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post #321 of 451

Hello,

 

 

I have had both. I currently have the Mirena. I had the Paragard after my first son and now Mirena after my second son. Personally I liked the Paragard a lot more. I have had the Mirena in for almost 4 of the 5 years and I don't like the hormones. I am seriously struggling to lose weight, my face breaks out whenever I'm supposed to have my monthly and here's the kicker, I have had 6 ovarian cysts rupture and have had to go to the emergency room and have ultrasounds galore. I am going to switch back after my next ultrasound due to another ovarian cyst that has been like a ticking time bomb. Trust me ovarian cyst ruptures are more painful than the worst contractions. I know other women that have the Mirena and haven't had the exact issues I've had. Some are worse and some are not, but just about everyone of them has had some kind of dislike. I prefer the Paragard and am switching asap. I hope that was helpful :).

post #322 of 451


 

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Originally Posted by tswain0 View Post

Hello,

 

 

I have had both. I currently have the Mirena. I had the Paragard after my first son and now Mirena after my second son. Personally I liked the Paragard a lot more. I have had the Mirena in for almost 4 of the 5 years and I don't like the hormones. I am seriously struggling to lose weight, my face breaks out whenever I'm supposed to have my monthly and here's the kicker, I have had 6 ovarian cysts rupture and have had to go to the emergency room and have ultrasounds galore. I am going to switch back after my next ultrasound due to another ovarian cyst that has been like a ticking time bomb. Trust me ovarian cyst ruptures are more painful than the worst contractions. I know other women that have the Mirena and haven't had the exact issues I've had. Some are worse and some are not, but just about everyone of them has had some kind of dislike. I prefer the Paragard and am switching asap. I hope that was helpful :).

 

 

I also forgot to mention that I am always tired, I just don't have the energy anymore. Even if I get 10 hours of sleep the night before I am just exhausted all of the time. For the first 3 years I really didn't have any of these problems but in just the last year  I've had the 6 cysts rupture. I guess the stubborn weight has been the whole time though because I am a person with a very fast metabolism and my weight has fluctuated the entire time. It's been very stressful. With the Paragard I spotted about every 2-3 months and with the Mirena I don't even do that, just nothing. I have been reading other peoples responses and I guess just keep an eye out for any of these symptoms because they seem very common.



 

post #323 of 451

Hello to all

 

I've been using the Paraguard since May 2009. In the beginning it was very painful. My cramps were unbearable.  I had to go to my doctor to get a stronger pain reliever because Ibueprofin was not alleviating my pain.  so he gave me Naproxin which really helped.  My periods were very heavy as well.  I wore a tampon and a pad because I was bleeding heavily.  It's February 27, 2012, and my periods are not heavy anymore and the pain that I was experiencing was reduced tremendously.  

post #324 of 451

Florida, I have the labor cramps too. Every month around the time i would get my period and then i will bleed a little. I can gaurentee every time i get that really bad cramp I will go to the bathroom and will have blood. I also have CRAZYYYYYY mood swings, snap at every little thing my Fiance does and getting irritated at the baby when I shouldn't be. I also have completely lost my sex drive which I have never ever had an issue with even two weeks after my c section I was bad on the wagon but used condoms. I have had my Mirena since 6 weeks PP and now my baby is 9 1/2 months. I wanted to wait until after 6 months of the baby just to make sure it wasn't baby hormones still flowing. I'm getting married in June and so worried that my moods will end up destroying my relationship. So on wednesday I'm having it removed and hopefully going for the paragaurd. Honestly I would much rather deal with heavy bleeding than the crazy mood swings I have been having and just being totally miserable about life for no reason that all started after insertion.

post #325 of 451

I got a Mirena inserted in the summer of 2008.  As a woman who's never had children, I should've been warned at how badly the insertion would hurt (I read later that it hurts worse than natural childbirth for women who've never had a baby), I was just told to take some ibuprophen before the appointment, which I forgot and didn't do because I didn't think it'd be a big deal.

 

Being childless at 34 at the time, my GYN didn't want to do anything permanent for birth control but wouldn't give me the pill anymore because I'm also a smoker and was almost at the forbidden "a smoker over 35" mark.  She decided on Mirena, but apparently was somehow unaware that the hormonal affect would be just as bad.  Actually worse.  Within a month or so after having the Mirena put in, half of my hair fell out.  It was already very fine and I was barely left with enough to not look like I was balding, but when I pulled my hair into a pony tail it was pathetic looking.  Even with the Mirena in place it did start growing back in again but grew at a very slow rate.  I'm still waiting for the new growth to get long enough that I can cut it all to the same length again, and have since found other reviews complaining of the same thing.

