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Goodbye Mirena Coil IUD

And for me at least, it is good riddance. After six years, it was definitely time for us to part ways. I’m 52 and single so it’s not needed for birth control, and I’m on HRT and take progesterone tablets, so it’s not needed as the progesterone part of HRT either.

The Mirena coil is used as effective birth control for about four years so it was even, by now, out of date. So although the nurse I saw six months ago persuaded me to keep it in (against my instincts) I decided I’d had enough of there being a sizeable piece of plastic in my womb for no reason at all, and asked the doctor to take it out today this morning. She agreed.

I stripped off the bottom half of my clothes and lay on the bed. The (female) doctor then switched on the lamp and aimed it between my legs. Awkward… but necessary! Then she inserted the speculum and dilating instrument and cranked it up to widen the cervix to about 5cm. I tried to relax and she told me to take deep breaths, but it was pretty uncomfortable (although not exactly painful). Then she inserted a grabber thing, like a miniature litter picker, and a few seconds later told me to cough… in the same instant I obliged she pulled the strings of the coil and it pinged out onto the bed. That part didn’t hurt at all, and I was delighted. I’d given birth to a t-shaped piece of polyethylene! Straight away I started feeling cramps, and these continued for several hours along with light bleeding, but by late afternoon the bleeding had slowed right down and the cramping had become mild.

So that’s it. I am free of the implant in my womb. Just got to get these large silicone breast implants out now. Five days until the big op….

Hormones Are Powerful Things

And now I’m worried I’ve given myself cancer. I take HRT to help prevent hot flushes and migraines relating to the menopause. It comes in the form of a colourless, odourless gel that you spread on your arms, but you can only use this if you also have the Mirena coil fitted in your womb giving you the progesterone component of the HRT. If you just have the gel alone it’s likely to damage your womb and/or give you cancer. The Mirena coil works for 4 years as part of the HRT process. The other day, I looked in my diary to find out when I’d had the coil fitted and it was five-and-a-half years ago. I’ve been giving myself the oestrogen gel for a year-and-a-half without the progesterone component and no-one from the medical profession ever got in contact with me.

I panicked, naturally, and sent my doctor an econsultation message (there’s no way I could get an actual, real, face-to-face appointment in Covid times, they simply don’t allow it). Over the phone, the doctor prescribed me progesterone pills to take as a matter of urgency and asked me to book an appointment to have my coil taken out and a new one put in.

However I don’t want to be on HRT at all, or to have a new coil, I want it removed for good. But because I started down this route of tampering with my hormones I can’t suddenly stop. It’s going to take me about three months or more to wean off the HRT, slowly and carefully, and I can’t leave my womb unprotected that long. And actually, if I get unbearable hot flushes I might decide I need HRT for a bit longer after all. In which case I’d need the coil.

The progesterone pill has to be taken on an empty stomach and I NEVER have an empty stomach, so this is very difficult for me. It says in the documentation that the pill should be taken two hours after eating and an hour before eating. Well, I managed it for two days but it’s not sustainable. I was STARVING. And I’ve also been getting continuous powerful migraines (I’ve had six in the last nine days). I have no idea whether they’re connected to suddenly starting the progesterone pill, probably unlikely, but in any case, I stopped taking them today. I’m going to have to leave my womb to get damaged for a little longer. What’s another four days after 1.5 years?

But BOY am I getting cramps now. Which is very worrying. I only took the progesterone for two days but it was obviously powerful stuff. I feel like I’m ovulating again.

I’m all messed up internally and I feel out-of-control over my own body. All I want is to be natural and have no HRT and no coil. But it’s going to take a long time to reach that goal.

Here’s hoping I don’t develop womb cancer before Thursday.