Hormonal IUD before and during the menopause

Gabriela, 49 (bank clerk)

I took the pill for a very long time, including after having my two children (14 and 17). As I got older I became increasingly fed up with having to remember to take a pill every day. I was also uneasy about taking oestrogen for years on end. So when I was saw my gynaecologist I asked her to tell me about alternatives. After an extensive consultation I decided to go for the Mirena hormonal coil. I haven’t regretted my decision yet. I was a little afraid before the fitting, but my fears turned out to be completely unfounded. In the first few months I still sometimes had some light spotting, but because my gynaecologist had warned me that it might happen it didn’t bother me. In time my period got lighter as well. After a few months I only got light periods every second or third month. Since then I’ve had my second Mirena coil fitted. I can’t feel the Mirena, don’t have periods any more and have no complaints. I get on very well with the Mirena, and I trust it.