 

I had a couple of episodes after having it for about three years where when I'd get really gassy and there'd be a lot of pressure in my abdomen that I guess it compressed my uterus and pushed the device against the wall... which caused REALLY severe pain (as bad as the insertion) until I was able to "relieve some of the pressure" or waited for some ibuprophen to kick in.  Until that started happening I usually couldn't feel it unless it was supposed to be my time of the month... I didn't bleed but for some reason I could usually feel a little burning sensation in my uterus as if there not being any lining there to get rid of wasn't something my body anticipated.

 

A couple of months ago I had it removed because it felt like it slipped down and was rubbing against the inside of my cervix.  It actually felt like it was hanging out of my cervical opening but upon examination it was found it wasn't.  It was really uncomfortable and instead of having to go get an ultrasound and deal with pushing it back up, I just had it removed.  The first period I had afterward was extremely heavy and lasted a full, heavy 7 days, when before I had it I was a normal 3-4 day girl with very predictably decreasing flow over that time.  I'm still waiting for the second one; it's almost two weeks late with no reason why it should be (no possible way I'd be pregnant).  I do hope that I return to my old "regular" self some time soon, and can only guess that when I finally do get my next one it's going to be as bad as that last one.  Not a very nice welcome-back to menstruating if you ask me!

 

post #326 of 451

With the Mirena IUD has anyone had some pain while having sex? Just wanting to see if its not just me

post #327 of 451

I got the Mirena and yes pain during sex, lots of cysts, pain, ultrasounds and once I finally went to have it removed after about the 4th year it wouldn't come out...it had started to attach to my cervix I guess...once I removed it no more acne, I finally was able to lose weight...and I don't care who says pills or any BC for that matter don't make you gain weight...I am back on the pill and have gained all the weight I've lost with still exercising and I eat right...I wanted to try the paraguard but I'm not seeing good things about that either greensad.gif...I might go for the Essure procedure...

post #328 of 451

I am 22 years old, I'll be 23 in April, and I am considering having the Paragard placed in May. I have never had children, nor do I ever want to. Mothering is just not for me, children just are gross to me. I'm extremely paranoid about having something mess with my natural hormones, so after consulting with a nurse practitioner she recommended I give Paragard a try. She said it might be painful due to the fact that I've never had children but that it should only be temporary and that an obgyn will be doing the insertion. She also recommended that I come in for insertion while I am on my period. I have a pap smear scheduled for April and another general check up visit with my normal doctor that month, so that's why I'm inserting in May. I have no insurance so I have to keep doctors appointments pretty spaced out. I could wait until after I'm married to get on my fiances insurance, but from what I've read, it takes a few months to a year to feel comfortable with the IUD in place so I would rather get it over with now that later!  I suppose I just wanted to post and keep up with this thread to see how people still feel about it. I haven't really read anything bad about the paragard besides it having heavy cramps and flow. Which, right now, I think I'm willing to handle. :D We'll see! I'll keep you updated and I hope to see more ladies update too!

post #329 of 451
I had the Mirena put in in May 2007, after I had my son. I have an appointment next week to have my IUD taken out and replaced, since it is almost expired. I am going to try the Paraguard this time around.
No periods have been nice, but the bad outweighs the good. I've always had mild acne, but it got worse after I had the Mirena put in. I have tried every over the counter and prescription acne medicine I could find. I am even a licensed esthetician, and have tried facials and microdermabrasian and chemical peels and everything else I could think of for acne, and I still can't get rid of it. I also gained weight with the IUD, and no amount of exercise or eating healthy or calorie counting will get rid of it. And in the last year or so, I've developed ovarian cysts.
I am a little worried about the Paraguard. Before I got my IUD, my periods were always light, cramp free, and only lasted 3 to 4 days. With the Mirena, I've had no periods for 5 years. And I have read some horror stories online about women getting the Paraguard, then dealing with a basic blood bath. I am crossing my fingers that I do not have these problems.
The IUD being put in didn't hurt at all for me, but it might also be because I had had my son 6 weeks earlier by way of csection, so I may have still been pretty numb down there. I guess we'll see next week when I have the new one put In.
post #330 of 451

The great thing about this thread is that there are so many different opinions and views.  The not so great is that many conclusions are based on faulty logic.


