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've had the Paragard since February, and I'm sick of heavy, 10-day periods! And, um, does anybody else have more than the usual amount of CM? Ever since I got the Paragard, I feel like my vagina has a head cold.
P.S. What did your new doc say about the bleeding? Oh, hey, I just realized we live in the same county.
I just wanted to say I love your quote Julie!!!!
Lets see, no periods yet, though I do seem to have a day a month of "colored" CM not a period though.
I liked the non hormonal angle, but no period is nice too.
I really haven't had any side affects from either.
I'm naking but feel free to ask more questions,
I haven't tried either, but after I have the baby I'm getting a paraguard. I asked my midwife about the Mirena, and she said she wouldn't do it, because its relativeley new on the market and little is known about the long term effects. The Mirena will probably stop the bleeding, because it gives a low dose of hormones. Actually, I think it might be progesterone, which is the same as the mini pill. Don't quote me on that, though.
I have heard the paraguard has heavy bleeding and such for some people. That's the only bummer.
I'm from San Jose originally too. Well, not exactly San Jose, but that area
I do feel like I'm getting more used to having it and probably in the long term it will be a good thing. I had not anticipated this adjustment period, though. Dh and I have talked about having it removed, but (OK, this sounds really bad) we spent so much money on it (about $650 including insertion) that we just can't bring ourselves to have it taken out so soon. I'm going to give it a year trial, and then after a year, we will re-evaluate.
Since then I have 2-4 days of very light spotting every month and sometimes this is preceded by cramps. Otherwise my health is fine and I am still breastfeeding my son.
My only issue (and I started a thead about it) is that I can feel it. My midwife claims this isn't possible and has confirmed that everything looks okay with it (just had my appt on Tuesday), but I swear I can feel it. It creeps me out.
So...the jury is still out. It is very convenient as we don't have to worry about condoms or pills, but I can't help thinking about the fact that I have a piece of plastic inside my body that doesn't belong there.
The pain at insertion was not that bad (dd was in my arms and nursing while the doc did it)
I've had light spotting for the first month, and then... NOTHING!!!
I just switched to a ParaGard IUD, b/c I want to get off hormonal contraceptives completely. Insertion hurt worse than with the Mirena (which was about as bad as my cramps had been on the pill). This time I just about passed out and/or vomited about 15 minutes later--laying down helped. I had horrendous cramps for about 4 hours--I just slept. Since then, though, absolutely no problems.
I'm curious to see what's going to happen with my period. Mine had always been messed up--badly--so I'm concerned about how it's going to be now. Any words of advice on what to expect with ParaGard?
It was very very uncomfy when it was placed, it needed to be cliped (string) a few times before the nurse prectioner got it right, that wasnt to bad though, i cramped about 5 days or so after wards. Also durring sex dh could some time feel the string so it needed to be adjusted some times (this is only done but pusing the string to the side with your finger not a big deal at all) and it's hasn't bothered either of use in atleast 1.5 years or so...
i need to go back to my N.P. to an exam in about a month and we'll see how things go!
Insertion was uncomfortable, but not horrible-- not bad enough for me not to have it done again.
We are probably going to TTC next year-- but after baby I will definately get another one.
I love it
I have had the heavy bleeding early on when I first got the IUD. I had long periods and they were pretty heavy. They have lightened up quite a bit but they are longer than before I had the IUD put in. I do have much more spotting then I ever did, but it is just an inconvenience more than anything. I love the Paraguard, I have had no problems with it.
I have had mine for a month and I've had spotting -- that's the only side effect I've had. I LOVE LOVE LOVE not having to worry about getting pregnant. DH and I are horrible at other methods of b/c and we do not want to get pregnant again now. I'm glad I got it, even though it was a little expensive.
I have the Paragard , well have had it for 3 months, and my period cramps are AWFUL. I hate it but I really don't think I have another option for BC. I can't have failure. I just can't. I have been told the cramping gets better, so I guess I am holding out until it does. If it doesn't then I'll cross that bridge when I get there.
I personlly wouldn't opt for Mirena, I have never beenin that place before and after being that low I don't want to go back. Had i not did research, even my OB thought I was crazy that it was the Mirena, I might be dead or even worse, in jail for hurting one of my kids. IT was really THAT bad, for me.
I asked my doc about getting the IUD with progesterone in it, and she said that it would probably not be to good as I'm BFing still. I have a prescription for the paraguard, but haven't got it yet. I'm still wondering about these little contraptions (but definatly exited about perhaps not having another baby for as long as I want)
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" --Leonardo Da Vinci
I had mild cramping and spotting for the first week after implantation, then nothing untill 15 months pp. I had one really long wacky cycle (alternating heavy and light bleeding for 12 days - search for it if you want more info). Now I have about 3 days of light spotting every 26-30 days. I could feel the IUD for the first few weeks and dh could feel the strings, but by a month after insertion every thing was back to normal.
I plan to get another one after our next baby, it is perfect for me - nothing to remember to take or do