Mirena IUD, after 1 yr on Depo Provera?
8 years ago, I had some major health issues.
(4 strokes, kidney failure, heart attack, and various issues connected to them)
One year ago...
It took years for me to try and stabilize myself, do some recovery and get myself back together when I began having the excruciating right pelvic pain, that was unbearable. I was back in the hospital often, trying to get a diagnosis, keeping my pain and blood pressure in control, and finally I got it-Endometriosis.
It made sense...I had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy 12 years ago or so, and the ovary was removed, opening up the perfect place to get some adhesion's going. The first twinge of pain was in the exact spot, I knew they were connected.
Trying to get treatment was another story. My first GYN flat out told me I was over his head. I got not only 2nd, but 3rd, 4th, umpteenth opinions...until I finally found my current GYN who reminds me of Judy Judy, with the little glasses down her nose and everything. She has provided with the best relief until now. With my fragile medical history. My current treatment is an injection of Depo Provera every three month's, and daily pain medications as needed.
This regimen has worked for one straight year, until the end of Feb. That is when my next injection was due, and I had begun to bleed ( I had the injection). I have been bleeding for 50 days straight.
I saw my GYN on Friday, and she recommended I switch to a Mirena IUD for my next course of treatment, that the depo provera must not be working anymore. That's it? It just stops working? It had seemed to be the wonder drug one year ago.
Before that I had two rounds of Lupron Depot, but at $2,000.00 per shot, I could not afford it.
Now the IUD? I had one in the 80's I think, and all I can remember was how badly it hurt putting it in, and while it was in me. I just did not like it, but I acknowledge it has likely changed with all the other technology.
Any Mirena IUD info would be appreciated, and why would it help endo sufferers?
The results of the strokes has had a huge impact on my memory, so I cannot keep track of all this information for very long, and while I need to make an informed decision, half of me wants to leave it in my doctors hand.
I am hoping you women out there have some answers to help me make this decision. All the typical treatments that require any anesthesia are out, as I am not a candidate for any surgery with my kidney failure and the strokes.
Just trying to get this all out is confusing for me, I hope it makes some sense for you.
Thank you very much for listening...Janet
Last edited by writeleft; 04-09-2011 at 10:49 PM.