Weight gain is largely  psychosomatic  in birth control users, regardless of type.  In a small percentage of women, there is an increase in fluid retention which technically can cause weight gain.  But we're talking 1-3lbs.  And even in those few women, the weight goes away after a few months.  Women simply do not gain weight "because" of birth control or the hormones in it.  There was a review of over 44 studies that show birth control does not cause weight gain.  So disregard posts swearing their IUD is to blame for weight gain issues. Convenient, but the IUD is no more responsible than a condom would be.  

 

Also, nearly all women who haven't gone through menopause have ovarian cysts.  Cysts continue with the placement of an IUD.  Whether they rupture or require attention (most cysts are benign and not treated) has not been linked to any birth control.

 

Less than 8 in 1,000 women get pregnant while using Mirena.  that is less than 1%

 

I have a wonderful OBGYN and do my own research and I would just hate for women to make a decision based on incomplete information.  Hearing from anonymous women is one thing but also talk to professionals, read scientific studies, and compare info from the ACTUAL manufacturers.


I have the mirena...late 20s and have never been pregnant.  My doc had me take a cervix softener before hand.  It was uncomfortable and painful but not as bad as it sounds by some accounts.  I had cramping for a few hours afterwards, similar to what I have on periods.  So far so good.

post #331 of 451

"Also, nearly all women who haven't gone through menopause have ovarian cysts.  Cysts continue with the placement of an IUD.  Whether they rupture or require attention (most cysts are benign and not treated) has not been linked to any birth control."

 

I am a huge fan of both IUDs, but increased ovarian cysts are an acknowledged possible side effect of the Mirena.

 

"Weight gain is largely  psychosomatic  in birth control users, regardless of type.  In a small percentage of women, there is an increase in fluid retention which technically can cause weight gain.  But we're talking 1-3lbs.  And even in those few women, the weight goes away after a few months.  Women simply do not gain weight "because" of birth control or the hormones in it.  There was a review of over 44 studies that show birth control does not cause weight gain.  So disregard posts swearing their IUD is to blame for weight gain issues. Convenient, but the IUD is no more responsible than a condom would be."  

 

Depo Provera sure seems to cause weight gain. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20004270  And the Mirena uses the same progestin, albeit a much lower dose. It's not impossible that some women are more sensitive to it than others.

post #332 of 451
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Originally Posted by kdiggs12 View Post

The great thing about this thread is that there are so many different opinions and views.  The not so great is that many conclusions are based on faulty logic.


Weight gain is largely  psychosomatic  in birth control users, regardless of type.  In a small percentage of women, there is an increase in fluid retention which technically can cause weight gain.  But we're talking 1-3lbs.  And even in those few women, the weight goes away after a few months.  Women simply do not gain weight "because" of birth control or the hormones in it.  There was a review of over 44 studies that show birth control does not cause weight gain.  So disregard posts swearing their IUD is to blame for weight gain issues. Convenient, but the IUD is no more responsible than a condom would be.  

 

Also, nearly all women who haven't gone through menopause have ovarian cysts.  Cysts continue with the placement of an IUD.  Whether they rupture or require attention (most cysts are benign and not treated) has not been linked to any birth control.

 

 

 
This post is rude and ill-informed.  Yes, hormonal BC does cause weight gain.  Every single one lists weight gain as a possible side effect.  You are discrediting many, many women on this forum who know their bodies inside and out.  I gained 10, yes, 10!!!!! pounds within a few days during my first week on OCPs a couple months ago!  I could no longer fit into my size 12 jeans and could no longer fit into my medium sized scrubs.  Then within a few days of stopping the pill, I am magically down six pounds and almost into my size 12s again.
 
Also, please cite your sources for "nearly all women who haven't gone through menopause have ovarian cysts".  This is a wildly inaccurate claim.
 
I get my Paragard tomorrow and am hoping I am not one of the horror stories of a bloodbath in the toilet, horrendous cramps, bedridden for days.  I have to pay full price because I work for a Catholic hospital and birth control is not at all covered.  Fingers crossed I don't end up flushing $1K+ down the toilet.

