Please take the time to read all of my post before commenting.
I have been taking the pill for medical reasons. When not on the pill I have an extremely heavy period that lasts about twelve days, and often some days I cannot leave the house.
I have a wonderful doctor who worked very hard to find the root problem. I had numerous tests done (everything from A to Z) and everything came back normal. I have seen multiple doctors and my current one has given me excellent care.
I have tried several times to discontinue the pill, and the last time discontinued it for over year, and the long heavy periods came right back. I also tried the mini-pill (progesterone only pill) and that made things much much worse. I tried dietary changes, and I already exercise regularly, and that does not help.
My doctor recommended the Mirena IUD, because in my specific situation, she thought it would be a safer and better alternative to the pill. She also educated me surgical options that reduce the lining of the uterus, but cause infertility.
I am 31 and single and do not want to rule out the possibility of having children so the surgical options are not a possiblity for me right now. I know we cannot give medical advice on this forum (but if you know of a nonhormonal way to shorten a heavy period, by all means, PM me!).
From what I have read, and from what multiple doctors have told me, in my case, the Mirena IUD would be a safer and better way to treat my long heavy periods, although there is no guarantee it would work.
But from a Catholic perspective, I have a question. I know the pill is okay to use for medical reasons, when all other options have been ruled out (which in my case is true). I know even if I was married (and having sex), it would still be okay to use, because the intent is not contraception. I know the IUD would be delivering hormones via a device, whereas the pill delivers hormones orally (causing more hormone to enter the blood stream etc).
Even though in my case, the Mirena IUD would be safer, does it have more of a chance of harming an unborn baby? If so, does that mean I should not use it, even though it is safer for me? If anyone has used the Mirena IUD, and is willing to discuss it, please PM me. Would be using the IUD be “more grave” than the pill? Since I am single now (hence, not having sex), I know morally it is okay to use either option for medical reasons. But since the Mirena IUD is for long-term use, I wanted to think about this now.
I keep hoping a better solution will come along, but right now, I need a workable solution. Ultimately, this will be a decision between me and my doctor (so the intent of my post is NOT to seek medical advise, but from a Catholic standpoint, to discern the better option.)
When responding to this thread, please REFRAIN FROM judging those who choose to take the pill for medical reasons, and REFRAIN FROM discussing the medical side effects of the pill or Mirena IUD. (I am very educated on both and it is not the purpose of this thread).
For those who feel more comfortable, please PM me.