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Hi everyone- new to the forum- hope I'm doing this right. Actually, I happened upon this site while trying to decide wether or not to get an IUD. I've been trying to decide on something different for a long time now. My son just turned 3 and I've been on bc pills since he was born. I haven't felt like myself since I had him-very grumpy and I have little patience with DH and I have always been easy going and happy. My thoughts have been maybe the hormones in the pills have just screwed me up. I hear so many different things I don't know what to do. I've been looking at paragard and I like it because it's non-hormonal, but I'm nervous because I only have one child and scared of not being able to have anymore and I guess that risk is with all IUD's. After the birth of my son my Dr. wouldn't give me one because of that risk. Any advice would be greatly appreciated I'm just so tired of feeling so terrible.
 

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I had the Mirena and was very happy with it. I can't take most hormonal birth controls because of the specific type of migraines that I have. The good thing about the Mirena I used was that the hormones were local only, they went no farther than the uterus. And it totally worked! I had absolutely no problem conceiving afterwards. I wish you luck in whatever you choose to use!
 

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I had a mirena put in then taken out this week. It had been placed wrong, but I think I wouldn't have been confortable with it either way.<br><br>
I think IUD's are a personal thing. Some people are comfortable with the idea and some are not. It's fairly rare to become infertile after using an IUD. But fertility may not return for a while with mirena. The pamphlet said that 8/10 women conceived in the first year of trying after using mirena. It's hard to say what kind of effect that is because I don't know their ages or previous levels are fertility.<br><br>
Also- a tiny bit of the hormones from mirena do get in your blood. It's not hormone free. The copper T is hormone free but bleeding is heavier often with that IUD. (I'm a poet!)<br><br>
One option I saw at the gyn's office that I thought was good was "the ring". It is a hormone based contraceptive that you put in like a diaphragm. You leave it in 3 weeks, take it out one week. It's like a birth control pill you put in your vagina- but it does have lower hormones that all the pills because it's a 'local" effect.<br><br>
You couold also try the diaphragm or a cervical cap.<br><br>
Good luck making a decision. Lot's of people LOVE their mirena. It's very popular. I can't get my mind around the idea or hardward in my uterus- but only you know how you feel about that.
 

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I have the paraguard (all copper, no hormones) in and I love it. It is easy, my periods are the same, the string is easy to locate, though dh did "find" it once <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">:<br>
It took about 3 months for my periods to settle back to normal, but I did not have any cramping.<br><br>
I had it inserted by a midwife who is very gentle and whom I trust very much, this has made a big difference in my overall experience.
 

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I also had a paraguard (copper) IUD before I conceived first dc. It was the best form of birth control I have ever used. Only cost me a $50 copay on insurance and since it can last for 10 years, that's a pretty good deal. Little bit heavier cramping the first two months but then totally normal. Here's an article about how copper iud's aren't linked to infertility:<br><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2001-08-23-iuds-usat.htm" target="_blank">http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/...-iuds-usat.htm</a>
 

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I have the mirena IUD and I'm happy with it. I spotted off and on for a few months, and was a little crampy. It doesn't bother me but the strings have poked dh a couple of times <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> The mirena does have hormones in it but because it is localized it will never pass through the digestive system like bc pills and that is where I had a problem with them. I love that I don't have to worry about it and it will last for 5 yrs. I also have three young children and am pretty confident we aren't having another one so that may make a difference. I wouldn't have used to as a form of bc after my 1st or 2nd because I knew I wanted my babies 2 yrs apart. My midwife promised that as soon as it's taken out, fertility returns but it's kinda expensive to only use for a yr or two.<br><br>
I would do a lot of research on the iud you are considering, I know a lot of women love having one but there are also some who have complications from them. Good luck!
 

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Just wanted to say thanks for the input from all of you that responded to my IUD question. Still not sure what I'll do-all I know is bcp are not going to be my method. Thanks again.
 
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