I've read through most of the posts and comments here, and am hoping I can get some additional info/opinions.
Dealt with endo since I was 13. Have tried Seasonal, Depo-Provera, Depo-Lupron, Norethindrone, and Junel Fe. I have had 9 laproscopies done since then, the last being around July of 2011. It has grown despite the use of all of these hormonal BC. I quit taking birth control when I was 19, until 22 when i became pregnant with my son.
My body itself seems to handle hormonal BC okay.My mind doesn't. While I am bipolar II, I know my moods and my disease, and I have never been as bad as I have been since starting back on the BC after having my son. I was the same before I stopped taking them, 19-22 was probably the least "bipolar" I've ever felt. I have horrible mood swings, depression, etc. However, since starting the BC after having my son, I have had no appetite, and am now underweight. (From 186 when I had my son to 125 two months later). I have went to the doc, everything's normal, went to a dietician, but still can't get my appetite back/weight up. I'm working closely with both, as well as other docs, to get in the best health I can be, and I'd really like to give my body at least a year or two to let it even it's own hormones back out.
I am now 24, engaged to my son's father. He has five other kids from a previous marriage, and is perfectly fine not having any more (which I completely understand). Vasectomy is out of the question (no matter what, he will not be convinced that you can "have your nuts cut" and still feel like "a man"). I don't want more children, and have already tried to convince my doc to tie my tubes (you might want kids later, especially if you end up in another relationship). I don't. I had five near-suicide attempts (thanks suicide hotline!) during my pregnancy, and am just not one of those people who can mentally handle being pregnant. "We" won't be having more kids, and if something happens to this relationship I still won't have kids with another man (one of those things).
I'd like to get feedback/opinions from women WITH endometriosis who have either Mirena/Paragard, as much info as possible. Not as worried about insertion pain (I'll deal) as I am about your experience after, especially if you had it more than a year. EVERYTHING you can possibly tell me about your experience: cramps, bleeding, how long it took for periods to be "normal", what are your periods like now, side effects, etc. (I'm not going to get grossed out or anything, I just really want to know what the possibilities are so I can weigh my options). I'd also really like to hear from anyone who has Bipolar Disorder or who has had issues with other horomonal BC, and who had Mirena or Paragard. Please feel free to message me instead if you'd like.