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And now…..onto your health. WARNING: This blog contains very personal information regarding my health as a woman and the challenges I have faced and now am overcoming.  Reader discretion is advised. So last summer, I decided to have the Mirena IUD placed in my cervix.  For all of you that do not know what it is- it is a synthetic hormone device (shaped like the letter “T”) that is placed in the uterus to prevent baby-making from occurring.  IUD  stands for Intra-uterine device.  I had it placed as a last resort option form of contraception. By the way, it hurt like hell having it inserted.  That could possibly be due to the fact that I have not given birth to any children.   I was on Alesse for 4 years and I had recurrent infections constantly. I had debated about getting the copper IUD placed because there is no synthetic hormones that are released into my body.  I went with the Mirena because having “no period” sounded appealing and I heard that with the copper IUD my menses could be heavier.

BIG MISTAKE!

Here are some of the side effects I experienced upon having it placed:

1) Cramping

Ya ain’t that the bloody truth, literally!  It took weeks before I didn’t have shooting pain from my pelvic area.  I was using Tylenol with codeine to keep the pain under control. I always felt like something was there.  Anytime I needed to have a bowel movement it would be very uncomfortable.  Hello, RED FLAG!

2Mood Swings

As a woman, I feel a wide range of emotions especially when I PMS.  However, I think my spouse can vouch and say that I was angry all of the time.  I could be happy one second and full of rage not long after.  It was like a light switch.  I really didn’t think it was that bad.  My spouse ended up suffering the most.  I am surprised he put up with me.   I felt like I couldn’t cry.  I was this tough girl and nothing could touch me.  I cried but it took a lot for me to cry.  FYI, this is not typically me. I can usually have a good cry every and a while, but nothing.  All I can say is I just didn’t feel like myself. (looking back now I see it)

3) Libido

Hmmm, I have to question at times if this is a bad thing.  Well, I guess it is.  It is for my spouse who wishes we would be intimate more often.  I really don’t miss it.  Call me crazy.  I do realize that it is something that is very important in a relationship.  I just don’t have the desire, ambition or interest to do it.

4) Depression

I really don’t think I know the full extent to this.  I didn’t know how to feel anything.  Have you ever felt like that?  Nothing felt good in life.  I wasn’t happy with my job, or my personal life. I felt so numb about everything in my life.  Nothing could make me really happy.

5) Constant spotting

I still menstruated with the Mirena and even spotted between my cycle.  I found it frustrating because I never knew when “Aunty Flow” was going to come.  My period was much lighter on the plus.  Ovulation was painful every month.  It put tremendous pressure on my pelvic area.  I had to take painkillers at times. After much debate and discussion with my spouse, I had the Mirena IUD removed.  Alleluia!  I have to say that I have tolerance for pain but that hurt a lot.  I thought all of my prayers had been answered.  My life will return to “normal.” What does that even mean? Little did I know of the horrific side effects once the Mirena was removed.  I have researched and discovered that most women either have side effects upon insertion or removal or both.

For me, I am noticing  the side effects seem greater upon the removal and here is why:

1) Weight gain

This has definitely affected me the most.  I didn’t think that I was going to have a problem with my weight because from what I have read most women experience their weight gain upon insertion.  I gained 6 pounds in my first week after the removal.  I have gained a total 8 pounds in not even 2 months.  I have looked at ways to try to detox the hormones from my system but haven’t succeeded to find anything.  I use essential oils and I think I am going to try their woman blend to see if that helps.

2) Constipation

I have had maybe 2 bowel movements that were “normal.” Besides that they are sporadic, clumpy, hard, painful, pebbly, or just not happening. I know the hormonal changes have caused my bowels to fluctuate and create imbalances. It is really a horrible feeling not being able to go number 2. I feel bloated, gaseous, ugh I just want it to end already!!! I just wanna POOP!!!!! Apparently, a sign of constipation is a potassium deficiency. My goodness! I already take a potassium supplement. Potassium and sodium are electrolytes.  Sodium ends up causing water retention. We metabolize those electrolytes in our small intestine so I guess that makes sense…but it sucks. Then there is insulin. Apparently my body has gone into fat storage which will eventually lead to insulin resistance. When is this going to stop? I could really go on and on….but I won’t.

3) Brainfog

I hadn’t even realized I had brain fog until I started reading other forums and blogs related to the Mirena. This is a sign of insulin resistance. Weird. Even after almost 2 months my clarity is still not clear. I feel spacey at times especially towards the end of the day.

