By nature, I tend to overshare just a tad; I’m not afraid to talk about things others are–including birth control. Seeing as we are Mrs. & the Misc., this is def. a topic for any Mrs. (or Miss), but still, I’ll be brief on this more personal topic.
Mirena, is a hormone-releasing IUD placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy for as long as you want up to 5 years.
Five years ago, on Dec. 12th, I got one.
It’s been absolutely the most amazing birth control for me. And I’ll quickly bullet point why:
- I knew I absolutely did not want kids for the first five years of my new marriage, so I wanted the strongest thing they could give me. The most effective. Apparently, per my Dr., Mirena is more effective by a slim margin than a woman getting her tubes tied! When she told me that, I was sold. But wait, there’s more:
- In case three years in I changed my mind, I wanted a quick return-to-fertility option (you can take Mirena out as early as you want or wait the entire 5 years). You don’t have to wait for a ton of hormones to leave your system.
- I knew I would forget to take the pill, and wanted something that I couldn’t forget to take or misuse–I wanted the thing with the most room for personal error, and my Dr. recommended this.
- I wanted the lowest dose of hormones I could get while still getting the strongest form of birth control I could get. Again, my Dr. recommended Mirena.
- It’s crazy cheap. Depending on your insurance or even if you don’t have it, the most you’d pay is like $600. I paid $40 co-pay when I got it, but I recently inquired about getting another one and it was going to cost me $300 on my new insurance. If you do the math on $600/5 years worth of birth control $10/month. If you pay $300, it’s $5/month. Or if you pay just a co-pay at say $40 like I did five years ago … that’s like $0.67/month.
- I saved even more money because I haven’t bought tampons in over three years. I had no need for them. Think about the money savings and hassle savings of virtually-no-period in five years.
- You cannot feel it in there. At all. Ever.
- The only negatives were short lived years ago when I first got it, including more painful cramps than before and longer periods. But in less than a year, you virtually have no period or cramps. MIRACLE!
- PS: When I got it put in, they said to get it checked once a year. Oops. I forgot. I totally skipped that and it has all gone terrific. I did go to my lady dr. annually (save for one year), so I suppose they’d have said something if anything with the IUD was off.
Recently, I heard a commercial for a lawyer who was seeking women who’d had problems with their Mirena and I’ve read a few things on Google, but I would say I’m an average American woman and it worked really well with no problems whatsoever for me.
Why bring this all up on the blog today? Well, my five years is up. And, on Wednesday, I’m off to get it removed and am a little nervous about what happens next. Nevertheless, I’m still in shock that five years has come and gone. I guess now I need a new plan! 🙂
Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to share more about my experience if you’re interested.