I'm 26 and have no children. I've had a history of hormone problems, starting at 14 when I stopped having periods all together (My first period being at 12). At 16 they found ovarian cysts and put me on birth control. I was fine until 22 when I lost my insurance and had to go off the pill because I couldn't pay for it.
I suddenly started gaining weight, I started getting strep infections in my cervix along with yeast infections constantly. My acne, which had never been very good suddenly exploded. Someone above mentioned having infections so often that the skin cracked and bled - this happened to me and I ended up in the ER because of it. All of this with my natural hormones.
When I finally got my insurance they tried me on more than a few types of birth control, including the one I had originally been on, all of which I was suddenly allergic to, and made my acne even worse. The last one they put me on had me vomiting constantly within 24hours of going on it, I lost all feeling in my arms and legs and couldn't get myself out of bed otherwise.
I drug myself to the doctor and he offered Mirena as an alternative. He explained to me that because Mirena only releases a small amount of hormones locally (rather than entering the blood stream) I'd be less likely to feel any effects from it.
I'm a little confused and concerned now after reading all the posts here. Some posters describe side effects that would seem (at least to me) that the hormones do in fact enter the rest of your body instead of being strictly "local" to the uterus. I'm torn between what my natural hormones seem to do to me and what having artificial hormones can do. I'm sort of worried that my only option, seeing as I don't want children, is a tubal ligation. I'm just not ready to pay for that kind of thing quite yet.
I'm not worried about the pain since my doctor is not only giving me the pill to soften my cervix, but also sedating me. He schedules all his IUDs twice a month on a day where he has someone come in to sedate patients for these procedures. Has anyone had this done when they had theirs put in?