I want to start by saying that I am not in the medical field. I have no business suggesting what form of birth control women should use. I am NOT suggesting anything, just giving my good old two cents.
What I do know is that I have 3 children, ages 15 months, 3 1/2 years, and 7 years. I have a home daycare and take care of 6 children everyday. I change about 20-30 diapers a day. I clean up toys, wipe noses, make meals, clean up meals....blah, blah, blah. You get the picture. I am with kids ALL the time. I don't want any more children of my own. I am putting those child bearing years behind me. This I know.
I also know that I am VERY bad at remembering things. I can't remember to do things that I WANT to do, like make an appointment to get my hair done. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I am not good at oral birth control. My husband and I didn't want anything permanent either. We don't want more children, but I am not comfortable with the finality of making it impossible.
Looks like these dudes just effed up someone's month.
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Therefore, I spoke with the Physician's Assistant at my Ob/Gyn's office after having little girl #3 and decided to go with the Mirena. I went out to the front desk to schedule my appointment for the Mirena insertion and was told by the lovely chickie working the desk that it was the WORST thing ever, gave her some pelvic inflammatory disease, and she got it removed. Oh, and did I mention that she was about 8 months pregnant when she was telling me this? I was like HELL to the NO! Then I frantically walked right back to my PA's little office and asked her if that was going to happen to me. She laughed (because she knows that I am spaz after seeing me for years now and delivering 2 of my 3 girls) and reassured me. I left the office that day with the appointment scheduled.
I have had the Mirena for a little over a year now and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
Did I mention that I LOVE it?
I don't have to worry about a thing. I forget I even have it. I don't suffer from cramps every month. I don't suffer from ANYTHING every month. Nope, not since the Mirena. It's pretty damn awesome.
So if you are even thinking about birth control now...or you will be at some point in the future, I urge you to do your research. Definitely check out all the options. But I will tell you, without a doubt, this was the best option for me. One that I don't have to think about for another 4 years!
And do you want to know the best thing? It protects me from MYSELF! Because to be honest with you, when my best friend popped out her precious little girl in March, I was feeling a severe case of "I-know-I-can't-even-handle-the-three-that-I-have-but-this-precious-newborn-makes-the-cutest-sounds-and-smells-so-good-and-is-so-adorable-that-I-might-be-insane-enough-to-want-another".
So there you have it, the Mirena protects me from me. And I need it.