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post #141 of 454
I have a paraguard and I've had it about a year. I got it put in 4 or 5 months PP. I did have spotting and slight cramping for a couple days after insertion. I just had my first PP AF a couple weeks ago. DS2 is now 18 months old.

It was pretty heavy bleeding for 2 days, normal bleeding for 2 days and then spotting for a couple more days. I can't say that it was any worse than the first PP AF I had after my first child when I wasn't using any type of birth control. I also didn't have any cramping.

So far I am happy with the Paraguard. It has been the best choice for me at this point in my life.
post #142 of 454

Limited Options...

I am so glad I found this post! I am 24 years old and I have been struggling for a few years trying to find a BC option that would work for me. While I was on the pill I ended up getting a blood clot in my lung; when they couldn't find a problem with my blood they automatically blamed the clot on the estrogen. Ever since then I have been trying every progesterone based BC I can and always end up unhappy with the side effects and switching. First I tried Depo, I hated it!! The shot every three months sends your hormones through the roof; it was like being on the crazy roller coaster!! On top of that my brain just felt numb, I was so depressed I didn't care about anything. It really affected my relationship and my boyfriend just didn't get it. He couldn't understand how be of an effect screwing with your hormones really had on me. Then after about 4 months I started spotting and bleeding almost every day. So I went back to my gyno to look at my options again and they told me Mirena or Implanon. I was very apprehensive about getting the Mirena since I have not had children and didn't want to hurt my chances of having children later in life. I chose the Implanon. Now I have not found anyone else who has tried this. It is a small plastic rod the place under your skin on your arm. It is good for 3 years and is a slow release progesterone. At first I loved this thing. I didn't have the emotional roller coaster and I was much happier all around and I didn’t get my period at all still. After about 8 months I started spotting again... I am now to the point were I am having a period every other week and sometimes spotting my entire 'off' week!! As you may guess this is kind of spoiling my intimate life and becoming a bit of a stressor. I have also had acne problems and gained about 15 lbs that like everyone else I just can't seem to get rid of. I also ended up doing 7 months of Accutane to get rid of the acne which wasn't fun either. I thought at first that the Accutane might be causing all my bleeding but I have been off of it since May and am still bleeding. I have had 2 ultra sounds so I know there isn't a problem with my uterus so it is just the progesterone. My gyno told me most people end up having it taken out because of spotting issues.

I am at a turning point right now. I can no longer tolerate all the bleeding. My gyno said that because I can't have estrogen I am not eligible for any of the possible treatments to help with the bleeding... because he is so helpful I am going for a second opinion next week! I also found out that my health insurance won't cover another implantable device for another 3.5 years! I can only get one every 5 years (which if you are keeping track makes me wonder what I would have done after my 3 years on Implanon was up!!). I had an appointment scheduled about a month ago to have the Implanon taken out and the Paragard put in but I ended up cancelling it after they told me it would cost me $950! I decided I wanted to do more research before I spent that kind of money on a device that I am not sure will be better than what I have. On top of that I was looking at the Paragard website and I think if I purchase the device through them I can save $250 rather then ordering through my clinic... glad they are keeping my costs down!

