After almost two years of problems with contraception methods, I finally went to my last option, next to tying my tubes, and got my Mirena inserted. The Mirena is a small, flexible T-shaped device implanted in the uterus that acts as a long-lasting hormonal intrauterine device. The Mirena was my last option for birth control. I have suffered from severe, cluster migraines since I was 14 and because of this I am not allowed to take the pill, injections or mini pill because of the stroke risk. I tried the bar inserted in my arm for around six months and I was ‘psychotic’, according to my boyfriend. I gained 15kg in about two months and I was insanely emotional. I have since removed it but have not been able to lose the weight. Now, because of my mum’s fear, because she was pregnant before she was ready, I have opted for the Mirena.
The whole process of getting the Mirena was uncomfortable and painful. After deciding, I was required to get a Pap Smear. If you plan to get the Mirena I would really encourage you line up a female doctor and a female nurse. Before you even go to your insertion appointment you need to get your script filled for your Mirena, and if you weren’t concerned before you will be now. This thing is huge, the Mirena itself is quite small but the whole device is about at long as your forearm.
On the day the first step is the insertion of a speculum and is used to visualise the cervix, this is also used in your pap. This was painful for me and had to be adjusted three times, but make sure you do say something cause it is the least of your pain. After they do this they ‘wash out’ your cervix with an antiseptic solution. I should mention at the point that my nurse was a male and that his role was to provide me with oxygen, should I faint, which apparently is a common thing for women who have not had kids yet because the cervix is so small. I’m not going to lie I’m a little bit addicted to baby forums, despite never having a child, and in the days before my operation I had read a few forums about Mirena insertion before child birth and multiple people said it was the ‘worst pain’ of their life and ‘worse than childbirth’, for those who had children after. I mentioned these to my male housemate who just rolled his eyes and said it wasn’t going to be that bad, but it was.
The actual insertion of the device was probably the least painful part of the whole process. The pain started when they used tenaculum forceps (do not google that!) to grasp the upper and lower lip of the cervix to stabilise, align and revert the cervical canal and the uterine cavity. This was the worst pain I have ever felt in my life, worse than when I broke my arm. They tell you when discussing the process that ‘you’ll feel a slight pinch and then it’s just like a sharp period pain’, but it is nothing like that and 100 times worse. I immediately felt faint, dizzy and like I was going to throw up. This felt like multiple needles piercing through my cervix/uterus and in that moment I 100% never wanted to go through childbirth. After this, seconds away from me calling it quits and passing out my doctor thought it’d be super to tell me that she didn’t think it would ‘go in easily’ which naturally made me think of more pain and I almost burst into tears. Luckily the insertion was fast and once everything was out of me I could relax.
The pain did not subside till about 30 minutes after the appointment. I spent 10 minutes lying down to avoid fainting and for the next half hour my entire lower body shook from the shock of the pain. I felt faint, tired and sore, and will continue to have cramps for the next 48 hours. This whole procedure was completely messed up and there is no way people should be doing this without going under anesthesia. In the long run I am yet to see the side affects but in five years, when I get it removed, I will be ready to have kids and I will never, ever, under any circumstances go through that again.