Monday, May 17, 2010

Mo' hormones, mo' problems

I've had my IUD out for a little over a week now and I must say- I feel AMAZING! Best thing I've done for myself in awhile. I feel I owe a great deal of thank you's to Rebecca Woolf who gave me the idea (she was also on Mirena and experiencing the same symptoms as me). And maybe I'll give myself a little credit for following my gut and not just convincing myself that I was merely blowing things out of proportion. Since getting Mirena removed the following has happened-

*I've had no mood swings. I'm PMSing right now as we speak and yet, no tears, no cursing of life, no husband wondering what he married, more patience all around.

*My sex drive is back with a vengence.

*My hair feels softer.

*I haven't been craving red meat like I was perpetually craving, which is awesome because I've been trying to stear clear of as much unnecessary meat as I can.

*I have more energy.

*Greg has even noticed the changes. This morning as he left for work he kissed me and said "happy to have you back." This was the one time I got semi-teary as I was equally as happy to have myself back as well.

Now, I've been trying to figure out what to do about this whole "now able to procreate" state I'm in. We've decided, very firmly so, that there will be no more babies until we're financially ready to care for two children without too much stress. But we still want to pretend we're making babies so we've reached that fork in the birth control road. I have a prescription for Yaz (or Yasmin, I'm not entirely sure) waiting for me at Walgreen's that I've yet to pick up because I've been rocking the shit out of my newfound stableness. I don't want anymore hormones, though I'm not quite ready to insert the Paragard IUD just yet (mostly because the pain of doing so REALLY blows). But something must be done, so I'll be starting my experiment of being back on the pill today. I feel like I'm 18 all over again.

Hopefully it gives me some awesome cleavage.


Awesome Alicia said...

that's awesome. glad things worked better for you. I started the pill for the first time this week too so it's an experiment we'll both be going through.

so far I'm not a fan since I've felt nauseous the past two mornings. hopefully that's going to go away. I'd be happy to hear your experiences with it so I'll know when I'm going crazy & when I'm not. :-)

Amanda said...

Which pill are you on? The first time I was on it I was on Ortho Tri-Cyclen and I loved it! No nausea, side affects and it even made my boobs look awesome! Although, I've heard nausea is very common when you first start out with many birth controls (I'm sure it's due to your body thinking it's pregnant). I'm starting on Yasmin today. We'll see how it goes, but at $30 a month, I think I'm going to just buck up and get the other IUD (NOT Mirena, this one doesn't have any hormones) since they are more cost effective.

Awesome Alicia said...

I wanna say it's TriNessa or something like that. I don't know much about it, my doctor said it's the usual one she prescribes & people usually like it. the nausea was really bad yesterday but not as bad today, so I'm hoping it's just my body getting used to something new. let me know how Yasmin is. thankfully insurance covers most of it because I don't know if I'd be down with paying $30 a month! I think I'm too chicken to have a IUD basically implanted in me. but I haven't done much research in it either - I'm new to the whole birth control other than the ol' rubber. haha

Amanda said...

I'll definitely let you know about Yasmin. I've heard good things so far so I'm hopeful. But the cost man! It's even the generic version, if it wasn't it would be $64 a month!

As for IUD's, thy usually aren't recommended unless a woman has already had a child. But I have heard some women can get them sans the whole childbirth experience. If you are sensitive to uterine pain though, I wouldn't recommend it (the implantation feels like a period crampx50) unless you have a heavy painkiller handy. The one I'm planning on supposedly makes period cramps/bleeding very heavy, but I suppose it's the price I must pay for 99.9% effectiveness, 10 years of not having to remember to take it and no hormones. Still....ouch.

In the birth control department it just seems like you can't win 'em all.