4) Fatigue

This is a sign of insulin resistance as well. This sign often seems vague due to the fact we live in a world where everyone does not sleep enough.   However, by taking a look at all of the other signs I am exhibiting I know that it is a just part of the hormone imbalance I am experiencing. I just wish I could speed this whole process up. Lower levels of progesterone will make you more tired. Many of these signs are listed under the Mirena side effects.

There are so many things going on at the cellular level to really get into it here. I did read that the Mirena puts your body into estrogen dominance. P.S. estrogen dominance is not a good thing. This is why most women have a hard time losing or maintaining their weight. I am getting less patient about waiting for my body to get normal again. When is it going to happen? I can barely take it anymore. I eat the healthiest I have ever in my life, I exercise regularly and yet I still feel like a balloon. I just wanna feel good again! I do know that I am on the right track! So for all of you thinking about getting an IUD, please do your research. Think about it long and hard before you have it inserted. Sometimes we don’t have much of a choice so if you need to just be aware of the potential side effects that can occur. I am only beginning to realize the problems I have had and I only had it for 6 months. I know one thing for sure, I will not get another Mirena inserted. Good luck to all those out there who are struggling from the side effects of the Mirena!

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One second. One minute. One hour.  One day. One week. One month. One year……

Where does the time go?    Have you ever stopped to think about what you have accomplished in that very moment?  Not looking back nor forward, just in the present moment?  It makes me think.  I think a lot.  I think a lot about the past and future.  I am just beginning to realize the power and gratitude of being present in the moment.

I think about my life 10 years ago.  Gee it’s been 10 years already.  10 years ago seems like a century ago in one aspect and like yesterday in another.  10 years ago….I was in my early twenties, living the dream (I didn’t think that at the time but I was) living close to home, in my first year of my diploma program, broke (what I thought was broke) and just wanted to break free of everyone and everything.  I wanted to start over in my mind.  I wanted a fresh start.  A new beginning.  I never lived in the moment.  I wanted to finish school so I could move onto “bigger and better things” .  Once school ended, I moved away from my family and friends I had known for my whole life to a new unfamiliar place.  After moving a few times I finally found my “new home.”  It was hard.  I faced new challenges like missing my family, not seeing my loved ones as often as I did before and having to meet new people.  How the heck do you do that? Where do you meet people when you work? Well for me, it was through work.

I found my “dream job” about a year after I graduated and once again life began to focus on the things I had always dreamed about.  Oh ya and who could forget about loans? Ya so I focused on paying off school loans, car loans, saving for the future, future plans, future, future, future……I began thinking about meeting the “perfect guy”, getting married, having two kids (twin boys to be precious) owning a house, blah, blah, blah.  My outlook on life was so innocent, naïve.  Remember, I come from a place where everyone knows you and the color of underwear you are wearing.  I wanted this all done by the time I was thirty (okay or at least started) Is that hard to ask for?

I thought I was living life in the moment but I was always looking ahead.  Nearing 30, I began to panick.  I did not have anything accomplished that I had hoped for.  Ya, this part of my life I couldn’t plan.  I really thought I was going to stay in my 20s forever.  Ha, ha ya right hey? By this time I started feeling less naïve, less hopeful of the world overall  Yikes.  Sounds rather bitter.

Wait a minute.  Did I hear that right?  The farm girl who is determined, has goals, never gives up, looks at the good in everything, who is positive, and upbeat thinks less of the world?  Ya you heard it!

Fast forward a few yearsand here I am in my 30s and still no different than where I was 10 years ago.  I am not married (legally), have not had any of my own children (boyfriend as 2) or have I done any travelling like I have always wanted to do.  However, I am blessed to have my dog, my home , and my family which may not have been the way I pictured it but here it is.

I have lived my life in fast forward for so long that I don’t think I know how to slow down and take each moment as they come. I have came to terms that I am a work-a-holic! I am not ready for another 10 years to fly by without having the things I wanted accomplished by my 30s not done by my 40s.

This year I decided that I was going to change this.  (okay at least start) I am living each day by my intention to think the positive in everything I do. It may not be exactly where I thought I would be 10 years ago; but that is also a state of mind.  It’s not a race.  I wake up happy knowing it is a new day! I have no plan in mind I just know that happiness and living my dream is possible again.  I do not even know where I am headed yet but it is okay and I can live with that.

Before you know it, this moment is gone and it will be merely a memory you hold with you.  Live in the moment for we will never know if we have another tomorrow.