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Something Has Changed


I got my IUD last Thursday, and was done taking the pill the Tuesday just before that.  I think my pills had a week of placebos, but I’m not sure.  Anyway, I did get the Mer.ena IUD on advisement of Dr. H – he knows that synthetic hormones don’t bother me and he replaces 30% of the copper ones with Mer.enas for his patients within a year because they ask for the change – so it was a no-brainer for me.  I trust him – a lot!

I’m not sure how long I’ve been off of the “pill” hormones because of that week of placebo/non-placebo pills, but there has been a major shift in my mood… and in the right direction!  I’m a little irritated right now with the IUD because of the spotting, but even that isn’t getting me down.  I am so relaxed, so patient, so “go with the flow”… I cannot believe it.  Every time the kids get me worked up, I react much more calmly than I did the entire time I was on that damned pill, and even if I holler at them, it’s over and done with in a split second and I’m over it – I do not stew or dwell on it.

I have felt more motivated to DO THINGS, like decorate the house, take the kids to fun things, eat leftovers in the house for lunch (this sounds ridiculous, but if you know me, you know that we go out for lunch EVERY day so this is a big change), finish up craft projects that have been sitting for well over 1.5 years.  It’s incredible.  I’ve even been sick as a dog (no running or exercise since last Thursday, ironically, the same day I got the IUD) and I am still getting way more done than I did before.  It’s… strange.  It’s… good!

Oh… and I think a bit of my very limited s*x drive is returning.  I even initiated things happily last night.  Ha ha!

Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

14 thoughts on “Something Has Changed

  1. That’s great! I’ve had the Mirena for two-and-a-half years and been very happy with it. (Though I haven’t taken the pill since before we started TTC, so I can draw no real direct comparison between the two methods as to how they affect my mood and sex drive. Just no real comparison between pre-kids, pre-TTC and post-twins. LOL)

    • I’m so glad to hear it’s still working great for you! I’ve gotten over the whole, “there’s something in my uterus” feeling that I had pretty constantly… and I’m almost able to forget it’s there. I just am ready for the spotting to stop.

  2. I’m glad you went with the Mirena – it’s what I have and once the initial constant spotting stops it’s rather pleasant. Well at least for me, so I hope it’s the same for you.

  3. The pill is the devil. That is all.

  4. I noted with that iud I had some spotting but not much, increased energy, and that last thing you mentioned for sure. It was a bummer to have to switch, and the nex.planon had all the opposite side effects plus pain and itching so it is now also gone. Hopefully the next thing works for me too!

  5. That is awesome news!! Sounds like such a great difference! I am not on any birth control right now but hesitant to go back on the pill, for many reasons, but these reasons are included.

    • It’s wild to me that so many people have experienced something similar. I had NO idea… I’ve been on the pill since I was 18 heading off to college! Maybe I’m not the pessimistic person I always thought I was!

  6. Hmm. I’ve kind of written off the IUD for me, but you are making me reconsider. Please post again in a month or so to see if the positive side effects remain. I would do pretty much anything to have more energy to do the kinds of things you mentioned (the decorate the house kind of things, not the…other…things…but I guess those too?) I basically work out, go to work, deal with the kids, and collapse.

  7. Sounds like fantastic changes. 🙂

    So far I’m almost 18m into my paraguard IUD and love it. I hope you love your Mirena as well!

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