The Mirena coil, Me and my life update. - The Ginger Selkie


Monday, 15 February 2016

The Mirena coil, Me and my life update.

I was trying to think of what to write about but I wasn't getting anywhere until I realised I could just do an update on what's been going on with me, so here goes. I haven't been feeling very well over these last few months, the pains and cramps I've been having had got worse, they had been making me bleed (sorry tmi) and effecting my NCS a lot. My appointment for my Mirena coil has finally been as gone now, I would love to say it went well and was painless but the truth is, it hurt so bad that I ended up shouting out really loudly. I signed myself in and waited for my name to be called, they were a little late so my nerves had started to get the better of me. Once I went into the room I was asked loads of questions about medical history, family history and a few other things. They went over what other problems I've had with the Mirena them being, headaches, heavy bleeding, breast pain, bad cramps and a few other issues. The woman explained that before I have it taken out she would see what form of contraceptive would be best for me to use, turns out my only options are the copper coil (no way) and one kind of pill (which I chose).

I asked if it would be possible to get a smear test at the same time which she said was fine. After all the forms were done and my next form of contraceptive was sorted I lay down on the bed with my legs up and a speculum was inserted so that she could see my cervix better, the speculum was very uncomfortable and too big to go in as I was so tense so she had to use a smaller one, I had my smear test done first which didn't hurt at all, it was more of a strange sensation than anything, but that's not to say it doesn't hurt other people! The speculum was still left in so I could have my coil removed next, the doctor then told me she was just unhooking the strings, not sure what that meant but I didn't feel that, she then told me to take a deep breath in and then breath out. I was breathing the way I was told and as she pulled it felt as if my uterus was being completely pulled out, the pain was so bad I shouted out and could feel myself about to throw up and faint. She tried a few more times and told me that the coil had embedded itself slightly into the wall of my uterus which is why it's so painful and hard to get out, she said she would give it one more go and if she isn't able to get it out we would have to go down another root to get it out, but thankfully she was was able to get it out. As soon as I had it removed I started too bleed, it wasn't a period bleed it was from having the coil removed which is totally normal, I was told that there was some blood when she was taking swabs for my smear test but not to worry.

It's now been a week since I've had it removed, I've had bleeding and cramps which have been pretty bad, luckily they're starting to slowly subside now and I'm not in as much pain as I was before. I believe that the Mirena was fitted wrong and that is why I have had so much pain from it and discussed this with the doctor who removed it and she said this was more than likely the case as it was at an odd angle inside me and had started to embed in my uterus. My breast pain hasn't been as bad over the week as it normally is which I'm very relieved about, I'm hoping that my weight will start falling off again too. I ended up going up two dress sizes since having the Mirena, my bloating has gone down a lot and it's very noticeable, but my skin has broken out horribly this week, I'm sure it will clear up soon (I hope it does). I was warned that if my random bleeding still continues I need to go back so they can investigate it further, so fingers crossed that this won't happen! Now that I have the Mirena out of my life I feel so much more relaxed! Today is my one year anniversary with James and I'm so looking forward to spending many more years with him. He has put up with my moaning and crying over this dreadful coil, I'm sure he is just as glad as I am that it's gone for good now. I hope everyone had a lovely Valentines day yesterday, whether it was spent alone, with friends and family or with your loved one,

 I had a lovely breakfast in bed brought to me by James and got my joint Valentines and Anniversary present on Wednesday last week, James got me a Astro A30 headset which I had been swooning over for a while now and I got him some Pokemon badges and a picture of him and I framed. We ended up going to F&B for our meal but it wasn't a great experience, there was kids being naughty and loud and it was all around a little bit shit (sorry for swearing), I think next time we will either go a little later or go somewhere else! I'm also jumping on the Deadpool bandwagon and hopefully going to see it on Wednesday or the week after this, anyone seen it yet?

Elle May x


Hannah said...

I'm so glad I read this some locum doctor was bombarding me about contraception (I came in for more anxiety meds!) she was pushing this coil but I'm adamant o want no object in my body! She told me id only heard bad things cos no one talks about the good points because they don't notice it. Fair enough but I'm sure it's more trouble than it's worth and not for me. Hope you're feeling better and had a lovely February 14th x

Elle May said...

She was most likely pushing you because each time they refer someone for the coil they get about £70, I'm glad you said no because of how strongly you feel about it. I had a lovely day thank you I hope you did too xx

Unknown said...

I'm actually having an ablation at the end of the month. I was offered the coil but there's very little useful anecdotal information around so I'm really glad that you wrote this.
Thank you.

Elle May said...

I had to google what ablation was, I didn't even know that existed! Thank you for giving this a read too :)

Caitlin said...

I'm so sorry you've had such a bad experience that sounds awful! I've been asked about the coil a few times but I've heard so many stories like this and I'm so scared now! Glad you're starting to feel better & hopefully that'll improve even more :)

Chronically Caitlin

Elle May said...

Everyone is different sweetie, just do as much research as you can and don't be pressured into getting it if that's not what you want, I'm feeling so much better now and I've lost 5lbs in a week after having it out xx

Roxie Watt said...

Wow, this sounds awful! I'm so sorry you had to go through this. Finding the right method of contraception can be a long and upsetting process for some of us so I really feel your pain. I really don't look forward to figuring it all out again once the baby is born. I finally found something that worked for me but it turned out that mixing it with my migraine prescription was increasing my risk of having a stroke. It was a good thing I was wanting to come off it anyway. I'm glad you feel better lovely & I hope you have a fab anniversary!

P.s. Deadpool is amazing!!!!

Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

woodenwindowsills said...

I'm sorry you had such a rubbish time with the coil, I've had it for the last 3 years and I love it! It's improved my health and wellbeing so much and I'd never hesitate to make that decision again, it's been great! Even having it put in was better than the horror stories I read before hand (don't always believe what you read online!!) and so far it's made such an improvement to my periods, cramps, mood swings and general happiness - PLUS it's by far the easiest contraception I've tried/come across as you don't have to think about it, it lasts 5 years AND it doesn't fill your whole body with tonnes of hormones as it's a tiny localised amount of progesterone (I can't risk having anything with estrogen as I'm at high risk of developing breast cancer, so most contraceptives are out of scope!) It's such a shame it didn't work for you, but each to their own and I hope hearing about negative experiences doesn't put other people off as for me it's been fantastic! Alice xx

Elle May said...

I think it is great how long it lasts and the fact you don't have to remember to take a pill everyday, I would of loved for it to of worked for me. I've had so many people ask whether or not they should get it and each time I say that it's up to them, just because my experience was as doesn't mean theirs will be too. I'm glad it works for you, it's nice hearing about people it does work for! I can't take estrogen either and the pill I taking seems to be working just fine, although it's been only nearly a month I don't want to jinx it! Xx

Jamie-Lee said...

I wish someone wrote a post about the Mirena before I had it put in, mine was fine for the first year then I developed the same problems as you've been having. The doctor also had a difficult time taking mine out too as it had moved :/ I've got the implant in my arm now and so far, no problems! *fingers crossed* Sorry to hear you've been unwell with yours too, hope you feel better soon x

Elle May said...

Hey thanks for the comment! I'm glad I'm not alone in this, I really wanted it to work for me. I think we know our own bodies so when I was told I had to wait before I could get it removed I was so upset because I knew the coil just was no good for me, I'm glad the implant is working for you xx