I’m going to my OB/Gyn later this afternoon and getting a Mirena IUD (put in, installed…what’s the right word here?). I know that I asked for your advice several months ago regarding this, completely chickened out, and decided to go on the mini-pill. Of course, I had a slight adverse reaction to the mini-pill, which caused me to temporarily consider changing my name to Martha Smith, dying my hair black, moving to a non-descript town in the middle of Nowhere, USA, and begin a new life as a convenience store worker.
I’ve thought alot about this decision and done some research. I think this is the right decision since the current birth control method we’re using has a fairly high failure rate, but I’m still afraid. I fear the side effects, especially the possibility of losing my mind again. Googling Mirena IUD yielded both positive and frightening results. Some people have had wonderful experiences and would recommend it to everyone, others have become pregnant or have had painful side effects that doctors claim aren’t a result of the Mirena. I’m hoping my experience will be on the positive end of the spectrum.
If you’re not sitting down, this may be a good time to do that. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but here goes. The main reason I decided to go with the Mirena is that I’m not 100% sure that we’re not having more children. Despite repeatedly telling people that I was sure that our family was complete, now I’m not so sure. In fact. I’d even consider two more. Although I routinely provide evidence to the contrary (like in this, this, this, this, this, especially THIS, oooh and THIS post), I do in fact enjoy my children and love my role as a mother. You may question my sanity and desire for another child, I wouldn’t blame you. Maybe I have lost my mind, maybe it’s just a temporary yearning to have more children. One thing I do know is this, I am certain I’m not ready to have another baby right now or even anytime in the next year.
**I do reserve the right to retract or alter any and all of the above statements.