 

 

post #333 of 451

I got the Paragard yesterday.  I have not had children.  I wanted a non-hormonal BC option and even if I wanted it, my doctor would not do the Mirena for me because it is larger.  The sounding of my uterus was the second most intense pain of my life.  External cervix was no problem, internal was a blinding 10/10 pain, though brief.  I thought I was going to launch myself from the stirrups through the wall behind me.  I jumped and I was afraid I screwed up the measurement and she'd have to do it again but I did not -- apparently I moved my legs but not my bottom, so yay.  The insertion was much less painful because they had already made a pass through to my uterus a few minutes earlier.  (I took about 5 mins of recovery time after the sounding -- it took that long for the cramping to pass).  I felt pretty good for a few hours and then the cramps got considerably worse.  They felt like really bad period cramps that did not get better with medication -- I can't imagine what I would have felt like without meds.

About an hour and a half before the procedure I took:
660mg Aleve

1000mg Tylenol

0.5mg Xanax

 

The night before I had a dose of vaginal Cytotec to soften my cervix.

Eight hours after my first dose of Aleve I took 440mg more and that night I took another 1000mg Tylenol.  I was functional (went to a movie and a party) but felt yucky and was very low-key, although I was in a good mood.  I stuck a Thermacare shoulder/back pad across my lower abdomen and MY GOODNESS it worked wonders.  Got about five hours of sleep and woke up feeling perfect.  I took 440mg Aleve and 1000mg Tylenol this morning because I felt like cramps might be coming on.  As a busy floor nurse I can't afford to be crippled by miserable cramps.  Those are the only pain meds I took today and I've felt almost entirely cramp-free with just some very mild cramps here and there.  I am spotting a little bit and can't wait til it stops -- I was on OCPs for 6 weeks and spotted (more like a light flow period at times, really) the WHOLE TIME.  I am SO over spotting.  Doctor said no sex for 2 weeks -- boooo!!!  I go in for my follow-up in four weeks.

post #334 of 451

I found this thread as I did some research on the paraguard before I got it. I now just  joined so I could share what happened with me. I've had it in for about three weeks now, not very long I know. I've tried over 6kinds of Birth control pills, all making my skin breakout uncontrollably, and made me depressed/aggressive.  My Dr and I decided that a hormonal birth control is just not for me. So he suggested I get the paraguard. 

 

A little background on me so you understand my pain tolerance. I have 3 tattoos: 1 small on my wrist, 1 medium in between my shoulder blades, and 1 large on my ribs - they all hurt like hell! I'm 20, with no kids. My period usually last 3 days; 2 light days, 1 heavy. I get prescribed 800mg ibuprofen for my period cramps. 

 

I took one 800mg ibuprofen one hour before hand. I don't think I helped myself because I was so nervous and scared to get it inserted after I read how horribly it hurt on this thread. I have to say I did not experience something as nearly as bad as others had. The whole time it took to get the paraguard inserted it hurt, but I was a verbal with my Dr that it did hurt, said a bunch of ow ows. But it was over within 5mins if that. The pain of insertion was bearable The pain I experienced afterwards was 100times worse! Getting the paraguard put in was nothing compared to the cramping I felt for the next following week. The first two days were unbearable. But almost like magic the 8th day after I got my IUD put in the pain vanished. 

 

I still feel my body cramping around my IUD sometimes, but it's not nearly as painful as before. I did get a milky discharge for the first few days, but quickly went away. I had light bleeding two days after I got it put in. I also experienced an itching sensation for the first couple of days, but my Dr told me I was fine. I have yet to get my first period with my paraguard in. 

post #335 of 451

Thought i'd come back and finish my story (though it's not finished yet! :D).

 

I had my copper IUD until the 3rd of this month.  I removed it myself as OH and i have decided to ttc #3.  Overall i preferred the paraguard to the Mirena.  The only side effect i noticed was an increase in cervical mucus (it was like my vagina had a headcold!).  That was it, the heavy periods settled down after 6-9months, the cramping was never significantly worse than before once the heavy periods had settled.  When #3 is grown and born i'll go back for another copper coil.

post #336 of 451

I got the paraguard IUD back in 2003 six weeks after my daughter was born.

Ive had my IUD for nearly 9 years. For the first 5-8 yrs I loved my iud and had no real problems other than longer periods 7-8 days long. However for about the past year+ Ive been getting infection after infection after infection. Going back and forth between BV and yeast infections and its only been getting worse. I have gotten a yeast every single month for the past 8 months!!!! bad ones to. Ive been tested twice over for evey std under the sun, hiv, diabeaties,etc.  

My vagina has been tortured so much that the skin has thinned and when I do get the infections my skin down there is so red swollen and raw it cracks open. I have to use an estrogen cream to strengthen the skin and sex is almost always painful for me.

