Not revolting as in “ew, gross,” – although, it’s heading that way. Revolting as in my body is The Colonies to my British rule.
(Warning – this may go into TMI territory – you’ve been warned.)
I have been on Mirena for three and a half years. I love it – I can’t say enough about how great it is. The first year I was on it, I barely had a period – I had maybe 3 very light periods. After the first year, I got a regular cycle. Every 28 days, on the dot. It lasted about 3 days, and was incredibly light.
Then, about 5 months ago, my cycle became wonky. It’s irregular. I never know when it will start. Over that time I’ve also gained entirely too much weight. (And, dear friends, if you say any of those god-awful platitudes, I swear I will strip down naked and prove it to you.)
Of course, last October my pap smear didn’t go well, and I’ve been having to go back every three months for a biopsy on the cells. They haven’t found cervical cancer, and this last time they actually think my body is trying to heal itself. But I wonder if that has anything to do with the irregular cycle and the weight gain.
Or maybe it’s a thyroid issue. But I hate blaming my weight on something like that, and I hate taking medication for anything. I don’t really believe in taking medication to fix a problem, because I think it should be solved the same way it happened – naturally. (Says the girl who pops excedrin at the first sign of a headache.) I’m not holistic or anything like that by any means – quite the opposite, in fact. I just think that Americans are over-medicated, and I don’t want to be a part of it.
So I’m going to keep track of everything I eat and every exercise I do for a couple of weeks, via www.fitday.com. And then, if things haven’t improved on the weight issue, I’m going to the doctor.