Two out of the three of my children have been conceived whilst on the pill, so you can imagine that after having Benjamin I didn’t really trust it as a form of contraception.
I looked into the other options, and the one I kept coming back to was the Mirena coil. My mum had it fitted around five years ago, and she has found it really good for her.
As with a lot of people who have had the mirena fitted, my mum’s periods stopped altogether, which I must admit is one of the things that attracted me to the coil in the first place, along with the promise of not being able to tell it was there, and that it lasted five years.
Benjamin is almost definitely our last baby (the fact that I can’t quite bring myself to say 100% definitely says something), but I’m only 27 and not ready to have anything permanent done in terms of my fertility just yet, so something that lasts a while and I don’t have to think about is perfect for us at this stage.
I came across some hurdles to overcome, as I was informed I would have to be taking the pill before the coil could be fitted. I wasn’t happy about this to be honest, and I asked around and found conflicting information about it. The general consensus was that it was to ensure I wasn’t pregnant when I went to have the coil fitted, but at the time I was only 2 months post partum and sex wasn’t high on our agenda. Also, as I explained, the pill held no reassurance for me against pregnancy…
After convincing the doctor I wasn’t pregnant, I was booked in for my coil fitting, over a month later… For someone who wanted it sorted as soon as possible, this wasn’t ideal, but the day finally came round and the fitting went really well.
I was nervous beforehand but I needn’t have been. The female doctor reassured me the process was quick and simple. I had my smear test done beforehand as I requested, and if I’m being honest, I barely felt the coil being inserted. The process really was over in seconds.
Afterwards I did feel a little faint and woozy. I was instructed to stay lying down for a few minutes, and I was glad to have Ed with me to help with Benjamin and to drive me home as I felt a bit out of it for the rest of the day. I had a mild cramp in my tummy but it was nothing major, and I pretty much forgot about it all by the following day.
I bled a slight amount, but it cleared up within a day and I felt very fortunate and relieved to have gotten away without the possible post fitting bleeding I had read about.
Around 5 days post fitting, Ed and I had sex, and it was fine. Ed said he might have felt it, but it definitely wasn’t going to be an issue. I was again, relieved.
The next day I bled a little. I wasn’t really shocked, I presumed that sex had maybe knocked the strings a little and it would die down. Instead it got a bit heavier as the days went on.
I was having to use towels (which I don’t usually use) because I was unsure whether I could use tampons. The blood loss was quite erratic. Some days it would be a fair amount, others it would barely be anything.
I looked into it and read that some initial bleeding was normal, and that it could go on for a while. I stupidly googled and found stories of women who bled constantly for 6 months after their coil was fitted (I am hoping this isn’t the case for me)!
It is now a month on from when my coil was fitted and I’m still in a weird limbo. Unlike a normal period, where at least you know roughly when it will stop, I have no idea when the bleeding will finish.
I have been constantly wearing pads for a month. This is not just affecting my confidence, at a time when it is already at an all time low, it is also costing a fair bit of money, and to be honest I’ve completely had enough.
I moved doctors surgeries just after having the coil fitted, due to our house move, so I haven’t been reminded to have a check up. I planned to book this for 6 weeks post fitting, as advised when I had it put in, but I think I will have to move this forward, as I need to put my mind to rest on the bleeding.
What frustrates me most is that I’ve never been one to suffer with bleeding before, my periods have always been fairly light and easy to manage. Now I am having cramps from time to time and totally erratic bleeding, sometimes fairly heavy, which is stopping me from enjoying myself.
Yes, the coil is doing wonders as a contraceptive, but at the moment that’s simply because Ed and I can’t have sex as I’m constantly bleeding!
I can’t complain about any other side effects, I am eating a fair bit and my weight is not going down, if anything it is slowly creeping up, but I can’t necessarily blame that on the coil as I’ve been a bit of a greedy cow.
I don’t mean for this post to put off those considering the coil. I honestly hope that things will die down and I’ll be able to appreciate the coil, but I wanted to share my experience so far.
Hopefully soon I will be able to post another update with something a little more positive, but for now, anyone considering the coil, ensure you research well and ask lots of questions beforehand. I feel like I may have jumped in a bit quickly to a decision based purely on my mum’s experiences, which isn’t advisable as every woman is different.
Do you have the mirena coil fitted? How has it been for you? Did you bleed for long after the fitting?