 I have not taken antibiotics or steroids or any rx's (beside yeast infection meds) in over a year so thats not why Im getting yeast infections. Im married and in a monogamous realationship. Both me and my husband have been treated to rule out us passing the infection back and forth. Ive also been seeing my normal doc and a dermatologist b/c Ive had weight gain and hairloss. hypothyroid runs in my family so I keep a constant eye on that and have my levels checked often. My thyroid is within normal range but I have a goiter.

Any way Ive recently been wondering if there is a connection with my hairloss and infections. I came across several forums of women describing the same symptoms as me and also came across a copper toxicity possibility.

since  I've just have this gut feeling its due to my IUD (maybe only because ive had sooo long) so yesterday after having one of the worst yeast infections ever over the weekend I had the paraguard removed. When the doctor pulled out the IUD it was BLACK. He said he had never removed one that was black before. I may never know if the IUD is the reason Im going through what I am but I had to find out. And since Ive had it for almost nine years its not like Im losing my moneys worth. I hope that after having it removed I finally get rid of this vicious cycle of infections for good. So Im putting my self through a trial run, no BC other then watching my ovulation and condoms I want to give my body a chance to heal itself and recover. I may go back to the paraguard but I want to see how my body reacts to its removal first. Wish me luck.

I often thought through all this maybe 10 years is too long and it should be reduced to 5-7 years usage.

post #337 of 451
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Originally Posted by junebug83 View Post

I got the paraguard IUD back in 2003 six weeks after my daughter was born.

Ive had my IUD for nearly 9 years. For the first 5-8 yrs I loved my iud and had no real problems other than longer periods 7-8 days long. However for about the past year+ Ive been getting infection after infection after infection. Going back and forth between BV and yeast infections and its only been getting worse. I have gotten a yeast every single month for the past 8 months!!!! bad ones to. Ive been tested twice over for evey std under the sun, hiv, diabeaties,etc.  

My vagina has been tortured so much that the skin has thinned and when I do get the infections my skin down there is so red swollen and raw it cracks open. I have to use an estrogen cream to strengthen the skin and sex is almost always painful for me.

 I have not taken antibiotics or steroids or any rx's (beside yeast infection meds) in over a year so thats not why Im getting yeast infections. Im married and in a monogamous realationship. Both me and my husband have been treated to rule out us passing the infection back and forth. Ive also been seeing my normal doc and a dermatologist b/c Ive had weight gain and hairloss. hypothyroid runs in my family so I keep a constant eye on that and have my levels checked often. My thyroid is within normal range but I have a goiter.

Any way Ive recently been wondering if there is a connection with my hairloss and infections. I came across several forums of women describing the same symptoms as me and also came across a copper toxicity possibility.

since  I've just have this gut feeling its due to my IUD (maybe only because ive had sooo long) so yesterday after having one of the worst yeast infections ever over the weekend I had the paraguard removed. When the doctor pulled out the IUD it was BLACK. He said he had never removed one that was black before. I may never know if the IUD is the reason Im going through what I am but I had to find out. And since Ive had it for almost nine years its not like Im losing my moneys worth. I hope that after having it removed I finally get rid of this vicious cycle of infections for good. So Im putting my self through a trial run, no BC other then watching my ovulation and condoms I want to give my body a chance to heal itself and recover. I may go back to the paraguard but I want to see how my body reacts to its removal first. Wish me luck.

I often thought through all this maybe 10 years is too long and it should be reduced to 5-7 years usage.



Just wanted to say that when i was having thyroid problems (goiter, high TSH, low T4) this happened to my mucus membranes too - not just my vulva/vagina but my mouth too, and in my sinuses.  I too had infection after infection (yeast, BV, sinus, mouth ulcers).  And i had really fairly bad hairloss.  And i developed a skin condition on my vulva which actually thickened but weakened the skin, so it cracks much easier.  It has improved a lot with treatment but i still have a few areas of it which never seem to go.  I didn't have an IUD at the time.  Once my thyroid was treated it began to improve.  If i were you i'd pester the doctor, see an endocrinologist - a goiter is NOT normal, whatever your bloods say, a lot of the time when you have a goiter you can be cycling very-low-thyroxine-levels to normal ones as the thyroid is attacked, the broken cells spill all their thyroxine at once (making your bloods look as though you're doing ok), then the damaged thyroid struggles to make enough (growing bigger to do so, hence the goiter), then the body attacks again.  Being tested every 4 weeks for a number of months might be worthwhile.

