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Back in February of 2019, I talked to my gynecologist about different forms of birth control and what would be right for me, since the pill didn’t work for me and made my period last around 2 months. We decided that a Mirena IUD would be the best option for me. I got it as a form of birth control and also to stop my period. My period is very irregular and is extremely painful. I have been tested many times for different reproductive disorders but all I was diagnosed with was Dysmenorrhea (very painful periods). 

I was scared at first because I heard that it hurt a lot. I followed what my doctor said, which was to eat and take two Advil. I made sure that it was important that they were doing an ultrasound at the same time so that they wouldn’t misplace it and will expel itself from your body. It has happened to people I know and I didn’t want it to happen to me. If you are thinking about getting one please ask your doctor about the ultrasound because it could save you a lot of pain. 

The actual insertion was some of the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. Mostly because they are dilating your cervix so you are having contractions, which isn’t normal or natural unless you are giving birth. The insertion only lasted about 15 seconds and then it was over. The first two days after was also very painful. Your cervix is contracting and the cramps are really bad. Nothing too unbearable, and Advil or Midol can easily help it. You are still bleeding like a normal period for about a week or two. I was still spotting up to a month and a half after. Since then, I haven’t had my period.

My takeaway is that I love my IUD. I haven’t had my period and don’t have to worry about taking a pill at the same time every day. If inserted properly, it can last up to six years. I hope this was helpful in informing you about my IUD experience!


Bridget Turro

Manhattan '23

Bridget is a sophomore at Manhattan College. She is majoring in political science and minoring in woman and gender studies. She loves animals, traveling and exploring NYC.
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