Hello, I'm 38 years old and my husband and I have decided no more babies and I am currently not taking any contraception as I was taking "Zoely" last year and put on 10kgs in 3 months!
Went back to the doctor and he suggested the Mirena as he said the snip is too final as I still can have children just in case we need too.
He would subscribe the pill as apparently too high of stroke percentage as I am older.
My thing is I am so confused - I currently have really heavy periods and PCOS. I had complicated births and the thought of a Mirena makes me wonder what else is going to happen to me.
My husband is happy to have the snip but is this the best solution to my heavy periods or is that something that's better to deal with than getting pregnant.
Is there any pill out there that doesn't give weight gain?
What's everyone my age currently doing?
Appreciate all your advice x
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31-05-2015 22:35 #1Senior Member
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The Snip / Mirena or The Pill? I'm so confused!
01-06-2015 08:10 #2
I'm getting closer to your age. I have a blood clotting disorder so I can't use the pill either. We knew we were definitely finished so DH had the snip as my body had been through a lot already, most women end up with heavier, longer periods after getting tubes tied and we'd already tried the mirena and I could feel it scratching around but I've heard that this doesn't happen for all people.
I have PCOS but the cramps aren't too bad and my period isn't heavy though.
01-06-2015 09:39 #3Senior Member
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I had awful periods after the birth of my twins, very heavy and painful and it went on for years, the ob recommended a mirena, and I haven't had a period since. I really love it. It does hurt to get it inserted, but I've had it twice and the second time they put me under and put it in while investigating the cause of the heavy bleeding. The first time I had it put in while awake and it felt like a big pinch, the pain was over in a second though. I have no weight gain, although some people do, and no mood swings, which can be a side effect.
Even if it you were leaning towards the snip for you DH, for your bad periods it is definitely worth considering.
01-06-2015 09:43 #4
Following. I had a blood clot on the pill and recently had a stroke. My periods are shocking after my last bub, so I am pushing my DH to have the snip!
01-06-2015 10:28 #5
My sister who's 2 yrs older than me had a Mirena and it migrated into her abdomen (which is one of the rare side effects of it). She needed surgery to remove it last year.
Can you not have the Implanon rod in your arm instead???
01-06-2015 12:03 #6
If implanon has estrogen then no.
I also experienced no periods on the mirena and was okay with losing weight after bub with it in.
01-06-2015 14:29 #7
01-06-2015 14:40 #8
I got the mirena put in earlier this year. I have had horribly painful and heavy periods since having babies, to the point that only panadeine forte was doing something to dull the pain and I was iron deficient from bleeding so much.
The mirena has definitely made my periods pain free, and while I am still getting a period they are light and don't drag on for weeks. I had a lot of pain after it was inserted for a few days but that stopped fairly quickly. I'm happy with it so far and have had minimal side effects.
01-06-2015 14:55 #9
I have the mirena and I really like it. I don't have to remember to take pills every day and because the hormones are targeted the side effects are much lower than in the pill. I had spotting for a few months but it cleared up fine - I now get a "period" once a month (pretty much 1 day of very light bleeding and no cramping) as opposed to heavy painful periods I used to have as I have endometriosis.
Also the gyno told me it's more effective in preventing pregnancy than having your tubes tied, less side effects than other hormonal/tubal forms of contraception, and is reversible. Win win I think!
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01-06-2015 15:29 #10
What a strange thing for your GP to say regarding the vasectomy. DH had one last year at age 34. We've had two kids are we knew we were done. I wanted to avoid contraception because it doesn't agree with me. Absolutely zero regrets about our decision.
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