It has now been a whole year since I had the Mirena coil fitted and I thought I would do a little follow up post on my experiences after a very rocky start with it last year.
After this awful start, I was seriously considering having it removed, when things started to settle down a few months in and over the summer, I was finally able to relax.
I was no longer heavily bleeding, in fact my periods had all but stopped and I was experiencing only minimal cramping each month – a big improvement on the initial pain when it was first fitted.
Unfortunately, my period math told me that I was due to come on at the start of our holiday to Santorini, where we were going to get married. Not really wanting to have a period, albeit a light one, during the trip, I visited my doctor who prescribed me Norethisterone.
I wrote a post on how this tablet affected me, and sadly it continued to mess up my periods for a further few months. During this time I also experienced some abnormal bleeding after sex, for which I was examined and referred to a gynaecologist, who I am seeing in February.
I am now, touch wood, back to very light periods once a month and the post coital bleeding has stopped. Having disrupted my cycle during the course of the year by taking norethisterone, I am not sure how typical my experience truly is of using the Mirena coil, but what I can say is that I will be keeping it in for the time being.
Although every contraceptive has its pros and cons, and none are truly fail safe, I find it so much easier not having to remember to take the pill every day. The coil may not work for me long term, and it certainly got off to a negative start, but for now it is the best option, and I hope things will continue to be smooth sailing from here on out.