 

Also as an aside, i took my own IUD out a few weeks ago, after having it for about 18months, and the copper part was black.  Apparently certain body chemistry can do that :shrug: .  In any event i certainly think having the IUD removed is the best idea as it's the most obvious source of infection problems after addressing all the other things (which you have), but i would still go back to the doctor about the thyroid.  I hope things improve for you real soon.

post #338 of 451
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Just wanted to say that when i was having thyroid problems (goiter, high TSH, low T4) this happened to my mucus membranes too - not just my vulva/vagina but my mouth too, and in my sinuses.  I too had infection after infection (yeast, BV, sinus, mouth ulcers).  And i had really fairly bad hairloss.  And i developed a skin condition on my vulva which actually thickened but weakened the skin, so it cracks much easier.  It has improved a lot with treatment but i still have a few areas of it which never seem to go.  I didn't have an IUD at the time.  Once my thyroid was treated it began to improve.  If i were you i'd pester the doctor, see an endocrinologist - a goiter is NOT normal, whatever your bloods say, a lot of the time when you have a goiter you can be cycling very-low-thyroxine-levels to normal ones as the thyroid is attacked, the broken cells spill all their thyroxine at once (making your bloods look as though you're doing ok), then the damaged thyroid struggles to make enough (growing bigger to do so, hence the goiter), then the body attacks again.  Being tested every 4 weeks for a number of months might be worthwhile.

 

Also as an aside, i took my own IUD out a few weeks ago, after having it for about 18months, and the copper part was black.  Apparently certain body chemistry can do that :shrug: .  In any event i certainly think having the IUD removed is the best idea as it's the most obvious source of infection problems after addressing all the other things (which you have), but i would still go back to the doctor about the thyroid.  I hope things improve for you real soon

 Yes it has been frustrating. Ive felt Ive had thyroid symptoms for a long time which is originally what I went into the doc about way before these yeast infections started. My thyroid blood levels are always normal (T4-1.07, FT3-2.85, TSH-1.83) and Ive had my thyroid biopsied twice the first time the doc drained out like 3 siringes full of this yellow fluid he said was broken down blood. my thyroid shrank after that. Couple years later I go back, blood levels still normal but the swelling of the gland is back they do another ultrasound and biopsy, not as much fluid this time but it was tested benign and the doc just says its a goiter. he says I could have my thyroid removed but doesnt think for the

time being its really worth doing anything as it would require surgery and all its inconveniences and Im sooo NOT into the idea of having surgery to remove it either. Ive heard horrorstories about thyroid removal and weight gain.

I continue to inquire about my hairloss and other symptoms and he just looks at me like im a hypochondriac and does everything in his power to convince im just perfect and rush out of the office. Then these chronic infections start and Im at a loss again. My doc seems to be too.  Getting the IUD removed just seemed logical right now since I have no other clue as to what could be causing the infections but I do know its not normal. Hopefully not putting or having anything un-natural in my body for a while will help. Thanks for responding though and I will contiue to keep an eye on my thyroid/goiter.

post #339 of 451

I have done both! I got the mirena after my second child. I love the fact that I was mentrual free but over several months I broke out in acne around my face really bad...!!!Yikes...and than I decided to take it out and try for another child two years later...my acne cleared up but still have acne after spots around my cheeks...My third child was born in January 2012 and I got the paragard put into place in February. I have had spoting off and on, cramps off and on.,.. I never had cramps ever in my life even during menstrual - never had cramps..but I develope cramps with the paraguard - even went thru preg testing & ultrasound to see why I had those stomach pains/cramps...they found nothing and said that the paragard was in place too...so im stuck with the paragard...I could change but with my situation and life - this is the best thing for me right now. I dont remember to take pills, dont have time to go to the clinic often and i do not want my husband to know...! I rather can live with the pain than have my husband know about it. Sucks to be me!

post #340 of 451

Yes, I totally agree. I forgot to post one of the horrible side effect with the mirena was increase appetite and weight gain...after taking out mirena - I went back to my usual weight. The paragard/non-hormone...i have no increase appetite or weight gain. I'm still currently on the paragard. I do however like to point out that I dont EVER get cramps at all in my entire life so far...with the paragard - i have develope some off and on wierd cramps. My doctor have not explain anything to me even after preg testing and ultrasound. My doc said everything look fine..and that was it... My conclusion for the cause of my cramps/stomach pains = paragard. I'm risking a lot to be on it but I can take the pain.

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