Mirena Ovulation Pain, Irregular Bleeding, Pms Symptoms, 28th Day, Menses
I have the Mirena, placed in April 2009. It wasn't that painful to put in, after having 3 kids and it being 6 weeks post partum but it was a little uncomfortable. I think the numbing spray she used hurt more than the procedure itself. I cramped every day ... more »
I have the Mirena, placed in April 2009. It wasn't that painful to put in, after having 3 kids and it being 6 weeks post partum but it was a little uncomfortable. I think the numbing spray she used hurt more than the procedure itself. I cramped every day for about 3 months, then it became spaced out. I also spotted a lot but was expecting that since I was told to expect irregular bleeding and cramping for the first few months. The cramping was very bad at first, like I was in labor. I went in for my 6 month post procedure check up and my doctor said I was ovulating on my right side which I was surprised because I always have ovulation pain. Since I was still breastfeeding, I thought maybe that's why I wasn't feeling my ovulation and was thrilled that I was cycling without pain and without bleeding. I stopped breastfeeding 3 months later, around November 2009. A couple weeks later, I started feeling ovulation pain, severe and it lasted for 3 weeks. I thought maybe I had a cyst because then I started a period, the first period bleed I had since I stopped bleeding post birth. I had PMS symptoms before the bleeding; the worst PMS I have ever experienced with severe fluid retention, mind fog, irritability, fatigue. I bled for over a week and then had almost 2 more weeks of spotting and small gushes of red blood. I finally ovulated again on the 28th day of that cycle, with spotting for several days after, then spotting returned about 6 days past ovulation and lasted for 4 days before I had another period. This period was not as long but I had an acne breakout, not severe, but my skin for the last few years has barely had a blemish so several deep painful pimples popping up was depressing. I am 28, and was hoping to be past the acne phase. I bled what I thought was a normal amount of days, then I had a day of light bleeding again between the end of menses and ovulation, which I believe occurred yesterday. I spotted for last 2 days and now that the ovulation pain has subsided, the spotting is gone also. I expect to start spotting again in a few days, followed by my period at around 10dpo. Before I had children, I never had hair growing in places it shouldn't but since I had children, I have what looks like actual pubic hair growing on my inner thigh mid way down and it clearly doesn't belong, my chin has sprouted enough hairs that I have keep plucking to avoid someone noticing. At my age, I don't think I should be plucking so many hairs off my chin. I have always had a problem with depression, especially after having my children but my mood swings are really crazy sometimes. I am charting my cycles so when I finally come to the conclusion that I need to get the IUD taken out, I can show my doctor what my cycles have been doing. I not only have ovulation pain, but I have a lot of spotting and cramping near my ovary when I know I am not ovulation. And, I have this pain on the left side, every cycle. I don't cramp in my uterus, just on the left around my ovary which leads me to suspect that I have endometriosis also. I have tried taking several birth control pills, all with breakthrough bleeding and periods showing up during the first week of a new pack instead of during the inactive pills. The only pill that has worked was Ortho Tri Cyclen before I had kids, and the other pills I tried afterwards were all low dose. I think that low dose just doesn't cut it for me. The IUD is also low dose so maybe that's why I am spotting so much now. I thought that maybe I could tolerate the ovulation pain, but it feels different than it used to and now I have lots of spotting so I never know when I need to wear a liner. I think I will take the slightly higher risk of the Ortho over the low dose birth control methods that are clearly not working for me. I am not overweight so I know that is not affecting my hormones; I am 5'4" and 115, only about 5lbs under what's considered the optimum weight for my height but my BMI is plenty high enough at around 18 to not be a reason for a hormonal imbalance. My mother had a hysterectomy when she was 39, after 3 years of nearly continuous bleeding and spotting, multiple procedures and tests to try and resolve it with no success. I don't like the idea that I am heading there already. I was hoping to keep my lady bits for as long as possible. I am without insurance so I have put off getting my Mirena taken out. When I was a teenager, I had extremely heavy periods, but it was clockwork. I would give anything right now to know that my period was going to show up on a certain day, last for a certain amount of time, and in between I could be free to do what want and wear what I want.