Background info — FAAB, 18 years old, not currently sexually active but wanting to plan to be. I’m considering various birth control methods — I’m likely to start whatever I’m trying in August when I’m back at school. I’ve asked on here about hormonal birth control, and gotten some good info about that, but since my major depression gets significantly worse with the hormonal changes before my period begins, pill-format hormonal birth control might not be for me.
The nurse at my college’s health center is strongly recommending an IUD right now, but I’m very frightened by the thought of perforation/expulsion. From what I can tell, the risk of an expulsion is higher if you’re young, at least for the Mirena. (The Mirena is also hormonal — I know very little about copper IUDs, so I’m looking at the ParaGuard, but the lengthened/heavier periods are also a deterrent.) Apart from those fears, the Mirena sounds right up my alley, but with the same concerns about the hormones involved interacting with my depression.
Are there any young people who’ve tried the Mirena who’d be willing to talk about their experiences with it? As well as people with depression/other mood disorders. Or is there any data out there, especially about the mental illness question.