Here I was, soles of my feet in stirrups, and screaming loud enough for the entire doctor’s office to hear. I kept reminding myself (while my uterus felt as if it was being ripped out from inside me) that in four months I’ll look back at myself fainting and say it was worth it.
Here we are four months later, and gals–it was worth it.
My journey with birth control (*) began in May of 2016–my Junior year of high school. As any teen, I began with the oral contraceptive, the pill, for my horrible period cramps that bed rid me for a week every month. Causing me to miss more school than (my mom) liked.
I was aware of some hormonal side effects and how it’d take some time for my body to adjust. It’s safe to say my body never quite adjusted.
Side effects I experienced while on the pill were, and not limited to: weight fluctuation, acne, mood swings, headaches, and irritability.
These occurred in moderation over three different brands of oral birth control I took from May 2015 to December 2017.
Side effects that remained consistent were anxiety and moderate depression. To maintain lightheartedness in this piece, I’m not going to dive into too much detail; however, I have been dealing with mental health issues throughout grade school and taking an oral contraceptive consisting of heavy hormones heightened both my anxiety and depression.
Remembering to take the pill was entirely a different battle itself. Much less remembering to order them! Bi-yearly check-ups were also a hassle, especially when you’re someone like myself and go to college five hours away from home.
Once hearing about this amazing little IUD, I fell in love. I wanted to take that little guy out to dinner so he could tell me more about himself.
After a consultation with my OBGYN, it was settled. I was throwing out the pill for good and turning over a new leaf.
Mirena, the lovely name of my 5 year IUD, came to be the best option for me. The only hormone in Mirena is there to thin the lining of your uterus. (aka you begin to have little to no period)
I was aware of the (slim) side effects and the immense pain to follow as the thing was getting implanted inside of my cervix. Let me just say this, take some (ANY) form of pain reliever before your appointment. If your period cramps are terrible without birth control—that’s the pain you are going to feel. I had my cervix numbed and when I couldn’t feel anything from my hips down, life was great!
I’m not going to go into too much detail about the first few months after the insertion since my body was still adjusting to the IUD.
So now that my its a few months later, and my body didn’t reject the IUD, I’m ready to tell you that Mirena and I are in a happy relationship together.
I couldn’t stress enough how happy I am with my decision, and how my body has thanked me immensely:
- Lowered Anxiety
- Depression reduced
- Acne insignificant
- Consistent weight (no fluctuation)
- No horrible mood swings
- No period bleeding or cramps (pretty much no monthly visit from mother nature)
If you are considering the IUD for your method of birth control, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with your doctor or OBGYN.
It’s great not having to remember to take and order pills continuously. And I don’t have to think about anything until December of 2022.
As I stated, I chose the 5 year IUD—Mierna. But there are also a 3 and 10-year options. Paragard (the copper IUD) is great for those of you not wanting any hormones in your birth control method.
Although I recommend not choosing Paragard for those of you struggling with horrible periods. Paragard will not help in that area and your periods will continue as normal. Watch this video for more info.
*I am not a medical health professional, therefore all these thoughts are opinionated and taken from my own experience. I am writing this purely to share some light on my birth control journey in hopes to help other women my age!
Feel free to leave questions in the comments below!