I've also had the Paragard for almost a year. My period has gone from 4 days to 9, and the cramps are much more severe and persistent. I'm trying to put up with it (don't want anything hormonal, and condoms irritate me) for a few more months. My DP says I should "surprise him" one day by having it taken out. If I can tolerate this for 3 more months I think it'll be an ok time to do that. My doctor completely dismissed my statement about the pain and the length of my periods. Honestly I'm just trying to get my money's worth out of it at this point!