Getting a mirena... UPDATED
So I had my mirena put in today. I've never had a IUD or an IUS so it was something I was pretty nervous about. Pinched a bit when they put it in, but actually didn't hurt at all and wasn't in the slightest bit uncomfortable. I walked out of the GPs and went straight back to work! I thought it'd hurt but it was fine and I actually forgot for awhile that I'd had it yet! LOL
So far I'm liking it... We'll see how it goes over the next few months I suppose!
Sigh... I went to the Dr a couple of days ago to discuss getting a mirena fitted. I feel so broody right now and yet I know it's not a good time (if ever) to have any more so I figured I'd do something about it.
She was horrified and lectured me non stop of the fact that I should be happy with my 7 (never said I wasn't happy with 7!) because some people can't even have 1 and we need to make sure for my kids sakes and for my health that I don't have any more.
She told me there was a waiting list of several months for mirena, and they couldn't do it if we'd DTD within 3 weeks... I told her when we did it last and that I knew it might take awhile but I was really broody and knew it wasn't a good time and this was the longest time since having a baby that I haven't already either had another baby or been pregnant...
And although I have self control I wanted/needed the mirena because I've had really, REALLY horrendous periods since #7 was born... And told her a bit about them.
Anyway she rushed out the room to speak to the Dr. Who said they'd take the initial swabs there and then for a mirena, and jump me to the front of the Q and I could have it fitted in a weeks time.... But considering my period problems and my past history, and my family history of early menopause (women in my family mostly went through menopause in their early 30s) and other conditions, maybe I should seriously consider a hysterectomy.
I told them that I'd requested a hysterectomy after baby #5 and they'd refused. But they said they'd do it for me now if I wanted. They feel there's a good enough reason now... :(
Which would be great - except I really feel like I want a #8 sometime in the future when my kids are all much older (assuming I don't go through early menopause like everyone else)... I was kind of hoping that I'd get the mirena (mainly for my period problems) and that would prevent pregnancy for next 5 years and then I could re-evaluate whether a #8 was a good idea or not at that point...
The thing is everyone around me seems shocked they suggested it. I'm only 28 (29 next month) and yes I have 7 children and yes I did almost die several times having them, and yes I do have quite horrible problems with my periods since #7 was born... And yes, I have been asking them to "cut the whole lot out" for quite a few years. But I never truly thought they'd agree!
And part of me thinks if I have the hysterectomy then at least it's done with and there's no going back or what if's and I won't have to suffer every 2-3 weeks any more... But then another part of me rebels against it. I'm quite open to adoption (in fact we're actively planning this in the future once our youngest is in his teens)... So I don't feel it limits my chances... I don't really know why I'm hesitant or shocked by it. Maybe it was just the way it was presented to me. Like I'm some animal who's used up my quota of NHS funding and should be "fixed" to stop me from doing it again...
For the moment I said I'd give the mirena a go and if it didn't work then we could talk from there...
Has anyone else had this before? Or has anyone else actually had a hysterectomy? Guess I'd better start looking into it in a bit more detail now... :eek: