Ever since my collection of Mirena/IUD posts I have become a bit of a poster-child for Anti-Mirena, which let’s be clear, I HATED mine. But I’d also like to reiterate what I’ve said in the past: If Mirena works for you? Fantastic. Just because I’ve had a bit of a FAIL with it doesn’t mean everyone has to. In fact? Many of you use Mirena and love it. (Although lately it seems that most of you are having yours removed – which – I totally support but it also makes me nervous because I don’t want to be responsible for any unplanned pregnancies, including my own!)
Which, I’ll have you know – I’m absolutely NOT pregnant. In fact, we’ve been doing incredibly well with the whole condom thing. They’re actually not that bad! So many options!
I guess what I’m trying to say is: we’re all different. We all react differently to these things. I just want everyone to be happy and healthy and comfortable. Amen.
Which brings me to what I originally set out to post about:
After the Mirena … three-ish months later:
Here’s what’s happening:
1. Hair - It takes time for hair to come back. Mine is no exception, obviously. Today my entire head of hair is up-did by way of four bobby-pins but my lovely friend who cuts my hair told me that the “little guys” seem to be pushing through. That my hair will be back to its normal luster someday soon.
2. Yeast Infections - Have completely gone away since getting my IUD removed. Thank goodness. That was so gross. Bleck
3. Periods – They came back immediately after getting my IUD removed along with the hormonal acne I’ve had since forever. Apparently, my body didn’t get the memo that I’m twenty-eight years old. I realize to many this may sound like a negative but I’m actually kind of relieved to be back to my natural state. Even if it means sleeping with toothpaste on my face one week out of the month and having to occasionally bleach my white leggings.
4. Weight Gain - After doing tons of research I found that many people gain weight with Mirena. I did not. I feel like if anything I’ve gained weight since it’s been removed – but that also might have something to do with the fact that I started eating gluten again and haven’t been as active as I usually am.
5. Pain during Sex - obviously the penis-poker is no longer so this is an easy one. And the bright side? Condoms don’t seem nearly as bad as they used to seem. In the words of Hal – “I’d rather bag it than get stabbed… it.” Also? Sex is WAY more enjoyable for me, too, these days. Maybe because I’m no longer afraid of stabbing Hal with my “uterine sword.”
6. Sex drive - Not only has my sex drive returned (although I’ll admit – not as sexed as it was pre-pregnancy with Fable) but over the last three months I’ve become strangely attracted to women in a way I’ve NEVER been before. Not, like, throw-down in the ladies-room attracted but… “hey, pretty lady. How ’bout I buy you a drink?” attracted. Whether this has to do with hormonal shifts or something else, I find it odd that as soon as the IUD came out, so did my love for the ladies. Weird.
7. Feeling like myself again – Yes, yes and yes. My body is happy. My mind is happy. My man is happy. I’m hormone free and loving life.
Cue happy family photo at holiday gathering:
And when my hair comes back? All will be right in the world again.
I’d love to hear from you guys. Especially those of you who’ve had your IUDs removed in the last few months. Have you noticed a change? Do you feel different? How so? I’d also love to hear from those of you who have switched out your Mirenas for the Copper (hormone-free) IUD. Thanks, as always, for your insight and honesty and education.