The gynae wanted to know how I was finding the mirena. I said, “Fine. The only thing is that I am getting lots of little pimples on my back which is the same thing I had years ago when I switched from the combined pill to a progesterone only pill.” I also told her that I occasionally felt some dryness and slightly itchy in my vagina. She said she had to leave some of the string hanging down from the mirena and that once a week I could use a vaginal wash that she would give me a prescription for. I knew I wouldn’t use the vaginal wash but took the prescription anyway. That evening when I had my bath I put my fingers inside my vagina – I could feel the string. Yikes. I’ve been wondering since, what do I do if someone else starts to finger me. Do I warn them that I have a mirena, and that there is a string inside my vagina so they should be careful not to pull it out?
I had a mirena fitted about ten days ago even though my bestie gave me one for a birthday present about 2-3 years ago. The gynae I was seeing at the time said I would need to convince him as to why I needed a mirena fitted – and when I tried to make a subsequent appointment to convince him I never got through. 3 weeks or so ago I registered at a new hospital in East Legon. I had moved to the area a couple of months previously and thought it was time to find a local Dr. The Dr I saw asked if I had any health concerns. “I suspect I am anaemic, and I am asthmatic but I rarely get an attack. I just need to be careful when I get a cold” I said. He sent me off to do a variety of tests and in a week’s time when I went for the results he told me that my hemoglobin level was 3.9 – the minimum it should be for a woman is 11. The scan I had done also showed that I had a huge fibroid. That was when I asked for a referral for a gynae, and as a first step to deal with the huge amounts of blood I have been loosing every month she recommended that I have a mirena fitted. I was more than happy to do so. It’s something I wanted to do ages ago – I also feel quite annoyed that even though I had wanted to do this years ago the gynae I was seeing at the time had been reluctant to do so. My hb levels wouldn’t be so low if only I had the coil inserted years ago. And I wouldn’t have had all those periods when I would be stressed about soiling myself or travelling during my cycle. So apart from the increased onslaught of pimples across my back (which I am currently treating with a cream), and the occasional vaginal dryness, I am really happy with the mirena. My last period was significantly lighter but ironically lasted longer – 7 days instead of my usual 6. I know it will take a while for my body to adjust to the mirena, and I’m looking forward to shorter, lighter periods. Do you use the mirena? How have you found it? Would you consider having a mirena inserted? Let me know your thoughts.