I hope my story helps someone. I will try to keep you posted on what I learn. I wish there were more options out there for those of us with limited options. I think they need to work harder on this male BC!! Make him see what it's like to mess with your body for awhile. Granted I went on BC b/c I had horrible PMS and irregular periods... Being a woman is rough, at least we are in this together!
post #143 of 454
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Originally Posted by RogersEm View Post
I chose the Implanon. Now I have not found anyone else who has tried this. It is a small plastic rod the place under your skin on your arm. It is good for 3 years and is a slow release progesterone. At first I loved this thing. I didn't have the emotional roller coaster and I was much happier all around and I didn’t get my period at all still. After about 8 months I started spotting again... I am now to the point were I am having a period every other week and sometimes spotting my entire 'off' week!! As you may guess this is kind of spoiling my intimate life and becoming a bit of a stressor. I have also had acne problems and gained about 15 lbs that like everyone else I just can't seem to get rid of. I also ended up doing 7 months of Accutane to get rid of the acne which wasn't fun either. I thought at first that the Accutane might be causing all my bleeding but I have been off of it since May and am still bleeding. I have had 2 ultra sounds so I know there isn't a problem with my uterus so it is just the progesterone. My gyno told me most people end up having it taken out because of spotting issues.
THat sounds a lot like a norplant, which I don't think is available anymore.
post #144 of 454
it is just like norplant but has a different progestin. it was oferred to me but I chose a paragard instead
post #145 of 454
I am subbing to read more about people's collective experience with IUD birth control. My friend recently had the Mirena inserted at her 6 week check up and discovered a week later that her Dr. had perforated her uterus. They had to do surgery and have it removed from her abdominal cavity. Does anyone know if this will affect future pregnancies? Will she be higher risk because of the uterine perforation by the Mirena? FWIW, the OB who did the surgery said her uterus appeared to be healing well...any thoughts? How common is it for the uterus to be perfortated during IUD insertion?
post #146 of 454
I just joined this forum to find out what everyone thought about the differences between paraguard and mirena. I have had mirena for 5 years and need to replace it. My local womens health clinic has program for me to get paraguard for sliding scale fee but told me I could drive to city (2 hours) and get mirena for same fee. So after scanning thru this thread I think my mind is made up. Mirena has always been great for me and so I think I will make the drive. Thanks for all the great info.
post #147 of 454
Holy Crow! So I had my first period with the Paragard over the Thanksgiving holiday... My periods before were about 5-6 days long. With the Paragard, it was 7 days. It started really light on Monday, and by Tuesday, I was dying. I had cramps like I've never had before! I had to sit in a bathtub all day with crazy hot water just to get a little bit of relief. Wednesday was rough as well... The cramps subsided by dinnertime on Thursday, thank goodness, but my period was really heavy in a way that it never was before, as well. I had to use ultra-super tampons until Friday evening, and then used regulars until the next Monday afternoon.

Apparently this will subside in a few months, we'll see. I know that I can't handle that amount of agony every month. If it continues, I'll have to have it taken out. I'm going to give it a few more months before I make that decision.
post #148 of 454
Well, I had my first period after getting the paraguard. It was definitely heavy, especially the first couple days, and I spotted for a while at the end. The whole thing lasted 8 days, where I usually only go 4 days. But I had literally no cramping -- it's weird, I usually have at least a little cramping, but I didn't have any this month. So that's good.
The heavy periods are kind of a pain for me, but it's so much better than the side effects of hormonal birth control for me, which is total libido death.
post #149 of 454
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Originally Posted by Fruitful4Him View Post
I am subbing to read more about people's collective experience with IUD birth control. My friend recently had the Mirena inserted at her 6 week check up and discovered a week later that her Dr. had perforated her uterus. They had to do surgery and have it removed from her abdominal cavity. Does anyone know if this will affect future pregnancies? Will she be higher risk because of the uterine perforation by the Mirena? FWIW, the OB who did the surgery said her uterus appeared to be healing well...any thoughts? How common is it for the uterus to be perfortated during IUD insertion?

1-2 in 1000. It's a very small amount, but it does happen. It *shouldn't* effect future pregnancies, but that depends on the OB she chooses. If she has one who won't do a vaginal delivery after uterine damage, she may be stuck getting c-sections unless she seeks a more mother-friendly OB.
post #150 of 454
Just thought I'd chime in, I have had both the Paraguard and Mirena. I had the Paraguard first for three years and absolutely hated it, especially the first 2 years my AF was so heavy, I had to wear a super tampon and pad at the same time, and my PMS was horrendous,plus lots of cramping inbetween cycles. I had it removed to conceive my second DS and then had a Mirena inserted in hopes my periods wouldn't be as heavy. My first couple of cycles were rather heavy then became normal, after a year and a half my periods are very light and sometimes only every other month. My PMS is still horrendous, but I guess thats hormones for ya. I've had it 2 years now and everything seems to be going way better than the Paraguard.
post #151 of 454
My PMS with paragard seems so much more intense than it used to...I had my iud inserted about 11 months ago. My periods have been a little lighter for the past 2 or so months, but just barely. I find that I need almost 12 hours of sleep each night for about a week before my period, which is ridiculous. And I'm very, very emotional and I can get depressed. Why does this happen?

