Fair warning for TMI ahead...but I'm almost 4 months along with my Mirena, so I thought I'd give an update.
First, no matter what I say below, I am very happy with my decision! No babies, not having to take a pill daily, and less hormones in my body > whiny rants about ruined undies.
So I've had the thing in for almost 4 months now, and NO MORE CRAMPS since the insertion! Yes, I thought I was going to die the day of and the day after, but since then, my uterus has pretty much stopped complaining. I usually had debilitating cramps the first day or two of my period, and sometimes missed work for them. Since the IUD, not a single one. Awesome!
The "periods" I have had since then have been super light, super short, and, unfortunately, SUPER FUCKING RANDOM. WTF? So far, the only thing that I've been able to track it with is whether or not I'm wearing brand new and/or my favorite undies. The fourth pair just bit the dust yesterday. I should be exactly in the middle of my cycle, but had to reschedule my Brazilian on Saturday because yesterday I just started bleeding for no damn reason. And while I'm sure it'll be done by Saturday, I didn't want to have to pay the same day cancellation fee if it wasn't. Too bad my waxer is booked for the next three weeks. Ugh.
Also, I feel like I'm going through puberty again trying to figure out the timing. And of course I have to wear khakis to work, so I'm really worried about having an obvious accident one of these days. Thank Gob I had left emergency pads in my glove box, because I was at MitsuBT's house when it started yesterday, and that could have been a disaster.
My doctor said it can take 6 months for them to become regular and/or disappear completely, so it looks like I have at least 2-3 more pairs of undies to sacrifice before I'm through this. Either that, or I can start wearing pantyliners on the daily, but who can afford that?
Also, no migraines! I usually get those around the time I start my period, and that hasn't happened since. It hasn't been in long enough for me to tell if the less hormones has helped my depression, but I'm optimistic.