I edited with an update, but I don't know if everyone who replied will see it, so I'm now going to post this (again?) to groupthink... sorry if this is not at all what I'm supposed to do or something. There are a lot of solid tips in here for anyone thinking about getting an IUD. Thanks everyone!
Update: Thank you all SO MUCH for sharing your stories and warnings. I survived the insertion! The tube the Mirena comes in is made of plastic and has some give, so it took a few tries to get it in past the cervix, but we did it! The cramping is really something though, and coming in waves. I found myself in Target after I got out of PP, literally walking the aisles and thinking "What will make me feel good now?" Apparently Fage honey yogurt and a bougie sweet-smelling soy wax candle are the answers to that question. I may also consider a delayed 4/20 celebration this evening if this keeps up. Only because I like to avoid alcohol (and caffeine) when cramped. It also turned out that my insurance covered all of it (huzzah!) and so I decided to make a somewhat generous donation to PP. Here's hoping for some good reproductive karma!
I know I don't post often, but what I love about reading all the posts is the general sense of camaraderie in the comments section. So, there must be people out here with Mirena, right? I have an appointment to get one this afternoon and I'm a little nervous. Reading on the internet at large is no good because there seem to be as many positive stories as negative.
Also, can I continue to take my pill for a bit to help my body settle in, or do I just stop it after today? I think I'm most worried about getting off the pill! It seriously made my life so much better in terms of PMS/cramps/bloating and general moodiness. I've been on it for three years and if I weren't traveling abroad so much this year, I would just stay on it.
Speaking of traveling — will I really have cramps and spotting for the next three months? I sure hope not. I don't even think I can handle it this week, what with 2 grant app deadlines and other work stuff. When I called to make the appointment I asked if I'd have to take a couple of days off and the person speaking to me said I could go back to work this afternoon and won't need to take any days off. This is true, right? I hope it's true.
Share your stories, be they reassuring or terrifying, so I can at least ask good questions before going through with it! Thank you!