I have had the Mirena for a little over 2 years now.
For controlling my endometriosis pain, I give the little critter an 8 out of 10.
For controlling my bleeding, it gets a 10 of 10 (no periods since its insertion!!).
Now…. there is a downside. You may be wondering “A downside? This sounds like Heaven!” But there is one: PMS. Having anovulatory cycles, I know when I do ovulate because of the awful PMS symptoms. While the Mirena helps some, I still have pelvic tenderness, emotional ups and downs and exhaustion when I do ovulate.
My problem, since I don’t menstruate and my cycles are whack to begin with, is that I can’t predict when I’m going to be on this crazy roller coaster.
Putting that small fact aside, I do love the Mirena. But I was told it would eradicate further endometrial implants from growing in places they were not wanted. I was told I would never need surgery again as long as I kept this little bugger in me. Can you imagine my surprise when I needed surgery a year after insertion because the implants grew back!
I just want women who come across this blog – this post! – to know, for me at least, the Mirena has provided wonderful relief. No periods! No cramping! But it’s not a cure for endometriosis. It will not starve off implants.
Why is this? I mean, it takes away that dreaded period. Isn’t menstruation the source of all evil when it comes to this disease? Nope. That’s right. Nope. Endometriosis is fueled by estrogen. While the Mirena uses a synthetic progesterone, it does not shut down estrogen production.
Now I am not sure if it can slow the progression or not, I am not a doctor nor have I researched this extensively. In my opinion, drug company sponsored research is biased.
All I do know, for sure, is it works for me. I can control the pain I do have from this disease with, often, non-medical treatments. For me, diets and exercise have been life savers!
Now I’m just rambling – and I feel I need to since I haven’t posted in ages! But I will go now because 1) my lunch break is nearly over and 2) I really have nothing else to say.
If you are actually still reading this blog, especially since it’s been in hiatus for ages, thanks!