I have the Mirena. It mostly works. I still have some days where I feel crampy, but I imagine this is what a normal crampy period feels like, as opposed to I feel like I'm going to die, curled up in a little ball crying, crampy period. lol I don't think I've had any side effects with it, but I've heard some people do. Good luck with your decision!
I don't have any experience with Mirena but I'm in the exact same situation. I didn't have any kid and I'm 50 years old. I have a fibroid, 2 cysts on an ovary, adenomyosis and endometiosis. At the age of 46 years old, I started to have very heavy periods and I was anemic by the age of 48. I was prescribed the birth pill and had terrible migraines. But at least, the periods were ok. So, after a year of migraines, my obgyn talked me into the uterine ablation (winter 2010). In may 2011, I had it done (Nova Sure) and was period free during 11 months. Then, the nightmare began.
I suddenly started to bleed in June 22, 2012. I called my doctor, she said it could happen. Nothing to worry about, she said. But, I bled during a month. Then my mom passed away during that period and I had a uti just after the funeral. The pain was abnormal. But I trusted my doctor until I spent a month in pain (vulvodynia, spasms, burning urine, swelling of the clitoris - sorry to be so graphic). I went to another obgyn that told me I was going through menopause and had "vaginal dryness". I was prescribed Vagifem 10 mcg twice a week. No danger, he said. I was on it for 2 months and a half and the pain was fluctuating with my cycle even if I was using HRT. So, I started by the end of January 2013 to bleed a lot during my periods for a woman who had uterine ablation. He stopped me, I had hot flashed.
March 2013, I go to another obgyn and had another exam, he sees nothing wrong in my vagina but I feel pain on the left side, a nerve pain, mostly when I'm sitting. He told me I shouldn't have been off the Vagifem. He puts me back on it and at the end of May 2013, I stopped gradually because it was getting worse. I had breast pain, bloating, muscle and nerve pain in my pelvic area. I had an MRI with contrast prescribed by my rhumatologist and it's this doctor that found the fibroid and the cysts on the labia.
August 2013, I see another woman obgyn and she made a detailed ultrasound, told me I had adeno and endo, 2 cysts on the ovary and a small fibroid. She told me I needed an hysterectomy after explaining what these two diseases were. The HRT made my conditons worsen. I am now estrogen dominant. I told her that I wouldn't take the risk of another surgery so close to menopause.
I decided to take care of myself and go with the natural way to heal. I'm following a diet (dairy free, cafeine free, sugar free, gluten free and meat free). I use a progesterone cream 21 day by cycle. I take serrapeptase (enzyme that breaks down fibrous tissue), DIM (concentrate of brocoli, cauliflower and cabbage), I don't eat eggs just sea food, sardines and salmon. Every food that is metabolized in estrogen (dairy, sweets, caffeine, processed meats are the baddest) I banned it. The DIM is known to rebalance the hormones. The serrapeptase is an anti-inflammatory that is gradually kicking in right now. If you know what is endometriosis and adenomyosis, the fibrous abnormal cells that create these conditions launch an auto-immune reaction which bring inflammation (vulva, urethra). Then your uterus grows bigger every cycle then put pressure on your pelvic area, etc. Right now, I'm now at my 21 days of my cycle and I didn't bloat. My breast isn't painful like it's been since a year. Baby steps! I have a little inflammation that I control with yoga and stretching. I learned how to relax and to take it day by day...until my menopause set me free. They won't cut me and cause me any kind of "complications" (hurting the bladder or intestines) with an hysterectomy. I can manage to be "vegan" and patient until my menopaue is achieved. I will get old with all my hair and I won't spend my retirement with a diaper.
It's your choice to have an hysterectomy or anything else. But you have another choice, maybe a little bit toughe but a lot safer. Try just to cut cafeine and sweets to see if you get better...Me, I shoudn't have had the ablation and the Vagifem. Now, I have to go extreme.
Good luck and be brave. Sorry about my English.
You should read the post I just posted here.
I should also note, that I have really bad anxiety, and so far the "coctail" of supplements I've been taking have helped with that too. I haven't had any pms symptoms or any anxiety or anything. It's insane.
Evening Primrose Oil & Natural Progesterone Cream (from a drug store) are both good for pre-menopausal symptoms as well. You should do some research. Also a friend of mine going through something similar to you recommended a book to me "What your doctor doesn't tell you about pre-menopause" and that details why you should try natural progesterone cream too.
Maybe look into it?
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