - venturing into obtaining a long-term option.
I even blogged as I got it. Dedication, indeed.
(Yes, I realize I just said I am not committed in one sentence, and then that I’m dedicated in another, but just stay with me people and don’t ask questions)
Ok, y’all - it hurt. Not even going to lie. For a few weeks, I was scared to bend over for fear that this foreign thing would just pop right out of my uterus and burst out of my skin little lower than my belly button. Which would be difficult to explain in a Target store, so I opted for the “kneel down and pick up” method. I also slept like a Barbie doll does - arms to the side and on my back.
Then there was the weird bleeding. On for 18 days, off for 4, back on for another week. But then? Nodda. I went 8 weeks with nothing.
Now that I’m accustomed to it, I don’t really get periods. Loverly.
TOO MUCH INFO ALERT. Insert whatever alarm sound you’d like here.
I do get a ton of cervical mucus. I know, that’s gross. But it’s the truth. It’s how the Mirena works - it thickens your “stuff” (I love science) so nothing “does what it is supposed to”.
I get random pains in my uterus - quick ones. But I’m not dealing with cramping any more, so I consider it a fair trade.
Hormonally? At first? I was kind of a mess. I was going through other stuff too, so really I can’t tell you exactly what was a side effect of the Mirena and what was not. Now, a year out, things have calmed down though.
So my side effects that I know of are the following:
- Hair loss. this is a “recentish” thing that I thought was due to stress. Turns out? Nah. It’s totally the Mirena. I’ve been pulling out a good bit every single morning for 3 months now. I have THICK hair, or had thick hair, so for now? It only slightly freaks me out. I pay to get it thinned, so this is money saving, yes? I’ve been thinking I should see my GYN about this…
- Headaches. Nothing severe as I’ve been prone to them my whole life, but these are different. I get them in the front of my head. They seemed to be timed with ovulation.
- Oh. Right. Ovulation. I have been able to tell/feel when I ovulate for a few years now and this sucker only makes it slightly more obvious. I will have slight cramps, more of a “sharp” feelings the days I am.
- No kids. Yes. This is a side effect. The good kind. Well, I mean.. it’s not going to get rid of your current offspring, so if you are looking for a drug to do that… maybe try google? Or I hear you can drop kids off at fire stations.
I THINK that’s about it. Because my mom is reading this and because I’m divorced and therefore single, I have no comment on what a Mirena is like during sexual activity. But, for the record, you can’t feel the thing. (TWSS)
Any questions? What to do for my next follow-up!?!
(HAHAHAHA! Thought: what if I say I’m doing to do follow-ups but DON’T follow-up?! Oh! The irony!)