My current stats: 37 years old, two kids, third marriage. I had been on the pill since I was 16 with zero problems (No pregnancy if I didn't want / pregnancy if I did). However, and back me up ladies, I was getting a bit tired of planning my pharmacy visits around vacations, last minute phone calls to my gyno to renew my scrip, and just having to always remember that "one extra thing."
A friend of mine got her Mirena in 2009 and told me all about one mommy's night out over a (few) glass(es) of wine. She raved about no periods, no problems, easy sex life - blah effin' blah... She's still my friend, by the way, but we are not as close.
In or around September 2010, I was newly engaged to my next (third) husband and I had just turned 35. I had a new life and I was a modern woman damn it! I had dabbled in a little botox (expensive, but AWESOME) and thought it was time I took charge of my uterus. So I called up the gyno and scheduled my "insertion." I had read all about it and was ready to roll.
I will defer to other comments and blogs for descriptions of the insertion experience. All I have to add is: YIKES!!!!!
And then there was the smell.
I have been camping without a shower for several days - I know that smell.
I have had heavy periods that bled through - I know that smell.
I have been pregnant and had strange discharge - I know that smell.
I have had sex, not showered, and then gone on through my day - I know that smell.
Then I got the Mirena - Sweet Jesus! What is that smell????
I no longer had a period every month. It just started coming WTF ever. Hey, but at least it wasn't heavy! No - instead, it had been replaced by a brown, stinky ooze that was just sufficient to ruin all my best panties when I least expected it. Super!
I had just forked over $600 of my little income, rationalizing that the savings over 5 years of not buying BC pills would make up for it and I wanted my relationship with Mirena to work out! I gave it time...but it never got better. I just learned to keep perfume on me at all times to spray my crotch in an attempt to keep the stank at bay.
2 years and 4 months after insertion, I had that little demon stick yanked out. I am pleased to report that my Va-jay-jay is all roses again! Not only that, but sex no longer hurts. Oh, I forgot to mention that. My husband is "tall" and usually pings my uterus during coitus. ("H-h-h-h-heeeeyyyyy there! Can you back off honey? It feels like you're driving a nail into my cervix!!") No more. Ahhh sex...And more sex...And more... I like sex.
Moral of the story - If you can try Mirena for free, go for it! If after a few months you don't feel like it's for you, yank that thing out! (Actually, you should have a qualified medical professional yank it for you).
LOVE TO ALL YOU BEAUTIFUL LADIES!! MAY WE ALWAYS HAVE CONTROL OF OUR OWN BODIES!!!