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A little bit on the traumatised side - mirena coil

(9 Posts)
Lougle Fri 02-Nov-12 15:43:27

I have terrible hormonal migraines. A&E doctor suggested that I have the mirena coil because it would stabilise my cycle.

So, I visited the GP, armed with this information, and got a cursory 'mmm...might do, I don't do it, take this leaflet and book in at reception'.

I went to reception, and was simply told that I would get an appointment through the post. No discussion.

6 weeks later, I have my appointment with the (different) GP for fitting.

I walked in, and she asked me to go in the corner to get undressed. I said 'hold on a second, could I just chat through whether this is the right thing for me, please?' She looked most put out, and I explained that I hadn't been able to discuss it with the previous doctor.

We discussed, and she was quite impatient with me, asking questions about my migraine but then waving her hand in frustration as I answered her questions. Eventually, it was concluded that the mirena was worth a try, but that I might like to visit the Migraine Clinic in London (not NHS, but a charitable organisation).

So I get onto the couch, and there in all its glory is the surgical set for mirena insertion. I am a nurse, have worked in theatres, but still, all that metal <shudder>.

She was slightly frustrated with the nurse assisting, because the light wasn't in the right position. Then she was slightly brusque with me, asking me to relax my bottom. She then said with irritation that my cervix was in spasm and I really needed to try and relax. Well, I'm sorry, but I don't have conscious control of my cervix!! Perhaps subconsciously, the sight of the metal long nosed pliers forceps was making my body react.

The GP decided that I needed to have local anaesthetic gel and TNT spray. She then inserted the Mirena Coil fairly quickly, and did an examination, etc. I felt quite traumatised by it all, to be honest. She was asking me questions (age of children) then talking over me as I answered. She asked if they were normal deliveries, but again spoke over me as I answered. I mentioned that I may have a small prolapse, but probably had wasted enough of their time, and she just said 'I can't be doing all that now'. I didn't want her to, I just wanted her to be aware that I had noticed.

After the procedure, she changed to being really quite pleasant, with clear and helpful aftercare advice. I don't know what changed.

Anyway, there you go. Not quite what I hoped for.

LynetteScavo Fri 02-Nov-12 15:51:19

How horrid for you!

I can only imagine the GP was very nervous of doing the procedure.

I hope it works for you. (Mine is brilliant)

MegMogAndOwl Sat 03-Nov-12 11:13:55

I had my mirena fitted about 2 months ago and my experience nothing like that, it sounds awful. sad

You could contact the practice manager to raise your concerns. You should be able to get their details on the surgery website. I guess she could have been nervous like the previous poster said.

Hopefully it works, I'm a big mirena fan too grin

Lougle Sat 03-Nov-12 12:22:28

I'm glad you're fans smile

I may well contact the practice.

kiwigirl42 Sat 03-Nov-12 12:30:23

sounds horrendous. no wonder you couldn't relax!

Hope the mirena helps with your migraines. I found it great for heavy periods.
I've been having menopause inducing injections for past few mths due to hormonal migraines (awful almost daily for past 5 yrs) and are on waiting list for hysterectomy now.
really hope you find something that helps as migraines are miserable.

Shesparkles Sat 03-Nov-12 12:32:21

Your experience sounds bloody awful and so unnecessary!
Like others have said, I've had nothing but a positive experience of the mirena for about 12 years and hope it's the same for you.

OwedToAutumn Sat 03-Nov-12 12:33:19

I fell pregnant on the mirena coil.

But it was very convenient up until then.

Headiteddie Sat 03-Nov-12 12:36:56

Oh poor you. If it makes you feel any better, my cervix also goes into spasm at the 'sight' of a mirena. It took three visits to get it in. Each time, the doctor (three different ones) has emphasised that there was nothing I could do to make a difference, it wasnt my fault at all, its just something that happens. So please dont think you werent relaxed enough or you did something else wrong.

It sounds like the dr got very stressed by the difficult insertion and took it out on you hmm Hope it helps your migraines.

Onetwothreeoops Sat 03-Nov-12 12:37:55

I think the questions she was asking you (and talking over you) were purely to distract you from the actual procedure.

Shame your experience was like that. I've had two fitted in the past and the doctor was brilliant. It's never going to be fun but your doctor made it worse.

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