Paraguard reviews - Mirena vs. Paragard IUD - Page 22
I would first like to thank everyone who has contributed their experiences to this thread, it has been SO helpful.
I am 21 years old, have never had a child, and have struggled with several types of BC in the past. I've determined that my body does not do well with the extra hormones (hate the mood swings, lack of sex drive, and since I'm a professional ballet dancer, the extra weight gain and swollen, tender breasts are a HUGE problem!). I was on Ocella (generic of Yaz) for a few years with a few extra pounds I couldn't seem to shake, and have recently stopped taking Lo Loestrin Fe after 2 months (my boobs grew 2 cup sizes and hurt like HECK, I cry for no reason, and my sex drive is completely gone). I'm too paranoid for condoms alone and my period isn't regular enough to track my cycle.
I was thinking of getting an IUD, and after reading most of this thread (still haven't made it all the way through yet, but planning to!), I have completely ruled out the Mirena. No more hormones for me! So now I'm left with Paragard. It seems like it may be the best option, but with the heavy periods and the fact that I dance in pink tights for a living, it might not be a very good fit. Also, the risk of infertility and/or unplanned pregnancy with Paragard in place terrifies me, since my boyfriend and I want to have children at some point, but NOT right now! I don't want to kill my chances of having children someday :( HELP!
That got a bit wordy, but does any one have any advice as to what they think I should do? I have an appt with my OBGYN Thursday (7/18) to talk about Paragard, but I'm afraid she will try to convince me to get the Mirena or try a different pill, when I know that I am DONE with those awful hormones! I just want some suggestions from real women who have actual used these things!!! Thank you for any advice you might have!!!
Not everyone has heavy bleeding with Paragard. I don't. I have had my Paragard for 11 months, and basically love it.
I am totally with you on the no-hormone thing.
Have you looked into FAM? It takes some diligence and paying attention, but it can be a really good option for people who don't want hormones and don't like the idea of a "device." I used FAM to avoid pregnancy for about 9 months prior to trying to get pregnant with my son. Check out tcoyf.com.
I got the Paragard because my cycles and sleep were inconsistent after my pregnancies. Now that my sleep has stabilized, I realize that I really like the sponteneity that Paragard allows. Plus we have a strong dislike for condoms. And I've proven that I don't have side effects with Paragard. So I'm going to keep on with Paragard and not go back to FAM for right now.
Most women will experience super light or no period on the Mirena...my first period just passed and its pretty much already stopped. Spotting for two days and thats all. Most women will also experience much heavier periods while on Paragard.
Insertion hurts like a B*GJFGHDO!!!! though. It doesnt hurt for everyone...but I was crying and throwing up in pain for hours afterwards. I usually have a really high pain tolerance as well. Think constipation cramps *sorry if TMI* times ten. I would just catch my breath and start throwing up again. Took more ibuprofen and slept on and off the rest for the day.
Not going to lie besides the insertion I love it. I do feel really tired these days though...but it could just be my work sucking the life out of me! Haha
I wanted to share my experience as a migraine sufferer with Mirena. I am 22 years old and had it in for a little over 4 months. I've never had a baby so I was expecting insertion to be painful and that it was. I would recommend blocking your schedule for a few days after. I was crampy, bloated and in pain quite frequently for the first few months, but that all settled down after that. I did, however, have at least one migraine a month and I used to only have a few/ year. I've been on many birth controls and aside for certain foods, this birth control gave me the most frequent migraines of my life. So please do NOT get Mirena if you are a MIGRAINE sufferer. It's not worth it.
Besides the migraines, this method was great. I would highly recommend it if you do not get migraines. You have to stick it out for the first few months (bloating, cramping, mild acne) but it all gets better. I am back to square one and feeling a little hopeless about birth control. I may consider trying the Paragard next, but I'm a little shaken up for now. I also did extensive research before getting Mirena and had decided against Paragard because of how many women claim to have horribly long periods and the occasional hair loss. I feel like I have run out of options. Migraines suck :(
Hi everyone!!I was just reading some of the comments and decided to tell my experience with Paragard. I am not a mother yet but I do have paragard and it's been quite hectic with my period.I used to have only two short days of heavy bleeding in total four day of my regular period.But since paragard I have had very heavy bleeding and it last for 10 to 12 days..!!if that helps anyone to make a decicion to which birth control works better please think carefully. On the other had, I know that every system and body works differently ..but with Paragard you definitely will have to deal will the never ending periods!!Good Luck and I think I will try Mirena and see!! If any one could give me an advise about Mirena that will be great!Thanks in advance!!
I have had the Mirena for 18 months. Getting it out next week and going to try the Paragard.
Was on the pill before and thought an IUD would be easier. I have had too many side effects,would rather
go back to the pill. My headaches have increased and my breasts hurt all the time and I've gained weight
that I can't lose. I don't recommend the Mirena for anyone who has not had children or have headaches,
migraines. I hope the Paragard, without the hormones, will be better.
I understand that research shows the mirena is effective for 7 years, but when I start to bleed again and my doctor tells me that it could be the hormone being released is lessening, I think it is wise to heed her advice and replace it. Or should I just leave it in the 7 years because that's how long it's worked for you?
We need to listen to our bodies.
How long did you bleed/spot for after insertion? Thanks!
OBs don't always know a lot about migraines (except how they relate to pills etc) so it might be better to talk to a primary care person about it (if you haven't yet)