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I am planning on having an IUD put in after my post partum period, I was wondering if anyone had any advice about them. I have been planning on using the Merina one but wanted to see if anyone had any other advice or comments.
 

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I got the Paraguard after Marshall was born just because I didn't want the hormones, no matter how small. My body has seemed pretty sensitive to them.<br>
Some people really don't like it, but my experience has been really fine. My period is *maybe* a bit heavier, but whos to say thats not just because I've had a baby now(such was the case with my mom...). The people I know IRL who have the Paraguard or the Merina just love them and have no issues.
 

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I have the Mirena now and have no problems so far. I got it almost 3 1/2 months ago. Ideally, Paraguard would be my preference because it has no hormones, but I had a really heavy period before and I can't imagine dealing with even more. And actually the amount of progesterone released by the Mirena is less than the mini-pill because it's continuous vs. once a day, so there's that at least.<br><br>
If I had to take the Mirena out for some reason, I would probably fall back on FAM, realizing that my first cycles pp could be really tricky and I could end up with an oops.<br><br>
Edit: This post is probably going to be moved to Family Planning, but you should look there anyhow. There are quite a few topics on Mirena and Paraguard and quite a few women who've had bad experiences with one of them.
 

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I had the Mirena put in after DD and immediately started hearing horror stories from everyone around me. I had it removed a few months ago.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I got the Paraguard after Marshall was born just because I didn't want the hormones, no matter how small. My body has seemed pretty sensitive to them.<br>
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Same here. It seems that the heavy periods/cramping subside for a lot of women after 6 months or so. I didn't get a PP period until nearly 14 months, so I don't know if I just missed that 6 month window or if it genuinely just didn't affect my periods much. Anyway, I loved it and I'm planning on getting another one after this current baby is born.
 

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I had the mirena put in 6 weeks after my 3rd was born. I spotted for months and I was happy when that stopped.<br>
Then I had really light periods for 6 months. I was really happy with the mirena at this point.<br>
Then that stopped and I didn't even have a period.<br>
Then I started bleeding randomly at about 1 year after insertion. Just, surprise!! GUSH!! then nothing.<br>
I also started getting crazy acne and major moodiness and anxiety. And major pain during and after sex (like contractions).<br>
I finally realized that I did not need an anti depressant (which I started taking) but that I needed to get that thing out of my body.<br><br>
So I pulled it out myself one day, it didn't hurt at all. I felt better almost immediately.<br><br>
I am sure that many women love it, but personally, I found the side effects just kept getting worse as time went on. If one is prone to depression or anxiety, I would avoid the mirena.<br><br>
Plus, those strings are very pokey, they are made of heavy duty fishing line type stuff and if your partner catches them at the wrong angle they will hurt him. This part bothers me, because it's unnecessary. The paragaurd has soft strings.
 

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I had the Paragaurd and HATED it. Constant pain, cramping, non stop preods. It was aweful!!! That being said, I think I have an allergy/sensitivity to copper. I am going to get the Mirena put in after this baby as I have heard a lot of good things about it and hope I have a positive experience. Worst case scenario-I get it taken out which is no big deal.
 

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I got the Paraguard in 7 weeks after dd2 was born. My last two attempts at using hormonal birth control have not been positive so I didn't want to go with the Mirena. I spotted for a month, and I've had continual cervical mucous. Its like I'm ovulating all the time. Its kind of annoying. Still no AF at 8 months PP. I haven't had much cramping at all. Maybe that's just because I haven't had an AF yet. After my first dd's birth I didn't get one until she was 2
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Plus, those strings are very pokey, they are made of heavy duty fishing line type stuff and if your partner catches them at the wrong angle they will hurt him. This part bothers me, because it's unnecessary. The paragaurd has soft strings.</div>
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DH commented on this after the fact ("it feels so much better without that thing in there").
 
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