Hello my kittens! I'm back with some more period concerns.
Those of you at iud_divas have probably read this as it's X-Posted, but I want to be sure that I'm covering all my bases opinion-wise.
I understand that Mirena works both as a physical barrier for sperm but will also thin the uterine lining to prevent implantation. I have no reason to believe my IUD isn't seated correctly – I check the strings just about every time I shower and feel no plastic bits, no knot, nothing strange that would indicate expulsion.
Recently, (and this is even before I got my Mirena) I've been having problems with my periods. They've become quite obnoxious. I've posted in this community about my problems before, but they continue and they're causing me concern.
When my periods come, they often last two or more weeks and consist of no real flow, just a thick, brown goo that barely warrants a pantyliner. I've been drinking loads of red raspberry leaf tea and taking vitamin E to encourage a healthy flow.
I've been due for my period for a few days now and it has yet to show. I've had VERY mild cramping, which is unusual – usually my cramps with the Mirena are extremely painful, but short-lived. My boobs have been killing me and I've had very light tan spotting periodically, but nothing that would even match my usual Mirena periods, let alone pre-Mirena.
Now, of course, since my period is almost a week late (as per my usual calendar) the irrational part of my brain is going "Sweet zombies, you're pregnant!" The rational part of my brain is going "Um, no. No you're not. 99.6% effective, hellllooooo!"
Those of you with the IUD – How many of you experienced a drastic change in your periods with Mirena? I know one of the potential benefits of Mirena is a complete absence of a period – how many of you experienced this and how were your pre-Mirena periods?
You smart, wise kittens – can any of you allay the fears of my irrational brain that I'm preggo? Believe me, I know how silly/unfounded it is, but it's in the back of my brain. I am sexually active, after all – my boyfriend and I use no other protection than the IUD, though I generally pay attention to my cycles and avoid sex during my supposed fertile times. But with my Mirena, I'm not 100% sure when those are, dontcha know?
If my period isn't here by the end of the month, my Mirena and I will stop by planned parenthood and check her placement and pee in a cup to see if I need to go… see a man about a horse… Or something.