Overall, I like it. I don't really spot too much b/w periods, and my cramps are almost non-existent (except for an intense "contraction" every once in a while). My flow is ridiculous, though. Holy Cow. My toilet looks like I murdered someone in it. I'm NP, but planning for babies in the future.
post #152 of 454

Considering ParaGard

I'm considering using ParaGard as well. I've been married for slightly over a year and have no children, although we plan on having children one day after I get my horse farm! I'd really like to get a way from hormonal therapy. I've been on the pill for 13 years now. And, I think it's taking its toll on me. Low sex drive, lack of lubrication, severe mood swings! I'm in nursing school right now, so I'm highly stressed anyways. But, lately I could cut off a man's head for just walking past me!

I'm going to talk to my husband tonight about it. Thanks to everyone here for all of your openness and honesty about your experiences. It is GREATLY appreciated! I will certainly let you all know of my decision!


Tina
post #153 of 454
Hi, I've tried both IUD's now and this is my story so far.

I had my Merina IUD taken out a month ago due to side effects of NO SEX DRIVE, HAIR LOSS, and MAJOR SKIN ISSUES such as BUMPS ON MY HANDS and OTHER AREAS OF MY BODY and ALOPECIA AREATA ON MY SCALP. IT WAS AWFUL but as soon as I had my Merina IUD taken out it all went away as if it never happened. I just had my first period since removing my Merina so I had my Dr. put in the Paragard (Copper) IUD three days ago. Not only did it not hurt at all like it hurt when the Merina IUD was inserted but I can't feel it at all like I could with the Merina IUD. The Merina really hurt for a couple of months and I could always feel it. So far with the copper I feel nothing. I am bleeding a bit but that's to be expected. I work out a lot and have a low body fat count so I've never had periods where I even need a tampon and I don't expect that to change much once my body adjusts to the Paragard (copper) IUD.

When I went to my Dr. last September to request an IUD I did my research before hand and I knew I wanted the Paragard (copper) and not the Merina with Progesterone because I've always had trouble with hormones. My Dr. convinced me I should get the Merina with the Progesterone because it was a very low dose and it was local so it wouldn't be in my blood stream....DON'T BELIEVE THAT LADIES, IT'S NOT TRUE. I should have stuck to my guns and insisted on getting the Paragard.

I'll post again in six months or so and let every one know how my body adjusts to the Paragard.

Good luck to all.
post #154 of 454

Suggestion for Cramping Complaints

I strongly suggest to everyone complaining of cramping and pain with periods to go to your local drugstore or health foods store and get some Primrose Oil. I buy it at The Vitamin Shoppe, there's a couple hundred in a big jar for around $40.00. Without knowing your personal body issues I can't guarantee you that you won't feel cramping but I can tell you that I keep a bottle at home and at the office so if I forget to take one in the morning then I take it when I get to work....I NEVER have cramping or pain related to woman issues.

My other thought after reading many of these posts is know your body. If you have always had heavy bleeding and cramping then don't get the Paragard IUD and if you've always had heavy bleeding and cramping and have always had trouble with using hormones like I have than your probably not a good candidate for either IUD. You can't base your decision on other people's experiences base your decision on your experiences with your body after you understand all the side effects from both IUD's.

