Friday, August 7, 2015

Why I Chose To Get an IUD (pt.1)

I know that there are going to be some of you that think I just made the worst decision of my life. Some of you may be curious, some of you may not even care. But while I was doing my research for my next form of birth control, my doctor highly recommended that I get on Mirena. You’ll see my reasons later on in this post, as well as why Mirena was right for me.

I understand that not all of you will benefit from Mirena or any other IUD. Not all birth control works for everyone. Just like not all medications work for everyone. It's trial and error, really.

So let me tell you my story, and why I chose to get the IUD over other forms. 

This will be a two-part post. It’s too long to just be one post, so I broke it up into two parts. I hope you read both :)

So let’s start with my first child, my son, Eric. I was almost 18 when I had him in 2004. After having him, I had no need to get on birth control. I had no plans to have sex again anytime soon. Once I met my husband, I decided to start the pill, as I didn’t want another child so soon. I eventually talked to my doctor because I could not remember to take the pill at the same time every day. I just had too much in my life. She recommended the Depo-Provera shot. It’s a shot you get every three months. It stops periods and prevents you from getting pregnant. I had the most amazing results with this form. I stopped having periods and the horrible cramps that came with it. I wasn’t moody, it ended up being the best thing for me.

I had stopped in about 2008 to attempt to get pregnant. But within a few months I developed cysts on my ovaries. I’ve never had cysts before, not that I know of. But these burst. They were the most painful things. My doctor said that the shot was likely keeping them at bay. So I immediately got back on it and we decided to wait for another. We also realized financially it wouldn’t have been good for us to have another child at that time. *I want to note that I am not diagnosed with PCOS, so I’m unsure if this may be the cause for those cysts. I am going to be tested for that in a few months*

So skip ahead to 2011, I got off it again, knowing I may develop those cysts. I used a period tracking app and 6 months later I was pregnant. It was totally unexpected, we thought we had a fight ahead of us. You hear horror stories how women go 18 or more months before they can get pregnant, often time needing to take pills to help their cycles/fertility. Apparently not me.

After my daughter was born I tried the pills yet again. Didn’t like it. Got back on the shot within 3 months.

Now here we are, in 2015. I’ve gained a considerable amount of weight since first starting on the shot. My primary care doctor wanted me to get off the shot, as she believes that it was contributing to the weight gain, and the inability to lose it. One of the side effects of depo is bone density loss. I think I’ve been experiencing it but am not 100% sure without further testing. But I definitely have aches and pains that I don’t think a normal 28-year-old has.

So for the last three months I’ve been on a birth control pill Minastrin 24 Fe. It's a daily, chewable birth control pill. I’ve been skipping the last four pills in the pack to avoid anything close to a period. During this time, my OB-GYN was speaking to me about the different options available. For what I wanted to achieve (no periods, no babies), she recommended either the implant that goes in the arm or an IUD. To be honest, I’m afraid of the thought of the implant (Implanon) because it just sounds scary! The IUD sounded not too bad, but I’ve heard horror stories, as I’m sure we all have.

I actually had an appointment to do the Mirena about a month and a half ago, but I chickened out after reading some things people had to say! But after I met with my doctor again, she told me her own daughter has it, and she wouldn’t recommend it if it wasn’t something she’d try herself (she no longer needs to prevent babies).

So, on Thursday, July 23, 2015, I went in to get the Mirena inserted….

Continue on to part two for the rest of my story to find out how the IUD insertion went, how long it took to “recover”, and my thoughts thus far.

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