This post contains subject matter of a gynecological nature. Please read at your own discretion.
Five years ago I sat in a doctor’s office contemplating a complete hysterectomy. I experienced menorrhagia and terrible dysmenorrhea. I had tried birth control pills – the 3 weeks on and 1 week off type, the three month no period packs, even continuous hormones. Nothing. No relief. I was a hormonal mess.
I then ventured into the foray of ring therapy. Oh, how I wish this was diamond ring therapy! No such luck. I tried the NuvaRing and had absolutely no relief.
The next try was this “miracle shot” – as my doctor described it. No period for 3 months! No other birth control needed! No side effects. Yeah, um, nothing is that good. The DepoProvera shot turned me into a miserable blob of mess – emotionally and physically.
I was them given the option of Lupron or a Hysterectomy. And I quickly switched doctors.
The new doctor performed a new laparoscopy. Removed implants and released extensive adhesions. And in doing so, gave me some pain relief. Enough, actually, that I didn’t want the hysterectomy anymore!
Her medical advice? The Mirena. No period for 5 years? No pain? No iron supplements for the never-ending anemia from blood loss? This seemed way to good to be true. I argued with her, “but… they told me the same thing with Depo!?!?!” Still, she urged me to try it.
And I did…
And I love it!
Yes, it has increased my ovarian cyst production. And some of these have been a pain in my side. But no periods since the insertion! My endometriosis associated pelvic pain has greatly diminished. It has varied throughout the 5 years. The roads HAS had some bumps. But overall, I’m thankful that I did it.
I will be getting it replaced next month and I’m nervous. Will it hurt? Will my period come back? It’s a gamble I need to take, though. The potential of 5 more pain-reduced, period-free years leaves me hopeful.