Paraguard reviews - Mirena vs. Paragard IUD - Page 23
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!!!
Hi, I am interested if you decided to get Paragard? I just got off of Lo Loestrin Fe because of side effects like moodiness and feeling anxious. Thanks!
I've had my mirena in now for about 6-7 months and i'm considering having it removed. I was losing weight when I had it inserted and building muscle, but since it's insertion i've gained 5-6 pounds which I can't lose, but worse of all it's ALL fat, no muscle, which is ridiculous considering I do olympic weightlifting as a sport. I had it put it because I was having quite a lot of PMT prior... but i'm seriously thinking it's time to give it the flick. I've also had to be on the mini pill to stop break through bleeding as well... so don't think it's for me.
I have a Paragard (non-homonal IUD), which I used to be quite happy with. However, I have been bleeding off and on for going on two weeks now, no cramping. My new doc put me on the mini pill to stop the bleeding, but it might take the full four weeks to stop. Has anyone used both types of IUD? Would taking out the Paragard and putting in the Mirena help? Did you like one better than the other? Thanks
I'm replying to this topic just to get some more info out there about switching from Mirena to Paragard. When I swapped mine out, I couldn't find much information about it.
In short, it's been way easier than I thought it would be. I expected a few months of cramps, irregular bleeding, horrendous periods, etc, and got absolutely none of that.
The switch itself was practically painless; "sounding" my uterus was more painful than either the removal or insertion. No bleeding, no cramping, and I was totally fine within minutes of the procedure.
Tried sex the next night, and it was uncomfortable whenever he came in contact with my cervix. A few days later sex was completely fine/comfortable.
First period came on the full moon instead of the new moon. It was a very normal period, just like it used to be in the days before I went on hormonal bc: average PMS with one big ol' cramp, followed by a five-day period. It was pretty darn light compared to all the horror stories, just minipads most days, two days of regular tampons every 12 hours or so.
Two weeks later, when ovulating, I had the most incredible libido. Seriously, I couldn't fall asleep one night because I was thinking about sex so much. I think I wore my man out that week ;-)
Second period came exactly 28 days after the first one, full moon again. Same as before, slightly heavier flow on day 3, but no cramps when PMSing.
I was going to wait three cycles before posting, but I'm excited to let everyone know that switching from the Mirena to the Paragard has been a breeze for me! I switched over because of dietary concerns--I think the hormones were aggravating my IBS. So far I haven't noticed any changes in my digestion, but at least hormones aren't part of my "what's wrong with me" equation anymore. And I'm baby-proof for ten years--awesome.
I loved my Paragard for the year I had it. My periods were heavier and cramps were worse but it was completely manageable. Unfortunately I had an ectopic pregnancy with the IUD that ruptured and I had to have surgery. Thankfully I got to keep my tube and ovary. This is a rare complication but I think everyone should be aware that it can happen. Pretty upsetting, because I really did like the IUD, but I will never feel comfortable relying on it again.