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Bleeding on your Hormonal IUD Mirena?

May 16, 2017

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Bleeding on your Hormonal IUD Mirena?

When I first got my IUD, I told you guys it was pretty rough for the first 3 months. But, that was to be expected as my doctor had handed me a bunch of pamphlets, told me 5 times, and I has also googled it. They all said the same thing- exactly this, 3 months.


From the Official Website:

In the first 3 to 6 months,

• Your period may be irregular

• Your period may be heavier at first and the number of bleeding days may increase

• You may have frequent spotting or light bleeding

Few women may find that their periods are heavier than normal. Call your health care provider if your period continues to be heavier than usual.

The issues I find with this statement are:

  • it’s a huge blanket statement
  • that last line? what?

I bled like holy fucking hell to the point that I was truly worried, but no, I did not call my doctor because the only thing they would do is take it out… which would mean that the 10 seconds of pain I went through and 2 months of random bleeding would have been for nothing.

If I can offer any type of advice. STICK IT OUT. Perseverance is key.
I was told not to use a tampon for the initial bleeding, as my body was getting used to the IUD and I shouldn’t risk the tampon getting stuck on it. I haven’t googled that one, but for some reason, I held on to that belief well over my “initial bleeding.”

 

Without using a tampon as directed, I decided to go with a pad for the first 3 months. That was gross, but I wasn’t willing to ruin my cute underthings. After those crucial months of random bleeding, and heavy bleeding into a pad…. BOOM. I went to the *LaDiES ROOm* to change and… nothing. Not a fucking drop.Praise the menstrual goddess from above. It happened to me like they said it would. “They” being the doctors, websites, pamphlets, and friends who said they stopped getting a period on their IUD.

20% of all Mirena users stop getting their periods, and I was a chosen one. It does also really help women who have heavy periods as well. In clinical trials of Mirena in women with heavy periods, the majority had an 80% reduction in bleeding as early as 3 months and a 90% reduction at 6 months. All around lighter/no period is amazing. Sadly, after 3+ years the spotting has started up again, but it’s not enough to call for a tampon.

 

This whole not using a tampon thing has stuck, and new research has shown that tampons are no es bueno anyhow! The FDA does not regulate them and new studies have shown that most tampons (at least 85 per cent), cotton balls, and sanitary products contain glyphosate: an ingredient that has been ruled as “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organization.


Without a solution, and deciding to “free-bleed

I have ruined at least 20 pairs of cute underwear. Finally, after seeing the amazing subway ads, meeting the amazing founder, and deciding enough is enough I decided upon my solution: period underwear. No pad needed, no tampon needed, no sitting in a hole for a week needed. I purchased the “light day” which holds one tampons worth of blood and can last alllllllllll day. I’m hooked. I can’t see it, I can’t feel it, and I don’t even know it’s there. “It” being spotting, aka blood. The pair I purchased are not the chicest, but they get the job done.

I think what makes me so happy about not using a tampon for this tiny little bit of blood is that when you use a tampon, it’s not only absorbing the mensural blood but also vaginal fluids. The average tampon absorbs 65% blood and 35% other fluids. These fluids need to stay put… common sense.

Sources:

tampon study.

tampon study two.

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