Just my two cents worth.
post #155 of 454
I had Mirena inserted at my 6wk check-up with my MW. Insertion was pretty painful and pretty much from that point on I felt terrible. Headaches, backaches, constant pelvic pain, leg pain, fatigue, high blood pressure, mood swings..and if hubby and I would have sex I could feel it being tugged on and would be in pain for days. He could also feel the threads. It was horrible. It never affected my bfing though. I finally gave in and had it removed back in December (after 6 mths of having it inserted). I was SO sure it had embedded into my uterus bc of the way I felt. but it didn't luckily. Removal was quick and easy and I felt like a new person just hours after. I guess it works for some, but I believe IUDs are dangerous.
post #156 of 454
Growing up I have always had chronic acne. I tried everything (including two cycles of Accutaine) and the only thing that helped was the Nuva Ring. (the only birth control I've ever been on). I really like the Nuva Ring except that I travel a lot and the temperature restricts are SUCH a hassle. I'm planning on going on a six month backpacking trip in the next year or two and of course, I couldn't take the Nuva Ring with me. Therefore, an IUD makes sense. I'm trying to decide which one though.

I've never had problems with hormonal changes on BC. My boobs actually got bigger, my face cleared up and my periods got lighter!! It was great. My periods have always been heavy but I have NEVER had cramps.

So my dilemma is that I don't know what negative side affects would be worse for me.

Since I'm already a heavy bleeder, would it be too much on Paragard? I've never had cramps though so those might just be light.

I do NOT want my acne to come back, and the Mirena might make it even worse.

From reading all 8 pages of the forum, it seems that the only horrible regrets from IUD's were Mirenas.

Paragard: uncomfortable and annoying with heavy bleeding and bad cramps

Mirena: greasy hair and hair loss, weight gain, mood swings/depression, bad acne

To me, it seems that Paragard has less regrettable side affects.

I'm just not sure which one would be right for me?!
post #157 of 454
I hated the Mirena. Its a foreign body and my body wanted to expel it. It also TORE my husbands foreskin (the strings hanging caught on it) and I was almost anemic after bleeding so much the first 2 weeks I had it. I had it pulled after 2 weeks of pain, bleeding, and the last straw was my husbands mangled foreskin. NO THANKS.
post #158 of 454

Neither IUD Worked For Me

I posted earlier that I was on the Mirena IUD and had multiple skin problems and hair loss that all mysteriously disappeared once the Merina was out. Next I had the Paragard inserted, feeling convinced I would not have any trouble with it because I don't have heavy periods. I had it in for a month, the whole time I was in serious pain. I felt like it was scraping me and I was bleeding every day, not period bleeding but fresh, red dripping blood through out the day. No question it was hurting my body.

I've now tried every form of birth control and have a horror story for each one. I've decided to get Lady Comp and cycle beads and learn more about my body and be cautious when it comes to sex instead of putting foreign objects and hormones in my body.

Good luck to all.
post #159 of 454
I've had a Mirena since March of 2007. I have no complaints whatsoever.
post #160 of 454
I've had my Paragard for just about a year now and am very happy with it. I chose this over Mirena due to hormones causing migraines for me. I'm not just willing to take the risk with Mirena.

Before Paragard: I had long, heavy periods. Think using Super Plus tampons for 5-7 days, then "normal" flow for a few days, then spotting for a few days. A 10-14 day period was normal for me. I was also incredibly irregular. I could go 2 weeks between periods... or I could go 10 months. There was NO pattern.

Yes, the periods are heavier, especially at first. Mine were super heavy to begin with, so with the Paragard their REALLY super heavy. Thank goodness Tampax came out with an Ultra absorbency!! I also experience pretty bad cramps with the Paragard, where I had absolutely zero PMS symptoms before.

A year later, the heaviness has decreased a little, my periods are a lot shorter than they used to be (4-5 days total: 2 heavy, 1 normal, 1-2 spotting), and I'm a lot closer to a regular cycle than I've ever been before (28-40 days). I even appreciate the cramps, as they give me a heads-up that my period is about to arrive (before it would just show up without warning).
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