I hope everyone is well and its good to see that the thread is still going. I can’t believe that so many people have been reading the thread as well, I hope it’s helping!
I thought I would give an update on where I’m at.
Firstly I think everyone should download and use this app called Moody. It has helped me so much! Being able to see where my moods go up and down, where my cramps come in etc. You don’t have to commit to using it daily, but enough to see how you progress month to month. It’s not just some simple tracker, you have sliders to indicate how bad your cramps are, are you feeling low or unsocial. Or maybe you’re feeling extra motivated and sharp. There are separate sliders for spotting and bleeding as well. It’s great - check it out.
January feels like a long time ago compared to where I’m at now. So 11 months after Mirena insertion I seem to have had my first bleed free month! Last month was an 8-day bleed, so it feels good to have a month off. My irregular bleeding also seems to have stopped. I think my Mirena is finally settling in. I do have all the usual period symptoms though, bad cramps (not like before but definitely still strong), fatigue, breast tenderness and muscular aches. These are all much milder than they ever have been. It’s still not great, it does suck to be someone that gets so knocked out by their cycle, but it’s definitely the best I’ve had on a contraceptive. Fingers crossed I continue to have no bleed!
My main point with this is, it’s taken me 11 months to reach this point. Don’t give up too fast, really try and think about all the pros and cons.
I actually visited my GP today as I am going travelling in September, so I wanted to get some things sorted. I expressed all my concerns about the Mirena and how I am only just starting to feel settled. She told me that it is completely normal, and if you stick with the Mirena it will all, hopefully, come together in the end.
I’ve also come to a personal conclusion that there is no contraception out there that’s going to completely help. Every body is different, which is why I strongly suggest using Moody. Since tracking my body, bleed and my emotions I can see how I can help myself with my symptoms as well as track my reactions to the Mirena.
How is everyone else getting on with the Mirena?