Wondering if @Dr_Paula or anyone else can help…
I’d been on the POP for years, then came off for a year or two after a relationship ended. When I decided to start up again, the GP put me on Cerelle (I’d been on Micronor previously). Unfortunately, that triggered a pretty spectacular uptick in anixety (I’d noticed during the year or two off that I got more anxious in the week or so before my period, but this was a whole new level of crazy…)
So I came off the pill, and normality was restored. Freaked out by the effects of the hormones, I landed on the copper coil. I had one fitted in November, and generally it’s ok. My periods are longer and heavier, as all the information said they would likely be. But my periods were so light before that I’m finding it a bit more difficult/annoying than I thought it would be. I’m on the petite side, and a heavy period tends to mean I spend a reasonable amount of time kind of light-headed. And a solid week or more of period versus the 2-3 days I had before is a pain. Maybe I was hoping I’d beat the side effect stats!
So now I’m half considering the Mirena, but I’m worried about the hormonal side effects. I don’t know how the hormone level compares with the pill, or the likelihood of me having a similar reaction to Cerelle, even though I get that it’s just released locally with the coil. I have a 5yr old and work full time so am pretty exhausted most of the time so any added anxiety is, y’know… difficult.
I guess what I’m really looking for is some kind of % likelihood that I might have similar side effects to the Cerelle, so I can decide whether to take a gamble on the Mirena or not…!
Thanks in advance