Anyone use Paragaurd

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Tbblount:  I have a Paragard.  They last for 10 years and I am on my second one.  If you are looking for long-term birth control, I recommend it.  If you’re planning on trying to get pregnant in the short term, in my opinion, it wouldn’t be worth it.

Post # 5
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5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had one for 3 years. Best damn birth control decision I ever made and it absolutely WAS worth it, I don’t know why it wouldn’t be, it’s not like it’s surgery.

Mine was covered by insurance but, I had a 1400.00 deductible so I paid most of it out of pocket.

You’ll have an initial screening appointment and do std testing and a pregnancy test

Then you will have insertion, where you have another pregnancy test to confirm before they will insert.

The device itself costs about 600.00 before insurance.

hard to answer how much it costs WITH insurance without knowing your policy, coinsurance levels, and if it’s even covered. But honestly, it was worth it even if I had had to just pay for it outright. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Tbblount:  I’ve had paraguard for nearly 4 years now & love it. We are planning to start trying for babies in 2+ years. I love it so much, but it does have a long adjustment period (6 months for me). I’m in CA and qualified for the PACT green card due to my income so I was able to get it for free, I’ve read retail it’s anywhere between $300-$800, but your insurance may cover a portion of it as well. Even if it wasn’t free for me I still would have gotten it. I love being off the hormones and feel much more in tune with my body now… 

Post # 7
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1463 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

What I meant by “worth it” is the cost effectiveness and initial discomfort.  If one is considering a year’s worth of birth control, it’s not cost effective for some women.  Also, it *is* uncomfortable getting it inserted.  I’ve done it twice, so I know.  For myself, if I was only needing it for a year or two, I would have continued on with my diaphragm.  To each her own.

Post # 8
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5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yeah for a year I probably wouldn’t have done it, especially since I paid most out of pocket. B ut for 3-4 I’d say an IUD is worth it, esp if it’s covered.

Post # 9
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319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Mirena last up to 5 years. It is the iud with a very low dose of hormones that is isolated to your uterus. TONS of women love it and you likely will stop having periods with it in.

With all birth control you have to call your insurance and see what is covered. IUDs should be but that’s not always the case.

 

Post # 11
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5518 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I wanted paragard because I liked the non hormonal idea.  But my Dr said he wouldnt recommend it for me because my uterus is so small that he’d give me mirena because its smaller if I really wanted an iud.  Def check with your doctor!

As far as insurance goes, just call them and ask.  Thats what I did.  Every insurance company is different.  But I’m sure whatever your out of pocket cost (if any) will be well worth it if you plan to have it a couple years.

Post # 12
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1018 posts
Bumble bee

@Tbblount:  I have the Mirena so I can’t really speak on behalf of Paragaurd as far as heavy periods etc, but the insertion pain isn’t terrible. I was worried too after reading all the horror stories! But it’s about 20 seconds of a sharp cramping pain (for measurement) then it stops and all is fine. Then when she puts the actual device in it’s another sharp cramping pain for about 20 seconds.

Very uncomfortable although I didn’t cry, I may have sworn…The rest of the day I had normal, very light, cramps just like menstrating cramps and I was still able to go shopping etc.

So it is quite a pain but I liken it to getting a piercing, it’s a little painful but it’s over so quickly it doesn’t really matter.

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