Mirena and Fertility Awareness
January 30, 2012 8:51 AM Subscribe
This may be naive: is there any way to have my fertility tested while I have a Mirena inserted?
posted by swingbraid to health & fitness (11 answers total)
I am 32 years old, and my partner and I would definitely like to have children in the future. However, it will be about a year or two before I'm really ready if I pursue some not-very-child-friendly career opportunities, such as overseas development work. Lately though, I've been experiencing a pretty intense desire to become a mother, as well as vivid dreams about babies and children, all of which have upended my previously laissez faire approach to timing and priorities. I talked about this with my partner, and while we haven't yet changed our plans to work overseas for a while before settling down somewhere, we figured that it would be best if we were informed with some more specific-to-us odds before we make any big decisions one way or another. We have about 5 or 6 months before it's life-style decision time.
I've done a fair amount of research, but I might be doing it wrong because I can't find anything that tells me definitively whether my fertility can be accurately gauged while using hormonal BC, specifically a Mirena. For instance, can I use an ovulation kit or should I just wait until I speak with a doctor? Do I need to have my Mirena removed for more accuracy? I do plan to see one, but I want to be armed with some knowledge and maybe the right questions to ask and tests to request beforehand. I've never actually talked about fertility issues with a doctor, and I'm feeling a little at sea and overwhelmed by all the info out there.
Possibly relevant: I have had one pregnancy which I terminated, so I know that it's possible for me to become pregnant, but that was over a decade ago.
Thanks for any advice.